Random Rules: Cee-Fore-Dub Style
Based on a conversation with Grant and Wendy the other day: the idea is simple. You hit the "Shuffle" button on your iTunes (or equivalent jukebox program) and list the first ten songs that pop up. Then, you briefly explain/defend/disavow each one. It's a format done to great effect over at The AV Club; take a gander there if you want to get a feel for the format.
And, no cheating! Don't hand-pick the ten coolest songs you can think of (even though I know we're all too honest for that). If it isn't embarrassing, then it isn't Random Rules. Mine after the jump. . .
1. "Cut It Ya Match It," Dispatch
One of my old roommates was obsessed with Dispatch; I'll admit that I don't know them all that well or have much of a feel for them. It never really grabbed me. It seems like pretty standard folky-rock stuff, but then again I'm sure lots of people would call some of my favorite bands "standard" and "uninteresting." Glass houses, I suppose.
2. "Slow Blues," The Jimi Hendrix Experience
...what is there to say? It's HENDRIX, man. "Castles Made of Sand" has always been my favorite track, but you can't really go wrong.
3. "Unguided," The New Pornographers
I'm very much a late arrival to the TNP scene; that's kinda par for the course for me. I tend to be, at the minimum, a year behind on my cool hipster bands. I do think that Challengers is fantastic, though.
4. "Tommy Gun," The Clash
The Clash are awesome. Period.
5. "If I Had," Eminem.
I think Eminem sucks. Naturally, I thought The Slim Shady LP was awesome in seventh grade.
6. "Do Fries Go With That Shake," George Clinton
That's more like it. This is from the mid-80s solo period, I think. I am forever a disciple of the P-Funk. . .
7. "Hey Baby/In From the Storm," The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The danger of random, I guess. Hendrix is still awesome.
8. "Duppy Conqueror," Bob Marley & The Wailers
Who doesn't love Bob Marley?
9. "Diggin' Your Scene," Smash Mouth
Astro Lounge was the first album I ever purchased. That should probably embarrass me. Oh well.
10. "Lurgee," Radiohead
Off of Pablo Honey, an album I like (but not nearly as much as, say The Bends or especially OK Computer). New album on Wednesday; who's excited?