Largehearted Boy

David Gutowski gives Mamarama a smart, warm reading on his blog, I gave him an annotated playlist of songs from the book for his Book Notes features. That’s the short version. When I sat down to create a list of tracks that reflect the book, I came up with more than 100. Vickie Starr will be spinning a number of them at the launch party tomorrow night. Here’s the whole list:


Mecca Normal, “Narrow”

Chapter One:

Blondie, “Dreaming”


Jackson 5, “The LoveYou Save”: 

Dave Brubeck, “Take 5”

Squeeze, “Black Coffee in Bed”

X-Ray Spex, “Oh Bondage Up Yours”

Fleetwood Mac, “Dreams”

Shaun Cassidy, “Da Doo Ron Ron”

The Eagles, “Take It Easy”

Frank Zappa, “Valley Girl”

Julie Ruin, “V.G.I.”

The Beatles, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”

Chapter 2

The Runaways, “Queens of Noise”

Rick Derringer, “Rock n’ Roll Hoochie Koo”

Cheap Trick, “Surrender”

Ramones, “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker’’

The Jam, “Saturday’s Kids”

X-Ray Spex, “Germ-free Adolescence”

The Clash, “Guns of Brixton”

Pretenders, “Precious”

Patti Smith, “Because the Night” and “Gloria”

Chapter 3:

The Primitives, “Why Don’t You Smile Now”

Half Japanese, “Her Parents Came Home”

ESG, “You’re No Good”

Yo La Tengo, “The Story of Jazz”

Iggy Pop, “Lust for Life”

Marvin Gaye, “Sexual Healing”

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “The Message”

Spoonie Gee, “The Big Beat”

Strafe, “Set It Off”

The Minutemen, “Badges”

American Music Club, “Outside This Bar”

The Feelies, “Slipping Into Something”

Throwing Muses, “Stand Up”

Chapter 4:

Yoko Ono, “New York Woman”

Lou Reed, “Street Hassle”

Big Dipper, “Fetching”

Sonic Youth, “Shadow of a Doubt”

Pussy Galore, “Cunt Tease”

The Stooges, “I Wanna Be Your Dog”

The Clash, “Clash City Rockers”

Frank Sinatra, “New York, New York”

Willie Colon, “Che Che Cole”

Mecca Normal, “I Walk Alone”

Chapter 5

Patti Smith, “People Have the Power”

Chapter 6

American Music Club, “Mission Rock”

Caroliner Rainbow, anything

Husker Du, “Makes No Sense at All’’

Tribe 8, “Frat Pig”

Chapter 7

The Beatles, “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”

Queen Latifah, “Ladies First”

Bikini Kill, “Double Dare Ya” and “Suck My Left One’’

L7, “Shove”

PJ Harvey, “Dry” and “Sheela-Na-Gig”

Tribe 8, “Manipulate”

Chapter 8

Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

New Order, “Ceremony”

Nirvana, “Heart-Shaped Box”

Tupac, “Dear Mama”

Henry Mancini, “Moon River”

Harry Belafonte, “Turn Around”

Nick Lowe, “I Remember the Bride When She Used to Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Broadway cast of Rent, “Seasons of Love”

Bruce Springsteen, “The River”

Chapter 9

Troggs, “Wild Thing”

Joan Jett, “Bad Reputation”

Neil Young, “Aurora Borealis”

Frank Zappa, “Dynamo Hum”

Missy Elliott, “Sock It 2 Me”

Chapter 10

MC5, “Kick Out the Jams”

TLC, “Unpretty”

Chapter 11

Will Smith, “Miami”

Basement Jaxx, “Romeo”

Trick Daddy, “In da Wind”

Jacki-O, “Ghetto World”

Yerba Buena, “Bilingual Girl”

Spam Allstars, “Ochimini”

Peaches and Iggy Pop, “Rock Show”

Chapter 12

Kelis, “Milkshake”

PJ Harvey, “Happy and Bleeding”

Sleater-Kinney, “Call the Doctor”

Andrea Echeverri, “Lactochampeta”

Aretha Franklin, “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman”

Chapter 13

LCD Soundsystem, “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House”

Velvet Underground, “After Hours”

Xavier Cugat, “Besame Mucho”

Chapter 14

The Pretenders, “I’m a Mother”

Salt N Pepa, “Push It”

Jay-Z, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”

Broadway cast of Rent, “No Day But Today”

Chapter 15

Patti Smith, “About a Boy”

Destiny’s Child, “Independent Women”

 Bratmobile, “Kiss & Ride” and “Queenie”

Bikini Kill, “Rebel Girl”

PJ Harvey, “50 Foot Queenie”

Judy Garland, “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody”

Queen, “We Will Rock You”

Chapter 16

Sleater-Kinney, “Modern Girl”

Breeders, “Happiness Is a Warm Gun”

Kristin Hersh, “Gazebo Tree”

They Might Be Giants, “Fake-Believe”

The Faint, “Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat”

M.I.A., “Pull Up the People”

Morning 40 Federation, “God Help Me”

Brazilian Girls, “Pussy”

Elvis Presley, “That’s All Right Mama”


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