Wonderful Walking Weather

musicI hope you got out today because I doubt we'll see a weekend as nice for quite a while. The weather was just perfect, warm enough for the kids and I to go on a great walk through Etienne Brule Park. Here's a photoset of pics taken on a journey. There was an eerie fog permeating the unseasonably warm air for extra effect.

There's something about a good walk that soothes the soul. Musicians have known the power of the walk for some time now. Just check out the "walk" songs in my collection.

  • Walk On Water - Aerosmith
  • Walk On Down - Aerosmith
  • Walk This Way - Aerosmith
  • Remember (Walking In The Sand) - Aerosmith
  • When You Walk Out The Door - Albert King
  • If I Was Your Woman / Walk On By - Alicia Keys
  • Walk Like An Egyptian - Bangles
  • Walk - Blind Melon
  • Walk the Proud Land - Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • Dad Man Walkin' - Bruce Springsteen
  • Walk On By - Cake
  • Keep On Walkin' - Ce Ce Peniston
  • Walking In Memphis - Cher
  • Walkaways - Counting Crows
  • Spiritwalker - The Cult
  • Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk - Cypress Hill
  • Walk This Way - Daniel Ash
  • Walking In My Shoes - Depeche Mode
  • Walk Of Life - Dire Straits
  • Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
  • Walk On Water - Eddie Money
  • Easier To Walk Around - Elton John
  • Snitches And Talkers Get Stitches And Walkers - Fall Out Boy
  • Walk A Thin Line - Fleetwood Mac
  • Walking After You - Foo Fighters
  • Walk Away - Franz Ferdinand
  • Walking Contradiction - Green Day
  • Walking Alone - Green Day
  • Walk Idiot Walk - The Hives
  • She Walks On Me - Hole
  • A Walk In The Irish Rain - The Irish Descendants
  • Walking Man - James Taylor
  • I Walk The Line - Joaquin Phoenix
  • I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
  • One Day I Walk - K.D. Lang
  • Jesus Walks - Kanye West
  • Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves
  • Walking The Backstreets And Crying - Little Milton
  • I Walk The Line - Live
  • Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
  • Walkin' After Midnight - Madeleine Peyroux
  • Dead Man Walking (A Dream Like This) - Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Walking In The Park - Muddy Waters
  • Walking Blues - Muddy Waters
  • The Boots Were Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
  • Thanx For Sleepwalking - Naughty By Nature
  • Walk On - Neil Young
  • Long Walk Home - Neil Young
  • Walking In Circles - Our Lady Peace
  • Walking Thru Barbed Wire - Papa Roach
  • Walkin' Blind - Patti Smith
  • Walking The Cow - Pearl Jam
  • Walking On The Moon - The Police
  • Walkin' On Down The Road - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Walkin' Blues - Robert Johnson
  • Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers
  • Walk This Way - Run DMC
  • Walk You Home - Rusty
  • Don't Walk Away Eileen - Sam Roberts
  • Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) - The Shangri-Las
  • Walk Away - The Sisters Of Mercy
  • Walkin' On The Sun - Smashmouth
  • Bone Walker - T
  • Celebrated Walkin' Blues - Taj Mahal
  • Walking Wounded - The Tea Party
  • Walk Away - Tom Waits
  • Walking Down The Hill - Travis
  • Walk On - U2
  • Walk To The Water - U2
  • Take A Walk - Urge Overkill
  • Love Walks In - Van Halen
  • Jesus Walking On The Water - Violent Femmes

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Chill Songs

thermometerMy mom called me tonight to tell me it's going to be chilly on Sunday. That's the day of the Santa Claus Parade and I'm taking the kids. I'm hoping Mother Nature has a change of heart and it's balmy on Sunday because a long wait with a four year old and a two year old in the cold can be rather challenging.

Speaking of chill, I see seven "chill" songs in my MP3 collection. They are:

  • Boogie Chillin' - John Lee Hooker
  • We Like To Chill - The 2 Live Crew
  • How To Kill A Radio Consultant (The DJ Chuck Chillout Mega Murder Boom)
  • Eat 'Em Up L Chill - L.L Cool J.
  • You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart - The Eurythmics
  • Chill - EPMD
  • Gula Gula (Chilluminati Mix) - Mari Boine

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20 Songs For My Funeral

bereavementA couple of weeks ago I wrote about a survey conducted in Britain to learn what the most requested funeral songs are. Naturally, this got me wondering what songs I'd choose for my funeral.

