And now, please enjoy this rockin' playlist and don't get scared when you hear the Vertigo theme song. Just grab a pencil and some paper. Its clinically proven to help you draw cool things. Just a little tip I picked up from the pros…
oh lookey here, what is that hand-written little message on the inside of my book..?
1. Comic Strip: Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot • an obvious choice, no?
2. Jann Pehechaan Ho: Mohammed Rafi • the bomb Bollywood dance number introduced to the western world in the film Ghost World.
3. Mantrap: Thee Headcoats • music from the album with a cover created by Clowes – as seen above – featuring a lovely lady with a coney bra and a sweaty brow. Awesome.
4. Ace of Spades: Link Wray • Clowes did the lettering work on this album cover which is awesome but also funny because when you look at the album the first thing you might think is "someone hand-wrote those letters? Isn't there a font for that?" well now there is. Back then, the OGs did it by hand.
5. Wiped Out: The Escorts • a rockin' track from the Las Vegas Grind compilation – as seen above – featuring a toothy, bespectacled man at a naughty bar. Teehee!
6. I Don't Want To Grow Up: The Ramones • this is one of my faves. Clowes did the music video for this song which features the Ramones singing inside a comic strip and interacting with animated Clowes characters. Man I miss the 90s!
7. Painting and Kissing: Hefner • now this one doesn't have any connection to Clowes other than it reminds me of a characters from Art School Confidential. The song is about a boy that falls in love with an artist who is bad at painting but good at kissing, but then she gets good at kissing and bad at painting. Who knew?
8. If Lonliness Was Art: Allo, Darlin' • because it seems that many of Clowes' characters are some kind of introverted artistic types which I think alot of us art school kids were or perhaps even 'aspired' to be. ha! nerds…
9. How To Hang A Warhol: Little Joy • just cuz this song is about dreaming to be a hotshot artist and 'making it' but in the meantime, "But as long as I don't know how to hang a Warhol, I'll keep sketching birds…"
10. Pop Art Poem: The Jam • because this silly little ditty has always been what a pulpy comic strip must sound like when you read it. And also, I like the part where Paul Weller says, "I made this up as I went along, its good innit..?"
11. Prelude and Rooftop, from Vertigo: Bernard Hermann Orchestra • this is here because Daniel Clowes mentioned it and I couldn't wait to stick it in. Also, its good music to draw shadowy figures to.
12. Le Notti de Cabiria: Nino Rotta • because its another one that Daniel Clowes mentioned inspired him and one that I hold dear to my heart because its one of my favorite films and soundtracks ever. Nice choice Mr. Clowes!