I thought I would offer the masses a peek at the unofficial soundtrack for this novel, the way I offered a peek at the unofficial soundtrack for the first novel up on my blog a couple years ago. I’m doing it a little differently this time around though because, instead of posting one a day for however many days it takes, I’m going to lay them all on you right here, right now.
Y’all ready for this?
Everyone went “bow-bow-bow” in their heads right there, right? I hope so.
(the author chuckles to himself at this point and cements his place as an eccentric in the hearts and minds of the masses)
So without further ado, here you go folks, the unofficial soundtrack to The ABCs of Dinkology Vol. 2: Time In-Between!
#1 Beck “Loser”
To put it simply, Max Dinkman, this novel’s protagonist, is certain he is a loser . . . at least at the beginning of the second book . . . and the first book . . . and . . . well, you get the picture.
#2 Nine Inch Nails “Down In It”
This song sums up Max’s feelings about his life. That is all.
#3 Nirvana “Plataeau”
You know, Max, God bless him, he’s mixed up. The idea of nothing being on top “but a bucket and a mop and an illustrated book about birds” is appealing to him. He’s an odd guy going through an odd time. It’s unfortunate then that he cannot reach that plateau, since, like the last song states, he is ‘down in it.’
#4 Santana “Black Magic Woman”
There is a girl. Strike that. There are women in Max’s life he gives this title to. I’m not saying these women deserve that title, I’m just saying that’s what Max thinks of them. That’s all I’m saying.
#5 Belly “It’s Not Unusual”
I’m not sure why I placed this here. Everything is unusual at this point in the novel though . . . .
#6 Nirvana “Sliver”
All Max wants is to go home. The problem is, he isn’t sure what his home is these days . . . .
#7 Nine Inch Nails “Starfuckers Inc.”
This song blew Max’s mind when he first heard it, mine too.
#8 Johnny Horton “Jim Bridger”
“Let’s drink to old Jim Bridger.” Max would. He reminds him of his dad and . . . oddly enough . . . his teacher Ms. Deftly.
#9 Marcy Playground “Sex and Candy”
Who doesn’t like this song? It means a lot to Max. It’s basically two of his favorite things (even though he’s never had one of them).
#10 Ray Charles “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
Every Ray Charles song is a good song, okay? Every single one. This one, however, is particularly poignant to Max because he is worried about certain girls’ cheatin’ hearts . . . .
#11 Ray Charles “Let’s Go Get Stoned”
Of course, Max, being who he is, would rather follow Ray Charles’ advice in this song than face his problems and struggle to solve them.
#12 Rufus and Chaka Kahn “Tell Me Something Good”
Oh man, I can’t even with this song. It’s so good, yo. It’s so good. This one is particularly powerful for Max because it reminds him of a certain woman he is certainly attracted to. That’s all I’m going to say about that. You’ll have to read the book to get more.
#13 Jimi Hendrix “All Along the Watchtower”
Max wants a way out of his situation. He uses drugs and his own fantasies to find that way. Is it the best way? Probably not. But it’s his way.
#14 Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee”
It’s strange because this song actually reminds Max not of a lost love, but one of his best friends. The friend is named Bobby. Yes, Max is that simple. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
#15 Sublime “Smoke Two Joints”
Honestly, it’s one of Max’s favorite activities. Also, it’s strange that there are so many of these Forever 27 Club artists on this list. It almost makes me worry about Max . . . .
#16-#23 Rush “Tom Sawyer,” The Beatles “Helter Skelter,” “Pantera “13 Steps to Nowhere,” Primus “Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread,” Led Zeppelin “Fool in the Rain,” Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues,” R.L. Burnside “Poor Boy,” N.W.A “Straight Outta Compton”
These songs, when played together, create a synthesized formula of audio awesome that gives Headbangin’ Hero and Dude their mighty powers. In case you are confused, these two amazing characters come straight from Max’s twisted mind.
#24 Motley Crue “Dr. Feelgood”
Max’s doctor is the polar opposite of Dr. Feelgood. Depending on who you ask, this could either be a good thing or a bad thing. What do you think Max thinks?
#25 The Crash Test Dummies “Mmm, Mmm, Mmm, Mmm”
I have no idea what is going on with this song or this video. And the singer? What is his deal? Why does this song have to be as part of this unofficial soundtrack? Well, I guess if you listen to the lyrics and read the book you can kind of, maybe, see why this would be a song ringing through Max’s head at this particular juncture in the story.
#26 The Grateful Dead “Sugar Magnolia”
Sometimes you’re having a rough go of it and then this nurse comes in who reminds you of a classic Grateful Dead song and you think to yourself, “You know what, self?” “What?” you ask. “Everything’s okay . . . at least right now. And what’s more important than right now?” “I don’t know,” you reply and smile. At least that’s how it happens with Max.
#27 Blind Melon “No Rain”
Sometimes Max feels like the little bee girl in this video. Sometimes he just wants some friends. He just wants some happiness. Sometimes he gets it.
#28 Steppenwolf “Born to Be Wild”
I don’t know if you know this, but this song is about riding a damn motorcycle. There are very few things cooler than riding a motorcycle. Maybe piloting a rocket to Mars, but I’m not sure.
#29 Robert Johnson “Me and the Devil Blues”
The devil is tricksy. Luckily for Max, so is Moses.
#30 Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hell”
The Squirrel Nut Zippers are correct. Hell is a terrifying place. Max knows.
#31 The Cranberries “Zombie”
According to Max, who suffers from an acute case of ambulothanatophobia, the only thing worse than hell is zombies and the only thing worse than zombies is zombies in hell. Seriously. The end of this book is kind of scary.
There you have it, 31 songs for the second Dinkology book. I hope you enjoy them like I do.