05 March 2007

Five Songs For... Staying Awake

Due to a long series of events not really worth repeating, I went to bed last night at 4:00 AM, woke up at 9:30, and have been working non-stop until right now... 11:24 PM. I'm beat.

But I'm also in that place where you're so tired that you circle right back around to being up, you know?

And that leads me to 5 Songs For... Staying Awake.

(1) "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne

Seriously, why fight it? Have you guys heard this song? (Listen here)

I didn't realize how desperately I missed the sound of the Go-Gos until this little bomb got dropped. No matter the time of day, this song's chorus makes me want to jump around, punching the air with my fist to match every syncopated syllable of the line "Hey! Hey! You! You! I don't like your girlfriend!"

And, true, Avril Lavigne has always pretty much been a poseur. Like, lose the "complicated" ties. You're not punk. But on this single she's not trying to be anything but a fun pop-rocker.

(2) "Birdhouse in Your Soul" by They Might Be Giants

The live version of this song on TMBG's "Severe Tire Damage" is my favorite. I'm compelled to stay awake so I can sing along with the chorus. It has such insouciance that it always makes me smile, and consciousness is better served by happiness. (Deep! Are my pupils really dilated? Am I typing this to myself? What time is it?)

(3) "When Tomorrow Comes" by Eurythmics

To my mind, this is the best song ever to make a greatest hits album that was never actually a hit. And why wasn't it? WHY?!?

It's a beautiful, uplifting song that features one of Annie Lennox's best vocals. Just today, I was singing this as one of my potential "Idol" audition numbers.

If you don't know it, I encourage you to drop the .99 at iTunes. Or at least listen to the sample. Joy may very well ensue.

(4) "Do You Want To" by Franz Ferdinand

Short, snotty punk-pop song with kick-ass beat, loud guitars. and reference to straight-
but-open lead singer blowing a guy keeps young man awake. Film at 11:00. (Or watch the video at any time!)

(5) Your turn! Which songs keep you awake? Can the keep me awake before I zzzzzzz


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Whuzzhappening? Oh... umm... how did all of you guys get here? And why I am still using boldface type?



At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Holtzwoman said...

Sunday Morning by No Doubt or Crazy in Love by Beyonce--those have served me well in my many recent in-the-library-till-4am stints.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger josh said...

Nothing sung, digested, or poked in my ribs can keep me awake when it is really time to sleep now. However, after all-nighters of the past I would sing to myself the Beatles song "I'm so Tired" from The White Album.

I'm so tired, I haven't slept a wink
I'm so tired, my mind is on the blink
I wonder should I get up and fix myself a drink

Perfect little mantra for drifting off in class. Although, seriously, drinking couldn't have had a worse impact on my concentration.

(You may consider this a comment on two recent posts.)

At 8:00 PM, Anonymous Cassy said...

I find Don't Stop Believing (by Journey of course!) very uplifting. Another good 80s song that seems to keep me awake is The Warrior by Scandal.

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Mark Blankenship said...

Get right out of my head, Cassy! No joke, I have the record sleeve from the 45 single of "The Warrior" framed and hanging in a hallway in my apartment. Seriously.

I love that song.

In my living room, I'm displayed the framed sleeve from the 45 of "Material Girl."

At 9:11 PM, Anonymous AdamH said...

I listened to "When Tomorrow Comes" and you're right, it's a nice song. I usually skip over it, but no longer.

I've tried to appreciate TMBG. I do have "Flood" so I was able to give Birdhouse a listen. Wacky! Zany! Odd how I love Fruvous so much yet have such trouble with TMBG.

As for songs that keep me awake, #1 is "Gotta Get Over Greta" by The Nields.

Apropos of nothing, do you know Winterpills? I've been listening to their new album since I went to the release concert last weekend. I'm spellbound.

At 10:46 PM, Blogger bonjourtristesse said...

Kashmir, by Zep. or "No sleep till Brooklyn" by the Beasties!

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