May 8, 2007

JB gave me a copy of The Zombie Survival Guide and I cannot put it down. I highly recommend it, especially if you’re already semi-obsessed with zombies and you find yourself thinking about them at least as frequently as you think about, say, which boat crew on Deadliest Catch is going to get the most crab this season, which is to say, probably more often than is healthy.

The book includes, among other things, instructions for making your house as safe as possible during the inevitable zombie invasion. Basically, if you live in a one-story house without an attic—as we do—you’re fucked. You have to get on the roof. So now I think we should scrap this whole kitchen remodel business and build a second floor. With built-in zombie trapdoors. And multiple brain-smashing tools, such as crowbars, stashed in convenient locations.

What? It’s only paranoia if zombies don’t exist.


I went running (so as to better prepare myself for escaping zombies, of course) yesterday evening, as long as we collectively define “running” as “alternating between trotting and walking while consistently producing the sort of wheezing you’d hear from an elderly, asthmatic pug”. It was a gorgeous, warm day here in Seattle (also, I would have loved a little of this sudden summery weather over the weekend instead of the chilly gray skies we did have, I mean what’s with the 75-degree temperatures showing up when I’ve got to sit in an office all day? NOOO THEY BE STEALIN MY BUCKET) and by the time I got back home I felt quite virtuous, what with my sheen of sweat and all. I’ll tell you, there’s nothing in the world like the feeling you get from running . . . when you stop, that is.

I’m looking to create the Ultimate Playlist for Running, because the iPod really does make all the difference in terms of distraction and motivation to keep going (instead of giving in to my natural desire to curl up on the road and weep steadily into the pavement). So far I’ve got:

Run Rabbit Run, Eminem
When the Music Stops, Eminem
Whiskey in the Jar, Metallica
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, Daft Punk
Blue Orchid, White Stripes
Buzzbomb, Dead Kennedys
Charlotte Mittnacht (The Fabulous Destiny Of…) , DeVotchKa (This one’s great for the end when you stagger up your driveway all triumphant-like.)

Perhaps you noticed this is a short list. Well, shut it. I can’t run very far yet. But on the theory that someday I will be able to pug-wheeze along far enough to need a longer playlist, or just to have some rotation, I want your recommendations. Share your favorite heart-pumping, zombie-escaping songs—anything that motivates you to move. Otherwise, I’m just going to add more Eminem, and then my language is just going to get worse. Won’t you think of the children?


116 Responses to “Looking for a soundtrack”

  1. dregina on May 10th, 2007 12:14 pm

    In The Morning, by Sweet Honey in the Rock. Oh MAN you will feel righteous.

  2. Lawyerish on May 12th, 2007 1:09 pm

    Ok, I am so late to the party on this, but here are some highlights from the playlist that got me through the marathon, plus some stuff I’ve added more recently. (I should note that several of these were suggested to me by Guinness Girl ( when I sent out a similar plea for playlist help last fall.)

    Move Along – All-American Rejects (this is a good one to start with and then add it again in the middle of the mix — great motivator)
    Misunderstood – Bon Jovi
    Keep the Faith – Bon Jovi
    Runaway – Bon Jovi (notice a theme? what can I say, they write rockin’ running songs…)
    Chemicals React – Aly & AJ
    Dirty Little Secret – All-American Rejects
    Mr. Brightside – The Killers
    Read My Mind – The Killers (this song makes me giddy)
    American – Neil Diamond (I am a geek)
    True Faith – New Order
    You and I – Celine Dion (You and IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII/Were meant to flllyyyyyyyyy — seriously awesome running song – don’t laugh)
    Numb/Encore – Jay-Z/Linkin Park
    The Distance – Bon Jovi
    Gotta Get Thru This – Daniel Bedingfield
    Corduroy – Pearl Jam
    Ceremony – New Order
    Unconditional – The Bravery (one of the BEST running songs EVERRRRR!)
    An Honest Mistake – The Bravery
    Just Like Heaven – The Cure
    Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
    Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
    Keep Holding On – Avril Lavigne
    Godspeed – BT
    In the End – Linkin Park
    Boston – Augustana
    Have a Nice Day – Bon Jovi
    Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi
    Here (In Your Arms) – Hellogoodbye
    Final Countdown – Europe (aww yeah)

  3. Melanie on May 14th, 2007 4:11 pm

    No song suggestions, but the bucket picture has me cracking up. What the hell kind of weird animal is that, and why can’t he have his bucket? WHY? Oh, the err.. not humanity, I guess…

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