I'm really hoping my funeral is so far in the distance that I'll have plenty of time to revise this list over the years, but after a couple of weeks of thought, here are twenty songs for my funeral.

I Am Mine - Pearl Jam
"I know I was born
And I know that I'll die
The in between is mine
I am mine."

Fiddler's Green - The Tragically Hip
"He doesn't know a soul
And there's nowhere that he's really been
But he won't travel long alone
No, not in Fiddler's Green."

So Gently We Go - I Mother Earth
"I've heard the sound
That silence makes
And I realize the world
Can break
From the inside out
Or outside in
On a breath of wind."

Danny Boy - Johnny Cash
"Oh Danny boy
the pipes the pipes are calling
from glen to glen and down the mountain side
the summer's gone and all the roses falling
it's you it's you must go and I must bide."

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
"I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah."

O Death - Ralph Stanley
"O, Death
Won't you spare me over til another year
Well what is this that I can't see
With ice cold hands takin' hold of me
Well I am death, none can excel
I'll open the door to heaven or hell."

In My Life - The Beatles
"Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more."

The Circle Game - Joni Mitchell
"And the seasons, they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down.
We're captive on a carousel of time.
We can't return, we can only look behind from where we came
And go round and round and round in the circle game."

Fire and Rain - James Taylor
"Thought I'd see you one more time again
There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you fire and rain, now."

Mad Word - Michael Andrews f/ Gary Jules
"And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow."

All Apologies - Nirvana
"All in all is all we all are
All in all is all we all are
All in all is all we all are
All in all is all we all are."

Angel - Jimi Hendrix
"And I said "fly on my sweet angel,
fly on through the sky,
fly on my sweet angel,
forever I will be by your side"."

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
"So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail? A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?"

Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Guns N' Roses
"Momma take this badge off of me
I can't use it anymore
It's getting dark, too dark to see
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door."

Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
"Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind."

Everything In Its Right Place - Radiohead
"Everything, everything, everything, everything...
In its right place
In its right place
In its right place
Right place."

The End - The Doors
"This is the end, Beautiful friend
This is the end, My only friend, the end
It hurts to set you free
But you'll never follow me."

Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips
"And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round."

The Long Road - Eddie Vedder with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
"Will I walk the long road?
I cannot stay
There's no need to say goodbye
Oh, the friends and family...
All the memories going round
Round, round round..."

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
"If I leave here tomorrow,
would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now.
'Cause there's too many places I've gotta see."

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Gordon Lightfoot Cover Songs

musicI stumbled upon this list of the top ten Gordon Lightfoot cover songs by David Schmeichel of the Winnipeg Sun.

  1. For Lovin' Me - Peter, Paul & Mary
  2. Ribbon of Darkness - Marty Robbins
  3. Early Morning Rain - Bob Dylan
  4. Cotton Jenny - Anne Murray
  5. Early Morning Rain - Elvis Presley
  6. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Rheostatics
  7. Song For a Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
  8. Black Day In July - Tragically Hip
  9. Sundown - Ron Sexsmith
  10. If You Could Read My Mind - Johnny Cash

By the way, "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot was the number one song in the U.S.A. on the day I was born. It's a fact.

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Songs For A Funeral

musicThey did a survey in Britain to learn what the most requested funeral songs are these days. 51 percent of people ask for a specific song be played at their funeral and 79 percent have talked with family and friends about possible song choices. Here are the top choices in jolly ol' England.

  1. "Goodbye My Lover" - James Blunt
  2. "Angels" - Robbie Williams
  3. "I've Had The Time Of My Life" - Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley
  4. "Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler
  5. "Pie Jesu" - Requiem
  6. "Candle In The Wind" - Elton John
  7. "With Or Without You" - U2
  8. "Tears In Heaven" - Eric Clapton
  9. "Every Breath You Take - The Police
  10. "Unchained Melody" - Righteous Brothers

This, of course, has me wondering what song(s) I want played at my funeral. I recently came up with a great playlist for a wedding. It's time for my funeral playlist, which I promise will be much, much shorter.

Here's hoping my choices aren't contemporary when I bite the dust.

