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the psychology of the swallowed


so!
this is my 100th post!
and ive made you a mix tape!
its 35 songs long!
just some songs that have been sticking in my head lately. sum sum summer jams/a little romantic mayb/whatever
*****CLICK THIS LINK FOR THE DL*****….it might take forever
the title is from this lecture from 1925…


1* ain’t got no senseteenage head
1979, “Canada’s answer to the Ramone’s”…found them after watching Class of 1984, previously mentioned in
twist
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2* till the end of the daythe kinks
1965, i think this is my favorite kinks song…i like their gratuitous use of “yeah” as punctuation…
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3* in my roombest coast
2010, Bethany Cosentino covers the Beach Boy’s classiccc….heres an interview with her on
All Things Considered
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4* like flies on sherbertalex chilton
1979, from the Like Flies on Sherbert album, about which
AllMusic says, “Regrettably, this album cannot be recommended under any circumstances”…
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5* looking for some actionbare wires
2010orsomething, coming to
Danzig’s Sept 3rddd!
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6* do it to me tonighthasil adkins
1955-65, common themes for this Appalachian rockabilly musician included love, heartbreak, police, death, decapitation, hot dogs, aliens, and chicken…
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7* click your fingers applaudingroky erickson and the aliens
1981, Roky was the lead singer of 60s psych band the 13th Floor Elevators. this album was made much later, after Roky was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was given involuntary electroconvulsive therapy…wicked!
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8* the listariel pink
2007, yall know how much i love him. i got to see him a while ago at the bottletree! fun, good band, but a very structured performance, no banter in between songs…but i do love how he STILL dresses like a chick tween from the 90’s.
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9* trydelta 5
1979, from Leeds England, feminist new wavers…i heard them for the first time on some college radio between Baltimore and Norfolk…
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10* time stands stillcut copy
2004, Australian….eezy breezy indie pop, and the singer is cute or something…?
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11* boys will be boysfast
1977, NYC Hi-NRG disco/pop/electro…Mikki and Paul Zone, also of Man 2 Man…bonus Keith Haring single cover…

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12* please stand bythe shivvers
1979, critics blame the bands location, milwaukee wi, for their failure to gain wide-spread popularity…previously mentioned in
not so much to be loved as to love

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13* soal asmaradara puspita
1966, indonesian, their name translates to “the flower girls”…perhaps the first all-girl garage rock group…?

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14* what should i dothe shaggs
1968, lets just call it art brut rock from New Hampshire…the shaggs was composed of sisters Dot, Betty and Helen Wiggins…their grandmother had learned in a palmreading session that they would form a popular music group, so their father pulled the girls out of school and bought them instruments and music lessons. the girls themselves had never planned to be a band. they recorded one album, “Philosophy of the World”, which recieved a lot of attention when Frank Zappa mentioned it in an interview. apparantly theres a tribute album featuring artists like Deerhoof and R. Stevie Moore covering Shaggs songs…
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15* summertime bluesthe flying lizards
1979, my dad had this album when i was little…
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16* aint youkleenex/LiLiPUT
1978, Switzerland, pavin the way for Riot Grrls or whatevrrr…

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17* 52 girlsthe b-52’s
1979, Athen’s GA, kooky quirky i wanna dance in a flapper dress toooooo
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18* little fluffy cloudsthe orb
1991…..mmm, im not that wise on house music culture…but, i like this ambient, early-morning rave stuff…reminds me of my childhood obsession with deee-lite


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19* vacationbeach fossils
2010, brooklyn…got to see these cuties at
Nashville’s Dead Freakin’ Weekend. thats Bekah Cope’s pic…
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20* the turnpike downthe lemonheads
1992, Boston…guilty summertime pleasure, Evan Dando is a forever kind of love…

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21* dying for itthe vaselines
1986, glasgow scotland…a little-known band with a short career, Kurt Cobain covered their songs “Molly’s Lips”, “Son of a Gun” and “Jesus Don’t Want Me for a Sunbeam” bringing them exposure…also they are super cuties

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22* stop itpylon
1980, athens GA, i discussed them previously in
las vegas diamond lust….i wanna scream like vanessa briscoe

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23* sleepyheadpassion pit
2009, boston…another guilty pop pleasure! what can i say, im a sucker for dumb beats…thats the originial sample they use, celtic singer mary o’hara’s “oro mo bhaidin”…i really miss a good pop dance party
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24* schizophreniasonic youth
from 1987’s Sister album, this is the song i turn to when theres nothing else i care to listen to…previously discussed goo in
it was all whirlwind, heat and flash
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25* new lifethe bird names
2008, Chicago…previously discussed in
rainy day driving

