Lately I've seen folks like Dale and Johnny Yen give some commentary on their shuffle choices, instead of merely throwing out ten random song titles. Dale has even been generous enough to provide the tunes themselves, through the wonders of his data bus.
There are four of us here at the compound using iTunes on the computer, so a lot of these random ten lists don't just reflect my tastes--it's really more of a glimpse of what the soundtrack to our family life sounds like.
Rains—Jim Edgar & the Roadrunners
This is one of mine, from a collection called "Rockabilly Gold."
Sweet Rockin' Baby—Sonny West
Another one of mine from the excellent Rhino collection "Rockin' Bones."
La valse d'Amelie—Yann Tiersen
This belongs to my youngest, from the soundtrack to her favorite movie Amelie. For a while now she's been on a tear where she listens almost exclusively to old and/or foreign language music. It's really cool to hear Edith Piaf or Fats Waller coming from her room.
Peace in the Valley—Johnny Cash
This was a gift to me from MizBubs' family. It's from a boxed set: The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983.
Pretty Boy Floyd—Woody Guthrie
MizBubs loves Woody Guthrie. This track is from a 3-disc set titled This Machine Kills Fascists.
Tainted Love—Marilyn Manson
Here we see the influence of our oldest daughter. She's listed as a contributor to this blog, and I'd love to see her write more (she's appeared as a Tromette at some horror conventions and goes to lots of cool shows that we don't have time to go see) but she tells me she has "too much of a real life" to spend time blogging. Ouch.
Ballade Von Der Sexuellen Horigkeit—Kurt Weill
I found this version of the Three Penny Opera for my youngest. It doesn't get much play because, in her words, "it sounds too new." She prefers older recordings that have some hiss and pop to them; she's especially fond of Bertholt Brecht singing "Mac the Knife" in German on a collection titled September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill.
Ever Fallen In Love? --The Buzzcocks
From Singles Going Steady. I can't remember if I got this on CD to replace old vinyl, or if our eldest got this as part of her ongoing quest to listen to all of our old favorites from the late 70's and early 80's.
Abba Zabba—Captain Beefheart
This is a recent acquisition of mine. I've never listened to an entire Captain Beefheart album, so I figured the reissue of Safe as Milk would be a good place to start.
Stompin' The Bug—Fats Waller
Now, if you want some more fun, go see Splotchy's take on the Friday Random Ten. I'll use just these four words as a teaser: pussy pussy pussy marijuana.