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Aug
09

Everyday is Like Sunday, Except for Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday, and…Well, Friday I’m in Love: Weekly Mix #79

Rock Band

I realize that my blog is called Condemned to Rock ‘n Roll, and that this fact has sometimes led to misconceptions and misplaced expectations. I’m not sure I ever feature “rock ‘n roll” as such, and most definitely never “rawk.” I ply the trade of punk, post-punk/new wave, glam, goth, electro, disco, chamber pop, funk, twee, ambient, shoegaze, Britpop, psychedelic, folk, acid house, synthpop, Motown, experimental, ska, and all sorts indie, but the all-out rock that partly inspired my musical heroes, the Manic Street Preachers, and thus inspired this blog’s title, isn’t a common sound on these posts.

I do very much love a good guitar solo, especially of the James Dean Bradfield variety; however, at the same time, a lot of guitar virtuosity leaves me cold (people like Eric Clapton, and the macho posture of genres like metal and grunge don’t really interest me – okay, Kurt Cobain was a bit androgynous, but he was an exception, and I still can’t really connect with Nirvana). So, even as I tried to create a rock mix, I found myself inevitably shifting to punk and indie for a portion of it. And it sort of ended up as more of a guitar-based mix, which explains why Purple Rain is in here (brilliant guitar solo, but not really something to rock out to). This gap in my music collection and expertise explains why, as much as I love playing games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, I end up being puzzled by a lot of the songs. Nevertheless, having never been much of a video game player to begin with, games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band are finally my type of game – I can play them for days, especially since these are the only ones that I can play without sucking (I don’t actually own any game systems, so I rely on the whims of friends – ultimately, it’s probably a good thing since I could see myself practicing Sweet Child O’ Mine into the wee hours until I actually looked like Slash and developed bad, swaying ankles like Axl Rose). I own an actual guitar, but have not had the patience to learn much on it – perhaps I need a few lessons to get me going. It just seems my unnaturally small baby hands don’t stretch across the fretboard very well (clarinet and trumpet didn’t involve that kind of positioning and coordination).

This one is called Rock ‘n Roll is Our Only Culture.

Welcome to the Jungle – Guns ‘n Roses

Pink Flower – Daisy Chainsaw

You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC

Rock ‘n Roll All Nite – Kiss

Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

Woman – Wolfmother

Little Girl – Death From Above 1979

Everything’s Ruined – Faith No More

Slither – Velvet Revolver

Plug In Baby – Muse

Icky Thump – The White Stripes

My Generation – The Who

Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

You Really Got Me – The Kinks

Clash City Rockers – The Clash

Imperial Bodybags – Manic Street Preachers

Killer Queen – Queen

Seasons – Jeff Beck

Voodoo Child – Jimi Hendrix

Purple Rain – Prince

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7 Responses to “Everyday is Like Sunday, Except for Blue Monday and Ruby Tuesday, and…Well, Friday I’m in Love: Weekly Mix #79”


  1. 1 Rol
    August 20, 2009 at 3:59 am

    I always think of myself as an indie kid first (with a couple of obvious exceptions)… should I be embarrassed by how many of these I own?

    Should I hell.

  2. 2 Mickenzy
    August 20, 2009 at 7:17 am

    This is probably the first mix you’ve put up that I already had most of lol. Interesting combinations there. I guess I realize now that I delve a bit more into rock than you do, but I don’t by any means consider myself “well-versed” on the genre. If for any reason whatsoever you would like to incorporate more rock into your collection, give me a shout and I’ll send some over. :)

  3. 3 jc
    August 22, 2009 at 4:45 am

    I just never got the AC/DC/, Kiss, Led Zep thing at all. It was probably all down to the fact that the folk at school who liked that sort of stuff were just so cocksure of themselves and totally dismissive of punk and new wave. I was always arguing with them….

  4. 4 Destroyer
    August 27, 2009 at 8:51 am

    What a misleading name for your blog you have here! I was somewhat insulted when I read this, first at being mislead to believe this was about rock and roll, then to find out you’re not even a fan of the genre your blog champions? What’s going on here? I have no idea what kind of school you went to, and in your circumstance it may be true, but to say that fans of bands like AC/DC were dismissive of punk rock is ludicrous and misinformed. Clearly you have not researched the band at all, but it’ll be okay to overlook ignorance where it’s become so commonplace won’t it? It seems I should give you a little history lesson and let you in on the fact that when AC/DC embarked on their early tours of the UK, they were confused for a punk rock band due to their intensity, energy, and limited sound. AC/DC were grouped into that category of music and enjoyed by the same fans. However, you did a fantastic job redeeming your rock credibility by digging through the Guitar Hero games for gems of rock music. Surely you’d say these games are a fantastic way to discover new and exciting bands far out of the mainstream! You’ve got to be kidding.

