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"