lunes, 29 de julio de 2019

Una Playlist de Daniel Radcliffe

En Septiembre del 2010, la revista Q publicó una muy interesante y amplia lista de 1001 canciones para descargar, seleccionadas todas por famosos. Ahí encontramos un referente popular de temas de todas las épocas que han marcado a caras conocidas. 
Repasaremos canciones de estas playlist, algunas de ellas temáticas, por estilos, por décadas, por sellos, y así conocer las piezas musicales que nos pondrían estos famosos de pedirles una canción. 

Daniel Radcliffe empieza esta sección (vendrán muchos más, imaginaos, hasta llegar a las 1001 canciones, y bravo por la redacción por conseguir que no se repitan). 
Parece que el actor famoso por su papel en "Harry Potter" tiene un gusto muy marcado por las canciones con mensajes contundentes, sobre todo de bandas de indie rock alternativo (Weezer, The Libertines, Pavement) junto a infalibles como The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins o Pulp.
Como buen inglés, apunta a su tierra, pero alejado de los convencionalismos que podrían haber supuesto un gusto más a lo britpop de catálogo (Suede, Oasis, Blur... el trío mágico) y alejado de las obviedades, se decanta por una lista más "sucia", más cercana al grunge en algunos cortes, donde las guitarras atronadoras abundan, las melodías marcadas se suceden y sin caer en lo convencional, en el éxito fácil, demuestra un gran conocimiento en estas bandas escogiendo canciones que no fueron los grandes hits de los discos que las contienen.

Lo primero que nos llama la atención de su selección es que, a pesar de que Daniel haya nacido en 1989, estas canciones salieron cuando él era muy pequeño, o incluso antes, por lo que ha debido de ir en sus gustos musicales apartado de las modas, probablemente influenciado por sus padres que son los que le habrían inculcado el gusto en el rock alternativo. 

Reconozco que de todas estas canciones, yo sólo conocía una (y además bastante bien), que es el "Today" de Smashing Pumpkins, que siempre me ha parecido soberbia. Se nota que Butch Vig (Garbage), y productor del "Nevermind" de Nirvana, andaba detrás perfilando su sonido, que ya explotaron y ampliaron en diferentes espectros para sus siguientes trabajos, aunque ya con Flood. 
De las que he ido escuchando, me ha llamado la atención la última (Grandaddy), más melódica, con muchas texturas y capas, e intensa, a pesar de su duración.

PULP - "BABIES" (1994)
Peak: #19 en UK

Extraido de Wikipedia:

Babies follows a simple "teen angst" story-song. The song's protagonist, a teenage boy, spends platonic afternoons in a female friend's room listening to her older sister and the boys she takes to her room and, presumably, has sex with but this is not enough for him and he hides in the elder sister's wardrobe and watches her with David, who works in a local garage. Unable to tell the younger sister, who appears to be the real object of his affections, for fear she will tell her mother the song's narrator listens outside as she proposes sex to a boy named Neve (The song's chorus is a proposal of sex: "I wanna take you home, I wanna give you children...".) Finally he comes "home" to the disappointment that the elder sister has moved out, presumably in an act of nostalgia he re-enters the wardrobe but falls asleep and is found by the elder sister and the two have sex, only to be caught by the younger sister. The song ends with him insisting on the truth of his excuse: "I only went with her 'cos she looks like you."

Jarvis Cocker discussed the song with Will Hodgkinson in the 2009 Sky Arts Jarvis Cocker: Songbook. Cocker described the genesis for the song being when Pulp's drummer Nick Banks played a few mistaken chords on the guitar, leading to some interesting sounds that Cocker then worked into a song.
The Stanhope Road referred to in the song is in the Intake area of Sheffield, four miles south-east of the city centre
Peak: #42 en UK

Extraido de Wikipedia:
"Down on Me" is a traditional freedom song from the 1920s or earlier that became popular following its remake by Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company


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"I Get Along" is a song by the English rock band The Libertines, originally released as a B-side to their debut single "What a Waster" and later included as a final track on their debut album Up the Bracket. It was also released as a lead song on USA-only 5-track EP, featuring tracks from the band's various single releases.

