Blithely Icarus said, 'Sure, no problem!'

Once upon a time Icarus had an idea. She'd just started a new job with cool CD-making toys at her disposal. "Hey, I listened to tons of music while writing this story, and several people asked me for the list. How 'bout I create a soundtrack for everyone?"

Pleased with herself, she figured it would take, what, a weekend?

A week later it dawned on her that maybe this was a bit ambitious. Then she realised she didn't know what she was doing, had never downloaded a single song or even played an mp3. And that she didn't know enough music that fit the bill. Worse yet, Wildernessguru pointed out that a "soundtrack" generally meant a song for each scene, not simply a list of music that sort of fit the story. Oh. Uh, yeah. Right.

Three weeks later… thank goodness for friendslists, many recommendations and people with better taste than my own. Guys, this would not exist without you.

Download instructions: I've used Rapidshare because they don't limit the number of downloads and the links stay live for as long as people are still using them (plus ten days). It's trickier than Yousendit but not too bad:

1 - Click link. That takes you to a mystifying page. If you're a Mac user the page will even be in German, don't ask, I don't know why. 2 - Scroll to the bottom and click the button marked "Free" download ("Frei"). 3 - You go to a new mystifying page. Scroll to the bottom and, look! There's a countdown. Wait 30 seconds for your download ticket. 4 - Click the download link. There, that wasn't so bad.

The Soundtrack:

Beg Me For It
Tool - Sober - The fall of the Ministry of Magic
The Clash - Career Opportunities - Ron and Percy are offered jobs in the new Ministry
Nirvana - Dumb - Ron's mellow/cynical perspective
Tool - Intolerance - Lucius asks Ron for a favour
REM - Losing My Religion - Ron in the spotlight
The Ramones - Beat On The Brat - Draco's popularity with the Death Eaters
The Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me - Ron gets through to Draco
REM - So Fast, So Numb - Ron has a new roommate, and a plan

Drabble series
Air - Playground Love - Ron and Draco's strange relationship

Death Eater Rock
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Ron comes home to a surprise
Led Zepplin - Dancing Days - Draco tries to teach Ron to dance (or if you hate Dancing Days as much as wildernessguru"> does, try the hotter/faster Benny Benassi - Satisfaction)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Suck My Kiss - Going down on the couch
Siouxie and the Banshees - Trust In Me - Strawberries and bubblebath and the slow stroke of the razor
Sade - Smooth Operator - Draco gets "dressed" and starts convincing Ron
Nine Inch Nails - Closer - The mirror - yeah, that scene
Sade - Jezebel - Discussing old loves
Beastie Boys - Namaste - Ron and Draco: so very stoned
Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Righteous & The Wicked - Stumbling through the Ministry, an argument and a lecture (caught chocolate-handed)
Red Hot Chili Peppers - My Lovely Man - The surreal party continues, getting Percy drunk (always implicate your critics)
Placebo - My Sweet Prince - 'This is what your first time should have been like...'
The Dandy Warhols - Sleep - Ron surveys the wreckage and watches Draco sleep

Hey You
Soundgarden - Fell On Black Days - Every depressing morning in the Ministry prison
Soundgarden - Head Down - Ministry "employees" going to work
Pink Floyd - Hey You - Percy's posh rooms, in the shower, dreaming of half-blood girl
Soundgarden - Like Suicide - Percy foolishly entertains dangerous hopes
Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb - Percy refuses to help Ron
Soundgarden - Limo Wreck - Ron nearly loses his employees, Lucius threatens, and Percy loses a manager
Pink Floyd - Is There Anybody Out There? - Badly shaken, Percy works late for Lucius reading C.V.s to replace her
Soundgarden - The Day I Tried To Live - Percy's decision

Drabble: Music
Metallica - Fade To Black - Ron and Draco play

Drabble: Clutching At Rainbows
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking The Girl - Percy's guilt

SNAFU
Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls - Countdown…
Metallica - Fight Fire With Fire - The enemy never strikes when you're ready
Nina Simone - Sinnerman - Draco sneaks past the trolls
Rush - Stick It Out - Ron and an unlamented guard
The Ramones - Pet Sematary - Descending to the troll barracks
Helmet - Unsung - Ron's ballsy attack
Metallica - Enter Sandman - Draco climbs the chimney, wishing he was anywhere but here
Helmet - Turned Out - Ron's desperate escape--too many trolls!
Metallica - Trapped Under Ice - Draco runs like hell; skating wipe-out
The Ramones - Commando - Ron meets some friends
Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting - A wounded Draco descends to the top floor of the Ministry, the elevator scene
Soundgarden - Let Me Drown - Ron and the commandos witness Lucius' trap: truly nasty psychological warfare
Pink Floyd - In The Flesh - Percy fights the geas, crawling up the stairs
Metallica - Unforgiven - Draco braces to face his father
Metallica - Battery - Ron takes the full brunt of battle
Metallica - Master Of Puppets - Draco duels, outmatched
Metallica - Orion - Lucius' Miasma spell collapses

Stand In The Ruins
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun - Ron stands in the ruins of the Ministry
Soundgarden - 4th of July - Ron searches for Draco
The Dandy Warhols - Nietzsche - A strange kind of freedom

Celebrate Life
Cat Stevens - Ruins - The next morning in the tent. Seeing old friends.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - I Could Have Lied - Going back to their old lives; Draco's decision

Scarred
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Sir Psycho Sexy - Ron's decision
3 Doors Down - Let Me Go - 'What they don't understand is that I don't belong in that life any more.'

And the credits roll....

Song editing ... Dragon
Music software supplied by ... Dragon, Lizard
Executive music directors ... Lizard, Dragon, Adred, Thywillbedone, and the Livejournal community "teh_music"
Assistant song directors ... Sushi, Cedar, Orionoire, Dingdongdevious, Alafairnadia, Cyanei, Bethbethbeth, Jellynougat, Vulgarweed, Stinksap, Auxphono, Wolfgrin, Aquatryst, Clymer, Tigerlilly2063, Latrapdoorlover, Rikibeth, Kaci_2005_tide, Jeremiah, cv, Jennifer
Mac technical crew ... Jeremiah, Mad Maudlin, Idlerat, Halroprillalar, Quiteserious, Lucciolia
Art production … Lizardspots Boys Will Be Girls, Sex, Drugs & Drag, Beg Me For It, Bath Tub, and banner art.
Music critic and general whinging ... Wildernessguru

Note: I had problems with the Red Hot Chili Peppers uploads. Comment if you have trouble downloading. Also, some of these songs are m4a files instead of mp3s (frowns at iTunes). Let me know if you can't play those (because I certainly can't) and I'll find another version.