Friday, September 02, 2005
Friday Random Ten
This image is wrong for so many reasons. For starters, the phrase "Tijuana Picnic" seems like something that would be used to describe a sexual and/or scatalogical act that would be illegal in thirty-eight states, and not a wholesome family outing. But even if it really is a picnic in Tijuana, a.k.a. the Happiest Place on Earth™, then what in God's name is Colonel Sanders doing there? Man, I guess it's like the old saying goes: "What happens in Tijuana, stays in Tijuana."
Anyway, with this kind of musical inspiration, it's time for the Friday Random Ten. Take out your iPod, set it on random, and spin the wheel, raggedy man! If you think you've got the stones, go ahead and include a Coolness Self-Audit. And then set aside a little quiet time for yourself. Go ahead. You deserve it.
Alright, here we go:
1. Charles Wright, "Spreadin' Honey" -- A short, strutting, soul instrumental. Sounds like the kind of thing they'd play in a movie while Shaft strutted down Broadway to get a coffee and/or thrash some mope. A stone-cold groove. 6/10
2. The Roots, "Guns are Drawn" -- Outstanding song from my favorite hiphop consortium. The beat is incredibly funky, and the lyrics nicely political. It's got it all, kids. 9/10
3. Eric B. and Rakim, "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em" -- Wow, starting to sense a trend here. More solid hiphop. not one of their best songs, but Eric B. and Rakim on three-quarters speed can still blow the doors off most other rappers. 7/10
4. KISS, "Detroit Rock City" -- Goodbye, trend. Probably one of my favorite songs by the Knights in Satan's Service, though certainly not very cool. And yes, I know I just lost my membership in the KISS Army for that bit of blasphemy. So be it. 6/10
5. Ol' Dirty Bastard with Kelis, "Baby, I Got Your Money" -- ODB may have shuffled off this mortal coil, but as long as we have his music, he'll always live on in our hearts. Remember the poetry? Remember "I don't have no problem with you fucking me / But I have a little problem wit you not fucking me"? Damn, that boy's a Shakespeare. 7/10
6. The Amps, "She's a Girl" -- Mmmmmm, Kim Deal. Maybe it's the aftershocks of her vocals on the Pixies' "Gigantic," but every song she sings sounds dirty to me. Not that there's anything wrong with that. 8/10
7. Belle and Sebastian, "I Don't Love Anyone" -- Nice rollicking folk tune. Light and airy, with just a hint of cinnamon. I mean, angst. 7/10
8. Iggy and the Stooges, "Search and Destroy" -- Iggy Pop in his prime and at his most primal. "I'm a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm, / I'm a runaway son of the nuclear A-bomb." I can't wait to see what sort of advertisement they use this one in. After the ode-to-heroin that is "Lust for Life" became the theme song for Carnival Cruise Lines, anything is possible. 8/10
9. Interpol, "PDA" -- A nice sample of the recent New New Wave revival. Turn Off the Bright Lights is a solid CD, though this would be a second-tier song from that one, I think. 8/10
10. Stereolab, "Brittle" -- From the album Switched On, a driving little bit of wall-of-sound electronica that should've made Robert Moog proud. (And the album title reminds me I need to chase down an old collection called Switched On Country. It has an outstanding moog version of "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town.") 7/10
Judging by all my mediocre scores, I'm part of the MTV generation that neither feels highs nor lows. I have a 7.3 average, which puts me right between the Captain & Tennille and Captain Beefheart on the Cool-o-Meter. Not sure how I feel about that.
Alright, please feel free to drop your own FRT in the comments, or add some mockery of my own mediocrity.