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Thanks for your post on the subjective potency of pop music, and for recalling the magical, pre-iTunes era of dedicated, laborious, cassette-album making. (I used the fade-out method for making more exactly filled tapes -- esp. helpful when playing in 'auto-reverse' mode.)

"Are there songs you've listened to so many times that you almost can't believe you didn't write them yourself?" And: "When I heard those opening chords today, I had the sense that they somehow defined me..."

Living in Oblivion by Anything Box;
Downtown by Petula Clark;
Why Should I Cry for You? by Sting;
I Had a King by Joni Mitchell;
Free Man in Paris by Joni Mitchell;
Words by Missing Persons;
Soldier & Child by Anything Box;
Answer Me by Anything Box;
Talking Loud & Clear by OMD;
Longtime by Boston;
Deadbeat Club by B52s;
Tomorrow Never Knows by the Beatles;
Sunday Will Never Be The Same by Spanky & Our Gang;
Jennifer, Juniper by Donovan;
I Am A Rock by Simon & Garfunkel;
Runaway Train by Roseanne Cash;
No More I Love Yous by Annie Lennox;
Tiny Dancer by Elton John;
Gypsy by Stevie Nicks;
Flying Cowboys by Ricki Lee Jones;
Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles;
Save It For Later by the English Beat;
Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve;
Take Me Home by Phil Collins;
Heroes by Bowie;
The Last Time I Saw Paris by Hammerstein/Kern.

...Just off the top of my head...

Matthew Gallaway

Great list, CFL! Thanks for sharing...I was def obsessed with Bittersweet Symphony for a many years, too...

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Gods final



A young boy wanders into the woods of Harlem and witnesses the abduction of his sister by a glowing creature. Forty years later, now working as a New York City homicide detective, Gus is assigned to a case in which he unexpectedly succumbs to a vision that Helen is still alive. To find her, he embarks on an uorthodox investigation that leads to an ancient civilization of gods and the people determined to bring them back.

In this colossal new novel from the author of The Metropolis Case, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice collides with a new religion founded by three corporate office workers, creating something beautiful, illogical, and overwhelming. Part sex manifesto, part religious text, part Manhattan noir—with a dose of deadly serious, internet inspired satire—#gods is a sprawling inquest into the nature of faith and resistance in the modern world. With each turn of the page, #gods will leave you increasingly reborn.

Praise for #gods

“#gods is a mystery, an excavation of myths, an index of modern life, a gay coming-of-age story, an office satire, a lyrical fever dream, a conspiracy. One of the most ambitious novels in recent memory—and a wild, possibly transformative addition to the canon of gay literature—it contains multitudes, and seethes with brilliance.” —Mark Doten, author of The Infernal

“Matthew Gallaway’s #gods is a novel so brilliant, so funny, so full of strange and marvelous things, I couldn’t stop writing OMG WTF I <3 THIS SO MUCH in its margins. It’s rare to find a novel that so dazzlingly reinvigorates age-old meditations on faith and f&!*ing, art and eros. Luminous, enterprising, and sublimely cheeky, #gods tells the story, the myth, the dream of the human soul in all its glorious complexity.” —Suzanne Morrison, author of Yoga Bitch

“Matthew Gallaway’s storytelling manages to be both dreamy and serious; lean and luxurious. His words carry an incantatory power of mythic storytelling where beauty and savagery wrap around each other like bright threads in a gorgeous tapestry.” —Natasha Vargas-Cooper, author of Mad Men Unbuttoned: A Romp Through 1960s America

“If the ancient gods were just like us, only more so, then the same could be said for this strange, wonderful book, in which the mundane sorrows and small triumphs of very ordinary lives glow ever so slightly around the edges, sometimes quite literally. At once an oddly romantic send-up of dead-end office culture and an offbeat supernatural procedural, #gods is terrifically weird, melancholy, sexy, and charming.” —Jacob Bacharach, author of The Bend of the World

The Metropolis Case

'It’s to the credit of Matthew Gallaway’s enchanting, often funny first novel that it doesn’t require a corresponding degree of obsession from readers, but may leave them similarly transported: the book is so well written — there’s hardly a lazy sentence here — and filled with such memorable lead and supporting players that it quickly absorbs you into its worlds.'

-- The New York Times

Music: Death Culture at Sea and Saturnine

Listen or download songs and records from my indie-rock past with Saturnine here and Death Culture at Sea here.

Music Video: Remembrance of Things Past

Watch the rock opera Remembrance of Things Past written and performed by Saturnine and Frances Gibson, starring Bennett Madison and Sheila McClear.

Video: The Chaos Detective

The Chaos Detective is a series about a man searching for 'identity' as he completes assignments from a mysterious organization. Watch the first episode (five parts) on YouTube.
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