Archive for February, 2010


See You On an Eventual Flipside

Some of you loyal readers may have noticed both my rather spotty posting record last year and my two month absence this year before finally revealing the Day of 200 Songs. I apologize, something I’ve been doing for a long time now. Soon after the Christmas holidays, I came to a difficult decision: I’m going to take an indefinite break from CTRR.

There were several factors, including my workload with my full-time job and with the couple of freelance gigs I’ve picked up. There was also the rather frightening breakdown over the holidays, which saw my regular depression slide into a pit I nearly couldn’t scramble out of. It made me take a step back from myself and take a re-think about what I was doing and what I wanted to do. I tried not to have too close a look because I’m still too fast to take that test.

It’s been two lovely years of writing about music with varying degrees of success. I very obviously still love music and will continue seeking out new sounds, attending shows, and reading music-related books, but I really need to take a break from writing about them. A break from trying to find words to make meaning of them. I’m hoping that this hiatus will allow me to write that novel I so desperately want to. I hope that something fulfilling will come out of the temporary loss of this outpost in cyberspace. Perhaps knowing that this is waiting for me when I finish will be the motivation I need to push through the prose building up inside my brain and on various scraps of paper in my bedroom. There are critics and there are artists; some people can manage to be both simultaneously, some cannot. I need to relinquish the former role to attempt to be the latter.

It all seems very serious. Perhaps I often take this blog too seriously, worrying over content and trying to keep to some impossible plan. I’ve always had ridiculously high expectations of myself, which often leave me frustrated and well…depressed. I suppose it would be easier if I just acknowledged that I’m not a polymath, nor will I ever be one. I’ve got to go looking for my sense of humour. My wit (if I ever had one) went out with the rest of them some time ago.

I don’t want to end this blog, but I also can’t push posts out for the sake of it. It’s not fair to anyone. I need to write properly or not at all. Everyone has their own purposes for blogging, including MP3 blogging. Mine really had mostly to do with writing. And in the process, my inner life leaked out onto other people’s screens despite never making an effort actually to write about my life. Probably because music is such a massive part of my life to begin with. And that will likely be the reason I return here again.

I’ve been reading a biography of Peter Mark Roget, who had a family history of severe mental illness. To stave off madness himself, he turned to creating lists, of course, eventually producing the first thesaurus. He constantly organized his world and found a way to preserve his sanity. I used music (probably have done for a sizable portion of my life) as a conduit to escape and to community, the best way I knew how to keep mad thoughts at bay.

Thank you to those of you who have followed me this far and said such supportive things. I think the Day of 200 Songs was a high note to leave for this hiatus because it demonstrates something beyond my selfish agendas. It’s proof that I was able to reach outside of my inner world and make some valuable connections. It’s evidence that sometimes this was more than a public forum for my personality quirks and grandiose yet insecure (rather Warholian) pathologies.

There will be a flipside. I’m just not sure when.

Thank You For the Ride – Mary Goes Round

I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday – Morrissey

William’s Last Words – Manic Street Preachers


The Day of 200 Songs

It’s finally here. The Day of 200 Songs held in honour of my 200th post, which happened way back in April of last year. A brief recap for those who don’t know the whole story: to celebrate my 200th post, I decided to try a little community-building project. I wanted to get 200 people who read this blog (or perhaps those who even only read that 200th post) or friends they know to submit their favourite songs so that I could then compile them into 10 mixes for everyone to share. While I received several submissions, I didn’t receive many, so I put out a second call in June. At that point, I decided that I would settle for 100 songs from other people and 100 from my own collection. I put out one final call in October, and here we are. I ended up having to add 96 songs from my own collection since a couple more people sent me songs at the eleventh hour.

I learned that my readership is indeed diverse and passionate about music. I also found that some music fans are actually quite consistent, a fact that appeared when I created the mixes; despite mixing them blindly, many people’s tracks ended up in the same mix, some even coming consecutively. There were evidently also areas in which I did the most bolstering culminating with Mix #5 being nearly all me.

