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. Kalimba Story - Earth, Wind & Fire
  2. Truckin' Thru Traffic - Peetie Wheatstraw & Lonnie Johnson
  3. WCSR - Kid Rock featuring Snoop Dogg
  4. Row - Rheostatics
  5. Four Strong Winds - Ian & Sylvia
  6. Day By Day - Doug and the Slugs
  7. Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead
  8. Glory of Love - Otis Redding
  9. Funny How - Custom
  10. Vicious - Lou Reed

In the early to mid-80s, I was mainly listening to 680 CFTR.  They played top 40 pop music which meant a lot of Platinum Blonde, Corey Hart, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince and acts like that.  Hey, I was a kid!

I distinctly remember listening to the late Tom Rivers in the morning and hearing Doug and the Slugs on a fairly regular basis.  Doug and the Slugs had three hits: "Too Bad", "Making It Work" and "Day By Day".  I enjoyed all three.  "Day By Day" was a catchy sing-along song that used to bounce around in my head throughout the day when I caught it in the morning.  When lead singer Doug Bennett passed away in October 2004 I called them "the Canadian indie band of my youth".  That sounds about right.

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