    Let’s clear something up. There is very little “rock” involved with indie rock. It’s as appropriately named as nu-metal is to heavy metal (another genre you pass judgment on with absolutely no understanding of whatsoever, so that was a complete waste of an analogy). Indie rock is a spineless, watered down and poppy attempt at elitist rock and roll (quite a contradiction there, isn’t it?) Today’s indie rock is (generally speaking, which is always dangerous as you’ve made some fine examples of insulting generalizations in this post) not dangerous, it makes no attempt at making a point or causing a change, and was strictly designed to give the self-absorbed the chance to make art where there is no artistic talent to be found. The latest generation of indie rock is defying its original code of ethics. It is no longer about opposition to the music industry and society as a whole. Indie is nothing more than a label stuck on every band whose lone goal is to take advantage of art school rockers and coffee shop intellectuals. In this way it’s almost an exact copy of today’s punk rock, only with a different stereotype for a fan base. Indie fans are people convinced of their own moral, political, social, artistic and hygienic superiority. See what I did there? I characterized indie fans the same way you described rock fans as being totally convinced they’d need a yardstick to measure the bulge in their pants. Indie rock is not the open-minded genre designed to put everyone on equal footing musically, it is no way to rebel against big business. It’s as close-minded and vapid as every other music genre, if not more because the artists have reached the point where they are taking advantage of the fans willingness to buy anything with the indie label attached. Indie rock (and rock as a whole) is a joke, and the fans are the butt of the joke. To say there is any genuine emotion or aspiration to a greater musical good in any genre borders on the absurd and ridiculous, but indie rock may be the worst of the lot. There is nothing real about it. There is no grit and world-weariness of rock and roll. There is no anger (real or contrived) of punk rock. There is no style and flair of new wave. There’s not even the theatrics and showmanship of heavy metal. Indie rock is soulless and boring. The only thing that separates this sham from other genres is that the fans haven’t caught on that the music is mocking them. The average rock and metal fan can (let’s hope!) decipher the childish vulgarities of their genres as nothing more than a playful taste of everything evil and unclean without having to experience the discomfort firsthand. Punk rock fans, while delusional to a degree, have always recognized a complete lack of musical ability and known that their music is escapism for a tender and difficult age. If any genre of music has caused a revolution (more absurdity), it’s an imagined revolution in the heads of the fans. Yet even here indie rock fails. There is no imagined revolution. No desire to change. And why should you? Indie rock fans are supreme, with a taste in music unrivaled by any other type of fan. They are God’s gift to the world, except for the fact that to the average indie rock fan, praying to God is as embarrassing as a grown man writing a letter to Santa Claus. And that’s why you’ll almost certainly dismiss my thoughts as troglodytic, much the same as you would my politics and every other aspect of my life (Here I’m not speaking to you specifically at all, so I apologize if you see it as an attack on yourself. I’m talking to the average indie rock fan as I imagine them, much the same way your mind skews your perception of rock fans in your blog.) Music’s purpose is only to entertain, and indie rock achieves this only by entertaining the beliefs of an imagined “high class” rock fan, thousands of evolutions ahead of the Neanderthals listening to such drivel as Led Zeppelin. On a side note, I’m curious to know how you came to the conclusion that Kurt Cobain is androgynous, yet Robert Plant who bleeds femininity from every pore is a purveyor of cock rock. In fact I’m curious to know if you think about anything at all before it spews off your keyboard. Certainly not the name of the blog. I’ll politely request you change it to avoid any further confusion from rock fans like myself who come here looking to sweat, kill, rape and destroy while flaunting our masculinity in front of every weakling who is unfortunate enough to cross our paths.

    Liam Gallagher of Oasis said it best: “I hate all these new bands, I catch them on TV and not that many of them are that good. Very few I think. For me personally the music’s not that fucking clever, the songs aren’t that clever, and I think people just want to be small. No one’s fucking going for it. No one wants to be big. No one wants to be Elvis. No one wants to be John Lennon. They all just want to be little fucking indie shitheads, and I haven’t got the time for that.”

    Now having taken the time to read through my rant, I apologize if I seem like an ass. I’m not going to deny it, but I am sorry for it. I just wanted to try to evoke the same emotions of disgust that your blog inspired in me. If you ever want me to lead you in the direction of some worthwhile rock and roll besides the overplayed, commercialized garbage in your playlist, I’d be happy to. Not saying those aren’t some decent groups you’ve got there, but far from their best songs.

    One last thought, I’ve got baby hands too but it hasn’t stopped me from learning guitar. And I guarantee with about two weeks’ practice you’ll have exceeded every punk and indie rocker’s musical ability hundredfold. Hell just by looking at the thing you’ve got Sid Vicious and The Adverts beat, along with countless others.

    Now that we’re all hot and bothered and spoiling for a fight, let’s go make us some damn fine rock and roll!

  5. 5 Destroyer
    August 27, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Wow I apologize for having attacked your blog for AC/DC ignorance, that was a comment…turns out the bulk of my rant was directed at jc! Now there’s some real ignorance for you!

  6. 6 jc
    August 31, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    oh dear.

    I make a wee comment about things at school that happened 30 years ago as an explanation for my adversity to rock music and….pow…….I’m labelled as an indie snob.

    Cant please everyone I suppose.


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