First record I bought with my own money: That’s easy, it was Green Day’s Dookie, back when I was 12. The first time I saw Green Day on TV, it was on 120 Minutes on MTV. I stayed up late, unbeknownst to my parents, so I could watch all the music videos I wasn’t supposed to watch. At the time, it filled my angsty, misunderstood teen soul with happiness. The album has something for everyone from beginning to end. A lot of people hate what Green Day is now, but if you are a music fan, you can appreciate an album that shaped rock music.
“Wish I’d written that” song: “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House. Neil Finn is a genius. I think there is a beauty in simplicity, and this song is the epitome of that. It has a blissful melancholy to it. It encourages you to stand by your dreams and by each other. We need a little more of that in the world today. I’ll take this anthem over any girl empowerment song put out by today’s pop stars.
“Wish I could unhear that” song: I’ll run in the streets rejoicing if I never have to hear the song “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne. I’m all for stupid, fun pop rock songs but this has got to be the worst one of them all. Lyrically, it makes me cringe. It’s a shame, because I don’t think the band is that bad either. They just picked the worst song as their hit single, because mainstream America eats up gimmicky shit like that.
Essential Saturday night listening: It varies on my mood. I listen to a lot of Bayside. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love that band. Anthony Raneri’s writing is raw and emotional. They have a song called “Winter” about the loss of their drummer. It’s a beautiful song and hard to listen to if you ever lost someone. Their self-titled album is probably in my Top Five best albums of all time.
Essential Sunday morning listening: Sunday mornings are my favorite time of the week. I have a playlist I listen to in the mornings all the time. It’s a mix of genres from ‘60s pop to rock to country. I love The Beatles, so their songs are in constant rotation. “Come Together” is the go-to. It’s funky and bluesy.
My latest online discovery: A band called Liily, out of Los Angeles. The oldest member is only 19. I actually looked them up because we just booked them at The Black Sheep. They are on a tour with The Glorious Sons and will be here in March. I check out every artist we book if I’m unfamiliar with them. They have this Foals vibe that I like very much. It’ll be fun to see what they do.
Artist more people should know about: Don Broco. They are from England, they’ve been a band for a long time, and they tour relentlessly. It’s pure, fun rock ‘n’ roll. They kind of tip the genre scales and use a lot of different elements. They are influenced by bands like Linkin Park, but they don’t mimic that sound exactly. I saw them live and their energy is amazing. I highly suggest you check out a live show.
Guilty pleasure: It’s kind of embarrassing but I TOTALLY love ‘80s power ballads. Give me Extreme’s “More Than Words,” or Tesla’s “Love Song.” I joke all the time that the guy who married me would have to put up with Firehouse’s “Love of a Lifetime” as a wedding song because it’s the most ridiculous. You only hear them now in the doctor’s office waiting room or watching your drunk friend karaoke like she just got her heart broken. They are so brilliant, coated in a layer of cheese with metaphors my unborn nephew could probably write. I just love them.