Tuesday, December 06, 2005

ZENFORMATION PLAYLIST DEC. 6, 2005:
Patti Smith AND... the Wu-Tang Clan?!?

1. Bonzo Goes to Bitburg - The Ramones, Animal Boy 1985
Johnny Ramone may have been a diehard Conservative, and apparently always hated this Reagan-bashing tune, but for some reason its always been one of my favorite songs.

2. After Forever - Black Sabbath, Master of Reality, 1971
I can't believe it took the rock snob voters at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this frigging long to vote in Sabbath, Lynard Skynard, and the Sex Pistols. "After Forever" is hands-down, my all time favorite Sabbath song. I liked Zeppelin, but, well, my brief Sabbath fixation scared the crap out of my parents, clergy, and teachers.

3. Yesterday is Here - Tom Waits, Frank's Wild Years, 1990
I once made fun of a friend who got dumped because he was so obsessed with a Nirvana song "Lithium" that he stopped in the middle of sex to turn up the radio. (The girlfriend dumped him as he apparently did this often.) Pretty sure I'd exhibit the same level of insanity regarding this song.

4. Triumph - The Wu-Tang Clan, Wu-Tang Forever, 1997
I miss the Ol' Dirty Bastard. Seriously.

5. One More Hour - Sleater-Kinney, Dig Me Out, 1997
Wow. Following up the Wu-Tang with S-K. Riotgrrl and hardcore rap....hmm. I could possibly remix the two...create my own Wu-Kinney or Sleater-Tang remix...hmm...

Nah. That would be too creepy.

6. Set Me Free - The Kinks, Kinda Kinks, 1965
I'm a grungy, heavy distortion guitar player. I like power chords. I like the sound of old analog effects pedals and tube amps. Can't go wrong with the Kinks after jamming for a few hours after work.

7. Between the Bars - Elliott Smith, Either/Or, 1997
Wow. This is like the third song from 1997. Tragic loss to the music world when Smith died. What is it about Popular Culture that sucks everything from a guy, and leaves him in such a sorry state that he ceases to want to live?

8. Housemate Troubles - MC Paul Barman, 12", 2000
I talked with a college student this morning who's about three unwashed dishes away from commiting sororiticide.

9. Ask the Angels - Patti Smith Group, Radio Ethiopia, 1976
Critics love Horses. And its a great album, so great it was recently rereleased. But my favorite song comes off this follow-up release.

6 comments:

Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

Nice choices. I could live my life without Skynard though, and never regret it. ;)

Stacy said...

Sororiticide! OMG I love it!

One of the Ramones was a conservative? That's kind of unpunk...

WDL said...

but how do these choices shape & mold you as a librarian?

thats the part i want to know.

m

The ZenFo Pro said...

ALICE:
No Skynard?!? Have you seen Devil's Rejects yet? Rob Zombie found an amazing use for "Free Bird."

Hey, waddaya expect? I'm from the South, chica ;)

STACY:
Glad you liked it. Its an original :)

Actually, Johnny Ramone was such a diehard Republican, he gave a shout-out to Bush during the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If I remember correctly, he was balanced out by the liberal Joey Ramone and more-or-less apolitical rest of the band.

Matthew:
Hmmm...not sure. Have to think on that. Librarianship involves shaping and molding? There was a pottery component?!?
:)

zydeco fish said...

I am kinda a closet Sabbath fan. It bugs me that they are labelled Heavy Metal. I really don't think they are. That's a good choice, and I agree with the Tom Waits.

The ZenFo Pro said...

ZF:
Hey man, I've always thought of Sabbath as being the darker side of, say Led Zeppelin/Pink Floyd stuff, so I agree. I think there were a lot of great bands from the 70s that ended up being "conscripted" into the heavy metal scene in the 1980s. As for Tom Waits, I have a new criteria for dating in the last year - if a gal doesn't like at least one Tom Waits tune, I probably shouldn't date her.