So yesterday Shakesville’s Question of the Day was kinda osm: “When they make a major motion picture about your life, what song (or songs) are going to be in the soundtrack?”

When I sat down and really thought about it, I wound up with something akin to the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack – not so much that it’s full of the late eighties/early nineties, but that it’s a really long list.

The worst part has been trying to organize it – by decade? Can’t do it – I’ve listened to a lot these songs across multiple ages, coming back to them again and again like touchstones.

Then there’s the question of whether or not these songs are good soundtrack material – I mean, they don’t necessarily send a message about the moment, more they have been the background for moments. Is that how this is supposed to work?

It’s a messy little list – everything from old soft rock to nu wave, through the college years to riot grrl, and out again. It hardly makes sense to me, looking at it if I try to categorize. Lately I’ve been listening the hell out of Krishna Das, the Morrowind soundtrack, and the score to Serenity, as you know if you’ve been playing along at home. None of that makes sense either, really. And after spending a bunch of time on iTunes to match titles with music, that may change abruptly in the next week too. Welcome to my whimsy =)

So anyway – the list! the score! the soundtrack!

note: the stuff in bold are songs that can’t be skipped out on.

Sleater-Kinney – Little Babies
Pixies – Brick Is Red
Cat Power – Cross Bone Style
Garth Brooks – Callin’ Baton Rouge
Dolly Parton – Jolene
Patty Griffin – Living With Ghosts
Joni Mitchell – California
The Clash – Police and Thieves
Billy Bragg – The World Turned Upside Down, Levi Stubbs’ Tears
Kirsty McColl – New England (by Billy Bragg)
Fleetwood Mac – Never Going Back Again
Strawberry Switchblade – Since Yesterday
Bow Wow Wow – Louis Quatorze
Fetchin Bones -Leaning on the Horn, Cross
X – We’re Desperate
REM – Welcome to the Occupation, Swan Swan Hummingbird
Violent Femmes – Add It Up
Sugarsmack – Boomerang
Brainiac – Smack Bunny Baby
Afghan Whigs – If I Were Going
Cat Stevens – Sun/C79
Queen – Killer Queen
XRay Specs – Oh, Bondage! Up Yours!
Ass Ponys – Earth to Grandma
Peter Murphy – Indigo Eyes
David Bowie – Up the Hill Backwards
Nena – 99 Luftballons
Pet Ufo – Washington Avenue
Indigo Girls – Closer to Fine
Michelle Shocked – Anchorage
Shriekback – Nemesis
Rickie Lee Jones – Chuck E’s in Love
DeeLite – Groove is in the Heart
Soul Coughing – Fully Retractable
Jeremy Soule – first track from the Morrowind soundtrack
Al Stewart – Year of the Cat
Harry Chapin – Taxi
Mission UK – Dancing Barefoot (by Patti Smith)
Patti Smith – Because the Night (by Bruce Springsteen)
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
Judas Priest – Saturday’s All Right for Fighting (by Elton John)
Gorillaz – Feel Good
Ani DiFranco – Fire Door