Blog Tour: Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley

Please welcome Lina Langley who's here today to promote her new book, Welcome to Crash, and she's brought PLAYLISTS!!!

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Music is hugely important in my world, which meant that it was a simple and natural fit to make it an equally important factor in the lives of the characters in Welcome to Crash. Just like their outfits, their music choices display their personalities, and they were hugely inspirational when it came to writing scenes that dealt with specific characters. For your listening pleasure, I have attached a playlist collected when writing about each character, with a small description about what this particular music choice means to each one of them individually.

Music: John’s Playlist

Perhaps the most self-explanatory of the three characters in the novel, John is a punk through and through. Punk rock would have gotten to John’s neck of the woods by the early ‘70s, when Vivienne Westwood facilitated in the creation of punk as an entire movement in the UK. John doesn’t live in London, which is the heart of punk rock, but he lives up north. It would have taken it a few more years to get there in full swing.
Punk in England was as economical as it was political. Simply stated, things were bad. The Specials’ song ‘Ghost Town’,  which was hugely critically acclaimed, reflected on these trying times. Shuttered shops, grandmas selling their wares on the street and an all-time high unemployment record led to a disenfranchised culture. Pissed off youths without much buying power had a lot of free time and very strong opinions.
This environment informs John’s choices in music and affects his perception of the world around him to a considerable extent. Perhaps the character with the most limited music taste--barring a couple of guilty pleasures--John lives and breathes punk culture through all his media consumption.


Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
The Ramones - I Wanna Be Sedated
Blondie - Call Me
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Blondie - One Way or Another
The Clash - Rock the Casbah
The Clash - London Calling
The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
The Clash - I Fought The Law
Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK
The Dead Kennedys -- Holiday in Cambodia
Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
The Jam - That’s Entertainment
Madness - Embarrassment
Madness - It Must Be Love
The Cure - So What
X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours!
The Jam - The Eton Rifles
David Bowie - Suffragette City
The Jam - Absolute Beginners
The Clash - Stay Free
Echo and The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
David Bowie - Sound and Vision
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
Crass - Bata Motel
Pere Ubo - Final Solution
The Slits - Typical Girls
Television - See No Evil
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
Buzzcocks - Orgasm Addict
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love

Damien’s playlist:

Damien’s list is more versatile than John’s--and perhaps even Levi’s. He’s a Generation Z’er, a post-millennial, which means that technology has always been at his fingertips. He has never had to search too long for a piece of music or media to be delivered to him. He’s used to always having access to entertainment, and his musical influences are huge and varied. He’s as likely to enjoy an artsy ensemble like Snarky Puppy as he is the latest Rihanna song, and he would discuss either with the same amount of interest and passion.

Vulfpeck - Back Pocket
Vulfpeck - Christmas in LA
Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait
Mumford and Sons - Little Lion Man
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks
Passenger - Let Her Go
Daft Punk - Instant Crush ft. Julian Casablancas
Daft Punk - Touch ft. Paul Williams
Daft Punk - Fragments of Time ft. Todd Edwards
Alicia Keys - No One (Official Video)
Nicki Minaj - Starships
Beyoncé - Single Ladies
Christina Aguilera - Fighter
Britney Spears - Womanizer
Lady Gaga - Poker Face
Nicki Minaj - Anaconda
Katy Perry - Firework
Kesha - Tik Tok
Cascada - Everytime We Touch
DNCE - Cake by The Ocean
Sia - Cheap Thrills
Mike Posner - I Took A Pill in Ibiza
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk - Starboy
Rihanna - Work

Levi’s playlist:

Levi’s music taste has a little bit of everything, though mostly he’s a fan of Queen and Michael Jackson. He likes Blues and Rock, and he’s happy to listen to anything as long as it fits his mood. As a teenager growing up in England, he’s likely to have listened to Blur and Oasis, but he also likes George Michael and The Bee Gees. He’s also the kind of person that listens to music that he knows very well when he’s writing, so he’s likely to have this playlist on repeat when he’s working on his book.

The Killers - Mr. Brightside
Duran Duran - Come Undone
Blur - Song 2
Janet Jackson - Doesn’t Really Matter
Toni Braxton - Unbreak My Heart
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
The Bee Gees - Stayin’ Alive
The Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love
Queen - Don’t Stop Me Now
Queen - I Want To Break Free
Queen - Somebody To Love
Queen - Killer Queen
Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Michael Jackson - They Don’t Care About Us
Michael Jackson - Beat It
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean


At first, Damien feels lucky to land a job at an influential art studio, but it soon becomes obvious that something’s not right. His gorgeous boss, John, is interested, and he’d be the perfect man for Damien—if Damien wasn’t already in a relationship. It isn’t long before Damien is at the center of a love triangle, forced to choose between hot, punk John and his secret affair with his professor, Levi. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because something impossible is happening to Damien—and it’s having a drastic effect on his health as well as his perception of reality.

Each time Damien goes to work, things grow more bizarre, starting with Sam—an artist who has been dead for years and now somehow… isn’t. Damien’s unusual circumstances also free him from the restrictions of monogamy—or so he thinks. Levi, who cannot believe Damien’s claims, fears for his sanity. John also has strong doubts when Damien reveals knowledge of a catastrophic event looming in John’s future. Whether the men he loves believe his wild claims or not, neither can deny Damien is languishing, and if they cannot save him, he’ll be lost. More importantly, they must convince Damien to save himself.


Lina Langley is a first-generation immigrant. She currently lives in sunny Florida and spends her time slashing hot strangers while getting coffee.

Her past is haunted by spies, thieves, tyrants, and murderers. A resident of the world, she’s lived on three different continents. She first saw a radiator when she was twenty-two years old, and one time she followed a cat instead of going to a house party.

She likes to read, watch TV, and play video games when she’s not developing them. The rest of her free time is spent recreating her own characters in The Sims and hoping that people don’t look at the back end of her games.

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