Print Story Mood music.
You know the scene: you've just broken up / gotten a job / won the lottery / lost your mind / had a good day / had an evil day, and you turn on the radio.  What's the one thing you want to hear?

What's the last thing on earth you want to hear?

Situation 1: The Kiss Off

You were just dumped, and the relationship was a good one (you thought).  You're in those pre-dawn moments right before you realize what a big  fucking mistake your life has become.  What's the sondtrack? Brian McKnight? Peter Gabriel? The Cramps? Sinatra? Air Supply?  The Stones? The Violent Femmes? Ronnie James Dio?  Sepultra? $Country_star? $Top40_starlet?

Situation 2: The Triumphant Return From Disgrace

In college / highschool, you were a loser's loser.  The nerds beat you up, the jocks used you for athletic support.  Members of the opposite sex derided you in epic poetry slams that continue to this day.  The local news featured you in a weekly segment they called "Pathetic and Weak."  One time?  One time your parents showed up in the newspaper on page 2, above the fold, calling for your immediate arrest and deportation on the grounds that you were wasting oxygen in a criminal fashion.  Your grandmother laughed at you behind your back.
Then came The Day That Changed Everything.  Your hard work and single-minded devotion finally paid off, and your ideas become the basis for a world-transforming set of technologies and beliefs.  You've just pulled up to the driveway at the ten year reunion in your new fancy car.  Everyone stands outside waiting for your arrival.  What song do they hear when the doors open?  Will you go the typical route and choose a Queen song or maybe an angry punk tune?  Or will you go all Dali on them and choose something like "We All Live in a Yellow Submarine"?  Will you go with something esoteric and lively by King Crimson, or hit 'em with a Tool song about how much everyone sucks?  Will it be a nursery rhyme or an Eminem ditty?

Situation 3: You're Fired.

You worked your ass off.  You spent a good chunk of your time devoted to your company's needs.  You were consistantly brilliant, your performance was legendary.  You held your opinion and anger at the futile nonsense, you played the politics.  You debased yourself, you did what was needed.  Then one day, the company you gave blood and sweat and tears to decided to move your division to India.  You've been handed a month's pay and a pat on the ass.  What's the first song that enters your mind?  "I'm Free" by The Who?  "Death Flies on Sparrow's Wings" by 256 and blixco? "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas? "Carmina Burana" as played by the Moscow Philharmonic and Tractor Collective? Just about anything ever uttered into a microphone by Rage Against The Machine? Some Metallica? A little Dixie Chicks?  Maybe some Brave Combo ("Happy Wanderer" or maybe "Don't Forget Your Bucket")?  Some Bob Marley?

Situation 4: It's Been a Good Day.

The beach is in the rearview.  Your body is weary from sun and activity.  A cool forest drive rises ahead of you.  The windows are down.  The passenger seat contains an amazing companion who is completely in love with you.  You still have six days off, with pay.  Your clothes smell of wood fire and coconut oil, of tequila and loud company.  What's on the radio?  Radiohead?  Marvin Gaye? Waylon et Willie? The Eagles? The Beastie Boys? John Coltrane? Steely Dan? Chris Rea?  The Gypsy Kings? Mariah Carey? The Doors? Public Enemy?

Situation 5: It's Been a Work Day.

Nothing special.  Head a little toasty and worn from the day's problems and solutions. The prospect of 40 years of this still ahead.  Every day a badge-in-badge-out day, coffee and cigarettes and khaki pants.  Stumbling over logistics and cynical output from coworkers.  You're on your way home in heavy traffic, stuck for an hour behind an SUV the size of Cleveland.  When you get home, you'll just need to clean up after the dog and cook dinner before an exciting night of TV and eventually an Ambien-induced dreamless sleep.  Then you get up at 6am and do it again.  What's on the radio? Freddy Fender? Tool? Staind? Lyle Lovett? Buddy Holly? The Scorpians? Bruce Springsteen? Ani DiFranco? Hammel on Trial? Special AKA? Pearl Jam? The Bags? Olivia Newton John?

Situation 6: The World is About To Explode.

Turns out those crazy cultists in Marfa were right, the world really is just one big space dinosaur egg, and the world is about to explode / hatch.  Mankind is doomed, all the way doomed, nothing can be done about it.  No amount of packing or canning or growing your own food or survival training or guns will change it.  You've got fifteen minutes.  You've said your goodbyes, you're lying in a darkened bed, surrounded by the people, pets, and things you love.  The stereo glows softly.  The song starts.

The End.

Fill in your answers / as much nonsense as you want below.

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Musics by Driusan (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:19:12 AM EST
Situation 1, Break Up: Stabbing Westward
Situation 2, The Good Life: Erm. I can't see this ever happening to me.
Situation 3, Laid Off: Anything by Rage works for me. Maybe some WarsawPack or Sweatshop Union or something of the sort too.
Situation 4, Good Day: Absolutely any music that I like works here ranging from any of the above to any of the below to Architecture in Helsinki to Modest Mouse to Nirvana or Hole to Radiohead to Depeche Mode to anything by blixco or 606 or 256 or 862 or..
Situation 5, Work Day: Probably Metric or Matt Good
Situation 6, Apocalypse: Maybe It's The End Of The World As We Know It (and I feel fine) by any random band who's done a version of it. Maybe some old pre-vocals Delerium. Syrophenikan or Faces, Forms or some such. Maybe Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus. I don't know. Ask me when the revolution apocalypse finally comes.

