I’ve been memed by Radley Balko, who asks that I name the five most embarassing tracks on my iPod. Except since my actual day-to-day iPod is my phone, which only holds 8 gig, there isn’t really anything that embarassing on it, because it only holds 30 or so albums. There’s some fun-dumb stuff (Neon Neon, Hercules & Love Affair, Justice) but scrolling through, the only thing I might feel vaguely sheepish about fessing up to here is Mahavishnu Orchestra’s Birds of Fire. As a rule, I don’t feel guilty about my pleasures—and certainly not my current ones—so there’s not going to be much in this category.
Still, in the interests of proper self-humiliation, let’s see what’s buried in the full music library I keep on an external drive, and at least pull out the schlock that I have to cop to a residual affection for.
- I had forgotten I’d somehow acquired four albums worth of Jamiroquai at some point. But I used to have my computer set to wake me up to “Black Capricorn Day” every morning, and just typing it now is causing a sort of involuntary head-bop.
- I see there’s also a fair amount of Dave Matthews Band lingering in there. I haven’t actually listened to any of ’em in ages, but pretty sure I still know all the words to “Too Much.”
- Ah, here’s one I actually have put on recently. The Wannadies’ “You and Me Song” from the Baz Luhrman Romeo & Juliet soundtrack.
- Nine Inch Nails, “Something I Can Never Have.” Excuse me while I go buy some black nail polish.
- Ani DiFranco & Utah Phillips, The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere. Every bone in my body wants to mock this. Anarchist/wobbly spoken word remixed by the poster girl for earnest folk rock over a bunch of guitar loops. If that description were a Jeopardy question, the answer would (or anyway, should) be “What is my private soundtrack in the ninth circle of hell?” — but I like it despite myself.