Stracia: The Soundtrack

This Web site has a soundtrack? You betcha, inasmuch as we’ve cobbled together songs referred to in our blog entries, forum postings or essays. These titles are available for purchase from Amazon; you can hover over the product images for more details.

We will continue to compile our “soundtrack” over time, substituting oblique textual references for any musical talent of our own.

The third week of Black September saw the collapse of the investment banking industry’s top tier. Global markets crashed the second week of October. ‘S all right.

Ever been in a bad mood on your birthday? Let’s get a few things straight: First, the Bee Gees didn’t create disco. They contributed six songs to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which was released in 1977 (disco got going in ’73, at the latest). None of those six tracks is disco, because — wait for it — the Bee Gees never recorded a single disco number — not before, during, or after Saturday Night Fever. The Bee Gees made R&B and soul records. Barry Gibb, CBE is the most successful songwriter in modern music. Enjoy.

Good God Almighty, hot dog  ‘n chili.

Ms. Baez sang-in the inauguration of our news pages — though most of this album is best enjoyed in some sort of smoky kumba-ya time-warp. The high points (with link to MP3 downloads) are: Hello In There, Fountain Of Sorrow (both of which are covers) and, of course, Diamonds & Rust.

Only three posts after referencing News of the World, and we show another Queen. But there was talk of major bottoms and Spinal Tap only released two albums, not counting the apocryphal Shark Sandwich.

We’re not big fans of spoken-word albums, and here’s a shockingly good example of why. (Credit where it’s due: 2007’s Never Forget marked a major improvement for West, though we still prefer more of that jazz.)

How better to mark the final countdown to the introduction of the world’s first and only optimized, global capital markets index.

News of the World, see.

The Commerce Department had users of macroeconomic data singing the blues with its decision to shutter a useful link farm because it couldn’t afford it. We lamented: “Maybe we’ll get a replacement, there’s plenty of link farms around — private, and don’t cost a penny, desperate for users to click through to econ stats, la lah la lah lah.” But then the ESA changed course and committed to maintaining the site.

Our second GOCMX entry disambiguated Jefferson Airplane from MSCI Barra and promised the world’s first global, multi-asset benchmark by the end of the quarter. Surrealistic Pillow is the product of Starship antecedent Jefferson Airplane, but we thought you’d rather hear this eerie, acidfolk celebration of altered states than We Built This City. You’re welcome, hippie.

Our New Year’s “Revolution” also started with a clean slate (no thanks to Baines).

Our favorite Christmas tune.

Our pop selection from the Stracia Christmas card (or, if you work at Old Navy: “happy holidays!”).

We offer up this recommendation from our Parthian homage to the ”rescue” cartel the market decided not to rescue. (Turns out the ”s” on its chest stood for something other than ”superfund.”)

We would have been content to farm the quote-rich Spinal Tap album for the remainder of our “Subprime All the Time” entry. But Baines, who’s a bit of a ponce, couldn’t stop humming the lyrics from Hairspray. (We found ourselves wishing he’d bite the teat.) Click here for the original DVD of the John Waters film. We have our own two-word review for Baines.

We ain’t too proud to insinuate Brender and Eddie into our discussion of the subprime mortgage crisis, even if they weren’t homeowners.

Our second post made clear what the mortgage-led U.S. credit crunch and Viv Savage have in common. Both left a terrible saga, though only one spontaneously combusted over Mick Shrimpton’s grave. To find out which, you’ll have to get the DVD (or click at left for the tracks).

We almost missed this one ourselves: the reference, in our first post, to a track on disc two. (Don’t see it? Maybe you need the album.) The 2006 Grammy for Album of the Year went to the best band in the world.

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