The 14 best songs of 2014.

I thought there was something cute about doing the 14 best songs of 2014. However, after whittling my favourite 20 to 15 and back to 26 its been a bit of a Sophies Choice, you know if her choice had zero consequence except making her look like an asshole for undermining other peoples struggles through hyperbole.

This final line up has been on my spotify for two weeks (rather fittingly) until I did my own personal Year in Music and realized how many songs have become such classics in my mind that I had completely forgotten how new they are. So here is my final attempt at the 14 best songs that were released in 2014.

Obviously this is purely subjective and you may disagree, if that is the case please feel free to redirect me to your blog so I can see things from your perspective, judge you in return and create some sort of pseudo-intellectual music wanker twitterstorm, that servers only to make us both feel moderately popularly while destroying our genuine sense of self. Ah the Internet!. If you would like to share your opinion in a loving and inclusive way and broaden my horizons please do so in the comments.

Please find below a Spotify playlist of all songs mentioned so you can listen along as you read.

  1. Next of Kin – Alvvays

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOS2HcQ0soM

I have always found something intriguing about sounds which juxtapose heart breaking lyrics with an upbeat song, its been an obsession of mine since I first really listened to “A Town Called Malice”. It is probably for that reason that I am so attracted by this beautiful little song by Alvvays. This is a pretty little shoe-gazing pop song, but the subject matter, a loved one drowning clash so wonderfully, it is hard to know how to feel when listening. None the less it bounces along nicely with some beautiful sparse singing from Molly Rankin.

  1. Holy City – Joan As Policewoman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS5pjxseTQM

The joy that one feels either through love, music or religious fever is perfectly represented by this stomping Motown track. This feels glorious, from the moment I heard this track I wanted to throw up my hands and dance and let the music take me. To me this song is like finding the Holy City and falling in love. It has far more control over me that I do.

  1. Two Weeks – FKA Twigs

This song is pure filth and I adore it. The breathless falsetto, it compels you forward crotch first. I cant even tell if I am being pragmatic about this song because I know it is engaging my pants not my mind. I mean “ My thighs are apart when your ready to breath in” is probably the greatest lyrics this year.

Unfortunately the bridge sometimes sends my mind in this direction, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBMYow46LxQ which is a super buzzkill.

4. Queen – Perfume Genius

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7OSSUwPVM4

A fantastic fuck you to gay-panic. This grunt sampling queer empowerment ballad is a terrific accompaniment to any drag house stomping through an oppressive city as the dreary and normal cower from their fabulosity.

  1. Seasons (Waiting on You) – Future Islands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5Ae-LhMIG0

This song has me completely baffled. Like a Prefab Sprout song sung by Elton John. Which is a perfect combination of my favourite musical elements. Also they rise to the challenge. This is a wonderful pop song. It is uplifting and feels like this guy is letting go of limiting himself for love. It sounds to good to be true, it doesn’t feel like it should fit in this year but it does. It is a thousand times more genuine than Pharrelles Happy track we all so pathetically clung too. It was here all along.

6. Walk this Way- Mo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHWr4WY9o24

Strut your stuff to this break thru scandi-pop badass. Here with all the confidence of youth she talks of ‘walking to the rhythm of the drums inside her head’. It’s a bouncing little tune of learning and growing and listening to your mam that you can dance to when you are off your box. Sure what more could you want.

7.Transgender Dysphoria Blues – Against me!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEE7iw5WYJI

Viseral punk song about being trans and the fucked up response society sometimes has to peoples gender identities. It is so fantastic just like ‘Queen” by “perfume genius” to see members of the LGBT community hold a mirror up to the stupidity of exclusion. Its also just a fucking cracker of a punk tune.

Stand out line “ You’ve got no cunt in your strut”. For Laura Jane Grace to throw that back into the audience is so powerful, the ultimate reclamation of societies shitty insults.

