I found one of my favorite films on t.v. the other day: High Fidelity. I seriously love this flick and I think a big reason for my love is that it stars John Cusack, whom I find quite hilarious. Oh and Jack Black. I love Jack Black.
“Rob. Top 5 musical crimes perpetrated by Stevie Wonder in the 80s and 90s go… Sub-question: is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins… is it better to burn out or fade awaaay?”
Anyway, in watching it, I realized how far we’ve come since the movie debuted in 2000. I mean, no one would even dream of making anyone an mixed tape today, and it’s a reoccurring theme in the movie. It’s so good, though, and quick. You really have to pay attention if you’re going to catch the jokes.
John Cusack’s character, Rob, is depressed, but so dry in his depression. I love this line:
“What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” Seriously, how true is that?
And the true musical geek loves to catch the references to songs/groups:
“The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up is hard to do. It takes ages longer than it might seem.”
Haha! Or, wait! How ’bout this one?
“Uh Rob, thank you for the enthusiastic intro but we are no longer called Sonic Death Monkey. We’re on the verge of being Kathleen Turner Overdrive, but this evening we will be known as Barry Jive and the Uptown Five.”
So, anyway, it got me thinking about my top 5 songs (the “top five” list is also a recurrent theme). And I decided to embrace the doodling on a notebook thing and wrote it out for you & this is seriously just the top five today. If you ask me next week, it would probably be different, but here it is:
You. Top five songs. Go!