Monday, April 16, 2012

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Need You Tonight ~ INXS
This is another song I absolutely fell in love with in late 1987. It froze me in place the first time I heard it, and I remember thinking then, at that very moment of immobility, that a) the thing that first attracts me to a man is his voice, and b) it would be a spectacular hit. And it was.



Natural One ~ Folk Implosion
Now, this tune came off the soundtrack for an incredibly disturbing film called Kids, which I haven't watched in its entirety because I simply can't make myself do it - not because it's bad, but because I can't stomach the subject matter. Nonetheless, the song's lush, insistent bass line works its mojo on me (as any sultry bass line will) and I can't help digging this tune. Curiously, whenever I hear it I think of British actor Jeremy Northam, who, I am sure, would disavow any connection to the song and, perhaps, carefully back away from me whilst discreetly reaching for his mobile phone and dialing 911 (or 999, if this were to go down in the UK). There's no reasonable explanation for this association, so you'll have to make do with an unreasonable one - I believe that this song was getting a lot of airplay on my beloved local alt rock radio station, WLIR (now defunct but still available online, thank GOD!), around the time Emma came out (which starred the very man himself as the dreamy Mr. Knightley). Anyway, I'm linking a trippy fan video, below, because the official one's kinda gross and I want nothing to detract from the woof! factor of the song.



Nothing Lasts Forever ~ Specimen
A horrifying realization struck me over the weekend: namely that, for a self-proclaimed Goth Mom, I'd included precious little in the way of proper Goth Rock in these Blogging from A to Z Challenge posts. Next came an existential crisis in which I questioned whether I was more Goth or Rock Mom and how, if I'd been wrong about my Goth-nicity, I could carry on living. I took a bad turn and, a few shots of Godiva Chocolate Liqueur later, resolved my cognitive dissonance with the conclusion that, though my taste in music runs more toward the Rock, my sensibilities are more Goth, so I'm good. Mental breakdown averted, I fished through my memory banks for a Goth tune, so as to even out the scales a bit, that would be in keeping with my A to Z theme. Unfortunately, the ones that came to mind were for letters already done - HOWEVER, this song growled at me from the depths of my poor tortured psyche. I'm not 100% sure what it's about (and I can't find lyrics for it anywheres), though it's got a line about "...flying like a moth into the flame...", so that's hot, right? (Like, literally?) Plus, the guitar and bass are all le rawr rawr, which satisfies me.

The song itself does not run as long as the video clip.

16 comments:

  1. Hmm. I like #3, but I'm definitely a Rock Mom. I didn't even remember #2 existed, but I loved that song! I agree about Kids--terribly disturbing movie.

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    1. I know - ever since I had my son (nearly 17 years ago - eek!) I can't bear to see or reads things where kids are in danger or hurting one another. Gah.

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  2. Rocking song choices, as usual.

    Hope you’re enjoying the challenge so far!
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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    1. Thanks, Damyanti! I find the weekends stressful, as that's when I do the write-ups for the week, but during the week, checking out others' A to Z blogs is a lot of fun! :-)

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  3. Fantastic choices! I know the first time I heard 'I need you tonight' it was instant love :)

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    1. I know, right????? Poor Michael Hutchence, though, eh? :-(

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  4. I didn't know the last song, but I knew the other two. I agree--fantastic choices.

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    1. You surely knew "Need You Tonight!" :-)

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  6. God, Michael Hutchence singing I Need You Tonight... he just oozed sex from his pores. Reminded me of Jim Morrison. That whispered "Come over here" just spoke to your naughty bits, know what I mean? We wore that cassette OUT when I was in college. -Robin

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    1. YES, my dear, I know EXACTLY what you mean!!!

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  7. That INXS song was one of my absolute favourites back in those days. It still stops me in my tracks when I hear it.

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    1. As is right and proper! ;-) Thanks for following, Cathy - I'm now stalking you too! :-D

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  8. I loved Inxs! And that song... *sigh* If you'll excuse me, I'm going to watch the video now. Thanks for the easy access! :D

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