Friday, March 13, 2009


Yes, well, it's been a while, hasn't it? Sorry, dog ate my homework. Leaves on the tracks. I couldn't on account of my asthma. I didn't have the exact change. I thought it was every third Friday. All circuits were busy.

Er, whatever.

So let's get this party (re)started, right? No heavy-heavy the first night back. Keep it light and airy. And I have just the thing.

The other week I finally broke down and got myself an iPod Nano. My old empeefree playah, a 512K Samsung mini-Mars bar YP-MT6, had been giving me grief ("Oh no, I'm not playing that song again! No siree, I'm just going to keep resetting my wee self.") and I actually became rather infatuated with the Nano after fondling a co-worker's. So thin! Yet so vast!! Hook. Line. Sinker. Done.

I've wrangled iTunes onto my PC, populated it with my muzak (do I really have over 28 days of the stuff??), and have started constructing playlists. Now, one of the first lists I composed was a part-tay one, to reside on the FiLPod just in case. In case what? Well, in case I find myself asked to DJ a wedding at a moment's notice. Or perhaps at a a morning-after-a-white-night breakfast in Sweden (happened once). Or maybe in the Fish Bar in the wee hours. Who knows, you need to be prepared.

Anyway, the list is full of random stuff, though there seems to be an overrepresentation of eighties cheese. Ah, well. But it does work! Driving to & from work today I had a party in my car! Just me and FiLPod!! We danced!! And here's some of what made us boogie:

Intaferon - Get Out Of London (buy here)
For a while in the early 1980s I was infatuated with this, one of the three electro-clattery singles released by flash-in-the-pansters Intaferon. Oh, the lyrics! "My mother was the queen of tarts my baby was a sex slave / Pa's selling weapons to the Red Army Faction / I burn myself in public just to get a reaction." What does it mean?? I still don't know!! But does it matter??

Shinehead - Chain Gang Rap (buy here)
A bit of "gee willikers" reggae here that manages to make me feel nostalgic about riding the NYC subway. And that, Dearest Friends, is pretty hard to do.

Jim Carroll - People Who Died (buy here)
A deathlist you can dance to, all rollicking punky-punk and anthemic and poignant and celebratory and hilaarious at the same time.

Quando Quango
- Love Tempo (buy here or e-here)
Um, some of that 80s cheese wot I told you about. But it'll get you a-boogie, or my name isn't "Body Motion."

Brilliant Corners - Meet Me On Tuesdays (buy here if you're loaded) OMG! Bags and bags of lovely HORNS!! And angsty lyrics!! Le C86 swoooon! It's become particularly poignant of late for reasons I cannae go into.


Davy H said...

Funnily enough I had to iPo DJ a family party at a moment's notice only last weekend; it was the mother-in-law's 80th and the guests were mostly in their 50s, so it was lucky I had plenty of Elvis.

Nice to have you back.

mjrc said...

hmmm, nostalgia about riding the nyc subway, yes, that is hard to conjur!

i inherited my daughter's nano after she got a nifty new 'pod and my old one died (well, truth be told i killed it with a few drops of water). anyhoo, i do love the size and portability of it, but i am constantly taking old stuff off to put new stuff on. i need at least 20 gig but i can't justify buying a new one at the moment, so i juggle.

oh, and i'm having fun picturing a party in the filmobile!

Tricia said...

I have been completely infatuated with my iPod since I got it a gift almost three years ago. You said is like having a party in your ears all the time with a playlist to match!

I am not, however, fond of iTunes one bit. Back that sucker up frequently. Preferably with an external hard drive.

Love the songs you posted. Jim Carroll...takes me right back!! I thought I was so cool singing along with that one. Parents not amused.

Bishakh said...

Hurrah for being drunk at the Fish Bar!

merz said...

Dear Brother FiL,
I have missed you man! Thanks for the encouraging comments on the blog. I am back in the saddle again so stop by for a visit. Hope all is well with you!


merz said...

Forgot to say thanks for keeping me on your blogroll even in spite of my 1.5 year lull.... You are an awesome dude!

JC said...

Hey-la my Fil friend's back!!

Friday Street said...

Intaferon! I thought I was the only one who remembered. Sigh!