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Merkava

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« on: 20 Dec 2005, 14:43 »

Amazingly, my final project in English for Catcher in the Rye is to make a soundtrack for it. The songs can relate to a certain part in the story or just represent the ideas and themes throughout the book. I need at least 10 tracks.

So far, I have...

Modest Mouse - The World at Large (theme)
The Dismemberment Plan - The Jitters (theme)
Death Cab for Cutie - Information Travels Faster (theme)
Death Cab for Cutie - Coney Island (the scene with Holden and Pheobe at the merry-go-round)

I'm sure a lot of you know my musical tastes, so yeah. Recomendations...
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« Reply #1 on: 20 Dec 2005, 14:58 »

Nick Cave - People ain't no good.

Maybe?

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« Reply #2 on: 20 Dec 2005, 15:35 »

That works pretty well, actually. Holden sees everyone as bad and rotten and the verses work somewhat with his dream of moving out to the country and marrying someone (though the person isn't deaf in the song :P) while living a secluded life away from others.

I've also noticed a lot of The Walkmen's songs fit with the theme of the book. I should have known, since they very effectively emit the spirit of old New York.
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« Reply #3 on: 20 Dec 2005, 15:58 »

don't include 'happiness is a warm gun' by the beatles.
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« Reply #4 on: 20 Dec 2005, 17:09 »

You could probably get some Tom Waits in there...

Also, trying to think of a suitable Flaming Lips song...

hmm.

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« Reply #5 on: 20 Dec 2005, 17:48 »

well, it's been a long time since i read catcher in the rye, but when you mentioned holden wanting to move to the country, i thought of the Smog song "let's move to the country."  not sure how relevant it is, but maybe it'll help.  
it's the first song on the album "knock knock"
good luck with the project.
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« Reply #6 on: 20 Dec 2005, 20:02 »

Tom Waits is yes.
The Beatles - The Long and Winding Road or A Day in the Life, maybe?
Bob Dylan - Restless Farewell
And for the whole "Pimp in the elevator" scene, you simply MUST be playing Frank Zappa's Willie the Pimp. No Exceptions. AT ALL. It is the sleazy pimp song of the universe.
The Residents - Inner Space
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Sin in my Heart



Also, why not include Happiness is a Warm Gun? It certainly fits.
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but the music sucks because the keyboards don't have the cold/mechanical sound they had but a wannabe techno sound that it's pathetic for Rammstein standars.

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« Reply #7 on: 20 Dec 2005, 21:08 »

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Also, why not include Happiness is a Warm Gun? It certainly fits.


My guess is it's a joke about Mark David Chapman (killed John Lennon, then sat down and started reading Catcher in the Rye).
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« Reply #8 on: 21 Dec 2005, 13:43 »

si senors!
she is big fun joke about mark chapman.

salute lastclearchance!
salute!
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« Reply #9 on: 21 Dec 2005, 15:08 »

Nice ones guys. Thanks. Once I build up a good list of suggestions, I'll make a CD.
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« Reply #10 on: 21 Dec 2005, 16:06 »

Simon & Garfunkel - Only Living Boy In New York
Pretty much all of Tom Waits (perhaps Closing Time - the track, not the album - for the bit in the hotel bar)
David Bowie & Queen - Under Pressure
Billy Bragg - To Have and Have Not
Belle & Sebastian - Is It Wicked Not To Care?
Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit

It's been a while since I read it, but that's certainly plenty to be going on with. If you only take two from these I'd suggest the Simon & Garfunkel and Billy Bragg ones.
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« Reply #11 on: 21 Dec 2005, 16:17 »

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don't include 'happiness is a warm gun' by the beatles.


Don't include it in anything, the title aside that song is fucking awful.

Worryingly, it's one of the better parts of the White Album.

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« Reply #12 on: 21 Dec 2005, 16:35 »

my....you really don't like the white album?
that's my favourite beatles record.

( also, the breeders cover of 'happiness is a warm gun' is sublime. slint drummer britt walford conspiring with steve albini to make kim deal's post-pixies project sound like a slasher flick. )
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« Reply #13 on: 21 Dec 2005, 17:20 »

that's a really cool idea for a project... i wish i had such cool projects when i was in school.

i'd help by suggesting a song or two, but i hated that book and i don't think i'd be able to choose properly.
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« Reply #14 on: 21 Dec 2005, 22:27 »

I don't think "Information Travels Faster" would fit into Catcher in the Rye's theme.

Anyway, "Left and Leaving" by the Weakerthans would be a good song, I think.
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« Reply #15 on: 22 Dec 2005, 14:31 »

SDRE- "How It Feels To Be Something On"
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« Reply #16 on: 22 Dec 2005, 16:42 »

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I don't think "Information Travels Faster" would fit into Catcher in the Rye's theme.

Anyway, "Left and Leaving" by the Weakerthans would be a good song, I think.


At first I thought the "dance hall hips/pretentious quips" would have fit, but now it doesn't seem like enough. Heh. :P
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« Reply #17 on: 23 Dec 2005, 13:46 »

Joy division - atmosphere
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