Vive le Montréal libre.
Can't even pretend by blixco (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:47:17 AM EST
for #2?  C'mon.  Drag out the old imaggotnation and see what comes of it!
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco
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My answers by zarathus (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:24:32 AM EST
1)  Something from The Violent Femmes or something from everyone's favorite violently femme performer, Rufus Wainwright.

2)  Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra," of course.  But if that wasn't available, Carl Orff's "Oh Fortuna" from "Carmina Burana."

3)  Anything at all but "Take This Job and Shove It." 

4)  Bach's "The Goldberg Variations" as recorded by Glenn Gould.

5)  The theme music from "The Simpsons" (by Danny Elfman, no less) followed by another comedic jem of animation.

6)  Eliza Gilkyson "Land of Milk and Honey" from the same-titled album followed by any good rendition of Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" on the pipe organ.

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A lot of classical, by blixco (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:50:30 AM EST
and no disco.  No 80's music?  No hair metal? No southern rock? You're fired!

Seriously, I expected at least one mullet-licious tune in there, for no real good reason.  For the comedic effect, maybe.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco

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OK, then. by zarathus (4.00 / 1) #10 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:56:43 AM EST
How 'bout "Bad Moon Risin'" by CCR for #6?

Blogger - n. Someone with nothing to say writing for someone with nothing to do.
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That's perfect! by blixco (2.00 / 0) #11 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:05:00 AM EST
There ya go!  Very southern, as well.

I'm still formulating my list.  Have to go get an EMG at 10a, so I may not do it today.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco

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For all the above situations, there is 1 answer by lm (4.00 / 2) #3 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:34:46 AM EST
Helter Skelter

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
The U2 song? by blixco (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:46:25 AM EST
I kid, I kid.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco
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Of course not ... by lm (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:49:39 AM EST
... the Charlie Manson song.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Das Musik by ReallyEvilCanine (4.00 / 2) #4 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:36:05 AM EST
Situation 1: Fear's I Love Livin' in the City and Let's Start a War
Situation 2: Happened to me. Oh Fortuna from Carmina Burana was running through my head.
Situation 3: Die Ärzte, Der Misanthrop
Situation 4: Something from Amaral, like Pájaros en la cabeza or El universo sobre mi
Situation 5: Let it Burn from the Ataris or anything from Braille Party
Situation 6: Has to be Megadeth and My Last Words

the internet: amplifier of stupidity -- discordia

This is just by blixco (2.00 / 0) #9 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 04:52:44 AM EST
the sort of thing I was hoping would happen: there's a lot on your list I am unfamiliar with.  I will hunt it all down.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco
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I kinda figured that by ReallyEvilCanine (4.00 / 1) #12 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:10:30 AM EST
I listen to lots of furrin' stuff. If you catch me on IRC in a few hours, I might be able to help you locate some of this stuff.

the internet: amplifier of stupidity -- discordia

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IRC by blixco (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:19:21 AM EST
probably not, but I may be @ home, so maybe.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco
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WIPO: by komet (4.00 / 2) #14 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:26:21 AM EST
Situation 1: Who Let the Dogs Out
Situation 2: Who Let the Dogs Out
Situation 3: Who Let the Dogs Out
Situation 4: Who Let the Dogs Out
Situation 5: Who Let the Dogs Out
Situation 6: Who Let the Dogs Out

As you can probably tell, my taste in music is impeccable.

<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.

You're fired, too. by blixco (2.00 / 0) #15 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:31:47 AM EST
One of those tracks should be "24 Robbers" by Apostles of Hustle, if you really want mind-numbing.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco
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i don't know which situation they should go with, by garlic (4.00 / 2) #16 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:43:06 AM EST
but "in the hall of the mountain king" should be there, as well as "singin' in the rain"

Not an answer. by iGrrrl (4.00 / 1) #17 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:45:46 AM EST
Maybe I already told this story.  I repeat myself when under stress.

We were both running truss spots, belted into our seats twenty five feet above the stage.  It was a Springsteen show.

We'd had a fight.  A bad one.  Thankfully the crew for the show was big enough that we could stay out of each other's way during the load in.  When it came time to get ready for the show,  we had climbed ladders on opposite sides of the truss, not realizing we'd end up ten feet away from each other, separated by parr cans and kleig lights.

My mark was Nils Lofgren.  His was Bruce.  I glared at him when the LD gave the assignments over our headsets.  It wasn't fair.  The show started, and I did my job.

Then Bruce played Because the Night, and we looked at each other a moment, another moment, until the LD called the next change.

If he'd played Point Blank, we would have broken up then, but it took another two years.

