Do you ever have one of those weeks when it seems like everyone in the world is on a mission to make you angry all at once? Of course you do, because (presumably) you’re human and human beings have bad days and emotions and the occasionally unfortunate experience of dealing with other human beings. Bad weeks are what happen when you have to keep opening your web browser to read news about what’s happening in the Wisconsin, Arizona, and Texas state legislatures, and that all leads you to believe that maybe all the rational people have moved elsewhere and now you’re stuck in a country with these guys. So when the world is a vampire and you feel like kicking the system in the ass, put on any one of the songs below and crank it to 11. You’ll feel (at least slightly) better.
1. “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” by The Smashing Pumpkins
“The world is a vampire” is, embarrassingly enough, my favorite thing to say when things are down in the dumps. Maybe I shouldn’t even be embarrassed about it, because Billy Corgan used to be kind of a boss before he became kind of sad and weird – but hey, I’m only human. “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” will always be a fantastic song to listen to when you’re feeling hopeless about the state of the world, however. With lyrics like “despite all my rage, I’m still just a rat in a cage,” how could it not be? Despair jam!
2. “Get it Faster” by Jimmy Eat World
I will always love the album Bleed American and there is really nothing anyone can ever say to change that, because once upon a time I was a thirteen year-old punk girl in the making. This song is a particularly biting critique of romance and the world in general, drawing particularly on the idea that most of us have the choice to do things the right way or cheat and do things the fast way. “Cheating gets it faster,” Jim Adkins entices, but it’s a bitter pill to swallow.
3. “I Don’t Wanna Hear It” by Minor Threat
This is probably my ultimate “I-am-sick-of-everything-can-you-please-just-stop-talking-for-one-second-or-maybe-just-do-it-where-I-can’t-hear-you-so-I-can-get-one-moment-of-peace-today” jam. And, like many Minor Threat gems, it’s loud, gritty and very to-the-point. I feel like I shouldn’t even have to elaborate on this because of punk. Enjoy.
So there you have it! Emily’s ultimate three-song playlist for being punk and hating the world (at least momentarily). If you still live with your parents, be ready for them to tell you to “turn down that rock music; it’s so angry” or maybe have them suggest that you take a walk and listen to some Enya to calm yourself down like the grown-ups do. Yell back that if the music’s too loud, they’re just too old! Try to fit in your ripped black jeans from high school. Rage around your room until you remember that you’re not a teenager anymore, and then remember to go vote in November and rage against the machine in a way that’s effective.Tags: 2012 election, Arizona, billy corgan, Enya, Jim Adkin, Jimmy Eat World, Minor Threat, Rage Against the Machine, Rick Perry, Texas, the smashing pumpkins, Wisconsin