Music Geek-Out #14: Peter Murphy’s “Cuts You Up”

The next two songs in the playlist are my brief, brief nod to pre-90s goth. First is Peter Murphy’s “Cuts You Up,” off is 1990 album Deep. Murphy used to be the singer of iconic 80s goth band Bauhaus, which…

Music Geek-Out # 13: Guided By Voices “I Am a Scientist”

Guided By Voices is a Dayton band, and they were in heavy, heavy rotation on WOXY.  I chose this song for two reasons: (1) it’s one of my favorite GBV songs, and (2) in German, “science” or “Wissenshaft” has a…

Music Geek-Out #12: (London) Suede’s “Beautiful Ones”

Wow, I’ve dropped the ball on this series. Sorry! Lots of summer writing, a book proposal to get out, articles to get out, all that jazz. Anyway, this is part of a playlist I did for philoSOPHIA 2012, hosted at…

Rhythm Nation, Vangelis, and Blade Runner

One day at the gym I was listening to Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 album (an album that I first bought on cassette tape, at a record store in Tri-County Mall, back in the late 80s).  The very first track…

From New Wave to No Wave: The (d)evolution of whiteness in late 70s post-punk music aesthetics — #1

“The strangeness that seems to reside somewhere between the body and its objects is also what brings these objects to life and makes them dance” (Ahmed QP 162; emphasis mine). I’m working on a chapter for a collection on critical…

Music Geek-Out #9: Pixies “Monkey Gone to Heaven”

Again, there are many reasons why I chose this song for the philoSOPHIA dinner playlist at Miami. As I mentioned, I was doing a little “awesome female bassist” subsection of the set. AND, at a school an hour away from…

Music Geek-Out #8: Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”

Not only is this song a classic in the Modern Rock canon, it also has some specific significance in my grad school experience, and it plays nicely off one of the first songs in the “dance party” portion of the…

Music Geek-Out #7

Next is XTC’s “Making Plans for Nigel”. This track was always on 97X’s Modern Rock 500 (a countdown of the 500 best modern rock songs, held the same weekend as the Indy 500, which was about a two hour drive…

Music Geek-Out #5

Sorry for the hiatus–the end-of-term hustle gobbled up my life for the past few weeks. So, back to the philoSOPHIA/WOXY dinner playlist: Next is another Ohio band, Cleveland’s Pere Ubu. Keeping with the post-industrial theme, I chose their “Final Solution.”…

Music Geek-Out #10: The Breeders “Cannonball”

When I was a teenage girl growing up in John Boehner’s congressional district halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton, OH, Kim Deal was the ish. She was from where I was from, but she managed to escape post-Mapplethorpe crazy Republican land…