(this is a mix CD that I made for my friend Troy a couple of months ago)
Because this mix CD needs a Philosophical Introduction
- “Come Into My World” (Fischerspooner remix) by Kylie Minogue from Fever
This song serves two purposes: 1. the phrase “come into my world” can represent the fact that by listening to these songs you are entering my world; 2. I love Kylie Minogue and I love Fischerspooner and this remix is totally awesome.
Emotional (i.e. sad) Songs
- “All we Have is Now” by the Flaming Lips from Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
I think that this song is the pinnacle of my recently-created “Songs about Time Travel” play list. I love the idea of a person coming from the future to tell you that a relationship (or something) won’t work out, but to cherish the experience anyway â€” even if, in the end, it isn’t meant to be. It sorts connects to existential philosophy in that wayâ€” it is the journey, not the destination, that matters.
- “Avalyn I” by Slowdive from the Slowdive EP
Even though this song has no lyrics, you can just tell from the way it sounds that it was written to convey sadness and beauty. I first heard this song in the opening of he movie Nowhere, which seems to be inspired by Bret Easton Ellis’ Less Than Zero.
- “Wild Horses” by the Sundays from Blind
When this song plays during the prom episode of Buffy, I cannot help but cry. The Rolling Stones did the original version.
- “Sexy Boy” by Air from Moon Safari
The video for this song inspired my buddy icon. Sexy Boy is a gorilla who travels to the moon.
- Bachelorette by Bjork from Homogenic
I’m not sure why, but this song just seems really bitter yet loving and it has amazingly surreal lyrics (“I’m a tree that grows hearts / one for each that you take”). It’s probably one of my all-time top 10 songs. And the video, directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine and Human Behavior) is out of this world.
The Song You Need to Hear by the “Best Band Ever”
- “Nothing Better” by the Postal Service from Give Up
The Postal Service is basically considered to be one of the best bands around today. They are even played on the O.C. One of the members is from Bellingham (and also a member of the band Death Cab for Cutie), so people in Washington especially love them.
The Song from Lost in Translation
- “Fuck the Pain Away” by the Peaches from The Teaches of Peaches
It’s a fun song. If you ever feel sad just listen to this or fuck the pain away yourself.
The song that started the Club/Dance music scene (in Manchester, England, at least)
- “Hallelujah” by the Happy Mondays from Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches
According to the movie 24 Hour Party People this song started the whole dance music movement which apparently originated in Manchester, England. While this claim may be slightly dubious, it’s a fun song anyway and I like to pretend it started techno music.
Because You Are Gay
- “4 My People” by Missy Elliott from …So Addictive
Someday I might write a paper/essay about how Missy’s album …So Addictive is her gay album. Every gay boy I know who likes Missy loves this album. This is less hip-hop and more electronic/dance, so it makes sense. The album itself follows themes of ecstasy and dancing and clubs and sex â€” pretty gay, yah?
- “You Spin me Round (Like A Record)” by Dead or Alive from Nukleopatra
Apparently if you have this mp3 shared on your computer the Recording Industry Association of American might come and sue you â€” this is one of the most frequently shared songs so they figure if you are sharing it you have tons of mp3s and deserve to get sued.
- “Break 4 Love” by Peter Rauhofer + The Pet Shop Boys = Collaboration from the Break 4 Love single
Okay, so Peter Rauhofer is a really well-known DJ among gays. Okay, so the Pet Shop Boys are a really well-known group among gays. Okay, so The Collaboration between the two is like the gayest thing over. But it’s a good song. And I heard it on Queer as Folk.
- “Save A Prayer” by 56k from the Save A Prayer single
Originally this song was done by the group Duran Duran, but I think this dancey version is awesome. I used the lyric “But fear is in your soul… / Some people call it a one night stand / But we can call it paradise / Don’t say a prayer for me now, save it the morning after” at the top of my paper about AIDS, abjection, and gay bodies.
- “Raspberry swirl” by Tori Amos from From the Choirgirl Hotel
Although a “raspberry swirl” may refer to a lesbian sex-act, it’s still a groovy song and what gay boy doesn’t love Tori Amos? (I’ve seen her twice in concert).
Because I Also Want to Expand Your Horizons
- “Debaser” by the Pixies from Doolittle
The Pixies are the true alternative rock group. They inspired Nirvana. They are also my all-time favorite band. This song is about the movie Un Chien Andalou (trans. The Andalusian Dog) by Salvador Bali and Luis Bunnel.
- “Some Velvet Morning” by Primal Scream from Evil Heat
The original version was sung by Nancy Sinatra. This version is sung by Kate Moss. Can you get any better than that?
- “Hurdy Gurdy Man” by Donovan
It’s an old song from the 1960s that I love. It’s also used in the movie (and the trailerâ€” where it is even more amazing) L.I.E.
- “U Don’t Know” by Jay-Z from The Blueprint
This is my favorite Jay-Z song. And it’s a good introduction to hip-hop music, I guess. That sample of “You don’t know what you’re doing” is actually from an old R&B song and sung by a guy. The producer, Kanye West, is known for taking old samples and speeding them up to give them a higher, more female-like sound. Also, the album The Blueprint is Jay-Z’s best album.