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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Blog Tour: Song Playlist for Five Flavors of Dumb and a chance to win!

Hey everyone! Today I have the author of Five Flavors of Dumb, Antony John, on the blog to talk about songs that inspired or suit his novel. This is all thanks to the great blog tour site The Teen {Book} Scene. Here's a link to my review of the book if you're interested! Make sure to read to the end of the post if you want to know how you could win a copy of the book or even a signed copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson!

Make up a playlist of a few songs you think suit/inspired Five Flavors of Dumb 

Hi Taylor! Thanks for having me on your blog today. 
Okay, so I’m going to limit my playlist to 20 songs, ‘cause otherwise this will become the longest blog post in history! 

I’ll start with the easy ones (i.e. music that actually features in DUMB): 
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Nirvana
“Seasons in the Sun” – Nirvana
“Star Spangled Banner and Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix (live at Woodstock)
“Ionisation” – Edgard Varese (bonus points to anyone who has heard of this one!) 

Then there are the old-timey songs that may have influenced the fictional songs in DUMB: 
“Paint it Black” – The Rolling Stones. (Pure, undiluted angst.)
“Twist and Shout” – Beatles. (Peppy, infectious, and it only uses three chords!)
“Unchained Melody” – The Righteous Brothers. (Piper and Ed’s love song.)
“Layla” – Derek and the Dominos (This is how the guitarists wished they sounded.) 
These songs seem appropriate given some of the events that happen in DUMB: 
“Word Up” – Cameo (check out the cover version by Willis – it rocks!)
“Hot N Cold” – Katy Perry
“Paparazzi” – Lady Gaga
“It’s the End of the World as We Know It” – R.E.M.
“Idioteque” - Radiohead
“We Will Rock You” – Queen 

And finally, some songs whose titles are almost like portraits of Dumb’s band members: 
Piper (manager): “Out of My Mind” – James Blunt
Josh (lead vocals): “You’re so Vain” – Carly Simon
Ed (drums): “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” – The Police
Tash (lead guitar): “Not Ready to Make Nice” - The Dixie Chicks
Kallie (guitar): “You Know I’m No Good” – Amy Winehouse
Will (bass guitar): “Zombie” - The Cranberries 

Oh, and I’ve just noticed that the actual playlist I was listening to as I wrote DUMB has about a hundred songs on it, each of which I’ve listened to at least twenty times. This tells me two things: 
1. Without music, I’d probably never have written DUMB at all.
2. It takes a really long time to write a book!

Thanks so much Antony! Now, if you want a chance to win a signed copy of The Five Flavors of Dumb, or a signed copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, all you have to do is like Antony's Facebook Page and you're entered! How easy is that?


  1. I love this list of songs...So diverse, yet cohesive. I love a good book soundtrack.

    I "liked" Anthony John on FB.


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  2. I've heard such great things about this book from so many people! I'm not a hardcore music person myself, but I love reading books about musicians, especially bands. This one's on my to-read list for sure. =) I liked the Facebook page!

  3. Great playlist. I read your review. I'm going to look this book up. :)


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