More From the Chat: Hangover Music

Springfield, Va.: What's on your "oh god I'm hungover" playlist? ...

This question came into the chat on Tuesday and we thought it would make for a good blog discussion. Were we right? Who knows? In any case, we both made 12-song playlists we thought worked the morning after a long night out. Have some favorite hangover tunes? Let us know.

J. Freedom's List
If this list looks like it's straight out of the mid-'90s, well ... that's because it is! Now that I'm older and wiser (older, anyway), I don't really do the hangover thing anymore. But back in the day? Ehm, yeah. Too many pints at Old Tavern in downtown Sac, etc. Here are some of the songs I used to listen to regularly when I was in need of a little morning-after music. None of Cheap Trick's "Music For Hangovers" here, thankyouverymuch. (Not much by way of uplift, either, now that I'm thinking about it. Perk is overrated, anyway.)

"Ending (Ascent)" - Brian Eno
"God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" - Moby
"The Long Road" - Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
"Paper Wings" - Gillian Welch
"Goodbye" - Steve Earle with Emmylou Harris
"Country Feedback" - R.E.M.
"State of Independence" - Moodswings with Chrissie Hynde
"Summertime" - Morcheeba with Hubert Laws
"My Own Personal Gravity" - PM Dawn
"Untitled (How Does It Feel)" - D'Angelo
"Mockingbirds" - Grant Lee Buffalo
"Windfall" - Son Volt

David's List
I think a good hangover playlist has to be soothing but also a bit uplifting. If you keep things too slow you're never going to snap out of it. You need at least a few tunes to get the body and brain back to normal speed. That's the role the Jens Lekman, Junior Boys, Marion Williams and New Order songs play on this mix. They are upbeat but have zero chance of making your headache any worse. You'll also want your fair share of songs that you can enjoy in a sedentary, eyes-closed state. Hello Velvets, Stones, 13th Floor Elevators and Astatqe. Also of note is that Bob Dylan covers are better than Dylan originals for this exercise.

"Sunday Morning" - Velvet Underground
"Baby Blue" - 13th Floor Elevators
"Tezeta" - Mulatu Astatqe
"In the Morning" - Junior Boys
"Hit the Ground Running" - Smog
"I Shall Be Released" - Marion Williams
"No Expectations" - The Rolling Stones
"Shine a Light" - Spiritualized
"Age of Consent" - New Order
"Black Cab" - Jens Lekman
"Family Affair" - Sly & the Family Stone
"Long Was the Year" - Broadcast

By David Malitz |  January 31, 2008; 2:41 PM ET Chat
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Family Affair is a great choice. The entire "Riot" album is great hangover music. It literally sounds like Sly recorded the entire album on a hangover.

For The Velvet Underground, I think the self-titled third album works the best.

Speaking of the VU, nearly every Dean Wareham song is a morning-after song.

And what about The Sundays? Harriet Wheeler's voice is a bit squeaky, but otherwise the music sounds great on, shall we say, Sunday mornings.

Posted by: SSMD | January 31, 2008 4:14 PM

In college, there was only one morning after album: Side 1, Bob Dylan's "Infidels."

Somebody recently said to me, "Wow--Side 1. You're old."


Posted by: Bish | February 11, 2008 12:00 AM


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