Continuing a good thing (or at least, a moderately enjoyable thing), 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.
1. “Dating Game, Part 1” – Handsome Boy Modeling School
I’m on the fence when it comes to skits on albums, because often they are just too jarring. I’m there, listening to an series of awesome, smooth tracks, and suddenly, the album erupts into a comedy bit. Eh, okay. So while I can appreciate the work that went into the “Dating Game” skits on White People, Handsome Boy Modeling School‘s second outing, I don’t necessarily look forward to hearing them. Though, I gotta say, that the Jay-Z and RZA impressions here are pretty damn funny. And like it or not, Tim Meadows will always be “The Ladies Man.”
2. Boogie Shoes – K. C. & The Sunshine Band
In the grand pantheon of movie soundtracks, Saturday Night Fever‘s among among my favorites. And I don’t even like the movie that much. Though I do like disco, so…yeah. Boogie Shoes is one of those silly, feel-good songs. Poppy and a little bit funky, it’s just not-disco enough to escape the trappings of that oft-maligned genre. There are better songs on this soundtrack, and there are worse ones. That seems to sum up Boogie Shoes pretty well.
3. Something To Believe In – The Ramones
If you lived during any portion of the 80s, you probably recall any number of effusive musical campaigns designed to “help out” and “bring people together” like Band Aid, Farm Aid, Live Aid, and so forth. As well-intentioned as those scenarios might have been, suffice to say, we still don’t have world peace. The Ramones send-up of such grand acts of charity with Something To Believe In was parody then, and brilliantly so. Listening to it today, it almost sounds like a plea for something greater. Well, the video is pure (fuzzy) gold, anyway, definitely worth four and a half minutes of your precious time.
4. Come Dance with Me – Shirley Horn (Sugardaddy Remix by Tom Findlay and Tim Hutton)
What do you get when you give electronic artists access to classically awesome jazz and blues tracks? You get Verve Remixed! What’s funny is that I remember once scouring the CD shelves at our local Best Buy for these albums. Because after we found the first volume there circa 2005, and subsequently discovered it was part of a series, we kept coming back to find others. Lo and behold, we eventually ended up with volumes two and three (featured here), as well. The beautiful fusion between old and new is what makes these albums great. Personally, I’m not well-versed in either jazz or blues, so tracks like this one also provide something new to discover.
5. Killers – Iron Maiden
The jury’s still out on who sang it better — original vocalist Paul Di’Anno or master of wailing, Bruce Dickinson — but maybe it doesn’t matter. Killers is a fucking amazing song, and Iron Maiden is a fucking amazing band.
Now please excuse me while I rock the fuck out.