September 14, 2005
Here are 13 musical selections, one for each story in my book Everybody Into the Pool:
Welcome to Our Special Bubble
"Popcorn" by Hot Butter
This spazzy instrumental was recorded on the Moog in 1972. My brothers and I played the 45 on our record player constantly and "sang" it when we had to do chores around the house. "Boop, boop, boop, boop, boop, boop, boop!"
"Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver
My new best friend Amy and I bonded over our love for the entire Denver live album, "An Evening with John Denver". We were eight.
Didn't I Almost Have It All?
"Pinball Wizard" by The Who
We finally got a VCR and like a lot of teenagers, me and my friends discovered the "cult" section of the video store. We watched Quadrophenia over and over. I went out and got a few Who cassettes and still get chills at this rad call and response: "How do you think he does it?" "I don't know!" Plus, are there any other rockin songs that use the word "supple"?
My Way or the Bi-Way
"Oh Comely" by Neutral Milk Hotel
One summer tour I did with Sister Spit - 30 cities in 6 weeks - we were on the same tour route as Neutral Milk Hotel. One of the girls was friends with someone in the band, so we would drive all day listening to "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" and at night, after our show was over, they would put a bunch of us on the list for their show. I think 1998 is the last time my summer had its own soundtrack.
Assorted awesome San Francisco/Oakland bands
This story is about the music and performance column I wrote for eight years. I don't want to leave anybody out, but here are some of my favorite bands from '97-'04. Idiot Flesh, Slombis, Giant Ant Farm, Fibulator, Ebola Soup, The Molecules, Deerhoof, Numbers, The Roofies, Erase Errata, Tin Hat Trio, The Kinetics, Thinking Fellers, Brass Monkey, Dieselhed, Fantasy, Coachwhips, Etienne de Rocher, St. Andre.
"Dirty Skirt" by Optimist International
The drummer in this band is the son of one of the guys who does those "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books. His bass drum had a rendering of a glass that was half full. I fell in love with the singer, who later became my babypapa.
A Bed and a Breakfast
"Synthesizer Guidebook on Fire" by Boredoms
Everything was loud and confusing and covered in shit.
"Life is...Too $hort" by Too $hort
My neighbor sits in his powder blue Ford Escort blasting this record. I used to own it, but might have lost it in the shitstorm.. (See previous.)
Skippin' Over the Ocean Like a Stone
"Everybody's Talkin'" by Harry Nilsson
For a birthday present, my mother-in-law sent me to her past life regression therapist. The therapist gave me a tape of the session, which, against better judgment, I transcribed for this chapter.
Little Bundle of Entropy
"Hovering" by Beulah
When our son was barely 2 months old, my husband went on a big old tour with his band Beulah. I listened to their record Yoko a lot. It's a good one for when you're feeling emotionally eviscerated.