Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The songs that made you feel cool

The songs that made you feel cool. You know what kind of songs I'm talking about. When you were in high school driving around with friends (or in my case, junior high age and driving around with my sister, 4 years my senior, long before my friends could drive) and a song would come on the radio that made you want to turn up the volume and roll down your windows. And you just felt cool. Do you have any songs like that? Sadly, I haven't heard music that evokes this feeling in some time.

Rob and I have been listening to Pandora lot lately. It's because we got each other a joint Valentine's Day. These:

Don't be fooled by the Bose name; they were actually a really good deal for quality computer speakers ($69 at Sam's Club).

So anyhow we're listening to music at home constantly now. We like Pandora, which is not new by any means, but in case you are new to it - here's how it works. You pick an artist or genre, and then the website builds a station for you and picks music that you might also like (based on feedback from other listeners). You give each song a thumbs up or a thumbs down, and then it adjusts your station accordingly. So you hopefully hear songs you love mixed in with new things too. I love technology.

So far, we've tried out:

  • Reggae Radio (awesome, of course,)
  • Dick Dale Radio (has a sweet '60s surf rock sound)
  • Queen Radio (great station - what "classic rock" stations should be)
But our favorite so far is the station that popped up when I typed in "Soul Coughing." Oh man, we are feeling nostalgic. Really nostalgic. So many good songs from our youth. I hope you will enjoy this mix as much as we do.

The Butthole Surfers - "Pepper"

The Eels - "Novocaine for the Soul"

Beck - "Girl" ("Loser" would be more in tune with the era, but I like this one better)

Soul Coughing - "Soft Serve"

Weezer - Say It Ain't So

Gorillaz - "Clint Eastwood"

Screaming Trees - "All I Know"

Cake - Love You Madly

Sneaker Pimps - "6 Underground"

I found so many other good ones -- some forgotten gems like Primus and Lo-Fidelity Allstars and Eagle Eye Cherry mixed in with some bands that stuck with me over the years (like Radiohead and the Pixies). I could go on posting embedded videos all day, but this seems like a good place to stop. Well... one more.

Finally - one of the best songs you probably never heard. It was not very popular. Well, it was popular in OUR house. My sister and I liked this album so much that we each bought a copy. Two Fantastic Planets in one household. We loved the sound.

Failure - "Stuck on You" (dedicated to cool older sisters everywhere)

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Life in Rehab February 16, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

I know most of these- I'll have to check out the rest when I'm not playing with a corporate firewall. Thanks!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno February 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM  

6 Underground is one of my favorite tunes. I also busted out my old Poe cd, I totally forgot about her! Love that 90s stuff.

kristi.w. February 17, 2011 at 7:23 AM  

Sara - I loved Poe! Good one.

Leslie February 17, 2011 at 9:55 AM  

6 Underground is my favorite!!

Skooks February 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

Ok . . . Say It Ain't So is probably my most favorite karaoke song of all time. Not a traditional one, but when you get to the "Dear Daddy . . ." part it is so SA-WEET. Especially if you're in a bar with a bunch of country-singer types and they have no idea what the world the song is you're singing. LOVE THAT.

Brian February 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM  

Wow! I missed the Gorillaz, thanks for making me remember=)

Amanda- Hip House Girl February 23, 2011 at 6:20 PM  

Oooh yeah, I totally feel cool right now listening to all these. I would add that one Cardigans song- Erase and Rewind.

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