Every 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.
- My Life - Billy Joel
- Green Onions - Booker T. & the M.G.'s
- Down Another Day - Limp Bizkit
- Young Offender - New Order
- Antiquity - Spot
- Slaves & Bulldozers - Soundgarden
- Future - Leonard Cohen
- It Takes Time To Build - Beastie Boys
- Really Rappin' Something - The Kleptones
- Silver Jet - The Tragically Hip
In 2004 I downloaded a collection of MP3s from The Kleptones entitled A Night at the Hip-Hopera. It's a mash-up of Queen songs with a number of rap songs and movie sound bites. They call it bastard pop, but when it's done right, I call it sweetness.
For over a year I've been returning to A Night at the Hip-Hopera just as I return to other favourites in my collection. The fact it's essentially an internet-only bootleg matters not, it's tremendous art and a brilliant blend of a good rock band with just the right amount of flavouring. All 23 tracks have found a permanent home on my iRiver. The track I heard today, "Really Rappin' Something", actually appears on their follow-up collection, From Detroit to J.A., also really good.