The Hunkered Down “Playlist”

May 21, 2015

first-gen-ipodMother’s Day fell this year on the weekend after I finished my last album entry for this project, and as usual I drove with my family up to my hometown to visit my Mom.  Traffic was more than usually impossible, which was tough with two young kids.  But what made it not only bearable but fun–at least intermittently–was the music.  Last year, I started cultivating a playlist for my kids full of some of my favorite old songs–real music, but with some kind of a hook that will draw kids in–girl group stuff, doo wop, lots classic New Orleans R&B–a fun collection of great music, made even more exciting by the vicissitudes of shuffle mode.

And suddenly it occurred to me that although I had just completed a lengthy project celebrating the integrity of the album, listening to them as often as possible on good old fashioned LPs, here I was enjoying the hell out of music (anachronistic though it may have been) in a thoroughly modern context–digital, on the go, and as discrete, disconnected songs, randomized by my listening device.  This isn’t anything new–I never disavowed such modern conveniences entirely–but it was the first time in a while that I really got into that joyous, shuffle mode groove.  We don’t travel by car as frequently in the colder months, and at home, I have largely internalized the discipline of listening to music an album at a time–if only because my analog set up is superior to my digital rig.  And certainly, as my slow progress through this project attests, there is something to be said for getting back to that kind of more deliberate, album at a time listening.  But sometimes, it must be admitted, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to just take it a song at a time, never sure what’s coming next.

This is not, of course, an entirely modern premise.  In many respects, it resembles the medium through which music was most reliably enjoyed in the period of popular music’s peak years: the radio.  My dad’s a big radio guy, and often tries to steer me toward a greater appreciation for it, speaking in rapturous terms about “the serendipity of the radio.”  And I get that–I see the appeal, and I have had a handful of great radio moments in my lifetime.  Certainly there’s good radio out there if one looks for it, especially in this age of global streaming capability.  But I will never have that same deep in my bones reverence for the radio that my dad does, for the simple reason that the basic act of turning on the radio to any given station has been infinitely less rewarding in my youth than it was in his.  When My father was in high school, you could turn on the radio in your car and find “Like a Rolling Stone” or “Satisfaction” or “Mustang Sally” without much effort.  In my lifetime, everything had already splintered into various stylistic formats that didn’t really speak to me, in which even “classic rock” meant more, like, Bachmann Turner Overdrive or Journey than it did Beatles or Stones.  My hometown actually has a very good, very eclectic radio station, and there are lots of good college stations out there, but as a central, organizing vehicle of musical appreciation, the radio was not a real option in my lifetime the way it was for my father’s generation.

I did, however, come of age in what might well have been the golden age of the mixtape–back before the advent of the CD burner, let alone the iPod.  Back when putting together a nice collection of one’s own eclectic favorites meant cueing up tracks on the record while keeping one’s hand on the tape deck’s record button, trying to make it all as seamless as possible, and always falling just a little bit, charmingly, short.  And, of course, one had to make it all fit as neatly as possible on two 45 minute sides.

The modern playlist–be it on iTunes or on some even more modern streaming platform–doesn’t have quite the same romance as either the radio or the old fashioned mixtape.  Indeed, part of the rationale for the recent resurgence of vinyl is the aura of integrity that comes with having a physical object with which to emblemize one’s love of music, rather than just, in Alice Cooper’s recent useful phrase, “buying air.”  But, though its been around long enough to experience a bit of a backlash, there’s no denying that the advent of portable digital audio was a major and exciting development in the way people enjoy music.  I was thrilled when the first iPod came out (I still have that first, oddly clunky looking model in a drawer somewhere), and if I have come to favor the home-based integrity of albums on vinyl again, I still appreciate the alternative form of music appreciation the iPod made possible (minus the compressed audio aspect, which I most vehemently eschew).  In some ways, putting a playlist together resembles the making of a mixtape, minus the character building inconveniences and limitations.  And if your list is large and played in shuffle mode, it brings back a bit of the radio experiences’s capacity for epiphanic moments of divine musical-situational appropriateness.  My dad has the serendipity of the radio, and I have what I’ve come to think of as “the god of shuffle mode.”

