There are certain songs that can change my mood for the better. On the bleakest of days I can turn to one of these gems and be assured that relief is on the way.
So what is it about these songs, what magic be released from their very first sounds? Let’s find out, shall we?
Song: A Message to You Rudy (1979) Album: Encore (2019)
Why I like the song: it has a happy vibe, the lyrics are quirky, I enjoy the band’s appearance, happy memories
Song: We’re All Happy (1993)
Album: Possum Dixon
Artist: Possum Dixon
Why I like the song: the bizarre introduction, the energetic tempo, its happy vibe, fab guitar playing
Song: Travels in Nihilon (1980)
Album: Black Sea
Why I like the song: the huge sound, its power and complexity, the drone and repetition, drums drums drums
Song: Sonic Reducer (1977)
Album: Young, Loud and Snotty
Artist: Dead Boys
Why I like the song: it has a raw edginess, tremendous power and high energy, gritty guitar, happy memories
Song: I Feel Beautiful (1999)
Album: Jewels for Sophia
Artist: Robyn Hitchcock
Why I like the song: the words resonate personally, it had tremendous beauty, the unusual instrumentation including marimba and dulcimer
Song: O Death (1916?)
Album: Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart (1988)
Artist: Camper Van Beethoven
Why I like the song: lyrics are interesting, nice growth from tiny to enormous, inclusion of brass and strings
Song: Watching the Detectives (1977) Album: Live at Hollywood High (2010) Artist: Elvis Costello
Why I like the song: lyrics tell a good story, instrumental parts are complex, music has an engaging feel
Song: Hell (1996)
Artist: Squirrel Nut Zippers
Why I like the song: great songwriting, happy memories, lyrics are funny, energy and anarchy rule the song
Song: Go Wild in the Country (1981)
Album: Live in Japan (1997)
Artist: Bow Wow Wow
Why I like the song: powerful vocals, titanic drums, I enjoy the band’s appearance, happy memories
Song: Screaming Skull (1983)
Why I like the song: spooky mood, fuzz guitar and wicked pipe organ, guitar solo, it’s party time!
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