For my birthday playlists I do something a little than the usual "songs that I like" theme. In these lists, for the most part, I only use songs that actually mean something to me. They could remind me of a particular time in my life, or person, whatever. The point is that they all have some sort of sentimental value.
I think after a while you tend to look back on everything you've been through with a certain amount of sentiment. After a while, even a lot of the events you considered tragic back when they happened in the 70s and 80s just make you laugh now. Of course, at this point EVERYTHING that happened back in the 70s and 80s, (and even the 90s), tend to make me laugh now.
I've included some of my own songs, because there's no way I could do a list of songs that have sentimental value and mean something to me without using my own stuff--as dated as it is.
- The Middle of Nowhere -- Dusty Springfield
I THINK this is one of the lesser known Dusty songs' although I can't guarantee it. Known or not, it's my favorite
- 19th Nervous Breakdown -- Rolling Stones
When I listen to this song I still hear "Oh Lucy Baines" instead of "Oh who's to blame" in my head. I think that means I'm too old to live.
- Money Honey -- Bay City Rollers
You can make all the fun you want of the Bay City Rollers, but despite the hooplah and the clothes, they were actually a good band. And they had some of the best hair ever.
- High Fidelity -- Elvis Costello
- Kamikaze Love -- Hillbilly Love Child
This is one of the real songs I use in my second great unpublished novel, "Rock & Roll Dyke Werewolf." Seems to be one of those songs that anyone can relate to.
- California Dreaming -- American Music Club
- Electric Barbarella -- Duran Duran
If someone put a gun to my head and MADE me pick my favorite Duran Duran song, this might have to be it.
- Puttin' on the Ritz -- Taco
Man, the eighties--what in the hell were we thinking?
- Maniac (Extended) -- Michael Sembello
Ditto the above, but this song still kicks ass.
- Reflections -- The Supremes
I love "Reflections" on its own, but now it always makes me think of the TV show "China Beach."
- In My Community -- Paul Revere & The Raiders
I can't believe they never released this as a single. Well, actually, since it's not Mark Lindsay doing lead vocals, I guess I can. Great song though.
- The More I See You -- Peter Allen
Poor dead Peter. He wanted Judy and got Liza. Actually, I think he wanted to BE Judy, but let's not go there.
- Jim Dandy -- LaVerne Baker
Back when Black Oak Arkansas had a minor hit with their version of "Jim Dandy," I had no idea it was a song from the 50s.
- Somebody's Baby -- Phantom Planet
- Spooky -- The Classics IV
"Traces" is an okay song, and "Stormy" is just "Spooky" done over again. "Spooky" is the classic.
- Baby Talks Dirty -- The Knack
I like this much better than "My Sharona"; unfortunately the public did not agree, since I think The Knack's second album pretty much tanked.
- Don't Ask Me -- OK Go
- Lipstick & Leather -- Y & T
What's really sad about this is that I actually remember saying to my band "Why can't we sound more like Y & T on 'Lipstick & Leather?'" Scary.
- Personal Jesus -- Marilyn Manson
- The Heat -- Hillbilly Love Child
This is the song that changed my life, literally. I can't imagine where I'd be today, what I'd be doing, or who I'd be with if I hadn't written it. I have multiple versions, but I think I like this one--the last--the best.
- When I Get Home -- The Beatles
- Baby, I Love You -- Jason Falkner
Another one of the few instances where I like the cover better than, or at least as much as, the original.
- What A Feeling (Dance Mix) -- Irene Cara
I love Irene Cara, and I don't care who knows it.
- Music is Movin' -- Bryan Cox
This was one of my fave dance songs from last summer.
- I'm the Main Man (Jason Nevins Remix) -- T-Rex
You can never go wrong remixing T-Rex. Ever.
- Right Between the Eyes -- Garbage
- Catch Your Wave -- Click Five
My new fave band of the moment, even though they all look like they're 12.
- It's Gettin' Harder -- Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
Excellent song from the movie "To Sir, With Love." This is from the scene where Judy Geeson dances with Sidney Poitier and gets him to unleash his bad self.
- I Like It -- Gerry & The Pacemakers
I reallly liked Gerry & The Pacemakers as long as I didn't have to look at them. I swear, Gerry was about 40 back in 1966.
- Yo Yo -- The Osmonds
- Ben -- Michael Jackson
Okay, I know he's crazy NOW, and probably even a Chester Molester, but all that doesn't make this any less of a great song. I still want to do a version of my own.
- If I Could Have Her Tonight -- Neil Young
From Neil Young's underrated first album, which is still my favorite.
- When I Fall in Love -- Rick Astley
- I Wanna Come Together (DJ Zebra) -- The Beatles vs. Nine Inch Nails
Mash up supreme.
- One More Summer -- The Rainmakers
- The Rebel Kind -- Dino, Desi & Billy
Yeah, they kind of bit, but "The Rebel Kind" is a terrific song. It was actually always a favorite when we used to play it.
- Satellite -- Me
This is my favorite of my personal 4-tracks, even though the guitar playing is pretty bad. When I listen to the 32-track version we did I find it hard to believe that this song ever evolved into that overblown piece of crap.
- Everybody Wants You -- Billy Squier
I don't know where he is, but I hope he still has his hair. And his looks.
- Into Your Eyes (Original Mix) -- Armand Van Helden
- Haunt You Everyday -- Weezer
A lot of people have panned this new Weezer CD, but I like it a lot.
- Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself -- Elton John
Forget about him being a bitch on the news and singing at Princess Diana's funeral and listen to this instead.
- Lonely at the Top -- Megan Mulally
I don't care if it's lonely at the top--I'd still like to try it out!
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Not that this stuff is so great, but if anybody steals it I WILL find you and kill you. Trust me.