In any event, driving along, having a ball as my kids sang along to songs like “Mr. Lee” and “Don’t You Just Know It,” it suddenly occurred to me that it might be fun to take one last retrospective look at the album project I just finished through the lens of songs–to put together a list of individual songs from the albums of this list that represent either particular favorites of mine, or songs that somehow distinguished themselves within the context of my project.  As is always the case with me (such as with these introductory remarks), it wound up growing into something more cumbersome than I initially intended it-something a good deal longer than what might typically pass for a “playlist,” but more genuinely representative of the project as a whole.  I thought about doing a more distilled short list within the list of songs I truly loved, but I figured anyone who has been following this project at all could figure out that something like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” is a good deal closer to my musical heart than, say, “Homeward Bound,” or “Fuck tha Police.”

I allowed myself a maximum of one song per album (though I fudged it on the two volume girl group collection).  I wound up, semi-accidentally, with 333 songs–a number that nicely echoes the 33 1/3 number that was of such underlying importance to my album-based project (as in RPMs).  Some are songs I just remember being surprisingly non-loathsome, like “Faith” or “Take the Money and Run.”  Others are ones that have stuck in my consciousness in the years since I heard them, which I figured counted for something.  Some became a small conciliatory gesture to artists and genres I have not been all that generous toward over the course of my project (still no Billy Joel, though).  Not every song is intended to be the “best” or most emblematic song on the album, or even necessarily my favorite.  Indeed, especially on the albums I know well, I often wound up favoring some small gem over the more obvious masterpiece or hit on the album (and other times the hit or the masterpiece just would not be denied).

In general, I tried not to work too hard–if a song from an album didn’t easily present itself, I mostly didn’t go digging too hard to find one.  Sometimes an album I liked a lot didn’t have a particular song I wanted to highlight, so it’s not represented here.  I tried to some extent to hold to the ideal of the playlist in making my selections–to pick songs that aren’t too long or ponderously “album oriented,” though I failed on that score a few times.  The general hope is that the songs I picked are ones that I would at minimum not rush to skip past if they were to come up on shuffle mode, although admittedly some of the more aggressive tracks–the rap ones especially–probably wouldn’t pass that test in the great majority of my actual life circumstances.  Not every song “belongs” on the same playlist in the classic sense, but they all fit here because they all represent some small portion of the albums I just spent the past three and half years listening to and thinking about.

This list is not meant to be in any way definitive, let alone polemical.  It was just something I thought it would be fun to put together–as a list here, and then again (at least in part) as an actual playlist on my iPod.  And indeed, it was a whole lot of fun to do.  If I could find a way to do this type of thing all day for a living, I’d be a happy man.  A joy in listening to music was not the explicit intent of my listening project, nor the consistent reality of it.  But certainly it’s the fundamental impulse that undergirds it all–the simple love of music beyond all analytical or psychosocial considerations that drove me to undertake such a project, and I look forward to reconnecting to a little bit of lightness and pleasure right at the end of this project through the medium of these songs.

