The blog of author Dennis Cooper

Happy birthday to me: My 60-something favorite songs of all time as of today, playable and in no order *

* (restored/updated)

Randy Newman Old Man


Tobin Sprout To My Beloved Martha


Destroyer An Actor’s Revenge


Sebadoh Brand New Love


Pinback Talby


The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat


Nina Simone Pirate Jenny


Wire Mr. Marx’s Table


The Quick Teacher’s Pet


Pink Floyd Lucifer Sam


Pavement Grounded


Cheap Trick Auf Wiedersehen


Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band Big Eyed Beans From Venus


Guided by Voices Redmen And Their Wives


Laura Nyro Gibsom Street


Alexander O’Neal Criticize


Drive Like Jehu Here Come The Rome Plows


Sonic Youth Schizophrenia


Ramones I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement


Donovan Epistle to Dippy


Superchunk Untied


Eno The True Wheel


Airport 5 Stifled Man Casino


The Shangri-Las Past, Present And Future


Gram Parsons $1000 Wedding


Loudon Wainwright III Kick in the Head


Andy Pratt Inside Me Wants Out


Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht Song of the Insufficiency of Human Endeavor

Play it here


David Ackles Midnight Carousel


Buffy Sainte-Marie My Country Tis of Thy People You’re Dying


The Rolling Stones We Love You


Spacemen 3 OD Catastrophe


The Jesus And Mary Chain Some Candy Talking


The Melvins Joan of Arc


The Dickies Fan Mail


Xiu Xiu Blacks


Family Voyage


New Pornographers Use It


Sparks Mickey Mouse


The Cramps Garbage Man


Neil Young Tired Eyes


Cat Power Nude as the News


Swervedriver Rave Down


Björk Hyperballad


Spirit Aren’t You Glad


The Left Banke She May Call You Up Tonight


ABBA Knowing Me, Knowing You


Magazine The Light Pours Out of Me


The Flaming Lips The Spiderbite Song


Jefferson Airplane Two Heads


Bow Wow Wow Chihuahua


Husker Du Divide And Conquer


Vår Pictures of Today/Victorial


Wall Of Voodoo Factory


Fleetwood Mac The Green Manalishi


The Fall Smile


Sebadoh As the World Dies, the Eyes of God Grow Bigger


Roy Wood & Electric Light Orchestra Look at Me Now


Incredible String Band Very Cellular Song


Dwight Twilley Looking for the Magic


The Flamin’ Groovies Slow Death


The Groundhogs Cherry Red


Echo And The Bunnymen Over The Wall


The Kinks Susannah’s Still Alive


Van Dyke Parks The All Golden


Fugazi Rend It


Drunken Boat Pool


Alice Cooper Halo of Flies


S.O.S. Band Just Be Good to Me


Chic My Feet Keep Dancing


Tricky Diss Never (Dig Up We history)


