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. June – RJD2 (ft. Copywrite)
I’m only a recent convert to the church of RJD2, and I’ve not regretting a single moment of crossing over. I mean…guitar hip hop? Who they hell does that?! Well…who the hell does that as good as RJD2? A truly heartfelt entry here from Deadringer, with some very heartfelt rhymes via Copywrite. Hard to argue with something when it feels this good, and sad, but still good.
2. Shoot to Thrill – AC/DC
Have I ever told the story of the unconfirmed rumor that one of my most straight-laced and buttoned-up college history professors was supposedly a huge AC/DC fan? If not, I just did. I have to admit that I think of him every time I hear AC/DC now. Never did find out if that rumor was true, but it doesn’t matter because the fact is that everyone should like AC/DC. Okay, maybe outside of “You Shook Me All Night Long,” which really need to stop being a staple at every wedding I’ve ever been to. But still, in AC/DC we trust.
Also, I get that this song is now associated with Iron Man 2, but I really shouldn’t have to scroll through two pages of search results just to find an actual performance of this song by the actual band. That’s just nuts.
Also, I just let this video play into whatever’s next, and it’s “Thundertstruck” live. Highly recommend.
3. Pump up the Valium – NoFX
One of the things I like most of a lot of punk music, is that often the songwriters somehow manage to tell a whole story under two minutes. Much credit to Fat Mike of NoFX for trimming out all the weeds in this jamming quickie about addiction. It happens. It sucks. And sometimes it doesn’t suck. But mostly it does. The end.
4. Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens – Louis Jordan (L. A. Noire Remixed)
Let me tell you then when I first heard that Verve Records had released a Remixed version of the L. A. Noire soundtrack, I snatched it up as soon as I could. I really enjoyed the game, and I doubled down on its soundtrack, which is full of those craaa-zeee 1940s beats, daddy-o. “Ain’t Nobody Hear But Us Chickens” is a fun, upbeat classic tune (and of course I must share the original), that’s made even more fun and upbeat with a little modern technology.
5. Turn Back, O Man – from the musical Godspell
By my count, this is at least the second time Godspell‘s popped up, and I’ve no regrets. It remains a favorite musical, and movie version of the 1970s is good and bad and right and wrong and okay by me. As I recall from the staged version that I worked on back in the day, the Mae West-ish “Turn Back, O Man” is supposed to represent temptation. It open the play’s second act, and I’ve honestly no clue just how it fits into any sort of Biblical representation, except to say, “life good, vice bad.” Only more eloquently. A little, anyway.