Frankenstein Playlist

For some reason there could be an issue with trying to get the music to play, but if you follow this link you should be able to actually listen to the music!

For the first project I decided to go for a playlist of songs that I think went with my interpretation of the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Some of these songs are jokes and just have little pieces that I though were funny and added a little spice to the playlist, others have a full meaning and are connected to certain quotes from the book.

The first song I want to talk about is Human by Christina Perri. Even though the monster is not considered a human he is still made from human body parts, he still bleeds and still feels emotion and pain.

"But I'm only human 
and I bleed when I fall down
I'm only human
and I crash and I break down"

“I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone… But the agony of my wound overcame me; my pulses paused, and I fainted” (page 134)

Next there is Weird Science by Oingo Boingo. This song talks about creating things and doing science behind closed doors. It also talks about how people wouldn’t understand what the scientist is doing. This connects with Victor creating the monster even though he knew it was wrong.

“I collected bones from the charnel-houses and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame. In a solitary chamber, or rather a cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the other apartments by a gallery and a staircase, I kept my workshop of filthy creation…” (page 52).

"We're makin
(weird science)
Things I've never seen before
behind bolted doors"

A song I found really interesting was the song Teenage Frankenstein by Alice Cooper. This song is all about Frankenstein’s monster and how he doesn’t belong anywhere. When you listen to this song, really listen to the lyrics because they are really interesting. He talks about his hands and legs not being his own and the connection between women seeing him and the monster (women fainting).

Obviously, I had to had Thriller by Michael Jackson to the list. This song is overall just about being a monster and it’s super creepy, but still a great song. I feel this song goes with Teenage Frankenstein because they both talk about the fear of people when they see them.

"You see a sight that almost stops your heart
you try to scream
but terror takes the sound before you make it
you start to freeze 
as horror hooks you right between the eyes
you're paralyzed

“One of the best of these I entered; but I hardly placed my foot within the door before the children shrieked, and one of the women fainted” (page 100).

Some of the songs I added, as I mentioned before, are technically jokes, but still fit the story. Lonely by Akon, mostly just the chorus talking about being Mr. Lonely is why I picked it, Another one Bites the Dust by Queen just seems ironic because the monster kills Victor’s family one by one. In one of my other blog posts I talked about karma and how Victor caused pain for the creature so the creature did the same to him which goes with the song What Goes Around… Comes Around by Justin Timberlake.

The quote I provided for the song Monster by Skillet goes with how in the beginning the monster couldn’t fathom killing and how people could kill someone like themselves, but then is so overtaken by revenge he can’t stop himself from doing it. The monster didn’t feel like a monster until everyone made him seem that way, so why not act the way you are treated?

"I feel it deep within, its just beneath the skin
I must confess that I feel like a monster
I hate what I've become, the nightmares just begun 
I must confess I feel like a monster"

“For a long time I could not conceive how one man could go forth to murder his fellow, or even why there were laws and governments; but when I heard details of vice and bloodshed, my wonder ceased, and I turned away with disgust and loathing” (page 113).

The last song I decided to quote was All by Myself by Celine Dion. The monster had been alone for so long and just wanted a companion, everyone else turned him away, but someone like him wouldn’t do that, he would finally have some company.

"All by myself, don't want to be 
all by myself anymore
all by myself, don't want to live
all by myself anymore"

“I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me” (page 136).

This was an extremely fun way to look at the book and If any of you have any songs that you think would go with this story, feel free to tell me and I can add it to the playlist. I think making this playlist interactive with other people participating would be really cool. I know that I didn’t right this as formally as possible, but I wanted to make it easy to read and understand how my brain was thinking about these songs and their connections.

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3 thoughts on “Frankenstein Playlist

  1. I think it’s so creative that you made a playlist and connected each song to an aspect of Frankenstein! It’s so cool how well the lyrics of the songs match up with quotes from the book. I have Spotify as well and I make a lot of playlists, in a lot of them the song lyrics tie into the theme of the playlist. For example, I made a playlist devoted to Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones and her life story. I also made one on Harley Quinn. Anyway, thanks for sharing and I’d love to be a contributor on the playlist!

  2. This is such a fun project idea! You really took the idea and utilized it to its fullest. The song quotes and book quotes match up so well that it’s almost as if the songs were written for specific scenes in the book. I especially like the inclusion of “Human”. It goes back to that debate on if the creature is human or not, and it shows how he experiences the pains and agonies associated with being human. Even the “joke songs” still fit well.

    Overall, this is insightful and impressive! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. This is such a creative idea! I really liked how you not only included the playlist, but also showed with quotes from the book how they connect. I feel like “Bad Moon Rising” especially fits the vibe that the book gives. Great job!

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