The theme this week at Twisted Mixtape Tuesday, hosted by Jen, aka @jenkehl from http://www.jenkehl.com is ‘Beautiful” with the loosest interpretations possible. I’m sure my musical compadres will go for Christina Aguilera and U2 or Lord help us, James Blunt, so I wanted to stay true to the word, its synonyms, and keep it rockin’. Plus, it’s my birthday, and I can do what I want, like eat ice cream for breakfast, which I may or may not have done, this morning. I’m forty-three today. It feels like 42, and even a bit like 33, but with more children and a lot more ibuprofen. If you would like to give me a gift head over to amazon.com for your kindle downloads or to Lulu.com for your paperback copies of my two books, both musically driven in style and theme, The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story of a female rock musician in 2008 New York City, and Soul To Body, a family drama about a has been rock guitar player trying to raise a teenage daughter after the death of his wife.
Now, for this week’s “beautiful” playlist.
Pretty Vacant – The Sex Pistols – 1977. Steve Jones’ best riff (I told him so, once, in person in 2003), and Johnny Rotten’s ironic, biting, hialrious wit. Best played loud.
Beautiful Girls – Van Halen – 1979. When I was ten years old I thought this was the greatest song ever. Hey, it’s better than my own beautiful 10-year-old girl’s current preference for One Direction’s Beautiful song, so get off me.
She’s A Beauty – The Tubes – 1983. Is this the best song of all-time about a peep show worker? Yes. It’s also the great Fee Waybill being ironic and sardonic. Classic riff.
The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson – 1996. If anyone ever tells you Brian Warner never wrote a great song, tell them they’re ugly and play this for them, loud. Brian, errr, Marilyn, covers all the bases; solid composition, socially relevant lyrics, and a blistering anthem that still works.
Beautiful Wreck – Shawn Mullins – 2006. In Georgia, we take care of our own. Fellow Atlanta suburb born and bred, Shawn made a comeback of sorts with his 9th Ward Picking Parlor album. This song, about a beautiful wreck of a woman he dated, well, who hasn’t been there? Oh the irony. Wonderful lyrics.
Pretty Handsome Awkward – The Used – 2007. The lead singer, Bert, dated Kelly Osbourne in the early 2000s. Oh the stories he has to tell. This band escaped their emo trap with this song, a straight up, kick ass rock and roll tune that’s also relatable. Great guitar work, here, and a perfect playlist closer.