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Soundtrack for The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s: A Secret History of Jewish Punk, which I just got around to reviewing. I sort of want the soundtrack for book to be The Dictators – Go Girl Crazy!, but those dudes are still around and Dick Manitoba eats a lot of food that he has to pay for somehow, so I’m not putting up the whole thing.
Usually I pull quotes from the book to go along with the songs, but this time I’m also pulling lyrics (or only pulling lyrics). My theory is that will make this soundtrack-making process easier and possibly more relevant. I don’t know, guys, soundtracks are hard. This one isn’t even all punk rock, although I figure it’s close enough for government work. BUT, at least this book has an index. I think I may start giving additional safety pins for that alone. You could write the worst book ever but give me an index and I’d be pleased as fucking punch. ONWARD.
As usual: MP3s provided for sampling! If you like it, track it down and buy a musician a sandwich. It’s like a social contract or something. We work desk jobs in order to feed them sandwiches and beer and drugs and/or protein shakes, and they feed us music in return. Don’t fall down on your part of the job!
This is the soundtrack I have compiled to go along with my review of Gimme Something Better. No matter how much I tell myself, okay, I am going to take notes while I am reading so that it doesn’t take me a million years to pull together some kind of soundtrack, I never actually do it. This time, I had one post-it note at the very beginning of the book, on which I had written “Avengers,” and then I had roughly four million pages dogeared. And it doesn’t have an index. Which is to say: argh! These always take so much longer than the actual reviews.
Anyway. One of my friends keeps asking why I am compiling soundtracks, and I keep having to explain that I feel it’s nice to be able to listen to the music that they’re talking about in the book. It’s not necessarily that I was reading the chapter on Green Day and was overcome by the urge to break out Slappy. It’s that these are some of the bands and some of the songs that the book is about, and if you’re reading about the sludgy grind of Neurosis, and you have never heard of that band, maybe you want to listen to a song and decide to check them out further.
Right. Gimme Something Better covers more years more thoroughly than previously reviewed tomes, and so the soundtrack has more songs. As usual, all songs are zipped into one file and uploaded for sampling purposes, and if you like what you hear, you should find a way to support the artists. Also as usual, all quotes are from Gimme Something Better, and not from… I don’t know, my ass. My ass does little speaking in this post.
As usual (so far! I hope it continues), here is some music to go along with my review of We Got the Neutron Bomb. This one was a little harder for me to do, because I didn’t want to repeat anything I put in an earlier soundtrack, and I really wanted to include a lot of different types of bands and showcase the diversity that was going on. I think I managed; there’s proto-punk and hardcore and rockabilly and garage punk down there, and I think it’s a pretty good mix of stuff. The part of this where I pull excerpts from the book and include them for context was VERY HARD due to the book not having a damn index. That is my new pet peeve, FYI.
Anyway, as usual, this is uploaded as one .zip file, and not as individual tracks. If you like what you hear, please track this shit down and support the artists if possible.
I feel books about music should come with soundtracks, so I’m just compiling them as I go. Here’s what I pulled together for my review of Kids of the Black Hole. As usual, I am too lazy to upload the songs individually, and also as usual, if you like what you hear, you should go buy more.
ETA: I think this goes without saying, but the quotes below are all from the book.
I recently read Please Kill Me, and its lack of soundtrack was killing me. I spent a while digging through it, and then realized that if I didn’t limit myself in some way, the soundtrack would be really long. I therefore have compiled 11 “important” (or at least oft-mentioned) songs from the bands the book mentioned most and have uploaded them for your listening pleasure. If you like what you hear, please support the artists. I know most of them are dead at this point, but STILL, I’m sure they left behind legal fees for their loved ones to deal with.