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Twelve Hours of Edge Analysis

radioI mentioned that I've been enjoying the last twelve hours of Edge music, the best thing to happen to the official Edge site in forever. Shortly after noon today, I copied the list of songs played on 102.1 in the previous twelve hours and I've been adding little notes to each one througout the day. Here's what I've got.

12:11PM Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight My kids love this song! When you and your kids share an interest in a tune, it's solid gold.
12:03PM U2 - Bad I haven't heard this one in a while. Remember when U2 was good? Bad was good.
11:59AM Beastie Boys - So What'cha Want Years after its release, I still listen to this song on a regular basis. It's a classic.
11:53AM Pilot Speed - Barely Listening For those of you just tuning in, Pilot Speed are the guys formerly known as Pilate. It's not my cup of tea.
11:52AM Beck - E-Pro This is more my cup of tea. E-Pro was fun.
11:51AM Beck - Nausea I'm a little confused. How did they play the new Beck single "Nausea" at 11:51 and one minute later play E-Pro? I don't think that's possible. "Nausea", by the way, sounds great... like it's from Mellow Gold.
11:47AM Mobile - Out Of My Head I am so sick of this song. I wish they'd stop playing it.
11:43AM Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings This song is still great. Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage. Great lyrics too.
11:34AM 30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (Bury Me) I'm not yet feeling this tune. It's got the required yelling, but it sounds a little too Evanescencey.
11:31AM K-OS - Crabbuckit Ya gotta like K-OS. This is a fun tune. No harm, no foul.
11:25AM Sublime - What I Got Yes! My summer album and my summer single. I love it.
11:22AM Papa Roach - ...To Be Loved I've heard better Papa Roach. I'll pass, thanks.
11:20AM Sloan - Who Taught You How To Live Like That This long time fan always welcomes new Sloan in the fold. Bring it on, boys.
11:13AM The Tragically Hip - Three Pistols A great choice from the massive Hip catalogue. Disclosure: this is my favourite band.
11:09AM Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds Yawn. Is this still on the playlist?
11:03AM Killers - When You Were Young You just know they're going to play this single to death. It's not bad though.
10:58AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside Songs from Californication continue to get plenty of airplay. I still prefer Mother's Milk, but history may deem Californication to be their definitive album.
10:53AM Hostage Life - This Song Was Written By Committee I really wanted to love this song because they're local and all, but when I hear it I just hear "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" from The Darkness. That ain't good.
10:46AM Billy Talent - Devil In A Midnight Mass This song made SLS15 because it's good. Enough said.
10:41AM Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger This is one of my favourite Oasis songs. It's exceptional. They should play it daily.
10:35AM Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out It's the song of the summer of 2004! It's really two fine songs in one. Bonus!
10:31AM Sam Roberts - Bridge To Nowhere This song has grown on me lately. I think I might try and sneak it on SLS16 when nobody is paying attention.
10:24AM Bob Marley & The Wailers - Buffalo Soldier Interesting choice. I sometimes feel the frequency of Bob Marley songs seems a little forced.
10:21AM Jet - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is I'm not certain if I like this song or not. It sounds like Jet, and that's not a bad thing... but is it a good thing? The jury is still out.
10:14AM Nickelback - Figured You Out In a shocking maneuver, 102 played Nickelback today. Stop the press!
10:01AM DJ Champion - No Heaven I've been seriously digging this tune lately. I introduced it to Taryn on the weekend and she's digging it to. I must remember to submit this for SLS16 consideration.
9:58AM Three Days Grace - Pain I actually prefer this cut to the first release off their new album. When it hits the radio I'm not flipping the station.
9:55AM Sloan - Who Taught You How To Live Like That See 11:20AM.
9:49AM City And Colour - Save Your Scissors Dallas is a city and Green is a colour, get it? Sweet ditty...
