The Sick of Being Sick Playlist – BackstageRider’s House of Pain

Hospital Rockhand! photo

To anyone who was following me on  Twitter on the night of Monday, July 12, 2010, into the drugged-up, painful hours of Tuesday, you’d know that I’d been admitted to hospital. I’ll spare ye the details but it’s a recurring thing that this time came on with the full weight of Jabba The Hut wrapped in pure evil. So I did what any sick person on morphine would do, I tweeted. Mainly to pass the time, also to avoid freaking out.

Anyway, I’ve been off work for a week, still reeling with pain and a massive dose of the feeling-sorry-for-myselfs. (Had to cancel going to two gigs!). The one thing that was cool about all this is I had friends, family and Twitter and FB (relative) strangers offering concern, help, company. Okay, that wasn’t the only cool thing: Jason Hill from Louis XIV cheered me immensely when he shared with me some stonking demos he’s been working on and not really played to anyone else. So yay for humans!

So what’s a bored sicko gonna do? Well, soon as I could get off the couch, I hunched over the computer. Thought I’d put together a quintessentially depressing/kinda fun/sorta loud/totally bonkers “SICK OF BEING SICK PLAYLIST” inspired by all the muck in my head and which seems to sum up how I’ve felt this past week. If you’ve ever had a bad flu or been sick with anything else for longer than a you can say “Bikram’s”, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Thanks to the Twitterers who helped contribute to this video/songlist.

Errrr, enjoy?

And take your vitamins, goddamnit!


  1. Miss Misery – Elliott Smith
  2. Hospital Beds – Cold War Kids
  3. Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors – Editors
  4. In the Hospital – Friendly Fires
  5. You’re Not Very Well – Charlatans
  6. Looking At The World From the Bottom of a Well – Mike Doughty (alt: Lord, Lord Help Me To Rock Rock On – also Mike Doughty)
  7. Weighty Ghost – Wintersleep
  8. In Chemicals – Postdata
  9. Death Take Your Fiddle – Spiritualized
  10. The Drugs Don’t Work – The Verve
  11. The Hurting – Tears for Fears
  12. The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn – The Pogues (thanks @wilhelmus)
  13. Sick of Being Sick – The Damned
  14. I Wanna Be Sedated – Ramones (thanks @pacificbird)
  15. I’m Bored – Iggy Pop
  16. Sick, Sick, Sick – Queens of the Stone Age
  17. So Hard Done By – Tragically Hip
  18. Feeling Oblivion – Turin Brakes
  19. Kettering – The Antlers (thanks @gregg_mc – man, that’s some depressing sh*t)
  20. Sleeping Sickness – City and Color (thanks @Razim, not my fave band but I dig the lyrics)
  21. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
  22. Smothered Hope – Skinny Puppy
  23. The Poison – Prodigy (thanks @bionicbadass)
  24. Insomnia – Faithless
  25. …and for something positive to end on… This Too Shall Pass – OKgo

PS, the eyeball on the homepage? Mine. At 3am. After morphine shot number 2. Wanted to see what my pupils looked like. Of course.

PPS, Did I miss any? Have your say in the commenty things below.

3 responses to “The Sick of Being Sick Playlist – BackstageRider’s House of Pain”

  1. better late than never. my dear joel plaskett had an entire album called “in need of medical attention”. one of my faves on it is powerful lights… “Like a soul, so straight and sturdy / In a severely malfunctioning body”

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