Monkey Bars

Remember the night we tried to take apart the monkey bars
Remember the nights we tripped in town
Remember the night when you took my throat out, under stars
I took yours down underground

What would you do with these things when you had them?
What would you do with these things in your hands?
What do you say to the people who lost them?
When nobody else understands

We would have built those bars up almost to the attic floor
We would have made that town our own
You though my throat in hand gave you license to take more
You'd have taken flesh and bone.
You made me yours
You showed me the line
Gave me hope
But you would not give me time.
I left the monkey bars in pieces on the bivouac floor
I went and made that town my own
You though my throat in hand gave you license to take more
I wouldn't give up flesh and bone.
What would you do with these things when you had them?
What would you do with these things in your hands?
What do you say to the people who lost them?
Nobody else understands

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

Answers, with slight commentary by gazbo (4.00 / 1) #18 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:51:37 AM EST
Also, at the bottom for shits and giggles, I've written a little about each band I mention.  The Gaz is all about value-added services.

1. Girls Aloud - I wanna kiss you so (Christmas in a nutshell).

Now this may sound strange, but there is logic: when I was "a kid" I'd do the usual thing and listen to depressing music when depressed.  Growing up, I've come to the conclusion that being depressed really isn't that much fun, and whenever possible I should try and fight it rather than wallow, even if it does turn out to be ultimately futile.  Hence the happiest bounciest song I can think of.

2. Piney Gir - Girl.

Vaguely appropriate lyrics pertaining to the pre-event days, but sufficiently sneering.  Also a cracking tune.

3. McLusky - Lightsabre cocksucking blues.

Or indeed most McLusky tracks.  Shouty, agressive, but not ostentatiously so.

4. Girls Aloud - Biology.

Or pretty much any song by them.  I know, I know, I've already said Girls Aloud in scenario 1.  But I'm trying to answer this honestly, dammit, rather than trying to earn cool points by giving clever or excessively diverse answers.

5. Sugababes - One foot in.

IMO, the best track they've done (from their first album One Touch, when it was still the original three including Siobhan).  It's just a fantastic song, and nicely relaxing.  I can happily listen to the whole album while sinking a chilled pint and doing abso-fucking-lutely nothing.

6. Rachel Stevens - I said never again (but here we are).

I've mentioned before how much I love this track.  This track is so energetic, so enthralling, and so fucking good that even as I lay there waiting to die, I could crank it up and get back on my feet, forget everything else, lose all lethargy, and be just completely focused on my music for the next 3:28.


Girls Aloud - well, it's not like I've never mentioned them before.  A girl band formed on a reality show (think X Factor), their debut single was Sound of the Underground which was #1 at Christmas 2002, easily fending off their boyband competition One True Voice from the same show.

They've now completed their second national tour (an arena tour) off the back of their third studio album.  What has kept them going so long in pop-years, and has garnered them critical praise, is that they have shunned traditional girl-band music, and instead produce (with their songwriters Xenomania) edgy, modern music, where the soppy ballads are relegated to a minority, and (one feels) only recorded at all in order to boost album sales.

Both songs I chose came from their platinum-selling late-2005 3rd album Chemistry, with I wanna kiss you so being from the limited release Christmas edition, featuring a second disc of Christmas songs, with tongue planted very firmly in cheek.

Girls Aloud are the only girl group who have released 12 singles, all of which went top ten.

Piney Gir - I know very little about this girl.  I have a friend who likes her, and even wrote to her to let her know, initiating a sort of friendship.  3 days ago, she bought me Piney's album Peakahokahoo and I have to say it's pretty damn good.

It's electropop with attitude.  I guess I could have given that tag to the Girls above, but this is a bit less on the pop, and a bit more on the electro.  Expect some great synth work, and the occasional off-the-wall jazz vibes.  My only complaint is some of the songs feel like they are a little too long - but after only a couple of listens this criticism may be baseless.

McLusky - yes, they are named after Mr McLusky from Grange Hill.  Now split up, McLusky were a Welsh 3-piece (in their words, from the days when a 3-piece meant they had 3 members, not a post-modern 3 piece with 4 or even 5 in the band).  They could possibly be described as punky noise pop, but many people would disagree with the "pop" assessment.

Their production is very sparse and "dirty" - consisting typically of drums, deep distorted bass, slightly shouted vocals, and occasional melodic lead guitar riffs.  The title of the song I chose - Lightsabre cocksucking blues, hints at a Star Wars fascination, with further Star Wars references in the song Forget about him I'm mint from their snappily-titled final album The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire and also the liner notes for their debut album  McLusky Do Dallas from which my chosen song was taken.  Their second album, in case you were not yet convinced of their prowess in nomenclature, was titled My Pain and Sadness Is More Sad and Painful Than Yours.

Sugababes are a non-reality-tv 3-piece girl group, whose lineup is something of a running joke.  Originally formed in 2000 with members Siobhan Donaghy, Keisha Buchanan and Mutya Buena, the line-up changed somewhat suddenly on tour in 2001, when Siobhan left with kidney infection.  Presumably one caused by being in the most hostile and cattiest girl group around.  She is now a not very successful but really not bad solo singer/songwriter.

Replaced quickly by Heidi Range, Sugababes went on to release two further albums (neither of which lived up to the genius of their debut One Touch from which my selection is taken.  They then released their 4th and most recent album Taller in More Ways which flew off the shelves helped by their wildly successful single Push the button, and the fact that it's really quite good.

