Melanism on Shuffle, Part I

“Without a soundtrack, human interaction is meaningless.”
— Chuck Klosterman

The rules are simple. I’m going to put my iPod on shuffle and write about the first 10 songs that play.  Some of these will be really stupid or have nothing to do with the song but hey, who doesn’t like to hear me go off on a tangent.

“Give Me Back My Heart Attack” by Land of Talk: I got introduced to Land of Talk thanks to Last.fm My Recommendations radio station. One day someone borrowed my iPod chord so I chose to give Last.fm a shot.  Land of Talk was one of two bands that I added to my iPod.  The other being Eisley.

“Scatterheart” by Björk: “All the hurt in the world/You know/There’s nothing I’d love to do more/Than spare you from that burden/It’s gonna be hard/If I only could/Shelter you/From that pain/Just to make it easier on you” This is from Selmasongs: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer in the Dark and this is the song to her son. I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone.  Dancer in the Dark is one of the movies I can count on one hand that legitimately made me cry but that’s a story for another day.

“Lost+ (feat. Jay-Z)” by Coldplay: I like Coldplay. I love Jay-Z. But this doesn’t really work for me (although Jay’s verse seems weird considering MJ’s passing: “With the same sword they knight you, they gon’ good night you with/Shit, that’s only half if they like you/That ain’t even the half what they might do/Don’t believe me, ask Michael”). I know that Chris Martin, Jay-Z and Gwynth Paltrow are great friends but I think they should stay away from each other’s musical endeavors

“Linger” by The Cranberries: I remember when I saw Click starring Adam Sandler a few years ago and in one scene where he’s in like the year 2030 and the band sings “Linger” at his son’s wedding.  The first thought I had was “You’re telling me that in 2030 ‘Linger’ is going to be a song that everyone recognizes at a wedding?” Even a movie that involves a remote control that allows you to fast-forward through your life, I thought that was a bit of a stretch.  Still love the song though.

“You” by R. Kelly: This was from a bootleg version of R.Kelly’s Loveland album that leaked while he was going through his case.  Too bad it got bootlegged because it contained some of the best music that illiterate pedophile ever made.  Some of it ended up on The Chocolate Factory album and some he gave to other artist like Joe and Carl Thomas. Honestly, I’m embarrassed how many R.Kelly songs I have on my iPod.

“House Party (I Don’t Know What You Came To Do)” by Tony! Toni! Toné!: This is from the House Party II soundtrack and is probably one of the funkiest songs Tony! Toni! Toné! ever did.  It makes me want to do the running man in my pajamas.

“Give It Away” by Red Hot Chill Peppers: Wow. This is the third song from my high school days.  Strangely enough, I wasn’t a big fan of the Chill Peppers. I liked Under The Bridge but that’s about it.  Then they were in Ice Cube’s “Wicked” video and though they must be cool.

“Slide Show (featuring John Legend) by T.I.: From his last album “Paper Trail”.  The album should have been called “I’m Going To Jail. Please Miss Me While I’m Gone.” 2Pac did this better with Me Against The World

“Imitation of Life” by R.E.M.: One of the few post 90’s R.E.M. songs I like.  I remember it more for the music video than anything else.

“Get By” by Talib Kweli: Ah, the days when Kanye West was just an upcoming producer with (mainstream and underground hip-hop creds) on the rise and not the Gay Fish he is now. Also, the days when I thought Talib Kweli would be a solid solo artist.  Oh well.  This makes my think back to the 03′ Okayplayer reunion when we all sang this together when it came on the radio. Fun times.

Until next time…

With the same sword they knight you, they gon' good night you with
Shit, that's only half if they like you
That ain't even the half what they might do
Don't believe me, ask Michael
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2 thoughts on “Melanism on Shuffle, Part I

  1. LOVE this post. Makes me think about what goes through my head when my shuffle goes on everyday on my walk to work.

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