Things Ya Might Get Busted For In Real Life
I know it’s gonna be hard, with Thanksgiving and all, but this is a really fun topic suggested by my favorite mixer-uper – literally, she’s always mixing up the topic. Kerri from Undiagnosed but Okay. She said, how about a “this song could’ve sent me to jail?” I was intrigued, but needed more. Hmmm let’s see the Doors come on baby get higher, Or Carrie Underwood doing a little grand larceny beating up her boyfriends truck? Blondie gets arrested after seeing Aliens in Rapture Or even to be funnier: Joe Cocker you can leave your hat on, so if I left just my hat on I would be arrested for indecent exposure. Trust me it wouldn’t be pretty! Aha!
Please go see me, Jen, and Linda aka @modmomelleroy from www.elleroywashere.com at our other place, the music centered Raised On The Radio aka @raisedonthradio www.raisedontheradio.com Today’s Twisted Mixtape Tuesday made me realize how many songs I listen to that are about crminals, their activities and the fact it’s a small miracle I’ve avoided serious jail time juxapositioned against my CD collection. From my friends Jen aka @jenkehl www.jenkehl.com and Kristi aka @findingninee www.findingninee.com here’s a playlist that if I blare too loud in front of a police station, I might be without my shoelaces and needing a lawyer.
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash. Dude, the Man in Black played this live in a prison. He wins at everything in life. There is nothing better than singing “But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” in any setting and watching the person’s face freeze. I wonder what it was like in 1968 to walk around singing this song.
Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones. Mick and Keef wrote a lot about drugs and a song about being the Devil, but their seminal work is a celebration of a bank robber. Keef’s guitar makes it seem even more dangerous.
I Fought The Law – The Clash. Sorry Bobby Fuller Four, your original is terrific but when Joe Strummer and the boys went at it in the late 1970s they felt and looked like a gang.
Jailbreak – AC/DC. Early “thunda from down unda” was led by lead singer Bon Scott who spent time in the pokey for fighting and other juvenile delinquent offenses. He also looked like he just woke up in a 5×5 room with orange polyester pajamas.
The Mercy Seat – Nick Cave & The Seeds. Johnny Cash Covered this years later but Nick Cave’s tale about being in the electric chair is creepy, poignant and makes a point you can’t forget.
Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine. I’ve written dozens of times about how great it is to blare Rage in the suburbs getting out of the car at my kids’ events. One of these days, when the culture gets even more conservative, someone’s going to pinch me for inciting a riot when Zach whispers “Now you do what they told ya” and Tom screams “F*** you, I won’t do what you told me!”
Jewel Thief – The Kills. Is there a more underrated female voice in music than Alison Mosshart? The proper answer is hell no. She adopts the pseudonym VV, here, and then leads us on a crime spree that’s both indie rock superstar quality and unforgettable narrative.
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