Children’s Story – Slick Rick
I actually first heard the beat on a 12” single by Capelton, a dancehall reggae singer. Then I heard Tricky’s remake. This is the best version. I’ve always liked the way Slick Rick raps, with that British accent he truly stands out.
Bang This In The Club – Girl Talk
Juan was right. His first cd isn’t as good as the second one, Night Ripper. This is from Unstoppable. It’s ok but like Juan said….
Float On- Modest Mouse
This is from a Mojo compilation selected by U2. This is from the album of the same name, released in 2004. Johnny Marr formerly of the Smiths is now in the band. It’s actually a pretty good song which I would have never heard if it wasn’t for the shuffle and U2, those bastards.
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
One of their best known songs and hardly representative of what they really sounded like. This was a minor hit from 1977, but this is a version from their live album, The Name of This Band is Talking Heads, (1980-1981), which is when I saw them at the Wollman Rink in Central Park, August 1980 with my brother Frank.
Brooklyn- Mos Def
Another great rapper and a good actor as well. I bought this just for the cover, which is a deep photograph of his face, and it’s a handsome face, very unique. And his literate lyrics are cool too. A shout out to his borough.
Let’s Get Down – Toni Tone Tony
I love Raphael Saadiq’s voice and he definitely has a great stage presence. I saw him in Lucy Pearl at Irving Plaza about 6 years ago, he was all smiles. Currently rumored to be a part of a gay circle of friends, including Kanye West and John Legend, but of course that could just be jealousy on someone’s part, not that it would be a bad thing. On the contrary, it would be great if they were.
No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley and the Wailers
Another world famous anthem from Bob. Never tire of hearing this one, but then again I don’t hear it as often as I used to. Also probably one of Bob’s most covered songs.
Pass the Pusheng Teng – Frankie Paul
A classic reggae song from the collection, The Story of Jamaican Music. I was with Julio trying to buy the boxed set only to find the last one snapped up by Richard Gere who was in front of us online at Tower Records.
House of the Rising Sun -Bob Dylan
The other Bob, from his first or second album. You can imagine Alan Price of the Animals figuring it out on his keyboard. I prefer the Animals version, not meant as a dis to Bob.
Romantic Rights- Death From Above 1979
Finally, something contemporary, from this century, courtesy of Juan. Heavy guitars and a great drummer. They probably are great live, very powerful.
That’s it shuffle wise. Today was very hot, I just stayed indoors and took a nice nap. I tried watching the Prestige, but it couldn’t hold my attention and didn’t really care much for the characters. Let me put it this way, when David Bowie appears as Nikolai Tesla, I pulled out my acoustic guitar and did a search for Bowie songs to play. Not a good sign when you’re watching a movie.