February 27, 2009

Five "Getting Ready" Songs

No ranking necessary, just a few favorite tunes to crank while getting ready to go out with friends, picking out clothes to wear, glossin' and flossin,' gussying up for a date, driving around looking for a parking spot before you can actually paint the town red... basically, blast-worthy songs that will get you ready for anything-- going out, falling in love, getting trashed, whatever makes life interesting.

1) Jimmy Eat World - "A Praise Chorus"
I'm on my feet, I'm on the floor, I'm good to go
All I need is just to hear a song I know
I wanna always feel like part of this was mine
I wanna fall in love tonight

This song revs my engine, each and every time. An instant mood-lifter, it's brimming with positive energy and good feelings. Turn it on, turn it up and a great night is guaranteed before it has even begun to get started.

2) The Replacements - "Favorite Thing"
I'm such a junky for all things Replacements. Between this, "I Will Dare," and even "Bastards of Young," it's impossible not to get drunk off Paul Westerberg's energy. I love screaming along to the "You're my faaaaavorite thing... bar nothing!", or jumping around the room while getting ready, only to turn it on again in the car and listen to it a few times til I reach my destination. It'd make for a great live cover song, yet oddly I've yet to hear anyone jump on it. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, I'm talking to you.

3) Ryan Adams - "So Alive"
I love Rock N Roll in its entirety, but this one actually makes me soar out of any kind of funk or bad mood I may have been in pre-song. I never understood the need for drugs, cuz music like this is free and, well, could essentially qualify as an upper. And ladies, it doesn't hurt that Ryan Adams is also kinda hot. Brooding, bed-head, looks like he hasn't showered in a week but has, sleepy-smile kinda hot. Mention the name Mandy Moore and I will snap. Again.

4) Jesus and Mary Chain - "Head On"
I'm forever reminded of Smiths/Morrissey night at Sway in NYC since the DJ's love playing it. Dancing around to 80s downer sounds like an oxy moron, but it somehow works. This one's all about sparks-- feeling them, giving them. And experiencing that electricity, since "second-hand living just won't do."

and the way I feel tonight, I could die and I wouldn't mind / and there's something going on inside / makes you wanna feel, makes you wanna try, makes you wanna blow the stars from the sky / and I can't stand up, I can't cool down, I can't get my head off the ground

Oh man. I definitely don't feel like that everyday, but I do everytime I hear this song. And that's good enough.

5) Bruce Springsteen - "Dancing In The Dark"
Classic. Look up 'feel-good' in the dictionary and there should be a YouTube link to this video. Is further explanation really necessary?


Mona said...

Sorry I took forevs, hope I haven't missed the theme list boat.

awmercy said...

Nice choices. Of the group, I listen to "Head On" the most, but I like them all.

Mona said...

Whoa, I didn't know you were a JAMC fan. Why can't I picture you liking that kind of music? I figured you'd be most stoked on the Replacements nod, haha.

awmercy said...

I loved Stoned & Dethroned pretty hard for a while.