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Monday, April 24, 2006

A killer playlist for driving at dusk

One of my favorite things to do in the whole world is drive at dusk in spring and summer. I got to do it Friday when I drove to Minneapolis, and it was a fat slab of sunny gorgeousity. Before I left, I made a long iPod playlist to score my trip, and it ended up being the perfect soundtrack to the perfect trip. In fact, I'm certain that this list of 41 songs is the perfect accompaniment for the drive from Appleton to Minneapolis (or at least two and a half hours of it.)

I know securing this list for yourself is predicated on having a music collection very similar to my own. But if we ever end up hanging out, I promise to burn you a couple of discs.

1. Love, "A House Is Not a Hotel"
2. Superdrag, "Ambulance Driver"
3. Randy Newman, "Mama Told Me Not To Come"
4. Lucinda Williams, "Drunken Angel"
5. Blind Faith, "Can't Find My Way Home
6. Josh Rouse, "Love Vibration"
7. Wilderness, "The Blood is on the Wall"
8. Ride, "Drive Blind"
9. Counting Crows, "Another Horsedreamer's Blues"
10. Wilco, "Handshake Drugs"
11. Wilco, "Shouldn't Be Ashamed
12. Felt, "Something Sends Me to Sleep"
13. Harry Nilsson, "Everybody's Talkin'"
14. Cheap Trick, "Downed"
15. Fountains of Wayne, "The Senator's Daughter"
16. Clinic, "The Equaliser"
17. The Velvet Underground, "New Age"
18. Robert Pollard, "50-Year-Old Baby"
19. The Strokes, "Automatic Stop"
20. Queens of the Stone Age, "Auto Pilot"
21. Elliott Smith, "Independence Day"
22. The 22/20s, "The Things That Lovers Do"
23. Cat Power, "Willie"
24. The Slits, "FM"
25. Pavement, "Passat Dream"
26. Black Sabbath, "Tomorrow's Dream"
27. The Decemberists, "The Legionnaire's Lament"
28. Neil Diamond, "Two-Bit Manchild"
29. Ween, "You Were the Fool"
30. Chuck Berry, "I Want to be Your Driver"
31. Terry Reid, "Superlungs My Supergirl"
32. Flamin' Groovies, "Shake Some Action"
33. Ryan Adams, "Gonna Make You Love Me"
34. Soundgarden, "Black Hole Sun"
35. The Police, "Man in a Suitcase"
36. Led Zeppelin, "Friends"
37. The American Flag, "Candy"
38. The Figgs, "Waiting for the Sun to Rise"
39. Dinosaur Jr., "The Lung"
40. Versus, "Lose that Dress"
41. The Championship, "A Change"


Blogger Jen said...

I just did that drive. Maybe you could have told me about this before we both left on Friday? Thanks a lot, Steve. Instead, I found myself inserting a cd (I'm not so hip as to have an iPod yet) and thinking to myself 'you know, this doesn't really feel like the right song to be listening to right now on Hwy 10', and then I'd switch it again. It was probably hazardous to other drivers such as yourself. Self-preservation should make you think twice before leaving on a road trip and not giving me a playlist before you go.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous tim fukkin schweiger said...

Good to see some figgs on the list. Shake Some Action? Your welcome. check please!

1:38 PM  
Anonymous cheddar said...

For those of us who like good music, I'm gonna put "Black Superman" by Above the Law on that list.

3:53 PM  
Blogger mark said...

because you drive slower than steve?

4:03 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I don't know what speed Steve was maintaining. But if we both left after work and were driving around dusk in the springtime, it sounds logical that he might have been near me on the highway. But because I had to drive with my knee to lean way back and reach my other cd case which was wedged in between my seat and my backpack, his life may have been in danger, all because my lack of the perfect playlist for Hwy 10. I also might have been passing someone, shifting into 5th, talking on my cell phone and applying chapstick, but it's the playlist that really causes accidents.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous cheddar said...

If Jen and Steve leave Appleton at approximately the same, and Steve averages a speed of 67 mph while Jen averages a speed of 71 mph, how many people is Jen likely to wipe out in her quest for a hard-to-reach CD?

10:31 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Cheddar, how many cars are on the road with me? Is it still dusk in the springtime? Would the average number of passengers per vehicle meet or exceed two? Are they wearing seatbelts? Given the fact that most accidents occur within 4 miles of home, are we averaging only those 4 miles, or the duration of the trip? If I had to guess, I'd say 5 people wiped out... give or take 5, depending on which cd I'm trying to grab.

5:37 PM  

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