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It was hard. I can never remember song names. I turned on the radio and waited for songs I liked. I went through my CDs and cassettes. I used up all my skips and am banished from my own radio station on Launch. I am reduced to listening to the generic 80s hits free station now – ooh, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer! (Boy, am I glad nobody knows that I had a Bon Jovi poster in my bedroom as a teenager.)
I know there are half a dozen Abba songs out there that I like. But all the songs that super-duper resonate with me seem to have morphed into hidden tracks. This is why I can never – it’s my Achilles’ heel! – get all the music questions in Trivia Pursuit.
Some songs I like, I only have the titles in foreign languages. The first time I went to Africa, I charmed everyone with my love for Arabic music and shopclerks were thrilled to introduce me to the most amazing singers. I came home with eight tapes that I make sure to always return to their cases; I navigate my North African music by the faces in the liner notes and when I want to listen to Old Man with a Moustache, I don’t really want to accidentally pull out Middle Aged Fat Woman There’s also a dreamy reggae singer from Ethiopia I hunted to and fro for – and I’ll never hear him again.
Then there was the fact that some of my favourite bands didn’t fit in any where. My poor fun punk bands from Germany! And my very favourite Yugoslavian orchestra! They’ll have to wait for the sequel.
Nor did I want to profess my childish love for embarrassing music here. I even made fun of Type O Negative in front of my coworker to throw her off. Plus, is there any way I can say I actually like a couple of Eminem songs? Or that, due to sentimental memories of long-ago romance, I actually like the Titanic theme? Or that Prodigy’s Fat of the Land album always brings back some of my happiest memories ever, from when I was in Manila six years ago.
Even worse was trying to come up with a theme. My soundtrack is more confused than Judgment Night with its Aerosmith and its rap. Plus it squirms between four languages. I could have gone with an all Depeche Mode soundtrack: there’s a Depeche Mode song for every occasion!
A bargain bin find, that’s what it is:
Opening Credits: Take On Me – Aha
Waking Up: Space Manoevres – Sasha & Digweed
Average Day: Darth Vader Music
First Date: Rendezvous – Alpha Blondy
Falling In Love: The Look of Love – ABC?
Love Scene: Strangelove – Depeche Mode
Fight Scene: A vÃ³i tÃ³r marÃ¬ – Fiamma Fumana
Breaking Up: She’s Got You – Patsy Cline
Secret Love: Love Calling – Billy Idol
Life’s Okay: De MÃ¢ine – Voltaj
Mental Breakdown: The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson
Driving: Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz
Learning A Lesson: Bale Washintu – Gigi or Key – YMO
Flashback: Frozen – Madonna (I don’t really like Madonna but I do like this song & the video even more)
Partying: CiobÄƒnaÈ™ la oi m-aÈ™ duce – Radu Ille
Happy Dance: Rasputin song?
Regretting: Figurehead – The Covenant
Long Night Alone: Walking After Midnight â€“ Patsy Cline
Death Scene: Nation Writer – Unrest
Closing Credits: Blood (?!! My tape recorder broke and I have no idea if this is the song) – Faith No More
There. Now I can go on with my life.
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