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July 24, 2010

The increasingly inaccurately named Thirty Days of Song (day 21)

Filed under: All,Music — Josh @ 6:23 pm
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A song for when I’m happy.

In one episode of Father Ted, some young priest is depressed and suicidal, until they cheer him up by playing him the Theme from Shaft, by Isaac Hayes. All seems well, until he listens to some Radiohead and reverts to misery. Now Shaft does make me happy, especially the bit which goes:

‘They say this cat Shaft is a bad mutha…’

‘Shut your mouth’

‘But I’m talking about Shaft!’

oh, and also the bit where Isaac says “he’s a complicated man, but no-one understands him like his woman” and the backing vocalists go “John Shaft!” as if that was his woman’s name too. Like Evelyn Waugh, who was married to another Evelyn.

But I reject the implication that you can only be happy listening to uptempo stuff. I am even more happy listening to Bill Callahan mournfully intoning stuff like “You moved in, to my hotel. You could have done better, but oh well” and trying to get away with an Uh-uh-uh-urgghhhhhhhh sound in the chorus that sounds like an expiring water buffalo. Brings a grin to my face every time.


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 random awesome song: Werewolf – Cat Power
day 08 – a song that you know all the words to: Razzmatazz – Pulp
day 09 – a song that you can dance to: I’m Comin’ On Back To You – Jackie Wilson
day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep: Dying Slowly – Tindersticks
day 11 – a song from your favourite artist: Dead Flowers – Townes van Zandt
day 12 – a song from a band you hate: You Came, You Saw, You Conquered – The Ronettes
day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure: Mean When I’m Mad – Eddie Cochran
day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love: Take A Bow – Rihanna
day 15 – a song that describes you: Dr Love – Bobby Sheen
day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate: I Wish It Would Rain Down – Phil Collins
day 17 – another random awesome song: Walk Through The Fire – Mary Gauthier
day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio: Lemon Incest – Serge & Charlotte Gainsbourg
day 19 – a song from your favourite album: Busby Berkeley Dreams – Magnetic Fields
day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry: Kill The Poor – Dead Kennedys
day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy: You Moved In – Smog
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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