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…..
Phil Collins “A Groovy Kind of Love”
Growing up in the late 80’s/early 90’s, Phil Collins’ (whether as a member of Genesis or solo) was nearly inescapable. It seemed that no matter where you were…you were bound to hear at least one Phil Collins track. Radio fucking loved him and nothing was going to stop them from playing his hits. Seriously….Phil Collins was goddamn everywhere! But after dominating music for nearly a decade, Collins kind of just drifted away, officially retireing from music in 2011. Thankfully, we still have tracks like this to remind us how great of a songwriter Collins was. If you don’t own any of his music, just go to a grocery store after 8pm or Village Inn, cause Collins is still on high rotation to this day in those places.
Adam Ant “1969 Again”
I’m pretty ashamed to admit that I’ve never really listened to anything that Adam Ant has recorded, aside from the few radio singles that he’s had over the last few decades. I’ve always had this preconceived notion of what Ant’s music sounded like, but after listening to this song (and being compelled to listen to multiple others) I’ve come to realize that everything I thought about Ant was wrong. This track is a really nice homage to classic rock (hence the title) even hinting with shades of psychedelic rock. Some of the other songs were just as good. While it isn’t necessarily my favorite musical “style” so to speak, it caught me off guard and made me want to hear more. See what a little shuffle can do?
Run D.M.C. “Peter Piper”
One of the worst feelings in life is when a band you love either breaks up or someone in the group passes away before you get a chance to see them live. That has happened with countless bands that I’ve wanted to see (Beastie Boys, RHCP w/ Frusciante, R.E.M., etc.) but thankfully, that wasn’t the case with Run D.M.C. I got a chance to see these guys in the late 90’s at a local radio show, and they were fucking amazing! At that time, I was just dipping my toe into the world of hip-hop, but after that show, I was fully immersed. I remember watching Jam Master Jay spinning and just being floored by the crazy sounds coming out from his decks. It was a great show and a pivotal moment for my musical tastes.
Natasha Bedingfield “Size Matters”
I wonder what ever happened to this girl. She was all over the place a handful of years ago, then just kind of disappeared. It’s kind of a shame, cause I actually rather enjoyed this record. Yeah, it’s got its moments of syrupy, over-produced pop bullshit, but it was a cool listen nonetheless. If memory serves correct, her lyrics were really positive and optimistic too, which I thought was a nice change from all the heartbreak and “poor me” garbage that usually dominates pop music.
Nitzer Ebb “Getting Closer”
I’ve always gone back and forth with Nitzer Ebb. At times, I’ve found their music to be really enjoyable and innovative. Other times, it just comes across as pretentious and annoying. I think when it comes down to it (at least for me) Nitzer Ebb is the ultimate mood music. If it’s listened to in the wrong setting or mindset, its awful, but in the right context, it can be really great. Today, Nitzer Ebb gets passing marks. In fact, I kinda dug it today.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: Normally, I would pick Run D.M.C., but the Adam Ant song was a really great surprise for me, so Adam Ant wins!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: I’m gonna go with the Phil Collins track, especially after watching that mega nerdy video.