Tunes, tunes, arrgh, more tunes

Been a while since I played the meme game, so blame Terry Teachout for hipping me to this one. Like him, I’m not doing this as a 30-day challenge, as I really just wanted an excuse to create a playlist that could serve as a memoir of sorts. Enjoy.

1. A song you like with a color in the title
Old 97’s, “Big Brown Eyes”

2. A song you like with a number in the title
PJ Harvey, “50 Ft. Queenie”

3. A song that reminds you of summertime
The Emotions, “The Best of My Love”

4. A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
Lucinda Williams, “Jackson.”

5. A song that needs to be played loud
Sugar, “Helpless”

6. A song that makes you want to dance
Parliament, “Mothership Connection (Star Child)”

7. A song to drive to
The Breeders, “Drivin’ on 9”

8. A song about drugs or alcohol
D’Angelo, “Brown Sugar”—it ain’t what you initially think it’s about, though I guess it’s about that, too, eh?

9. A song that makes you happy
Bruce Springsteen, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)”

10. A song that makes you sad
De La Soul, “Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa”

11. A song that you never get tired of
Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime”

12. A song that you love from 2011
Lady Gaga, “Born This Way”

13. One of your favorite Seventies songs
Michael Jackson, “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” (1979)

14. A song that you would love played at your wedding
Bill Withers, “Lovely Day”

15. A song that is a cover by another artist
Stevie Wonder, “We Can Work It Out.” (I like it even better than the Beatles original, and I love the original.)

16. One of your favorite songs from a movie
Judy Garland singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” from The Wizard of Oz (1939)

17. A song that features your favorite artist
Phish, “Down with Disease.” I’d forgotten that there was an actual video for this song. I believe it’s the only official music video Phish has ever done. There’s a reason for that.

18. A song from the year you were born
Stevie Wonder, “I Wish” (1976)

19. A song that makes you think about life
R.E.M., “(Don’t Go Back to) Rockville”

20. A song that reminds you of your mom
James Brown, “Cold Sweat”—because she loved JB before I did.

21. A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
Los Lobos, “Reva’s House”

22. A song that motivates you
Liz Phair, “Supernova”

23. A song that you think everybody should listen to
Randy Newman, “Rednecks”

24. A song by a band/group you wish were still together
Bedhead, “Haywire”

25. A song by an artist no longer living
David Bowie, “Life on Mars?”

26. A song that makes you want to fall in love
Smokey Robinson, “Cruisin’”

27. A song that breaks your heart
Johnny Cash, “Hurt” (Trent Reznor), though it’s the Mark Romanek video as much as anything here.

28. A song by an artist with a voice that you love
Martina Topley-Bird, “Soul Food”

29. A song that you remember from your childhood
Deniece Williams, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”

30. A song that reminds you of yourself
Yo La Tengo, “Autumn Sweater”

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (
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One Response to Tunes, tunes, arrgh, more tunes

  1. Whenever we traveled I should have let you choose all the music, Walter.

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