  1. Good Morning, Good Morning – The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1)
  2. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (2)
  3. I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles – Revolver (3)
  4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, it Takes a Train to Cry – Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited(4)
  5. In My Life – The Beatles – Rubber Soul (5)
  6. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) – Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (6)
  7. Sweet Virginia – The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street  (7)
  8. Train in Vain – The Clash – London Calling (8)
  9. Absolutely Sweet Marie – Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (9)
  10. Cry Baby Cry – The Beatles – The Beatles (The White Album) (10)
  11. Tryin’ to Get to You- Elvis Presley – Sunrise (11)
  12. Blue in Green – Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (12)
  13. Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground and Nico (13)
  14. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window – The Beatles – Abbey Road (14)
  15. May This Be Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?  (15)
  16. Idiot Wind – Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (16)
  17. Lithium – Nirvana – Nevermind (17)
  18. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out – Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (18)
  19. Sweet Thing – Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (19)
  20. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson – Thriller (20)
  21. You Can’t Catch Me – Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty Eight (21)
  22. Come On In My Kitchen – Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings (22)
  23. Remember – John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band (23)
  24. Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing – Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (24)
  25. I Don’t Mind – James Brown – Live at the Apollo  (25)
  26. You Make Loving Fun – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours  (26)
  27. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2 – The Joshua Tree  (27)
  28. Baba O’Riley – The Who – Who’s Next (28)
  29. Little Green – Joni Mitchell – Blue (30)
  30. It’s All Over Now Baby Blue – Bob Dylan – Bringing it All Back Home (31)
  31. Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed  (32)
  32. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend – The Ramones  – The Ramones (33)
  33. Caledonia Mission – The Band – Music from Big Pink (34)
  34. Suffragette City – David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars  (35)
  35. Beautiful – Carole King – Tapestry (36)
  36. Ask Me Why – The Beatles – Please Please Me (39)
  37. Alone Again Or – Love – Forever Changes (40)
  38. Anarchy in the U.K. – The Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols (41)
  39. Time – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (43)
  40. Redondo Beach – Patti Smith – Horses (44)
  41. When You Awake – The Band – The Band (45)
  42. Redemption Song – Bob Marley and The Wailers – Legend  (46)
  43. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed – The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East (49)
  44. Slippin’ and Slidin’ (Peepin’ and Hidin’) – Little Richard  – Here’s Little Richard (50)
  45. Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – Al Green – Greatest Hits (52)
  46. Don’t Bother Me – The Beatles – Meet The Beatles (53)
  47. (Night Time is) The Right Time – Ray Charles – The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Recordings  (54)
  48. Burning of the Midnight Lamp – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (55)
  49. Blue Moon – Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley (56)
  50. As – Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life (57)
  51. Street Fighting Man – The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (58)
  52. Lookin’ Out My Back Door – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle Vol. 1 (59)
  53. Moonlight on Vermont – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica  (60)
  54. Everybody is a Star – Sly and the Family Stone – Greatest Hits  (61)
  55. Sweet Child o’ Mine – Guns ‘n Roses – Appetite for Destruction (62)
  56. One – U2 – Achtung Baby (63)
  57. Moonlight Mile – The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (64)
  58. Heartbreaker – The Crystals – Phil Spector: Back to Mono (1958-1969) (65)
  59. Caravan – Van Morrison – Moondance  (67)
  60. Morning Bell – Radiohead – Kid A  (68)
  61. Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson – Off the Wall (68)
  62. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (69)
  63. The Boy in the Bubble – Paul Simon – Graceland (71)
  64. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (73)
  65. Hot Pants (pt. 1) – James Brown – Star Time (75)
  66. When Doves Cry – Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain (76)
  67. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC – Back in Black (77)
  68. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Otis Redding – Otis Blue (78)
