The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that played. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Backed Out On The... - Kevin Drew
  2. Do You Love Me - Kiss
  3. The Spirit of Radio - Rush
  4. Bitches & Sisters - Jay-Z
  5. Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits
  6. The Sorrowful Wife - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  7. My Hero - Foo Fighters
  8. Ain't My Bitch - Metallica
  9. Ain't Wasting Time No More - Allman Brothers Band
  10. Crossing A Canyon - 54-40

You know what I love about the Foo Fighters' The Colour and the Shape? It's a play-through from a time when such things actually mattered. You threw that disc on and let her go from track 1 through track 13. It was all good.

In 2008, the value of the play-through album has been totally lost. It's all MP3 playlists and singles and shuffling. I'm as guilty as anyone as I almost never play an album through anymore, but if I were going to play an album through, it might just be The Colour and the Shape.

My brother Ryan and I were talking about this disc on Saturday. "February Stars" is his favourite Foo Fighters song of all-time, and although I love that track, is it better than "Everlong"? I don't believe so, but you can discuss that amongst yourselves, I've got something to say about "My Hero".

I loved Wayne Gretzky. Most guys my age did. The man had eyes in the back of his head for goodness sake! When Gretzky was on his unofficial farewell tour in 1999 he played his last NHL game in Canada at the Corel Centre in Ottawa. After that game, which I watched, "My Hero" came on in the arena and Wayne skated a couple of laps around the ice as the game's first star.

Call me a suck, but it was an emotional moment for me, and I can't hear "My Hero" any more without thinking about Gretzky's last game on Canadian ice. There went my hero...

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Mississauga Mike

"February Stars" (Live, Skin and Bones DVD)

Unfortunately they didn't play much off of that album when I saw them back in March (just Everlong and My Hero), but I'd love to be able to see them play that whole album live.

June 9, 2008 @ 1:09 PM

Jason |

I keep on hearing this. Bob Lefsetz will back you up. Am I the only one who still plays a album from start to finish? Not any album mind you, but a good one.

Even when in transit, I can happily listen to certain NEW albums in FULL. Jamie T comes to mind. I can totally listen to the entire new Raconteurs offering, and the new Black Keys album. The Gutter Twins wuold be another candidate and heck, even the Ting Tings. Oh, and Lily Allen, but that goes without saying...

..even the new Futureheads I could deal with in full...

Once again, I find myself in the minority, I suppose.

June 9, 2008 @ 1:15 PM


I can listen to any Journey album from start to finish. They rock man!

June 9, 2008 @ 1:39 PM

Jason |

Fair enough, but I think Mike was saying the album is a lost art. That said, come on, name a few albums that came out since let's say... 2004... that you can (and do) listen to in full. Prove these people wrong! LOL

Older albums are much easier. Top of that list would be Automatic For the People and London Calling

June 9, 2008 @ 1:52 PM


Older albums: The Joshua Tree, The Lonesome Jubilee (Mellencamp), Nothing But the Sun (Sting) to name a few.

June 9, 2008 @ 2:05 PM

Jason |

I refuse to blame the artists of today. You're all A.D.D.!

j/k ;-)

June 9, 2008 @ 3:32 PM

Toronto Mike

Funeral is a recent play-through that I spun all the way through many, many times.

If I get a new album, I listen to it through - but I usually create themed playlists and shuffle.

Nevermind and Ten were a couple of great play throughs from back in the day. London Calling was one as well. Offspring's Smash and Green Day's Dookie were play throughs... I could go on, but few will be from this decade. ;-)

June 9, 2008 @ 3:38 PM


Full albums I could listen to.......
Jack Johnson-In between dreams
Velvet Relvover - Contraband
Norah Jones - Not too late
Diana Karall - The girl in the other room.
Brian Wilson-Smile
Neil Diamond-12 songs
Johnny Cash-American IV & V
Neil Young- Prarie Wind
Joss Stone- Mind, Body and Soul
Paul McCartney-Memory Almost Full.
Amy Winehouse-Back To Black
INXS- Switch
Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
David Gilmour - On An Island
Donald Fagen- Morph The Cat
I probably could go on and on.
These all need to be listened on Vinyl for the best sound possible.

June 9, 2008 @ 6:01 PM

Toronto Mike

It's funny you have INXS's Switch on there, because I've always thought INXS's Kick makes for a great play through.

Every track on Kick is a winner.

June 9, 2008 @ 6:23 PM

Jason |

INXS KICK is timeless and makes my cut as well.

Amy Winehouse is another current artist who has an album that I can listen to start to finish.

I think perhaps the more music you expose yourself to the more full-albums you might enjoy... regardless of time frame.

I'm amazed no one has brought up Pink Floyd, but I'm not going to either.

I'm going to add a few more though,

The Cure - Distinegration
Nirvana - In NY
The Stone Roses - Second Coming

and as far as recent goes, I have a few more

Lykke Li - Youth Novels
Editors - An End Has A Start
Elbow - Seldom Seen Kid
Hard-Fi - Once Upon A Time In The West
LCD Soundsystem - Sounds of Silver
Ian Brown - The World Is Yours
Hot Chip - Made In the Dark
James - Hey Ma
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Ashtray Rock
Justice - Cross
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
The National - Boxer
Peter, Bjorn and John - Writer's Block
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

etc. etc. etc. ;-)

June 9, 2008 @ 6:41 PM


I thought we were only focusing on the last 10 years otherwise my list of albums I could listen to start to finish would be endless :)
Kick is over 20 years.

June 9, 2008 @ 10:04 PM

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