“Oh please, I bet everybody here is fake happy too”

I’ve been listening to Paramore’s new record After Laughter all day. It is truly addictive. My favorite tracks so far are Hard Times, Rose-Colored Boy, Fake Happy and Tell Me How. Especially Fake Happy. Do I like it more thanks to the bridge reminding me of Would I Lie to You? by Charles & Eddie? Well, probably.

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Indian skateboarders

WILD BEASTS – ALPHA FEMALE from Sasha Rainbow on Vimeo.

What a great way of combining some of my favorite things: music, skateboarding and breaking gender norms.

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30 songs: 22

22: A song that describes you.


Hello Saferide – Travelling With HS

I’m not stupid, I understand that
It would be convenient if
I was better at conversation

I’ve learned to master the skill throughout the years
Small talking, but after an hour or so I mentally die

I mentally die

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can’t help but loving more
When being on my own and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, I wish I wanted
To go see local churches with you
Or to go clubbing where the young ones do
But all I really want to do is watch the everyday lives

My friend, nothing is ever the matter with you
I’m glad to see it though I don’t believe it
You won’t have to worry, I’ll soon have figured you out
I won’t tell you when I have but I’ll find your weak spot
Your weakest spot, oh, I’ll find it

And here is mine: I try to pretend that I like to be part of it all
And that I enjoy going out with you and you and you and you and you

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can’t help but dreaming of
Sitting by myself and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, but I just want to spend more time
With my mind
It always surprises me every time
And none of you ever do
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love you
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love you
It doesn’t mean that I don’t

And I try, I try, I try, I try
But I can’t help but loving more
When being on my own and watching everyday lives
And I try, I try, but I just want to spend more time
With myself
I always surprises myself every time
And none of you ever do
It doesn’t mean that I don’t love you

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30 songs: 21

21: A song you want to dance to at your wedding.

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30 songs: 20

20: A song that reminds you of somewhere.


Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl

Croatia, summer 2016. Before the trip I didn’t think much of this song at all, I might even have found it a little meaningless. Hearing it every day in the hotel room watching VH1 in the morning or before going out to dinner changed my mind, however. It totally fit the spirit of a summer trip in Croatia what with the music video showing the cliffs and crystal clear water and all. Whenever I hear This Girl now I’m immediately filled with happy thoughts. It holds great meaning to me nowadays.

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30 songs: 19

19: A song you’re currently obsessed with.

I find it impossible to stop listening to You With Me by Jimmy Eat World because it has one of the best choruses I’ve heard in years. Just one hell of a song, really:

I also find it impossible to write about this song without mentioning the elephant in the room: Jimmy Eat World were clearly influenced by Eros Ramazzotti while writing You With Me:

Right?

Just one more thing… Is it weird that I kind of like You With Me even more thanks to the intro being very, you know, Ramazzottian? Jimmy Eat World goes Italian pop made for moms. That’s cute.

But seriously, I feel like the You With Me intro also reminds me of yet another song. Perhaps this one?

Maybe. I’ll update this post if I find I was actually thinking of something else than Badly Drawn Boy.

(Hey, what if Jim Adkins, Eros Ramazzotti and Damon Gough got together to write a song? Or start a band, even? And they were called Eros Eat Boy? Isn’t that what parallel universes are actually for? I’m just brainstorming over here.)

Update January 29: I think I’ve found it:

kent – Ingenting

Yet another similar intro. Too bad this Vevo upload isn’t HD, because Ingenting is a beautiful music video. You might as well watch it and hope to find it in better quality later on.

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30 songs: 18

18: A song from a movie.

Besides being a great movie, This is England has a terrific soundtrack. Clayhill covering The Smiths, Since Yesterday by Strawberry Switchblade, Come On Eileen (you can’t deny it’s catchy!)… But most of all: Toots and the Maytals. Has anyone ever had enough of 54-46 Was My Number? I highly doubt it.

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30 songs: 17

17: A song from your favorite album.

blink-182 – Stockholm Syndrome

My favorite album of all time. One of the best blink songs ever.

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30 songs: 16

16: A music video that you like.

