Monday, October 04, 2010

Staff Infection: When I'm Sixty-Four

Our peers have a lot of influence on us when it comes to musical taste. Especially around that golden age of 12, when we first start really getting into music. When it seems to suddenly mean something. But a lucky few of us get influenced earlier by people with good taste. For me, my dad was the first person whose love of music made me want to hear everything he had to show me. He'd been in a band in the 60s (I'll spare him the embarrassment of the whole internet learning the name) and loved and loves music more than anyone I know. He's also democratic, giving Kid Rock equal standing with The Beatles, or the Coasters or Nine Inch Nails. My great dad turns sixty-four today, so I'm going to dedicate this list of his old favorites and my new ones to him: the man who first showed me how to really love music.

Old Favorites

"Gloria" - Them from The Angry Young Them
*This, if you asked me, would be the one song in the world that would ALWAYS make me think of my dad. He was known (and frankly still is) for singing this song.

"When I'm Sixty-Four" - The Beatles from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

"Immigrant Song" - Led Zeppelin from Led Zeppelin III
*This song is probably responsible for blowing out the speaker on not one, but two of my dad's cell phones.

"Poison Ivy" - The Coasters, single

New Contenders

"War Party" by My My My, single.

"Bang Bang Bang" (video) - Mark Ronson & The Business Intl from Record Collection

"Claire's Ninth" - Ben Folds and Nick Hornby from Lonely Avenue
*Can I just say that this is a match made in heaven? They're both so funny and yet always manage to cut you to the quick with revelations.

"Cleveland Heights" - Timothy Monger from Summer Cherry Ghosts

Every week a different Green Light Go staff member will write about what bands have infected their ears for the week and give you an opportunity to hear it for yourself.

This week: Kelly Bennett, Junior Publicist