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 Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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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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