I’m thinking about music. I really like music! Here’s a list of my current favorite songs, I’ll try to keep it one per artist. Maybe I’ll do this yearly and see how much it changes!
Eighth Wonder - Lemon Demon
This was the first Lemon Demon song I ever listened to and has remained my favorite since that day. It has everything I love: rockin guitar, cool synth sounds, and a silly, talking, supernatural mongoose mystery. I listen to this song almost daily (and have been for about the past three years).
Islands - Oingo Boingo
Maybe a solemn-sounding song, but completely made up for in the badass instrumentals. Probably not the best example of Steve Bartek’s legendary guitar work (compared to other songs like Fool’s Paradise and No Spill Blood), but still incredibly rockin, this song makes me feel badass. Oingo Boingo never disappoints.
Crosseyed and Painless - Talking Heads
Debated between this one, Pull up the Roots, and Making Flippy Floppy, all incredible songs. But I wanted to talk about this one because it’s very guitar heavy and harder rock than the usual for Talking Heads (can you tell I really love electric guitar yet?). Very interesting and very good. Very interesting lyrics too. The rap part is pretty funny to me, David Byrne rapping is a funny thing to think about.
Jerkin’ Back N’ Forth - Devo
Definitely one of the more well-known songs by Devo, but no less good. I really like the synth bass. Not much to say about it honestly, just a groovy song, it makes me feel like jerkin’ back n’ forth.
Mr. Roboto - Styx
Coolest sci-fi song ever. The synths fit perfectly. DeYoung’s voice is incredible, his range is astounding. Hooked on it since the first listen. Also, the lyrics really are true, maybe not to that sci-fi extent, but the modern world’s rather pathetic reliance on technology is definitely something to be aware of.
Peek-a-Boo - Siouxsie and the Banshees
A spooky song with an important message, and topped off with a good groovy tune. This song also makes me feel badass. Old song, as are most of these, but the criticism on women’s portrayal in media still goes strong today, and I’m glad it was written. The creepiness of the song blends oddly well with this message.
Vampire Ska - Horny Toad
Just a silly little ska song about a vampire-esque girl. I like ska and I like old vampire garb. Good key changes.
(Take These) Chains - Judas Priest
A great hard rock song. I guess that’s about it though, the lyrics are emotional but cover a common theme, so not much to say there. I just really like the guitar.
The Cat With 2 Heads! - The Aquabats!
Another silly sci-fi song. So the Aquabats did have a show? They looked very familiar, I thought I was confusing them with LazyTown or something. Maybe I was, but still I’m sure I’d heard of them as a child. Anyway, good song, cats are cool, two-headed cats are even cooler. I like the energy in this song.
She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby
And yet another silly sci-fi song. Sort of like if Talking Heads was British and sci-fi. I really like sci-fi.
The Volcano Song - Logan Whitehurst and the Jr. Science Club
A science song that’s actually about real science and not sci-fi. Wow! This song sounds exactly like something you’d hear in school as a small child learning about volcanos. Actually educational. Still really good. I like the keyboard, and Logan’s silly vocals tie it all together. I love silly little geek rock songs like this. I think I’ll show it to my little brother.