About The Play List.
I’m here celebrating the re-release of book 3 in my Superpowered Love series, Nobody’s Hero—but also the entire series, as it’s being RE-LOADED by Less Than Three Press. Nobody’s Hero returned on December 26, with many more to follow soon.
A big part of these books is the music in them, so—you got it: soundtrack post. Here is the Nobody’s Hero Mixtape + Highlights, exclusively for MM Midnight Café. (
*1 “Grace Kelly” by Mika (Life in Cartoon Motion)
*2 “Your Pure Soul” by The Charlatans (Who We Touch)
“Feel Good Inc” by Gorillaz (Demon Days)
“If I Should Fall from Grace with God” by The Pogues (If I Should Fall from Grace with God)
“One Pure Thought” by Hot Chip (Made in the Dark)
“Whiskey Makes Me Crazy” by The Tossers (On a Fine Spring Evening)
*3“Kids” by MGMT (Oracular Spectacular)
“God Willing” by Dropkick Murphys (The Meanest of Times)
*4 “Black is the Colour” by Sarah Dinan (From the Ashes)
“DARE” by Gorillaz (Demon Days)
“Sleep is for the Weak” by The Dreadnoughts (Polka’s Not Dead)
“Toothache” by The Charlatans (The Charlatans)
“Amazing Grace” by Dropkick Murphys (The Gang’s All Here)
“Touch Too Much” by Hot Chip (Made in the Dark)
“Might Tell You Tonight” by Scissor Sisters (Ta-Dah)
*5 “The Rocky Road to Dublin” by The Tossers (On a Fine Spring Evening)
“Intimacy” by The Charlatans (Who We Touch)
“Atlas Air” by Massive Attack (Heligoland)
*6 “Float” by Flogging Molly (Float)
*1 “Grace Kelly” is an absolutely charming song about trying to be someone else to make people like you. The hero and narrator of Nobody’s Hero, Jamie Monday, has spent just about his whole life doing that very thing with great success. It can’t last forever, as anyone on the outside would tell you.
*2 “Your Pure Soul” was on heavy rotation when I was writing this book, though it’s a few Charlatans albums back, now. It’s a pretty, catchy, heartfelt song about being in love with someone you suspect is too good. This is Jamie’s other big problem, as Kellan, his love interest, is… good. He’s foul mouthed and bad tempered, sure, but he’s sincere and kind. And honest. Which, as noted above, Jamie has never been.
*3 “Kids” is one of those amazing summer tracks that sounds so bouncy it’s easy to miss the depth in it. (Jamie’s kinda like that too >.>) He learned early in his adolescence that he couldn’t be a kid forever—couldn’t take things for granted. I mean, having crazy electrical superpowers is a responsibility like whoa, and that’s just the start.
*4 “Black is the Colour” starts the Kellan portion of the list. Though for the most part he likes loud, obnoxious Irish-American rock (aka Paddy Rock), he can be traditional too. This song actually features in a scene in the book, as it’s a longtime fave of my own—and Sarah Dinan’s version happens to be gorgeous, so it’s the one I went with.
*5 “The Rocky Road to Dublin” … okay, this one is also a traditional, technically, but the Tossers’ version is just as rough and tumble as the rest of their fare, and that’s why it’s Kelly’s favorite. It’s part of the songfest in the book, as well—sort of. It’s notoriously hard to perform (seriously, listen to it, you’ll get it) but super fun to try.
*6 “Float” is a lot tamer than a lot of Flogging Molly’s stuff—and Kelly’s Paddy rock in general. (I say Kelly’s, but obviously, I love it too.) But it’s at the end of the list because it’s the perfect song for the moment he understands everything. At last. Plus, this song got me through a super hard time in my life. Music is great like that.
So I hope you enjoy the weird mis-matched mixed tape these boys brought into being! Don’t forget to check out Nobody’s Hero and the rest of the Superpowered Love series—and enter the giveaway below!