DREAMING IN REVERSE // #002
"Homeless Club Kids" by My Favorite (2000 // Joan of Arc Awaiting Trial)
When I made the list that I’m going to be working from in choosing the material for the Dreaming in Reverse, I found a bizarrely large number of them originate from the year 2000. I don’t know exactly what that says about myself or that particular year, but I can say that none of the songs from that year (and maybe that list) have anywhere near the number of cumulative plays over the years as My Favorite’s “Homeless Club Kids”.
The track found it’s way to me that year on a CD compilation from CMJ, and in turn wound up as a go-to track for all sorts of mixtapes that i made in the following years. What always shocked me, but probably shouldn’t have - was that more than any other song that i’ve ever used on multiple mixtapes, “Homeless Club Kids” regularly got the best reaction. It’s easy to why. It’s an incredible track and one that sounds like something that you’ve loved your whole life. There’s an ethereal beauty coursing through the ghostly synth pop gem and it’s that lush design that makes it stand out - all the while leaving you wondering how this song never stormed the charts.
The song originally was released on the band’s near-impossible-to-find EP, Joan of Arc Awaiting Trial, but later it was compiled on the band’s 2-disc collection of singles and out of print EPs, The Happiest Days of Our Lives. “Homeless Club Kids” would certainly place fairly high on any comprehensive list of my favorite songs of all time, and that should seem strange considering I’m not terribly familiar with the rest of their discography. Normally, when I discover a new song that blows me away, i investigate the rest of said band’s music in hopes of finding another homerun. With this song, I gave the compilation a solid listen, but nothing grabbed me quite the same way. So, many favorite songs from various bands carry with them a sense of nostalgia for the time that you discovered them, but truth be told, “Homeless Club Kids” never feels old or distant. Instead, it feels fresh after all of these years and if anything, it feels like a celebration of a time that is still taking place. It even predates the huge swell of emotional electro pop that is currently making blogs buzz these past couple of years.
It’s a favorite. Simple as that. Sadly, it’s a pretty deep cut and runs the risk of being forgotten if we don’t celebrate it’s existence every now and again with a series of repeat listens.
LISTEN to “HOMELESS CLUB KIDS” by MY FAVORITE: Soundcloud // Youtube // iTunes
This jam is pretty amazing. It’s been in permanent rotation for me ever since p|m|w introduced it to me a couple of years back, and is not likely to ever lose that status. Five minutes and twelve seconds of sheer joy.