Adjacent18: See how Childish Gambino, Rage and Bjork connect to the #Alt18 Countdown

The Killers “C’est La Vie” calls to mind early Talking Heads. #Adjacent18

The Adjacent18 is a playlist inspired by the Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM’s AltNation. We take each track on the weekly countdown and dig to find interesting adjacencies. Follow the Adjacent18 Spotify playlist here. See the Feb. 20, 2021 Alt18 Countdown here.

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Adjacent18: Songs adjacent to the Alt18 Countdown, Feb. 20, 2021

18. Childish Gambino – Redbone
Foushee sang Redbone during her blind audition for The Voice. She later became an uncredited TikTok star with “Deep End,” which was No. 18 on the Alt18 Countdown this week.

17. Juice WRLD (with benny blanco) – Real Shit
So many possible adjacencies for the benny blanco, Marshmello, Vance Joy collab You, which made the Alt18 this week. I went down a benny blanco rabbit hole and landed on this 2020 tune with Juice Wrld.

16. Radiohead – Weird Fishes / Arpeggi
Stereogram linked BENEE’s Happen to Me to the Radiohead song Weird Fishes / Arpeggi after her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November.

15. Dark Waves – I Don’t Wanna Be In Love
Dark Waves gets a writing credit on the KennyHoopla/Travis Barker song ESTELLA//.

14. Travis Scott – STARGAZING
Travis Scott kicked off ASTROWORLD with STARGAZING, which is also the lead track on The Neighbourhood’s album, Chip Chrome & The MonoTones.

13. The Knocks – Ride or Die (feat. Foster the People)
The Knocks and Foster the People are on the current Alt18 with “All About You.” Here’s their 2018 hit “Ride or Die.”

12. The Paper Kites – Willow Tree March
I love MISSIO’s opening line, “Below the willow tree” on Can You Feel the Sun. A search for “willow tree” on Spotify found this 2013 track from The Paper Kites off their Woodland EP.

11. carolesdaughter – PORCELAIN JESUS
Reading about carolesdaughter, the SoundCloud artist who hit it big on TikTok, and now the Alt18, with “Violent,” she talked about rap as a major influence on her work. Here’s her own rap song.

10. Trippie Redd – PILL BREAKER (feat. blackbear, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker)
Trippie Redd joins the MGK, blackbear and Travis Barker universe with the lead track on the Barker-produced album, “Pegasus: Neon Shark vs Pegasus Presented by Travis Barker.”

9. Talking Heads – New Feeling
Daniel Kreps at Rolling Stone described The Killers “C’est La Vie” as a take on the early half of the Talking Heads catalog. I checked it out and, yeah, that’s pretty accurate.

8. Neon Trees – Everybody Talks
The Backseat Lovers are based in Salt Lake City. The Neon Trees started in nearby Provo.

7. Mitski – Francis Forever
Frances Forever found her stage name in this incredible Mitski song.

6. Julien Baker – Red Door
Kings of Leon’s The Band includes the line, “And the red door/it seems to sway.” Here is Julien Baker’s take on a red door, and some analysis on Genius about the shared allusion.

5. Sonic Blume – Sunflower Bean
The Happy Fits cellist Calvin Langman told Broadway World he was inspired by fellow New Jersey-based Sonic Blume when he wrote Hold Me Down.

4. Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
My favorite line from Foo Fighters’ Waiting on a War is Dave Grohl singing “fell in love with a voice on the radio.” I tried finding out who he was talking about, but couldn’t find it. Instead, I went to 1980 when Grohl was 11 — the same age as his daughter who inspired the song. Maybe Pink Floyd’s anthem for youth rebellion contributed to Grohl’s own call for action.

3. Bjork – Joga
Spike Stent is the connection here with Gus Dapperton’s Medicine. Dapperton wrote and produced the song with the legendary Stent, who was worked with virtually every major performing artist over the past 40 years, including Bjork on, Homogenic.

2. Bastille – Million Pieces (with the Chamber Orchestra of London)
Weezer worked with a 38-piece orchestra on their new OK Human album, so here’s one of Bastille’s latest with the Chamber Orchestra of London.

  1. 1. Rage Against the Machine – Guerilla Radio
    Someone described grandson as a “millennial Rage Against Machine.” I don’t think that’s fair to anyone involved, but we’ll go with it. grandon won’t mind ending a little dirty.

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