8.Water Fountain – Tuneyards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbiFcPhccu8

I recently put this on a mixed tape for someone and he hated it. I was godsmacked, I cannot understand people not falling over themselves to hear this. Maybe it’s the influence of the video but it sounds like a childrens song sung by a thousand different children with a million different ideas. And yet they are all strung together with the same inherent knowing, Like a weird international childrens musical zeitgeist moment. Im afraid that’s the best attempt I can make at explaining it.

9.Prince Johnny – St. Vincent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idllxjHbX7w

A pining love song for a tragically misdirected friend. More than a little reminiscent of chiquitita by Abba in both theme and the entry to the bridge. The many layers to this narrative and the music that backs it, particularly the bass makes it feel so dense and heady.

  1. Brill Bruiser – The New Pornographers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhhtSXk1c70

On hello Brian Wilson, welcome to 2014, make yourself at home.

This it a bang out the door wonderful introduction to the New Pornographers latest album. Its sunny and just fucking great craic.

11.Habits (stay high) – Tevo Lo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh2LWWORoiM

I love this, probably because this is exactly how I would react if my girlfriend broke up with me. The pain in these vocals is also so telling, im mad for honest in music lads. I want to feel what the singer is feeling and really I am sold on this one. It does make a mockery of her song “I’m Not On Drugs” but to be fair, that song makes a fucking mockery of itself. I’m not saying the drugs are effecting her writing but if they were it might not be the worst thing.

  1. I – Kendrick Lamar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aShfolR6w8

There have been some terrible ‘samples’ of classic songs used in hits this year. One of the least forgivable being Aloe Blacc’s bastardisation of ‘Your Song’ and to be honest I am a bit of a purist but Kendrick Lamar’s use of ‘The Isley Brothers” “ That Lady” is on point.

Apparently written during a particularly difficult time in the singers life this is as blue sky empowerment song you are ever going to get. All the way down to his little old man dance in the video. Surely we all relish the opportunity to scream out ‘ I love myself” every once in a while.

  1. Just one of the Guys – Jenny Lewis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irvcf6dCk-k

Jenny Lewis’ fabulous swipe at the inequity of expectation between men and women in the music industry. The men get to have twentysomething girlfriends while the women are expected to have babies and families. Wonderfully sold through its star-studded video.

  1. Breakfast – Kelis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR2ZWWJ91Og

This was my surprise favourite song of the year. Now I knew there was potential there based on Millionaire but considering most of my Kelis knowledge was based on Milshake I cant say I ever though she was going to make one of my lists. But here you have it. Kelis’s Food album was a standout album for me in 2014. It has variety, soul and its great for cooking with friends. This is one of my favourite tracks on it. So soulful and warm. I adore it. Give it a whirl.

Anyway chaps that’s my SUBJECTIVE OPINION (thanks internet for making that a necessity) on the best tracks released in 2014. If you like what you read or want to know more about lists and music feel free to follow me on Spotify or Twitter @greenissac

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14 BEST CHART SONGS OF ’14

Some key things to think about when discussing this year in music. Happy by Pharrell Williams was Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks. This is by no means a record but weirdly this was a bit of a theme this year. Any song that got to number one took over so completely and stayed for so long that there were only 11 number one single this year. Here to help us remember those top songs is the wonderfully adorable ‘Us the Duo” with their roundup of the year in music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzrFtImnuqI

The songs I am about to list are not the 11 number ones in question but a selection of my favourite chart hits of 2014. For a song to qualify it music have made the billboard Hot 100 list at any number in 2014.

N.B. These songs are in my opinion, the 14 greatest songs that made it in to the billboard Hot 100 at any stage this year. This does not mean that I believe they are the best song released this year. That is next weeks blog.

Its going to be amazing.

 

 

  1. Bang Bang- Jessie J

From that clapping intro this song is a stomper. Anything that samples ‘Wham” is going to get my attention and with three of the biggest stars in pop howling it out together. This is the best pop collab since Lady Marmalade.

