Monday Shuffles

Monday Shuffle

iTunesSometimes, on a Monday, I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Around the Bend
  2. Sarah McLachlan - Do What You Have To Do
  3. The Tragically Hip - Are You Ready
  4. Nivana - Even In His Youth
  5. Saga - On The Loose
  6. Elvis Costello - Miss Macbeth
  7. Billy Paul - Me and Mrs. Jones
  8. Radiohead - In Limbo
  9. Ben Folds Five - Evaporated
  10. Dropkick Murphys - Keep the Faith

Few songs bring me back to the early 80s the way Saga's "On The Loose" does. Saga was from Oakville and "On The Loose" was their big hit. Trust me, this tune was huge... you couldn't avoid it back in the day.

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Monday Shuffle

iTunesSometimes, on a Monday, I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
  2. Jay's Rap - Jay and Silent Bob
  3. What If I Do - Foo Fighters
  4. Save Me - Aimee Mann
  5. Lemon - U2
  6. Deadbeat Holiday - Green Day
  7. Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen
  8. Groupie - Snoop Doggy Dogg
  9. Lord Only Knows - Beck
  10. El Manana - Gorillaz

Aimee Mann's "Save Me" plays at the end of Magnolia, an exceptional film from Paul Thomas Anderson. "Save Me" is good, but Aimee Mann's "Wise Up" drives a great sequence in which the characters sing the song in unison. It's chilling.

People love to hate on Tom Cruise, but I've always liked the guy as an actor and I think his performance in Magnolia was most definitely Oscar-worthy. If you haven't seen it, it's not too late.

And I see Bruce Springsteen's "Merry Christmas Baby" showed up... I have an iTunes question for you smart people. Can I shuffle my entire collection while excluding a playlist? I want to make a playlist of all my holiday music and suppress those songs from playing when I shuffle the entire library. How do I do that?

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The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Backed Out On The... - Kevin Drew
  2. Do You Love Me - Kiss
  3. The Spirit of Radio - Rush
  4. Bitches & Sisters - Jay-Z
  5. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
  6. The Sorrowful Wife - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  7. My Hero - Foo Fighters
  8. Ain't My Bitch - Metallica
  9. Ain't Wasting Time No More - Allman Brothers Band
  10. Crossing A Canyon - 54-40

You know what I love about the Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape? It's a play-through from a time when such things actually mattered. You threw that disc on and let her go from track 1 through track 13. It was all good.

In 2008, the value of the play-through album has been totally lost. It's all MP3 playlists and singles and shuffling. I'm as guilty as anyone as I almost never play an album through anymore, but if I were going to play an album through, it might just be The Colour and the Shape.

My brother Ryan and I were talking about this disc on Saturday. "February Stars" is his favourite Foo Fighters song of all-time, and although I love that track, is it better than "Everlong"? I don't believe so, but you can discuss that amongst yourselves, I've got something to say about "My Hero".

I loved Wayne Gretzky. Most guys my age did. The man had eyes in the back of his head for goodness sake! When Gretzky was on his unofficial farewell tour in 1999 he played his last NHL game in Canada at the Corel Centre in Ottawa. After that game, which I watched, "My Hero" came on in the arena and Wayne skated a couple of laps around the ice as the game's first star.

Call me a suck, but it was an emotional moment for me, and I can't hear "My Hero" any more without thinking about Gretzky's last game on Canadian ice. There went my hero...

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The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Captain's Log / Space Madness - Ren & Stimpy
  2. What'd I Say? - Ray Charles
  3. Manhattan Project - Rush
  4. You've Got Her In Your Pocket - The White Stripes
  5. C'mon Girl - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  6. Baby Please Don't Go - Big Bill Broonzy
  7. Between Us To Hold - Hayden
  8. What Have I Done To Deserve This? - Pet Shop Boys
  9. Be My Baby - The Ronettes
  10. The Living Dead - Phantom Planet

Let's talk about "Baby Please Don't Go". If you're like me, the version you first think of belongs to Van Morrison. Actually, it was a hit for the band Them, fronted by Van Morrison, but you're forgiven if you think of it as a Van Morrison solo.

That's one of three versions I have of this tune. In addition to the Big Bill Broonzy version I heard today, I have the original by Big Joe Williams. He recorded it way back in 1935.

Since then, acts from The Nuge to Aerosmith, AC~DC, John Lee Hooker and The Doors have taken a swing at this wicked Blues standard. When Morrison recorded the song with Them back in 1964, session guitar work was played by a then little-known Jimmy Page.

Now you know the rest of the story.

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The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
  2. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
  3. In My Secret Life - Leonard Cohen
  4. Lithium - Evanescence
  5. G.O.D. We Tru$t - Maestro
  6. The Way - Fastball
  7. About Me - They Might Be Giants
  8. Free To Decide - The Cranberries
  9. I Predict A Riot - Kaiser Chiefs
  10. Into Temptation - Crowded House

I'm not a big Evanescence fan, but I've given their first two albums a spin or two, so I'm familiar with the content. I always thought it was rather ballsy of Amy Lee to name one of their tunes "Lithium". There's another "Lithium" in the rock world that you might be more familiar with and it sorta means a mega crapload to dudes my age.

