Phantom Planet – “Big Brat”

When: August 2006
Where: Altadena Drive
Who: My mother
Weather: Hot, dry

Jed the Fish prefaced this by saying it was a new song by Gomez. Later, I searched in vain to find this song by Gomez. Luckily, I’d remembered some of the lyrics and found it.

Next: The excruciation of Muse

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Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”

When: August 2006
Where: Westbound on Mountain Street
Who: My mother
Weather: Hot, dry

For a summer that put so much music on this playlist, I remember remarkable little of it. At some point, I was watching Seinfeld and working on an elaborate poster board. Later, I was eating Macaroni and Cheese and playing Simpsons Hit and Run, later on I tried to copy every Wikipedia entry about individual days onto an Excel Spreadsheet, and there was a girl named Adelaide.

Later, my memories came back to me and the following explanations were made: I got into AP American History in school, and in order to complete it, I had to start in summer school, which I did with several of my classmates as well as a girl named Adelaide. The poster board was made to demonstrate the sectional differences of antebellum America. At the same time I was going into the mountains to work one some merit badges, but the details are lost to me.

The first time I heard the laughter, I thought it was the DJ.

Next: Another case file in missing a song.

Gnarls Barkley – “Crazy”

When: July 2006
Where: Westbound on Orange Grove Avenue near Eaton Canyon
Who: My mother
Weather: Hot, dry

Recently, the AVClub had a discussion of what was the “Yesterday” of today. It had to have a combination of popularity, lasting influence, and coverability. And in none of these discussions did Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” come up. Unfortunately for them it fits the criteria perfectly and they had to look to the comments section to find it.

Few songs in the post-CD world were as pervasive as this. The closest example I can think of, as I write this, is “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, but it was nowhere near the level of this song. God knows if there will be such an example when you finally read this. Even my mom liked it, and she hates strings.

Next: A new band from Sheffield.

Wolfmother – “Woman”

When: June 2006
Where: Monrovia Canyon
Who: My mother
Weather: Hot, dry

“Wow, this guy’s really ripping off Robert Plant,” said my mom. I saw that, but it wasn’t my first instinct. My father had an irrational hatred of many things, including Led Zeppelin, and banned all Zeppelin materiél from the house.

Next: A new hit from Tom Calloway and Brian Burton

Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”

When: July 2006
Where: Southbound on Rosemead Boulevard between Sierra Madre Villa and Foothill
Who: My mother
Weather: Hot, dry

This song surprised me. The opening riff sounded amazingly similar to another song that I have completely forgotten. It didn’t matter. There was no going back from this song.

Next: “Haw haw haw haw haw haw haw haw hawwwwwww!”

Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”

When: 3 June 2006
Where: Santa Anita Park
Who: My father
Weather: Hot

I was first exposed to this terrible, terrible song by a girl I liked. I have since hypnotized myself not to be attracted to women who like this song. This was the age of twee, and even I couldn’t escape.

I heard this song on the way to Scout Expo (at 16 I was still going strong. I know what you’re thinking, and fuck you). I still hadn’t realized how awful this song was, but today I can’t bear to hear it.

Next: Getting over Weezer fast.