For this week’s Five On Friday, we have a playlist curated by our contributor and Chicago native, Ashley Dingel. We’re excited to bring her playlist to you.
You can check out her Spotify playlist and insight behind her choices below. Make sure to connect with us on Spotify to keep updated with future playlists!
Oblivion by Grimes
“Another walk about, after dark
It’s my point of view
If someone could break your neck
Coming up behind you always coming and you’d never have a clue”
What’s interesting about this song is it’s so atmospheric and like, reverberates against your soul, but the lyrics are an expression of fear. Fear is not cool, but channeling that energy into a dance song is cool.
One Way Or Another by Blondie
“And if the lights are all out
I’ll follow your bus downtown
See who’s hanging out”
I love Debbie Harry and her sinister voice. This song is a classic, it’s a bop, and it’s been appropriated a lot in popular culture & romantic comedies, but it’s about a stalker. Another bubbly expression of fear, but from the perspective of the creep.
TKO by Le Tigre
“Outside, I’m waiting
By the car when you’re hesitating
Take a good look
Take a photo
Write about it in your tiny notebook”
Kathleen Hanna – what more can I say? This song is about intimidating somebody, I don’t know if it’s necessarily about seeking revenge on an assailant, but there’s something about the strength and depth of her voice that makes you feel powerful.
Watch Your Back by The Coathangers
“Back you can never go
Back you can never go
Back you can never go
Back no no no”
The way I interpreted this song, it’s about karma catching up with you. The feel of the song as a whole is angry and angsty – from the first second it picks you up and throws you around until it’s finished with you.
Vexation by The Garden
“You can’t wish away what happened
You can’t do so wrong
And live carefree
I’m gonna straighten you up
If I find ya, I’m gonna make you feel
I’m gonna make you feel just like they felt”
It’d be cool to see more male musicians writing songs like this, and beating up rapists. I think channeling anger regarding a violent act into a song about revenge is cool.