I was tagged by theskyyends for this challenge: “You can tell a lot about the person from what they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod and list first 10 songs…”
First off, how long has this been floating around? Do that many people still have iPods? Regardless, none of my digital music libraries are as complete as I’d like them to be but I think Spotify has more in it than iTunes, so that’s what I’ll use. Let’s see what comes up.
1.) Bon Jovi - “Living In Sin” It’d be easy enough to dismiss this as another “hair band power ballad” but, no. I believe Jon Bon Jovi, growing up as a nice Italian kid from New Jersey put some real heartfelt emotion into the confused/tortured emotional state of this song’s protagonist. Also, nice Tico Torres drum fills towards the end.
2.) R.E.M. - “Harborcoat” Not one of my favorite tracks by the band but a nice opener to their second full-length album. It’s got the connective tissue to take it back to Murmur but there’s also some growth here. Still, there are much better songs on this record.
3.) Garfield Mayor - “Let Love Be Your Energy” Like most of Garfield’s songs, this is a real earworm. I’d say most of his tracks skew ore towards R&B/pop but this one’s rooted in dance-pop for sure.
4.) Tycho - “Dive” Speaking of dance music. This is a nice bit of ethereal instrumental work that I think the kids might label as EDM. As an aside, it may be the only track on this album with any kind of vocals, as disambiguated as they may be. Also, I first started listening to this album while I was reading Bruce Campbell’s autobiography, so anytime I hear these songs, I’m always reminded of that great book.
5.) The Replacements - “Skyway” A more-bitter-than-sweet ode to loneliness.
6.) The Who - “Bargain” It seemed likely something by this band would pop up here. Wish it was something more interesting. Nothing wrong with this song but it’s part of the Who’s Next radio overkill set. The synth lead is still cool, tho. And of course, Keith Moon’s drums…
7.) Van Halen - “Spanish Fly” Eddie Van Halen’s only real followup to “Eruption,” this short instrumental piece on the band’s second album, guitar shred on an acoustic guitar with a slight flamenco appeal. Parts of this have been in Eddie’s live guitar solo for years.
8.) Boston - “The Launch” I guess Spotify really wants me to have some interstitial album tracks in this list. Tom Scholz couldn’t help but try to add concept-album elements to all Boston albums, but he never really took it that far. Given the city-ship theme to all Boston album covers, there’s always been a fascination there with space. Hence, “The Launch?”
9.) Dokken - “Unchain The Night” This is a certifiable jam. George Lynch is absolutely killing it with these riffs. And the guitar solo… forget it. Mick Brown’s drumming is right on. And while Don Dokken can be a bit annoying, he’s keeping that side in check here. The way they change up the arrangement a bit on the outro is a nice touch.
10.) Neko Case - “Magpie To The Morning” ‘Don’t you let this fading summer pass you by…’ This is a real thing of beauty from the earth itself. I’m gonna have to listen to it twice.
This was fun! I know I’m supposed to tag others but that’s nearly pointless for me here on Tumblr. Still, I’m gonna go out on a limb and tag maura.
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