This is something everyone should have. Forget a "do not resuscitate" order or a notarized will and testament…what are the jams you want to hear if you end up in a coma? I think it needs to be said that this is not a list of my favorite albums or the greatest albums of all time. This is comfort music.
So here, with all the legality and authority a document posted to a website can be given, I list the records I want played to me shall I enter coma-hood.
1. The Walkmen Bows and Arrows
2. Nick Drake Pink Moon
3. The Stooges Funhouse
4. That Dog Totally Crushed Out
5. Sonic Youth NYC Ghosts and Flowers
6. Nirvana Unplugged in New York
7. Kelley Stoltz Below the Branches
8. The Velvet Underground and Nico
9. Back From the Grave Volume 1
10. The Ramones
I guess what I’m looking for in coma tunes is a bit of familiarity. Albums that I know backward and forward. Plus, I’m imagining I’d like to hear stuff that’s a little softer, but not too soft that it’d turn my brain into wine cooler lameness. So whereas it’s obvious that In Utero is the my favorite Nirvana album and their best release, I think I’d rather just mellow out a bit to Unplugged, you know? Jeez, I’m in a coma, it’s not the time to be thrashing to “Scentless Apprentice” asshole.
Conversely, the Ramones and BFTG are just undeniable, such building blocks in my existence that their repetition upon my unconscious self could quite possibly knock me back into a cognitive state. And with this list, I encourage all three of you reading here to let your loved ones know what you want on the stereo should you take that spill down the stairs. Post your own lists in the comments and let this be the opening of a dialogue. Because nothing, NOTHING can be worse than some random dude you went to grade school with and haven’t talked to in years sitting in your hospital room remembering how much you liked that Collective Soul song that one summer and that maybe repeated plays of “Shine” just might turn things around. Idiots.