Douglas Bailey (trystero) wrote,
Douglas Bailey


Reminds you of ex-lovers:
• Steely Dan (introduced to by ex-lover)
• The Jazz Butcher, ¡Excellent! (associated with road-trips to see ex-lover)

Reminds you of an ex-friend:
• The Sisters Of Mercy, “Never Land” (from Floodland)

Makes you cry:
• Ryuichi Sakamoto, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and The Last Emperor (soundtracks)
• Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 in D minor [Solti: Sotin/Schunk/Runkel/Norman, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1986]
• Sugar, “JC Auto” (from Beaster)
• Big Country, most anything if I think about it too hard

Makes you smile:
(Lots and lots, especially classical, but particularly:)
• Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps [Stravinsky: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, 1960]
• Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F major [Solti: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1988]
• Walter/Wendy Carlos, Switched-On Bach
• XTC, “We’re All Light” (from Wasp Star)
• Marshall Crenshaw, “Whenever You’re On My Mind”

Makes you laugh:
• Tom Lehrer
• Spike Jones
• Buzzcocks, “Orgasm Addict” and “Oh Shit!”
• Captain Sensible and the Softies, “Jet Boy Jet Girl”

You never want to hear again:
• They Might Be Giants, everything excluding “Don’t Let’s Start” and “Ana Ng” but violently including “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”
• Current mainstream music (hip-hop, teen sex-kitten pop, nu-metal, etc.)
• Christmas music as played by “novelty” toys in stores

Reminds you of your childhood:
• Tom Lehrer
• Spike Jones
• Hot Butter, “Popcorn”
• Walter/Wendy Carlos, Switched-On Bach
• Duran Duran, “Rio” — first song I heard after moving to Britain
• The Police, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
• (mainstream late-1970s radio fare — Eddie Rabbitt, Christopher Cross, REO Speedwagon and the like)
• gurgly analogue synths

Sums up your teenage years:
• David Bowie
• Pink Floyd
• Big Country
• Tears For Fears, first two albums
• Howard Jones, first three albums
• Peter Gabriel, So
• Talking Heads, especially Little Creatures and the original Stop Making Sense release
• (mainstream 1980s pop, regardless of quality — we’re talking “Never Surrender” and “The Warrior” here)

You want to get married to:

You like to wake up to:
(n/a), though Brian Eno/Daniel Lanois/Roger Eno’s “Silver Morning” always sounds like waking-up music to me...

You like to fall asleep to: (question swiped from solipsistnation)
(n/a) — I can’t sleep when there’s music on…

You like out of your parents’ record collection:
• Tom Lehrer
• Spike Jones (sensing a trend here, are we?)
• The Beatles
• Jonathan Edwards, “Sunshine”
• Walter/Wendy Carlos, Switched-On Bach
• orchestral/“classical” music in general

You love but you wouldn’t know about if it wasn’t for a friend:
(About half the bands I listen to were good habits acquired from my sister. Beyond that...)
• David Bowie, Pink Floyd — friend in 7th grade
• Metallica (first four albums) — college roommate
• Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Devo — solipsistnation
• Steely Dan — ex-lover

You love the video more than the tune:
• Most things directed by Matt Mahurin

Reminds you of your first crush:

Makes you think of sex:
(Songs about sex, I suppose. Nothing else in particular: my thinking about sex and my thinking about music, while both frequent, don’t cross that much.)

Makes you think of being alone:
• David Bowie, Low and side two of “Heroes”
• Fripp & Eno, No Pussyfooting
• Brian Eno, most ambient records and especially Another Green World
• Suede, side two of Dog Man Star
• Big Star, especially “What’s Going Ahn” and “I’m In Love With A Girl” and most of Third

Are (almost) embarrassed to admit you like:
• Canister (well, musically, at least)
• more mainstream 1980s pop crap than is truly healthy for any adult

You love to sing:
• Beethoven, “An Die Freude” from Symphony No. 9 in D major
• XTC, “Beating of Hearts” (from Mummer) among many others
• The Beatles
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