That time of year is here again – revision time. I’ve got LOADS of work to do, and my first exam is only 2 weeks away. It’s a Classics exam, on classical Greek architecture. Not exactly my best subject (I thought Classics was just about literature when I chose to study it), so I’m going to need some encouragement to get on with revising. And what better way to get me enjoying a dull subject than involving some ace pop music? So, I set to work writing a list of songs related to Classics and Greece and to my amazement it turned out to be an utterly fabulous collection of songs, including 5 songs from the new BWO CD as well as tracks by some of my all time fave acts such as Darren Hayes, Gavin DeGraw, Within Temptation and Shebang! I decided to compile a Classics mixtape, which I of course entitled “Classics Classics”, and here is the tracklisting, including explanations of how they are linked to Classics:
1. BWO – Crystal Odyssey
The Odyssey by Homer is an epic poem we have studied.
2. E-Type – Olympia
Olympia is one of the major Greek cities, original home of the Olympic games.
3. Darren Hayes – Hero
Greek literature has lots of heroes.
4. Within Temptation – Aquarius
Aquarius was a beautiful young prince who Zeus chose as his lover.
5. Afro-Dite – Never Let It Go
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
6. BWO – Juggernaut
I now find that this is the name of the chariot of a Hindu god, not a Greek one as I thought, but Greeks loved chariots so it’ll do.
7. Elena Paparizou – Mambo
Elena is one of Greece’s most loved pop stars.
8. Rufus Wainwright – The Art Teacher
The module I’m revising for is Art & Architecture, although it doesn’t involve much art.
9. Dimension-X – Why’d I Have To Fall In Love With You
A briliant but underrated dance single from Greece.
10. BWO – Temple Of Love
The main subject of the Architecture exam is temples.
11. Antique – Time To Say Goodbye
Ace Greek pop group.
12. Gavin DeGraw – Belief
Greeks are famed for their religion.
13. Hedwig & the Angry Inch – Origin Of Love
Amazing song that mentions Zeus and Jove (Jupiter).
14. BWO – We Could Be Heroes
See track 3.
15. Hitch Hike – Travel Girl
Another ace Greek single that few people know.
16. Phoenix – Run Run Run
A sacred fire bird that features in Greek mythology.
17. Dana International – Diva
Mentions Aphrodite (see track 5).
18. BWO – Chariots Of Fire
Greeks are famed for their use of chariots, especially in races.
19. Shebang – Temple Of Love
See track 10.
20. Grease – We Go Together
Well, Grease and Greece sound the same!