Monday, November 9, 2015

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week #51

5 Songs to Get You Through the Week is a feature I run on Young Ears, Fresh Perspective on Sundays/early hours of Monday morning where I pick out 5 tunes that I think are notable and tell you a bit about them. The point is to give you some rocking music to help you deal with your weekday blues. You can either listen to one each day, listen to them all at once, or any other combination that you feel. As long as you can get through the week without the man getting you down, that's all I care about. Without further ado, here are the 5 tracks I've picked out for this week:

1. Time Warp, by Richard O'Brien

Anyone who was a young adult in the 70's or is even a big rock n' roll and/or theater fanatic these days knows this song and the dance's moves by heart. Time Warp the catchiest and most fun song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's an upbeat rockabilly tune with a darker twist and it definitely beats out more modern dance songs that would attempt to rival its profound legacy in pop culture.

2. Zydrate Anatomy, by Darren Smith

If you're into goth rock, opera, dark futuristic imagery, and gore, then Repo! The Genetic Opera is just what you need in your life. The main single Zydrate Anatomy is beyond dark, and imagery filled. It also is a pretty good way to get what the main idea of the grim setting/plot of the whole rock opera is about. The whole thing is pretty much sex, drugs, and rock n' roll in a whole new way that many people up to the point when the movie came out in 2008 might not have been used to.

3.  Run Like Hell, by Pink Floyd

Run Like Hell from Pink Floyd's The Wall is an iconic part of the story being told because musically and lyrically it illustrates how it is when you have been doing something in a way so wrong for so long that you finally just feel the need to get up and run like hell from it all. Its uptempo rhythm and tension filled guitar riffs further add to that feeling and make you feel the emotions in a way that the lyrics on their own could never convey.

4.  Boulevard of Broken Dreams, by Green Day

This song was an INSANELY popular single when it came out in 2004, but it was part of a much larger musical undertaking by Green Day. Rather than writing another straight up punk album, the guys decided to make a whole concept album/rock opera called American Idiot. This song shows the lonely morose feelings the protagonist St. Jimmy feels while also trying to take pride and power from them.

5. Pinball Wizard, by The Who

Tommy is by far one of the most famous rock operas ever created. It's the story of a boy who loses the ability to speak, hear, and see but then becomes extremely proficient in pinball and becomes a religious figurehead once his senses are restored. The main single Pinball Wizard is melodic, catchy, and gets you caught up in the moment. It's hard not to feel an adrenaline rush in the midst of it and be anticipating what will come next.


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