I knew I was behind on this, but I didn’t realize just how much so. Despite being too busy to get around to writing up and posting, I did keep a list of songs, if not particularly detailed notes, so this will be a 3 for 1 combo of sorts.
When this record came out I was obsessed, just like I was obsessed with A Place in the Sun and Atomic before that. Despite my long time love for them, I never got to see them life so I was particularly happy when I got to see them play at Smith’s Olde Bar on the 30th, where they played this song. I was front row singing my heart out, where I stole the set list and scored a guitar pick. 14-year-old Molly was quite giddy about it.
I’ve loved Tom Petty since I was about 8 years old. I don’t know how I discovered him, but I know I had the greatest hits and skated to “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” at the Family Wellness Center. This happens to be one of my favorite songs, not just by Petty. Right about the time I became a loyal VH1 viewer he was featured seemingly every hour on the hour talking about the album Wildflowers, this song, and making the video, which they also played constantly, which led to me completely falling for it. I was playing a lot of Petty for about a week since I saw him on the 29th and got to write a review for Atlanta Music Guide.
When the first Panic at the Disco record came out I really couldn’t stand them. I would race to chance the station of one of their songs started. I didn’t give them a chance and I had absolutely no desire rethink my stance. A friend gifted me a big stack of CDs for the bands he reps and on a whim I through this record in my car CD player a month ago, and to be honest I don’t think it’s left since then. These are the three songs that have been my favorite at one time or another since then. “The Calendar” is my current favorite, which I’ve been playing on repeat.
I threw together a “Mike Viola Geek Out Playlist” last week of about 15 songs from his/The Candy Butchers’ records and the That Thing You Do Soundtrack and I surprised myself with just how much I played it. I particularly kept going back to this song.