Here’s the latest in my every-other-week blog series for The Missouri Review wherein I curate & comment on the “perfect playlist” for picking various literary figures (poetry or prose, living or dead) up from the airport and driving them to dinner/readings/interviews.
What are some solid picks for picking up Booker Prize winning novelist/poet/essayist/critic/activist Margaret Atwood? Well, here’s hoping she digs Prince, Michael Nyman, & Iron Maiden.
A Nightmare On Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge is one of the most subtextually loaded horror films ever made. Like, to the point where a razor-gloved, dream-dwelling, janitor from Hell is kind of the B-story. Doesn’t make it a less worthy film…just…quirky.
Most of the 8 Freddy movies have featured some solid musical moments (seriously, Part 3 kind of made me like Dokken) but this track in #2 is undoubtedly my fav.
I highly recommend this disco/early-house comp on which it’s found. A lot of gems here.
Def in my top 5 hip-hop releases for 2014 so far, and it will take a lot to boot it from there in the next 8 months.
I’ve played this the last 2 weeks straight, and you know what….I don’t know if I’m done yet.
Coming to Monday’s show.
OK, so I was trying to find a youtube video containing the audio of the Prince & The Family track Nothing Compares 2 U for inclusion in the previous post. I momentarily forgot that Prince (hallowed be his name) is one of the most YouTube-unfriendly acts out there. So no dice.
BUT, I found this awesomeness: a live band rendition of the song performed by what appear to be twelve-year-olds…and it’s GREAT. Oh man, why does this have fewer than 100 views?!
Do yourselves a favor and help change that. God bless the internet.
Bit of an abbreviated set here as I had to run off to ye-olde Prince themed comedy show - but still a bunch of fun. Opened with one of the few post-Mezzanine Massive Attack tracks that I really dig. It felt like a good fit b/c it’s sung by Sinead O’Connor and I was very much in a Prince state of mind (Nothing Compares, Nuh-THING Compares 2 U!)…Staying in the 80s pop state of mind I couldn’t resist me some Rockwell. I always thought it weird that he was a one-hit wonder given that his dad was, you know, Berry Gordy. But then again if your signature song is sung in a faux novelty accent (British vampire??) and garnered most of its airplay because of an obvious-but-uncredited Michael Jackson hook maybe it makes sense after all… Moskow Diskow is a fun song, but I swear to God if you play it more than twice in one day you will come to loathe it. Damn you Euro Disco! Thou most conflicting of genres! I love you, I hate you, I love you again…Prince made his mark again, this time with one of my fav cuts from the Batman Soundtrack, which was featured prominently in one of my favorite scenes from all of 80s film. Just heard the Ron Trent track in the last month. I’m loving it, along with pretty much the entirety of this MONSTER Chicago House boxed set (15 discs!) that I recently got my hands on from a colleague in the station. I can’t wait to bring out cuts from it over the coming weeks…Closed with more, you guessed it, PRINCE. OK, full confession time here: I’ve always been a Prince fan. Knew all the hits since I was a kid, would never change the station if he popped on the radio, etc. But I was really just, you know, a greatest hits fan. It wasn’t until the run up to the theme show that I really dug into his discography and actually listened in full to every album from For You (his 1st) through “The Love Symbol Album" after which things started to get real weird (The Gold Experience is solid, mind you). And that’s when I discovered I’ve been robbing myself blind for YEARS by only listening to edited radio/greatest hits CD versions of I Wanna Be Your Lover (on of my fav songs, period) which are about two full minutes shorter than the one on Prince, which is now the only version I’ll listen to for the rest of my sorry life. Sigh.
06:01PM Massive Attack “A Prayer for England” from “100th Window” on Virgin
06:08PM D-Train “You’re The One For Me” from “Prelude’s Greatest Hits”
06:13PM Rockwell “Somebody’s Watching Me (Single Version)” from “Gold - ’80s Soul” on HIP-O
06:17PM Telex “Moskow Diskow” from “Looking for St. Tropez” on EMI Belgium
06:21PM Prince “Partyman” from “Batman”
06:25PM Ron Trent “I Feel the Rhythm” from “EPM Selects: Chicago House”
06:31PM Crazy P “Open for Service (Ron Basejam Mix)” from “REMIXED” on 2020Vision
06:37PM Javelin “Nnormal” from “Hi Beams” on Luaka Bop
06:41PM Prince “I Wanna Be Your Lover” from “Prince”