Continuing a good thing (or at least, a moderately enjoyable thing) from last year, this is my 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. Blinded By the Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Does “Blinded By the Light” make any sense? More importantly, does it even matter? Nope. Because this song is so fucking awesome. Does anyone care that it’s actually a Springsteen song? Oh yeah, Manfred Mann’s version is a cover. No offense to Springsteen (maybe), but it’s a fucking awesome cover. Look, I’m not telling you how to live your life, but you listen and tell me which one’s better. That’s all I’m asking.
2. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
When I went through my “1960s” phase in high school. Jimi Hendrix was at the top of my listening list. I completely wore out the one tape I had of his music (I think it was a “best of” album). I simply adore everything about his music, from that meaningful voice to the mean guitar licks. Everything just works.
…years later, I learned how to make a Purple Haze. The drink. It’s pretty much just a Long Island Iced Tea where you remove the triple sec and cola and add Chambord. Good stuff. Can’t drink Chambord to this day, though. Or nearly anything raspberry-flavored.
3. Cut My Brother in Half Blues – Dewey Cox (from the Walk Hard soundtrack)
Oh lordy…muthufuckin’ Dewey Cox. I don’t own many film soundtracks, but after seeing Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, I’m pretty sure that I picked up its album the next day. The movie itself aside, this album contains a damn fine collection of music. Some of you may recall that Dewey Cox himself (John C. Reilly) went out on something a promotional tour around the time the movie hit on 2007. Genius stuff, that was. And it certainly didn’t hurt that Mr. Reilly was imbued with some beautiful musicality. I’m not sure that a better musical parody exists in recent movie history. Maybe there is, but I like Cox.
4. Put Your Lights On – Santana ft. Everlast
There’s no denying that Santana’s multi-platinum success Supernatural is an incredible album. But while the radio was drooling over “Smooth,” that entry featuring Rob Thomas that I only just heard for the 15th billionth time in my dentist’s office the other day, I found my happy place in “Put Your Lights On.” And yes, that’s primary because of Everlast, who I like a whole hell of a lot more than Matchbox Twenty’s pretty front man.
Oh my god…”3AM” popped into my head for no reason…make it stop!!…MAAAAAAKE IIIIIIIT STAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHP
5. Sour – Limp Bizkit
Well, I had to cover Körn here at some point, so I guess it’s only fitting that Limp Bizkit’s time would shine eventually. The truth of the matter is that I actually like LB’s first outing, Three Dollar Bill Y’all, though it doesn’t resonate with me as strongly as it did some twenty years ago. Big shoes and big hair, small clothes and small dreams…yeah, those were the days alright. “Sour” is not my favorite song on this album, and it’s video is something dull trying to be profound. (Man, I forgot all about Fred Durst’s blonde do back then. The whole video just reeks of late-90s panache. Though “Counterfeit,” a much better song, surpasses it by miles in that regard.)