Friday, August 26, 2005
Friday Random Ten
The image above is a rare find, the cover to our very own Studio Dave's smash solo album from 1985. (This was back when he still toured the country, before he locked himself inside the recording studio, only opening the door to allow his helper monkey in to change the urine jars and restock the beef jerky.) Back in the day, Studio Dave -- or, as he was known then, Devastatin' Dave the Turntable Slave -- was the hottest thing on the Newark hiphop scene. Big. Gabby Hayes big.
Alright, back to business. It's Friday, and that means it's once again time for the Friday Random Ten. Take out your iPod or imitationPod, set it on random, and give us the first ten songs that pop up. If you think you can handle it, go ahead and add on the Coolness Self-Audit. (No, you won't go blind if you self-audit.)
Here's my set:
1. Ike and Tina Turner, "Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter" -- Truth be told, it's not that great a song. It drags in a few spots, and there's a lot of spoken lyrics. But with a title like that, in the hands of Ike and Tina? Please. 7/10
2. Common, "The Hustle" -- Like virtually every song on Common's sophomore effort, this one starts slow and finds its groove near the middle. Well worth the wait. 7/10
3. The Gourds, "Miss You" -- A bluegrass band, live in concert at the Bluebird in Nashville, and they close their set with two brilliant cover songs -- their amazing version of Snoop's "Gin and Juice" and this nice cover of the Stones' "Miss You." Fairly good work, though I especially love the opening accordion. 6/10
4. Wilco, "Heavy Metal Drummer" -- A surprisingly sunny song on an otherwise dark and sweet Wilco CD. Not their best, and certainly not unknown. But with lines like "playing KISS covers, beautiful and stoned," you're a winner in my book, and you're a winner in Ace Frehley's book too. 7/10
5. TV on the Radio, "Staring at the Sun" -- Did you ever wish that they'd uncover a long-lost Peter Gabriel album from 1982? Well, Nerdlinger, they did. But they released it as something "new" under this band's name. I don't care what you call it, this song kicks your ass, my ass, and an ass to be named later. 10/10
6. Muddy Waters, "Can't Get No Grindin'" -- One of many classic Muddy Waters blues tunes about his inability to get his mojo working. Seriously, he must have three or four songs about that topic. It's a great song, with a funky backbeat, but I'm really surprised this hasn't wound up in an ad for erectile dysfunction by now. 8/10
7. Cibo Matto, "Spoon" -- Either you like Japanese Women's Alternapop or you don't. I happen to like. Can't handle that? Suck it. 8/10
8. Tegan and Sara, "Walking with a Ghost" -- This sounds like something that would appear during a breakup montage during "The O.C." A catchy-as-hell, nice little powerpop strutter. I'm a sucker for American Women's Alternapop, too. 8/10
9. Dead Kennedys, "Kill the Poor" -- I'm not entirely sure, but I think Jello Biafra might have been using sarcasm in the song. Hard to say. I'm going to catch grief for this rating, but this DK song always struck me as too easy. You're better than this, Jello. And you know it. Now hit the showers. 6/10
10. Mos Def, "Close Edge" -- An amazing song that floods the zone with coolness. First, it's stark minimalist hiphop, with very little in the way of beats and just a semi-sample of Grandmaster Flash's "The Message." Second, it was performed on the last season of "Chappelle's Show" as Mos Def and Chappelle drove around New York and, using just a CD recording as backup, Mos Def sang the whole thing from the passenger seat. Third, it's Mos Def. And, fourth, it's Mos Def. 10/10
Well, that gives me a 7.7 average. According to the Cool-o-Meter, that puts me somewhere between Jay-Z and the ghost of Jam Master Jay. Nice.
Alright, you know the drill. Drop your own Friday Random Ten in the comments below, with or without the Coolness Self-Audit.
Until next time, keep your feet on the ground and keep reachin' for the stars.