Music Fridays: Let’s Own This Thing Edition
I've been doing a Friday random ten and a Friday Genius ten since before I started at Pandagon, and lately I've been feeling like switching things up. In part, that's because Genius doesn't work as well as it used to, but I also think it wasn't really provoking much discussion. Plus, for a couple weeks now, I've been providing my own playlists anyway, so I figured I could just make it official. So instead, I think I'll just do that and end with a discussion question instead. More free form.
Last night, though the game was incredibly distracting (but awesome—Go Mavs!), I was working on making a playlist for an X-Men party. This is how a friend of mine likes to approach those glitzy summer blockbusters that you really want to see but mostly end up being pure trash—by having a party before hand where people eat, drink, and socialize, and then rolling over to see the movie. That way, even if the movie sucks, you still had a good time. Last year, this is how we rolled for "Iron Man II", and I made a playlist of songs about drinking, womanizing, and the military-industrial complex to honor the occasion. This year, since it's X-Men, I'm thinking songs about monsters, mutants, and alienation, since these are the themes that really draw people to the X-Men concept. While not many songs address the concept of mutated people who have superpowers, there are a lot of songs that, like X-Men, use the concept of The Monster as a metaphor for alienation. Punk rock, in particular, is music I think an X-Man should glory in. Lots of songs that celebrate the weirdo and the outcast. Plus, the phony comic book concept of evolution provokes the similar art rock concept of de-evolution, so lots of Devo.
I don't want to give away the whole game, but here's a couple of songs I'm using. My question for you is, "What are your favorite songs about monsters, mutants, social outcasts and the like?"