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Friday, June 8, 2007

I’m Not Down. No, Really. I’m Not.

posted by on June 8 at 15:10 PM


Sometimes I have a bad day… or bad days… or bad months—hell, all of 2006 was sorta fucked. But one silver lining of having bad days is that I am a pro at knowing how to deal with them. I tell ya, I throw the best fucking pity parties in town. Sometimes they involve friends and cupcakes and the laughably ridiculous movie Vertical Limit, and sometimes invites only get sent out to me, myself, and I.

Those are the worst pity parties. Those are the pity parties that involve listening to songs like Jawbreaker’s “Kiss the Bottle,” the Hold Steady’s “First Night,” and Smashing Pumpkins’ “Mayonaise” over and over again while guiltily eating ice cream and watching muted re-runs of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air on Nick at Night.

The key to a good pity party, though, isn’t so much about the songs you choose to wallow in. You can listen to anything slow—anything with weepy strings, dark haunting bass, or heart-torn vocals. The only requirement is that it punches you in the gut many times over. What you have to do to throw yourself a successful pity party is choose the right songs to pull yourself out of it.

I mean, yeah, if you want to you can listen to “Bankrupt on Selling” 800 times, go for it. Whatever gets the job done. But what you can not do, is leave it on that note. You can’t let Issac Brock have the last word. You have to win, you have to own the fucking party, you have to blast the Clash’s “I’m Not Down” before you go softly into that goodnight.

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I’ve been beat up,
I’ve been thrown out,
But I’m not down,
No I’m not down.

There. Don’t you feel better? Yeah, me too. That’s why “I’m Not Down” is the Best Song Ever (This Week).

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you're so emo

Posted by Brad Bird | June 8, 2007 4:03 PM

I've said it before and I'll say it again, "Sluttering" can't be beat for angry/sad introspection.

Posted by gillsans | June 8, 2007 5:00 PM

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