Saturday 9 October 2010

My Pub Jukebox

Pete, Liz and Glyn have done it, now I’m doing it: here’s my ultimate pub jukebox.

The Killers – Mr Brightside
I flat out bloody love this song.

The Movielife – 10 Seconds Too Late
My favourite song (along with all the others - Once in a Row, Another Friend, et al) from my favourite album.

Blink 182 – All the Small Things
College punk-pop and dick jokes made me who I am today.

9 Days – Absolutely (story of a girl)
An absolutely great song which everyone should listen to.

Lostprophets – Shinobi vs Dragon Ninja

Muse – Muscle Museum
The first concert I saw was Muse and the base nearly killed me. I remember that I wore a vest to it. A vest!

All Time Low – Jasey Rae
I listen to All Time Low more than anyone else so they need to be on there; Jasey Rae is my favourite song of theirs. I want to write a story with Jasey Rae as the main character.

Arctic Monkeys – The View from the Afternoon
Because it rocks harder than a 15-year-old watching babestation, because it was the song I’d listen to before a night out at university and because it’s (my) generation-defining musical storytelling.

Dashboard Confessional – Hands Down
The MTV Unplugged album is amazingly good (I could’ve chosen any song from that to go on the jukebox).

Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life
What a great little song.

The Starting Line – Best of Me
Because there isn’t enough pop punk in there yet and I love this album, proper love-hurts pop-punk.

The only trouble with this list – apart from it making me look like an emo-wannabee 15 year old still – is that if any of these songs were playing in the pub then I’d be too excited to even drink. I also don't think many other people would want to drink there, not people of a legal drinking age, anyway, it would therefore make for a terrible pub jukebox, but I'd be happy.


  1. Have only heard Mr Brightside, thanks to my 11-year-old son, it’s a good car song as well (now there’s a divergent thought, jukebox for the car…)
    For a pub though I would start with something from Sonic Youth, Scraping Foetus off the Wheel, The The, Pet Shop Boys’ You were on my mind and maybe for a little bit of mellowness something from the Bible, all very late 80s/early 90s. That’s five for starters.

  2. Couldn't leave quick enough I'd any of that lot came on the juke.

  3. it was the song I’d listen to before a night out at university

    By my reckoning you are actually, literally, half my age. I hate you.

  4. John Peel used to complain that most people of his generation were either still listening to the Beatles or still listening to the Grateful Dead. It seems most of us let our musical tastes get stuck with the same stuff we liked in our late teens. Are we happiest at those times in our lives? Or just more impressionable?

  5. The other thing is: a good jukebox goes like a dream with a pool table, there’s a scene in the Deer Hunter where the guys are in a bar playing pool and there’s some feelgood song playing, while I remember a Sunday lunchtime pint after a college mate’s wedding in Worcestershire in 1986 when I cleared the table while Get It On by T-Rex was playing, that felt kinda cool (and I hated T-Rex when I was a kid).

  6. Jesus, Dredge. We have very different tastes. Luckily, we have beer, not music, as a common ground!

  7. I'm showing my age too, Mark. Apart from the Killers, most of your selection means nothing to me. One of my younger work colleagues raves about Muse, but I'm afraid their music leaves me cold.

    I have to agree with Leigh; it's a good thing we have beer in common!

    ps. From the comments already posted, it is clear that not many of us share the same tastes in music. For this reason alone juke boxes and good pubs do not go together. Not only do they kill the art of conversation, but I don't want to listen to someone else's choice of music any more than they would want to listen to mine"

  8. As far as I can tell, John Keeling is hipper than any of the beer bloggers that have posted this stuff so far.

  9. Never heard any of those songs. Mine (boring old fart stylee) is here

    Currently really enjoying "Black Country Communion" by Hughes/Bonamassa/Sherinian/Bonham...

  10. @ATJ I reckon The The would divide a bar in seconds, but give me Soul Mining and a dark mysterious pint and I'd be happy

  11. I don't think I'd like to put my top ten down. Most, if not all of the younger bloggers and commentators would be saying WTF. Just like I am with theirs!