When you load up your Itunes and hit shuffle, what comes up? It could be good, it could be bad or anywhere in between. Shuffle Sunday is a look at what happens when I load up my library and hit play. Hopefully it will introduce you to a new artist you like, remind you of an old favorite or maybe just give you a good laugh! So without further ado, let’s see what Shuffle has in store this week…..
Al Green “I Can’t Get Next To You”
Some music defies any sort of boundaries. It simply doesn’t adhere to passing trends, time, class or color. Although music of this variety is few and far between, some of Al Green’s more well known hits certainly put him in this category. This song is a perfect example of that. While originally recorded by the Temptations, it’s Green’s version that oozes a sexual desperation that made this track an instant classic. Even though Green has gone through his ups and downs, his signature falsetto and the driving bassline and seductive horns still make the song sound fresh today.
Misfits “Green Hell”
The Misfits are one band that I could never really get behind. Back in High School, it seemed like poseur bullshit to me. If you wanted to be an instant punk rocker, all you had to do was go buy a Misfits shirt and you were in the club. To me, they came across as the punk rock version of KISS. Sure, the talent is there and the timing was right, but where would they be without a clever marketing plan? I’ll bet without their logo and “look” they wouldn’t have been any more discernible than any other punk band of the time. Now in my 30’s, I realize that my argument is preposterous and that the Misfits (much to my dismay) were a true influence and a really important group, but what can I say?
The Streets “Blinded By The Lights”
British hip-hop has always been a sticky point for me. Everytime I listen to it, I can’t help but to think how fucking weird they sound. Growing up with shit like Run D.M.C. and N.W.A., I’m used to M.C.’s sounding fucking raw and big, but all the British fellows just sound….kinda weird. Of course to that point, I’m sure the Brits think that we Americans sound fucking weird. It’s like a mutual (but reserved) admiration. This track sounds more like a stream of consciousness rant instead of a well planned out track. Probably works out better when listening to the album as a whole, but I don’t think I’ll make it that far without laughing about “trainers” or “being pissed”
Geographer “The Myth of Youth”
The older I get, the easier it is to fall back on my old interests and never seek out new music. Really, who could blame me? It feels like modern music has been on a fairly consistent winning streak of shit for the last few years (dubstep anyone?) But every now and again a band comes out of nowhere to surprise me. Geographer is a perfect example of that. These dudes have really created a sound that’s new and refreshing, but still rooted in familiar territory. I feel like this is what Bruce Springsteen would sound like if he was 30 years younger.
Ice Cube “Gangsta’s Fairytale 2”
This is exactly what I was referring to when I was talking about that Streets track. Listen to Cube’s voice in this shit. These lyrics are so ridiculous and outrageous but he sounds so powerful when he’s rapping that it’s really fucking intimidating. And even if he wasn’t talking about pigs, weed and glocks, it would still sound mean! But can the same be said for Mike Skinner or Dizzee Rascal? If they were to rap one of Cube’s verses, would it sound…”big?” I don’t think so. It would probably just sound….British. Not that it’s bad, just not what I’m used to.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: I fucking love Al Green, but I was really digging that Geographer track, so they’re my pick this week.
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: I’m sure I’ll lose all sorts of cred and respect for this, but The Misfits just suck. Sorry, just not my thing.