- Matt Chmielarczyk
Saturday night listening: “Mirror in the Bathroom” by The English Beat, “So Lonely” by The Police, “Work It” by Missy Elliott. These are the songs I put on if I need to get inspired to go out on the town when I actually feel like watching Netflix in pajamas.
First album I bought with my own money: Beauty and the Beat by The Go-Go’s on vinyl. We still use the record player my husband Matt Chmielarczyk grew up with, and I still worship those rock goddesses in bath towels with beauty masks on. Belinda Carlisle is eternally hot. This all-girl band inspired me to start my own band with my sister in the ’90s, Dog Tooth Violet. We covered a Go-Go’s song.
Song I wish I could unhear: “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison. Horrible. I would leave any party playing this song immediately. I’d rather drink Riunite on ice in a sad suburban basement than listen to this song.
Album more people should know about: Shitty Hits by Katie Von Schleicher. She does sickly, longing and self-loathing so elegantly with her whole-milk voice and background of echoey dry cough guitar. It’s beautiful. Also she reminds me of Suzi Quatro. From a child of the ‘70s, this is high praise.
“Wish I’d written that” song: “The Weakness in Me” by Joan Armatrading. It’s heartbreaking and brave. Also, “Satellite” by Elvis Costello and “Are you Happy Now?” by Richard Shindell, which is the best break-up song ever about being dumped on Halloween. The ex takes the candy when she leaves him, and the rejected boyfriend is left to face trick-or-treaters empty-handed. Adding insult to injury, his house gets egged, and his car covered with shaving cream. So sad. Brilliant songwriting. I would be really proud of myself if I wrote that song.