OK, back to this project. No sense in not keeping a playlist up top, not least because I can’t do one for The Fastbacks.
The title/theme grows from the idea of people (in this case, artists) examining their situation from a remove – and, as the title implies, from the sometimes detached space of, “holy shit, is that how I/we really live?”
That’s not to say I always got the lyrics right. Still, I hope the sound/mood at least touches on the theme. And, holy shit, now that I’ve built the playlist, I know some “WTFs” slipped onto this one (by whose hand, that's what I'd like to know!). But that’s why I post this stuff. Judge it. JUDGE IT!!
And, again, I’ll try to explain why I chose each of the songs I did, and as honestly as possible. In this case, starting with the first track. And, as always, I’ll post a Spotify playlist shortly after this, but I link to all the songs (and one more than I get via Spotify) below, too.
Yeah, shaky start. Look, there’s a mission and perspective thereon. It’s loose, I know. Moving on…
2. Traffic Light – The Ting Tings
The French tone…probably? Contemplating one’s soul via urban planning, though, amirite?
3. Motel Matches – Elvis Costello (Wow...so quiet!)
Oof. Poor fit. There’s nothing detached about this one. Sad as a motherfucker...
Considering one’s life, and coming to a very, very wrong decision. Just chilling. And brilliant.
5. The Ballad of John & Yoko – Beatles
On the run – and from multiple things – considered. One of the better fits.
6. Gila – Beach House
I like this band, but…SO suffocating. I didn’t want to forget them, really. Plus, contemplative vibe, yeah?
7. G-Song – Supergrass
Um…I got in a deep Supergrass phase around this time. CD needed a pick me up, too. Right?
8. Cosmic Dancer – T. Rex
Reveling in delusion: you can’t get further from reality than fleeing it. Just a different plane...
9. Chrominance Decoder – April March
I’ve always loved the loneliness of this song. Probably the anchor of the playlist/CD. French thing.
10. Red Rabbits – The Shins
Yeah, yeah, but mystical for the theme. Think it came in from the musical angle.
11. White Moon – The White Stripes (good, lightly heartbreaking video)
Jesus, was I stoned when I made this? Probably, yes. No idea why this came in. None.
12. I Am the Walrus – Beatles (loud, this one; had to dig a bit, too)
That thing about custard dripping from a dead dog’s eye? Thought it was brilliant till my kid told me every word was gibberish.
13. Transmitting Live from Mars – De La Soul…withheld the rights, apparently. Bravo.
Yeah, French. Still, what would we/they broadcast? I mean, what’s the normal? One thought.
14. Twenty Questions – Beastie Boys
Poses the big ones. Indulgent as hell, down to the lounge-y vibe. Beatnik night at your better local.
In either version, it’s a paean to one’s limitations, even if grossly practical. Um…
16. She Comes in Colors – Love
I dunno. Listens a bit Platonic to me.
17. Song for the Man – Beastie Boys
Too political to be detached. Still, the politics stand in fundamentals.
18. Suspicious Minds – Elvis
Nothin’. Just nothin’. It was late, I was probably high. Paranoia is the opposite of detachment…
19. Metaphysical – Handsome Boy Modeling School
Dreamy, brilliant, then soothing as a babbling brook, all with spoken instructions from outer space.
OK, that’s all of ‘em. The playlist goes up next. Enjoy ‘em if you visit!