Thursday, January 06, 2005


I need a list of the best songs about Change, Evolution, Growing Up etc for a spot I'm writing that talks about how much you've changed. It's a sentimental, inspirational kind of no funny songs. Preferably songs by artists that aren't Led Zepplin, the Beatles etc or things that would cost a FORTUNE to buy the rights to. Im listening to something from the New Pornographers that i like right now...and Bowie's Changes is always good but hasnt it been in a commercial before? Does anyone remember? Anyways....if you can help that would be awesome. 1.21 boys...i need you too!!
Well, Bruce Springsteen's "Growing Up" comes to mind. There's a good cover of it by Any Trouble in true New Wave fashion of the early 80's. If you have a gmail account, then I can send you both in mp3 format.

"Well, I stood stoned-like at midnight, suspended in my masquerade..."

I'll keep thinking.
thanks grant!
Damn, grant sooo beat me to "Growing Up." I think that might have been used in a TV spot a few years ago anyway. I'll do some thinking on this one and get back to you.
I know it was used in the ending credits to that Big Daddy movie. But, I have a New Wave version done by Any Trouble that I know hasn't been used for anything, ever.
I know either Natalie Merchant or the 10,000 Maniacs has that song I think is called "How You've Grown," but try not to use that one because she/they suck(s). I'll keep on thinking though.
another really sentimental song that refers to growing up is "To Sir with Love" from the 1960's movie with Sidney Poitier.

Here, on all music, about 500 people have covered it:

Including those damn 10,000 maniacs! They're everywhere for me today!
Here's my list from looking through my iTunes list quickly. Some of these might be stretching the theme that Leah needed.

Changes IV - Cat Stevens
A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
Four Seasons in One Day - Crowded House
Weather With You - Crowded House
New Life - Depeche Mode
Jocko Homo - Devo
Mongoloid - Devo
Life Begins at the Hop - XTC
Oh la la - The Faces (overdone)
Hard Road to Travel - Jimmy Cliff
A Year Ago Today - The Mysteries of Life
Going Through the Motions - The Mysteries of Life
More Than This - Roxy Music
Dawning of a New Era - The Specials
Too Much Too Young - The Specials
Time - Supergrass
Born Again - Supergrass
Broken Hearted Blues - T.Rex
Life is Strange - T.Rex
20th Century Boy - T.Rex
Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone- Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
I Saw the Light - Todd Rundgren
Season Cycle - XTC
Sorry, I didn't pay attention to the "sentimental, inspirational kind of thing" part of the post. I guess that elminates half of my list.
ok not to obess over this (it's a reaaaally boring day at work and the only things my colleagues listen to is country and christian) but Cat Stevens might be a musical goldmine for this (or maybe it's my Harold and Maude obsession flaring up again). 'On the Road to Find Out' mightbe good or 'Father and Son' if it's not to played out..oooh ooh, or maybe 'Don't be Shy.' Ok, I'm done now for real.
Alison, your posts are cracking me up! I had no idea you hated Nat Merchant and her Maniacs as much as I did.

My brain just won't get around Cat Stevens and Neil Young for change and growing up songs.

And yes, Leah, Novell Networks used David Bowie's "Changes" for one of their commercials.

I'm gonna be a better blogger on this site (many are like, who's this Katie chick?)....starting NOW!
i also hate natalie merchant and the only thing i ever liked that 10,000 maniacs did was that cover of the patti smith song on unplugged.
So, you are going to last, but there is a great David Lee Roth song, yes Diamond Dave, called "Damn Good" Very sentimental and good, yes I know, it David Lee Roth, but check it out.
Um, I'm a little embarrased to say it, but if your target audience is below the age of 21 and a little pop trendy, there is a song by Blink 182 called "Dammit (Growing Up)" -- the refrain is "this is the growing up" and the song is about, well, growing up. Although slightly overplayed in the past thanks to Ugly Kid Joe, I'm a fan of "Cat's in the Cradle."
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