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?