Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lunacy - Tuesday Tune, vol 102

For many lunar moons now, I've positioned Mr. Ludwig van Beethoven atop my list of favorite all-time composers.  There are many reasons for this.  First, Beethoven is a tweener.  He was born at the tail-end of the Classical period, and subsequently paved a golden-brick-road for the up-and-uproarious Romantic era.  He wasn't Classical.  And he wasn't Romantic. This made Beethoven in between periods and thus a tweener.

I, too, am a tweener because I feel as if I'm perpetually in between classifications of all types and walks.  I like Beethoven bunches because we're both tweeners.  But that's not all.  I dig his tunes Major and Minor.  Beethoven's masterpieces have a dark quality – one that teeters the edge of implosion.  This speaks to me, for I too have some dark qualities (like eyes 'n hair 'n humor.)  I also teeter the edge of implosion. (Why do you think I run?  I'm preventing a teetering implosion.)

Mozart is too happy (this ain't kindergarten), Strauss too waltzy (unless you're Andre Rieu), Bach too rigid (imply: predictable), Chopin too amorous (makes me blush), and Liszt (with his fifteen-inch phalanges) has too many notes.  But Beethoven?  Beethoven speaks to me.  Beethoven knows my language.  Beethoven knows how I feel.

(For the record, I adore all of the above mentioned composers.  They just aren't as Bad A as Beethoven.)

This weekend I watched a movie about Beethoven and discovered yet another reason for my prolonged attraction.  Beethoven was bat-shit crazy.  Nuts, I say, nuts.  Prone to manic episodes of dramatic highs 'n lows.

Dearest, beloved Luie?  I'm bat-shit crazy too!  Cheers.

Being as I'm happy to admit that I'm crazy in the likes of Beethoven-bat-shit-crazy, today's Tuesday Tunes are about lunacy.  And remember, don't waste your weary-time over the self-proclaimed crazy, waste your weary-time on people who think they're sane.

I Almost Lost My Mind Pinetop Perkins
Crazy On You Blitzen Trapper
Mental Eels
Your Head's Too Big The Ditty Bops
Hyper Chondriac Music Muse
Can't Get You Out Of My Head Kylie Minogue
Paranoid Megadeth
Where Is My Mind? Pixies
Mad World Tears for Fears
Paranoiattack The Faint
Cold Brains Beck
Suspicious Minds Fine Young Cannibals
Do-Wacka-Do Roger Miller
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) Pink Floyd
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts VI-IX) Pink Floyd
In My Head No Doubt
Got A Lot On My Head The Cars
Could've Gone Mad Poe
Crazy Tori Amos
All In My Mind Love and Rockets
Manic Monday The Bangles
Partizan / Drives Me Crazy Partizan
Crazy Seal (... we're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy... )
It's All In Your Mind Beck
Let's Get Crazy White Lion
Map Of Your Head Muse
City Of Delusion Muse
Brain Damage Pink Floyd
Church Of The Poison Mind Culture Club
Crazy James
Manic Depression Jimi Hendrix

Just got bored with the copy 'n paste.  Want more?  Holler.

Crazy On You Heart
My Mind Is Ramblin The Black Keys
I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight U2
Mad Season Matchbox Twenty
Psycho Theme The Ghost Doctors
Paranoid Eyes Pink Floyd
Always On My Mind Elvis Presley
Lost in My Mind The Head and the Heart
You Nearly Lose Your Mind Leon Redbone
You Call It Madness Nat King Cole
Lunatic Fringe Red Rider
I'm Mad Willie Mabon
Trigger Happy Jack (Drive By a Go-Go) Poe
Sir Psycho Sexy Red Hot Chili Peppers
Madder Red Yeasayer
Out Of My Mind Duran Duran
Psycho Therapy The Ramones
Crazy For You Madonna
Leave You Far Behind Lunatic Calm
We're All Mad Here Tom Waits
Crazy Patsy Cline
Space Dementia Muse
Crazy Ones John Mellencamp
You're Crazy Guns N' Roses
Blow Your Mind Langhorne Slim
Teenage Lobotomy The Ramones
MindKilla Gang Gang Dance
I'm Deranged (Edit) David Bowie
I Wanna Go Crazy (Featuring Will.I.Am) [Explicit] David Guetta - Will.I.Am
Rambling On My Mind Robert Johnson
Troubled Mind Kula Shaker
I Think I'm Paranoid Garbage

Luie just might roll over in his grave after listening to the playlist I put together in his honor.


Hen Pecks said...

This made me realize you're too damn smart. We may have to stop being friends. My ego can't take it. Farewell sweet princess.

Jenn said...

What movie, pray tell?

Blackdog said...

And I just thought you were an Accountant?

radracer said...

And don't forget She Drives Me Crazy by the Fine Young Cannibals.

rabidrunner said...

Hen, you got that I am smart from THAT? You're supposed to learn that I'm crazy not smart. What part was smart? Also, princess? Bah. I assume this is a leftover from your trip to Disneyland.

Jenn, it was "Immortal Beloved." A decent flick. However I was a tad disappointed in the creative license used when displaying facts. Had to do some additional research to conclude what has historical premise and what does not.

Blackdog, I'm not an accountant, but if I were an accountant you can bet that I'd be a crazy one. My professional background is software. I do software. As luck would have it, I landed at a company that creates accounting software. Ah... The joys of software. Where one can become a supposed expert in an assortment of topics and be driven crazy in the process.

Rad, thanks for the addition. Will add that one soon along with that Talking Heads Psycho Killer tune.

Ski Bike Junkie said...

Why on earth are you giving Megadeath credit for a Black Sabbath song? Especially when the Black Sabbath version is much better?

Ski Bike Junkie said...

My criticism is perhaps a bit unfair considering I failed to compliment you for including a great song from the movie adaptation of perhaps the best book on craziness ever, Fight Club.

I should also compliment you for including the best musical tribute to a crazy person (Syd Barrett) that I know of, Shine on You Crazy Diamond (all 9 parts, no less).

Nicely done.

rabidrunner said...

Mr. Junkie, I don't believe I gave credit to Megadeth for Paranoid, I just added a Paranoid cover to a crazy playlist. I have about a hundred (giver take) Paranoid covers, and the Megadeth version seemed altogether perfect in this here context.

I'm a fan of original tunes. I'm also a fan of covers. It's always nice to see a different interpretation of a classic. Now... is the Black Sabbath version better? That's a matter of opinion. Yours is noted. Grin. One might even considered you paranoid that someone will use and abuse your precious Paranoid. Bigger grin.

Also, that Pixie's tune was around, like, way before Fight Club. Biggest grin.

Ski Bike Junkie said...

Of course the Pixies tune was around before Fight Club, they just happened to use it in Fight Club. I don't think the Pixies were still around for Fight Club, since way back in 1992, Frank Black had already gone solo. I just associate that tune with Fight Club, which remains a great movie about craziness, whether that song came first or not.

You're probably right about the Paranoid paranoia, though.

rabidrunner said...

So, I saw the Pixies live in 2005. Yes, I'm that cool. But Kim Deal is even cooler.

I've never seen the Fight Club. Perhaps it should go on the list?