Pink Floyd - "Money"
Alexis Fox - "Down The Drain"
Johnnyboy - "You Are the Generation Who Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve"
John Vanderslice - "Exodus Damage
INNERPARTYSYSTEM - "Don't Stop"
Muse - "Apocalypse Please"
Refused - "New Noise"
Living Things - "Let It Rain"
Adam & the Ants - "Dog Eat Dog"
Beastie Boys - "Sabotage"
Bloc Party - "The Price of Gasoline"
Franz Ferdinand - "Jacqueline"
Interpol - "Not Even Jail"
Femme Generation - "Honestly, Trudy"
Bat for Lashes - "What's a Girl to Do"
Pet Shop Boys - "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)"
R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
The Arcade Fire - "Black Waves"
Radiohead - "High and Dry"
I felt like doing a little narrative with this mix. It starts off with the route of all evil: Money. Don't get me wrong, I love money. I think money is fantastic and it makes me happy and it makes me sad and I always want to spend it, which brings me to the Alexis Fox track "Down the Drain." My money goes down the drain in my silly spending... and I'm sure I'm not the only person who feels that way about their spending habits. But spending makes me broke.... which brings me to the Johnnyboy song. Our ridiculous spending habits brought us to where other countries hated us and wanted to warn us of our actions, which is basically the topic of "Exodus Damage."
Then comes Act 2. The spin on things and how the media deals with the "exodus damage" is basically the topic of INNERPARTYSYSTEM's "Don't Stop," and as we get told the tails of how everyone is out to get us, we're wondering if now is the impeding apocalypse ("Apocalypse Please"). Realizing that we need to make a change, mini revolutions ("New Noise"), we reach into a minor moment of prosperity ("Let it Rain") which is basically the Web 2.0. We're there until we all start trying to eat the food that's in each other's food bowls ("Dog Eat Dog") and start fucking with each other ("Sabotage").
Focusing our attention on oils ("The Price of Gasoline"), we're forced to work our little asses off to the bone when we'd rather be vacationing and having fun ("Jacqueline" with the line "it's always better on holiday/that's why we only work when we need the money"). Sometimes we don't want to pay taxes on the money we make working our asses off, and we end up in jail ("Not Even Jail"), and you realize that this is real life and you need to face up to responsibilities ("Honestly, Trudy").
Then comes Act 3: The contemplative phase ("What's a Girl to Do"). The only thing that we can do is figure out different "Opportunities" to make money, even if that means selling yourself and your ideals short ("Losing My Religion"). Realizing your fate is fucked ("Black Waves"), you kind of just hold your breath and wait for the rapture ("High and Dry").
I think I need a little bit of the Secret in my life: