Saturday, January 03, 2009

In May of 2008 we began a journey to explore and bridge the perceivable gap between two related disciplines of popular culture: comics and music.

That journey has taken us across the globe and through the decades, but alas, if you're looking for the latest instalment of the Infinite Wars Smash Hits, you'll be sorely disappointed.
After seven months of music videos, it's back to the iPod with thee - at least for this month, while we take a little break from music.

Of the thirty-three songs featured over as many Saturdays we hopefully cast a light on how the sub-culture has permeated over the decades. Connections were as vague as genre tropes and t-shirt prints, and as specific as tribute ballads and conceptual narratives.
We touched on artists who have involved themselves with in the industry; displayed an on-going love affair with it; or been unwittingly touched by (or connected to) the stylistic choices of our seventy year-old culture.

Unfortunately, there is no two-disc CD in-stores, but throughout our celebration of mixed interests we've offered the convenience of digital downloads of most songs, made available through Amazon. You can still pick up any of the songs featured at your convenience, and by using the Smash Hits tool, you make a tiny contribution toward the Infinite Wars with each purchase. Which is swell!

If you want the full effect, you might forego the thirty-second preview clip, to instead track back through the many YouTube videos as they were originally featured. For your convenience, the 2008 Smash Hits Playlist:

(1970) Black Sabbath - Iron Man
(1975) Paul McCartney & Wings - Magneto and Titanium Man
(1977) Suicide - Ghost Rider
(1981) Laurie Anderson - O Superman
(1985) a-ha - Take on Me
(1987) Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien
(1989) Danny Elfman - Batman Theme
(1991) Vanilla Ice - Ninja Rap
(1992) Siouxsie and the Banshees - Face to Face
(1994) The Cure - Burn
(1994) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Red Right Hand
(1994) Seal - Kiss from a Rose
(1995) KMFDM - Juke Joint Jezebel
(1995) TISM - Greg! The Stop Sign
(1995) U2 - Hold me, Thrill me, Kiss me, Kill me
(1997) Björk - Hunter
(1997) Marilyn Manson & The Sneaker Pimps - Long Hard Road out of Hell
(1997) Underworld - Moaner
(1998) Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
(1999) Cassius - Feeling for You
(1999) Sly and Robbie - Superthruster
(2000) Mephisto Odyssey feat. Wayne Static - Crash
(2001) George Michael - Freeek!
(2002) Adema - Immortal
(2002) Cypress Hill feat. Roni Size - Child of the Wild West
(2002) The Raveonettes - Attack of the Ghost Riders
(2003) Busta Rhymes feat. Mariah Carey - I Know What You Want
(2004) Mark Collie - In Time
(2006) Hot Chip - Over and Over
(2006) My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade
(2006) Peter, Bjorn & John - Young Folks
(2008) Hot Chip - Ready for the Floor
(2008) Still Flyin' - Good Thing it's a Ghost Town Around Here

If you haven't already, be sure to head over to the Pandora Energizer Message Board! There you'll find plenty of musical discussion, insight, and methods to exploring the wide world of music. All thanks to Energizer Advanced Lithium!

The Smash Hits will be back soon, but until then, stay tuned for more!

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