The theme for this week’s Twisted Mixtape is make a playlist for a friend who’s blue to cheer them up. I looked at this assignment two ways. http://jenkehl.com/music/songs-about-feeling-better/
1) Most of my friends are my age so I kept the songs to the 1980s and early 1990s because nostalgia makes people feel good, most of the time.
2) I’m making them happy. If someone sent me Clash or Nirvana songs, it would make me somewhat happy (I never get happy happy, like blue skies and palomino ponies, so perspective, here).
*sidenote* – I stepped down from writing for Raisedontheradio.com, no drama to report, I’m just finishing the sequel to The Ballad of Helene Troy, titled Woman of Troy, and committing full-time to my politics and pop culture site, www.leftypop.com with my friends Linda aka @modmomelleroy of www.elleroywashere.com and Natalie aka @singingfool1224 of www.thecatladysings.com,my posts will appear there Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am as well as special op-ed pieces here and there. Please come see us.
On to the list. Hope this makes one of you happy, otherwise I get an F, my first one since college algebra 24-years ago.
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC, 1980. I’ve been to parties of all kinds and have NEVER, NOT heard this song. It brings everyone to the dance floor or table top, every time. That’s the power of thunda from down unda.
Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol, 1981. the formerly William Broad swear this song is dancing around by yourself to lift your spirits. I prefer the rumors it’s about “self-love”. If you’re a parent you know it’s the opening number to Flushed Away, the animated movie about a rat in a sewer. Sex Pistol Steve Jones plays the guitar solo.
Gettin’ Better – Tesla, 1987. All of the 1980s hard rock formula is represented. Overlong, slow, virtuoso acoustic guitar opening to engage the ladies, riffs that punch you in the gut for the dudes, then a screaming chorus that gets you pumped more than Eye of The Tiger. All of my friends should own the album Mechanical Resonance and think that Nikola Tesla got ripped off by Tom Edison and be angry about it.
Love Shack – B-52s, 1989. If you’ve never been in a Chrysler that seats about 20 rolling down the Atlanta Highway, then you haven’t lived a full enough existence. THat’s how living in Georgia is better than where you are. Try NOT screaming TIN ROOF RUSTED!
The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground, 1991. Shock G tells a heart warming story of supreme self-confidence and getting busy in a Burger King bathroom. Seriously, listen to this party rap classic and try to not smile and dance around. I dare you.
No Diggity – Blackstreet, 1996. Dr. Dre produced and layed down a hella rap, and this song makes you move, no diggity, no doubt.
You know what would make lovely Valentine’s Day gifts? My books.
The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com