??!! “The Dreams in Which I’m Dying are the Best I’ve Ever Had”
posted by September 24 at 10:16 AMon
A couple weeks ago on Slog, Brendan Kiley wrote about a mildly disturbing run of songs—”Head Like a Hole,” “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “Helter Skelter”—played by John Richards on KEXP’s “John in the Morning” show. Brendan’s curiosity about John’s increasingly dark mornings was picked up by the post’s commenters, who mused about Richards’ recent move to NYC and the possibility that the uprooting was messing with his head.
I didn’t think much of it—a run of three aggressive songs is not a reputable measure of mental health—but then came this morning, when I tuned in to Richards’ show and was treated to Gary Jules’ Donnie Darko-soundtrack cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” (sample lyric in the subject line), Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” (five minutes of begging God to give your life to someone else), Eef Barzelay’s “Could Be Worse” (about an inability to draw consolation from the fact that it could be worse), and They Might Be Giants’ “We Live in a Dump” (self-explanatory).
I do not believe it’s fair to diagnose DJs through their playlists. But if I did, John might be ready for an intervention, or at least a big hug.