During this album's campaign, Mutya Buena left the group in order to pursue a solo career (which has not yet started, though she regularly demos songs on MySpace to guage opinion and maintain a buzz) and was replaced immediately by Amelle Berrabah (or Emma Berrabah for those who would rather dispense with made up stage names).  This new trio, proudly sporting only one original member, went on their first national tour earlier this year.

Rachel Stevens started life in the kiddie-pop band S Club 7, launched with the impressive marketing machine of their own fictional TV series (plural).  Racking up a respectable 4 #1, 4 #2s and 1 #3, a member left leaving them a short-lived career as "S Club".

Once they disbanded fully, Rachel Stevens - a strong favourite of FHM readers for non-musical reasons - began a solo career with the very different sounding Sweet dreams my LA ex from her debut album Funky Dory which spectacularly failed to set the charts ablaze, amidst criticism that the album was boring.

Rather than admitting defeat and falling back on a "safe" album of pop ballads, her first single after that album's campaign had finished was Some Girls produced by Richard X.  This wonderfully simple yet slightly dark song with a rather rude undertone was chosen as the single for the Sport Relief charity event, in an extremely amusing mismatch.  Still, this helped the song to a #2 position.  After a long pause (excepting a spectacularly misguided and hastily brushed-under-the-carpet cover of More, more, more) she began her second album's singles campaign in earnest, with some really rather good electro tunes that have more than a touch of 80s influence.

It was from this album, Come and get it that we get my chosen song.  A stamp-along high-tempo anthem that has been compared in parts to Marilyn Manson's The Beautiful People(!), I said never again went no higher than #12, and fully destroyed my confidence in the British single-buying public.

Rachel is currently doing a set of "live" shows at universities, but it is not yet clear whether she will press ahead with a solo career, or attempt to break into acting.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

Holy fucking shit by gazbo (2.00 / 0) #19 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:55:38 AM EST
That's long.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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And obsessive by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #53 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 09:03:10 AM EST

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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oh man! by gzt (2.00 / 0) #29 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:40:02 AM EST
i put in mclusky like two minutes before i read this post.

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But...but by gazbo (2.00 / 0) #31 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:49:50 AM EST
I am the only McLusky fan in the village!

And where is your comment?  I can understand if you felt so shamed at including the same band that you deleted the post and moved to Tibet.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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my comment is coming soon. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #34 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:57:33 AM EST
i have to think about this a while, it's a very important set of questions.

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Well by gazbo (2.00 / 0) #35 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:00:05 AM EST
I think you can probably tell that my comment wasn't exactly rushed.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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Excellent. by blixco (2.00 / 0) #47 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 08:37:56 AM EST
I'm really getting a lot out of these writeups.  Yours is excellent.  I'll need to listen to some of this stuff.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco
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Hm. by ana (4.00 / 1) #20 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 05:59:57 AM EST
1. dumped. Best one of these was written by a woman I went to high scool with; I snarfed it off the radio when she was touring Wisconsin years later. Here's an excerpt from Carla Sciaki's Adjustment:
In the morning and in the afternoon,
and as the day is still fading,
The random moments reminding me of you,
Honey, you're still parading,
Through all my waking dreams.

Still I tell myself over and over again,
Time will heal all wounds.
Can I help it if I'm not bouncing back?

2. Triumphant return: Stan Rogers' Mary Ellen Carter, about a bunch of sailors/deck hands who raise the ship they'd worked on, which had sunk in a storm.

3/6. Fired/World ending: Probably the Mozart Requiem.

4. Good day: Sarah McLachlan, something from the Afterglow album.

5. Ordinary day: I have a playlist of Angry Chick Pop, which Kellnerin started and I've added to since.

Can you introspect out loud? --CRwM

Some possibilities by Merekat (4.00 / 2) #21 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:06:22 AM EST

I like your songs selection by moonvine (4.00 / 1) #39 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:14:14 AM EST
Re: 6- does zissou rescue you from the burning nethers of the exploding world in his flying saucer with Sigur Ros playing in the background?

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Answers and a query... by atreides (4.00 / 1) #22 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:10:57 AM EST
1. Half of Elliott Smith's discography, especially the half about drug use.

2. Trick question... Fuck those guys.

3. RATM is always the answer...

4. +1 Steely Dan day started off by the quintessential driving album, Donald Fagen's Kamakiriad...

5. Another trick question... My morning is too tightly timed to listen to music what with all the sleeping and showering and rushing to the door and crap...

6. I Dream A Highway off Time the Revelator. It's 14:XX minutes. Enough time to nod off to sleep, I hope.

As regards item 3, I vaguely remember you once, long ago when my shcedule allowed me to lunch with you, that you offered to make me a copy of a RATM live concert in Japan. To date, I have no such copy. Take that as you will...

Have you seen The Passion yet? Here's a spoiler for you: Jesus dies.
"...compassion is more than a 16 point word in scrabble." - MostlyHarmless

fate vs choice by Kellnerin (4.00 / 2) #23 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:15:46 AM EST
For any of the above situations, if I'm truly turning on the radio and leaving myself at the mercy of the deejays, the most perfect song would be "Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go" -- partly I'm choosing this out of nostalgia for my crappy NJ radio station, and partly because that song is best found in the wild (like a friend of my freshman year roommate's who loved "Burning Down the House" but refused to own it, because it was that much better when he was just hit with it unplanned, unanticipated -- sorry, more nostalgia).