You will find 10 Audio Grab Bag Mixes below. The contributor’s name for each track is in parentheses beside it – obviously the ones without are my choices. Though I never solicited explanations for favourite tracks, many of you included them; I decided to include little blurbs from some of the contributors to acknowledge the diversity and beauty of fandom. Thanks again to all who contributed – you should all be applauded. I hope I did your choices justice. And I hope you all discover a new favourite artist.

My mother is a speech therapist and had a stroke patient who they called “Mr. Goddamn Right” because all he said was “You’re Goddamn Right!”. I can’t help hearing Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues without making the association. – Mark

Audio Grab Bag #1 (Download)

Heroes – The Magnetic Fields (Mike)
Alpha Beta Parking Lot – Cake (Mickenzy)
Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues – Eels (Mark)
On the Bus Mall – The Decemberists (Chesh)
No You – Paul Kelly (Aria)
The Shy Retirer – Arab Strap (JC)
The Boyfriend Song – Gentleman Reg
Our Time Has Passed – The Pernice Brothers (Dave)
One Red Thread – Blind Pilot (Daniel)
Day Glo – Brazos (Katy)
Lay Your Head Down – Keren Ann (Julien)
Sometimes Lukewarm – Andrew Spice
Ampersand – Amanda Palmer
Fitzcarraldo (Live) – The Frames (Sam)
Alcohol, Jesus and Death – Gee as in Jesus (Andrew)
Elephant Serenade – Andrea Liuzza
Do Not Be Alarmed – Official Secrets Act (Dominik)
We Dreamt of Houses – The Awkward Stage (Charlie)
Just Like Heaven – The Watson Twins (Mike)
Place to Be – Nick Drake

The song I’d like to add is not my favourite or really representative of what i like (I guess bonny by Prefab Sprout would win that one) but it is one of those songs that i stop what I’m doing to just listen when ever is comes on the mp3 player.

Thomas dolby – the flat earth

god knows what sounds are going on but for someone who is best known for a couple of almost novelty records this is beautiful – David

Audio Grab Bag #2 (Download)

Girls in the Back – White Rose Movement (Chloe)
On the Road – Midfield General featuring Robots in Disguise
Kino – The Knife
Rollergirl – Apoptygma Bezerk
Destination Overdrive – Chromeo
Ce Jeu (Twelves Remix) – Yelle (Charlie)
Answer (Disco Mix) – The Retrosexuals
Nothing Good About This Goodbye – Rachel Stevens (Jess)
Rocket – Goldfrapp
The Village – New Order
Slick – Chew Lips
Counterpoint – Delphic
True Love 1980 – Ash
Something Good (10” Mix) – Paul Haig (JC)
Lips Like Sugar – Echo & the Bunnymen (Steve)
Dare – The Mary Onettes
Please Stand Up – British Sea Power (Lee)
Dreaming of You – War Tapes (Charlie)
Bedsitter – Soft Cell
The Flat Earth – Thomas Dolby (David)

There’s a difference between the all time faves and those I particularly like right now, and as a rummage through my harddrives it’s actually very hard to pin down the essence of what my favourites are the more I think about it… so I’ll stop right there at roughly 40 songs. :-) – Eve

Audio Grab Bag #3 (Download)

Please – Nine Inch Nails (Eve)
Boy Soprano – Xiu Xiu (Chesh)
Comfort You – Eskimo Joe (Oli)
Escape – Mind in a Box (Mickenzy)
Mirror’s Image – The Horrors (Sophie)
Lacrymosa – Evanescence (Stuart)
Fulford – Warren Suicide
Machine Gun – Portishead
We Want War – These New Puritans
Must Be Dreaming – Frou Frou
Caramel – Cluster
Saracen – Xeno and Oaklander
Primitive Painters – Felt (Joao)
La Nuit Des Fees – Indochine (Wanda)
In Deinem Garten – Chapeau Claque (Eve)
Dead Things – Emiliana Torrini (Eve)
Her Steps Lay Hold – Heilige Lance
The New Black – Roll the Dice
Darkly Mix – A Scanner Darkly Soundtrack (Roland)
How Do – Sneaker Pimps (Eve)

Audio Grab Bag #4 (Download)

Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie (Eve)
Future Perfect Tense – Sweet Billy Pilgrim
Southernmost – The Lucksmiths (Dave)
The Hazelwood – Patrick Wolf
Hurt Yrself On Chocolate – Sue and the Unicorn
It Has to Be You – Max Eider (Dave)
I’d Rather Go Blind – Man Man (Mary)
Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell (Aria)
Prélude and Epilogue – Flotilla
From the Shorelines of Venus – The Scaremongers (Rol)
While We Were Dreaming – The Pink Mountaintops (Brandur)
April Come She Will – Simon & Garfunkel (Max)
Sweet William – The Pearlfishers
Glitterball – Daniel Land and the Modern Painters
Wild-Eyed Soul – Mayonnaise
Shirtless Sky – The Guild League (Dave)
Music For Pleasure – Tim Keegan & Departure Lounge (Dave)
Surf – Roddy Frame (Dave)
No More Affairs – Tindersticks (Julien)
Alice – Tom Waits (Sean)

Audio Grab Bag #5 (Download)

Thorazine Shuffle – The Paper Cranes
Falling – McAlmont & Butler
Tonight the Streets Are Ours – Richard Hawley
Out of This Control – Cubismo Grafico
Daily! Happy!! Splash!!! – Roboshop Mania
Requiem For O.M.M.2 – of Montreal
Ohio – The Melting Ice Caps
Europop – The Divine Comedy
Sebastian Said (Montauk Remix) – The Sonnets
Mandy Goes to Med School – The Dresden Dolls (Wanda)
Baby – King of Luxembourg
Four Words – Parenthetical Girls
Oh Heartland, Up Yours! – Owen Pallett
Dwarf Documentary – Simon Bookish
Filthy Names – Jack
Heaven Will Be Boring – Tom Rosenthal
Lucky Like St. Sebastian – Momus
Happily Unhappy – Orlando
Sad Song – Lou Reed
Walk Real Slow – Lady & Bird

As I am from germany, I send you one of a german band. It is Blumfeld and their song is “Verstaerker”, which means Amplifier. As modern rock music was not to be played on german radio stations during the eighties. They only began to play it in the late hours in the beginning of the 90’s. So in germany we had to listen to BFBS and John Peel’s radio show. When Blumfeld arrived it was like an explosion to the german scene, as during a few months suddenly every week dozens of new bands were released. Maybe like late seventies and early eighties when punk and new wave came across in britain.Of course you will hear all the british influences on this song, but for me it was like: you can sing this songs in german, too. – Billy

Audio Grab Bag #6 (Download)

Candyskin – Fire Engines (JC)
Upwards and Onwards – Orange Juice
The Man Who Took On Love (And Won) (Vic Galloway Session) – Malcolm Ross and the Low Miffs
Once and Never Again – The Long Blondes (Peter)
Puzzle Pieces – Tiger Trap
Letters From a Voyage to Sweden – Cats on Fire (JC)
Bemused, Confused and Bedraggled – The Orchids
Human Nature in Hollywood – Black Umbrella
I’ve Seen Everything – The Trash Can Sinatras
Laid – James (Joao)
Nothing Like You – Frightened Rabbit
The Münchhausen in Me – Northern Portrait
I Can Try – Sambassadeur
Everything You Touch Turns to Time – The Triffids
Verstaerker – Blumfeld (Billy)
Just Like Honey – The Jesus and Mary Chain (Brian)
Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed) – The Raveonettes
Right as Rain – Mr. Beasley
Sonic – Leonardo’s Bride (Oli)
A Dance to Half Death – Second Hand Marching Band

This one’s one of the B-sides to Refugees, the first single from The Tears (Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler). I followed them around on tour and bought everything. It was a pretty bad year for me, and I ended up dropping out of uni for a year before finishing off and coming over here for grad school. But following them was fun, and not something I’ve tried before. In traditional Suede fashion, I reckon this b-side is better than a lot of the album stuff. – Sarah

Audio Grab Bag #7 (Download)

