It's Friday, and the workweek is almost done. In no time at all, you'll move from working for the weekend to just plain working the weekend. Time for the Friday Random Ten, our little recognition that the light at the end of the tunnel is a cigarette dangling from Keith Richards' leathery lips.
You know the drill by now -- take out your precious iPod or iKnockoff, put it on random, and give us the first ten songs that pop up. And if you're ready for the advanced program, add a Coolness Self-Audit, too.
1. Funkadelic, "(not just) Knee Deep" -- Fifteen minutes of funk, so thickly layered it would later be excavated endlessly by hiphop artists. (De La Soul's "Me, Myself and I" steals ruthlessly from this one.) I love this song for many reasons, though I'll always know it as the song I'd play on my radio program whenever I needed to take a leak. 8/10
2. Django Reinhardt, "Saint Louis Blues" -- If Belgium had only given us Django and not the tasty waffles and fries, we'd still be forever in their debt. I'm amazed anyone could play a guitar like this gypsy freak of nature. 7/10
3. Neil Young, "Like a Hurricane" -- It's about as long a song as Dylan's "Hurricane" but not quite as great. Hence, like a Hurricane. Young will always be my Canadian rocker, a status that's roughly equal to being my favorite Yugoslavian center in the NBA. 6/10
4. Laika and the Cosmonauts, "Get Carter" -- A band named after the Russian space program ("Ask about our dog killing!") performs the title song from a great Michael Caine movie and a mediocre Sylvester Stallone remake. Phenomenal stuff. 9/10
5. Minnie Ripperton, "Les Fleur" -- Just a great soul song, recently used as the backing track for Jurassic 5's "Thin Line." That alone is a ticket to coolness, but the screeching chorus puts it over the top. 8/10
6. Isley Brothers, "Work to Do" -- So much potential here, with a great rhythm and funky beat, but in the end it's all about having to punch a time clock. Eh. 6/10
7. Aimee Mann, "One" -- A song off the "Magnolia" soundtrack, but a fairly straightforward cover of a Three Dog Night song. A Three Dog Night song written by emasculated folk singer Harry Nilsson. Double eh. 5/10
8. Homer Simpson, "It Was a Very Good Beer" -- Hey, it's music and it's on my iTunes, so it's fair game. (Taken from Simpson Crazy, if you're interested.) Still, it's a short tune, so I suppose it can't do too much coolness-wise. 5/10
9. Earth, Wind and Fire, "September" -- Guaranteed to be the one song I'll like at every wedding I attend. This band is pretty damn cool (except for whichever one is Fire, I suppose), but the knowledge that bridesmaids everywhere can sing this song has to kneecap it a bit. 6/10
10. Cibo Matto, "Flowers" -- Great Japanese alternapop, a band that answers the question, If Hello Kitty put out a punk band, what would it sound like? This song is made all the cooler by the fact that I can't understand half the lyrics. 7/10
Well, all said, that's an average of 6.7, which puts me somewhere between the Reverend Horton Heat and the Reverend Al Green. I can live with that.
Alright, you know the routine: Drop your own Random Ten in the comments, with or without the Coolness Self-Audit.