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June 22, 2010

Thirty Days of Song (Day 6)

A song that reminds me of somewhere

The most honest choice here would be Self-Esteem by The Offspring, which I can’t hear without being dragged back (somewhat against my will) to my undergraduate nights out at Metros, Cardiff’s dingy alternative rock club. But instead, I’m going to go with three songs that soundtracked my living in Paris, as wittily described here, when I had nothing to listen to but Oui FM and these songs were a welcome break from the Cranberries and the Chili Peppers. Louise Attaque’s Comme on a dit has a fabulous violin riff, and is about as good as French rock gets. Alors C’est Quoi by Les Rita Mitsouko is a glorious electro-pop song, with a rather over self-consciously kooky video. The one I’m selecting though is in English, from a band who I’d never heard of before and so are inextricably linked with Paris in my mind, even if this song is now a staple of film and TV soundtracks. I’ve never been sure whether this song should be a guilty pleasure, but, for me, a pleasure it certainly is.

Shivaree: Goodnight Moon

day 01 – your favourite song: I Put A Spell On You – Nina Simone
day 02 – your least favourite song: I Believe I Can Fly – R Kelly
day 03 – a song that makes you happy: Uptown Top Ranking – Althea and Donna
day 04 – a song that makes you sad: John Wayne Gacy jr – Sufjan Stevens
day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone: Caroline No – The Beach Boys
day 06 – a song that reminds of you of somewhere: Goodnight Moon – Shivaree
day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 – a song that you know all the words to
day 09 – a song that you can dance to
day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 – a song from your favourite band
day 12 – a song from a band you hate
day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 – a song that describes you
day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 – a song from your favourite album
day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 – a song that makes you laugh
day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 – a song that you wish you could play
day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 – a song from your childhood
day 30 – your favourite song at this time last year

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