Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bury the Hatchet

I'm going to buckle down and begin the brutal revision of my first draft- essentially a rewrite- this weekend. I've been writing stories to put it off, tossing ideas in my mind. The structure of past and present is giving me trouble, but I know both stories are ready, so I will do them as I go, and re-order things later to make them line up. One storyline deals with kids in the '80s dealing with a violent bully. The present deals with the kid who went to jail for his murder getting out, and going after the people who coerced him into taking the fall.
I took advice from my friend Josh Stallings and put together a soundtrack to listen to. These songs are all pretty generic. Not the deep tracks I used to put on my cooler of mix tapes that sat in the back of the Mustang. But they evoke the era and the feeling I want to convey, of a man who's been in prison since he was fourteen years old getting out. He's not a caveman puzzled by technology, but he has a soul that died 25 years ago, and the soundtrack in his heart ain't gonna be Death Cab for Cutie... when he decides to settle a twenty five year old grudge and bury the hatchet.

"Back in Black" - AC/DC
"Electric Avenue" - Eddy Grant
"Don't Change" - INXS
"Sharp Dressed Man" - ZZ Top
"Centerfold" - J.Geils Band
"Born on the Bayou" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" - Rolling Stones
"Queen of Hearts" - Juice Newton
"Excitable Boy" - Warren Zevon
"Through Being Cool" - Devo
"Behind Blue Eyes" - The Who
"Jump" - Van Halen
"Bad Reputation" - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
"Devil Inside" - INXS
"Rebel Yell" - Billy Idol
"Hair of the Dog" - Nazareth
"In Between Days" - The Cure
"Sweet Child O' Mine" - Guns 'N Roses
"Wishing (I Had a Photograph of You)" - A Flock of Seagulls
"You May Be Right" - Billy Joel
"The Midnight Special" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Our Lips Are Sealed" - The Go-Gos
"Movin' Out" - Billy Joel
"Blitzkrieg Bop" - Ramones
"Ramble On" - Led Zeppelin ... this one is put to The Hobbit animated film, pretty amusing.
"State Trooper" - Bruce Springsteen
"Big Shot" - Billy Joel
"Problem Child" - AC/DC
"Breaking the Law" - Judas Priest
"The Indifference of Heaven" - Warren Zevon
"Livin' on a Prayer" - Bon Jovi (I fucking hate Bon Jovi, but there is a scene at a reunion where a song of theirs would be played, and this is the only one I can tolerate)
"Fortunate Son" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
"(What's So Funny About) Peace Love & Understanding" - Elvis Costello because I am an ironic plucker.
"Dreaming" - Blondie
"Ace of Spades" - Motorhead (great video set to Bullitt chase)

© 2011 Thomas Pluck


Shotgun Honey said...

Okay, that's quite the list of music. I'm a lover of AC/DC so... I've no doubt you'll find the inspiration you need from this soundtrack! Wootz~

Action Flick Chick said...

Productivity - yeah!!!

Chad said...

I always listen to music when I write.

That's a great song list.

Bon Jovi needs beaten, driven out to the Shore and told, at gunpoint, to start walking.

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