Saturday, March 13, 2010

A funeral for top 40.





I bought a car in Oct and drove away only to realize that the CD player didn't work. I finally got it fixed in Dec, and then on one freezing morning, I pulled a CD out a little to eagerly, and broke the new stereo. So, since then I have had nothing but radio to listen to. Usually, I live in a hermetically sealed world consisting only of my own (mostly old) music. I should note that for me, my musical adventurousness stopped around 1994. I still keep Liz Phair on deck, and I could probably listen to nothing but Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers for the rest of my life. Until two weeks ago, I was convinced that Taylor Swift got famous on American Idol (I don't watch it, clearly). I abandoned staying "current" with musical a long time ago, and my ignorance shows it.

But for the last five months as I have been forced to turn to the radio for my "car"aoke sessions, I have built a deep and meaningful relationship with 93.3. I know the top 40 list by heart. I have bonded with Drake, Trey Songz, Birdman and Lil' Wayne. When "Say Something" comes on, this bitch turns that shit up. Early on during The Broken CD Player Crisis of 2009 - 2010, I heard this one song which was new to me, and thought, "Oh, this is kind of cute...." I actually went to buy it on iTunes later on, thinking it would be a nice addition to my guilty pleasures list. It was Justin Bieber. I felt like a pedophile just listening to this tweener. I felt even deeper shame when I learned that Justin Bieber has one person on his staff whose sole job is to show JB how to "act cool." (Save us, Jesus.)

But as of yesterday, my better half coordinated installation of an iPod connection in my car and I am back to my old self. If you heard someone barreling down the freeway this morning with the radio blasting "Underneath the Waves" or "Fuck and Run," then that was me.

1994 (and its cousins).... it's good to be back!

In celebration of this rebirth, I present to you choice cuts from the world's narrowest iPod playlist... mine:
















(Candy Cane Crawl is especially good.... go grab a pack of cloves, start smoking 1988-style and listen for the amazing backing vocals of Ani DiFranco. I am not even an Ani fan, but holy shit. Be patient and keep going until at least 2:20 when Greg Dulli really leans into it. Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers are best played on blast, and better still at night.)

22 comments:

Anna said...

in college i had a 2 tone ford escort with only a tape deck. my sister made me a mixed tape with lowrider, and build me up buttercup, basically the most random collection of songs ever. that tape got stuck in my tape player and i had to listen to 2 years of the same tape.
love your song choices!!

Decorno said...

Ha! Well, I guess it could have been worse (like a French travel phraes tape, or something). "Lowrider" for two years might have caused me to drive myself off a cliff, though. :)

PrettynPreppy said...

I don't know how you did it. Being forced to listen to today's music would have driven me insane! We're talking full-on hissy fit!

Love your music choices ~ already had them all in my iPod. I've got the Twilight Singers on loud right now and I am happy.

AppleTree said...

Love the old Liz Phair, before she got all produced and stuff. But I don't blame her, she's got a kid to feed

Anonymous said...

A little Dulli on a sunny or rainy day always makes me happy.

Susan said...

I heard that a certain station kills puppies. Don't listen to them. Listen to movin 92.5. Listen to me. 2-7pm. :) I get more money when you do. (I have no shame. I'm okay with that.)

HM, CID said...

I'm embarrassed to say I used to play "Fuck and Run" like 17 times in a row.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Susan: Switch to Movin' 92.5 and catch the sweet, silky sounds of SGM and Mason recapping Real Housewives!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

Ah, the good old days... I'm with you.

Kelly

SweetLikeLemonade said...

I'm 23. I have heard your 1994 Liz Phair stuff. I have no fucking clue who the rest of those people are (I actually had to google "Justin Beiber" and cluelessly listen to his stuff trying to see if I had heard of it).

I teach high school. My students are the only reason I know who Lady Gaga is.

the t and j show said...

my husband and i have an agreement that i am allowed to sleep with dulli if ever given the opportunity. i'd have to put a paper bag on his head though. love the voice to bits, iffy on the face.
the whigs haven't left my car since 1994.

mary said...

I love the adventure of radio--you just never know what will be played next......one thing that is totally impossible for me to control (besides changing stations). Have a great week-end.

joanny said...

You certainly hit a 'hot' button.... there is something to be said about playing your own music... I bet from the comments here a few of your readers are going ask who is Bob?
I love his new album that came out last year Bob Dylan's “Together Through Life” & the song 'Beyond Here Lies Nothing' I adore Dave Matthews and his band ,,and an eclectic mix of others.
"C'est la vie",

Joanny

Karena said...

I love your term "Car" Oke!! Too funny, I have indeed broadened my horizons with a ten and thirteen year olds as grandchildren! PS my Jeep still does not have a DVD player!

Karena
Art by Karena

Marija said...

As someone who commuted hours a day for years, I can say that satellite radio has changed my life! Though maybe my life is a little dull to begin with...

Marija

(love lala)

Celina said...

Freshly 36, I made the mistake of going to a friend's bday bash @ a hip hop club recently, and was ear-assaulted by your aforementioned list. Ahhh, hip hop is just not the same. I'll stick to my oldies on the Ipod too. Gucci Mane's lemonade is a guilty pleasure, tho'!

Tara said...

Thanks for clearing up the whole Taylor Swift thing - I also thought she was an Idol product.

Kwana said...

Sometimes Top 40 makes me want to crash my car (mostly Rihana) but I'm with you on Drake and Say Something. My kids laugh at me and that song. They also laugh about him being the kid from that show Degrassi

http://www.youtube.com/watch#!v=LG8dDJNBTWQ&feature=related

Anonymous said...

Oh, Decorno...where are the DECOR posts? And why so scant on comment when you do post?? We miss your on-the-mark assessments of interiors. Instead, we get TV show musings, or music meanderings. Come back, baby, come back!

Anonymous said...

Worse yet is going to the local Walgreens and getting pissy because the 'background' music was just played WAY TOO LOUD. Gawd, I've become one of the people I used to laugh at.

Newell Turner said...

Couldn't live without my ipod car access. Much I would suggest, but will start and stop with this: Great podcasts free through iTunes. Check out Radio Lab (talk). Then check out my current musical obsession. Actually, I've been on to him for over a year now. Thomas Dybdahl. Norwegian. Fantastic.

Sarah said...

I have a narrow playlist too, so comforting to know I'm not alone.