Thursday, October 07, 2004

I have a mandolin

This has been a hurrendous week, and yet I'm in an oddly good mood. Maybe it's because I've been listening to this Strokes album non-stop since acquiring it, including several very loud play-throughs the last couple of evenings. No complaints from neighbors yet; fortunately the complainy neighbors are on the other side of the apartment from the stereo. I don't know why I didn't get this album sooner, and I can see why it was on so many people's best of 2003 lists. A couple of those tracks in particular are part instant happy, all instant adrenaline.

You know how that happens, where a particular song is just instant adrenaline, or instant melancholy, or instant happy? I wrote an essay about this last year even if the fact that it seems like a kind of Nick Hornby topic makes me annoyed with myself. At least a couple of you even read it. No matter. Some of my instant happy songs:

Head On -- Jesus and Mary Chain
100,000 Fireflies -- Magnetic Fields*
Crash -- The Primitives
He's on the Phone -- Saint Etienne
I Don't Do Crowds -- Camera Obscura
King -- Belly
There's Too Much Love -- Belle and Sebastian
Math Doesn't Miss You -- Discount
Nothing Better -- The Postal Service
He's My Star -- The Poster Children
Good Vibrations -- The Beach Boys
Your Father and I -- The Beautiful South
The Laws Have Changed -- The New Pornographers
Whenever You're Around -- The Ocean Blue
Happiness Is All the Rage -- The Promise Ring
And yes, I admit it: Walking on Sunshine -- Katrina and the Waves
And oh god, I admit this one too: Burning Up -- Madonna, and what are you gonna do about it?

So, you guys... your instant happy songs? What are they? Even the ones you should be ashamed of. Even/especially if it's "Burning Up."

*I think you'll admit that it takes a special kind of weirdo to designate a song as instant happy that begins with the lyric: "I have a mandolin, I play it all night long, it makes me want to kill myself"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

what? no everclear?!?


6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

instant happiness via a song:

lost in the supermarket-the clash, no commentary from those who have gone shopping with me

head on-pixies

cartwheels-the reindeer section

reptilia-the strokes

kathleen-josh ritter

billy liar-the decemberists

fall on me-rem

and probably many many more that now i can't remember...

woo-hoo, my first foray into commenting on a blog...god, my life has gotten sad...vince

7:48 AM  
Blogger Kieran Snyder said...

How easy it is to mock, o charming mathematician. I say put up or shut up* and answer the effin question. Because I know you have an answer.

*or put out, whichever.

8:25 AM  
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8:27 AM  
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6:01 PM  
Blogger heathalouise said...

I have yet to post because I've been remiss in reading your blog. Here are some that are right from the top of my head:

Jonathan Richman -- New England
Toto -- Hold The Line (shutup)
Dio -- Rainbow in the Dark (shutup again)
Replacements -- Can't Hardly Wait
The Alarm -- The Stand
Jimmy Eat World -- A Praise Chorus
Jane's Addiction -- Mountain Song
The Clash -- Rudie Can't Fail
Fountains of Wayne -- Better Days (A Kinks cover that is prozac in musical form)
Lemonheads -- Kitchen
Buffalo Tom -- Sodajerk
(gee, where the hell did I grow up?)

6:06 AM  

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