November's Statement Songs For The Weekend: Rolling Stones, Public Enemy, All-American Rejects & The Meters
November is here and that means a relentless gauntlet of Christmas commercials way before it's appropriate. I can't afford a Buick nor a Lexus so stop showing me them wrapped in bows. Just give me twelve good songs to jam to. Oh, what's that? That's our job? Well, here you go.
"My God Has A Telephone" by The Flying Stars Of Brooklyn - My God Has A Telephone
I stumbled upon this R&B group while trying to find a Flying Burrito Brothers song that was fit for my Altamont plug, but when I saw the title and read the artist's name, I had to give this one the go. Really solid track for those solemn cold mornings.
"Jumping Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones - Live'r Than You'll Ever Be
This here was the song the Stones opened with at Altamont, the infamous concert that symbolized the end of the 60s because of the violence (and death) that occurred during the The Stones' set. Really chilling stuff. Shem & I talk about it in greater detail on the latest episode of "Here Comes Everybody".
"LA Devotee" by Panic! At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor
I remember hearing Panic! for the first time circa 2006 and being like "I can't believe I'm older than their lead singer." Now I can say that. A lot.
"Dance Inside" by All-American Rejects - Move Along
Takes me right back to 2006 and mu b first semester in college. Probably my favorite by this group
"Killer Queen" by Queen - The Platinum Collection
Just popped into my head the other day. I think it's the best song by the group for sure.
"Changes" by Charles Bradley - Changes
Opening song to one of my favorite new Netflix shows. The guys voice is unbelievable, the song is awesome, and holy fuck is the music video weird.
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"Soul Typecast" by John Spencer Blues Explosion - Extra Width
I love the hell out of this riff, just absolute perfect simplicity. Every time I play this album I repeat this song 3 or 4 times. Pretty sure it refers to racial stereotypes in Hollywood which relates to..
"Burn Hollywood" by Public Enemy Ft. Big Daddy Kane & Ice Cube - Fear Of A Black Planet
Kind of relevant to all the news stories we're hearing lately, but PE were talkin' that old racial stereotype thing too on this track. I love the bit where Chuck D, Big Daddy Kane, and Ice Cube go to the movies and they hear the preview for "Driving Miss Daisy" and they all say "fuck this." I can still recite this one word for word like every PE classic and there's no doubt - Kane had the best verse.
"Three's Company" by Marley Marl Ft. Big Daddy Kane - Re-Entry
Kane does not get enough respect as not only a pioneer but a guy who can still outflow most rappers today. This track tells a story wherein he breaks down how to get a threesome going. Do the knowledge.
I had three songs all ready to go then last minute in usual Dom fashion he asked me to provide three Halloween songs. With the caveat that they aren’t thriller or monster mash. I happen to enjoy both of these songs, thanks Dom. Anyway, here are my three, hopefully less obvious Halloween songs.
"Inspiration Information" by Shuggie Otis - Wings Of Love
"Southern Nights" by Allen Touissant - Southern Nights
We are coming up on the 2 year anniversary of the passing of legindary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint. Everything this guy has ever touched turned to gold, he also wrote countless hits for other artists. If you never heard of him check out Southern Nights.
"Cissy Strut" by The Meters - The Meters
Since I am on a New Orleans kick.