  1. Rather Be- Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne

Though I was a bit irked by this song at first. Too polished, sounded strikingly familiar to the bridge of Emeli Sande’s Next To Me. The more I reviewed the yer in music for this post the more this song kept popping into my head. The layering is quality, the vocals are stunning and not autotuned to shit, which is a relief. All around uplifting, good track.

  1. All about That Bass- Meghan Trainor

Massive caveat: I do not agree with many of the lyrics in this song. Ok so on the surface this is a positive song which rails against standard ideas of beauty for women and obviously that it terrific. However there are a number of issue with the lyrics of this song, womens bodies are not ‘better’ because they have curves, or skinny or any particular. Womens bodies are brilliant regardless of how they look. A best implies a worst and that’s bullshit. Bodies are like snowflakes and everyone is a ride to someone.

Now: to the song. This is an incredible little pop song. Its tight, it has flow. It is bouncy and fun and I adore it,

  1. Shake It Off- Taylor Swift

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfWlot6h_JM

I feel like this was Taylor Swifts year. I tried to avoid her for ages out of music snobbery but this new popstar fun loving Swift is brilliant. Her self awareness and confidence is so joyful. You do you Taylor.

  1. Fancy – Iggy Azalea

As my wonderful partner would say “There is nothing subversive about you being FANCY Iggy you are a privileged white girl from Australia”.

This is the most astute reading of this song I have ever hear and I cannot add anything more constructive to it. However, I will defend this unbelievable TUNE. From the intro of that synth line totally hooked.

  1. Happy – Pharrell

By now I am completely absolutely sick of this song, but considering its dominance of pop culture this year and also how much I liked it when I heard it first, it had to be included. It is also refreshing to see that there is another side to the man behind the most date-rapey misogynic piece of piss music from last year. Still would let him date my daughter, but in misogynist im going to ignore the underlying issues by being charming and encouraging women to smile.

I see through your shit Sir.

  1. Let it Go – Idina Menzel (Adele Dazem)

Idina Menzel was amazing in Wicked wasn’t she, do you think we could re-write the music from that but for kids? –some grown-up at Disney.

Yes, Lets do that, and make millions! Ta-dah!

That’s not a criticism. I love Wicked, I love Frozen, I love self actualization and empowerment and acceptance. It’s a winning formula.

  1. Everything is Awesome – Tegan and Sara.

Ok so the last few song choices have maybe been frustratingly positive, however I promise I am also currently writing a ‘total shit songs of 2014’ for all you cynics out there. But for the moment ‘EVERYTHING IS AWESOME”.

The verses here that Lonely Island provided are loads of funny and really silly and sure lets just embrace the madness.

  1. Magic- Coldplay.

I never really liked Coldplay but this song really caught me this year. I think if I was going through a break-up this would be the first song I would be playing on repeat. Its so gorgeous and pining. There is so much love in this.

  1. Do I Wanna Know? _Arctic Monkeys

Well look who grew up and still have their fingers on the pulse. Arctic Monkeys have always been so clever about the way they craft their sings and this is no different. The unusual rhythm and poetic pattern that made their first album so unique is back to life in this song, with run on lines and beats that stop you in your tracks.

  1. Boom Clap -Charli XCX

After writing “I Love IT” with Icona POP and featuring on “Fancy” by Iggy Azeala it was only a matter of time that Charli XCX punched her way into our heart. This song is destined to stick in many peoples mind long after 2014 as it was featured in the insanely popular emotional manipulation machine that is The Fault in our Stars. No doubt its legion of fans will keep this song on life support for many months to come.

  1. Take Me To Church – Hozier.

Re-appropriating someone else’s struggle for your own notoriety, who is this guy Macklemore?

As a big queer, I fairly obviously take issue with this. However, as a now lapsed Irish catholic homosexual I guess I empathize with the sense of this song and it’s a nice little fuck you that I can scream along to in the shower, so fuck it. Fire away there Hozier, though maybe chill out on the gay bashing in the video, it scares kids back into the closet and can be really detrimental to their emotional health. Best of luck with the career though sweetheart, you have a lovely auld voice on ya.

