GIRL OF 100 LISTS

or MY FIRST FORAY INTO SERIAL LISTING
  1. In 2005, I was 23. I was managing the Fargo Theatre in Fargo, North Dakota, running the midnight movie series, organizing the Fargo Film Festival and dreaming of making movies. I had just been accepted to film school in Chicago and in the 6 months before I left, I had a radio show at my friend's new FM station, Radio Free Fargo 105.9.
    I have this notebook with all my drafts of playlists and final lists stapled to them. It was a time of Ani DiFranco and Wes Anderson, 80s throwbacks, girl power and movie obsessions.
  2. My radio show was called GIRL OF 100 LISTS, based on the Go-Gos song of the same name, and I'd start the show with a Top Five at 5 every Sunday.
    "Ghetto blasters, phony jewels, cathedrals, castles, making up rules. Trashy novels and leather gloves, this is a list of things that I love. I am the girl of 100 lists, from what shall I wear to who I have kissed. Check items off let nothing be missed sing I to myself and my 100 lists."
  3. "Just to clarify, these lists will be consistently subjective, biased, personal, random, nostalgic and strange."
  4. 1/16/05 My Mom's Top 5 Songs of the 80s
    5. White Wedding / Billy Idol 4. Should I Stay or Should I Go / The Clash 3. Once in a Lifetime / Talking Heads 2. Brass in Pocket / The Pretenders 1. Twist in My Sobriety / Tanita Tikaram
  5. 2/13/05 Top 5 Songs from Soundtracks
    (Tie) 5. Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) / Sonny Bono (Kill Bill) 5. Oh Yoko / John Lennon (Rushmore) 4. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps / Doris Day (Strictly Ballroom) 3. Tiny Dancer / Elton John (Almost Famous) 2. Wise Up / Aimee Mann (Magnolia) 1. These Days / Nico (The Royal Tenenbaums)
  6. 2/20/05 Top 5 Break Up Songs
    5. Always Something There to Remind Me / Naked Eyes 4. She's Got You / Patsy Cline 3. Ex -Factor / Lauryn Hill 2. Can't Let Go / Lucinda Williams 1. When You Were Mine / Prince
  7. 2/27/05 Top 5 Love Songs
    5. I Miss You / Bjork 4. Jorge Regula / The Moldy Peaches 3. (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care / Elvis 2. Falling is Like This / Ani DiFranco 1. Wouldn't it Be Nice / The Beach Boys Caller Request: Sex Farm Girls / Spinal Tap
  8. 3/27/15 Amber's Top 5 Songs of Love, Sadness and Revenge
    I don't have a finalized list for this week but these notes from my friend Amber's guest appearance are pretty great.
  9. 4/3/05 Top 5 Covers
    5. Highway Patrolman / Dar Williams (OG Bruce Springsteen) 4. Personal Jesus / Johnny Cash (OG Depeche Mode) 3. One / Aimee Mann (OG Three Dog Night) 2. Hallelujah / Rufus Wainwright (OG Jeff Buckley) 1. I Will Survive / Cake (OG Gloria Gaynor)
  10. 4/24/05 Top 5 Duets
    (I don't know what the top of this draft is but I really love the Prozac notepad) 5. Thin Line / Jurassic 5 ft Nelly Furtado 4. Islands in the Stream / Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers 3. Nothing Better / The Postal Service w/ Jenny Lewis 2. Gulf Coast Highway / Emmy Lou Harris and Dave Matthews 1. Angel from Montgomery / John Prine and Bonnie Raitt
  11. 5/1/05 All Chicks From 5-6 : Top Five Girl Power Songs
    5. Good Fortune / PJ Harvey 4. The Lady is a Tramp / Ella Fitzgerald 3. Army of Me / Bjork 2. Not a Pretty Girl / Ani DiFranco 1. I'm a Woman / Peggy Lee
  12. 5/8/05 Top 5 Songs in My Head
    5. Tear Stained Eye / Son Volt 4. Maps / Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3. Love Will Come Through / Travis 2. Heart Design / Aqueduct 1. Euro Trash Girls / Chicks on Speed (I don't even remember some of these. But please note the presence of @sondrelerche on this radio hour.)
  13. 5/29/05 Top 5 Songs Entitled California
    5. California / Phantom Planet 4. California / Brenda Weiler 3. California / Belinda Carlisle 2. California / Joni Mitchell 1. California / Rufus Wainwright (This was long before I ever considered moving to California but I think I was very into The O.C.)
  14. 6/26/05 Top 5 Songs About Movies
    5. Lights, Camera, Action / The Phormula 4. In Your Movie / Math & Science 3. Super 8 / Jill Sobule 2. Matinee / Damien Jurado 1. Clark Gable / The Postal Service
  15. 7/17/05 Top 5 Songs Named After Girls
    5. Cecilia / Simon & Garfunkel 4. Jane / Barenaked Ladies 3. Jamie / Weezer 2. Isobel / Bjork 1. Daria / Cake
  16. 7/24/05 Top 5 Favorite Albums
    5. Pet Sounds / The Beach Boys 4. White Chocolate Space Egg / Liz Phair 3. Poses / Rufus Wainwright 2. More Adventurous / Rilo Kiley 1. Pinkerton / Weezer (Three weeks before I moved to Chicago.)
  17. 7/31/05 Top 5 Birthday Songs
    5. Happy Birthday / New Kids On the Block 4. Happy Birthday / Stevie Wonder 3. Happy Birthday / Concrete Blonde 2. Older / They Might Be Giants 1. When I'm Sixty-Four / The Beatles (The day after my 24th birthday. Two weeks before I moved to Chicago.)
  18. 8/7/05 Goodbye Show : Top 5 Favorite Songs (with guest cohost Greg)
    ⬆️ Greg's List / My List ➡️ 5. Fight Test / The Flaming Lips 4. Wouldn't it Be Nice / The Beach Boys 3. Close to Me / The Cure 2. Dream a Little Dream of Me / The Mamas and the Papas 1. America / Simon & Garfunkel
  19. I love this list time capsule. I love how I was so proud of the vastness of my musical knowledge at the time but it now seems so narrow. I love seeing the influences of my friends and my job and my loves coming through in these lists. I love that I was on the brink of changing my life and I knew that but I didn't really KNOW that.
  20. I am the girl of 100(+) lists.