9:45AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby New RHCP is bound to get plenty of airplay. You can't fight City Hall.
9:35AM U2 - With Or Without You Another U2 song from back when they were decent. This song takes me back to grade school dances.
9:32AM Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco I dig this tune. Listen for it on SLS16.
9:20AM The Tragically Hip - Blow At High Dough This is the first Tragically Hip song I ever heard. I heard it on Q107 when it was first released and I fell in love. I've probably written about this a hundred times but you never forget your first.
9:16AM Wolfmother - Woman I liked this tune enough to throw it on SLS15. Good stuff.
9:06AM Billy Talent - Red Flag This song took a while to grow on me, but it eventually happened.
8:51AM Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober Call me when it's over.
8:37AM Finger Eleven - One Thing Well, well. Who will ever forget the time Scott Anderson chimed in on the One Thing discussion over at SLS. It was a smash that eventually found its way to Chum FM heaven.
8:30AM Smashing Pumpkins - Today This song takes me back to my first year of University. Amazing track from an amazing album.
8:12AM 30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (Bury Me) See 11:34AM.
7:52AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop Another Red Hot Chili Peppers song, and they're not even CanCon. Impressive volume.
7:47AM Killers - When You Were Young See 11:03AM
7:35AM The Tragically Hip - Fifty Mission Cap It must be Leafs season. #5 forever.
7:22AM Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over 'til It's Over Admittedly, I'm not the biggest Kravitz fan, but there are worse songs on the radio.
7:07AM Sam Roberts - Bridge To Nowhere See 10:31AM.
7:01AM Sloan - Who Taught You How To Live Like That See 11:20AM and 9:55AM.
6:51AM Nirvana - Heart-Shaped Box Here's our Nirvana song. You can't go a 12 hour period without it, and rightfuly so.
6:47AM DJ Champion - No Heaven See 10:01AM.
6:34AM Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead Is this the best OLP song? It's definitely top four...
6:24AM Foo Fighters - Best Of You I'm a fan of this Foo track. I put it on SLS13.
6:20AM U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love) Yet another U2 song from their glory days.
6:07AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby See 9:45AM.
6:03AM Staind - It's Been Awhile It's been awhile since I heard this song and it's still holding up.
5:58AM Angels And Airwaves - The Adventure Whether with Blink or A&A, this sound has a definite Beach Boys catchiness to it.
5:44AM Blind Melon - No Rain From the classic alternative bin, it's the song that brought us Bee Girl! I prefer Galaxy.
5:40AM Billy Talent - Red Flag See 9:06AM.
5:27AM Gob - I Hear You Calling Taryn once got sick at a Gob concert. True story, I was there!
5:24AM Green Day - Brain Stew Great Green Day track and I haven't heard it in forever.
5:19AM Stone Sour - Through Glass I put Bother on SLS8 and I'm digging this track too. I think I prefer Stone Sour to Slipknot.
5:17AM Beck - E-Pro See 11:52AM
5:16AM Beck - Nausea See 11:51AM
5:12AM Sum 41 - Hell Song Ajax, Schmajax.
5:09AM Raconteurs - Steady, As She Goes Jack White is god.
5:03AM Blur - Song 2 Whoo, hoo! They must have required a two minute tune heading into the break.
4:59AM Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober See 8:51AM.
4:57AM Hot Hot Heat - Goodnight Goodnight See 12:11PM.
4:54AM Nirvana - Rape Me CFNY is wise enough to realize they can't go wrong with tunes like this.
4:50AM The Tragically Hip - In View It's new Hip. 'Nuff said.
4:43AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dani California Have you noticed the abundance of RHCP?
4:39AM U2 - New Year's Day Yet another old U2 gem from their glory days.
4:32AM Evans Blue - Over Zzzzzzzz.
4:29AM 30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (Bury Me) See 11:34AM and 8:12AM.
4:24AM Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away Next, please.
4:19AM Rise Against - Ready To Fall I'm not sure I know this song.
4:12AM Econoline Crush - All That You Are It's nice to hear the Crush still getting some airplay. Named after a Neil Young lyric, dontchaknow?
