1. I Want to Conquer the World - Bad Religion, No Control, Epitaph, 1989)
One of my favorite Bad Religion songs. Great driving song.
2. Send His Love to Me - PJ Harvey, To Bring You My Love, (Island, 1995)
You know, I would've killed to have sex with Ms. Polly Jean when this album came out. 11 years later, yup. Still feel the same way. Its the voice. And the eyes. Dammit. I'm a sucker for a great voice and eyes.
3. Cop Killer - Body Count, Body Count, (Sire, 1992 )
I used to love cruising around my hometown cranking this out of this old Chevy Celebrity (my first car.) For some reason, Ice-T's metal band scared the crap out of anybody over the age of 40, especially when a car full of guys of various ethnicities cruised through town slowly.
Damn, that's such a silly memory. Eminem, eat your heart out. I'm happy to say Ice-T is still one hardcore bastard of an actor. Who the hell remembers that Dan Quayle guy anyway?
4. March of the SOD - S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death), Speak English of Die(Megaforce 1995)
One of my idols growing up was Scotty Ian (at left, with Public Enemy's Chuck ), that lovable, goateed bald guy from the metal band Anthrax. S.O.D. was one of his side projects - a band so completely un-PC, talented, and brutal. (C'mon - one of their songs was titled Pre-Menstrual Princess Blues. A speed metal track.)
I used to worship the guy. Ian is a guitar god with a since of humor, a comic book collection, and probably a closet full of Chuck Taylors. Whenever I see one or more Emo kids moping together, I have to put on some speed metal.
5. Propaganda - Dead Prez, Let's Get Free (Relativity, 2000)
Dead Prez, quite frankly, is one of the most important political rappers in the history of hip-hop. A strong black voice in a world of bling and sell-outs. I prefer rappers who work to better their communities, not those who seek to move to the damned Hamptons to hob-knob with Martha Stewart.
6. See Ya Later Fuckface - The Queers, Pleasant Screams (Lookout!, 2002)
MP3 Available at Lookout! Site
This is one of my all-time favorite songs on one of my all-time favorite punk albums. I play it in the office, in the car, and I played it three times today alone. It was at a Queers concert that I got into my last mosh pit - punk shows, alas, have become more of a scenester-inspired fashion show than actually having fun. When the Queers started singing this one song, it brought a punker tear to my eye to see a group of high school aged punk kids (one girl had a real, honest-to-god mohawk as opposed to that trendy fauxhawk thing) turn around and start screaming this song into the face of these 20-something fratboy types. Why get into another pit? That's as pleasant a retirement gift as a veteran pitbull can get.
7. Drop the Attitude Fucker - The Queers, Beat Off Lookout!, 1993)
Two Queers songs in a row? Hey, its my blog and I'll post what I want, dammit.
8. Mushaboom - Feist (MC DJ Dirty Remix)
MP3 available here - MC DJ's Blog
This is just really neat. A blogger takes a hot Canadian underground act, remixes it, and throws the resulting beautiful mess online. Is that DJ Rob Base I hear in the loop? Damn...that's smooth.
9. Yesterday is Here - Tom Waits, Frank's Wild Years(Island, 1990)
I'm pretty sure it's illegal in the state of Ohio to listen to Tom Waits and speed metal in the same sitting. But hey...to each their own. I've melted down this CD so many times I had to finally rip this song to MP3.
10. Rifle Eyes - cLOUDDEAD, Ten (Mush, 2004)
MP3 available here
One of my favorite acts of the last few years, cLOUDDEAD (at left) is a hip-hop collective that offers an alternative to the worthless bling culture.
Mush Records has an awesomely ecclectic back catalog. Even if you hate hip hop, I'm sure there's something for everyone here.
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