  69. Ramble On – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II  (79)
  70. Gimme Some Truth – John Lennon – Imagine (80)
  71. Heart of Gold – Neil Young – Harvest  (82)
  72. One Rainy Wish – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold as Love (83)
  73. Respect – Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You (84)
  74. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone – Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul (85)
  75. Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. (86)
  76. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd – The Wall (87)
  77. Cocaine Blues – Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison (88)
  78. Breakfast in Bed – Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis (89)
  79. I Believe (When I Fall in Love it Will Be Forever) – Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (90)
  80. Bennie and the Jets – Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (91)
  81. Well…Alright – Buddy Holly – 20 Golden Greats (92)
  82. Weary Blues from Waitin’ – Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits (94)
  83. Sparks – The Who – Tommy (96)
  84. A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall  – Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (97)
  85. Pump it Up – Elvis Costello  – This Year’s Model (98)
  86. Luv ‘n Haight – Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On (99)
  87. This Will Be Our Year – The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (100)
  88. I Get Along Without You Very Well – Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours (101)
  89. Syeeda’s Song Flute – John Coltrane – Giant Steps (103)
  90. Fire and Rain – James Taylor – Sweet Baby James (104)
  91. You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (105)
  92. Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones – Rocket to Russia (106)
  93. Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 (107)
  94. Life on Mars – David Bowie – Hunky Dory  (108)
  95. I Am Waiting – The Rolling Stones – Aftermath (109)
  96. I Found a Reason  – The Velvet Underground – Loaded (110)
  97. High and Dry – Radiohead – The Bends (111)
  98. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (112)
  99. Help Me – Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark (113)
  100. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream – Disraeli Gears (114)
  101. Odorono – The Who – The Who Sell Out (115)
  102. Play With Fire – The Rolling Stones – Out of Our Heads  (116)
  103. Bell Bottom Blues – Derek and The Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (117)
  104. Gone – Kanye West – Late Registration (118)
  105. At Last – Etta James – At Last! (119)
  106. Hickory Wind – The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (120)
  107. Everyday People – Sly and the Family Stone – Stand! (121)
  108. Johnny Too Bad – The Slickers – The Harder They Come Soundtrack (122)
  109. It’s Tricky – Run-DMC – Raising Hell (123)
  110. 8:05 – Moby Grape – Moby Grape (124)
  111. Stir it Up – Bob Marley and The Wailers – Catch a Fire (126)
  112. Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) – Talking Heads – Remain in Light (129)
  113. Night Fever – The Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever Original Soundtrack (132)
  114. Suicidal Thoughts – The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die (134)
  115. Rocket Man – Elton John – Greatest Hits (136)
  116. Here Comes a Regular – The Replacements – Tim (137)
  117. People Say – The Meters  – Rejuvenation (139)
  118. Sunday Girl – Blondie – Parallel Lines (140)
  119. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love – A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (142)
  120. Mama Roux – Dr. John – GRIS-Gris (143)
  121. Fuck tha Police – N.W.A. – Striaght Outta Compton (144)
  122. Black Cow – Steely Dan – Aja (145)
  123. Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (146)
  124. Helpless – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – Deja Vu (147)
  125. Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (148)
  126. Evil Ways – Santana – Santana (149)
  127. 52 Girls – The B-52s – The B-52s (152)
  128. Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf – Moanin’ in the Moonlight (154)
  129. Brass in Pocket – The Pretenders – Pretenders (155)
  130. Shadrach – The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (156)
  131. Rock and Roll All Nite – Kiss – Alive! (159)
  132. Cosmic Dancer – T. Rex – Electric Warrior (160)
  133. I Love You More than Words Can Say – Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay (161)
  134. 1999 – Prince – 1999 (163)
  135. Let’s Get it On – Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get it On (165)
  136. Alison – Elvis Costello – My Aim is True (168)
  137. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and The Wailers – Exodus (169)
  138. Goin’ Back – The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (171)
  139. Maggie May – Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story (172)
  140. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference – Todd Rundgren – Something/Anything? (173)
