a twee-focused blog for the everyday pop kid.
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It’s all happening.
This blog is still just an ugly little newborn baby. It’s hard to tell what will come of this. What this will grow up to be. But we’ve got some stuff in the works, kids, and I want to take this seriously. I’m hunting down little bands, cruising through Bandcamp and Facebook, trying to find tiny projects that I think people should pay attention to. I’m working on a list of shows to attend. I’m figuring out what’s going on in Portland so that I can transition this blog to dat West Coast feel, when I return in May. I know I’m just a little girl, and my opinion is still just a tiny speck of dust on that cassette player you’ve been meaning to get fixed, but I think that there’s some potential. We’re in this together, and even if we aren’t, I can always pretend.
While I try to get this show on the road, and to occupy some of your/my time, here’s a list of my top 5 favorite Beat Happening songs, starting from the bottom and working our way up.
5. “The This Many Boyfriends Club” from Jamboree
This is the first Beat Happening song I ever heard. Naturally, it has a very dear place in my heart. A good friend told me about Beat Happening while we were, coincidentally, baking an apple pie. He turned on this song, and at first, I wasn’t so sure about it, but after I told him to play it again, it stuck. Later that week, I went to Everyday Music in Portland, and picked up their first album. I fell in love immediately, even though my older sister made fun of me for it. I’m putting this at #5, because it’s not always the most listenable song.
4. “Pinebox Derby” from You Turn Me On
Beat Happening has a nice little handful of ooky spooky songs, like most of the songs on Black Candy. For whatever reason, Pinebox Derby always sticks out to me, and maybe it’s because when I was younger, I was really into witchy vibes, or maybe it’s because the word “pinebox” is in the song, and I’ve always been fascinated with coffin imagery (I have a coffin stick-and-poke tattoo on my arm), but this song is such a jam to me, and I love to walk around the cemetery and listen to this, because it’s got a groovy feel and it makes me feel like less of a wimp.
3. “Bad Seeds” from Beat Happening
I’ve always been a little bit of a misfit. I went through phases of trying to be a badass during my younger years. I was a punk in high school, and I thought my shit didn’t stink. I still feel that way from time to time, when I break the occasional bottle or spray paint things on outdoor staircases, or briefly participate in some friendly basement moshing. This song epitomizes all of those feelings for me. It’s cute and catchy, but it’s still got that no-fucks-given kind of attitude, which I possess from time to time, and I can really dig it.
2. “Tiger Trap” from You Turn Me On
I can’t even begin to explain how much this song gets to me. I don’t know why, but when I’m feeling especially morose, I go to this song. I wish I had more to say about it, like I had with the other songs, but there’s not much that I can say. I really love the lyrics, and I love the way that Calvin sings. The way he holds his notes in this song is so perfect. I like to listen to this song when I’m laying on my bed, at night, staring out the window, thinking about things that I can’t quite figure out.
1. “Run Down Stairs” from Beat Happening
I think I’m putting this song at #1 because it really just defines what my life is like most of the time. I’m shy, and I have issues talking to boys, and people in general. I go on long walks by myself, I dance by myself in my dorm room, and I stay up late at night for a variety of reasons, but mostly because my brain just doesn’t want to turn off sometimes. Pretty much everything about this song is my life, and I love the fact that Heather sings it, because the feminine vocals just help me relate to it more.
Sorry this was so long-winded. I’m trying to get this blog started off right, and I think it’s important for you all to get an idea of what I’m like/where I’m coming from when it comes to the twee genre.
I’d be interested in having a dialogue with any one of you. Let’s make this corny. What are YOUR top 5 favorite Beat Happening songs? I’m actually, honestly curious. If you read through this whole thing, thanks for being attentive. Be on the look out for more posts. This is happening. It’s all happening.