I have been playing the alternative soundtracks to ADVENTURELAND since yesterday morning. As good as a group of songs we licensed, and for all the loving embraces Greg gave the bad generoulsly placed them next to the good -- and thus allowed the worthy to rise in all their glory, there was also a great amount of truly memorable tunes we considered along the way but had to let go. And some were truly greats.
I don't think a song ever blew my away as much as X's "Johnny Hit And Run Pauline". I remember hearing it for the first time in my kitchen on SW Kelly when I was a freshman. Bingo and Charlie and me were drinking in the afternoon. Maybe it was the weekend, but I doubt it. I was a music snob and thought I had heard it all. The song scared me in that it was so far beyond my imagination and yet still so much of what I wanted. It went right into my veins. I was so eager for everything to be faster and harder.
Mindblowing still is such a seldom reached plateau. We settle for less unfortunately, but then again such creations help chart the course too. We need the comparisons. Every time that song comes on, I get locked in a flashback and stuck in the past but one where I knew the future would be glorious and fulfill many dreams. Yet bodies would be left in the wake and that rhythm impossible to maintain. Rare has been an album that reached the power of the first three cuts on "Los Angeles". Whew.