I’ve been noticing lately the the type of music that makes me feel most creative is not at all what I would have expected. When I’m sitting there painting, the last thing I want to hear is Enya or classical music.
Nope, the more intense, the darker, the louder, the better. Apparently. So, for lack of anything better to post about, here are my Top 10 favorite songs to do creative stuff to. Well, today’s Top 10, anyway. In no particular order.
Enter Sandman, Metallica: I never used to like Metallica. And then I got old, and suddenly they sound great. I like this song and also For Whom The Bell Tolls.
Kick Start My Heart, Motley Crue: Who doesn’t like a song about recovering from a heroin overdose? What’s not to love?
A Daisy Chain 4 Satan, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult: I had a serious thing for MLWTTKK in high school, and recently rediscovered them. Trashy, dancey, addictive. I listened to this song over and over before my Physiology final last year and I truly believe it helped me get in the right frame of mind!
Driven Like The Snow, Sisters of Mercy: I like this whole album (Floodland) and at certain times in my life have become obsessed with it. This is my current favorite song. I love the long lead-in and the building tones as the song develops.
Bela Lugosi’s Dead, Bauhaus:
Again with the 80s Goth music, but I love this song. It’s perfect for tuning out the world around me and just focusing on exactly how much pressure to put on the paintbrush to get that little tiny stroke just right.
Cables, Big Black: Loud, obnoxious, clangy and harsh, I have loved this band since I first heard them (a long time ago, let’s not talk about how long that is). This song is so self-absorbed and serious that it almost makes me laugh, but I love it. The whole album is good, as well. Also good if you are angry.
Thickfreakness, The Black Keys: Dark dirty blues. Love this stuff anytime.
Garbageman, The Cramps: More dark and dirty, but with much silliness and humor, with a fantastic surf guitar by a very sexy lady (Poison Ivy). This song is good really loud. Also a good one for exercising, I’ve noticed.
Breaking The Law, Judas Priest: This might be the only Priest song I know, but I love it. I sometimes play it a few times in a row.
Drug Against War, KMFDM: I don’t love industrial, but I like the 80s and early 90s versions of it. This song is great.
Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
: Aw, who am I kidding. Led Zeppelin is great anytime.
Well, that’s 11. In general, I also like any Pink Floyd, The Cure, The Smiths, or pretty much any hair metal band. Highbrow, I tell you.