Thursday, November 17, 2005


What do these songs say about your average adolescent magician?

When I opened their music store this evening, I noticed that iTunes was featuring a celebrity playlist selected by Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. The kid plays a teenage magician, so ultimately I wasn't expecting much but when I looked at his choices, I was actually quite impressed. At the age of only fifteen, Radcliffe has picked some decidingly non-commercial songs. While they're not necessarily fringe (well, Antony is a transvestite), it's still commendable. The dude flies on a broom but still keeps it real with British Sea Power. Word to your Hogwart.

"Hope There's Someone" by Antony & The Johnsons
"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)" by Arcade Fire
"Man Ray" by The Futureheads
"Carrion" by British Sea Power
"Buddy Holly" by Weezer
"Music When the Lights Go Out" by The Libertines
"Gouge Away" by the Pixies
"Me Ves y Sufres" by Hope of the States
"What I'm Looking For" by Brendan Benson
"Boredom (Live)" by the Buzzcocks

But wait. Lest you think all British magicians have a decent palette for music, Radcliffe's co-star Rupert Grint selects his choices as well.

"Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana
"U Got It Bad" by Usher
"I Am Not Your Broom" by They Might Be Giants
"Minority" by Green Day
"Stand Up Tall" by Dizzee Rascal
"Sucker Train Blues" by Velvet Revolver
"Forgot About Dre" by Dr. Dre, Eminem & Snoop Dogg
"Common People" by Pulp
"White Wedding, Pt. 1" by Billy Idol
"Fit But You Know It" by The Streets

While Grint proves himself old school with both Nirvana and Pulp, he negates any credit with a Velvet Revolver selection. And no, not every Usher song is bad but "U Got It Bad" just happens to be one of them. Moreover, the Buzzcocks beat Franz Ferdinand and the Futureheads, British Sea Power, and Arcade Fire will always win out over, er, a Billy Idol song (regardless of the retro-ironic factor).

In the iPod battle of Ralph versus Harry, Radcliffe's iPod is just a bit more wiggum...whatever that means.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no such word as decidingly. Sorry. I couldn't help it. Otherwise, nice entry.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"non-commercial songs"
i cant believe you posted on this.

2:10 PM  

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