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Friday , August 14, 2009
Walking Down The Street with Laura Jane: Muswell Hillbillies by the Kinks
As I make an obsessively huge deal out of nogoodforme.com constantly, there is nothing in this world I love more than walking down the street while listening to music on headphones. It imbues the dirge of the days with at least some added colour; at absolute worst, it's always satisfying to validate one's cruddiest and most self-destructive moments by soundtracking them to the maddest, saddest songs your fake best friends ever wrote. I structure every day of my life around getting in the maximum possible amount of "walking around listening to headphones" hours.
I will gladly wake up two hours earlier than necessary to guarantee myself bonus headphones-time; I usually get off the subway a couple stops before where I'm going, since listening to headphones while sitting stationary on public transit sells the whole experience short. You need to be able to walk, or swagger, or strut, skip, whatever, in time to the beat. Or, more excitingly, in homage to the sentiment.
This inaugural installment of Walking Down the Street with Laura Jane will examine how the Kinks' 1972 masterpiece, Muswell Hillbillies, can help all of us feel sexier, cry openly on the street, wake up in the morning, smoke five drags of a cigarette, open up a fake eating disorders clinic, and/or all, and/or none, of the above.
ALSO: If there is any particular album you think sounds particularly awesome-est on a Headphones Walk, and think I maybe haven't listened to on headphones yet, but perhaps would totally dig, and also might do a good job of writing about, on headphones, in the future- please let me know. These horizons of mine, yes, they should be broadened.
1. "20th Century Man"
It is the new morning of a brilliant Thursday. You have so many awesome things on the agenda for today! It is earlier than your usual wake-up time, but you went to bed early last night and so are perfectly well-rested. Besides, it is always so nice to be out and about before your normal self would be. You're "on top of your game," and maybe the way the yellow-grey air feels at 6 or 7 AM reminds you of day camp, daycare, traveling, or one of the times you stayed up the whole night through.
It's time to leave the house! You are brimmin' just brimmin' with half-manic anticipation, and the coffee you're about to grab isn't going to help, but, like: awesome. Don't forget to lock your front door! Sometimes we forget these things. You are a girl, and wearing a gossamery, mother-of-pearl hued sundress that hits at mid-calf. As you stick your key into the lock and turn it, press play on "20th Century Man." Do your best to time it so that it takes you approximately thirty seconds to elegantly, frolickally canter down the stairs of your apartment building, or house.
If all goes according to plan, you will blast open your front door at precisely 0:35 seconds into "20th Century Man." It will feel like, Whooooshhh! The sunny summer air smiles at you. Nobody saw it, but it all looked like an alternate take of the opening credits to The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Here you are! Life is fresh.
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