I listen to my iPod pretty much every time I’m in the car. There are a number of podcasts that I listen to, so I often get behind and don’t get a chance to listen to music.
Today, however, I was listening to some tunes and was reminded of one of those stupid Facebook things a while back where people posted the first song that popped up on their iTunes for each letter of the alphabet. I never did it, because it’s stupid, but at the same time, I wondered what I would find. More often than I would expect, I go through songs on “random” mode and a song comes on that I don’t recognize, or don’t even particularly like all that much. So let’s traverse my iPod (whose name is Nigel, by the way), shall we?
“A-Team Theme” by John Swihart – No, not that “A-Team” song by Ed Sheeran. The A-Team. Mr. T. Those guys. C’mahn.
“Baba O’Riley” by The Who – A classic. Everyone who likes rock should have this one.
“California” by Phantom Planet – I think this was the theme song for “The O.C.” It’s a pretty great road trip song.
“D’yer Mak’er” by Led Zeppelin – The title of this song is pronounced like “Jamaica.” It has a reggae-inspired tune to it, so the guys in the band got a little cheeky, I guess.
“E.T.” by Katy Perry – YEAH, WHAT ABOUT IT? This is not the version with Kanye West. That one sucks.
“F.N.T.” by Semisonic – It stands for “Fascinating New Thing.” I think it was in a Bacardi commercial way back in the day.
“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers – I guess “The” doesn’t count. If you ever play cards with any regularity, you know this one.
“Half of My Heart” by John Mayer – I have a few of his albums. As insufferable as he is as a guy at times, he’s a genius with a guitar. As my affection for Oasis shows, I can compartmentalize.
“I Am the Walrus” by The Beatles – I also have a pair of Oasis live versions. I like the one from “The Masterplan” the best.
“Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis and the News – A band I remember my dad listening to in the first house my family lived in. We moved out when I was five, so that’s a long time ago.
“Kaleidoscope” by The Prototypes – A song from one of the FIFA games. FIFA 07, I think.
“Lady” by Lenny Kravitz – It hasn’t been played in over two years. Huh.
“Machinehead” by Bush – A frequent pump-up song found in stadiums and arenas across the country throughout the 90s. During the year and a half or so that I watched professional wrestling, I think this would have been my walkout music.
“N—– in Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Ball so hard.” Words to live by. Very easily hashtagged as well. #ballsohard
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by The Beatles – I don’t know what it means, either.
“Pain” by Jimmy Eat World – I think this is the first song on the list to have been to source of one of my post titles.
“Quarter” by Fuel – I actually have three songs that start with Q. Cool?
“Radio Free Europe” by R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe was an anti-communist thing started by the U.S. government. Cool.
“Sabotage” by Beastie Boys – I’m a big fan of the guitar and drums in this one.
“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell – Another one of those songs that probably everyone recognizes and can sing like two lines of before just making noises that vaguely resemble the tune of the song.
“U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer – Just watch the first minute of this clip.
“Valleri” by The Monkees – I loved their television show and ended up borrowing tapes from my dad back when I was in middle school.
“Wait Until Tomorrow” by Jimi Hendrix – Another guitar genius. “All Along the Watchtower” is one of my favorites.
“Yellow” by Coldplay (performed by Chris Martin and Noel Gallagher) – I also have a version of Oasis’ “Live Forever” that these two did at the same event. At the beginning, Martin tells Gallagher to play a little faster. DO NOT TELL NOEL HOW TO PLAY HIS OWN SONG.
“Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie – Spiders from Mars. Leper messiahs. I don’t even know, man.
Yes, quite the eclectic mix. And an effective use of blank blog space.