Bury the Hatchet

I’m going to buckle down and begin the brutal revision of my first draft- essentially a rewrite- this weekend. I’ve been writing stories to put it off, tossing ideas in my mind. The structure of past and present is giving me trouble, but I know both stories are ready, so I will do them as I go, and re-order things later to make them line up. One storyline deals with kids in the ’80s dealing with a violent bully. The present deals with the kid who went to jail for his murder getting out, and going after the people who coerced him into taking the fall.
I took advice from my friend Josh Stallings and put together a soundtrack to listen to. These songs are all pretty generic. Not the deep tracks I used to put on my cooler of mix tapes that sat in the back of the Mustang. But they evoke the era and the feeling I want to convey, of a man who’s been in prison since he was fourteen years old getting out. He’s not a caveman puzzled by technology, but he has a soul that died 25 years ago, and the soundtrack in his heart ain’t gonna be Death Cab for Cutie… when he decides to settle a twenty five year old grudge and bury the hatchet.

Back in Black” – AC/DC
Electric Avenue” – Eddy Grant
Don’t Change” – INXS
Sharp Dressed Man” – ZZ Top
Centerfold” – J.Geils Band
Born on the Bayou” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Jumpin’ Jack Flash” – Rolling Stones
Queen of Hearts” – Juice Newton
Excitable Boy” – Warren Zevon
Through Being Cool” – Devo
Behind Blue Eyes” – The Who
Jump” – Van Halen
Bad Reputation” – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Devil Inside” – INXS
Rebel Yell” – Billy Idol
Hair of the Dog” – Nazareth
In Between Days” – The Cure
Sweet Child O’ Mine” – Guns ‘N Roses
Wishing (I Had a Photograph of You)” – A Flock of Seagulls
You May Be Right” – Billy Joel
The Midnight Special” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Our Lips Are Sealed” – The Go-Gos
Movin’ Out” – Billy Joel
Blitzkrieg Bop” – Ramones
Ramble On” – Led Zeppelin … this one is put to The Hobbit animated film, pretty amusing.
State Trooper” – Bruce Springsteen
Big Shot” – Billy Joel
Problem Child” – AC/DC
Breaking the Law” – Judas Priest
The Indifference of Heaven” – Warren Zevon
Livin’ on a Prayer” – Bon Jovi (I fucking hate Bon Jovi, but there is a scene at a reunion where a song of theirs would be played, and this is the only one I can tolerate)
Fortunate Son” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
(What’s So Funny About) Peace Love & Understanding” – Elvis Costello because I am an ironic plucker.
Dreaming” – Blondie
Ace of Spades” – Motorhead (great video set to Bullitt chase)

© 2011 Thomas Pluck

3 thoughts on “Bury the Hatchet

  1. I always listen to music when I write.That's a great song list.Bon Jovi needs beaten, driven out to the Shore and told, at gunpoint, to start walking.

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