Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Night Where My Mind Blew Ninety Four Times

Ya'll.  Stick with me for a sec because this is sort of a ramble.  

Back when I was driving for an hour a day in Guam, taking the kids to preschool on the Most Gorgeous Drive in the History of Ever and I was listening to my headphones while they watched movies, I blogged about some of my favorite albums.  I knew I'd take some flack from my dad and sister (and I was TOTALLY correct in that assumption, by the by) about admitting in public that I prefer Achtung Baby to the Joshua Tree, but whatever.  You know what? WHATEVER.  I like it better!!! A lot better in fact.  I had to look up the post to link it, and I said back then that I liked it at least five times better, and that's still pretty accurate.  It's MY opinion!! I don't necessarily think that those of you who prefer the Joshua Tree are a bunch of completely moronic sheep who deserve to be stoned to death, I just happen to think that Achtung Baby is a far superior album.

When I think of U2, the essence that is One of the Greatest Bands of All Time, Achtung baby is what floods my mind. (Well, that, and that video from high school where some woman is smooshing her feet all over the Edge's face, remember that Angela? I can't even remember what song that was for!!) I know every word on Achtung Baby, every beat, I know that album like I know the faces of my own children.

But I digress.  

Tonight, I finally got to go see The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  More on that later.  Right before the movie, but after I ran to the loo (see how I did that?!?!) and this bitch stole my seat even though I left my sweater AND SHE TOOK MY MILK DUDS RIGHT OUT OF MY KIDS' COMBO TRAY AND STUCK THEM IN HER PURSE AND LOOKED ALL PISSED WHEN I ASKED WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM, they played this trailer for this movie, the Impossible, which incidently I want to see because I've loved Naomi Watts ever since I saw Twenty One Grams and I watch everything she does, even though she did that AWFUL James Bond thing about the haunted house or whatever where James Bond thought he killed his family but it was really Naomi Watt's husband or something, I can't even remember because it was THAT bad.

Obviously, I recognized the song and immediately got on Google and itunes to buy it before Perks started.  I noticed something about itunes telling me that I had to buy the whole album to get that song, but I like Damien Rice, so I figured what the hell and just clicked yes and shoved my phone in my purse and went on about my business, watching the Greatest Book to Movie in the History of Ever.  As yet another aside, after this phenominal movie, I've decided that if you really want your book made into a movie the right way, you need to write the screenplay AND direct the movie.  That way it's perfect.

I've also decided that I'm going to stalk Hermione Granger until she wants to marry me, and I'm going to go on some sort of crash diet so I can be skinny and cut my hair just like hers in this movie and then when we're together it'll be like Single White Female, only instead of being freaked out, she's going to be totally flattered and want to introduce me to Professor Snape.

It's going to be awesome.

This movie ya'll, Perks of Being a Wallflower? It.  Was.  Breathtaking.  I know you probably think I use that word too much, but seriously, it was SOOO good. I cried on seventeen separate occasions, and the good kind of crying, with snot and shakes and the achey throat.  It was SO GOOD!!! In the span of ninety minutes, I was thrust back into high school, all the bad, but also, all the good.  And there was a lot of bad, but ya'll...there was a LOT of good.  A shit ton.  This movie was just amazeballs.  Honestly.  If you haven't read the book, please please PLEASE don't see the movie until you do.  They have to be done together.  You can't have one without the other, and I've NEVER thought that about a movie before.  I won't go so far as to say that the movie is BETTER than the book, because that would just be sacrilegious, but I feel like watching the movie added a whole nother dimension to the book, and truly, it made the book better.  It really did.

The cast was EXQUISITE, every last one of them.  The ONLY thing I was (just a teeny tiny bit) upset about what that they didn't figure out a way to work in the part about when the family watched the series finale of MASH and his dad cried.  I guess it would have beeb hard to get that in the movie, but I thought it was one of the most beautiful parts of the book and it was sad not to see it in the movie.  I kept thinking he would write it in his letters, but alas...he did not.  Also, Dylan McDermott, who knew?!?! I thought he was AMAZING.  He only had like four scenes, if even that many, and I'm probably biased since I read the book so I sort of already KNEW what he was thinking, but I felt like he REALLY did an amazing job of putting all this emotion into one little look, and his very few lines.  It reminded me a lot of Jennifer Garner's performance in Juno, which I think is VASTLY underrated and she should seriously get a LOT more credit for.  Ugh, I hate ending sentences with a preposition, but I also can't bring myself to change it to 'and for which she should seriously get a LOT more credit.' That would just be too weird.

Anyway, after the movie, I got in the van and pulled up this new Damien Rice album so I could hear the One cover in its entirety.  Imagine my delight to realize that I hadn't downloaded a Damien Rice album- I'd downloaded an Achtung Baby cover album!!!

My.  Mind. Was. Blown.


I'm still sort of in shock.  Lemme cut and paste the track listing right quick.
The full track listing of (Ǎhk-to͝ong Bāy-Bi) Covered is:
Nine Inch Nails – Zoo Station
U2 (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) – Even Better Than The Real Thing
Damien Rice – One
Patti Smith – Until The End Of The World
Garbage – Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
Depeche Mode – So Cruel
Snow Patrol – Mysterious Ways
The Fray – Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World
Gavin Friday – The Fly
The Killers – Ultraviolet (Light My Way)
Glasvegas – Acrobat
Jack White – Love Is Blindness

I'm sorry, did you see that?  Third from the bottom?

My favorite band EVER, covering my FAVORITE SONG, by one of the Greatest Bands Who Every Lived.

Pretty fucking badass.

I have to say though, it's not one of my faves.  It sounds a lot like the original, which is fine, but I'm a sucker for covers that are totally different and original.  I'd rather it sounded a lot more like The Killers, instead of The Killers Doing U2.  If that makes any sense.

I'm a closet Snow Patrol fan.  I hate them because that song was all over that awful Grey's Anatomy, but crap I love that song.  LOVE. And their take on Mysterious Ways is AMAZING.

The whole album is just awesome.  Please, if you're hard up for money, tell me and I will loan you eight dollars so you can buy this.  It's SO GOOD!!! I mean, hello!! Depeche Mode covers So Cruel!!! That's my favorite song too!!! And Garbage, do ya'll remember her from high school?!?! Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses is my favorite too, and she does it AWESOME!!! Awesomely? Is that a word? Must be because it's not red.

Fuck, I still can't get over it.  The Killers, covering Ultraviolet.  I mean, COME ON!!! It's like God said "Hey, I know I just sent her to England and she already feels like all her wildest dreams are coming true, but let's just throw in the Killers doing her favorite song, see if we can make her head explode."

Well played dude.  Well played.

Oh, and? When I got home from the movies, the garage was flooded with that Special Smell.  That Special Smell that means only one thing: my man is home, and he mopped the floors before he went to bed.

If I die in my sleep tonight, you can have peace of mind, knowing that I died happy and content.

And as a reward for those of you still with me, here's some videos from this little treasure of an album.


  1. Sorry I am remedial when it comes to music, it drives my husband INSANE but I generally just listen to the radio and I would prefer to listen to talk radio or podcasts instead. I know, I am the worst!
    But seriously, I had to comment because of the whole thing with the milk duds, what the hell!?! Please elaborate!

  2. Yes, I do LOVE The Giver. You aren't crazy ;) And I sincerely appreciate your bringing the sequel to my attention. I am always thankful for a good book recommendation. Speaking of, I still haven't read The Perks of Being a Wallflower--I have to get on that.

    And I agree with the above comment. What in the world with the milk duds?!!