Firstly, Ellie has a playlist that she put together for Every Breath, which you can find below. It just so happens to have two of the songs we’ve included in our playlist, so great minds eh.
Alright. Every Breath isn’t a book with a lot of musical references. Really, there is only one song that is actually mentioned (as well as a few references to bands/musicians). So, this playlist is split into 3 parts consisting of: 4 songs from Every Breath, 4 songs we heard/listened to on our 3 part book tour and 7 of our own picks! I hope you like it.
IN THE BOOK *only the artist is mentioned, so we chose the song
My Sharona by The Knack- Please raise your hand if this song now reminds you of James Mycroft.
Little Black Submarines by The Black Keys* – Annette chose this one as I only know two (now three) Black Keys songs.
The Nosebleed Section by Hilltop Hoods* – our fave Hilltop Hoods song so it’s naturally the one we chose for our playlist.
When Your Love Is Gone by Jimmy Barnes* – thanks to my Dad, I know a lot of Jimmy Barnes songs. Including this one because it is one of my faves.
ON THE TOUR
Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac – Remember when we stopped for lunch on that day we went gallivanting around the Royal Melbourne Zoo? Well, Gypsy was playing in the cafe we bought those ridiculously expensive and average tasting hot chips and hot dogs from (yeah woo, I looooooooove FM).
Manic Monday by The Bangles – I can’t exactly remember where we heard this song but I’m pretty sure it was also in the cafe.
Cosby Sweater by Hilltop Hoods – We stopped to grab some cold drinks at one point (also at RMZ) and this was the song pumping out from the vendor thingo. It’s kinda cool that we can include another HH song because I know Ellie is a big fan.
Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Remember when we ate kebabs and got attacked by bees? Well, Over The Rainbow was drifting out from a shop nearby. Or it may have been a busker because it sounded acoustic-y and I couldn’t place the song initially. I picked this version for our playlist because it is super lovely.
Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty – I think this one is pretty obvious, no?
London Calling by The Clash – As above.
Electric Feel by MGMT – Yeah so I don’t know the meaning behind this song but it’s on the list purely because the title directly relates to the way this book kills me with its sexual tension. Please see pgs 161-163 in particular but also 243-244, 272-273, 324-328, 332-334 (you’re welcome).
Bang A Gong (Get It On) by T-Rex – Again, including this song and using the title to be wildly blatant about my shippy feels.
Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones – I felt our playlist needed some Stones and I chose Paint It Black because it’s got a fast, thumping kind of beat that goes well with the pace of EB.
Private Universe by Crowded House – As a Rachel who is a CH fan, I’ve decided Rachel Watts is also a CH fan. Am I projecting? Probably. So be it then; this is my fave CH song.
Mess Is Mine by Vance Joy – This song accurately describes the relationship dynamic between Rachel and James. Also, Vance Joy has curly hair. What does that have to do with anything, you ask? Well… *runs away*
(Also posted on our playlists page).