Import version of the EP charted at number 99 in the UK.

PAVEMENT - "HERE" (1992)

“Here” is one of the few instances of Pavement venturing into ballad territory, and it’s a shame. Not because the song falls short (it’s on this list, after all), but because it suggests what could have been more frequent. The lead guitar acts as a metronome, plucking out a simple and timely melody as Malkmus softly sings about failure. His lyrics are vague, but nonetheless dismal: “I was dressed for success, but success it never comes.” 

Peak: #15 in UK

Extraido de Wikipedia:
"In Between Days" (sometimes listed as "Inbetween Days" or "In-Between Days") is a song by the English rock band The Cure, released in July 1985 as the first single from the band's sixth album The Head on the Door.

The song was an international success, being their first hit song to come off an album rather than a stand-alone single. In the UK, it was the band's ninth chart single and their fourth consecutive Top 20 hit; while in the US it was their first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 99.It was a Top 20 hit in Australia and New Zealand and also charted in several European countries,increasing the popularity of the band.  

Peak: #37 in UK

"Say It Ain't So" is a song by the American rock band Weezer. It was released as the third and final single from the band's self-titled 1994 debut album.

Written by frontman Rivers Cuomo, the song came to be after he had all the music finished and one line, "Say it ain't so". Cuomo made a connection to an incident in high school where he came home and saw a bottle of beer in the fridge. He believed his mother and father's marriage ended because his father was an alcoholic and this made him fear the marriage between his mother and step-father would end this way as well.

In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked "Say It Ain't So" #72 on "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."Pitchfork Media included the song at number 10 on its Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.

"Say It Ain't So" is a playable track in the video games Rock Band and Rocksmith 2014 in addition to appearing on an episode of Hindsight. 

Peak: #27 in UK

"Someday" is a song by the indie rock band the Strokes, and the third single from Is This It. It peaked at number 17 on the U.S. Alternative Songs chart and at number 27 on the U.K. Singles Chart. It is written in the key of A major. 

Peak: #44 in UK
#4 in Alternative US

"Today" is a song by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, written by lead vocalist and guitarist Billy Corgan. The song, though seemingly upbeat, contains dark lyrics. Corgan wrote the song about a day in which he was having suicidal thoughts, exemplified by the reference to self-mutilation in the bridge. The contrast between the grim subject matter of the song and the soft instrumental part during the verses, coupled with use of irony in the lyrics, left many listeners unaware of the song's tale of depression and desperation. The song alternates between quiet, dreamy verses and loud choruses with layered, distorted guitar.

"Today" was released in September 1993 as the second single from the band's second album and major label debut, Siamese Dream. Although Corgan opted for "Cherub Rock", the lead single from the album, to be the opening track, "Today" and its follow-up "Disarm" are credited in AllMusic for popularizing the band and "sen[ding] [Siamese Dream] into the stratosphere". "Today" has been generally well received by critics; a Blender article described it as having "achieved a remarkable status as one of the defining songs of its generation, perfectly mirroring the fractured alienation of American youth in the 1990s".


"Velouria" is a song by the American alternative rock band Pixies, written and sung by the band's frontman Black Francis. "Velouria" is featured on their album Bossanova, was the first single to be released from it and was the band's first UK Top 40 hit. The song features extensive use of theremin. It featured on the influential 1990 Madchester compilation album Happy Daze. 

GRANDADDY - "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot"
Peak: #82 in UK

Regarding the song's conception and its position as The Sophtware Slump's opening track, Jason Lytle noted: "It was definitely a struggle to get all the three parts to actually sound like they were intended to live together. I usually get into this space where, once the album starts to come together, I start to figure out what's missing or what needs to be added, and I realised that it really needed something like that to set it off in a certain direction. It's just a struggle putting something like that together and making it not sound forced, y’know?"

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