Friday, September 21, 2007

The About a Son Soundtrack Challenge

I was tagged by David.

from David ....
"AJ Schnack's Kurt Cobain About A Son is gearing up for its October 3rd release, and the official soundtrack - a bit of musical impressionism, as every bit as indicative of Cobain himself as the visuals that make up the film - has just been released on Barsuk Records. AJ was recently prompted to come up with his own sonic autobiography, and then proceeded to invite me and a handful of other film bloggers to take up the challenge, the rules of which are as follows."

1.) It must reflect music from each part of your life, including childhood, awkward pre-teen years, all the way up to your current existence.
2.) It should be music that is not just your favorite songs, but also things that make sense thematically.
3.) It cannot be your own music.
4.) Challenge at least 2 other bloggers to do the same.

Elementary School - LPs
Flash Dance Soundtrack
Fame Soundtrack
Hairbrush in hand, these are the albums that I would lipsync to for hours in my mom’s bedroom in front of her full-length mirror. I had to be especially careful not to dance around too much because I’d make the record skip.

Junior High - Tapes/Cassettes
Les Miserables - Soundtrack
Led Zeppelin – II
The Police – Synchronicity
Sting – Dream of the Blue Turtles
REM – Green
Madonna - Like a Virgin
I was a theater diva. I had a ton of musicals. Les Mis was the one that sat in my tape deck for days at a time.

I was also heavily influenced by what my older brother was listening to. I remember when he came home from an REM concert on the Green tour. I stole his concert T-shirt and wore it proudly.

High School - CDs
Pearl Jam – 10
Janes Addiction - Nothing Shocking
Madonna - Like a Prayer
10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
Chris Tilley would send me the lyrics to Black in a copy of Moby Dick that we passed in the hallways. He’d write lyrics and poetry in the edges of the book.

College - CDs
I should preface this with the fact that I was a deejay at the local radio station. This is where I became an indie rock nerd. So here's a long list of bands I discovered and fell in love with.

Stereolab, Versus, Helium, The Breeders, The Blake Babies, The Magnetic Fields and every Stephen Merritt side project, Every 10,000 Maniacs Album, The Throwing Muses, Guided By Voices, The Grifters, Cat Power

I still danced and lip-synced in our little livingroom at 1649 Mayhew Street. Ama, Karen and I even pretended to have a dance club in our kitchen. We took turns flicking the lightswitch on and off, on and off. We even chased each other around the house blaring the Beastie Boy’s Sabotage.

Post College - CDs / iTunes
Ride, The Smiths, Nick Drake, Explosions in the Sky, Eric’s Trip (Love Tara), Bruce Springsteen (Nebraska), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The New Pornographers, Destroyer, The Arcade Fire, PJ Harvey (saved me after a bad break up)
My group of friends became obsessed with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, hence the Ride, Smiths ... Luckily, my husband is a total music nerd. If it weren't for him, I'd be listening to a whole lot of nothing.

My tags go out to Ama and Karen.

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