Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Other: Your Life As A Soundtrack

I don't even remember where I found this, but it's been going around the web a long time. I posted it on the old throwingmusic.com board1 a year or so ago and there were some great fits.
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool - first songs only
  • Opening Credits
  • Waking Up
  • First Day of School
  • Falling in Love
  • Fight Song
  • Breaking Up
  • Prom
  • Life is Good
  • Mental Breakdown
  • Driving
  • Flashback
  • Getting Back Together
  • Wedding
  • Paying the Dues
  • The Night Before the War
  • Moment of Triumph
  • Death Scene
  • Funeral Song
  • End Credits

Here's what I came up with the first time:
  • Opening Credits: Fastbacks - "I Know"
  • Waking Up: Faith No More - "We Care A Lot" (only had it because it was in a Rhino box set, I swear)
  • First Day of School: Lead Belly - "Irene"
  • Falling in Love: Lisa Germano - "Fun, Fun for Everyone"
  • Fight Song: Bettie Serveert - "Captain of Maybe"
  • Breaking Up: Throwing Muses - "Dovey"
  • Prom: Belly - "Lilith"
  • Life is Good: Elastica - "Stutter"
  • Mental Breakdown: Blondie - "I'm Gonna Love You Too"
  • Driving: Patti Smith Group - "Poppies"
  • Flashback: SF Seals - "Still"
  • Getting Back Together: 50' Wave - "Dog Days"
  • Wedding: OP8 - "OP8"
  • Paying the Dues: Throwing Muses - "Calm Down, Come Down"
  • The Night Before the War: Sonic Youth - "Kissability"
  • Moment of Triumph: Lucinda Williams - "He Never Got Enough Love"
  • Death Scene: Throwing Muses - "I'm Alive" (I swear!)
  • Funeral Song: The Raincoats - "You're A Million"
  • End Credits: Carter Family - "Gospel Ship"

I decided my life merited a sequel, and the second one had some uncanny fits:
  • Opening Credits: The Raincoats - "In Love"
  • Waking Up: The Hangovers - "I Feel Like" (actually works well... "The day just gets up and hits you")
  • First Day of School: Kristin Hersh - "Nerve Endings"
  • Falling in Love: Beth Orton - "Concrete Sky"
  • Fight Song: Liz Phair - "Mesmerizing"
  • Breaking Up: The Hangovers - "I Hate You" (awesome)
  • Prom: Beth Orton - "Shopping Trolley"
  • Life is Good: Mary Margaret O'Hara - "Have You Gone"
  • Mental Breakdown: 7 Year Bitch - "The Midst" (perfect - "I need some chemicals, I'm too emotional")
  • Driving: Boss Hog - "Texas" (I'd be driving the hell out of Texas)
  • Flashback: Gillian Welch - "One Monkey"
  • Getting Back Together: Sam & Dave - "Sweet Home"
  • Wedding: Barbara Manning - "B4 We Go Under"
  • Paying the Dues: Ruby - "Heidi"
  • The Night Before the War: Generation X - "Your Generation" (from the Rhino punk box set)
  • Moment of Triumph: Bettie Serveert - "Crutches" (hmmm... Pyrrhic victory?)
  • Death Scene: Throwing Muses - "Shark/White Bikini Sand"
  • Funeral Song: 50' Wave - "Glory Weed"
  • End Credits: Jenny Toomey - "Patsy Cline"

Well, I'm really bored, so almost exactly a year later, let's see what I get. Call it "Karen: The Remake."
  • Opening Credits: Babes in Toyland - "Mother"
  • Waking Up: Liz Phair - "Ride"
  • First Day of School: Bettie Serveert - "Geek" (Spot on!)
  • Falling in Love: Danielle Howle and the Tantrums - "She Has a Past" (A little too spot on...)
  • Fight Song: Rachael Yamagata - "The Reason Why"
  • Breaking Up: Kristin Hersh - Untitled (On Sky Motel)
  • Prom: X - "Soul Kitchen"
  • Life is Good: Scrawl - "Out of Mind" (Seems like this should be the next one...)
  • Mental Breakdown: Elastica - "Vaseline"
  • Driving: Lisa Germano - "Cry Baby"
  • Flashback: Throwing Muses - "Red Shoes"
  • Getting Back Together: The Hangovers - "Sorry" (actually more about failing to get back together - "Sorry doesn't mean a thing anymore")
  • Wedding: Cat Power - "Peking Saint"
  • Paying the Dues: The New Pornographers - "Jackie, Dressed in Furs"
  • The Night Before the War: Gillian Welch - "Wrecking Ball"
  • Moment of Triumph: The Breeders - "Drivin' on 9"
  • Death Scene: Throwing Muses - "Hate My Way" (guess I really must have...)
  • Funeral Song: Kathleen Edwards - "Sweet Little Duck"
  • End Credits: Lucinda Williams - "2 Kool 2 Be 4 Gotten" (rewl!)

1They changed forum software/hosting last year and the old posts were, I believe, lost. I had some funny signatures in there!

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