  1. The Hanging Tree- Jennifer Lawrence (written by Lumineers) 

This eerie little ditty is from the latest installment of the Hunger Games, a surprisingly watchable dystopian childrens movie. The song and lyrics are apparently in the book with music provided for the film by the Lumineers. This will no doubt be a hit (she says crossing her fingers and waiting for time to prove her wrong).

It is a creepy compelling tune. In the narrative of the book, from my understanding, it is a banned folk song. I like that it sound like that in execution. It sounds old and time warn and the tune is catchy and bleak. Congrats movie, you win at songs!

  1. Uptown Funk- Bruno Mars (Mark Ronson)

Do you remember in 2008 when Mark Ronson ruled everything. He had this crazy Pharell Williams-esque musicial Midas touch. Anyway, I really hope that this is the signal of his return to the top. This song (highly recommend by my awesome housemate Matt) is the bitches tits.

It bursts into action, I’m half expecting someone to scream BRICKHOUSE!

It sounds like the real deal some light but still rocking it Funk but with a little accessible pop buzz to get it in the door of 2014. I really enjoy this tune.

So that is it really. These are my favourite CHART songs of 2014. Soon to come are “the 14 Worst Chart songs of ‘14” and also ‘ the Best Songs of ‘14”.

 

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Hope your year was fabulous and full of music.

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Being depressed!

This week has been one of the bad ones. Not particularly heartbreaking or tough, nothing bad has actually happened. That’s the bastard of mental health issues. I know that there are going to be particular days that make me spiral, anniversaries of loved ones, birthdays, etc., you prepare yourself for these. It’s the days it sneaks up on you that are the killer.

I went out drinking on Monday so a bit of the fear the following day is inevitable. You know the usual ‘what did I do late night?’ “Who did I offend?” “Why do I do this?” that nonsense. Experience has shown me this affects most people. However it is Friday now and the fear has stayed. It starts off innocuously enough, like the little comments above; little niggles of self-doubt, questions about your social ability. (Am I a shit date? Did I embarrass myself?)

These, for me that least, are usually followed by a group text apologizing for my behavior, this guilt’s the recipient into telling me I was a consummate professional with nothing to fear. This momentarily elevates my fear until I realize I have undermined my performance of ‘charming witty companion’ the previous night and made everybody recall and rate my behavior.

 

Now I’m panicking! Why did I remind them, should I leave the country? ‘What if the think I’m a dick? Will my insecurity undermine the work I do with them?

 

Now I’m spiraling!

I understand for a lot of people this doesn’t ring true or even make sense but its weird, I can rationalize it away, I can understand its origins but I cant stop it.

This is the stage when eating becomes a challenge, I start reflecting on all the times I have embarrassed myself. I read a book to distract myself but realize I am daydreaming about all the times people have laughed at me. I put on the telly. I think about people I have hurt. I make coffee. I wonder if I will ever do enough good to undo all the hurt I have caused. I hoover. I think of the people who ‘expected great things of me’. I cook dinner, but realize I don’t have the entire ingredient. I contemplate leaving the house but it scares me. I write a poem about my feeling. I berate myself for being a cliché. I tell myself to cope the fuck on, that my educated white privileged existence has given me the luxury of enough space to have feelings like this and review them, while more deserving people die in war torn countries living through depravity. Now I’m upset cause I am a dick and the cycle continues.

I post comments on FB and delete them instantaneously incase I have to justify them. I don’t think I can fight today.

The logical side of me knows that these times happen; sometimes it’s a day, sometimes a month. I always get through eventually but that seldom helps in the throngs of it.

Writing this isn’t just a selfish labor of self-aggrandizing, I’m not writing it cause its different or new, I am writing it because I know that so many people we meet everyday are going throw just the same. That so many of us are spiraling down the well and it’s embarrassing and unacceptable to ask for help. I am ashamed to write this but I cannot tell people to be open about mental health issues by ignoring my own.

If you are not having a week like mine please acknowledge someone around you could be, please give them space to deal with it. Xxx

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Slane Girl, we are better than this.

