Toronto Mike

The Monday Shuffle


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.

  1. My Life - Billy Joel
  2. Green Onions - Booker T. & the M.G.'s
  3. Down Another Day - Limp Bizkit
  4. Young Offender - New Order
  5. Antiquity - Spot
  6. Slaves & Bulldozers - Soundgarden
  7. Future - Leonard Cohen
  8. It Takes Time To Build - Beastie Boys
  9. Really Rappin' Something - The Kleptones
  10. 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.

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