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. For No One - The Beatles
  2. Chinese Rock - The Ramones
  3. Hobo Blues - John Lee Hooker
  4. Be My Head - The Flaming Lips
  5. Ten Percenter - Frank Black
  6. Dammit, I Changed Again - The Offspring
  7. Got The Time - Anthrax
  8. Lucky Man - The Verve
  9. Sunshine - Keane
  10. Dear God - XTC

When you mention The Verve, everyone thinks of "Bittersweet Symphony".  "Bittersweet Symphony" famously borrowed a loop from the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time" and blew up into a monster hit.  I love the tune too, but if I can only spin one song from Urban Hymns, I don't go for that one.  I prefer "Lucky Man".

For one thing, it takes me back to lazy summers of part-time employment.  More importantly, it's a very pretty ditty that soothes everything.  "Bittersweet Sympohony" is good, but "Lucky Man" is even better.  A gem from the hey days of Britpop.

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