-by Kid Bucket-
As you read through my mix of songs that I would choose to be the only songs I could listen to for the rest of my life, you might say to yourself, “Why all the movie soundtracks?” Above all my other loves, films are what I love the most, and many of my favorite songs I associate with films. One that is not mentioned on this list is “Freebird”: if you have seen Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects sober I am willing to bet the end sequence might have popped into your head. When a film can lace a song into a scene to that extent, it is a thing of beauty.
Another thing I noticed is that I have only one song from The Strokes, which is odd because for a large portion of my life they were my favorite band. It was hard for me to weed out all but one of their songs, but I realized that maybe their catalogue is worth more whole than the sum of the parts.
When deciding the order of songs, I tried to focus on waves of tempo. Unlike Barney Stinson, I don’t think a mix should be all rise. There has to be ups and downs. Particularly at the end, which I designed to fade more and more into quiet which to me couldn’t be more perfectly illustrated than the ending minutes of Kanye West’s Runaway.
Without further adieu, the music I would pick for the rest of my life.
- “Shutterbugg” -Big Boi, Sir Lucious Left Foot, The Son of Chico Dusty
- “Threshold” -Sex Bob-Omb, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Soundtrack
In a movie that consists mainly of awesome music, video game culture, and all around badassery, this song stands above the rest in a film sequence that never fails to bring a smile to my face.
- “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” -Chris Thomas King, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
- “Little Triggers” -Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model
- “What Ever Happened?” -The Strokes, Room On Fire
The fact this song was used in the trailer for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette biopic made me want to check the film out: it’s one I highly recommend.
- “You Make My Dreams” -Hall & Oates, (500) Days of Summer Soundtrack
I realized the second time I watched this movie that Summer is a really, really terrible person.
- “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow” -The Soggy Bottom Boys, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
A modern classic film made by two of the greatest directors of all time that features some of the best music from the old south, in genres I always forget how much I like until I rediscover them over and over.
- “Holland, 1945” -Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
- “1901” -Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
- “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” -Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Totally shook Elton John’s hand when I saw him in Pensacola. He has crazy sausage fingers.
- “Hell” -Tegan and Sara, Sainthood
Tegan and Sara, the preeminent Canadian lesbian twin folk rock group around today.
- “Letter From an Occupant” -The New Pornographers, Mass Romantic
- “Life is Long” -David Byrne, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
- “The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism” -The New Pornographers, Mass Romantic
My favorite song from my favorite band. Sadly when I saw them recently Neko Case wasn’t with them. The whole show, I felt like I wasn’t seeing 100% of their amazingness potential.
- “Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)” -David Bowie, Inglorious Basterds Soundtrack
Fuck those Nazi bastards up.
- “She Sells Sanctuary” -The Cult, Layer Cake Soundtrack
If you haven’t seen this film, go find a way to watch it when you are done reading this. It’s the reason Daniel Craig was picked for James Bond (a Shoot Em Up era Clive Owen would like to have some words with them, I’m sure) and it’s an amazing film.
- “The Switch and The Spur” -The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely
- “The Bleeding Heart Show” -The New Pornographers, Twin Cinema
This song has my favorite bridge.
- “Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy” -Elton John, Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy
Also, his hand was CRAZY sweaty.
- “No Place Like Home” -Devo, Something for Everybody
I was never really into Devo, but this is one of those albums I could listen to forever. It’s poignant at times while also managing to be hilarious.
- “Runaway” -Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
The best song from my favorite album of last year. Kanye West wrote and directed a beautiful 45 minute music video for this song that not only proves that he is a musical genius, he is also batshit crazy.
Cumulative Time: 80 Minutes EXACTLY. To the second. I am a mixtape wizard.