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if you’ve watched Hugo (or read ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’), that famous image of the rocket poking the eye of a grumpy moon and all the rest may have reminded you of this awesome Smashing Pumpkins video… (it sure did us.)

(it also reminded me of the Film History textbook i had for a module in uni, which i dug out in a nerd-moment to find a useless trivia, i.e. i share the same birthday as Georges Méliès! ok /endnerdmoment.)

ps: a whole week to catch up on movies yey!

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there was a time, almost a decade ago, when i finally decided to meet this guy for lunch on a saturday afternoon, somewhere in bugis.

call it serendipity.

we were actually acquainted some seven years before that, but being the vacuous youths that we were then, well, we never hit it off. only seven years later, when our paths converged again, that we discovered we had, in fact, many things in common, uncannily enough.

among them being, our taste in music. needless to say, idle moments were spent sharing earphones plugged to a discman. (you know, from the dinosaur age before mp3 and ipods.)

he used to burn copies of cds for me, and in return, i made him a compilation for his birthday in 2000. wow, was that eight years ago?? :D

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so, what’s on it, then? erm, i’m afraid i can’t exactly explain all my choices here – he’d know the context and meanings best. i think. :p

1. soundtrack 4 2 lovers – mansun
2. ultraviolet (light my way) – U2
3. funny thing – travis
4. morning song – jewel
5. you & me song – the wannadies
6. with or without you (live version) – U2
[like, hello! mega bono fan here, of course. ha ha.]
7. hummer – smashing pumpkins
8. my dark star – suede
9. black star – radiohead
10. i want you – third eye blind
11. ice-cream – sarah mclachlan
12. all i want is you – U2
[we love 'reality bites'. period.]
13. what’s my age again? – blink182
[this was, after all, a 23rd birthday compilation! ;)]

of course, if we were to make a new compilation now, there’d be a whole LOT more songs we’d have to squeeze in. like our wedding song. (don’t laugh – it was a norah jones, lol!) heck, we’d even have to include our kids’ favourite songs as well. (as it is, aniq already has a few hot picks!)

and seeing how izadnhana intend to stick till-death-do-us-part together, you can say, the list would be infinite.

speaking of which, we’re pretty psyched to watch this movie, opening on 11 dec – nick & norah’s infinite playlist. it’s got michael cera, who also starred in juno (he’s grown so much since arrested development), and promises to be the kind of teen romance you wouldn’t find in, say… hmmm, high school musical? lol!

watch out for it…

nick & norah's infinite playlist
http://nicknorah.com.sg
Movie opening 11th Dec!

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so, other than spending unneccesarily on quirky tees online, she also spends unnecessarily on… other stuff.

very unnecessary. but very cute. and they add to the radiohead and the cure ones that we have already. this is indeed a frightening trend, our adult cd collection slowly being overtaken by kiddy ones. so much so that i immediately went out and got myself the latest tori amos cd to restore the balance in universe… but er, i digress.

i haven’t gotten to the coldplay one, but i think the best of the lot is definitely smashing pumpkins. the instruments they use fit the cover versions so perfectly, you can imagine them being part of the ‘mellon collie and the infinite sadness’ album.

what instruments, prithee? why, the glockenspiel, the vibraphone and the mellotron, of course. how exotic! well actually, some sound like the gamelan. alah, semua adik beradik lah. (incidentally, tori amos also uses the mellotron in her new album! ok, i’m such a cheat, i wiki-ed that.)

another thing i like about this series of cds is the packaging. yes, i’m a sucker for good copywriting. you can sell to me anything short of a ball of twine, just make sure it has good copywriting.

example on the smashing pumpkins rockabye cd:

“Twilight fades and we’re ready for a little cherub rock. Smashing Pumpkins will always be known for shimmering pop and crunchy rock. Their lyrics reflect a mind awash in its own dreams. Tonight, tonight it’s time for a dream, Siamese or otherwise. This album is going to be the soundtrack that lulls your little space boy or girl into the arms of sleep.”

hehe. ok, if you’re not a SP fan, you won’t geddit.

and as much of a follower of all things U2 that i am, the songs here don’t really work with the glockespiel-vibraphone-mellotron combo – some were almost unrecognisable…

i wish this was a, ahem, paid entry, but unfortunately it isn’t. nevertheless, if you, like me, have forsaken the GSS yet wish to spend unnecessarily, you can go to babyrockrecords. there’s nirvana, tool, nine inch nails… and once again, no abba, ok. tsk.

that’s it for a veeerrrryyyyyyyyy slllooooowwww thursday.

rock on, baby! \m/

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