Throw It On a Fire – Bell Orchestre
La Boulange – Yann Tiersen
Maison de Réflexion – Efterklang
Etoile Polaire (Gigamesh Remix) – Philip Glass
Ramparts – John Frusciante (Roland)
Sarajevo 2 – The Notwist
Patternicity – The Most Serene Republic
No Man is an Archipelago – British Sea Power
Kindelsberg – Hauschka
Haxan II – Bardi Johannsson
Friend on the Motorway – Uphill Racer
The Lady Vanishes – The Rest
Forst – Black to Comm
Pause and Clause – Sharks Keep Moving (Roland)
Lady Stardust (Piano Version) – David Bowie (Mark)
The Sheltering Sky – Ryuichi Sakamoto
L’Autre – Mylene Farmer (Wanda)
Ever Fallen in Love – Thea Gilmore (Sarah)
The Origin of Love – Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Corin)
Southern Rain – The Tears (Sarah)

I decided I’ll go with Electronic, Bernard Sumner (of New Order) and Johnny Marr (of being Fucking Awesome)’s erstwhile band. This song is SO awesome and even if Bernard Sumner’s lyrics disappoint me sometimes on account of their being Sort Of Crap, this song’s got good enough ones that I can thoroughly enjoy it. And Johnny Marr’s guitar playing goes without saying. I love Johnny Marr so much. I attended a Modest Mouse concert last June in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the same night a really shitty thunder/hailstorm hit. The concert was in an open field. The band had to delay 2 hours while the audience was pelted with hail and the valley flooded near the stage, so we were all huddling under tarps and wading through ankle-to-knee-deep water. But at the end of it, drenched and exhausted, I dragged myself back to the foot of the stage and stood 10 feet from Johnny Marr and yelled his name over and over until he looked confusedly my way between songs and I waved like a retard. He was fucking brilliant and I loved everything he added to Modest Mouse’s songs. – Jess

Audio Grab Bag #8 (Download)

Acquiesce – Oasis (Tali)
I Found This Song in the Road – Art Brut
Camilo (The Magician) – Said the Whale (Kyle)
Peacock Suit – Paul Weller (Carl)
The Last Ride – Johnny Marr & the Healers (Jess)
You Can’t Have Me – Big Star
All Hell For a Basement – Big Sugar (Mickenzy)
Haze – Electronic (Jess)
Glorious – Andreas Johnson (Stuart)
Honeydrip – Ian McCulloch
No One Knows Us – Mansun (Chesh)
Pristina – Faith No More
Hit The City – Mark Lanegan (Brandon)
Bittersweet Me – REM (Eve)
Kurt Russell – Ultrasound (Rol)
A Thousand Trees – Stereophonics (Tali)
Let It Loose – The Rolling Stones (Max)
Sweet Thing – Van Morrison (Max)
Where Have You Been – Manchester Orchestra (Charlie)
Roses – Deus (Julien)

I’m sending you “Tatty Seaside Town”, by The Membranes. I associate this song not only to the period I started attending gigs, in Lisbon, but, if I remember correctly, it was the first non-Portuguese band I saw on stage (maybe there was some hardcore band before, but I can’t even remember its name, anyway…). When Membranes came to play in Lisbon, I went to the theatre quite soon, as I was afraid of not finding a ticket (you had to buy the tickets at the door, by then…). After all, the theatre was only half full (or just half empty). It was quite a gig! – Joao

Audio Grab Bag #9 (Download)

The Light Pours Out of Me – Magazine (JC)
Bloodsport – Killing Joke
Mongoloid – Devo
Mercy – Wire
Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies – Biffy Clyro (Peter)
T.V. Addict – The Doll (Raven)
Why Do You Love Me – Garbage (Richard)
Dyskrasia – Kidneythieves (Anonymous)
Loneliness of the Outdoor Smoker – The Rakes
Tatty Seaside Town – The Membranes (Joao)
Born to Kill – The Damned
My Perfect Cousin – The Undertones (Joao)
Black and Blue – The So So Glos (Charlie)
Richard II – Titus Andronicus
Outdoors – Tactics
Sexualized – Relaxed Muscle
Open Your Eyes – Lords of the New Church (Mike)
This Town’s Religion – The Delays (Christina H)
Cadavres Exquis (Howard Song) – Little Nemo
My Iron Lung – Radiohead (Peter)

It’s “Serial Killer Status” by Algernon Cadwallader, off their self-titled CD. Every time this comes up on my iPod, I start to dance a bit and sing under my breath. I love everything about it, the lyrics, the jangly guitars, the out-of-control sing/screaming. LOVE IT. :D – Austin

