1970s · Love · Rock · Survival

Song of the Day

Today’s SOTD is a double feature because I’m highlighting someone whose work I can’t narrow down to one song. One album, maybe. The album, in this case would be Horses, circa 1975.

I had this album cover framed and hanging on my bedroom wall back in the ‘80s. Recognize this famous photo by Robert Mapplethorpe?

First up is the title track, Horses, a song I couldn’t stop replaying back in the day because of its adlibbed prose. The other track is a more familiar one and my young self thought it so jaw-dropping and so hot because here was a woman singing about having sex with … *gasp*… another woman! Without further ado, here’s Patti Smith with Horses, followed by Gloria.

1980s music · Survival

Song of the Day

Who better to usher in the angst of the ‘80s than UK poet and dark/new wave pioneer, Anne Clark. Here she is with Sleeper in Metropolis. If this isn’t a time-sound machine direct to 1983, I don’t know what is.

On a personal note, today marks 1.5 years of sobriety. I can now say years, plural. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

1980s music · Love · Survival

Song of the Day

If there’s a single song ever written about being out as a teenager in the suburbs in the 1980s, this is it. This was one of my favourite songs (on rotation) when I was 18 and everything in it rang true for me. Feeling like my home was no longer a home because of my parent’s reaction to my sexuality. Thinking about dying. Being too shy to ask for something. Every line. All of it.

Here is The Smiths with their 1986 song, There is A Light That Never Goes Out.

Electronic · Survival

Song of the Day

Today’s SOTD is by Swedish electronic group, The Knife. This is their song, Silent Shout. You know what else is kind of like a silent shout? Writing. This is a rather excellent song, kind of like my writing day was yesterday. On that note, is there anything more satisfying than an inspired writing day? Is there? I’m going to say no.