Above all, there are few musicians that I put on the same level as Tori. She's very important to me & I consider her a role model. Anyways, she gets the honor of being first in my OMGLOVEs series, where I pick ten songs from some artist/band that I just love. So...here it is.Tear in Your Hand
What can I say? The instrumentation is beautiful. I love how she manages to make this breakup song sound like the complete opposite. A bit of lyrical dissonance. Oh and that moment where she sings "maybe it's time to wave goodbye now, time to wave goodbye now", and the pause comes...then BOOM! T comes back with full force. A great moment in her career.Marianne
Marianne is one of the few songs that caused tears to roll down my face. The music is just. So. Sad. Especially the "hold down" part, the climax, and the end. She refers to Marianne as the "quickest girl in the frying pan". Her demise was inevitable. What makes this even sadder is that Marianne was real.
"This girl I knew once named Marianne, was the absolutely, you know, coolest. She was totally cool. And yet, she didn't have this meanness in her. She had so many other things in her, you know, but meanness wasn't one of them. So, when I was hangin around her, I didn't need to have this meanness. Basically when my mother said, 'hey, um, oh my god...Marianne killed herself.' The only thing I could think of was, 'Fuck you, mom.' Because, in truth, nobody was really the same after Marianne killed herself."
-- Tori intro to song; Milwaukee, WI 06/08/96She's Your Cocaine
I've never heard a song so sleazy & fabulous before. The guitars are obnoxious and in your face. The bassline is funky. The lyrics...well..."she's your cocaine, she's got you shaving your legs. you can suck anything, but you know you wanna be me." Then there's the part where it mellows out, and T plays a Mellotron flute. Oh, and her orgasm at the end! Anybody who thinks that she only makes "boring" piano ballads can STFU.Riot Poof
Here, T proves that she can be a successful electronic artist. The synths and the beat are insanely sexy. The fact that it's about homosexuality makes it more special. She wrote it for a former cook who came out when working for her.
"you know what you know, so you go break the terror of the urban spell" = Homosexuality is natural, so you go stop the pain & terror caused by homophobia.
"it will all find its way in time. blossom, riot poof." = Homosexuality will be accepted eventually. In the meantime, rise, speak out & don't be afraid to be yourself. (BTW, poof is British slang for homosexual)New Age
I think this cover is excellent. Love it or not, she re-invented all of the songs on Strange Little Girls and made them her own. It now sounds like it actually is taking place during the start of a new age. I imagine the narrator patiently waiting for it to start in her post-apocalyptic world. Tori used an early version of the song's lyrics that she heard on a Velvet Underground bootleg, which I though was pretty neat.Gold Dust
What an epic. This is so emotionally moving. Gold Dust is fitting for the end of a story. Her voice, the piano, the STRINGS. God, it's just perfect. I think the best times to listen to it is when you're driving at night in a city with lights...and on your deathbed. I said it was good for an ending song, didn't I? Words don't do Gold Dust justice. Listen to it.Marys of the Sea
& Dolphin Song
Alright. Here, I'm cheating. To be fair, they're both clearly sisters. The two conjure up imagery of islands, forests, cliffs, seas, etc. They even begin with the same drum beat! I feel like one with nature with MotS & DS. Both songs also have something separately unique about both of them. Marys of the Sea's guitar in the first part of the 3-verse cycle sounds like an organ. Dolphin Song's bassline sounds like dolphins swimming in a pattern.Not David Bowie
It starts out with a bang, then Tori works her magic with the clavinet and we hear the pace-like rhythm and the low organ. NDB seems to be about an ex-friend (Steve Caton?). This explains the feistiness that is in NDB's music vessels. NDB doesn't deserve to fade into obscurity as a result of only being on an anthology (same thing with Dolphin Song).Almost Rosey
Here's another case of lyrical dissonance. This song sounds cute (just listen to that piano riff!), but the lyrics are...not. "just why do they say have a nice day anyway? we both know they wouldn't mind if i just curled up and died." I'm simply in love with the chorus, ESPECIALLY with the latter lyric in my example above. That melody... *-* It's probably the only thing that I would cheerfully sing that's related to dying.Strong Black Vine
Tori tells it like it is with this whip about religious & political intolerance. The song alludes to the war on terror, fundamentalists, and BDSM imagery to give an overall theme about how people forcing their views on someone else. SBV musically is a spicy chunk of alt-rock. She also gives Led Zeppelin a shout out with the Kashmir-like strings.
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