Soundtrack

When I was a freshman at UNH, an acquaintance passed away over Easter weekend. He had gone home to visit his family and drowned during a canoeing trip. It was tragic and I felt sad, he was the roommate of a friend, but he was only someone I saw occasionally. Mostly when I was drinking at the frat he was a member of and the rest of the stories contained therein will be told never in writing.

My roommate was very broken up about it for reasons I never fully understood. She knew him even less than I did, but perhaps she felt her own mortality during a time when we were supposed to be “starting our adult lives with fresh faces”. Or maybe it was because we were already half in the wrap when we got the news. Either way, she started crying and she had her car on campus for the weekend, so she asked me to drive her to see one of her best friends that attended St. Anslem for a hug.

I stress “asked me to drive her” because she was worse for wear than I was and it was already about 10 o’clock at night. It was also raining and I had no idea how to get to St. Anslem. These details are important because as I was driving into nowheresville and she insisted on playing ‘Under The Bridge’ by the Red Hot Chili Peppers for the 3 hours it took me to get there, which is probably 2 more hours than it should have taken. It was April in New Hampshire in a rainstorm so she promptly rolled her window down, started chain smoking and then fell asleep. I just drove aimlessly, freezing to death, and I know at least once I was driving on the wrong side of the road for far longer than what could be considered an accidental moment. The thing is, every damn time I tried to turn Under The Bridge off, she’d wake up, start whining about how she had to listen to it, bitching that it was her car, meow meow meow, then start it over from the beginning. We finally made it to St. Anslem at about 1 am. Her friend wasn’t home.

The moral of the story: You know those songs that you hear a hundred times and you swear to god your are going to stab yourself in the eardrum if you hear it ever again? Under The Bridge by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of those songs. Never again! I hate you!

I’m doing another music post because my paying job as been a bit rough around the edges and it is music that gets me through the day. I have a lot of music but I have a habit of replaying certain songs over and over and over again because I love them so much. I have heard these songs hundreds of times, sometimes because I played them in a continuous loop, and I will never tire of them. Never. Ever. My ‘no band listed more than once’ rule doesn’t apply here because I love what I love and no one can stop me. Not even me.

I love tons of other stuff, but if I am ever being tortured this would be a good list to give to my torturers and they’d be all “Ha ha! We’ll play this at full blast and she’ll give us her lasagna recipe!” and I’ll be all “Ha ha! Little do you know that I’m in heaven right now! Do your worst! I can listen to this for a hundred years!” And then, you know, they finally give up and don’t get any lasagna. Or something.

Where was I going? Oh yes – the list of My Very Best Favorite Songs Ever In All Of Creation. Complete with links to Youtube to listen to the whole song with potentially awful videos and worse ads. I suggest not watching the videos and just listening to the songs. I’m sure there is a better way to link to entire songs that are free somewhere but que sera. Listed in no particular order, except the first 10 as they are my favorites of the favorites. Most favorite. Favoritest.

For those of you who think ‘Why is just doing damn song lists all the time?” or “She already had that on another list?” or “The hell? I hate that song!”, I say to you go away and make your own damn list and get off my ass. Jeez.

Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction
#41 – Dave Matthews Band
Sodajerk – Buffalo Tom
Radioactive- Kings of Leon
King of Birds – R.E.M.
Bloodbuzz Ohio – The Nationals
Save It for Later – English Beat
Last Dance With Mary Jane – Tom Petty
A Different Drum – Peter Gabriel
Smile – Pearl Jam
Warehouse – Dave Matthews Band
All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
Letter To Elise – The Cure
All That Money Wants – Psychedelic Furs
Moanin’ At Midnight – Howlin’ Wolf
Molly – Sponge
Begging You – Stone Roses
Mountain Song – Jane’s Addiction
Bed of Roses – Screaming Trees
Planet Claire – B-52′s
These Days – R.E.M.
Perfect Circle – R.E.M.
Helpless – Sugar
Lone Star Song – Grant Lee Buffalo
Happiness – Grant Lee Buffalo
Immigrant Song – Led Zepplin
Blue Sky Mine – Midnight Oil
Du hast – Rammstein
Can’t Hardly Wait- The Replacements
Dream On – Aerosmith
Mercy Street – Peter Gabriel
Tame – The Pixies
Sgt. Baker – Primus
Shake ‘Em On Down – Tarbox Ramblers
All I Want Is You – U2
Exit – U2
Papa Don’t Take No Mess – James Brown
Civilian- Wye Oak
Train Song – Vashti Bunyan
I Say Nothing – Voice of the Beehive
Verdi Cries – 10,000 Maniacs
Milord – Edith Piaf
The Magnificent Seven – The Clash

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5 Responses to Soundtrack

  1. Dan says:

    Nice list. Never figured you for a Dave Matthews kind of girl though.

  2. There I was reading the intro to this, thinking – yes! I will almost certainly also love ALL of these songs, because we are peas in a parenting pod… And then… I know three of them – Jimi Hendrix and the 2 U2 ones. The latter is hardly surprising given my nationality, where U2 is actually a form of religion, and non-belief is not an option. Also, I was the biggest U2 fan EVER in my mid-teens. The highlight of my teenage life was having tickets to one of their Irish concerts, and the Edge’s parents were STAYING IN OUR HOUSE AND DROVE ME TO THE CONCERT.
    Actually, I think it was probably the highlight of my life. (Yes, children, that includes your births).
    I feel like I’ve let you down. Sorry.

  3. Adam says:

    Yeah, a bit surprising to see Dave Matthews here. Rammstein caught me a bit off guard as well. Oh, Heather, will anyone ever truly know you?

  4. Heather says:

    Jessica – Jealous about the whole concert story, but I am shocked. SHOCKED. The Clash certainly? English Beat? James Brown? The Cure? I feel not just a little sad now. Please promise you’ll listen to a few of them. At least in the first 10. Or let me know what you like and I can recommend certain ones from the list.

    Boys – I like DMB but hate them live. That being said, I have a lot of their stuff, and #41 is incredible forever. (Rammstein makes me want to blast it until the car windows shatter while driving 120mph. In a good way.)

  5. Well obviously I know the arteests – just not the songs. I promise you if I make it out of the Swedish woods in one piece I’ll listen to the Tom Waits and The Cure songs as soon as I get to civilisation.