Good driving tunes, but Casey Jones you better watch your speed — 95 is the route you’re on, it is not the speed limit sign!
May 15, 2020: Is today Friday, or the 47th Wednesday in a row? Life feels like a remake of Groundhog Day, without the comedy. We’re living in challenging times – challenging our sanity, our relationships, our patience, and our livers. As Jimmy Buffett once sang, if we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.
This playlist is my own release of the frustration of quarantine – kind of being “all revved up with no place to go.” So before the insanity hits, here are 100 songs to help us all get through the too much time on our hands with a little tongue-in-cheek humor. I’m also open to suggested additions, but it will come at the cost of a song being kicked off the island.
Play the songs in order, not on shuffle for some themed segues, and a happy ending. We’ll get through this.
May 13, 2020: This is the first in a series of playlists I’ve created on Spotify. While others post albums that have influenced their musical tastes and lives, I’m sharing more about how that influence was felt.
In the late 70s and early 80s, I made the shift from WABC top 40 NY radio and my teens to FM radio in my twenties, and of course from high school to college. The mainstream, commercial music at the time was dominated by disco. As someone who hated both dancing and dance music, it was a painful time to be addicted to music.
Consuming a steady diet of TV sitcoms like Happy Days, I had also been exposed to 1950s music – the basic tenants of rock and roll. Two guitars, a bass, and drums.
I got to my first college radio gig ready to rock. The first song I ever played on air was Boston’s “Feeling Satisfied,” segueing into Bruce Springsteen’s “Badlands.” I meant business!
Then some of my more progressive colleagues started playing punk rock bands like the Ramones, Blondie, and The Clash. There were the basics, roaring back to life – guitars, bass, drums – and the drums don’t have that insipid, monotonous dance beat!
At first I eased into it with more pop-oriented songs like the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated,” Rubinoos “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” Nick Lowe’s “Lethal Dose,” and Blondie’s “Hanging On The Telephone.” Edgier bands like The Clash, Sex Pistols, and X would come a little later.
Somewhere along the way, punk became new wave and alternative, and I stayed with it. Innovative new bands like REM became mainstream staples. Now we’re likely to hear them walking down the aisle shopping. Maybe The Clash’s “Lost in the Supermarket” was meant to be taken literally!