A midweek mixtape made up of songs that are all about mundane things.
The Divine Comedy - National Express:- it's now impossible to get on a coach without singing this song.
Stereophonics - Too Many Sandwiches:- from their 1998 debut Word Gets Around, about life in a small Welsh town. This is about a wedding, without the romance. With awesome guitars.
The National - Apartment Story:- released in November 2007. I guess this song is open to interpretation, but I've always sort of thought it was about a couple getting used to one another and growing old together. One of the most romantic songs I know, actually.
Grandaddy - AM 180:- from 1998. A song that perfectly encapsulates, in my mind anyway, how life doesn't have to be exciting in order to be exciting. When you're with the right people.
'We'll sit for days
And talk about things
Important to us like whatever
We'll defuse bombs
And take home whatever together'
Green Day - Church on Sunday:- from Warning (2000). My favourite song on the album. There's a good interpretation of the song here:- 'If you live with me I'll die for you' (click me).
Radiohead - Meeting in the Aisle:- it's quite difficult to determine this as a song about something mundane given that it's entirely instrumental. But because of the title, I always think of two people meeting in the supermarket at midnight. Or peeping at each other from between the shelves in a record shop.
The Strokes - Ask Me Anything :- a song literally about saying nothing. And total nonsense. And it's utterly brilliant.
Paolo Nutini - New Shoes:- A song about shoes. And how something as simple as shoes can cheer you up.
Run DMC - My Adidas:- A rap about shoes. Even better. Awesome video too. Slight product placement. If you look carefully.
Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple:- My friend Leon introduced me to this song a few years ago.
'So...it's a song about....wearing purple?'
Tracklisting in full:-
1. The Divine Comedy - National Express
2. Stereophonics - Too Many Sandwiches
3. The National - Apartment Story
4. Grandaddy - AM 180
5. Green Day - Church on Sunday
6. Radiohead - Meeting in the Aisle
7. The Strokes - Ask Me Anything
8. Paolo Nutini - New Shoes
9. Run DMC - My Adidas
10. Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this mistape by suggesting songs.
Photograph by Iris Jones Photography