In this edition of Sonic Sunday, I'm giving you a song for each day of the week (plus a few appropriate bonus tracks). Unlike your day of the week undies though, these songs can be repeated over and over, all week long.
"New Moon on Monday," Duran Duran - Save me from these reminders/As if I'd forget tonight/This time La Luna/I light my torch and wave it for the new moon on Monday/And a firedance through the night/I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite
As with most Duran Duran lyrics, these really don't make much sense. But who cares? Just (fire)dance, monkeys! There were actually a lot of Monday songs to choose from (e.g., "I Don't Like Mondays," "Blue Monday," "Monday Morning,"), so I just had to pick my favorite. This should be no surprise. You all know I'm a lifelong Durannie, right?
"Ruby Tuesday," The Rolling Stones - She would never say where she came from/Yesterday don't matter if it's gone/While the sun is bright/Or in the darkest night/No one knows/She comes and goes/Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday/Who could hang a name on you?/When you change with every new day/Still I'm gonna miss you
The obvious choice for Tuesday. Unless you're a rabid Lynyrd Skynyrd or Moody Blues fan. Are there rabid Moody Blues fans??
"Just Wednesday," Inspiral Carpets - Maybe it was my fault all along/'Cause I'm constantly talking in pictures and song/For anyone else this would be/The best days of his lifetime/But not for me/It's just Wednesday/Or some other day/Forgive my way
This is one of those bands I always meant to investigate, but for whatever reason, never did. I was finally inspired to while putting together this mix, because there aren't many songs about Wednesday and there was no way in hell that I was going to post Lisa Loeb's "Waiting For Wednesday." After finding this hump day song, I'm happy to report that I've dug deeper into the Inspiral Carpets' discography and am liking what I've come up with so far.
"Sweet Thursday," Matt Costa - I'm waiting in the pines/I'm waiting in the forest/Pylons at my side/The treasure lies before us/And so we started walking/We knew they couldn't harm us/And how the wind is crying/When misty morning dawn breaks
Matt's one of the few Americans on this week's list. I've been digging this guy ever since I heard his "Mr. Pitiful" in I Love You, Man.
"Friday I'm In Love," The Cure - I don't care if Monday's blue/Tuesday's gray and Wednesday too/Thursday, I don't care about you/It's Friday, I'm in love/Monday you can fall apart/Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart/Oh, Thursday doesn't even start/It's Friday I'm in love
I don't trust people who don't like this song. Their hearts must be hollowed-out pieces of coal.
"The Saturday Boy," Billy Bragg - But I never made the first team, I just made the first team laugh/And she never came to the phone/She was always in the bath/In the end, it took me a dictionary/To find out the meaning of unrequited/While she was giving herself for free at a party to which I was never invited
Like Inspiral Carpets, Billy is another "huge in Britain/obscure in the U.S." artist I've always wanted to learn more about, especially since his collaboration with Wilco on Mermaid Avenue. And again, like Inspiral Carpets, I'm really digging what I've uncovered so far.
"Sunday Sunday," Blur - Sunday, Sunday here again in tidy attire/You read the colour supplement, the TV Guide/You dream of protein on a plate/Regret you left it quite so late/To gather the family around the table to eat enough to sleep/Oh, the Sunday sleep
Those drums! Those horns! Those la-las! The cockney people-mocking! That crazy tempo change in the middle! If you look up "Britpop" in the dictionary, this should really be one of the first songs listed. And it never fails to put me in a good mood. It's the perfect tune to pull you out of that "lazy Sunday" mode.
"Days of the Week," Stone Temple Pilots - I've got to find a way to find her/Where she could be?/Four days of the week she thinks I'm the enemy/Monday's gone/Tuesday's fadin'/Wednesday's gone/Thursday's all but wasted now
"Yesterday," The Beatles - Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away/Now it looks as though they're here to stay/Oh, I believe in yesterday/Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be/There's a shadow hanging over me/Oh, yesterday came suddenly
"Today," Smashing Pumpkins - Today is the greatest day I've ever known/Can't live for tomorrow/Tomorrow's much too long/I'll burn my eyes out/Before I get out/I wanted more/Than life could ever grant me/Bored by the chore of saving face
"Tomorrow," Ryan Adams - Pulled into the station and they're playing Waylon Jennings/When you're driving through so late at night/You'll see the lights are blinding/Yeah, and I'll be thinking of you/Home, my baby's going home/My baby's going home/Tomorrow
And here's another bonus for you: David Bowie's video for "Love You Till Tuesday." While looking for songs for this mix, I came across this on YouTube and nearly sprained my face from too much smiling and laughing. Apparently, this is the title song/opening credit sequence for a 1969 "showcase" film that was designed by Bowie's manager as a promotional tool. It's fantastic. Especially the segment between :53 - 1:19. And the ending. Really, the whole thing is just precious.
I'm suddenly in the mood to throw a key party. Which day works best for everyone?