Went out of town for the weekend and rented a car, which, of course, needed a CD. This isn’t the best car rental soundtrack I’ve ever created, but it has some interesting qualities. Was surprised to review the 20-song, 70-minute creation and find the amount of free songs that made it (5), as well as the number of songs from commercials (2) and soundtracks (4).
Track listing and notes:
- Get Me Right, Dashboard Confessional.
- Animal, Neon Trees. This was a free song, though I have no idea where I got it.
- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers. Who can resist singing along to this one?
- Love Vigilantes, New Order. I think I meant to put “Temptation” and this one ended up on it. That’s OK, it’s still a good song. I like this version as well as Iron and Wine’s rendition.
- Northern Sky, Nick Drake. Who knew I’d find a 70s singer-songwriter genius while listening to a Cadillac commercial? Well, you do … now.
- Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now), Cracker. “What the world needs now is some true words of wisdom like la-la-la-la-la-la-la.” Between oil spills, the economy, and places around the world on the brink of war, what else can be said?
- Every Time You Go Away, Paul Young. 80s soundtrack cheese. Yum.
- Think I Need It Too, Echo & The Bunnymen. Free … and a great song.
- Fun & Games, The Connells. “Didn’t I offer less than I lost?” Indeed.
- I Am Free, Newsboys. There’s nothing like throwing a little curve in the middle.
- Way Down Now, World Party. Sure the song’s more than 20 years old, but that doesn’t stop if from being fresh.
- How You Like Me Now, The Heavy. Since I watch “Yo Gabba Gabba” and own a Sock Monkey these days, it made sense to get this song.
- We Are the Men You’ll Grow to Love Soon, Let’s Wrestle. Free song. And witty in a Wombats sort of way.
- The Roll Of Characteristics (Of History In The Making), Cornershop. Retro … and free. But why do they always include a bridge that has talking?
- The News (Extended Version), Carbon Silicon. “… and the weather’s good …” This will make your head bob up and down.
- If You Leave, Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark. I’ve certainly appreciated the Pretty in Pink soundtrack more since I found out The Smith’s were on it. But, this song is the signature tune in a signature flick.
- Here Comes My Baby, Cat Stevens. “She’s my Rushmore, Max.” “Mine too.”
- Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want, The Smiths. See #16 … although I really discovered the song on the Starter for 10 soundtrack.
- Feel the Pain, Dinosaur Jr “I feel the pain of everyone, then I feel nothing.” Makes me think.
- 40 Dogs (Like Romeo And Juliet), Bob Schneider. The lyrics in this song knock me out. My latest favorite? “You’re the color of a sideways look from an undercover cop in a comic book.” What’s it mean? Heck if I know, but it certainly is descriptive. It was free, but I’m not sure if it still is.
Well, there you have it. Remember: next time you rent a car, make a CD and leave a little of yourself when you return it.
And by all means, let me know when you do.