Joan of Arc: Songs That Inspired ’1984′

Joan of Arc: Songs That Inspired ’1984′

Joan of Arc loves love collage records and we love storytelling songs. And we suddenly felt no shame making beautiful music. After years of fighting back the occasional impulse, we found the context that allowed us to submit to it.

Marcos Cabral, “Music for Diving”
On our last tours, this was the final song on our playlist before we’d go on every night. Without exception, every time I have ever DJ’d it, someone walks up and asks what it is. Perfect music.

Talk Talk, “Ascension Day”
This record was an ultimate game-changer for me when I first heard it 20 years ago: its layers and wild harmonies and total commitment to its singular vision. And it still gives back new returns every time I listen to it. I use it to test how my ears have grown.

John Cale, “Close Watch”
It’s the beautiful song from his collage record, the only song I return to on its own however much I respect the record as a whole. And I always appreciated the gesture of the shamelessly appropriated lyric.

Bauhaus, “Exquisite Corpse”
This song is the seed that made me who I am. Thirty years later, I still can’t crack the system of how the elements return in shifting contexts.

Velvet Underground, “All Tomorrow’s Parties”
We ripped off the piano part to great effect at the end of ‘Punk Kid.’ We also ripped off Vangelis’ ‘Chariots of Fire’ on the same song, but that was an accident.

Loretta Lynn, “The Pill”
Besides collage, storytelling was the other dominant thrust of this record and it doesn’t get more badass than this. A lot of the themes are very similar and feel of Melina’s voice.

Jean-Claude Vannier, “L’Enfant Au Royaume Des Mouches”
This was one of those secret-knowledge records years ago, one of those records where we’d all give each other a wink if anyone ever brought it up. Epic storytelling.

Sonic Youth, “Titanium Expose”
Goo landed at exactly the right time that I was ready for it and its impact was transformative. On our tours for our last record, as we got tighter and tighter by playing every night, we had more and more space to get open. We recorded 1984 immediately coming off of those tours, using that momentum, and a lot of the music started with just free, open jams.

Silver Mt. Zion, “The Triumph of Our Tired Eyes”
Who isn’t a sucker for beautiful, righteous outrage? The struggle in itself is heroic.

Need New Body, “Show Me Your Heart”
We toured with these guys sooooo many times. I have seen them as many times as any other band ever, and every single night it was thrilling and unique. They showed us how to be joyful and open and really play as a unit. I am forever indebted.

(Photo credit: Sergio Roca)

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