Tag Archives: Music

Music Monday

A great song to run to:

Powerman 5000:  Show me what you’ve got


Tis the season…

Halloween is right around the corner and I’m finally getting my head above water to where I can get serious about reading and watching a bit of horror.

So, here’s a classic creepy vid…Marlyn Manson

I’m afraid of Americans…

This is a couple of years old now, but I found this demo by the new project of Jeff Sheel who was (and I guess still is) the vocalist of Gravity Kills.  It’s a cover of the Bowie song ‘I’m afraid of Americans.’  I’m afraid I can’t embed it here but it’s available as an mp3 for download.

I don’t know what it is about Sheel but he seems to have a knack for doing really great sounding covers.  Check out his version (in Gravity Kills) of Depeche Mode’s ‘Personal Jesus‘.

The war will have a techno soundtrack

The Soviet-Afghan War to a techno soundtrack…vaguely haunting…

I guess songs about war (or as soundtracks to war footage) either need to be in the ‘kick-ass’ vein or sentimental for those who were lost or the folly of war.  The former really only have value for those steeling themselves to go there or those looking to cop a vicarious feel.  I suspect the sentimental songs are the ones that stand the test of time, especially as we all get older and more susceptible to maudlin feelings over youth gone by and the waste of human life ended too quickly.

Our wars really haven’t generated iconic songs, have they?  Vietnam certainly had a number as did WW2 (although I guess Korea didn’t).  I’ll just take that as further evidence that our population is so removed from our wars it just hasn’t had much of an impact upon the collective consciousness.  And yet, music is an important way to remember and understand the past.  You can read a book about WW2 and Vietnam but I’m not sure they could capture the cultural context (as quickly and directly anyway) of listening to and comparing ‘I’ll be home for Christmas‘ versus ‘Eve of Destruction‘.

Since my formative years were really in the late ’70s and early ’80s the songs of war I grew up with were a strange lot, perhaps reflecting the unusual situation of the Cold War.  99 Luftballons? Paul Hardcastle’s ‘19‘ (which manages to be dated, disjointed and powerful all at the same time)?  My favorite from the time is probably R.E.M.’s ‘Orange Crush

Music monday…sucky job edition

Reflecting my day at work today…and potentially the foreseeable future…Methinks I need to get serious about finding alternate employment.

Soundgarden with Fell on Black Days

Music mondays (Thursday Edition) Corrected!

An oldie but a goodie…Nine Inch Nails ‘The Perfect Drug’ Guilty by Gravity Kills

Thanks to J for pointing out my error….so here (finally) is The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails.

Weekend miscellany

I’m listening to the Teaching Company’s course Bach and the High Baroque now and it rocks.  I’m totally sold on Baroque music and haven’t been able to get enough of it.  Conversely, I’m thinking that music from the Romantic era sucks…bunch of pretentious poseurs (Beethoven is the exception that proves the rule, btw).

So, here’s your weekend music

Since I recently wrote about Soviet/Finnish conflict, EnglishRussia comes through again with some photos of a Soviet bomber that crashed in 1939 on the way to the front.

Some really cool people have created a trading card game (think Magic:  The Gathering) based on the principles of biodiversity and ecology.  It’s called Phylo and it’s free.   There’s a forum where the game system continues to be hashed out (the game is still in beta).