Rock n’ Roll will never die

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It used to be a near daily occurrence, but faded over the years when I left radio, and only lately has become a common thing – making playlists.

It usually starts with a song getting stuck in my head. Or maybe an album or artist. Sometimes, it’s just a mood.

That starts off the list, but the evolution from there depends mostly on the songs beginning, middle, and ending.

What I mean is, does it fade in and out? Does it hit heavy guitar riffs with lots of feedback, but then drift to a drum solo before returning for a last bout of guitar flare and then a sudden end?

But it also depends upon more stylistic items such as the use of particular instruments, voices, samples, song subject, and if it’s a cover of another artist. (One of my favorite things is to use a cover song then follow with the original artist, but doing a different song!)

Playlists Redux

Playlists Redux (Photo credit: ldandersen)

This week, it started both with mood and with a song.

I had a tough week. Just continuation of last week, but also just busy – as every day is. Then the release of Shout Out Louds new album, Optica, downloaded to my iTunes.

I spent 3 days listening to the album over and over, keying in on the retro 80’s pop feel of many of the tracks, until it drove me to create a playlist.

But it was just mediocre and it was just the start.

Like when you get a song stuck in your head and you need to actually hear the song – all the way from beginning to ending – before it’ll clear from your memory…  you know?

Then I was inspired to create something better, with more substance, and fitting with the combination of sadness and angst built-up.

This is what came of it:

  1. Oceania, Smashing Pumpkins
  2. Heaven, Depeche Mode
  3. Little Black Submarines, The Black Keys
  4. Another Brick In The Wall (Parts 1, 2, 3), Korn
  5. Land of Confusion, Disturbed
  6. Everything Zen, Bush
  7. Pretend We’re Dead, L7
  8. Cannonball, The Breeders
  9. Black Hole Sun, Soundgarden
  10. Self Esteem, The Offspring (my hold throw-down drinking song in college)
  11. Down With The Sickness, Disturbed
  12. Radar Love, Ministry & Co.
  13. Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?, Revolting Cocks
  14. Girl Named Sandoz, Smashing Pumpkins
  15. Cult of Personality, Living Colour
  16. The Witch, The Cult
  17. Bloodletting, Concrete Blonde
  18. War Pigs, Faith No More
  19. Red Right Hand, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  20. Big In Japan, Tom Waits
  21. Love Sick, Bob Dylan
  22. Red House, John Lee Hooker
  23. Born Under A Bad Sign, Jimmie Hendrix
  24. Drown, Smashing Pumpkins

Rinse and repeat.

Now, I’ll grant you that it’s like most homemade cocktails – it starts out mellow and complex, laying out certain promises, then begins to imitate others but with an original twist, has some flavors which seem to repeat but more like an echo than a copy and a final buzz in your head and ears that leaves you wondering both “What did I just drink?” and “Can I have another, please?”

Happy Friday, everyone. We made it through another week. Maybe we’re weaker. Maybe we’re stronger. But we’re still here, it’s still now, and tomorrow is still a day away.


Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode (Photo credit: NRK P3)

Copyright 2013 by T. E. Wilson

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