The first playlist from LeedsBookClub is inspired by the Lewis Carroll novel ‘Alice In Wonderland’… Curiouser and curiouser!
1. Alice – Stevie Nicks
Love Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks in particular. This song comes from her album ‘The Other Side of the Mirror’ which is loosely based on Alice in Wonderland. She created this album after rehab and is exploring the possibility of picking up the pieces of her old life.
2. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
This weird and wacky wonderful track couldn’t possibly be left out! I remember being really scared by this when I was a kid – trying to follow the lyrics was pretty tough to do! Certainly the LSD comes flying through as an adult!! Aside from being a wonderful song; it was also one of the defining ‘summer of love’ songs so…you know…the educational part of this song list is now complete.
3. Eat Me, Drink Me – Marilyn Manson
The final track from Marilyn Manson’s sixth album. It’s a bit of a weird one, all about identity. I *think* that in the song he’s Alice. And the rabbit hole leads to hell. Mostly I just use this song to sort of rev myself up before a night on the tiles!
4. What you waiting for? – Gwen Stefani
I’ve picked this version of the song because I think it sort of emphasises the Alice in Wonderland aspect. Included because of its all sorts of catchy and rhythmic if not high art. The video is also cool, with Stefani playing all sorts of Wonderland characters. Apparently the song was written to help her counter writers block.
5. Very Good Advice – Robert Smith
My favourite song on the album. Here the former lead singer of the Cure covers one of the songs from the Disney Alice in Wonderland film from the 50’s. I loved this film so much growing up.
6. I Am The Walrus – Bono
This is my favourite Beatles track. I’ve picked the Bono version from Across the Universe as I think it’s epic. And wonderful. The link here with Alice in Wonderland may appear a little tenuous – the Walrus was inspired by the poem recited by Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
7. Hall of Mirrors – Siouxsie and the Banshees
Originally by Traffic; this song and accompanying video are great fun. The band had decided to tackle a number of covers and put their own unique spin on it.
8. Don’t Come Round Here No More – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
This one is a cheat. I don’t think that the song is actually about Alice in Wonderland but the video is AMAZING. And utterly creepy.
9. Always Running Out Of Time – Motion Picture Soundtrack
I’d never really come across this group before the Tim Burton soundtrack for Alice – the visually perfect but just not quite right recent film version. It’s a deceptively simple song – but one that I can’t help singing along to and trying to harmonise with.
10. Alice – Sisters of Mercy
Ok, so this isn’t likely to everyone’s taste. It’s a bit on the dark and moody side. You know, the sort of thing that would leave emo’s curled up in fear while old school Goths nod unenthusiastically. What’s not to love!!
Oh, and Sisters of Mercy are from Leeds. So, little link there.