Tim Buckley Pleasant Street


My Bloody Valentine Cigarette in Your Bed


Ride Vapour Trail


Serge Lama Je suis malade




p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Thanks for the links. I’ll hit them when post-p.s. ** kier, Hey, Kier, buddy boy!!!! Thanks about the French publisher. No, they’re my longtime French publisher Editions P.O.L., but I love them, and they’re generally considered the best publisher in France, so I’m just thrilled that they loved my new novel enough to take it. Hooray that your Paris stay is confirmed! Yes! So exciting, and I (and Zac) can’t wait to see you and have tons of adventures. I remember your friends, sure, of course, and awesome that they’ll be here as well. Oh, I’ll make sure you’ll get into ‘TIHYWD’. Yes, it’s the one with the Fujiko Nakaya fog sculpture/event. I’ll ask Gisele about that. I’m seeing her tomorrow. I’ll get a bead on other stuff around then and make notes. Greatness about your show! When is that? And I’ll look at the documentation. I weirdly have a gallery show soon too, of my gif novels, or of a few of them, here in Paris. Trippy. I’m good. In the final couple of days of finishing the murderous TV series script for better or worse, and okay otherwise. Love in a gigantic amount back to you! ** Sypha, Thanks. Well, a publisher just for France. Although I just got a German publisher for the novel too. Now if I can only get a US publisher. Yes, I meant the Ligotti Day. Cool, I’ll wait until you’ve done whatever revising and updating you want. Thanks! ** Thomas Moronic, Hi, T! I have a huge thing for fake food. Next time Zac and I go to Tokyo, I’m going to try to buy a bunch since Tokyo is godlike when it comes to fake food manufacturing and selling. Thanks about the French publisher. Yeah, I’m very happy about that. And thanks for the b’day wishes. I, of course, wish it wasn’t happening, but, since it is, might as well get celebratory. What’s your news, pal? Love, me. ** Steve Erickson, So far no suggestions. Oh well. You know me, I prefer my pop stars trashy and auto-tuned up the butt. No, obviously, I think it’s great that you took part in the demonstration. I think that’s very important. Yes, it’s POL. And a German publisher just bought it. Me too re: the States. Something will happen, but it’s taking for-fucking- ever. ** _Black_Acrylic, Thank you, Ben! Yeah, I do fit the Capricorn profile in that way, and, well, in a lot of ways, but I still don’t buy it. ** Ferdinand, Hi. ‘Wrong’ was published after ‘Closer’, but most of the work in it was written before ‘Closer’. It’s a compendium of my early short fiction dealies. As of now, the metro and trains are still very fucked up here, and it’s raining but it’s not too, too chilly. The strike will almost undoubtedly last through the month if not longer, so be prepared. ** Derek McCormack, Hi, D! Oh, my pleasure, duh! Happy happy happy everything! ** Kyler, Hi, K. Thanks. Enjoy your day of birthday prep. I’m sure you’ll enjoy that more than I’ll enjoy marking the inauspicious occasion of mine. ** Mark Stephens, Hi, Mark! Oh, man, you got pulled into the DC’s vortex. Thank you, old buddy. Ditto on the happy thing. ‘Happiness runs in a circular motion …’, etc. Lots of love from me to you! And to Julie! ** Misanthrope, Seems plausible. And thank for the birthday wish. May your laptop arrive glitch-phobic. ** Bill, Thanks a lot, Bill. Eek, best of luck with the keyboard/issues. Ouch. ** Right. I’m marking the occasion of my birthday by bringing back my old ‘favorite songs’ post with slight revisions to bring it up the speed of my current pickiness. Click away and find out where my heart and brain like to take their audio dream vacations, if you want. See you tomorrow.


  1. Dennis! Wishing you a happy birthday, I hope you have a lovely day today……Thanks for the info about Fecteau. I’ll definitely keep an eye on the galleries & check if he’s showing anytime soon. Also, congrats on finding a publisher for your novel! I look forward to reading it 🙂

  2. Wow! Going through your ‘music’ is a slippery slope here. I may have to stay at home and just focus on all of this. Happy birthday Dennis!

  3. Dennis,

    Happy birthday! I hope your day is filled with happiness and wonder! And hey, it’s Friday! Also, big congrats on Editions P.O.L. picking up your novel for the French edition! That’s wonderful news!

    Big love from Seattle,


  4. Hey, Dennis!!

    Happiest birthday to you!!! How are you on this special day?
    Unless I misunderstood something completely, I think you have a French and a German publisher interested in your new novel? Such amazing news! I’m really happy for you! I hope a US one follows suit ASAP!!
    It seems crazy and never-ending, this “ARTE wants the TV script to be more normal” hassle. I hope your meeting with Gisele will go splendidly tomorrow and you can at least have a little time to breathe during the producer and ARTE rounds…! It’ll be such a fireworks and happy tears kind of celebration when the whole thing is finished and ready to go live.
    And how did the meeting at the gallery go?

    I’ve had a kind of uneventful week so far (what a surprise, hah) but I’m definitely trying to pull myself out of last year’s depressed routine of “work-wasting all my time watching series/sleeping-actually sleeping”. I started cooking (something I’ve never done before, I mean never regularly), working out and writing every day. I feel a little like Effy in Skins (have you seen Skins?) when she comes out of the psychiatric hospital and has this big timetable on her wall: eat, sleep, pills, walking, Freddie (he’s her boyfriend). It’s a little scary but this kind of structure helps me right now, helps me stand up and start going again. So – all in all I think I’m pretty good. Or at least I’m getting there.

    Have the nicest weekend at all possible and please let me know how everything goes! Tons of love to you!!

