by Paige Toon
Release Date: July 30th, 2014
Publishers: Simon & Schuster UK
Genre: YA Contemporary
Genre: YA Contemporary
Ever since writing my debut novel Lucy in the Sky back in 2006, I have loved working to music. The song that really sums up Lucy in the Sky for me is ‘When You Were Young’ by The Killers. For Johnny Be Good, it’s Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex on Fire’. Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ kicked off the whole plot idea for One Perfect Summer (my male character Joe is the Adele in that story, the actor who can’t stop thinking about the girl – Alice – who he fell for before he became famous).
Sometimes I love listening to a song so much that it makes an appearance in the book. In the case of The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson, I was so into ‘This Modern Glitch’, an album by The Wombats, that the band and their songs got several mentions.
Jack is wearing a Wombats band T-shirt when Jessie first meets him. He even talks about going to see them in concert in LA. In fact, when I wrote that part of the story, The Wombats hadn’t planned a European tour, so I admit I was actually feeling a little envious towards a fictional character! I saw them in Amsterdam in March in the end – the best gig I’ve ever been to.
Read on for my Jessie Jefferson playlist – featuring songs from both books in the series so far: The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson and I Knew You Were Trouble. I hope you get a chance to listen to some of them while you’re reading. No surprises for who’s at the top.
Lots of love, Paige x
Jump into the Fog and Tokyo by The Wombats Jessie thinks of ‘Jump into The Fog’ when she’s flying through the smog cloud into LA to meet her dad for the first time, and she hands Jack the record when he’s DJ-ing at his sister Agnes’s birthday party in The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson. In I Knew You Were Trouble, Jessie requests ‘Tokyo’ at Natalie’s crush’s party because it reminds her of Jack.
I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You by Black Kids Jack impresses Jessie with his mixing skills with this song when he first DJs at Agnes’s party in Accidental Life. It also gets a mention in Trouble because it’s just so incredibly catchy and always on my go-to writing playlist.
Running Up That Hill ¬– the Placebo version This dark and sexy song was Jack’s choice of music when he takes Jessie up to his bedroom for the first time in Accidental Life. They make out to it on his bed…
I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift This song was played over the sound system at the Hollywood Hills party that Jessie goes to with Johnny and Meg in Accidental Life. Jessie had just been warned by a bitchy girl that Jack is ‘trouble’, so she laughs when the song comes on. Needless to say, it also inspired the title for the second book.
Live While We’re Young and Kiss You by One Direction Jack has a tattoo that is similar to Zayn Malik’s from One Direction. Jessie teases him about it, but he bets her that he got his done first. Later he jokily sings her some lyrics from these songs, but forgets most of the words.
All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix Jessie hears this super cool song blaring out of Jack’s stereo in his bedroom when she goes to visit his sister Agnes in Trouble. It sort of sums up his taste in music.
People Are Strange by The Doors This is played at teen actress Lottie’s Halloween party in Trouble. The song was on the soundtrack for classic vampire movie The Lost Boys, and when Jack and his band members come dressed to the party as blood-suckers, their mate on the DJ decks whacks on this song.
Never Tear Us Apart by INXS This song was played at Jessie’s mum’s funeral, and when it comes on during a drunken game of SingStar in Accidental Life, Jessie gets very upset. She flees and Tom comes to find her – it’s the first time they properly talk.
A few more…
Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs Hang Me Up To Dry by Cold War Kids (Rock)
Superstar by Cypress Hill Live Forever by Oasis (Jack mashes these last two songs together) I Bet You Look Good on The Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys
Katy Perry’s California Girls
The Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition
I’m sure I’ve missed out loads, so if you spy any more while you’re reading, please tweet me @PaigeToonAuthor!