  141. Isis – Bob Dylan – Desire (174)
  142. Mr. Guder – The Carpenters – Close to You (175)
  143. One Nation Under a Groove – Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove (177)
  144. It’s All Right – (Curtis Mayfield and) TheImpressions – The Anthology 1961-1977 (178)
  145. Dancing Queen – ABBA – The Definitive Collection (179)
  146. Heart of Stone – The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones, Now! (180)
  147. Lively Up Yourself – Bob Marley and The Wailers – Natty Dread (181)
  148. Rhiannon  – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (182)
  149. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger (183)
  150. Like a Virgin – Madonna – The Immaculate Collection (184)
  151. Skin I’m In – Sly and The Family Stone – Fresh (186)
  152. In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel – So (187)
  153. Any Day Now – Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Memphis (190)
  154. Hot Burrito #1 – The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin (192)
  155. Satellite of Love – Lou Reed – Transformer (194)
  156. Dirty Water – The Standells – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 (196)
  157. My Babe – Little Walter – The Best of Little Walter (198)
  158. Last Nite – The Strokes – Is This It (199)
  159. Highway to Hell – AC/DC – Highway to Hell (200)
  160. Homeward Bound – Simon and Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (202)
  161. Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson – Bad (203)
  162. When the Deal Goes Down – Bob Dylan – Modern Times (204)
  163. Politician – Cream – Wheels of Fire (205)
  164. When You Were Mine – Prince – Dirty Mind (206)
  165. Oye Como Va – Santana – Abraxas (207)
  166. Wild World – Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (208)
  167. Alive – Pearl Jam – Ten (209)
  168. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (211)
  169. Hang Fire – The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You  (213)
  170. It’s Gonna Work Out Fine – Ike and Tina Turner – Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner (214)
  171. Diddley Daddy – Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley  (216)
  172. Paul Revere – The Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill (219)
  173. Pungee – The Meters – Look-Ka Py Py (220)
  174. Tipitina – Professor Longhair – New Orleans Piano (222)
  175. Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond – The Neil Diamond Collection  (224)
  176. Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska (226)
  177. Mr. Grieves – The Pixies – Doolittle (227)
  178. Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic  (229)
  179. Have a Heart – Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time (230)
  180. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen – A Nigh at the Opera (231)
  181. Victoria – The Kinks – The Kinks Kronikles  (232)
  182. Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man (233)
  183. Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends (234)
  184. I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline – The Ultimate Collection (235)
  185. I’ve Got to Get Back (Country Boy) – Jackie Wilson – Mr. Excitement! (236)
  186. I Don’t Mind – The Who – My Generation (237)
  187. Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin’ Wolf – Howlin’ Wolf (238)
  188. Express Yourself – Madonna – Like a Prayer (239)
  189. Do it Again – Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill (240)
  190. The Real Slim Shady – Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (244)
  191. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis – All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology (245)
  192. Help, I’m a Rock – The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! (246)
  193. St. Stephen – The Grateful Dead – Live/Dead (247)
  194. Drive – R.E.M. – Automatic for the People (249)
  195. Izzo (H.O.V.A.) – Jay-Z – The Blueprint (252)
  196. Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen – The River (253)
  197. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) – Otis Redding – Complete and Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul (254) 
  198. The Unforgiven – Metallica – Metallica (255)
  199. How Will I Know – Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston (257)
  200. Do You Remember Walter? – The Kinks – The Kinks are The Village Green Preservation Society (258)
  201. Stardust – Willie Nelson – Stardust (260)
  202. Ripple – The Grateful Dead – American Beauty (261)
  203. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills and Nash – Crosby, Stills and Nash (262)
  204. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman (263)
  205. Dire Wolf – The Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (264)
  206. Just for a Thrill – Ray Charles – The Genius of Ray Charles (265)
  207. Sea and Sand – The Who – Quadrophenia (267)
  208. Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard – Paul Simon – Paul Simon (268)
  209. Beast of Burden – The Rolling Stones – Some Girls (270)
  210. Please Let Me Wonder – The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys Today! (271)