4:08AM AFI - Miss Murder Not a bad tune... it's not SLS-worthy, but not bad at all.
4:03AM Killers - When You Were Young See 11:03AM and 7:47AM
4:00AM Green Day - Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance) The defacto farewell song of our generation.
3:57AM Death Cab For Cutie - Soul Meets Body I still dig this one. Good stuff.
3:52AM Eminem - My Name Is They shouldn't be playing this, plain and simple.
3:48AM AlexisOnFire - This Could Be Anywhere In The World DG is at it again and it's good.
3:43AM Nickelback - Animals 2 much Nickelback.
3:38AM Pearl Jam - Jeremy Hey, they're playing Pearl Jam! About time...
3:31AM Theory Of A Deadman - Make Up Your Mind Hey, it's Nickelback Jr.!
3:28AM Sam Roberts - Bridge To Nowhere See 10:31AM and 7:07AM.
3:24AM U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For It's our fifth U2 song and it's another golden oldie. Interesting...
3:17AM Tool - The Pot At 6:26, this is one of the shorter cuts on the album. It's too short!
3:10AM Treble Charger - Brand New Low It's not Red, is it?
3:06AM Foo Fighters - No Way Back This band is a hit machine. Seriously, I like every single. This is no exception.
3:02AM DJ Champion - No Heaven See 10:01AM and 6:47AM.
2:56AM Stone Temple Pilots - Plush Memories... I loved this song when it was first released. I still can't hear it without singing along. Luckily, I was sound asleep at 2:56 am.
2:53AM Evans Blue - Cold (But I'm Still Here) A little better Evans Blue...
2:49AM Limp Bizkit - Rollin' Remember when Limp Bizkit was sorta cool? Now they're closer to Vanilla Ice than Korn.
2:46AM Keane - Is It Any Wonder? Niceness. Who would complain about niceness?
2:40AM Mobile - Out Of My Head See 11:47AM.
2:36AM Weezer - Say It Ain't So Classic Weezer. Like a fine wine, it only gets better with age.
2:31AM Rinocerose - Cubicle This is too good to come from France. Encore!
2:27AM Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby See 9:45AM and 6:07AM.
2:26AM Beck - E-Pro See 11:52 and 2:26AM.
2:21AM Nirvana - All Apologies Another Nirvana song which means another great choice.
2:16AM Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars Snow Patrol gets points for being Irish, but this tune is a little soft for my liking.
2:10AM Sum 41 - Motivation I never liked this song. This band is overrated.
2:06AM Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds See 11:09AM.
2:01AM Billy Talent - Red Flag See 9:06AM and 5:40AM.
1:59AM Subways - Rock & Roll Queen It made SLS15 because it's good stuff.
1:54AM Offspring - Self Esteem Dammit, I played this album a billion times in university. It's Monday night, I'm at the Phoenix and this song is starting...
1:51AM Fall Out Boy - Sugar, We're Goin' Down Fall Out Boy was named after a Simpsons character, but that's not reason enough to sing their praises.
1:47AM City And Colour - Comin Home From the hardest working man in Canadian music it's another sweet ditty.
1:44AM Beastie Boys - Body Movin' The Boys have better songs in their catalogue.
1:39AM Ill Scarlett - Heaters I've already confessed to liking this song. I'm going to
1:35AM Foo Fighters - Everlong This is probably my favourite Foo Fighters song.
1:29AM Kasabian - Empire This one is growing on me. Give it another week.
1:26AM Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober See 8:51AM and 4:59AM.
1:22AM Eminem - Lose Yourself This is the song that made it okay for alternative rock stations to play Eminem.
1:19AM Papa Roach - ...To Be Loved See 11:22AM.
1:12AM The Tragically Hip - Courage It couldn't come at a worse time, I was asleep!
1:07AM Audioslave - Original Fire Speaking of hit machines, this band pumps em out like pez.
1:01AM 30 Seconds To Mars - The Kill (Bury Me) See 11:34AM and 8:12AM and 4:29AM.
12:55AM Metallica - The Unforgiven Remember when CFNY wouldn't play this band. Times have changed.
12:51AM Mobile - See Right Through Me Ok, they get points for being Canadian.
12:44AM Three Days Grace - Animal I Have Become I prefer the new single.
12:40AM Radiohead - Karma Police 90s gold!
12:33AM Sloan - Who Taught You How To Live Like That See 11:20AM, 9:55AM and 7:01AM.
12:30AM Killers - When You Were Young See 11:03AM, 7:47AM and 4:03AM
12:24AM U2 - One This is the newest U2 song of the twelve hours.
12:20AM Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales Of San Francisco See 9:32AM.

