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…..
Jefferson Airplane “Good Shepard”
OK. Insider tip here. If you really wanna kill about three hours off your day and are interested in learning A TON about music, check out the Wikipedia page for Jefferson Airplane and obviously, the corresponding page for Jefferson Starship. That shit is intense. There have been countless different people involved in the band(s). Hell, probably the most well known member of the group is Grace Slick and there is a voluminous history of the group before she even got involved. It would be one thing if this band was around for ages without writing good music, but these guys put out solid music that spanned decades and genres. Pretty incredible stuff. I don’t know if anyone has written a book about Jefferson Airplane/Starship, but I guarantee it would be a fascinating read.
Sublime with Rome “PCH”
Back when Brad Nowell died, I doubt that there were many people that ever thought that Sublime would ever get back together. After all, the surviving members of Sublime were doing pretty well with their other group Long Beach Dub Allstars, so there was really no reason to re-activate Sublime. But then they found this kid Rome and said “fuck it” and started the Sublime thing all over again. Now, replacing a drummer or something, no big deal (unless that drummers name is Bonham), but replacing your bands singer and principal songwriter? That’s a pretty tall fucking order. But honestly, I think this Rome dude does a pretty good job with it. The songs they create are true to what Sublime did in the past, but they are moving on with it too. If this dude was hired to go on tour to sing “Santaria” every night, it would be lame, but he’s a solid songwriter and singer in his own right, so I’m alright with it.
Nelly “Woodgrain and Leather Wit a Hole”
Remember back when you couldn’t escape hearing Nelly on the radio? Back then, it seemed like Nelly would be a permanent fixture in the rap game. I’m not sure when things went south for this dude. Maybe people got tired of hearing about how awesome St. Louis is when clearly, St. Louis is a shit hole. Or maybe it was that cameo song he did with Tim McGraw. I can’t imagine that helped his street cred out much. Whatever the case, Nelly kind of just fell off. I’m sure in terms of “normal people” Nelly is still doing just fine, but his music certainly doesn’t hold the mainstream potency it once did. Him and 50 Cent should go on a joint tour called the “Remember Us” tour. It would be like 2000 all over again.
Nirvana “Rape Me”
From what I understand, “Rape Me” was supposed to be the lead single off In Utero until the record company stepped in and put the kabash to that idea. I wonder if the album would’ve been as successful as it was had this been the first thing people heard from it? I guess we’ll never know. What I do know though is how fucking great this song is. I’ve always thought this was one of the finest songs of Nirvana’s short career. The outro of the track is awesome, with Kurt and Dave going back and forth, screaming “Rape Me!” Brilliant. It gives me a headache to think about how good these guys could’ve been…
John Frusciante “What I Saw”
If you’ve been reading my stuff for any amount of time, you already know that I’m a die hard Frusciante fan. This track being one of my favorites that he ever recorded. This came from his album Inside of Emptiness, which was one of six(!) solo albums he released in 2004. Oh, and he still had his day job as the guitarist for the Chili Peppers at that point too. It’s one of the most prolific periods of his career, let alone any major musicians career. I can’t even imagine being that productive. That would be like me writing an entire issue of Rolling Stone each month for a year. Un-fucking-real. And it’s not like he just recorded shitty music during that time. Each album had a distinct sound/theme running throughout, making for a completely diverse listening experience. This collection of albums blew my mind nearly ten years ago, and continues to amaze me to this day.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: It’s not often that Nirvana gets beat out in my book, but John Frusciante did just that. He’s the winner this week!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: That Nelly song really sucked. I get that it’s about a nice car and smoking blunts, but c’mon. Totally uninspiring.