When it comes to music, I'm not very well-versed. I can say without a doubt that Tom and WilcoMeThat each possess musical knowledge with far more depth and breadth than me. But I'd be willing to put my playlist up against anyone when it comes to random ecclecticism and flat-out embarrassment.
My car has a six-disc changer that recently gave up the ghost. In fact, the LCD display has completely shorted out, along with all of the buttons along the bottom. In essence, it's left me with only AM radio, as I can't toggle between bands or use the GPS or anything. And that's fine because I typically listen to local sports talk radio anyway.
So that means that a vast majority of my musical immersion takes place during the course of my workouts. My beat-up little Samsung MP3 player has gone through a lot with me; it's seen 4 different gyms and varying degrees of physical fitness. Its flash memory is filled with music from my past, only some of which would be acceptable in a typical gym environment.
Never one to shy away from sharing my little foibles, I wanted to take a page from Buh-weet's book and compiled por you and your nistnin' pleasure, some of my paborite songs. Take a wisten. And just in case that reference is lost on you:
I was going to set it on shuffle and just mark down what came up, but the preponderance of Eminem meant that I had to exclude some of his songs for the sake of variety. While I skew heavily toward rock and rap, there are also some selections from 80's boy bands, German pop music, and Andrew Lloyd Webber:
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Fugees - No Woman, No Cry
P. Diddy & the Fam - All About the Benjamins
Dr. Dre - Next Episode
Blink 182 - First Date
Paperboy - Ditty
AC/DC - Back in Black
Jesus Christ Superstar Sndtrk - Damned for All Time/Blood Money
Color Me Badd - Slow Motion
Hey, I told you it was embarrassing and that I was not afraid to expose myself. Hey, not like that; get your mind out the gutter. For what it's worth, this is one that I skip past. Usually. It's also not the only CMB song I have.
Fugees - Killing me Softly
Eminem - White America
Eminem - Legacy
Joe Esposito - You're the Best Around
If this song doesn't pump you up, you're either lying or you're missing a small piece of your soul. I can't help but get an adrenaline rush when I see Daniel-san landing a crane kick and sending Johnny sprawling to the mat.
AC/DC - Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
LL Cool J - Phenomenon
Counting Crows - Big Yellow Taxi
Eminem - The Monster
Are you beginning to see what I was saying about Eminem? I know that having Rihanna sing the hook is what helped to launch this song into the stratosphere a while back, but I absolutely love the story in the lyrics. Em gets a lot of pub for the controversial content of his songs, and rightfully so, but he is a masterful lyricist.
RZA - The Baddest Man Alive
Rage Against the Machine - Bulls on Parade
Mumford and Sons - Thistle and Weeds
CCR - Bad Moon Rising
Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.
Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls
Jim Jones - We Fly High
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Lodi Dodi
Nena - 99 Luftballoons
Yelawolf - The Hardest Love Song in the World
The Offspring - Keep 'Em Separated
Xzibit - Get Your Walk On
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock you Out
Yet another song that I can't help but listen to whenever it comes on. LL in a boxing ring shouting his warning into a mic with passion and swagger that rival any heavyweight's? Yes please.
Ghostface Killah - Winter Warz
Guns N Roses - My Michelle
For the record, I'd like to submit Appetite for Destruction as the greatest debut album of all time. The raw energy and ruthless aggression, along with some decent story-telling, of the LP are evident in this song as much as any of the other tracks. If it please the court, I'd also offer up Enter the Wu-Tang, The Chronic, and Doggystyle as entries in the GDAoAT category.
Method Man - M-E-T-H-O-D Man
The Doors - Break on Through
House of Pain - Boomshalaklakboom
Guns N Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
Pearl Jam - Daughter
CCR - Travelin' Band
Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some More
Ice Cube - Say Hi to the Bad Guy
My buddy Nathan and I used to drive around town at home bumping Ice Cube and I'd just scream lyrics out the window at random intervals. This and When Will They Shoot were frequent subjects for my yelling.
Megadeath - Symphony of Destruction
Peter Gabriel - Sledgehammer
Kelis - Bossy
Gemini Syndrome - Resurrection
My buddies and I were out in LA on the Sunset Strip, so a show at The Whiskey was a must. GS just shredded and lit the place up and we got to meet them after the show. The lead singer is actually from Chicago; check them out if you have the chance and you don't mind if your eardrums bleed.
Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy
Harry Caray - Take Me Out to the Ballgame
This is the song we had the DJ play when my wife and I entered the reception hall after our wedding. Also, when my daughter was younger, we had a CD featuring this and Go, Cubs, Go; she would request that we play them over and over and used to make us sing them to her before bed, often in rounds: "You sing Go, Cubs, Go, you sing Take!"
Prince - Little Red Corvette
Technotronic - Pump up the Jam
CCR - Midnight Special
Young Black Teenagers - Tap the Bottle and Twist the Cap
Weezer - Beverly Hills
Men at Work - Land Downunder
Yeah, I'm not sure what to say about this one. I asked my wife what to do, but she just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich.
Lonely Island - Santana DVX
White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (Glitch Mob remix)
t.a.T.u. - All the Things She Said
Journey - Any Way you Want It
Eiffel 65 - Too Much of Heaven
Really no excuse to have this in any playlist, except for the fact that this was huge in Europe in 2000 when I just happened to be spending a month in Italy. It got burned into my brain and conjures images of running around Florence and Rome with my buddies.
Bush - Machine Head
Barenaked Ladies - Chimpanzee
Kid Rock and Cheryl Crow - Picture
New Edition - Mr. Telephone Man
I was going to use a New Edition photo as the featured image, but that would have put on big-time creeper status. As it is, I opted to allow the dudes in the photo to take the fall for me.
I think I need to put myself out of my misery at this point. Since I only provided explanations and anecdotes for a fraction of the entries, I'll welcome you to leave your own in the comments below, either on my songs or on some from your own personal soundtrack. In the end, I'm glad I was able to conduct this cathartic exercise; now off to the gym for some real exercise and some great (hey, don't judge me!) music.
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