More specifically, if I got to choose:

  1. "When the Levee Breaks," on repeat. Femmes would make me want to kill myself or someone else (it's best enjoyed in a spirit of Schadenfreude).
  2. Because it's my hypothetical tenth year reunion, and I'm right in that space right now, it'd have to be "Here Comes the Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze. Or possibly the Mission: Impossible theme song.
  3. Five years ago, when it actually happened: The Levellers. Almost anything that they do, but especially "Exodus," "Liberty Song," and "Sell Out." Today? Liz Phair, "Got My Own Thing."
  4. Rush, "Red Barchetta," the R30 live version, because the guitar intro sounds spookily like my dad playing the qin when I was so young I almost don't remember.
  5. Changes daily. Today, maybe some Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Sometimes I have a playlist that goes with an ongoing story I'm trying to compose, and that's what I listen to to make my brain shift gears.
  6. The The, "Armageddon Days Are Here Again," or else Tori, "Spring Haze."
From you, I want to know what your choices would be for:
  1. You've just met someone you really like. You're gonna do the cheesy/sweet gift of a mix tape (a tape, damnit, not a CD or playlist), hoping it will make her think of you and not in a creepy way. With any luck you'll listen to it a lot together. What's the first song on the second side?
  2. Years later, you've been together so long you are one person. Except when you are on a trip (or she is) -- for some reason, you're apart. Lying in bed, going "how do I sleep alone, again?" or speeding home in the car, so close you can almost smell it, what's playing in your head?
  3. In the office, late at night. Everyone else is long gone. Climate control turned off hours ago. The air's not right and it's seeping into your head. You actually drift off for a while. What's the first song you're aware of when you come back to consciousness?

"later" meant either "when you walk around the corner" or "oatmeal."
From you- by moonvine (2.00 / 0) #40 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:17:17 AM EST
you my dear, have asked really thrilling questions. that is all.

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dear moonvine, by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #51 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 08:50:42 AM EST
won't you please do me the honor of answering them?

"later" meant either "when you walk around the corner" or "oatmeal."
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I'm coming off an EMG, by blixco (4.00 / 1) #46 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 08:36:30 AM EST
so my heads all fuzzy with endorphines, so this will be fun.

The first song on the second side needs to be a wake up.  It's tape so it needs to be old school.  I'd go with Kate Bush, Rocket's Tail.

In the second scenario, I'd probably be out driving in the middle fo the night because I can't sleep in an empty bed.  The tune would be mournful and self-indulgent, like maybe "Breathe Me" by Sia or "Evening on the Ground" by Iron and Wine.

Late night at the office is probably Massive Attack, Underworld, or something suitably fast-yet-mellow.  And loud.  Maybe Tricky.  "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" as done by Tricky and Martina Topley Bird would be good.  Or maybe a completely organic route, like Mark Lanegan...anything off of Borracho.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco

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Hate to break from the brilliance of your question by moonvine (4.00 / 1) #69 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 11:06:41 AM EST

with unfitting, common answers. But I shall anyways. So sorry.

1. Everyday is Like Sunday by Morrisey.

2. Sexy Boy by Air. Delicious groovy sexiness to pleasure-

3. When You Wake up Feeling Old by Wilco.

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it only looks common by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #70 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 11:32:24 AM EST
from inside your own head. The view from out here makes your thoughts seem to shine, too.

"later" meant either "when you walk around the corner" or "oatmeal."
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Why by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #74 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 01:17:32 AM EST
can't I ever find girls that like Rush?  Not "Yeah, I like them", but change the station/CD when they are on.  sigh

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I would never by Kellnerin (2.00 / 0) #76 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 11:59:08 AM EST
have pegged you for a Rush fan ;)

I've only got a few words of advice. One, patience. Took years for my significant other to bring me round to Rush, and part of that was through putting his entire music collection on random play so that I'd get hit with Rush and not even know it, in a sort of Folgers switch. Two, drag her to a concert. They're better live -- and it's an entertaining show whether you already love the music or not -- and I figure Geddy's voice has mellowed to the point that the older material is more palatable to those who've yet to acquire the taste.

"later" meant either "when you walk around the corner" or "oatmeal."

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Already have by houser2112 (4.00 / 1) #77 Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 02:48:15 AM EST
dragged her to a concert, the 30 year anniversary tour a couple summers ago.  She seemed to have a great time, but it's hard to say because we were a newly-minted couple.  While Rush-fandom is a "would be nice to have", what I'd really like is to be able to listen to what I want in my own damn car. :)

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Answers (Because I can't resist Surveys) by MisterQueue (4.00 / 2) #24 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:20:02 AM EST
Situation the First: Blonde Redhead - "For the Damaged Coda" On repeat infinitely.

Situation the Second: Radiohead - "Let Down", especially the "One day I am gonna grow wings" part repeatedly.

Situation the Third: Toenut - "Mr. Cockly Puppance Esq." Nothing like driving really fast and screaming to make you realize that you weren't married to that chickenshit job anyway. Situation Quatre: The Pixies - "La Love You" Cliche choice, but fuckoff.

Situation Five: Aesop Rock - "Labor", a bit obvious a choice really, but the man does have a propensity for introducing hammers to the exact head of the nail.

