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Sounding Off: The NO STRINGS ATTACHED “Period Mix” – funny or just silly?

Allison Loring

by: Allison Loring
February 11th, 2011

There is nothing more romantic than a mix tape about being on your period. Oh, wait – that’s actually incredibly gross. However, if you wereto make such a mix tape, the following playlist is not only funny and clever, it actually flows (had to do it).

In the film NO STRINGS ATTACHED, Adam (Ashton Kutcher) crosses some “sex buddies only” boundaries when he shows up at Emma’s (Natalie Portman) apartment during the one time of the month that she can do anything BUT the very activity their friendship is based on. In a sweet (kind of?) gesture, he gives her a mix tape full of songs especially for that certain time of month hated by women (and probably men) everywhere.

Only a few songs were rattled off (and featured) in the film. Check out the full track listing after the break.

1. “Evenflow” – Pearl Jam
2. “The Tide Is High” – Blondie
3. “Red Red Wine” – UB40
4. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” – U2
5. “I’ve Got The World On A String” – Frank Sinatra
6. “Muddy River” – Johnny Rivers
7. “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis
8. “Here Comes The Flood” – Peter Gabriel
9. “Red Rain” – Peter Gabriel
10. “Waterfalls” – TLC
11. “Red Red Rose” – The Weepies
12. “Red Tide” – Neko Case
13. “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” – Travis
14. “I Love You, Period” – Dan Baird
15. “Just A Girl” – No Doubt
16. “Here Comes The Rain” – Eurythmics
17. “Everybody Hurts” – R.E.M.
18. “Stormy Pinkness” – They Might Be Giants
19. “Time To Flow” – D-Nice
20. “Blood Is Thicker Than Water” – Wyclef Jean featuring The Product G&B

Some of the tracks are obvious, like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2, “Red Rain” by Peter Gabriel, and “Time To Flow” by D-Nice. whereas others are more clever with Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got The World On A String” and “Just A Girl” by No Doubt. And who knew Peter Gabriel was playing to the ladies. with two tracks (“Here Comes The Flood” and “Red Rain”) included on the compilation?

Song's like Dan Baird’s “I Love You, Period” were probably never in the same thought as the last word in the song's title, but when looked at in this new context, it's hard not to see the relation. Even though the song itself is essentially an updated School House Rock style education on grammar (Do you love me question mark / Please, please exclamation point / I want to hold you in parentheses), it is silly lyrical content like this that make the entire mix actually work.

From rock to reggae, this track list definitely spans all genres. And the concept of a period mix iskind of funny. It is definitely the first time I have ever seen tracks from Pearl Jam, TLC, and Travis in one place. And listening to Blondie’s “The Tide Is High” start up after Pearl Jam’s “Everflow” or the rock beats of U2’s “Sunday Bloody Sunday” end into Frank Sinatra’s “I’ve Got The World On A String,” admittedly, made me laugh.

Even though it is used as more of a joke (and a bit of a plot device) in the film, the mix itself did succeed in entertaining me with its aptly titled songs, and the transitions from each clearly had some humorous thought behind them.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED is currently playing in theaters.

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