  211. Ooh Baby Baby – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles – Going to a Go-Go (273)
  212. Lady Marmalade – Labelle – Nightbirds (274)
  213. My Name Is – Eminem – The Slim Shady LP – (275)
  214. Night of the Thumpasaurus People – Parliament – Mothership Connection (276)
  215. This Song of Love – Middle Georgia Singing Convention No. 1 – Anthology of American Folk Music (278)
  216. My Home is in The Delta – Muddy Waters – Folk Singer (282)
  217. Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe – Barry White – Can’t Get Enough (283)
  218. Just What I Needed – The Cars – The Cars (284)
  219. I Love Every Little Thing About You – Stevie Wonder – Music of My Mind (285)
  220. Love and Happiness – Al Green – I’m Still in Love with You (286)
  221. Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks – Something Else by The Kinks (289)
  222. Jesus is Waiting – Al Green – Call Me (290)
  223. Don’t Worry About the Government – Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77 (291)
  224. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood) – Bob Dylan and The Band – The Basement Tapes (292)
  225. Famous Blue Raincoat – Leonard Cohen – Song of Love and Hate (295)
  226. Mother People – The Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in it for the Money (297)
  227. Jesus Walks – Kanye West – The College Dropout (298)
  228. Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton – Coat of Many Colors (301)
  229. Fight the Power – Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet (302)
  230. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding (303)
  231. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley – Grace (304)
  232. 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten – Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels in a Gravel Road (305)
  233. Where it’s At – Beck – Odelay (306)
  234. I’ll Be Back – The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night (307)
  235. Down on the Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy and the Poor Boys (309)
  236. The Greeting Song – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (310)
  237. Who Will the Next Fool Be? – Charlie Rich – The Sun Records Collection (311)
  238. Come as You Are – Nirvana – Unplugged (313)
  239. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (314)
  240. Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes (315)
  241. Where is My Mind? – The Pixies – Surfer Rosa (317)
  242. Burnin’ and Lootin’ – The Wailers – Burnin’ (319)
  243. Pink Moon – Nick Drake – Pink Moon (321)
  244. God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)  – Randy Newman – Sail Away (322)
  245. Spirits in the Material World – The Police – Ghost in the Machine (323)
  246. Lay Down Sally – Eric Clapton – Slowhand (325)
  247. Divorce Song – Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville (327)
  248. It’s a New Day – James Brown – In the Jungle Groove (329)
  249. It’s Only Love – The Beatles – Help!  (331)
  250. Shoot Out the Lights – Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights (332)
  251. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden – Superunknown (335)
  252. TV Party – Black Flag – Damaged (340)
  253. Run On – Moby – Play (341)
  254. Slippery People – Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (345)
  255. Eye Know – De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising (346)
  256. Bike – Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn (347)
  257. 99 Problems – Jay-Z – The Black Album (349)
  258. My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) – Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps (351)
  259. So Far Away – Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms (352)
  260. Dark Fantasy – Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (353)
  261. Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield – Randy Newman – 12 Songs (356)
  262. Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones – Between the Buttons (357)
  263. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – Elton John – Honky Chateau (359)
  264. What Do I Get? – The Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady (360)
  265. Love Her Madly – The Doors – L.A. Woman (364)
  266. Killing in the Name of – Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine (365)
  267. The Beast in Me – Johnny Cash – American Recordings (366)
  268. Message in a Bottle – The Police – Regatta de Blanc (372)
  269. It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork – Post (376)
  270. Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker – The Ultimate Collection (377)
  271. Wonderwall – Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (378)
  272. Waterfalls – TLC – Crazy Sexy Cool (379)
  273. Pressure Drop – Toot and the Maytals – Funky Kingston – (380)
  274. Surf’s Up – The Beach Boys – Smile (381)
  275. The Girls Want to Be With the Girls – Talking Heads  – More Songs About Buildings and Food (383)
  276. Any Major Dude Will Tell You – Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic (386)
  277. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes – Elephant  (390)
