New YouTube Channel For Your Ear/Eye Holes

 

I have been doing a weekly music feature on this blog for the last four months called “Sometimes The Best Short Story Is A Song.” And now I’ve created a YouTube playlist to go along with it. I’ll be updating the playlist every week as I add a new song.

The series is an exploration of the lyrical narrative in some of my favorite music. Last week I posted my 21st installment about the classic Whiskeytown track “16 Days.” For those of you new to the concept, here’s a complete list of all the songs featured to date starting with the most recent:

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been published by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Sometimes The Best Short Story Is A Song (#8)

I didn’t discover Generation X until a few years after they ceased to exist, but that is the beauty of music. I picked up the vinyl for their self-titled debut at an incredibly cool beach cities record store that was weirdly staffed by some first wave Hollywood punks. Looking back, I can almost imagine them sniggering at my enthusiasm for this awesome new band I had “discovered.” Lucky for me, those dudes were super cool and turned me on to a tons of music that I still love to this day.

But, back to Generation X. For starters, how cool does Billy Idol look on that album cover? Everything about the band’s aesthetic gave American kids like me a peek into the mysterious London punk scene. That is also true of the mid-tempo punk ballad, “Kiss Me Deadly.” Whether or not I totally understood how it felt to “stand in rank for the thirty bus uptown” or “hustle down the Fulham Road doing deals with Mr. Cool,” this song did what the best short stories do—it transported me to a place I had never been before.

Read the lyrics for “Kiss Me Deadly” by Generation X right HERE.

Previous installments in this series:

S.W. Lauden is a writer and drummer living in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published in 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.