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…..
Revolting Cocks “No Devotion”
Well, unless something fairly dramatic happens, consider Shuffle Sunday won. I was first exposed to the cocks (ha ha) when I was a teenager. At the time, I preferred my music to be a bit more aggressive, so I gravitated more towards Ministry. However, the older I get, the more I genuinely prefer the Cocks (ha ha!) I’ve actually been lucky enough to see these guys play together (sans Al and Luc) over the last couple of years at the Cold Waves Music Festival in Chicago. They put on a pretty top notch show still to this day, but what I would give to see the mayhem that was a Cocks show in the early ’90s.
Beck “Piss On the Door”
So, I like Beck. I really do, but this song just aint cutting it for me. I’ve never been a fan of the super lo-fi sound, whether intentional or not, and this song is no exception to that. Although I don’t really like this song, it does provide a pretty interesting look back into the early stages of Beck’s career and songwriting. The backstory on this record (One Foot In the Grave) is actually pretty interesting. It was recorded prior to his “proper” debut album Mellow Gold, but it wasn’t released until after that broke through. As such, an album that probably wouldn’t have garnered much attention has gone on to sell a bunch of copies. (skip to 55:05 to hear the song)
Brian Eno “Bone Jump”
Throughout the years, I’ve acquired a shitload of music from Brian Eno. Some of it is amazing, some of it is awful but most of it just falls somewhere in between the two. Now look, I know that I’m asking for it if I talk shit about Brian Eno. That’s not what I’m doing here at all. I’m simply saying that in order to listen to his music (most of the time) I have to be in a very particular mood. I don’t think Eno’s intention was ever to make “easy” music, but that doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily enjoyable, although this song in particular isn’t half bad.
Ani DiFranco “Beautiful Night”
I really…really want to hate Ani DiFranco. I can’t stand her image, the whole “I’m a fucking woman hear me roar!” thing. The bohemian chic swagger that employs hangs around her like a massive black cloud of pretentious bullshittery. I generally dislike any of her fans that I’ve met, most of whom speak to me like I’m a monkey or massive idiot simply because I’m a man. I hate all of this shit about Ani DiFranco (and her fans.) And then one of her songs comes on and I…like it. More often than not, that happens, but especially in this instance. This track is a strange mash up of jam band type stuff with some badass jazz trumpet. Great stuff here! I really want to dislike Ani DiFranco and I generally do until I listen to her music, which more often than not leaves me pleasantly surprised. I guess Ani isn’t so bad afterall…
Talking Heads “And She Was”
Is there anything that I could write that would accurately detail just how awesome the Talking Heads were? Probably not. I mean, I’ve heard this song thousands of times in my life, but everytime it comes on, it’s just as good as the first time. I imagine a good chunk of music fans feel the same was about the Talking Heads. These guys were just on top of it musically. They wrote some great pop songs that were easy to dance to yet challenging on a deeper listen. Brilliant. I just wish they would set aside their differences and take care of business, cause the world needs a band like this right now.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: It was actually a bunch of great music this week, but I’ve gotta go with the Revolting Cocks. That song is great!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: I just couldn’t get into the Beck song. Feels weird that Beck earns a Turkey, but here it is.