Soundtrack of the Week

by Bill Brenner on October 23, 2010

I’m starting a Saturday tradition. Since music — especially metal — has been a vital tool in my recovery from OCD and addiction, I’m going to celebrate each Saturday by sharing songs that got me through the week. Welcome to my party.

Songs that pulled me through this week:

Let’s start with Zippo Raid. I got a copy of their “Punk is in Season” album at the benefit for Joe Zippo last week and can’t stop playing it. Joe’s lyrics were brilliantly simple — and, in many spots, funny as hell. At least funny to my brand of humor. I went looking for footage of these songs being performed on Youtube but no dice. I did, however, find this:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq-EeudVGVM&fs=1&hl=en_US]

For some strange reason, going to that show last weekend gave me a craving for Sonic Youth, which I listened to constantly during my Rockit Records days. This is one of my faves:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dubt7roEtSM&fs=1&hl=en_US]

As a teenager I loved Def Leppard, probably because my brother loved them. And when he died, I started listening to all the music he listened to. In more recent years I’ve found their music to be pretty hit or miss, but this week I came across this, which captures the essence of the Def Leppard I remember:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjW2DB4jIf4&fs=1&hl=en_US]

Not a week goes by where I don’t listen to Sixx A.M. I simply identify with the music too much not to listen at least weekly:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSyMSkbIHiA&fs=1&hl=en_US]

I’ve been listening to Guns N Roses a lot lately, and this song is particularly useful during my more contemplative moments:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FPBi9N9hNc&fs=1&hl=en_US]

And while we’re on the subject, I tripped across this most excellent cover of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” performed by Velvet Revolver:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgygUiMtvUQ&fs=1&hl=en_US]

Thanks to my friend Donna Swift, I found a few minutes of rapture in this acoustic version of Soundgarden’s “Like a Suicide,” which seemed perfect for yesterday’s “Thank You, Joy” post:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcOXrYXj69I&fs=1&hl=en_US]

And with that, my week is complete.

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