Record Collecting for Girls
By Courtney Smith
Ok, if you were stranded on a desert island and could only listen to five albums for the rest of your life, what would they be? Or list the Top 10 Rock Songs with Flute (hello, Jethro Tull)? Anyone who has seen High Fidelity or spent 5 minutes in a real record store has either played this game or heard it played – usually by boys. Author Courtney Smith used to work at MTV, and she thinks girls should get to play too. So pick your favorite category: Where Have All the Girls Bands Gone?, Making Out with Romeo and Juliet, or The Smiths Syndrome. Hmm…I think I’ll take Rock N Roll Consorts for $200, Alex.
At the end of each section, Smith has assembled her own topic specific playlist and they span quite a few diverse genres. This book is as fun for exploring her playlists as it is for reading. In the spirit of Record Collecting for Girls, I put together my Top 5 Guilty Pleasures of Right Now (they may change in five minutes). You can listen to all of these courtesy of NPL – some in CD form, some from freegal. Here they are, in no particular order:
Hall & Oates – Private Eyes (freegal)
When I was little, I used to think this song was “Privatize. We’re watching you.” Think about it…
Phil Collins – Sussudio
To this day, I still have no idea what this song is about. It’s a catchy tune though. O oh.
Lady Gaga – Do What You Want
I hate the message of this song, but it’s very peppy.
Cake – The Distance (freegal)
I love the singer’s deadpan delivery. It’s like he’s reading the Nightly News.
Think I’m geeky? Think you can do better? Ok, Mr. or Ms. Smarty-Music Pants, post your Top Five Guilty Pleasures in the comments and see what the world thinks.
Why should we listen to new (or old) music? Because it’s there.