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26* anniemirrors
1973, Cleveland. by 1975, mirrors had reformed to become the Styrenes. aaand i saw them at Bettys this past winter!
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27* tonightthe spits
2009, Seattle…another radical show i got to witness! this time at the
Stinkwater supper club…good times! fog machine, fire, stirrin the pit. punched in the face fun…pic by bekah
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28* vertigothe screamers
1977, LA. the band never released an official record but was extremely popular in the club scene. they were famous for elaborate stage shows and costumes, probably inspired by frontman, Tomata du Plenty’s relationship with the Cockettes, a psychadelic drag queen group from San Francisco…

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29* freaks outhubble bubble
1978, Brussels…short-lived punk experiment of Roger Jouret/Plastic Bertrand
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30* loreleitom tom club
1981, LOVE YOU TOM TOM CLUB! talking head’s tina weymouth and chris frantz…this debut album also has the song Genius of Love on it which was heavily sampled in the 80s and 90s…most notably by Mariah Carey for the song Fantasy…i mentioned my love of tom tom club to a friend and he suggested i listen to Bohannon, bad ass disco bandleader from the 70s…super slick and sexyyy. makes everyone else sound lazy and severely under-whelming…

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31* its needlessthe toms
1979, New Jersey, the toms is actually a one man band named Tom Marolda, an established record producer and sound engineer…
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32* try againbig star
1972, this song just breaks my heart…
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33* baby, you’re just youthe pastels
1989, Glasgow Scotland, frontman Stephen Pastel’s record label 53rd and 3rd carried Jesus and Mary Chain and The Vaselines…connections! they look like such bebes…

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34* andmoreagainlove
1967, LA. another band that shoulda woulda coulda been bigger. apparantly they just refused to tour…
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35* chereesuicide
1977, NY, and then Bruce Springsteen heard suicide’s “Frankie Teardrop” and wrote “State Trooper”…

tada!! enjoy!!

les garçons de plage


thats the original by Elton Motello, released in 1977. that same year, the next month in fact, Plastic Bertrand released “Ca plane pour moi”…

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i dont believe anything happened in court, apparantly Alan Ward, the singer/songwriter behind Elton Motello, just chalked it up to being ripped off and takes comfort in the fact that his lyrics seem to strike a chord with more listeners than the French version (the song is about a 15 yr old boy’s sexual relationship with another guy, who then rejects him for a girl).
although i must say im a bit more intruiged with the Plastic Bertrand version. Motello’s kinda turns me off. its subtle, the echo fades pretty cheesy and the “ooo Hoo Hoo Hoo” compared to PB’s Beach Boy-esque “ooo Wee eee ooo”….
the title of Plastic Bertrand’s version, “Ca plane pour moi” means something like “This works for me”/ “All’s well for me”/ “This world’s for me”/”Its working for me”/”This life’s for me” or just “I’m on a roll”…apparantly the rest of the song is nearly impossible to translate from French to English because of the heavy French slang. but basically its something like this….

Wham! Bam! my cat Splash
lies on my bed with his tongue puffed out
by drinking all my whiskey.
As for me, not enough sleep, drained, persecuted,
I had to sleep in the gutter
where I had a flash
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
in four colours

Allez-oop! One morning
a darling came to my home,
a cellophane puppet with Chinese hair,
a plaster, a hangover,
drank my beer in a large rubber glass
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
like an Indian in his igloo

This works for me, this works for me
This works for me me me me me
This works for me
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
This works for me

Allez-oop! The chick farts!, what a gas!
what a vibration!
to be sent on the door mat
filed, ruined, drained, filled
You are the King of the divan (the couch)!
she says to me in passing
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
I am the King of the divan

(chorus)

Allez-oop! Don’t mind, don’t worry
Don’t affect me
It’s not today
that the sky will fall on my head
and I’ll be without glue
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
This life’s for me

Allez-oop! my chick has gone away,
flew away, finally had enough, to break
the sink, the bar, leaving me alone
like a complete jerk
Oooo-ooo-ooo-ooo!
I’ve put my foot in it

(chorus)

and i mean, all that just sounds like Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer to me….it sounds like trippin, goofy, sexy party times…in French! he is the king of the divan!
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bonus closeted homosexuals:
adam

“Adam hearts Dennis”, that was written in the closet of my house from high school.

bonus TMI: when i moved into my new place here in richmond, there was a half used bottle of off-brand ky stashed away in the closet…..