Hooke: What am I listening to?

Staff Playlist

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

“Follow You Follow Me”-Genesis

I did not intentionally listen to “Follow You Follow Me” this week. When the chorus randomly popped into my head over the weekend, I figured that it was from this early 80s hit, and I’ve been listening to the first American pop hit by Genesis on an endless loop ever since. Unlike Genesis’ 70s output, which mainly featured incredibly complex prog-rock songs, “Follow You Follow Me” is a simple love song that is sweet, without being saccharine.

“Don’t Bother Calling”-Moses Sumney

Sumney has the best falsetto vocal in music right now, and he puts it to good use throughout his 2017 debut album “Aromanticism.” His lyrics are full of imagery that fits with his sparse electronic music. “Don’t Bother Calling” is one of his more stripped-down affairs, with his bass and vocals taking center stage for an arresting song that is sure to make you pick up the phone.

“I Love The Night”- Blue Oyster Cult

I started reading “Dracula” over winter break, and this song makes the perfect accompaniment to Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel. Blue Oyster Cult was one of the more macabre of 70s rock bands and this song, like all great vampire tales, mixes creepiness and sensuality for something stunning and alien.

“White Shadow”-Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel’s second album is often forgotten amongst his four self-titled albums. His first album has “Solsbury Hill,” a song that has more than earned its place in the trailer for every feel-good movie. His third album is so full of proto-industrial experiments that Atlantic Records executive Ahmet Ertegun was concerned about his mental state. His second album blends the catchy hooks of his first, while shedding some of that record’s more off-kilter experiments. It also lacks the harsh noise of his follow-up release. “White Shadow” is one of Gabriel’s smoothest tracks, built around synths, Tony Levin’s steady bass and acoustic guitar arpeggios. The song’s instrumental beginning instantly sets the mood of a late-night drive with enough twists and turns that are sure to stave off any highway hypnosis.

“Nightclubbing”- Iggy Pop

“Nightclubbing” is not a song about nightclubbing. It’s about the feelings you have afterward when it’s the wee small hours of the morning. You’re too wired to sleep, but you’re too tired to do anything, so you just melt into the couch and reflect on your night of party with a mix of “that was fun” and “why the hell am I doing this?” “Nightclubbing” is a foreboding track that confuses the ear with instruments that don’t seem to come from the same eras. The claustrophobic Roland drum machine smothered in delay is coupled by a bluesy cabaret piano. It is the sound of Nosferatu at a rave.