I’m a big fan of documentary music videos; those featuring live footage and the band/artist just hanging around or being on tour or whatever. Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars is one of them:

Why does this give me the chills? It’s neither a band nor a song I listen to a lot. Weird how the mind works sometimes.

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30 songs: 15

15: A song people wouldn’t expect you to like.

When people ask me about my favorite songs of all time and I mention O-o-h Child by The Five Stairsteps they are usually quite surprised. I was actually very young when I first heard it, because at age 11 or 12 a friend introduced me to Tupac who he had borrowed the chorus from O-o-h Child in his song Keep Ya Head Up. Of course I wasn’t aware of this back then, but I did like Tupac’s song very much. Years later I was watching a skate video and – unexpectedly enough – there it was: O-o-h Child. The chorus I was so familiar with thanks to Tupac. The original version was an instant favorite, and it still is.


The Five Stairsteps – O-o-h Child


Tupac – Keep Ya Head Up

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30 songs: 14

14: A song you like hearing live.


Miriam Bryant – Raised in Rain

Must hear this live. Every chance I get.

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30 songs: 13

13: A song by a musician that has passed away.

Some weeks ago I watched Amy, the documentary about Amy Winehouse, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. I just can’t stop thinking about the tragedy that was her life. I found three scenes particularly painful to watch:

  1. An interview with Amy after her debut album Frank was released. Someone asks her if she thinks she’ll become famous, and her answer is that she’s sure she won’t because she’s a jazz singer and that is not a commercial genre. Hearing this was just painfully ironic, knowing the influence her work would end up having in the music industry and knowing fame would end up playing a big role in destroying her.
  2. A brief moment about 1:22 into the movie. Amy’s standing by a car. A few paparazzis are circulating around her. They are all hidden behind their camera lenses and constantly taking photos. Amy doesn’t look at them even though they are inches away. This scene resembles predators approaching their victim, except this is grown up human beings. Approaching another grown up human being, who they know is in deep trouble and in desperate need of help. I cannot emphasize this enough: they know about her situation. Yet they keep disturbing her, comfortably distansed by their cameras. How can a paparazzi photographer sleep at night or even spend money they’ve earned without feeling sick to their stomach? They are literally – in many cases such as this one – stressing people to death. You can never justify something like that by saying that you’re “just doing your job” or “if I don’t do it someone else will”. What also strikes me while watching this documentary is that all paparazzis are men. Enough said.
  3. The Belgrade concert. Despite having been in very bad condition for a long time, and despite currently being passed out at home, Amy is driven to the airport and put on a flight to Serbia to perform. The documentary shows Amy on stage. She’s apparently too drunk to do her job. Some people in the audience start booing. The look on Amy’s face is devastating. It is the face of a confused and horrified child. My thoughts watching are: “Seriously? They are booing a fellow human being who is clearly agonized and broken? Who does that?” Some people are even laughing at her. Everything about this scene is so tragic. What her life became. How people treat other people.

When you’ve got a couple of hours to spare, I would really recommend watching Amy. If you have a heart the movie might exhaust you, like it did with me. But it will be worth it, because improving your empathy is always important.

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

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30 songs: 12

12: A song with a name in the title.

Only a few weeks ago, kent – Sweden’s biggest rock band – officially disbanded. Their final tour was one of the most awesome things I’ve ever seen on a stage. Truly unforgettable. I went to three of the shows, including their funeral on December 17. Of course it’s sad that kent broke up, but I’m glad they stayed together for so long and made a lot of very good music. This is one of my absolute favorite kent songs:


kent – Ansgar & Evelyne

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30 songs: 11

11: A song that reminds you of summer.

MakeDamnSure by Taking Back Sunday gives me the chills. I remember one summer as a teenager – it must have been 2007? – listening to this song over and over again. Of course I listen to it during other times of the year as well, but since my teen years no summer is complete for me without blasting MakeDamnSure.

There’s also this acoustic version that is pure magic, much thanks to Matt Fazzi’s performance:

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30 songs: 10

10: A song you wish you wrote.

There are no words to describe how perfect I find Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t by Brand New. Flawless.

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