Recently I was driving while feeling disappointed in a werewolf movie, and tried to distract myself by imagining every song on the radio was over the end credits of a better werewolf movie, and attempting to reconstruct it from there.
This works with almost any song. I’ve played it with friends in cafes with a Korean jazz playlist, and again alone today, reading Terri WIndling’s Tunes for a Monday Morning over on Myth & Moor, and later listening to Triple-J in the car.
This would be an elegaic story, in which the werewolf families sadly assume wolf forms permanently and retreat into the receding wilderness.
Declan McKenna’s “Beautiful Faces“, however, would clearly suit a story in which a group of youngish monster hunters, after some high-key-colour adventures, patch themselves up and head out for a dangerous/glamorous night on the town.
I find the game works best if you only listen to (and don’t watch) the videos, and is the most fun if you choose the songs at random.
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I’m not sure yet if the bilby was a marsupial too far, but I’m quite pleased by its rocking approach to playing the lute. And I do like the idea of bats swaying in the branches, playing their ukuleles at sunset.
Anyway, this is a trifle sillier than usual, but it’s my birthday month, so why not have a snake playing a lagerphone?
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Five recently acquired CDs (the first on my own initiative, the others for Christmas):
Tom Waits – Closing Time: How did I not have this? How did I get by without “Ol’ 55” for most of my life?
Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of this Country: I heard Camera Obscura at this year’s Laneway Festival. The album has a lovely ’60s sound, according to my mother. I’m ready to be heartbroken.
Regina Spektor – Begin to Hope: I was worried this was an album I would regret asking for after listening to it once or twice, but it’s not. With the exception of the bridge in ‘Fidelity’, I love it.
Augie March – Moo, You Bloody Choir: I’m still getting to know these songs. I didn’t think I particularly cared for Augie March until I heard them live, opening for Crowded House. Good as that concert was, Augie March were better live. Really good, and I’m looking forward to being able to pick my favourite parts of the album. Not the most famous song, of course, because it never is.
Green Day – International Superhits: I have not listened to this, but it will provide an interesting counterpoint to the others.
Five songs which are potentially more interesting when I get the lyrics wrong (song followed by what it doesn’t say):
David Dundas/Keith Urban’s “Blue Jeans”: I put my aubergines on.
The Rockmelons’ “L-O-V-E Love”: Hell0 BP Love.
Whoever sings the latest version of its’ “Every Little Step”: No matter if you’re french-fried or diet, we were meant to fall in love.
Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive”: Stay the night, stay the night.
Tim McGraw’s “She’s My Kind of Rain”: Spaghetti falling down on me.
Five Radio Stations I have on preselect in my car, in order of how frequently I listen to them:
Triple J: Roots and All will ruin me for any other activities.
Triple M: Cold 30 ditto. Also the essential 200[insert applicable digit] is a lot of fun.
98.9FM: This actually does play the best country.
Toowoomba Country FM: For when I’m out of range of everything else.
ABC Classic FM: I know it plays wonderful music (and a good overture is up there with country road songs for music to drive to), but whenever I’m caught between ads and rap on the other stations, it only seems to be playing opera or Yeats set to bad folk music.