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Feeling angsty? Need some power?

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iTunes Genius playlist feature, whereby iTunes create a playlist for you based on a particular song, often isn’t nearly as smart as its name would lead you to believe. Sometimes the results are simply odd, and the songs don’t seem to go together at all. Often they are obvious in a boring way, such as combining a Lowest of the Low song with music by other Canadian band, as though Canadian-ness rather than lyrical intelligence, passionate delivery, and great melody were the key features of their sound.

But I thought this particular one, built around Tracy Bonham’s “Mother Mother”, was pretty good. The songs did seem to work together, and yet I doubt I would have thought of combining them myself.

[To people viewing this in email: There are a couple videos in linked in this post. They may be visible only in the browser, not in the email message.]

I call it “Empowered angst”. Partner acting like a crazy person? Propose to her! (Anything, Anything) Being teased cause you don’t drink, you don’t smoke? Own it! (Goody Two Shoes) Being cheated on (Bring Me Some Water)? Let them know what they’re missing! (Like the Way I Do).

Song

Artist

Mother Mother

Tracy Bonham

Blood Makes Noise

Suzanne Vega

What I Am

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians

Dear God

Sarah McLachlan featuring XTC

Fall Down

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Anything, Anything

Dramarama

Wild Horses

The Sundays

Fuck And Run

Liz Phair

New

No Doubt

Sweet Jane

Cowboy Junkies

Voices Carry (Single Mix)

‘Til Tuesday

Pretty In Pink

The Psychedelic Furs

Goody Two Shoes

Adam Ant

Crush With Eyeliner

R.E.M.

Crazy Baby

Joan Osborne

Bring Me Some Water

Melissa Etheridge

I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1)

David Bowie

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Sinéad O’Connor

Middle Of The Road

The Pretenders

Follow You Down

Gin Blossoms

Temptation Waits

Garbage

Excuse Me Mr.

No Doubt

Like the Way I Do

Melissa Etheridge

Possession

Sarah McLachlan

Bang And Blame

R.E.M.

Hey, remember this video? Aimee Mann being stifled by her jerk of a boyfriend?

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