- "YYZ" • A prog-rock instrumental, and as with so many instrumentals, the band (Rush*) struggled to name the song, so they used the airport code for Toronto?
- "West End Girls" • Pet Shop Boys*
- "Frank & Ava" • Suzanne Vega
- "If I Had A Boat" • Lyle Lovett*
- "Sussudio" • I only put this Phil Collins on this mix because of a wonderful pun my wife told this month.
- "The Boys Of Summer" • Don Henley
- "Dead And Gone" • The Black Keys
- "Weeds Or Wildflowers" • Poor Old Shine
- "Low" • R.E.M.
- "Dreams" • I recenly discovered two different covers of this Fleetwood Mac song, but I couldn't use the Killers version because it was too scary, so here's Whiskeytown! Believe it or not, I discovered this cover when I pressed pause on my TiVo: a character on the rom-sit-com A to Z had it on their playlist!
- "Heartbeat [remix]" • The Psychedelic Furs
- "Adult Education (Special Rock Mix)" • Daryl Hall & John Oates
- "Mad About You" • Sting
- "Mad" • Anthony Hamilton
- "Riding With The King" • Eric Clapton & B.B. King
- "Night Still Comes" • Neko Case
- "I Just Wanted To See You So Bad [Live]" • Lucinda Williams
- "I Saw Her Again Last Night" • The Mamas & The Papas
- "You Won't See Me" • The Beatles
- "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town" • One of the best rock concerts I've ever been to was recorded! Woot! This is Pearl Jam at the height of their powers and popularity, April 12, 1994 at the Orpheum, closing their set with my favorite song from the new album.
December 17, 2014
December 15, 2014
The best Christmas playlist I ever heard was the three-hour Christmas special on WBLM in Portland, Maine. I was travelling on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day several times in the late 90s, and this special was very good company. Picture Meg Ryan at the beginning of You've Got Mail but more rockin; The special consisted of many of the "Christmas songs by rock bands" we hear so often in December, mixed together with pop-culture tidbits from our favorite TV shows and movies, and an ongoing news report from NORAD, tracking Santa's progress from the North Pole by radar.
|"Horses horses horses..."|
Since then I've been creating my own Christmas playlist. It's not 3 hours long, but its in that same spirit. Unlike my other 150+ playlists on this blog, each time I create a new Christmas playlist, the song selection only evolves, I don't turn over the whole list for twenty new songs each time. Here's my playlist for 2014:
1. "Sleigh Ride" Fun.
2. "Valley Winter Song" Fountains Of Wayne
3. "Jingle Bells" Ella Fitzgerald
4. "The Evil Santa" Bill Murray & Gilda Radner*
5. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" U2
6. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" Aimee Mann
7. "Christmas Wrapping" The Waitresses
8. "Rod Serling Explains Christmas" Christopher Guest*
9. "Winter Wonderland" Ray Charles (from When Harry Met Sally)
10. The Beatles Christmas Fan Club Record 1963
11. "Hang Yourself Now" This mashup by DJ BC rearranges the lyrics of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" to very comedic effect: "Faithful friends who are dear to us...will be miles away...so hang yourself now!"
12. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Diahann Carroll
13. "The Littlest Christmas Tree" Brian Doyle-Murray*
14. "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
15. Michael Bublé & Shania Twain singing The Drifters arrangement of "White Christmas"
16. "Christmas Time Is Here" Tony Bennett singing the song from the Charlie Brown Christmas special.
17. "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" She & Him
18. The Birth Of Santa? Produced by Nat Woodward**
19. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Idina Menzel
20. "Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" Elvis Presley
21. Chrisssssmassss! Produced by Nat Woodward**
22. "Wonderful Christmastime" Paul McCartney's original recording is to tinny and cheap, any cover has to improve on his boring arrangement. Thank you The Shins!
23. "The Christmas Song" Paul McCartney
24. "Auld Lang Syne" Guy Lombardo
25. "Skating" Vince Guaraldi Trio*Tracks 4, 8, and 13 are from the National Lampoon Radio Hour, an early 70s syndicated radio show/precursor to Saturday Night Live.
**Tracks 18 and 21 are radio "sweepers" I produced for a now-defunct radio station.