Five songs in my iTunes library that start with “Can’t”:
1. “Can’t Stop the World,” The Go-Go’s. When “Beauty and the Beat” came out, I played the hell out of that album, and I remember being vaguely amazed that girls played all the instruments — specifically, Gina Schock and the drums, which this song showed off to great effect. I also spent an inordinate amount of time staring at the back cover (at right), trying to figure out (a) could I see part of Kathy Valentine’s breast? and (b) which kind of bath person would I be? I usually decided on Charlotte Caffey — the book she’s reading is titled “H is for Harlot”! Scandalous! That was before I learned about the deliciousness of champagne … although Kathy does look a mess, like she’s well on her way to polishing off the bottle by herself. (They must have photographed her last–look at the bubbles mashed up against the wall.) By the way, the Go-Go’s image before the jump was taken from Rubykhan’s Flickr of cross-stitch characters inspired by Minipops, miniature icons of famous people (usually musical acts). From left to right in the (full-size) assemblage I created: MGMT; Grace Jones; Karl Lagerfeld; Joan Jett; Peaches. (Click on each name for the reference image, if you’re not familiar with it.)
2. “Can’t Stand Me Now,” The Libertines. This was one of those purchases where I remember thinking: “You keep hearing how Pete Doherty is a musical genius whose squiring of Kate Moss and horrific drug addiction is overshadowing his incredible talents. You should listen to him to figure out if that’s true.”
3. “Can’t Let Go,” Lucinda Williams. Another artist I felt like I should be listening to — largely because of my friends in Austin, who are big fans — although I had no idea where to start. I think I just searched for artist, and then started listening through the top downloads for the songs I liked.
4. “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” Kylie Minogue. The Kylie concert at the Hollywood Bowl was the main reason I went to Los Angeles a few months ago–OK, the only reason. She was awesome. I love that this year, her 2001 lingerie ad was voted the top cult cinema ad of all time. (“And now for the proof!”) They played it in theaters! I love she was 33 years old when they made that advert. I also love how this week she Twittered to the flash mob on Bondi Beach: “next time can you start or finish with ‘Slow’???!!!” (It does have its own supersexy variety of flash-mob dancing, I suppose…)
(Note to self: You want to go to Salamanca, Spain, where this was filmed.)
And two songs in my iTunes library that start with “Can”:
1. “Can You Tell,” Ra Ra Riot. I blame Heidi for this. I’m not sure how I ever would have heard of these people, short of stumbling into a Starbucks, and it totally sounds like a Heidi band.
2. “Can You Feel It,” The Jacksons. In the late ’90s the dance track “Feel It” by The Tamperer heavily sampled … some familiar song, and every time I heard it, I kept thinking: “What is that song? It is from my childhood!” Eventually I narrowed it down to the Jacksons and just started playing every song of theirs I could find. I’m still pretty amazed it stuck with me as well as it did — the original track only reached #77, back in 1981.
|WHAT SAM WORE: 11-19-09|
|The sweater: Long-sleeved cotton V-neck on sale at gap.com.|
|The shirt: Crewneck tee on sale at jcrew.com.|
|The pants: Boot-cut stretch cords by 7 for All Mankind, from Last Chance.|
|The shoes: Suede chukka boots by RJ Colt, from Last Chance.