  5. Happy birthday to you, dear Dennis!

    I hope you treat yourself to some excellent French patisserie today and that you have an awesome day.

    I’m very happy to read about the French publisher! Congrats!!


  6. Happy birthday Dennis! Here’s to many many more. Thought about you yesterday as I got my copy of Horror Hospital in the mail. Recently started an MFA program and I’m using the Cycle as a base for my novel thesis, so you’ll be on my mind a long long while. Have fun, relax, and continue aging gracefully, you sweet poet laurate of childhood’s death.


    Here’s My Favorite Song

    I could send you tons more — and maybe I will.

  8. Happy B’day!

  9. Well, I said it on Facebook but I’ll say it again here: happy birthday!

  10. Hey Happy Birthday and happy new year. Thank for the report. Great songs. Thank for your book. I read you from Spain. The last Dennis cooper book publicated in spanish is 2007. I hope read new books soon.

  11. Corey Heiferman

    January 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Happy birthday and publication congratulations! The standard birthday wish here is health and wealth till 120, so here’s to 50-something more years! Two trashy Israeli pop songs for the occasion:



  12. Happy Brithday and happy new year.

  13. Correction on that song Here’s a link that works

    Greatly looking forward to Leos Carax’s Sparks movie Cause he did so well with Kylie Minogue

  14. Happy Birthday, dear Dennis. As usual your musical tastes are speaking to me. Love you included Rend It from my all time favorite Fugazi record. Hope you are having a great day. I have nothing exciting to report lately so I’m back to lurking. Fingers crossed for something of note to happen soon. Love, B.

  15. I love that Shangri-Las tune because it reminds me of my 2nd favourite joke: The past, present and future walked into a bar. It was tense.

    My fave ever joke is this: Why do anarchists drink herbal tea? Because proper tea is theft.

    Apologies if you’ve heard those done to death over the course of your lifetime. Happy Birthday to you!

  16. Just thought I’d sneak on here and wish you a very happy birthday Dennis! Lots of love xx

  17. Happy Birthday and all the best for 2020!!!


  18. Hey Dennis. Happy Birthday. It’s been a while. I used to go by “sleepyj” on here. I hope you have some fun today and thanks a lot for the song list. And the reading list a few weeks back. I have been catching up.

  19. Super Happy Birthday, Dennis!!!

    And that’s one hell of a playlist!!!

    Have a fantastic weekend.!!!

    Much love from Tokyo!!! xoxox

  20. Happy birthday! Did you eat cold sesame noodles? Or nachos at the Hard Rock Cafe?

    That Alexander O’Neal song is nice (and new to me.) “Je suis malade” sounds like late ’60s Scott Walker.

  21. Happiest birthday to you, Dennis.

    I’m sure the party was on par with this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuIdV_FChiM

    Just kidding. Any plans for the week? Hopefully the ARTE shit ends soon.



  22. Hey,

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *Big Hug*. I hope you’re having/had a Great one. What did you do? Here’s to you and here’s to many, many, many more!

    Lots of Love and the Best Wishes,


  23. I can’t believe there isn’t a single show tune on this list. Nice to see two Brecht/Weill songs, but they don’t count.
    Happy birthday! I have known you for many, many birthdays now. I believe they’re always terrific and always will be.
    I just got home and realized you’d already be asleep, but I hope you see my greeting in the morning. It’s been a while. Missing you. I do more when I’m around you.
    I have a bunch of travel coming up, mostly around dream stuff, and am still weighing the next trip to Paris. I was not crazy about last July’s heat, don’tchaknow, so I might wait til the fall, winter, or next spring. I’m looking at some other residencies to try a change of scene, if I can get in. I was interested in showing up for a day-long meeting of the New York School Studies Association on July 1. It looks like it’s in Paris because of a Prof Olivier Brossard. Do you know about any of this? I expect they’d like very much to be in touch with you. I wrote to them about presenting something about Tim if I came, although that’s beginning to seem unlikely.
    I’m following the blog but missing a lot of days. I’ll write again when I’ve caught up a bit. I’ll find out what movies you’ve seen, etc.
    xxoo Dennis. You’re the man.

  24. Dennis, Happy Bidet again (that’s a Rigby-ism he uses on me).

    Laptop was/is glitch-free. So far. We’ll see what Monday brings.

    I hope you had a good day and had a lot of laughs and fun.

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