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wonders never cease Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30th, 2009 play list of the week: au revoir, 2009!

[caption id="attachment_2710" align="alignleft" width="405" caption="click to listen"]NewYears Colour Lights 2010[/caption]With 2010 just around the corner, we send 2009 off with a hearty handshake and a clap on the back. We don't want to speak ill of a year on the eve if its expiration. That said, we resolve to welcome the new year with a clean slate and hold none of 2009's transgressions against it. We wish you all the best in the new year and offer up this week's play list with songs inspired by USA.gov's list of popular resolutions:

1. LOSE WEIGHT
"Light Enough to Travel" - The Be Good Tanyas

With airlines imposing fees for overweight customers and over-packed bags, this song may take on a new meaning soon, but it's actually a beautiful song about simplifying (another item on our own list of resolutions).

2. MANAGE DEBT
"The Big Payback" - James Brown

The hardest working man in show business actually fined his band members if they made mistakes during his shows, so some of them might have been incurring debt even while they played this song.

3. SAVE MONEY
"Legal Tender" - B-52s

Hopefully Americans are actually opting to set aside income rather than printing cash in their basements.

4. GET A BETTER JOB
"Bang on a Drum" - Todd Rundgren

At some point, we've all thought about quitting our jobs and joining a band, right?

5. GET FIT
"The Stars of Track and Field" - Belle and Sebastian

It may be too late to qualify for the Olympics, but a few laps around a track would do us all some good.

6. GET A BETTER EDUCATION
"Ooh La La" - Faces

A classic song that Faces lead vocalist Rod Stewart decided wasn't up to his standards, passing vocal responsibilities to future Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. Stewart must have changed his mind since he then covered the classic on a solo album in 1998.

7. DRINK LESS ALCOHOL
"Man No Sober" - Steel Pulse

"Like a gypsy, he's tipsy, he drinks too much whisky." Maybe Steel Pulse will resolve not to make sweeping generalizations about an ethnic group in the new year.

8. QUIT SMOKING NOW
"Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" - Rufus Wainwright

Resolutions would be easier to keep without a melodic repetition of the vices that are causing the cravings, Rufus. We're only human, after all.

9. REDUCE STRESS OVERALL
"Relax" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Second only to Band Aid in sales in 1984 despite being banned by the BBC and MTV for overtly sexual content, the real controversy surrounding this song is the fact that every band member but the lead singer was eventually removed and replaced on the final recorded version by producer Trevor Horn. They did all get paid though.

10. TAKE A TRIP
"See the World" - Gomez

"See the world. Find an old-fashioned girl. And when all's been said and done, it's the things that are given, not won, are the things that you want." Sounds like good advice heading into the new decade.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


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