After this week's debate for the Republican presidential candidates, this album cover seemed strangely appropriate.
Between the symbolic elephant, the shameless selling out, and a dress that I believe was once worn by Rudy Guiliani, this album cover is everywhere the GOP wants to be. If only they could attach electrodes to the elephant's genitals and prevent the woman from having an abortion, this would be a Republican wet dream. Except, of course, that wet dreams make Baby Jesus cry.
Anyway, time for the Friday Random Ten. Let's roll.
1. Mos Def, "Got" -- Not one of my favorite tracks off Black on Both Sides, but still fairly solid stuff. 6/10
2. Massive Attack, "Heat Miser" -- These kids get serious points for naming a song after a certain Mr. Heat Miser, a.k.a. Mr. Green Christmas, a.k.a. Mister Sun, a.k.a. Mister Heat Blister, a.k.a. Mister Hundred and One. Seriously, whatever he touches, starts to melt in his clutch! He's too much! 7/10
3. Muddy Waters, "Evil" -- Apparently, today's random ten has been brought to us by the letter "M" -- just like James Bond! This is another classic Chess-era tune from McKinley Morganfield (more M's, Grover!) which is the gold standard of electric blues. 8/10
4. Beastie Boys, "Son of Neckbone" -- This tune is one of their many instrumental homages to 1970s porn. While I'm intrigued about what the "son of neckbone" maneuver looks like, I'm afraid to ask. Eh. 3/10
5. Dinah Washington, "Long John Blues" -- Speaking of sex, this is one of the sultriest dirtiest jazz tunes ever recorded. "He took out his trusted drill / And he told me to open wide / He said he wouldn't hurt me / But he'd fill my hole inside." Man, now my pants are chafing me. 10/10
6. South, "Paint the Silence" -- Light, late '90s Brit pop that's indistinguishable from Travis, Coldplay, and all the other bands that sprouted up to make Oasis look edgy. Pffft. 2/10
7. Dusty Springfield, "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself" -- She should go ask the son of the preacher man. 6/10
8. Liz Phair, "Stratford-on-Guy" -- Ah, remember what Liz Phair was like back at the beginning? This whole album is phenomenal, but this is one of the better ones. Come back to us, Liz! Come back to the light! 9/10
9. Modest Mouse, "People as Places as People" -- And we're back to the M theme. The new album is really growing on me, and this is proving to be catchier every time I give it a listen. Nice. 8/10
10. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Castles Made of Sand" -- One of the trippier tunes Hendrix put out, this song lacks the scorching guitar work. But I guess Hendrix wasn't really known for that, right? 5/10
Alright, that's a 6.4 average on the day. I was all over the place, but somehow managed to find my way back to my usual spot. Welcome to Mediocrity, Population: Me.
Let's see what you've got. Drop your own random ten in the comments below, or else discuss Bobbi Baker's desperate plea for an intervention.