Monday Mixtape #01: I am the NME

Monday Mixtape #01: I am the NME

As an NME addict [my $6.50/week drug], I thought it would only be right to introduce myself using their own “My Music” template.  It’s probably worth noting that my music preferences can change on a daily basis, so these responses will most likely be outdated within a week or so.  Anyway, without further ado:


Right now I’m loving…
“Written In Reverse” – Spoon
They’re touring Aus in a couple of weeks, for the Groovin’ The Moo festival, and I absolutely can’t wait to see them.  I actually discovered these guys on the Veronica Mars soundtrack, back in 2005, and they’ve released two excellent albums since then.  Their latest, Transference, is a wonderfully diverse record, and this track is a great example of Britt Daniel’s songwriting abilities.
[Spoon will be playing at Billboard on April 30th – I’ll be there!]

My first record…
“Better the Devil You Know” – Kylie Minogue
The first album I ever owned was Kylie Minogue’s greatest hits, released 1993.  She’d only had three albums at the time [Kylie, Enjoy Yourself, and Rhythm of Love], but still managed to compile 23 tracks.  I don’t actually remember asking for, or purchasing the album, just that it was mine.  My love of Kylie lasted many years, all the way through to the release of Fever.  She just went downhill from there.  But throughout her reign as “Princess of Pop”, Kylie did release some truly brilliant pop songs, and “Better the Devil You Know” is most certainly one of them.

A record by a hero…
“I Think I’m Paranoid” – Garbage
When Garbage toured Australia in 2005, I waited outside the Palais in St Kilda for what seemed like hours after the show, in hope of meeting the one and only Shirley Manson.  Whenever somebody asks me my favourite band – always a difficult question – I always find myself coming back to Garbage.  And while I didn’t get to meet Shirley, I did get to meet Butch Vig, the man who produced Nirvana’s Nevermind, and that was pretty damn awesome.  Rumour has it that Garbage’s hiatus may soon be over, so perhaps I’ll get another chance to wait around to meet my hero.  And maybe Shirley won’t sneak out unnoticed next time.

You must hear…
“Hey There Bomb” – 67 Special
I’m not sure what Melbourne band 67 Special are up to at the moment.  A couple of years ago they released their sophomore album, The Devil May Care, featuring their single “Killer Bees”, which received a bit of airplay around the place [you can still see the clip on Channel 31’s 1700 from time to time], but it’s their 2003 breakthrough EP “Hey There Bomb” that really shows their talent.  Look it up.

A tearjerker…
“Friend is a Four-Letter Word” – Cake
Remember that episode of Daria where Jane asks Daria to help her dye her hair, and it turns out really badly, and they have a fight because Jane thinks Daria is interested in Tom, and then Tom kisses Daria, and Daria has a bit of a breakdown [Daria to Tom: “Why? Why? Because I moved to this town and I knew immediately I’d be a total outcast. And in the one moment of good luck I’ve had in my entire life, I met another outcast who I could really be friends with and not have to feel completely alone. And then you came along and screwed the whole thing up!”], and she really doesn’t know what to do because she doesn’t have any other friends and Jane doesn’t want to talk to her anymore? At the end of the episode, Daria asks Jane if they’re still friends, and Jane replies with, “Yeah. We’re the kind of friends who can’t stand the sight of each other.”  This song plays over the closing credits.  Gets me every time.

I wish I’d written…
“Celebrity Skin” – Hole
My karaoke song of choice.  Courtney Love may be a bit of a nutcase, but when it comes to her musical ability, she really isn’t given the credit that she deserves.  Her latest efforts are a little sub-par, but back in the 90s [and post-Cobain, so don’t give me all that “he wrote it all for her” crap], Hole outlasted the riot grrl scene, and gave us this.  And, this is where Garbage got the name for their Beautiful Garbage album: beautiful garbage, beautiful dresses / can you stand up, or will you just fall down?

To make me dance…
“For the Girl” – The Fratellis
Somehow, at Finishing School [the indie dance night that I frequent/occasionally DJ at], this has become my signature tune.  Whenever I hear it, I have to dance.  Even if nobody else does.


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