Last Last week Aimone and Alessio, members of the FASK told us about their tours around Italy to play on various occasions. So we thought we’d take the leap to ask them to name us 10 songs they listen to while they are on the road, a kind of tour playlist.
Prova a star con me un altro inverno a Pordenone – Tre allegri ragazzi morti
This song by the Italian band Tre allegri ragazzi morti, which can be literally translated as: Three cheerful dead boys can be found in the album La testa indipendente, released in 2001.
This Italian based indie-rock band formed in Pordenone (Friuli Venezia Giulia) in 1994. The city at that time was one of the most relevant ones for the Italian punk rock scene, due to its closeness to the American military base of Aviano. This is the only Italian song of the playlist and it’s really worth the mention. In case you were wondering what the chorus of the song says:
I’m just fine in my new shoes
The rest doesn’t move me
Me alone against the world
It’s best if I calm down
A Praise Chorus – Jimmy Eat the World
A Praise Chorus is a song by the American band Jimmy Eat the World. It was formed in 1993 has released ten studio albums, the last nine featuring the current lineup. The band’s name came from a crayon drawing made after an incident between Linton’s younger brothers, Jim and Ed Linton, who fought frequently. Jim usually won, but Ed sought revenge by drawing a picture of Jim shoving the Earth into his mouth; the picture bore the caption “Jimmy eat world”.
The song was released in October 2002 as the fourth single released from the band’s fourth album Bleed American, which was later retitled Jimmy Eat World.
A More Perfect Union – Titus Andronicus
A more perfect Union was the lead track of the second album by Titus Andronicus, named The Monitor and released in 2010. The New-Jersey based band decided to start this track with a recording of Abraham Lincoln’s Lyceum address and to end it with another spoken-word segment, taken from an article written by William Lloyd Garrison.
As a nation of free men, we will live forever, or die by suicide.
It goes without saying, the song is very long, it is 7 minutes and 10 seconds long but clearly shares FASK’s attitude.
Bastards of Young – The Replacements
The Replacements are the alternative rock band par excellence. They formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1979 as a punk band, but it was not easy to fit them into a specific musical genre.
God, what a mess, on the ladder of success
Where you take one step and miss the whole first rung
Dreams unfulfilled, graduate unskilled
It beats pickin’ cotton and waitin’ to be forgotten.
This song is contained in the album Tim, which was highly praised by critics upon its release and was ranked at number four in Alternative Press‘ list of the Top 99 albums of 1985–1995. The now-infamous black-and-white video, consists of a single unbroken shot of a speaker. At the end of the song, the speaker is kicked in by the person who was listening to the song. Who would ever do such a thing?
Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
You are driving in the midst of a thunderstorm, this song starts playing in the background and you stop to admire the power of nature. The sound of the initial harmonica takes us back to rural America and a dreamed road trip through the pages of old books. Finding this song in FASK’s Tour Playlist isn’t surprising.
“Thunder Road” was written by Springsteen while at his living room piano in Long Branch, New Jersey and became the opening track on his breakthrough album Born to Run. The lyrics describe a young woman named Mary, her boyfriend, and their “one last chance to make it real”. The harmonica introduction meant that something was about to happen, as Springsteen said years later in the Wings for Wheels documentary.
Man on the Moon – R.E.M.
R.E.M. need no introduction and this song is a great night time driving song.
Man on the Moon was released as the second single from their 1992 album, Automatic for the People.
The song’s lyrics do not tell a conventional story and may instead be seen as a collection of cultural references, images and ideas. There are repeated mentions of Andy Kaufman, including references to his Elvis impersonation and work with wrestlers Fred Blassie and Jerry Lawler. Some critics find the song also invokes the conspiracy theories surrounding the Moon landing and Elvis Presley as an indirect nod to the persistent rumors that Kaufman faked his own death. Fascinating, isn’t it?
There is a light that never goes out – The Smiths
Take me out tonight
Where there’s music and there’s people
And they’re young and alive
Driving in your car.
It seems a lifetime since we took the car to drive at night to reach our loved ones, or a long distance lover… this is the perfect song for a tour playlist.
The basic narrative story of the song is similar to that of the James Dean film Rebel Without a Cause, in which he leaves his tortuous home life, being the passenger to a potential romantic partner. In fact, a line from that movie (It is not my home) is alluded to in the song. An earlier version lacked some of the finished version’s ambiguity, culminating in the line There is a light in your eyes and it never goes out.
Thirteen – Big Star
Rolling Stone describes Big Star as «one of rock’s most beautiful celebrations of adolescence», and rated it #406 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
Big Star produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Before they broke up, the band created a «seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations», To quote Rolling Stone again.
Pale Blue Eyes – The Velvet Underground
The band’s integration of rock and the avant-garde achieved little commercial success during its existence, but it is now recognized as one of the most influential bands in rock, underground, experimental, and alternative music. The provocative subject matter, musical experiments, and often nihilistic attitudes explored in the band’s work proved influential in the development of punk rock and new wave music.
Sometimes I feel so happy
Sometimes I feel so sad
This is the story of our lives, especially in this moment. Despite the name, Pale Blue Eyes was written about someone whose eyes were hazel, as Reed notes in his book Between Thought and Expression. The song is said to have been inspired by Shelley Albin, Reed’s first love, who at the time was married to another man (never a joy).
Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Reading comments on YouTube is really entertaining. And there’s one comment under this video that is definitely a mood: «I used my Mom’s credit card to buy this song on iTunes and I got in massive trouble. Still worth it». We feel you Keegan.
“Maps” is the last song of our Tour Playlist. It is a single by Yeah Yeah Yeahs from their debut full-length album, Fever to Tell (2003). The song is about the relationship between Liars frontman Angus Andrew and Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O.
This is definitely hot stuff. The video was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards at the 2004 ceremony: Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and the MTV2 Award.