How well do you remember the teenage wasteland? There have been a few times in my life when I’ve been sailing along, dipping my oar on either side of my life-raft, stroke for stroke, moving along fine. Distracted by some distant fog horn somewhere at my back, I run straight into an iceberg that pulls me out and reminds me of 10,000 feelings I’d long ago let sink.
One such recent cache of novelty came in the form of one particular block of random songs on one particular Apple Music radio station click here for info. Some of these songs I hadn’t heard for so long, it was like listening to them for the first time, but they carried on-board memories, the real greatest hits.
The mass below the iceberg though, is that these all came out in one year: 2002. The year I washed up on the beach of adulthood, my torso baked by the sun, below the waist – drenched in the tide.
I went for a walk on the beach, and didn’t roll my pant legs up high enough. Half wet, half-dry is fun, but uncomfortable. Until I can get back on the board walk and dry out again.
Beck – Sea Change
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
SlowReader – s/t
Bright Eyes – LIFTED… [etc etc]
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Desaperecidos – Read Music / Speak Spanish
Interpol – Turn On The Bight Lights
The Good Life – Black Out
The Mountain Goats – All Hail West Texas
Of Montreal – Aldhils Arboretum
Jets to Brazil – Perfecting Lonliness
The Promise Ring – Wood/Water
The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
The Black Keys – The Big Come Up
Pulp – We Love Life
Ben Kweller – Sha Sha
Ben Folds – Ben Folds Live
Piebald – We Are the Only Friends that We Have
Against Me! – Is Reinventing Axl Rose
Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
The Libertines – Up the Bracket
Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around
Sparks – Lil Beethoven
Get behind me, 2002.