Situation 6 and 2/3rds: This one is more difficult. Do I go with something suitable for goodbyes like Yoko Kanno's "Green Bird"? Something fun like Oingo Boingo's "No One Lives Forever"? I suspect I'd be more apt to pick along the lines of Massive Attack's "Superpredators" now that I think about it; but then, this all depends on whether the world ends in fire or ice, further but then, I fucking had Robert Frost so forget that.

I did invent the wheel in a previous generation.

Ha! by moonvine (4.00 / 1) #36 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:09:59 AM EST
#3. In Heaven (Lady in the Radiator)- The Pixies

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Everything is fine! by MisterQueue (4.00 / 1) #38 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:12:50 AM EST
Also strangely sympatico with "Hope everything is aaaalri-i-ight! What's that floating in the water? Old Neptune's only daughter!"

Just sayin' is all.

I did invent the wheel in a previous generation.

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Monkey! by moonvine (4.00 / 2) #41 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:19:18 AM EST
And that's just saying thanky.

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Then I am 6 by MisterQueue (4.00 / 1) #42 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:24:48 AM EST
and you are 7

I did invent the wheel in a previous generation.

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Honey. by moonvine (4.00 / 1) #68 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 10:59:27 AM EST
Ten ten ten!

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here it is by 256 (4.00 / 2) #25 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:25:28 AM EST
  1. Ayumi Hamasaki - Trauma (runner-up: The Cure - Burn)
  2. Dr Thrustgood - pfc mashed (MFC 1)
  3. Ladytron - Seventeen
  4. Alabama 3 - 2129
  5. that dog. - Hawthorne
  6. Europe - The Final Countdown
funny that i spend most of my time listening to hip hop and skater punk, but in my-life-as-movie-with-screenplay-by-blixco both genres are entirely absent from the soundtrack.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni
Ladytron?! by gazbo (2.00 / 0) #28 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:37:00 AM EST
That's not what I'd've expected from you at all.

I really need to get into them, as what I've heard it right up my street.

I recommend always assuming 7th normal form where items in a text column are not allowed to rhyme.

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can't say i'm a huge fan by 256 (2.00 / 0) #32 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:52:57 AM EST
but a few of their songs have made it into my regular rotation.

and Seventeen feels like exactly the right song for blixco's sitch number three.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni

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Odd.. by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #30 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:42:11 AM EST
How fitting Seventeen is for #3.

Vive le Montréal libre.
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changing my answer for #5 by 256 (2.00 / 0) #37 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:10:40 AM EST
5. The Greater Good - Well I Wonder
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni
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I'm touched! by Dr Thrustgood (2.00 / 0) #72 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 11:55:40 AM EST
Not much more to say than thaT

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i can really think of no tune by 256 (2.00 / 0) #73 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 03:38:59 PM EST
that i would rather have blaring as the backdrop of my epic triumph over the forces of evil.
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni
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Please hold... by toxicfur (4.00 / 1) #26 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:26:40 AM EST
while I browse my iPod.

My short answer to all of the above is Ani DiFranco, though when I'm depressed, I find it difficult to listen to music at all. That's where audiobooks come in handy. Ok, then, here's a shot at it:

I've got more than one membership to more than one club, and I owe my life to the people that I love. - Ani DiFranco
Not sure music is this emotive for me by cam (4.00 / 1) #27 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:31:01 AM EST

But anyway,

The Kiss Off - Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer is a pretty pumpy up-up band. I find their punchy pop songs uplifting.

The Triumphant Return From Disgrace - A Thousand Forms of Mind by Mudhoney. It is a classic.

You're Fired - I make hamburgers by the Whitlams. It is a happy positive day-dreamy pop song that is easy to sing along to.

It's Been a Good Day - Mathgeeks and SHMRB nucular cylon. Good song that and I like the SHMRB cover of it too.

It's Been a Work Day - Probably Soundgarden. They are pretty consistent in their music and work through many different feelings. Alternatively Wheezing Maniac (to steal yicky yacky's youth) are a pretty pumping rock band.

The World is About To Explode - The Longing Song by Jen Cloher. Raspy voice with a slow acoustic based song.

Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

Eeee! by moonvine (4.00 / 1) #33 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 06:54:31 AM EST

1. Breaking up is Hard to Do- Henry Rollins.

The last thing I want to hear is Fade into You by Mazzy Star.

2.  Tainted Love (any heavy drum and bass remix).

3.  Flame- Sebadoh

4.  Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken- Camera Obscura

5.  Inernational Dateline- Ladytron 

6.  Fade to the lush outdoors, leaves rustling, crickets singing, panning your entire city, state, country, continent, planet... And then all goes boom.

WIPO by Breaker (4.00 / 2) #43 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:33:23 AM EST
you've just broken up : Ozzy Osbourne "I Just Want You" for the melancholy || Skunk Anansie "Weak", The Donna's "I don't care" for the recovery
gotten a job - Sham 69 "Hurry Up Harry" 
Rubbing their nose in it - Suicidal Tendencies "You Can't Bring Me Down"
won the lottery - Pink Floyd "Money "
lost your mind - Ozric Tentacles "Dissolution (The Clouds Disperse")
had a good day - Suicidal Tendencies "The Feeling's back"
had an evil day - Orb "Little Fluffy Clouds"

What's the last thing on earth you want to hear?
The sound of my potatoes rattling against Kate Beckinsale's dirtbox.