  278. I’ve Got a Feeling – The Beatles – Let it Be  (392)
  279. Paper Planes – M.I.A. – Kala  (393)
  280. Guilty – Randy Newman – Good Old Boys (394)
  281. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations – Anthology (400)
  282. Life’s a Bitch – Nas – Illmatic  (402)
  283. Free Bird – Lynryd Skynyrd – (Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd) (403)
  284. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (408)
  285. People are Strange – The Doors – Strange Days (409)
  286. Love Sick – Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind (410)
  287. Dr. Wu – Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime (413)
  288. We Got the Beat – The Go-Gos – Beauty and the Beat (414)
  289. What’s He Building? – Tom Waits – Mule Variations (416)
  290. Let Me Roll It – Paul McCartney and Wings – Band on the Run (418)
  291. Maybe Baby – Buddy Holly and The Crickets – The “Chirping” Crickets (420)
  292. Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad (About My Baby)  – The Best of The Girls Groups Vol. 2 (421)
  293. Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles – The Best of The Girls Groups Vol. 1 (421)
  294. (The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up – The Ronettes – Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes (422)
  295. When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes – The Supremes – Anthology (423)
  296. $1,000 Wedding – Gram Parsons – Grevious Angel (425)
  297. I Want You to Want Me – Cheap Trick – At Budokan (426)
  298. I’ll Come Running to Tie Your Shoes – Brian Eno – Another Green World (429)
  299. What is Life – George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (433)
  300. The Ballad of El Goodo – Big Star – #1 Record (434)
  301. All Apologies – Nirvana – In Utero (435)
  302. Paper Tiger – Beck – Sea Change (436)
  303. Dirty Old Town – The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy & The Lash (440)
  304. Satisfaction – Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (442) 
  305. The Cisco Kid – War – The World is a Ghetto (444)
  306. Take the Money and Run – Steve Miller Band (445)
  307. The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto (w/ Astrud Gilberto) – Getz/Gilberto (447)
  308. Wrapped Around Your Finger – The Police (448)
  309. These Days – Jackson Browne – For Everyman (450)
  310. You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (451)
  311. Angel From Montgomery – John Prine – John Prinei (452)
  312. A Matter of Time – Los Lobos – How Will the Wolf Survive (455)
  313. There Goes My Baby – The Drifters – Golden Hits (459)
  314. It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M. – Document (462)
  315. I Don’t Believe in the Sun – The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs (465)
  316. Clocks – Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head – (466)
  317. Valentine’s Day  – Bruce Springsteen  – Tunnel of Love  (467)
  318. Killing Me Softly – Fugees – The Score  (469)
  319. The Calvary Cross – Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (471)
  320. Faith – George Michael – Faith (472)
  321. Ten Crack Commandments – The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (476)
  322. Everybody’s Had the Blues  – Merle Haggard – Down Every Road (477)
  323. She’s Got You – Loretta Lynn – All Time Greatest Hits (478)
  324. Africa – D’Angelo – Voodoo  (481)
  325. Guitar Town – Steve Earle – Guitar Town (482)
  326. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (487)
  327. La Grange – ZZ Top – Tres Hombres (490)
  328. Here Comes the Rain Again – Eurythmics – Touch (492)
  329. Kamera – Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (493)
  330. Kids – MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (494)
  331. Love Has No Pride – Bonnie Raitt – Give it Up (495)
  332. Waiting for a Train – Boz Scaggs – Boz Scaggs (496)
  333. How Blue Can You Get? – B.B. King – Live at Cook County Jail (499)

2 Responses to “The Hunkered Down “Playlist””

  1. rodney Says:

    It will take a bit to go through this list….I am more interested in the lower half, really, with the albums I am likely less familiar with. I shuffle a massive playlist on my portable devices as my car radio, too. The only one I raised my eyebrows at immediately was “Bike – Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn”. I love “Bike”, mind you, but if I had to pick one song from Piper? No way.


    • Yeah–I liked a lot of those goofy Syd Barrett songs in my youth–largely because Phish covered many of them, Bike included. It’s really the only song off that I album I know very well, hence the choice. My recollection of the rest of it was mostly of longer, less song-oriented psychedelic pieces, though I’m sure there are other good songs on there–I just don’t remember them offhand.

      I’m thrilled to hear you’ll be dipping into this playlist too–I had hoped someone besides me would! I have put a good chunk of it together for memorial day weekend, but I didn’t manage to quite finish. It’s something to keep plugging away at over the summer, I guess.

      Thanks, and enjoy!


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