Evanescence's "Lithium" is rather forgettable, but it's an awesome segue into one of my favourite songs of all-time.

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The Monday Shuffle

iTunesI used to have this feature where every Monday I'd shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played. I'm not sure why I stopped. I think I'll start it up again.

Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. 120 - Custom
  2. What A Difference A Day Mad - Sarah Vaghan
  3. The Sorrowful Wife - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  4. 16 Horses - Soul Coughing
  5. Natural Beauty - Neil Young
  6. Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson
  7. 1989 - Mindless Self Indulgence
  8. New Year's Day - U2
  9. World Container - The Tragically Hip
  10. Church For Thugs - The Game

I haven't written about Custom in a while because I'm baffled. Custom is a multi-talented Canadian musician and director living in Manhattan I befriended a few years ago. He released a very cool album in 2002 called Fast which includes the wicked "120" that just played during my shuffle.

Custom contacted me in early 2005 after he stumbled upon something I wrote about "Hey Mister". We hit it off instantly, and I ended up helping him rescue his domain name from his old label that went under. He also let me build him a site and start up the official Custom forum. He also sent me his new material which sounds fantastic. Over the past few years, I'd hear that he was "this close" to signing a new deal and getting his tunes back in the airwaves. Now, I'm just baffled. This stuff is awesome but the only place you'll hear it is on my iPod.

Custom, you multi-talented freak. Screw the record companies. Let's get the music out there and let it spread organically. Enough of this "hurry up and wait" bullshit. We can do this ourselves.

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The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. The Great Satan - Ministry
  2. One Mint Julep - Ray Charles
  3. 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins
  4. Bombtrack - Rage Against The Machine
  5. Five To One - The Doors
  6. Sweet Sunshine - Beck
  7. Rusty Cage - Soundgarden
  8. Cause I Can Do It Right - Big Daddy Kane
  9. Freak Magnet - L7
  10. Win the West - Emm Gryner

I always thought "1979" was the perfect second single from Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. They led with the infectious rocker "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" and followed that up with what would become their biggest hit.

It also had one of the cooler videos of 1996 when I was still young enough to relate.

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The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Marcy Playground - The Vampires of New York
  2. Billy Idol - Love Calling
  3. Kool & the Gang - Jungle Boogie
  4. Regina Spektor - Bonne Idee
  5. The Clovers - Love Potion No. 9
  6. Pearl Jam - Wash
  7. Goo Goo Dolls - Slide
  8. Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
  9. Ram Jam - Black Betty
  10. 2Pac - This Life I Lead

I was going to write about how awesome Ram Jam's Black Betty is, but instead I'll go way back and write about The Clovers' Love Potion No. 9.

As a very young man, I loved 50s music. My favourite cassette tapes were collections of pop hits from the late 50s and early 60s. In the early 80s, a chain of gas stations sold a series of such tapes in a promotion and I loved them all. One song that appeared on this compilation was Love Potion No. 9.

This love of 50s and 60s rock n' roll led to an admiration for The Stray Cats, and Built For Speed quickly became a personal favourite. This was soon replaced by Duran Duran's Rio and the rest is history.

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The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Pay to Play - Nirvana
  2. Evacuation - Pearl Jam
  3. Soldier In A Box - Hot Hot Heat
  4. Ruby Soho - Rancid
  5. Come On Home - Franz Ferdinand
  6. Release - Pearl Jam
  7. Highway to Heck - Bran Van 3000
  8. Fear of a Black Planet - Public Enemy
  9. St. Andrew's Fall - Blind Melon
  10. 5 Days in May - Blue Rodeo

I know I'm supposed to write about Fear of a Black Planet the song, but I'm going to write about Fear of a Black Planet the album instead. Fear of a Black Planet was a very important release in my personal music loving history. The grunge explosion was still a year away and I needed something meaty to bridge me from Appetite for Destruction to Nevermind, Ten and Dirt.

TGFPE. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back came out in '88 and Fear of a Black Planet came out in '90 giving me a few years of Public Enemy gold in my teenage years before Seattle took over my Walkman. If you haven't heard Fear of a Black Planet, you should. They don't make music like that anymore and that's a damn shame.

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The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. blink-182 - Dammit
  2. Soundgarden - Nothing To Say
  3. Gowan - Out of a Deeper Hunger
  4. Radiohead - True Love Waits
  5. Smashing Pumpkins - Sweet Sweet
  6. Van Halen - Ice Cream Man
  7. Von Bondies - Crawl Through the Darkness
  8. The Band - Stage Fright
  9. Metallica - The Prince
  10. Radiohead - Dollars and Cents

"True Love Waits" is one of my favourite Radiohead songs, but it never appeared on a studio album. The version I have is from I Might Be Wrong, an official collection of live songs from back in 2001.

I liked "True Love Waits" so much I threw it on my 100 wedding song playlist for my brothers wedding. Last I checked, they were still together, which means this song works.

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