Tag Archives: Sonic Youth

Not Your Typical LGBTQ+ Pride Playlist

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Tune du Jour celebrates with this playlist consisting of two hundred songs by and/or about Ls, Gs, Bs, Ts and Qs. Happy Pride!

Click here to like Tunes du Jour on Facebook
Follow me on Twitter: @tunesdujour
Follow me on Instagram: @glennschwartz

Leave a Comment

Filed under playlists

A Sonic Youth Playlist

This is why I’m not going to write an entry about Sonic Youth’s “Teen Age Riot,” the song that kicks off today’s playlist, consisting of twenty of that band’s best tracks:

1) The song was originally called “Rock and Roll for President,” which has me to thinking about this year’s presidential election and how stomach-turning and dispiriting the whole thing is. I don’t want to stew in negativity.

2) The song includes the lyric “He acts the hero, we paint a zero on his hand,” which has me to thinking about this year’s presidential election and how stomach-turning and dispiriting in particular one party and their candidate is. I don’t want to stew in negativity.

3) My HP Envy laptop, which you should not envy as it is more of a good idea for a computer than it is a good computer, is moving more slowly and freezing more than usual today, which is saying a lot, as this awful piece of machinery, that I hate with every fiber of my being, has not functioned well since the day I bought it two years ago. I don’t want to stew in negativity.

Just enjoy today’s Sonic Youth playlist as you celebrate the 58th birthday of one of its founding members, Thurston Moore.


Click here to like Tunes du Jour on Facebook!
Follow me on Twitter: @TunesDuJour
Follow me on Instagram: @GlennSchwartz

Leave a Comment

Filed under playlists

Throwback Thursday – 1992

Prior to Nirvana, alternative music was consigned to specialty sections of record stores, and major labels considered it to be, at the very most, a tax write-off. After the band’s second album, 1991’s Nevermind, nothing was ever quite the same, for better and for worse. Nirvana popularized punk, post-punk, and indie rock, unintentionally bringing them into the American mainstream like no other band to date.
AllMusic

It’s the Song that Broke Punk, the incantation about self-despising entertainment that turned a dead-end Aberdeen kid into a supernova, the very last rock song everyone could rally around.
Pitchfork

Winston + Nirvana
The song that changed everything, “Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” was released as a single in September 1991. It reached #6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in January of the following year, and kicks off this week’s Throwback Thursday playlist focusing on 1992.


Click here to like Tunes du Jour on Facebook!
Follow me on Twitter: @TunesDuJour

Leave a Comment

Filed under playlists

Songs Of Great Social And Political Import (1980 – 2011)

Ringo + Maniacs
Today is the birthday of Natalie Merchant, former lead singer of 10,000 Maniacs, whose 1987 album In My Tribe is one of my favorites. The album opens with “What’s the Matter Here,” a song that addresses child abuse. That inspired the theme of today’s playlist – songs about social or political issues.

While such recordings seemed more commonplace on the radio in the sixties and early seventies, there remain plenty of songs that speak to topical issues. I decided to make 1980 my starting point, with that year’s “Biko” by Peter Gabriel being the oldest song on the list. As the studio version is not on Spotify I used a live recording. The most recent recording included is Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” from 2011. Lots of great songs of different genres about a variety of topics populate the program. If you’re so inclined, let me know what favorites of yours I missed.

Click here to like Tunes du Jour on Facebook!

Leave a Comment

Filed under playlists