February 26

6 Songs Based Off Of Literature

1) Hedda Gabler by John Cale

Based off of Hedda Gabler (a play by Henrik Ibsen)

John Cale is my personal hero. Let’s just put that out there. Original member of the Velvet Underground, producer of Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and countless others, he also has had an extremely successful (quality-wise) solo musical career. He’s a brilliant man, and so was one of his favorite writers; the great playwright Henrik Ibsen who is often called the Father of Realism in theater. Ibsen was writing plays with such an honest look, long before honesty in theater was regarded as anything more than filthiness and obscenity. These two would have had great conversation.

2) Me Gustas Cuando Callas by Brazilian Girls

Based of Me Gustas Cuanda Callas by Pablo Neruda

Off rip, expect great things from Brazilian Girls. I saw them in concert a few years back and it was to this day of the most fun shows I’ve ever been too. Pablo Neruda is also, of course, a boss. This song is Brazilian Girls singing and performing, word for word, Neruda’s Poem, Me Gustas Cuanda Callas (I Like When You Are Quiet). Here’s a link for the lrics and English translation.

3) Flowers by Dorian Gray by Dali Darku

Based off The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

4) Narcissist by Libertines

Loosely based off The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

5) Animal in Man by Dead Prez

Based off Animal Farm by George Orwell

Tales of revolution. Go ahead, dead prez, do what you do best.


6) The Stranger- by Tuxedo Moon

Based off of The Stranger by Albert Camus

One of my favorite books ever. It’s about a man with no conscious who almost accidentally commits a meaningless murder by the beach, in Nazi-occupied France. The story follows his trial, in the first person.   Also a very cool song by some very weird guys.

Bukowski by Modest Mouse

This is pretty much just a summary of Bukowski’s entire body of work.