Queen Elvis

When I was in high school I had the good sense to make friends with kids with much better tastes in music than myself (they were also older and had cars – I was no dummy). Thanks to them I grew up listening to Robyn Hitchcock, Tom Tom Club, Bauhaus, The Jesus and Mary Chain … ooh! I saw The Cure on their first farewell tour in 1989 (sad, they didn’t play Love Cats – my favorite Cure song), Love and Rockets opened for them.


Time went by and I started listening to whatever was on the radio. No more mix tapes for me. I had sort of forgotten about my fantastic taste in music.

Then maybe 4 years ago I bought a copy of Queen Elvis , put it on my iPod and cheerfully listened to it. I rediscover it every year or so. Put it back on my iPod. Listen more. And louder. Each time I think, I really like this – I shouldn’t delete it. Then I do. Then I rediscover the CD. Rinse and repeat.

You cannot imagine my surprise when I got an NPR Song of the Day email with Robyn Hitchcock’s I’m Falling. Surely he’s OLD by now? I mean, I was in high school way back in the early 90s. And he wasn’t young then. But he’s not dead. You know who else is not dead? Iggy Pop. Go figure that one out.


New Robyn Hitchcock song: it’s good. Go listen. Subscribe to the NPR – I was going to say email, so you could be old school like me, but there’s an RSS feed, yay for the Web 2.0 – subscribe to the RSS feed. You might even rediscover someone from your youth. Again.

Who were you listening to in high school? Are you still listening to them? Is your taste better or worse now than it was then? I expect Laura to comment – she’s always so shocked by my music collection. Like I’m too square to listen to anything other than the Andrews Sisters.

While getting the Love Cats link for you it reminded me that I also love Stray Cat Strut (my tap dance class did a routine to this song when I was 8 or 9). You’re welcome for all the YouTube links. But what is it with me liking songs about cats? Weird.

And while this does read like I’m posting while drinking, I am not. There’s a lot going on in my real-world so you get the stream of consciousness end of the stick. Again, you’re welcome.

1 smart person left their mark:

  1. Laura, 8. June 2009, 15:01

    You are hilarious! I am surprised at your music selection, just like I was surprised at your tattoo. I don’t know why. Maybe because you dress your children in “Future Geek” t-shirts, your Martha Stewart inspired take on deli salads, or your tightly wound aversion to discussions in restrooms. I can’t put my finger on it, but I will say this—-I’m ALWAYS impressed with you and a little upset with myself when you tell me of your new (and old) finds.