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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. Go West - The Cult
  2. The Dark End Of The Street - The Commitments
  3. Looking For A Place To Happen - The Tragically Hip
  4. If I Had $1000000 - Barenaked Ladies
  5. Alien - Bush
  6. Layla - Eric Clapton
  7. Straight Up Nigga - Ice-T
  8. Prayer - Disturbed
  9. Lowrider - Korn
  10. Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys

Torontonians will remember "the yellow tape".  This cassette tape was a five song independent release from the Barenaked Ladies back in 1991.  I remember it topping the charts at both HMV and Sam's at Yonge and Dundas.  Although I only remember buying it once, I distinctly remember at least two copies made their way into my collection.  This yellow tape was a very big deal and just about every cut on that cassette found its way onto heavy rotation at CFNY.

In addition to "Be My Yoko Ono", the yellow tape featured "Brian Wilson", "Blame It On Me", "If I Had $1000000" an a fun cover of Public Enemy's "Fight The Power".  It was the first indie tape to achieve platinum status in Canada and it marked the beginning of the Barnaked Ladies rise to power in Toronto, then Canada and then, the world.  Next up for the Ladies?  Intergalactic dominance.

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