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My Favourite Hip-Hop Traxx

musicHustle & Flow has me thinking of rap and hip-hop. I got into the genre in a big way during Public Enemy's hey days of the late 80s, early 90s. When grunge hit I found myself listening to a lot less hip-hop, but I've kept my ear to the ground listening for a good rhyme and beat ever since.

These aren't necessarily the best hip-hop songs of all time, it's just a quick list of tunes I'd burn onto a hip-hop mix if I was going to be deserted on an island or whatever. To make things interesting, I'm limited myself to one song per artists. And heeeeeere we go...

  • Public Enemy - Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
  • 2Pac - Dear Mama
  • A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario
  • Beastie Boys - Pass The Mic
  • Big Daddy Kane - Down The Line
  • Digital Underground - Doowatchulike
  • Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg - Still D.R.E.
  • Dream Warriors - Wash Your Face In My Sink
  • Eminem - Lose Yourself
  • Eric B. & Rakim - Microphone Fiend
  • The Fugees - Fu-Gee-La
  • Geto Boys - Damn It Feels Good 2 Be A Gangster
  • Cypress Hill - Insane In The Brain
  • House of Pain - Jump Around
  • Ice-T - O.G. Original Gangster
  • Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day
  • K-OS - Heaven Only Knows
  • Kanye West - Jesus Walks
  • Maestro Fresh-Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide
  • N.W.A. - Alwayz Into Something
  • Naughty By Nature - Ghetto Bastard
  • Nice and Smooth - Sometimes I Rhyme Slow
  • Outkast - B.O.B.
  • Paris - The Devil Made Me Do It

No, LL Cool J and Run D.M.C. didn't make the cut, but it was close.

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Sex Songs

XXXIf it's from Associated Press, it has to be true, right? A study has found teens whose iPods are full of music with raunchy, sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer other songs.

If your teen's playlist looks like this, lock him or her up pronto! Here are songs in my collection with sex right in the title.

  • Sex Or Weight Lifting - Adam Sandler
  • Sexx Laws - Beck
  • I Wanna Sex You Up - Color Me Badd
  • Death Sex - The Distillers
  • Sex & Violence - Endorphin
  • Sex Crime - Eurythmics
  • Sex With A Movie Star - Everclear
  • I Want Your Sex - George Michael
  • Blood, Sex and Booze - Green Day
  • Evil E - What About Sex? - Ice-T
  • Sex Machine - James Brown
  • No Sex - Limp Bizkit
  • Sex-o-matic Venus Freak - Macy Gray
  • Sex And Candy - Marcy Playground
  • Sex, Sex, Sex - Nice and Smooth
  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots
  • Sex & Violence - Stone Temple Pilots
  • Prison Sex - Tool
  • Tired of Sex - Weezer

Is it hot in here, or is it just this list?

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It's Dark And Hell Is Hot

devilThere are thunderstorm warnings for Southern Ontario, and that means a little relief from this heat. Yesterday, I wrote about what felt like 47° and complained that I had already listed songs with "hot" and "heat" in the title. By request, here are songs in my collection with the word "hell" in the title.

  • (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go - Curtis Mayfield
  • Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf
  • Back Into Hell - Meatloaf
  • Boys From The County Hell - The Pogues
  • Brighter Hell - The Watchmen
  • Chess Game At The Gates Of Hell - The Kleptones
  • Christmas Time In Hell - Satan
  • Ego Tripping At The Gates Of Hell - The Flaming Lips
  • Guilty As Hell - Black Sabbath
  • Hell - Foo Fighters
  • Hell's Ditch - The Pogues
  • Hell's Half Acre - Robbie Robertson
  • Hell Hound On My Trail - Robert Johnson
  • Hell In A Bucket - Grateful Dead
  • Hell Is Living Without You - Alice Cooper
  • Hell Of A Night - Roy Gaines & The Crusaders
  • Hell On High Heels - Motley Crue
  • Hell Yes - Beck
  • Hella Good - No Doubt
  • Hells Bells - AC~DC
  • I Am Hell - White Zombie
  • Private Hell - Iggy Pop
  • Green Hell - Metallica
  • Long Hard Road Out Of Hell - Marilyn Manson
  • Raise A Little Hell - Trooper
  • Raising Hell - Run DMC
  • Right Next Door To Hell - Guns N' Roses
  • Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd
  • Sam Hell - Helmet
  • Straight To Hell - The Clash
  • The Hell Song - Sum 41
  • Welcome To Hell - Sum 41
  • What The Hell Child Is This? - Chef
  • What The Hell Happened To Me? - Adam Sandler

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Soundtrack Gems

musicA well placed piece of music in a film can alter the meaning of that song for all eternity. Try and listen to Bill Conti's "Gonna Fly Now" without envisioning Rocky Balboa's run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Some will think of Gord Martineau, but most will think of Rocky. Here are my favourite film songs from a life time of movie watching.

The Pixies' "Where Is My Mind" from Fight Club - Shortly after that memorable scene when the building collapses, Fight Club bursts into "Where Is My Mind?" and the combination is perfectly haunting.

The Crystals' "Then he Kissed Me" from Goodfellas - One of my favourite scences in cinema is that one when Henry enters the restaurant from the kitchen and the entire scene is done in one take. This is the song that plays during this fantastic scene.

The Geto Boyz' "Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangster" from Office Space - This song juxtaposed with the white collar life of a cubicle warrior made my day when I first saw it. It's become the feel-good anthem of Dilberts everywhere.

-M-'s "Belleville Rendez-Vous" from Les Triplettes de Belleville - This is a great animated flick with an opening sequence set to this tune. It's catchy, jazzy fun that you'll be singing for weeks.

Gord Downie's "Hallelujah" from Saint Ralph - I've probably said enough about this one already.

Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life" from Trainspotting - I could have gone with Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" or Underworld's "Born Slippy", but "Lust For Life" almost seemed to have been written for this flick. Hearing it always reminds me of what a great movie Trainspotting is.

Pearl Jam's "State Of Love And Trust" from Singles - This is another movie with several notable songs on the soundtrack, but this was a song from one of my favourite bands that seemed way too good not to appear on a studio album. How much better would Vs. have been with this sucker on it?

Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" from Almost Famous - I had never heard this song until I saw Almost Famous, an almost perfect little movie. Now, whenever I hear "Tiny Dancer", I'm back on that bus singing right along.

Public Enemy's "Fight The Power" from Do The Right Thing - This song and movie made a statement, and it's difficult to imagine one without the other. Always do the right thing.

Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" from Wayne's World - Aurora, Illinois was a thinly veiled Toronto, right? The sing-a-long in Wayne's shitty hatchback to this classic is classic in its own right. Let me go!

Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" from Grosse Pointe Blank - This cool flick also had a number of great tunes on the soundtrack, but none suited it better than "Blister in the Sun".

Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" from Apocalypse Now - I don't really need to explain this one, do I?

Damien Rice's "The Blower's Daughter" from Closer - I liked the movie, but when it was over I kept hearing this song in my head. It's chilling and perfect for one of the closing scenes of "Closer".

Michael Andrews' "Mad World" from Donnie Darko - Sometimes a cover of a song is more enjoyable than the original. That's the case for me and this Tears For Fears song. Donnie Darko was a dark gem of a movie and "Mad World" sums it all up perfectly.

The Beach Boys' "Surfin' U.S.A." from Teen Wolf - Okay, this is a guilty pleasure from my youth. We had Teen Wolf on tape and practically wore it out playing that last basketball game over and over again. "Surfin' U.S.A." plays while Scott as a werewolf surfs on the van and I always thought that was a pretty cool stunt to pull.

Stealers Wheels' "Stuck In The Middle" from Reservoir Dogs - This is a seriously sadistic scene that seems all the more sadistic when contrasted with this silly little Dylan-esque ditty. Try imagining this song without this scene and vice versa.

Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" from Kill Bill Vol. 1 - Sure, this list is a little heavy on the Tarantino, but for my money there is no better director. Kill Bill Vol. 1 opens with this song and Kill Bill Vol. 2 wraps up shorty after The Bride's baby guns her down. Bang bang.

Eddie Vedder's "Man Of The Hour" from Big Fish - I promised myself I wouldn't cry. This song about that man... damn, I can't do this.

Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" from Pump Up The Volume - For a fifteen year old kid, Pump Up The Volume seemed pretty cool. The guy ran a pirate radio station and said cool stuff like "All the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks" and "eat your cereal with a fork and do your homework in the dark". After seeing this movie at the Humber Odeon, I felt like a changed man and Cohen's "Everybody Knows" was my theme song. Of course, all the great themes have been used up and turned into theme parks.

The Soggy Bottom Boys' "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" from O Brother, Where Are Thou? - I don't think this movie would have been as effective without a tune you'd believe was a hit. I believe in "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" and it made a great movie greater.

Dusty Springfield's "Son Of A Preacher Man" from Pulp Fiction - We'll finish things off with a song used brilliantly in my favourite movie of all time. It's one of my ten tracks and I first heard it in this flick. I'm going to spin it right now.

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