Welcome to my new monthly series called “Five on Shuffle” where I attempt to reconnect with my iPod by using it regularly throughout the year and using it only and continuously on “shuffle.” Once a month I’m going to stop at a completely random interval, snap photos of five songs in a row, and then post and write about them here. The writing may be heavy or light, depending on whether or not I’ve anything remotely clever to say about any given song in the moment.
1. World’s on Fire – The Prodigy
I’m pretty sure that The Prodigy’s Invaders Must Die was the last CD I ever bought in a store. And the funny thing was that it wasn’t a Best Buy or FYE or whatever’s left in terms of electronics stores these days. It was in a Ross. Or maybe it was TJ Maxx? One of them fuckin’ digs, either. While standing in line purchasing what I imagine was home crap, I happened to pass by a rack of random CDs for sale, and there Invaders Must Die was. At the time I didn’t know that The Prodigy had released a new album, so I figure what the hay? While I’m not entirely sure that anything can surpass Fat of the Land, this is a fine, bass-heavy, rollickin’ good time album. Just ike it should be with The Prodigy. Also, whenever this song rolls around, I always think the lyric is “girl’s on fire,” but…no.
2. Freak on a Leash – Korn
When I went through my Limp Bizkit phase circa 1998, I tried ever so hard to enjoy Korn. But I never really caught on to their brand of syncopated, Rah-Rah metal. I believe it was near ten years later when I was feeling rather nostalgic and decided to pick up this titular song – the only one from the band that I almost ever liked.
3. Liberation Frequency – Refused
The first time I ever heard Refused was on Punk-O-Rama, Volume 8, which featured their song “Coup D’etat.” They were a band that I thought I’d get into more, but that never really happened. By the time the ninth Punk-O-Rama album appears, my musical tastes were veering away from hardcore punk generally. But I still like “Liberation Frequency” in how it see-saws between its alternative sarcasm and punch-you-the-face honesty.
4. Chic Franzie Boys (Beastie Boys vs. CHIC vs. Franz Ferdinand) – Party Ben
So remember just a few sentences ago when I said something about a change in my musical tastes? Well, it’s funny that Party Ben should follow Refused here, because it hits that change on the nose, almost. Because it was right around 2003-2004 that I first discovered mash-ups, and Party Ben quickly because one of my favorite artists. (I first heard him first through the Bootie Mashups sites.) This is a really fantastic one that definitely wants to make your ass move!
5. Another One Bites Da Funk (Daft Punk vs. Queen) – Party Ben
LOL. Okay, so my iPod must be onto something here. 🙂 I cannot tell you how much I love the 20ish-second mark in this song where the “Da Funk” intro drops out and the beginning notes of “Another One Bites the Dust” take its place. It’s just a really great melding of two songs that one might not think would have anything to do with each other. Granted, “Another One Bites the Dust” is sped up considerably but “Da Funk” slowed down a little, but it all works.