I know, I usually write these posts over at Insatiable Booksluts, but Joshua Mohr’s new novel, Fight Song, comes out tomorrow so I thought I’d do one for this blog tour. In Fight Song, we find that what could have been another mid-life crisis couched as fiction, is instead a hilariously magical window into a few days in the life of middle-aged video game programmer, Bob Coffen. It’s fun and sweet and gross and awesome. I highly recommend it.
Handing the reins over to Joshua for a bit, here’s what he has to say about the role music plays on his writing:
Music is an important part of my writing process. I’m always listening to loud rock and roll as I scribble. Each novel has its own personalty and thus requires its own soundtrack. Here are a some songs I compulsively listened to during the drafting process for Fight Song, as I got to know my characters and their passions/preoccupations:
- I’m Designer - Queens of the Stone Age
- I’m Shakin’ - Jack White
- Hip Like Junk - 7 Year Bitch
- You Must Be Upgraded - The Flaming Lips
- Date with the Night - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Life is Simple in the Moonlight - The Strokes
- Girls - Iggy Pop
- Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I Moved Your Chair - Arctic Monkeys
I’ve put together the above songs – as well as a few that I thought of while reading Fight Song – as a playlist. You can find it by clicking here.
I’ve been trying to decide what theme I’d use for this book since I finished it, but then it came to me and was so obvious. SONGS ABOUT FIGHTING, DUR! Which is what I’ve done here. They may not be the most aggressive tunes in the world, but they’ will totally work for this book. Totally.
Top Five Songs About Fighting/Fights
Elmer – Let’s Get in a Fistfight (This one is silly and violent. It makes me laugh a lot.)
Verbal Abuse – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting) (shut up, I love this cover so much)
Primus – Fisticuffs (Eff. Yes.)
Link Wray – Rumble (You probably know this from Pulp Fiction, if nothing else.)
Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (What? I DARE YOU to tell me I’m wrong.)
Not sure if this will be your thing? Take a look at the following infomercial (which plays into some things in the book that I don’t want to spoil for you) and visit the rest of the tour stops. You can find links to all of the participants over at TNBBC.