Wednesday, March 31

'Trials of Life': Playlist by Liam Palmer

Much excitement here at GBG HQ for the first contributory playlist, courtesy of Grass House frontman Liam Palmer. Here is his take on the onerous theme of 'Life':

The 7 wonders of the world weren’t build like 200 years ago or whatever, they were crafted much more recently from a perversion and a guitar string, a broken heart and a bitter mind, or just an eyeball in the ether.

1. Firstly: Before the chicken came the egg; we were all conceived in one sense or the other; ‘Dirty Love’ played its part.

Frank Zappa-Dirty Love

2.Secondly; We all look like a ‘dirty marshmallow at first’ and feel ostracized in some way from a world that functioned quite well without us. People have always been scared of what's new and different, and there’s nothing more new or different than a new born child with all its quirks and qualities, for that reason the perfect song for early childhood must be ‘Abominable Snowman in the Market’.

Jonathan Richman-Abominable Snowman

3.Thirdly; Growing up is tough as hell; got to figure out a sustainable diet; ‘Lazerbeans’ and then there’s a lot of knocking down of adolescence, get back up and slip out that frown, it’s better for everyone concerned.

Captain Beefheart-Fallin Ditch

4.Fourthly; Romance... Falling in love for the first time is like learning a foreign language except not as fun, practice as much as you like, but as soon as faced with the reality of it you’ll freeze and get flustered, good times, great memories, no.

Charles Trenet-Romance de Paris

5.Fifthly; Once the novelty of first love has worn off and all that’s left is despondence, you’ll probably find yourself looking for a job and a partner at the same time. For this task you’ll need just the right bullets. Remember: ‘You won't go home with a bunting, If you blow a hundred rounds’.

Tom Waits-Just the right bullets

6.Sixthly; For the rest of your petty existence you’ll be walking on guilded splinters, that’s just the way it goes.

Dr John-Walk on gilded splinters

7. And lastly; this song doesn’t appear to have any representation of life at all...! can’t think of where to apply it what-so-ever, just a totally ace piece of music. Life lessons are one thing but nothing helps like a medicinal effect of a smash hit.

Pastor T.L. Barrett-Like a ship...without a sail

Thank you Mr Palmer for narrating us through the Trials of Life, the pesky thing!
Liam's own music resonates a lot in these songs. His band:

Grass House MySpace

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