Whilst serving a portion : Massive Attack's "Mezzanine" album
Whilst driving down a country lane at night: Satriani's Belly Dancer/Ceremony/War/Crush Of Love
Sunday morning after clubbing : Kate Bush.

Brilliant! by blixco (2.00 / 0) #48 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 08:40:25 AM EST
You should have a regular article about this sort of thing.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco
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answers by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #44 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:37:55 AM EST
Sit. 1 Tubthumping by the Chumbawamba.
Sit. 2 Who knows.
Sit. 3 Take this Job and Shove it.  the Office Space remix.
Sit. 4 Today was a Good Day ( Didn't have to use my AK ) Ice Cube.
Sit. 5

Blizzard of Death '06
Choices, choices, choices. by MartiniPhilosopher (4.00 / 1) #45 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 07:45:28 AM EST
1. Ben Folds Five -- Song for the Dumped is my first choice but but if I was feeling particularly sorry for myself I'd have to go with Fiona Apple's Criminal

2. Daft Punk -- Harder, Better, Faster, Strong

3. Torn on this one. On the one hand, Dennis Leary's Life's gonna suck when you grow up seems entirely apropos but knowing how raw emotionally one gets at such things I might fall back and turn up Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.

4. Good days need good rock. Meaning I'd be pulling mostly from the Rush arena. Moving Pictures and earlier and a couple from their more recent Test for Echo.

5. Regular days means I need my chillout time. Lots of Miles Davis from around the Kind of Blue era from him.

6. Pink Floyd. I'm not sure it'd matter in that situation but most likely Dark side of the Moon would be my choice. The wife might differ with me in that situation however.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

Nuuuuurgh (sound of head exploding) by zarathus (4.00 / 1) #55 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 09:36:04 AM EST
How could I forget Ben Folds Five?!?!?!?!

Blogger - n. Someone with nothing to say writing for someone with nothing to do.
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bandwagon time by clover kicker (4.00 / 2) #49 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 08:44:16 AM EST
  1. Gun's and Roses - You're Crazy
  2. Hall of the Mountain King - as performed by Apocalyptica
  3. I'll disagree slightly with Breaker, and choose Suicidal Tendencies "You Can't Bring Me Down"
  4. The Beatles - When I'm 64
  5. That Lucky Old Sun, as performed by Johnny Cash
  6. Sarah McLauglhin - Mercy
    The Doors - The End

Welcome to the band by blixco (4.00 / 1) #50 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 08:46:24 AM EST

Christ, I'd totally forgot about "You Can't Bring Me Down."  I blew up an entire car stereo playing that song once.
Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco

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Cheesy by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #52 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 09:02:15 AM EST
Kiss Off:
   This Love - Maroon 5 or maybe

Triumphal Return:
   We are the Champions - Queen
   yes, I'm that obvious

You're Fired:
   Dr Mabuse - Propaganda
   Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel/ Kate Bush
   Bittersweet Symphony - Richard Ashcroft/The Verve

It's been a Good Day:
   Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters.

Its been a Work Day:
   Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

The World is about to Explode:
   Atomic - Blondie
   Two Tribes - Frankie Goes to Hollywood


Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
music by mood by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #54 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 09:21:25 AM EST
happy: BNL, sugar ray, fastball.

sad: evanescence, or anything else that lets me sing out the sadness.

mad:almost anything with a hard fasr beat

cleaning: carmina burana

calm: gregorian chant
Send me to Austria!

Music to listen to by jaxom green (4.00 / 2) #56 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:06:36 AM EST
  1. Last Caress/Green Hell by Metallica on Garage Days.  I wore out my original cassette tape so now I listen to the copy on Garage Inc.
  2. You Give Me Love by Big Catholic Guilt on Judgement.  Saw them play live in the basement of Riley Hall on WPI's campus.  I just wish they put out more music before they split.
  3. Hurt by Johnny Cash on American IV.  It's happened twice so far.
  4. Here & Now by Letters to Cleo on Aurora Gory Alice.  Again I first saw them in Worcester and Kay Hanley is incredible.  I only got to see them play live 10 times, but I couldn't stand to go a day without hearing her sing.
  5. Flower by Liz Phair on Exile in Guyville.  I drove to Buffalo because that was the closest stop of the Lilith Fair she was playing.  The day after I got back a friend got me tickets to a WFNX show she was playing.  It was a good month.
  6. Patricia by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones on Devil's Night Out.  I almost chose Do Something Crazy just because of the title, but this music really fits the situation better to me.  Again WPI introduced me to the Bosstones, and I followed them throughout New England for years, attending 25 shows in all.  The energy in their live shows stays with me to this day and I can think of few better places to be than front and center at a Bosstones show when the world explodes.

heretic! heretic! by gzt (4.00 / 1) #57 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:13:44 AM EST
"last caress" must be the original misfits version.

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Color me a heretic or worse by jaxom green (2.00 / 0) #59 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:20:51 AM EST
Color me a heretic or worse.  Even though I am aware there is a band known as the misfits, I've never heard their music that I'm aware of.  My Metallica history is based on being introduced to them during high school wrestling practice and subsequently warming up to them before meets.

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or at least by 256 (2.00 / 0) #61 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 11:46:54 AM EST
the nofx version
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni
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what album? by jaxom green (2.00 / 0) #62 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 12:34:11 PM EST
I haven't heard the NoFX version despite owning several NoFX albums, which one has it?

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it's on the Misfits Tribute Album by 256 (2.00 / 0) #63 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 12:58:33 PM EST
Tribute to a Violent World
I don't think anyone's ever really died from smoking. --ni
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Songs! by mrgoat (4.00 / 2) #58 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:19:43 AM EST
In my usualy fashion, I will answer these questions, but I will not tell you which order the answers go in. Also, there's more answers than questions here, so get back to it and make two more questions, you slacker.

"Take this Job and Shove it", which I believe you can find on the Office Space soundtrack.

I pour liquor in my ears and hope to hear the future hobo me. (That's not a song)

Leslie Gore's "Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows".

The Mozart Requiem. (See also: Ana's answer). It's a beautiful piece.

"Third Eye" - Tool.

"Shimmy" - System of a Down.

The entire album "Show of Hands", Victor Wooten.

"Is it Luck?" Primus.

--top hat--

WIPO by Gully Foyle (4.00 / 1) #60 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 10:43:22 AM EST
1: Janis Joplin - Ball & Chain.
Preferably the version off Cheap Thrills because of the apocalyptic bassline and the totally overwrought vocals.

2: Pixies - Cecilia Ann.
Triumphalist bombast.

3: Diamanda Galas - I'm Gonna Live the Life.
"Every day, every night
I must always walk in the light"

4: Barefoot Man - Scuba Do
Stoopid tourist reggae by a crazy German ex-pat.

5: Charlie McAlister - Island of the Robot Building Monkey.
For no reason other than I haven't heard it in years, and thought of it this morning.

6: Chris Whitley - Dirt Floor.
15 minutes? I only need two.

So damned many choices.... by grendel (4.00 / 1) #64 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 02:37:00 PM EST
  1. Heh, this one alone I could write a thousand words about... Elvis Costello's Alison,  David Bowie's "Heroes", Warren Zevon's Finishing Touches and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Where Do We Go Now But Nowhere? top my list right now.
  2. Tops would be the Choral bit from Beethoven's 9th's fourth movement when they get really wound up.
  3. What was that Company Man piece you did? Or maybe it was MNS's remix.
  4. Most of the Pogues' If I Should Fall From Grace With God album. Several Tom Waits songs come to mind.
  5. That's going to change drastically from one work day to the next. Like today I really wanted to listen to Modest Mouse's entire Good News For People Who Love Bad News album, but that has nothing to do with the intensity of my feelings about work. If anything I was less harried put upon than usual.
  6. Bob Dylan's Not Dark Yet is what I keep hearing when I envision the precise scenario you wrote out.

to everyone choosing 'Take this job and shove it' by clover kicker (4.00 / 1) #65 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 03:05:08 PM EST

I'd give the shirt right off of my back,
If I had the guts to say.

Take this job and shove it,
I ain't workin' here no more.


Lord, I can't wait to see their faces,
When I get the nerve to say:

Take this job and shove it,
I ain't workin' here no more.

This is not a song about a guy who quits his job, it's about a guy who fantasizes about quitting his job but can't afford to.

Mine by vorheesleatherface (4.00 / 2) #66 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 03:50:53 PM EST
Situation 1: The Kiss Off: Megadeth - 1,000 times goodbye, or Trust

Situation 2: The Triumphant Return From Disgrace: Damageplan - New Found Power

Situation 3: You're Fired: Pantera - 5 Minutes Alone, or Damageplan  - Fuck You

Situation 4: It's Been a Good Day: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon

Situation 5: It's Been a Work Day: Misfits - Helena, or B.O.C. Veteran of the Psychic Wars.

Situation 6: The World is About To Explode: My womans voice and the sound of her breathing.

Veteran of the Psychic Wars by houser2112 (4.00 / 1) #75 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 01:34:24 AM EST
Thanks for reminding me to dig out my Heavy Metal soundtrack.

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answer to all of the above by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #67 Wed Jun 07, 2006 at 03:53:16 PM EST
techno, baby. Lyrics just prove your own self important pretensions.

Everybody still hates me in this city and I hate everybody.

God knows by Dr Thrustgood (4.00 / 2) #71 Thu Jun 08, 2006 at 11:53:29 AM EST
My musical taste for a given situation changes on an hourly basis. So, for this hour:

The Kiss Off
Can - Outside My Door, although the whole Monster Movie album would probably be on repeat.

The Triumphant Return From Disgrace
Velvet Revolver - Slither. Loud, rude, bad, thoroughly tacky, everything success should be!

You're Fired
Frank Zappa - Yo' Mama. Never been fired, think this is a proggy enough choice.

It's Been a Good Day
ELO - Mr Blue Sky. No argument.

It's Been a Work Day
Jimi Hendrix - Bold As Love. Although, in reality, anything from random rock playlist.

The World is About To Explode
Arcade Fire - Rebellion. I just can't... explain why...

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