I didn't read Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak as a child. But when the movie came out last year to much fanfare, I decided to check out the book, and loved it. And it is always wonderful to find a children's book which is just as captivating to both children and grown-ups. So I was delighted to see this post on Flavorwire, which creates a playlist of ten songs that various famous literary characters might listen to. It's great fun, and I urge you to look for your own favourite characters' playlists! (My own taste in music seems to most closely mirror Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice…whom I'm not terribly fond of!) But for now, have a look at the hypothetical playlist of “Maurice Sendak's ultimate wild child, Max” from Where The Wild Things Are.
Here's the full playlist from Flavorwire:
“Wild Thing” — The Troggs
Well, we had to. But aside from the obvious parallels, this is exactly the kind of track Max might discover among his mother’s old records, and then secretly dance around in his room to.
“The Ballad of Butter Beans” — Man Man
The perfect, spastic soundtrack to dancing, prowling and shrieking nonsense in an enchanted forest with a new posse of monst
ers at your side. Plus, something tells us all the alliteration would appeal to him.
“Duck People Duck Man” — Megapuss
This sonic celebration of weirdness in Devendra Banhart’s soothing tones would only affirm Max’s convictions. And as the king of all wild things, he’d better be cool with his singularity.
“Filthy and Free” — Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers
Shilpa Ray would definitely be the first girl Max ever fell in love with. That voice enough is enough to charm any restless, adventure-happy kid into starry eyed submission.
“The Naming of Things” — Andrew Bird
For laying on his back in the grass, squinting up into the sunlight and imagining the creation of this world and many others.
“Land of the Freak” — King Khan & the Shrines
Adventure porn in sonic form.
“Who Could Win A Rabbit?” — Animal Collective
This spastic, psychedelic song would be perfect for holding hands with three monsters and whirling around in circles as fast as you could go. That’s a wild rumpus if we’ve ever seen one.
“Monsters” — The Boy Least Likely To
Max probably wouldn’t get the metaphor, but that wouldn’t stop him from loving the world created in this song. Someone can just explain it to him when he’s older.
“The Ocean Breathes Salty” — Modest Mouse
Max obviously needs some seafaring music for his trip to the land of the Wild Things.
“Bad Kids” — Black Lips
All bad kids love to glorify their obnoxiousness, and Max is no different. Maybe when he returns from his time as king of the wild things, he will listen to this song in a different way.
PS: I've never heard of half the artists on this playlist, so hypothetical Max must clearly be a wilder child than I will ever be!
PPS: Hope you all enjoy your weekend! Do you have suggestions for what else Max might like to listen to?