A young girl gives a blowjob to a guy at a gig, pictures are up loaded onto the internet and the web goes wild. Which begs the question, who hasn’t had embarrassing sex?

Maybe you were fortunate enough to be surrounded by real decent human beings who are not sexist or revel in others humiliation but you have been there. Don’t deny it. Maybe I am wrong, maybe you havn’t had terrible sex, congratulations, you may be an alien.  The concept of a person in Ireland having a healthy and fulfilling sex life is still a bit of a mystery to me. Sure it is possible but its similar to a lotus growing in the mud, we really have an issue nourishing that stuff. This is becoming more and more evident based on our reactions to anything sexual presented to us by the media. The discourse always seems to centre itself around polarising gender stereotypes with the man as the victory and the woman as the slut. That is if God forbid she displays any semblance of interest in the act. Imagine a woman with a libido, next thing you know we will have women politicians.

The thing I understand about this is the fact that as a repressed Catholic country we are relatively new to this whole sex beyond the bed room in the dark thing. What I don’t understand is how we jumped straight for the sexist objectifying of women in the media but completely skipped the educating children about the challenges they would face when discovering their own sexuality. I feel like someone really dropped the ball in that regard. I mean most people learn about sex in school in the most inane, scientific way. Really it appears to me only so then don’t think a erection or some blood means they are dying and then we throw some condoms (if they are lucky) at them, tell them its illegal and send them off. One can only imagine the damage we are doing to our LGBT youth that are completely ignored in this. Is anybody surprised that kid are involved in questionable sexual activities, I am certainly not. We shame young people into thinking their sexuality is sinful and yet expose them to torrents of sexual imagery. This leaves their education to be filled in by porn, don’t get me started on porn. This and the questionable tones of conversations we as adults have, set unrealistic expectations for teenagers that there is no way they can meet. They simple do not understand the consequences of what they are doing. This is something that we are constantly bombarding them with but not preparing them for.

I will give you an example, I recently spoke to a teenage who was recounting a night in a house party where friends of his defecated in a girls kettle, when I displayed my disgust, he said she deserved it for what she had done. The deed she was guilty of was getting her period while he was having sex with her. He was utterly astounded when we explained to him how disgusting his behaviour was and how he was completely unjustified in his response. Everyone else he had spoken to had agreed with him.

Let me ask, are you happy with that being the way that we are educating our youth? Are you comfortable with them being so alien to the working of each others bodies that they shame and taunt one another for being human? Is it ok that the standards set out by porn are the ones to which the next generation sets themselves?

I sure as fuck am not. I’m not comfortable with entirely hairless, prepubescent women. I’m not comfortable with young men who think that they need to throw a girl around the place to get gratification when all they really want is someone to hold them. I am not happy with gay children thinking they have to have painful upsetting sex with the opposite gender to fit in. I am not happy with Trans youth being forced into these damaging situations that inevitably ignores their gender expression.

Surely we have all suffered enough through dodgy one night stands, concert blowjobs, abusive relationships and humiliating sex to not want to hand this on to the next generation. Why not pool our collective wisdom and share it with teenagers. I can’t see any moral issue with going into schools and being honest. What we need is outsourced sex education so it is not left to teachers who feel uncomfortable and are not trained in the issue. We need secular sex education that respects all backgrounds and identities. We need to explain that sex is great. It is a fundamental part of being human and it is something that we need to respect about one another. We are really far behind and to get our youth back on track we have a lot of work to do but we can start with something as simple as this.

Sex is like dancing, you can do it with another, you can do it on your own, you can do it with a group. Sometimes it is terrible, other times its great, but it never works if you don’t listen.

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Songs about Serial Killers

I guess it’s a terrible reflection on society that there is so much attention given to serial killers. I mean most adults in the western world would not struggle to name at least two serial killers off the top of their head. Considering 24 news coverage and the ridiculous fascination with crime scene related drama, it really is no wonder that having an interest in serial killers is completely socially acceptable. So with that in mind, really just me justifying having such a tasteless list, not that I have to, you clicked on it, lets get down to business.