Audio Grab Bag #10 (Download)

Dancing on the Motorway – Stroszek
Sister Midnight – Iggy Pop
We Made Our Way We Amtrakked – Pas/Cal (Charlie)
Lay It Down – Peter, Bjorn and John (Christina K)
Dreaming of Injured Popstars – Chris T-T (Rol)
Mogadishu – Baader Meinhof
Bonny – Prefab Sprout (Matt)
The Queen of Eyes – The Soft Boys (Richard P)
I’m 9 Today – Mum (Mykael)
My Name is Carnival – Erland and the Carnival (Richard P)
Serial Killer Status – Algernon Cadwallader (Austin)
The Grey Estates – Wolf Parade (Charlie)
Empty House – Paper Route (Charlie)
Polkadot Blues – Hudson Mohawke
Imagine It (Daytrotter Session) – Dirty Projectors (Miles)
I Am Not a Robot – Marina and the Diamonds
Lacuna – Carina Round (Sarah)
The Fat Lady of Limbourg – Brian Eno
Underwear – Pulp (Aria)
Radio 4 – PiL(Mike)

There will be an important post coming up very soon.

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Gigs Attended

Arcade Fire w/ Bell Orchestre + Wolf Parade (2005)

Arctic Monkeys w/ Reverend and the Makers (2007)

Austra w/ Young Galaxy + Tasseomancy (2011)

Big Audio Dynamite (2011)

Billy Bragg w/ Ron Hawkins (2009)

Billy Idol w/ Bif Naked (2005)

Bloc Party w/ Hot Hot Heat (2009)

Buzzcocks w/ The Dollyrots (2010)

Damo Suzuki (2012)

David Bowie w/ The Polyphonic Spree (2004)

Diamond Rings w/ PS I Love You + The Cannon Bros. (2011)

Diamond Rings w/ Gold & Youth (2012)

Dragonette w/ Ruby Jean & the Thoughtful Bees (2009)

Frank Turner w/ The Cavaliers (2010)

Frank Turner w/ Into It Over It + Andrew Jackson Jihad (2011)

Franz Ferdinand w/ Think About Life (2009)

Gang of Four w/ Hollerado (2011)

Good Shoes w/ The Moths + The Envelopes (2007)

Hot Hot Heat w/ The Futureheads + Louis XIV (2005)

IAMX w/ closethuman (2007)

IAMX w/ Coma Soft + The Hourly Radio (2007)

Interpol (2007)

Janelle Monae w/ Roman GianArthur (2012)

Joel Plaskett Emergency w/ Frank Turner (2012)

Jonathan Richman (2011)

Keane w/ Lights (2009)

Lou Reed w/ Buke and Gass (2011)

Manic Street Preachers w/ Fear of Music (2007)

Manic Street Preachers w/ Bear Hands (2009)

Manic Street Preachers at Wanaja Festival (2011)

Mother Mother w/ Old Folks Home (2009)

Mother Mother w/ Whale Tooth (2011)

Mother Mother w/ Hannah Georgas (2012)

MSTRKRFT w/ Felix Cartal (2008)

Muse (2004)

Nine Inch Nails w/ Death From Above 1979 + Queens of the Stone Age (2005)

of Montreal w/ Janelle Monae (2010)

Owen Pallett w/ Little Scream (2010)

Patrick Wolf w/ Bishi (2007)

Prince (2011)

Pulp w/ Grace Jones, TV on the Radio, The Hives, The Horrors, Metronomy, Devotcka, Vintage Trouble (2011)

Rufus Wainwright w/ Teddy Thompson (2010)

Snow Patrol w/ Embrace (2005)

Snow Patrol w/ OK Go + Silversun Pickups (2007)

Sons and Daughters w/ Bodies of Water (2008)

Stars w/ Thurston Revival (2006)

Stars w/ The Details (2008)

Stars (2010)

Steven Severin (2010)

Stroszek (2007)

The Antlers w/ Haunter (2012)

The Flaming Lips w/ Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti (2010)

The Jesus and Mary Chain w/ Nightbox (2012)

The Killers w/ Ambulance Ltd (2004)

