Friday, February 16, 2007

(Old) Girls Gone Wild

I got a call from an old friend from University days the other night and she had a proposition. As many of us will be reaching a certain milestone age within the next two to four years, she was thinking that a group of us women who were friends in university should all go to Mexico in three years to celebrate. No kids, no husbands. Was I in?

Hell yes!

I do feel sorry for the Mexicans, though, when these old chicks hit the beach. Hide your men and lock up your nachos.

In honour of my growing excitement at the idea of some foreign debauchery before I go to the nursing home, may I present this Friday's

Horny Old Chicks on the Beach Random Playlist:

1. I Was Born on a Train - Arcade Fire cover of the Magnetic Fields

2. Hounds of Love - Kate Bush

3. Superstar Tradesman - the View

4. The Gymnast, High Above the Ground - the Decemberists (every playlist needs the Decemberists)

5. Everything Must Go - the Weakerthans (yay, my homeboys from Winnipeg!)

6. Redwings - Guillemots

7. Scar Tissue - Red Hot Chili Peppers

8. Golden Porsche - Mogwai

9. I Want You - Elvis Costello

10. Vegetable - Radiohead (aww, back when Thom had a bleached blonde mullet)

And in keeping with the theme of old farts gone wild, may I invite you over the the Record Room, where this week I have reviewed a band who back in the day were notorious for their wildness, and who also happened to be hugely influential.

And they are reuniting. Will the world still be safe?

There are piles of mp3s for you, and a video. And thank you for reading this item of shameless self-promotion.

24 comments:

Dale said...

Elvis abounds here, there and everywhere today! The Decemberists as well!

The trip sounds like a great plan. Loved your review over at The Record Room.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And it's the good Elvis too, Dale! Ohoh, now those Elvis Prestley fans are going to be clamouring for my head.

I'm glad you enjoyed the review. I would totally be up for a caravan trip to Coachella, if you want to do the night driving.

justacoolcat said...

you wrote bush, huh huh yeah

Barbara said...

so you have three years to get your passport then, just enough time.

Alana said...

Oh my god, that would be a superb *insert unmentioned "secret" age* celebration!! All I can think of is a bunch of glowing white ladies on a beach surrounded by gorgeous dark skin, wearing sombreros (sp?) and asking for beer in broken Spanish. :P

Oooooooooooh, and guess what I did the other day, Barb? I bought a Weakerthans album!! Wow, hey?? I've grown a fancy for their music all over again recently, and when I saw the CD, I picked it up and thought "Barb would be so proud!". I'm glad I bought it, too. :)

Allison said...

That sounds like a fabulous plan!!

Mel and I were searching through the record store this afternoon and thought of ya Barb, when we saw B&S, Billy Bragg, etc, etc ;)

Toccata said...

Hey, I'm an old chick and I'm all for hitting the beach and having some foreign debauchery. Where do I sign up?

Deb said...

Well hell yes! What a great plan indeed (oh, I used the "I" word)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I wonder if she's related to the GWs, JustA? I'm pretty certain she wouldn't admit it if she was though.

Yeah, it's starting to look like that's how long it's going to take, BArbara W. Guess I won't be going to Coachella after all.

A gaggle of glowing white ladies - what a horrifying thought, Alana, and I'm pretty sure that's exactly what we'll be like too!
I AM so glad that you are liking the Weakerthans again! I know that you always liked their music, but I'm glad that you can look past the other stuff. Yay! Which cd did you get? They're all good.

I love record browsing! I felt some good vibes this afternoon, Al! And I felt like listening to good tunes too. Must have been the mindmeld you were sending out. Glad you and Mel got to meet up today.

Well, it's too late for you to be part of the 1983 UofM Agricuture grads, Toccata, so we'll have to sneak you in. As long as you are old, female, and pasty, you'd fit right in.

Indeed you did, Deb, that's how excited you must have been!

WolfHeart RavenHorse said...

Hummmm, I have been trying to get the Martha's to go there together for how long???? hehe

Bev

justacoolcat said...

She'd probably admit to being more closely related to Mogwai.

I haven'Which reminds me; I haven't listened to Mogwai in the last year. Time for a reunion.

justacoolcat said...

I hope the reunion has less typos. That's so awkward.

Toccata said...

Well, well, well, I have done the math and you and I are the same age. So, if I hear any more talk about, "a hundred years ago" you and I are going to have some serious words!! I may not have been graduating from UofM as in the University of Manitoba in '83 but I was graduating from UofM that would be the University of Minnesota in hey, guess what '83! So, I will see you on the beach!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

But Bev, you know me - I need at least three years' notice, because I am just so spontaneous. Looking forward to seeing you and Lar next weekend!

JustA, I'm just glad to see somebody finally typing the same way I talk.

Who would have known that we are both UofM 83 grads, Toccata? How very cool is that. Although techically I also graduated in 87.
Well, this is a sign that the beach awaits you, I think.

Toccata said...

Hey, I'll take your 87 and up it to 2003!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Nice!

Johnny Yen said...

I'm creeping up on that very milestone. My next birthday, I'll be closer to the one that begins with 5 than the one that begins with 4.

I saw Billy Bragg last year. The last time I'd seen him was, I think, 1988 or so. He and I have both aged pretty well, except that we've both got kids and a crop of grey hair now.

I was just posting on another blog about how disconcerting it is to be hearing the songs of our glorious youth in commercials lately-- Modern English's "I Melt With You" in the Burger King commercial a few years back, The The's "This is the Day" and of course, most ominiously, the Buzzcocks in an AARP (American Association of Retired People) commercial. I've also heard mention of a Violent Femmes song in a commercial.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I saw Billy Bragg last year as well, Johnny Yen, and damn it if he isn't aging well. The grey hairs suit him. I am sure you are mellowing just as charmingly.

Oh yes, the commercials! The Buzzcocks one just about kills me every time I see that commcercial (no, Pete Shelley, why?) and I can confirm that they use Blister in the Sun in some fast food commercial, I think.

See I don't think they are working because I remember the song, but not even the product. That's not effective. I blame Bob Dylan for letting that bank use The Times They are Achanging a few years back.

Alana said...

I got "Reconstruction Site", I figured it would be the happy medium to re-introducing them back into my audio habits. Not the easiest to find, those Weakerthans. Another situation where HMV has rendered itself useless, I might have to put an order in at Music World for any other album. It's all good though, so worth it! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Reconstruction Site is such a fine album, Alana. Doesn't it bug you when you can't find a band's music IN THEIR OWN HOMETOWN? Sheesh!

Alana said...

That's exactly how I felt when they didn't even have a name card in any genre in HMV, and then went to Music World and took their only Weakerthans CD in stock. But at least Music World had the little slot name card thingy for them. Depressing, hey?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's inexcusable, Alana. It's not like you were looking for some exotic import. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Will said...

Well, first off that picture is just too much. And, second, I hope Ringo can really hold on for a good long time. I don't know if I'm ready to hand that legacy completely over to Paul just yet. Though I guess it's not my legacy to hand over.

I have never been to Mexico ... a trip sounds fun. And certainly something to look forward too.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm with you on wishing Ringo a long life, Will. Paul MacCartney has just been bugging me all too much lately.

Anf of course, your statement forces me to ask: "you bin to Mexico?" (Brokeback Mountain, in case you missed the reference)