In this list I have covered the best and I believe most interesting songs about serial killers. There are thousands out there and many from the same genre. Who knew that heavy metal would draw such influence from bloodbaths? Not I. So, rather than run down a generic list I have tried to pick songs across the board to fill this list. Enjoy, as much as one can/should.

To begin, the Prince of Misery himself:

Jack the Ripper-Morrissey

Classic Morrissey dripping with anguish yet juxtaposed with the most malice lyrics like ‘I know a place were no one is likely to pass’. Morisseys focus on the iner-turmoil gives you the uncomfortable feeling of being within the beast and accidently empathizing. It also captures the fear surrounding the anonymous nature of the Ripper with the lyrics ‘Nobody knows me”. Terrific and unique interpretation of the serial killer tune. Win for Moz.  I’m going to call him that. I think he would hate it.

*I think the cake I am eating is stale. (unrelated, or is it)

Old Mean, Ed Gein – The Fibonaccis

A female voice addressing Charles Manson and telling him of Ed Gein, this is a terrifying premise for a song but an extremely interesting look at the cultural influence of these men. To further that point the narrator talks of Manson introducing her to certain music. This is because Manson himself was a musician and actually auditioned for the Beach Boys. I know that Brian Wilson is nuts but imagine Manson in the Beach Boys. Music History meltdown.  Now obviously there is no denying the cultural influence of Ed Gein, more on that later but the idea of a 15 year old kid engaging with this topic with such affection is really creepy. I believe that is what makes this song so awesome. It is legit a good song and is currently stuck in my head.

Ed Gein- Killdozers

This is not a good song. The album title is in English so one may presume that so are the songs, but we will never know.  Unintelligible. It had all the potential to be ‘Where’s me jumper?”- Sultans of Ping F.C. but instead sounds like Shane Mc Gowan of the Pogues, ate the Sultans and shat them out. But sure isn’t tht what punk is all about and in its own way isn’t it representative of the culture that allows for the idolation of murderers. Yes, these are all valid points. And now I have made them so you don’t have to. Ed Gein is a goldmine of cultural references. He is the bases of the characters Norman Bates of Psycho, Leatherface of chainsaw Massacres and Anthony Hopkins character from Silence of the Lambs. See that is how you take life and make art from it. Screaming for a minute, I expect better from punk. Also Gein was a bad bastard.

Gacy’s Place – Mentally Ill  (NSFW)

A screaming torrent of noise that would eventually lead any sensible individual to acts of violence, I appreciate their passion but I don’t know to what end they are progressing. I think there might be a more productive means of getting their message across. Im joking, it does what it is supposed to, though wouldn’t have hurt to be a little more articulate. It tells you little of the John Wayne Gacy Jr after whom it was name, except that he is ‘ fucking your kids’. To be honest if he ever got close to your kids, that unfortunately is accurate.  More about that waste of human life shitbag later. There were only 300 of these singles release on there original run however so if any of you have one get in contact.

Son of Sam  – Chain Gang

The beginning of this song is reminiscent of the sound of sirens so I from the start think it is wicked. It encapsulates the tension and fear surrounding having a person like this on the loose. Well it should do as while this song was being recorded the band members spent their time hanging out on the streets looking for Son of Sam, because of the 30k reward. In the song the band address a woman telling her to get a gun. This woman came running towards them saying that Son of Sam tried to kill her inspiring this song. Actually this particular case opened up a really interesting debate about the moral implications of giving media attention to murders and led to the introduction in New York of the ‘Son of Sam law’ . Its worth reading up on. Anyway I think that connection to the events makes this a particularly appropriate addition to this list.

