Ha ha, I’m not going back to school. Ever. But if you are or know someone who is (darn kids at 6:45am at the school across the street from my house, bells ringing, band practice, what have you) Music for Kids Who Can’t Read Good has a fantastic Back-To-School Mix post that I wish I thought of. Here’s the tunes Taylor selected along with his witty musings, head over to his blog to snag the downloads (and there’s a few tunes from me at the end):
Mark Mothersbaugh – Hardest Geometry Problem in the World
“I’m sorry. Did someone say my name?”
Beach Boys – Be True to Your School
School spirit is so underrated, just because you’re an indie kid doesn’t mean you can’t let your colors fly.
The La’s – There She Goes
Don’t ask me why, but I think this is a great back to school song. Now that we’re in the Facebook era though the song should be more like “There she goes again – Her name is Mandy, she’s an elementary ed major and she enjoys Jack Johnson and The Notebook”
Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater
Not quite autumn yet but this song will prepare you for its inevitable arrival.
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
For those of you exploring the college night life but like to take long afternoon naps. Also a good song to put on for spontaneous visits to Starbucks.
Hot Chip – And I Was A Boy From School
Not only is this song about school but it will impress your hipster friends.
Paul Simon – Me and Julio Down By The School Yard
The lesson here is if your going to get it on with some guy named Julio by a school yard, make sure your mom isn’t around.
Belle & Sebastian – Wrapped Up In Books
This will describe a lot of you guy’s college experiences. Luckily, I’m a Mass Comm major, which means minimal book-reading and lots of watching TV (for homework).
TV Theme – Saved By The Bell
Perhaps the most accurate portrayal of high school/college ever. Oh, the memories.
“Education” – Pearl Jam
(Vedder questions his education in true rock ‘n’ roll form)
“Chemistry” – Semisonic
(not really the kind of chemistry you are learning in class per se, but a great sly pop song with educational allusions)
“Middle School Frown” – Josh Rouse
(I am so glad that I am not in middle school anymore – or “junior high” as us old folks used to call it back then)
“Conjunction Junction” – Better Than Ezra
(A little Schoolhouse Rocks! ditty to help you remember your good grammar)
“Don’t Stand So Close To Me (’86)” – The Police
(a nod to those of us who ever had a completely inappropriate crush on a hot teacher)
“Lunch Lady Land” – Adam Sandler singing, picture Chris Farley twirling