Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Songs for li'l siblings, vol. I (New Wave)

I have a much-young sister. When I was a nerdy teenager being introduced to The Pixies by my awesome first boyfriend, she was an adorable toddler wearing Pull-Ups (don't click link around people who will judge you for playing a little diaper jingle). Now, like most teenagers, my sister doesn't know everything yet about the awesome music of yesteryear. So I'm posting links to mp3s* I'd like her to download, listen to once, delete, then buy chock-full of crippling DRM on iTunes (wink wink).

Robert Smith of The Cure
In eastern Washington in 1992, men did not wear makeup. I remember being floored that a guy who looked like Robert Smith was married.
The Cure - Just Like Heaven [YouTube][Cover][ Buy]
The Cure - Catch[YouTube][Cover][ Buy]
The Cure - The Lovecats [YouTube][ Buy]
The Cure - Close To Me [YouTube][ Buy]
The Cure - Lullaby [YouTube][ Buy]

I still think of The Smiths as an extended joke about self-pity. Perhaps that is obvious to everyone, but I've never wanted to know if my friends who love Morrisey really feel those goofy lyrics in a deep, personal way. "Girlfriend In A Coma" is a funny one-off joke, but I could never listen to it over and over again. Still, I have to confess that one of these masterpieces of self-pity has stood the test of time for me.
The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want [YouTube][Cover][ Buy]

Martin and Guru Dave
Depeche Mode suited me and my hard flirting with existentialism, though I wonder how "Fly On The Windscreen" sounds to kids in the post-irony (and hopefully post-existentialism) age, as it was a little funny to me even pre-irony. But they wrote a really fantastic love song, and several good songs about God that don't involve squashed bugs.
Depeche Mode - Somebody [ Buy]
Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus [YouTube][YouTube Cover][Buy album on Amazon]
Depeche Mode - Blasphemous Rumours [YouTube][Cover][ Buy]

Echo & The Bunnymen flew well under the radar, which made my delight at hearing "The Killing Moon" in the movie Donnie Darko complete.
Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon [YouTube][Cover][Cover][ Buy]
Echo & The Bunnymen - Bring On The Dancing Horses [YouTube][ Buy]

steve kilbey, the church
Another under-appreciated band that's always reminded me (and possibly the makers of Donnie Darko) of Echo & The Bunnymen was The Church. If you don't like this song, don't tell me, 'cause I'll call paramedics to see if your heart is beating.
The Church - Under Milky Way Tonight [YouTube][ Buy]

Ian Curtis Tribute
Until just now, I always believed the story about Joy Division's lead singer Ian Curtis and the ice block. I didn't know about the epilepsy. Perhaps it's easier for people to think about a weird suicide than about a guy with a fucking bitch medical problem wracked by guilt.
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart [YouTube][Covers][ Buy]

San Francisco Music -Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert - New Order -  Leica M2 series
I didn't like New Order (which rose from the ashes of Joy Division) until college, when Frente! did its lovely cover of "Bizarre Love Triangle."
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle [YouTube][YouTube Cover][ Buy]

*I don't know how to host my own mp3s yet. I tried do an mp3 post before using EZArchive, but I promptly got lost and stayed lost for half an hour (couldn't find what I'd uploaded). Perhaps I'm getting too old for new technology, but I'll try again at some point. For now, you have to click individual links to get to the sweet mp3 gold at awesome blogs that have already figured out the new technology.

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