I can’t let you go :: Top Five Thursday

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Keep Art Alive :: “The Hollow” :: Art by Kelly Vivanco

Top Five Thursday
Candy Songs

5. I Want Candy :: Bow Wow Wow

Candy on the beach,
there’s nothing better,
but I like candy when it’s wrapped in a sweater
.”

4. Sex & Candy :: Marcy’s Playground

Hangin’ ’round downtown by myself,
and I had too much caffeine,
and I was thinkin”bout myself,
and then there she was,
in platform double suede,
Yeah, there she was
like disco lemonade
.”

3. Candy Says :: The Velvet Underground

Candy says I hate the quiet places,
that cause the smallest taste of what will be.
Candy says I hate the big decisions,
that cause endless revisions in my mind
.”

2. Candy Everybody Wants (live) :: Natalie Merchant & Michael Stipe

If lust and hate is the candy,
if blood and love tastes so sweet,
then we give ’em what they want
.”

1. Candy :: Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson

Candy, Candy , Candy I can’t let you go.
All my life you’re haunting me,
I loved you so
.”

He wore black and I wore white :: Top Five Tuesday

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Keep Art Alive :: Gun Girl II :: Art by Lolita-Art

Top Five Thursday
Girls With Guns

5. Janie’s Got a Gun :: Aerosmith

They said when Janie was arrested they found him underneath a train.
But man, he had it comin’,
now that Janie’s got a gun,
she ain’t never gonna be the same
.”

4. Gunpowder and Lead (live) :: Miranda Lambert

His fist is big but my gun’s bigger,
he’ll find out when I pull the trigger
.”

3. Shoot (live) :: Sonic Youth

Ssssssh,
close your eyes,
that’s right.
Pray baby,
one two three,
shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot
.”

2. Gold Guns Girls :: Metric

I don’t wanna bend,
let the bad girls bend,
I just wanna be your friend
.”

1. Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) :: Nancy Sinatra

Bang bang,
I shot you down.
Bang bang,
you hit the ground.
Bang bang,
that awful sound.
Bang bang,
I used to shoot you down
.”

Top Five Thursday :: With the record selection and my mirror’s reflection

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Top Five Tuesday :: Billy Idol

My Billy Idol thirst was not quenched enough with today’s video of the day, I have found myself combing through songs, playing one after another, recalling my vinyl collection and the sneer and fist that become synonymous with his Rebel Yell. My best teenage friends and I all fell hard for him, played his music loud enough to shake the walls (and blow out a few speakers), as we danced around our bedrooms, by ourselves, and together, to Billy Idol’s music. He was a musical staple of my adolescence, and his songs still make it on to many a playlist and mix of mine today. His music is one of my favorites to play in the car and sing-a-long loudly to, and they are also some of the songs that will always and immediately cheer me up when I am feeling low. So, to sate my Idol needs today, the following are my top five favorites from Billy Idol, with my three sentence odes to each song. Turn up the tunes and enjoy, and hey, while you are at it, tell me your favorites in the comments.

5. Blue Highway

Why do I miss you?
Why did I kiss you
?”

One of my friends back in the Rebel Yell days had her bedroom above her family’s garage. It felt like an apartment all of her own, and right above her bed she had a giant poster of Billy Idol. We stood atop her bed one night with permanent markers in our hands and scrawled lyrics around his face; the above are what I wrote.

4. To Be a Lover

Have I told you,
yes,
lately that I love you?
If I didn’t,
oh baby,
yes,
I’m so sorry
.”

Billy doing his best Elvis. The teenage girl whose first crush had been on a rockabilly boy, a few years prior, devoured this song. It was often a late night soundtrack to much adolescent fantasizing, “dancing with myself”, too.

3. Dancing With Myself

When there’s no-one else in sight,
in the crowded lonely night,
well I wait so long for my love vibration,
and I’m dancing with myself
.”

I had danced in my bedroom so many times to this song that when my friends and I went to our first high school dance and this song began to play I could not help myself, I had to go out and dance. The song was a stepping stone outside of the wall of shyness that had surrounded me, and it was one more time that music gifted me with courage and confidence, when I lacked it inside myself. I still have to dance when I hear this song, always.

2. Catch My Fall

It could happen to you so think for yourself.”

Hard to not think of 80’s movies when I hear this song, as I feel like so many of them featured this song in them somewhere. It is also one of Billy’s songs that have often made their way onto my own “soundtracks”. It is also one of my favorite songs to put on mixes I have made for people I have had crushes on, as it feels like an non-obvious kind of love song.

1. Eyes Without a Face

Now I close my eyes,
and I wonder why,
I don’t despise.
Now all I can do,
is love what was once,
so alive and new
.”

I wrote a story to this song once, lying on the floor of my childhood bedroom, writing up a storm in a black and white colored composition book. It was about a girl who could turn herself invisible at will, but could still see everything around her. It was a trick she used too much, hiding herself away for far too long, and eventually she was stuck, forever unable to be seen.

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