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. Marcy Playground - The Vampires of New York
  2. Billy Idol - Love Calling
  3. Kool & the Gang - Jungle Boogie
  4. Regina Spektor - Bonne Idee
  5. The Clovers - Love Potion No. 9
  6. Pearl Jam - Wash
  7. Goo Goo Dolls - Slide
  8. Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
  9. Ram Jam - Black Betty
  10. 2Pac - This Life I Lead

I was going to write about how awesome Ram Jam's Black Betty is, but instead I'll go way back and write about The Clovers' Love Potion No. 9.

As a very young man, I loved 50s music.  My favourite cassette tapes were collections of pop hits from the late 50s and early 60s.  In the early 80s, a chain of gas stations sold a series of such tapes in a promotion and I loved them all.  One song that appeared on this compilation was Love Potion No. 9.

This love of 50s and 60s rock n' roll led to an admiration for The Stray Cats, and Built For Speed quickly became a personal favourite.  This was soon replaced by Duran Duran's Rio and the rest is history.

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