Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Penultimate Tracks

While researching my last column, I realized that a lot of second-to-last tracks were amazing. Like the final track edition, some of my favorites, like “Putting the Damage On” have already been used in some of my previous columns.

1. “Rebellion (Lies)” by the Arcade Fire

This song is catchy. I can see why this launched them into the stratosphere of popular music. I can be a hipster and claim I remember them before they got famous. While true, it’s kind of an asshole statement. I have always appreciated that Regine and Win know exactly what makes a great pop song. You cannot tell me you aren’t singing along to the “lies” part right now.

2. “Suffragette City” by David Bowie

Classic Bowie at his best. I am a big fan of Ziggy-era Bowie.

3. “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads

The best bass line ever. Well, at least in the top three. This is my favorite Talking Heads song. I am still shocked it hasn’t been covered that much. It has all the hallmarks of a good song ripe for being a cover, but in some ways, I am really happy it hasn’t been corrupted.

4. “Playboy Mommy” by Tori Amos

One of my favorite Tori songs. I have seen it live a few times which has greatly improved the listening experience. Tori packs a lot of emotion into an ostensibly upbeat song.

5.”Diplomat’s Son” by Vampire Weekend

A heartbreaking song about sleeping with your best friend and then being rejected by him.

6. “Got To Get You Into My Life” by the Beatles

A great Paul song off of my favorite Beatles album. Revolver closes with this and “Tomorrow Never Knows.” It is a nice one-two punch to end the album.

7. “Slide Away” by Oasis

Off of Definitely, Maybe, my third or fourth favorite Oasis song. This is a little nod to our own Sara H, who loves Oasis.

8. “Against Pollution” by the Mountain Goats

A hidden gem off of We Shall All Be Healed, this song is on my bucket list of songs to see John sing, and he does it enough that I will probably see it. I really appreciate the apocalyptic imagery in this song.

9. “Hey! Is That A Ninja Up There?” by Minus the Bear

I really just wanted to include an awesome song title and song by Minus the Bear, Seattle’s best song title writers!

10. “Paralytic States” by Against Me!

The lyrics of this song really get me sometimes. I just can’t take this song off of repeat. Sample lyric: “In her dysphoria’s affection, she still saw her mother’’s son.”

I tried to keep this column light and fluffy this week. I was hit pretty hard by the news of Robin Williams’ death. I know a lot of people who are struggling with depression or other mental health issues who were hit hard. I have been inspired to keep on living by the support I have seen from non depressed people over social media.

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) 24/7.

If you are a LGBT or questioning youth and struggling with these thoughts, the Trevor Project can be contacted at 1-866-488-7386. They also provide text and chat support as well.

If anyone ever needs to talk, they can reach me on my twitter @alysoncmcmanus. I am always available to chat.

By Alyson

Queer Pop Culture Junkie in the Northwest. Addicted to Coffee, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fantasy Sports, The Mountain Goats, and Tottenham Hotspur.

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