Monthly Archives: August 2012
This is the first single from Bon Jovi‘s 2005 album of the same name. According to this guy, the song is about Jon Bon Jovi‘s disappointment at George W. Bush‘s 2004 election win, but I don’t know where the hell he got that idea from. To me, it seems more like a sarcastic fuck you to all the haters and naysayers, which is also why I’m posting it. It’s also featured in the movie Win Win, which seems to be playing multiple times a day, every day, on cable TV in the U.S., so I’ve probably heard it like 57 times in the last 6 weeks without even really trying to. When I listen to it now, my mind even fills in lightsaber noises at the appropriate spots. Happy Friday, people!
When this song first came out a few years ago, I thought it was a fun, peppy goof of a track. Lately though, I’ve come to think that it’s deeply profound with a more than a ring of truth to it. I’ve been meaning to write some actual posts explaining my frame of mind as of late, but I really don’t want spew a lot of venom (plus I’m still working on that Police Academy thesis; it has become a fucking magnum opus). Give me a couple of days, and I’ll have some fun shit for you all. In the meantime, let’s all enjoy some power pop and laugh at the absurdity of being an adult in the 21st Century.
This is more a spoken word track than a song, but I love it nonetheless. From William Shatner‘s 2004 album Has Been, produced by Ben Folds (who also plays the piano here), it’s a melancholy mediation on aging, success, and personal satisfaction (or lack thereof). Seems to be running theme here lately, huh? The musical arrangement is hauntingly beautiful, and Shatner‘s reading isn’t the stilted histrionics that many people associate with him, but a genuinely sincere and moving performance. “At my age, I need serenity…”
This song is from The Ramones final studio album, ¡Adios Amigos! It’s a pretty laid back number for the band, better known for their frenetic high octane playing; if The Ramones did a cover of In A Gadda Da Vida, it would probably be two minutes long. It’s one of their more popular later songs, even though it didn’t chart. Ronnie Spector did a cover that was produced by none other than the song’s composer, Joey Ramone.
This Simon & Garfunkel song was originally released in late 1966, hitting the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. It’s a relatively hard track for the duo, better known for a gentler, more hippieish, folky sound. It’s a brilliantly arranged piece of music, the driving beat perfectly complements Paul Simon‘s stellar guitar work. Lyrically, the song is a metaphor for growing older and coping with being unable to fulfill the dreams of youth. About 20 years after its release, it became a signature tune for The Bangles when they covered it for the soundtrack to the film Less Than Zero. It’s also been covered by artists ranging from film composer Hugo Montenegro to goth punk band She Wants Revenge.