I would normally argue that seeing a movie before reading the book that inspired the movie is a really terrible idea, because it ruins your imagination’s ability to visualize the characters and settings on its own. But in the case of High Fidelity, the opposite holds true. John Cusack so embodies the character of Rob Gordon that I don’t want to ever imagine any other face in that role. If you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, please stop reading here and do so immediately. It’s a classic.
For those of you who, like me, fell completely in love with Rob Gordon and his endless top 5 lists, I am creating a High Fidelity Top 5 List debate using my favorite of his lists: The Top 5 Side One, Track One songs of any album. Here’s his list:
Rob’s Top Five Side One, Track Ones (p. 147):
1. “Janie Jones“, The Clash, by The Clash
2. “Thunder Road“, Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
3. “Smells Like Teen Spirit“, Nevermind, by Nirvana
4. “Let’s Get It On“, Let’s Get It On, by Marvin Gaye
5. “Return of the Grievous Angel”, Grievous Angel, by Gram Parsons
And here’s mine:
Laura’s Top Five Side One, Track Ones
1. “Gimmie Shelter,” Let It Bleed, Rolling Stones
2. “Girl from the North Country (with Johnny Cash),” Nashville Skyline, Bob Dylan
3. “And It Stoned Me,” Moondance, Van Morrison
4. “Everything in its Right Place,” Kid A, Radiohead
5. “Let’s Get It On,” Let’s Get It On, Marvin Gaye
Only one overlap– I couldn’t cut out Marvin Gaye, he’s a legend. What’s on your list, fellow music nerds?