The New Pornographers w/ Novillero (2008)

The New Pornographers w/ The Mountain Goats (2010)

The Ordinary Boys w/ Young Soul Rebels (2006)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart w/ Suun (2011)

The Rakes w/ The Young Knives (2006)

The Raveonettes w/ Black Acid (2008)

The Stills w/ Gentleman Reg (2009)

The Subways w/ The Mad Young Darlings (2006)

Tokyo Police Club w/ Smoosh + Attack in Black (2008)

TV on the Radio w/ The Dirty Projectors (2009)

Yann Tiersen w/ Breathe Owl Breathe (2011)

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The only certain thing that is left about me

There is no part of my body that has not been used

Pity or pain, to show displeasure's shame

Everyone I've loved or hated always seems to leave


So I turned myself to face me

But I've never caught a glimpse

Of how the others must see the faker

I'm much too fast to take that test

The Smiths Queen is Dead

A dreaded sunny day

So let's go where we're happy

And I meet you at the cemetry gates

Oh, Keats and Yeats are on your side

A dreaded sunny day

So let's go where we're wanted

And I meet you at the cemetry gates

Keats and Yeats are on your side

But you lose 'cause weird lover Wilde is on mine

The Clash London Calling

When they kick at your front door

How you gonna come?

With your hands on your head

Or on the trigger of your gun


Charles Windsor, who's at the door

At such an hour, who's at the door

In the back of an old green Cortina

You're on your way to the guillotine

Here the rabble comes

The kind you hoped were dead

They've come to chop, to chop off your head


Then you came with your breezeblocks

Smashing up my face like a bus-stop

You think you're giving

But you're taking my life away


Won't someone give me more fun?

(and the skin flies all around us)

We kiss in his room to a popular tune

Oh, real drowners


Don't walk away

In silence

See the danger

Always danger

Endless talking

Life rebuilding

Don't walk away

Walk in silence

Don't turn away in silence

Your confusion

My illusion

Worn like a mask of self-hate

Confronts and then dies

Don't walk away


You don't want to hurt me

But see how deep the bullet lies

Unaware I'm tearing you asunder

Oh there is thunder in our hearts

Is there so much hate for the ones we love

Tell me we both matter don't we

The Associates Affectionate

I don't know whether

To over or under estimate you

Whether to over or under estimate you

For when I come over

You then put me under

Personal taste is a matter of gender


I wake at dusk to go alone without a light

To the unknown

I want this night inside of me

I want to feel

I want this speeding

I want that speeding


You'll never live like common people

You'll never do what common people do

You'll never fail like common people

You'll never watch your life slide out of view

And dance and drink and screw

Because there's nothing else to do

Vanilla Swingers

All I have is words, words that don't obtain

And I feel I'm a stain on your horizon

So I stay away - it's easier that way

And there won't be no-one I need to rely on

Is it him, is it me

Or is there something only I can see

How did I get here, why do we blow around like straw dogs on the breeze

I'm a special one, what they used to say

But I've to stay on, finish levels-A

You don't need exams when you've read John Gray

The Indelicates American Demo

And nobody ever comes alive

And the journalists clamour round glamour like flies

And boys who should know better grin and get high

With fat men who once met the MC5

And no one discusses what they don't understand

And no one does anything to harm the brand

And this gift is an illusion, this isn't hard

Absolutely anyone can play the fucking guitar

JAMC Darklands

And we tried so hard

And we looked so good

And we lived our lives in black


Plucked her eyebrows on the way

Shaved her leg and then he was a she

She says, hey babe,

Take a walk on the wild side

Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side


Hide on the promenade

Etch a postcard:

How I dearly wish I was not here

In the seaside town...that they forgot to bomb

Come, come, come - nuclear bomb


Back when we were kids

We would always know when to stop

And now all the good kids are messing up

Nobody has gained or accomplished anything

Wire Pink Flag

Prices have risen since the government fell

Casualties increase as the enemy shell

The climate's unhealthy, flies and rats thrive

And sooner or later the end will arrive

This is your correspondent, running out of tape

Gunfire's increasing, looting, burning, rape


Well, maybe there's a god above

But all I've ever learned from love

Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you

It's not a cry that you hear at night

It's not somebody who's seen the light

It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah


And what costume shall the poor girl wear

To all tomorrow's parties

For Thursday's child is Sunday's clown

For whom none will go mourning


My body is your body

I won't tell anybody

If you want to use my body

Go for it


Oh it's opening time

Down on Fascination Street

So let's cut the conversation

And get out for a bit

Because I feel it all fading and paling

And I'm begging

To drag you down with me

Mansun Six

And you see, I kind of shivered to conformity

Did you see the way I cowered to authority

You see, my life, it's a series of compromises anyway

It's a sham, and I'm conditioned to accept it all, you see

Japan Gentlemen

Take in the country air, you'll never win

Gentlemen take polaroids

They fall in love, they fall in love


We just want to emote til we're dead

I know we suffer for fashion

Or whatever

We don't want these days to ever end

We just want to emasculate them forever

Forever, forever

Pretty sirens don't go flat

It's not supposed to happen like that

Longpigs The Sun

There's no perfume I can buy

Make me smell like myself

So I put on perfume

To make me smell like someone else

In bed

Calvin Harris I Created Disco

I got love for you if you were born in the 80's, the 80's

I've got hugs for you if you were born in the 80's, the 80's


Does his makeup in his room

Douse himself with cheap perfume

Eyeholes in a paper bag

Greatest lay I ever had

Kind of guy who mates for life

Gotta help him find a wife

We're a couple, when our bodies double

Simple Minds Sons and Fascination

Summer rains are here

Savaged beauty life

Falling here from grace

Sister feeling call

Cruising land to land

No faith no creed no soul

Half a world away

Beauty sleeps in time

Sound and fury play

Bloc Party Silent Alarm

North to south


Running on


As if to say, as if to say

He doesn't like chocolate

He's born a liar, he'll die a liar

Some things will never be different


LCD Soundsystem

Well Daft Punk is playing at my house, my house

I've waited 7 years and 15 days

There's every kid for miles at my house, my house

And the neighbors can' the police

There's a fist fight brewin' at my house, my house

Because the jocks can't...get in the door

Johnny Boy

I just can't help believing

Though believing sees me cursed

Stars Set Yourself

I am trying to say

What I want to say

Without having to say "I love you"

Josef K Entomology

It took 10 years to realise why the angels start to cry

When you go home down the main

Your happy smile

Your funny name

Cocteau Twins Bluebell


Doesn't she look a million with her hairagami set

Hair kisses 'n' hair architecture

Yes, she's a beautiful brunette angel from heaven with her hairagami set

Hair kisses 'n' hair architecture

Augment a beautiful brunette

New Order Power Corruption

How does it feel

To treat me like you do

When you've laid your hands upon me

And told me who you are


You must let her go

She's not crying



Feeling like I'm waiting

Modern times



Hating to distraction

Just leave them alone


Girls in the back

Girls in the back

Puressence Don't Forget

They say come back to earth and start getting real, yeah

I say come back to earth and start getting real

I know I can't


So I walk right up to you

And you walk all over me

And I ask you what you want

And you tell me what you need


The problem of leisure

What to do for pleasure

Ideal love a new purchase

A market of the senses

Dream of the perfect life

Economic circumstances

The body is good business

Sell out, maintain the interest


Sitting in my armchair thinking again and again and again

Going round in a circle I can't get out

Then I look around thinking day and night and day

Then you look around - there must be some explanation

And the tension builds

Psychdedelic Furs

India, India

You're my love song

India, you're my love song

In the flowers

You can have me in the flowers

We will dance alone

And live our useless lives

Ladytron Light Magic

They only want you when you're seventeen

When you're twenty-one

You're no fun

They take a polaroid and let you go

Say they'll let you know


No consolation prizes

Spit out your lies and chewing gum

Cut off your hair yeah that's it!

If you look like that I swear I'm gonna love you more


All the neighbors are startin' up a fire

Burning all the old folks, the witches and the liars.

My eyes are covered by the hands of my unborn kids

But my heart keeps watchin' through the skin of my eyelids


Prince charming

Prince charming

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of

Don't you ever, don't you ever

Stop being dandy, showing me you're handsome