I was aiming to turn a friend on to the American Idiot musical and after looking up samplers on youtube to send him I went into a American Idiot/Green Day/Spring Awakening/John Gallagher Jr frenzy. It pretty much made my Monday. I can’t pick just one song from this record. Both of these they were both favorites on the original Green Day American Idiot record I’m not counting “Last of the American Girls”). “Homecoming” is this 10 minute monster that’s about 5 songs (all of which are very different but I adore them all) in one while “She’s a Rebel” is consistently on my Theme Song playlist. I’m fairly certain if you found my myspace page now (which I never took down) there will still be a picture of me with “from Toronto to Chicago, she’s the one and they call her Whatsername” as the caption.
“My Junk” – Spring Awakening
Duncan Sheik did the music for Spring Awakening so most of my favorite tracks sound more like pop songs than a Tony winner for Best Musical. I stumbled upon it back in college when “The Bitch of Living” was a free iTunes download and quickly fell in love with the show at star John Gallagher Jr, so promptly I bought the whole record (see, free downloads do sell records) from Criminal Records.
“East Jesus Nowhere” - Green Day
Sometimes I need to pretend I’m an angsty teenager and listen to angry pseudo punk really loud. This does the trick. I also know that I was lip synching along to this at work and caught my boss’s eye. I’m pretty sure he laughed at me. I’m OK with it.
“I Need You” – The Wonders (from That Thing You Do)
Perhaps it was all the musicals, perhaps it was my inability to let go of my Mike Viola playlist, but I was listening to this a lot. This came up on shuffle in the middle of a not so stellar day and managed to lift my spirits.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” – Carole King
I was itching for some bouncy girl group style pop and through together a playlist. Listening to Amy Winehouse and Diane Love made me need some Carole, who I forever and always love because as far as I’m concerned The Brill Building is one of the most perfect moments in music history. This isn’t usually a favorite (“Up on the Roof” – all the way), but it was my favorite this week.
“My Boyfriend’s Back” – The Angels
This was on the aforementioned playlist, and I think I repeated this one more than anything else. The version I have is from a Murray the K live recording, so it’s really not even a very good copy. I also can’t hear this song without thinking of that horrible movie of the same name that came out in the early 90’s. I never even saw it, but I remember really wanting too at the time even though my parents said I was too young. They made that argument for Empire Records, too. Hmm…
“Not That Kind of Girl” – Rocket
I haven’t listened to Rocket in forever and a day but I had iTunes on shuffle Thursday while I was working from home and this came up and it was like I’d never listened to it before. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a little part of me that will always want to front a chick rock band, despite a total inability to sing.