I Don’t Like Mondays- The Boomtown Rats

This is one of my favourite songs. It was actually while listening to this on repeat that I decided to do this list.  This song is about the school shooting by Brenda Ann Spencer  who went to school in Grover Cleveland Elementary in San Diego in 1979 at age 16 and killed 2 adults, 8 kids and a cop. Bob Geldof said he was inspired to write it after hearing the girl being interviewed. The journalist simply said ‘tell me why?’. Brendas now famous response was “I don’t like Mondays”, just like that, with no contrition. That idea is so striking and makes for an extremely powerful song.

John Wayne Gacy Jr-Sufjan Stevens

ALL of the trigger warnings

This is without a doubt the most tragically beautiful song about a serial killer ever. It tells the story of John Wayne Gacy Jr, who I told you  I would get  back to. This song will actually tell you in much more detail that I would be able to face going into about him, so im going to stick to the bear facts. Between 1972-1978 he raped and murdered 26 boys and hid them under his house. Now bearing that in mind Sufjans delicate description of these acts is a little to much for me to handle.  However it deserves to be on this list because it is an incredible song.

Burke and Hare (traditional, kinda) sung by Robin Laing

I was initially going to include Burke and Hare- Screamin Daemon, and by all means listen to it, if you fucking hate your ears.

Then I found this little gem. This is exactly what I have been waiting for a lovely little scathing song by an old man about serial killers being bollocks.  So back story, Burke and Hare where two irish immigrants that moved to West Port in Scotland in 1828. At the time there where not enough Cadavers for the town anatomist Knoxs to work. So showing a bit of initative the pair went out and killed some people to get the cash for  the bodies. Anyway one sold out the other and they got hung. You will know about it, there was a recently released movie about it with Simon Pegg. What I love most about this song is with this serious subject matter. These guys killed like 16 people this dude singing the song has included the line ‘sure beats work said the lazy Burke’. Like that is really going to discredit them. I can forgive the killing but get a job you lazy bastard. It made me laugh. So I think that is a nice wee not to depressing note to end on.  Its been wonderful, and I hope I havn’t scared you or inspired you in any way,

As always Notable Exceptions:

mentions serial killers, not really about them. wonderful song.

this was also supposed to have been inspired by Son of Sam but he was on the loose in ’77 and the original of this was out in ’74. Maybe in was what make them release it in 77.

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Songs for International Women’s Day.

 I like to think of International Women’s Day as any other holiday, a damn good reason to celebrate. So how exactly does one celebrate the half of the population that discovered Radium (Marie Currie), the structure of DNA (Rosalind Franklin), the destructive nature of pesticides (Rachel Carson) and the birth of computer programming (Ada Byron –Lovelace). Well ima do it with POP MUSIC!

 

 Since we are celebrating, the playlist has the feeling of a night of partying. It begins with a few screaming karaoke hits and gradually devolves into that aggressive riot grrl we all (most of us) descend into by 4am. Swigging the cooking sherry and smoking on the floor of our kitchens. (maybe, I wouldn’t know anything about that.)   

 

So without further ado here is a wee playlist to pop on in the background of your life today to help you unleash your inner independent woman. Or just a fucking wicked excuse to have a little song and dance.

 

N.B. you do not have to be a woman to enjoy this playlist but you do have to be willing to dance like one.

 

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ULTIMATE ALT VALENTINES PLAYLIST

Valentine’s Day,

Alternative Love song  edition

Obviously today being the 14th of January we shall be bombarded by sappy ridiculous love songs on the radio and online. I am not against this, in fact I’m about to do the very same to you. However, I hope this list provides some brief respite from the repetition you may be experiencing if you have a real life radio on. (remember radio, those were the days). So, lets get this show on the road.

I made a short list last night and only managed to whittle it down to 50.

So what was meant to be my 10 alternative love songs is now

THE ULTIMATE ALT VALENTINES SOUNDTRACK!!!

Hope this is nice accompaniment to your V-Day,

All of my Love.

N.B. Almost forgot, best love song in the world .

Also, for the day thats in it, how unbelievably adorable are these badges. The Transgender Equality Network Ireland are selling them. They great. Made me smile.

Anyway get back to your loving.

BYE.

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