In the wake of Father’s Day, we decided it would be worth reflecting on one of, (if not THE ) most important musical influences in our lives: our Dads! In doing so, we realize we owe much of our eclectic musical taste and knowledge to their paternal musical brainwashing, and want to celebrate their passion for the weird and the wonderful with a playlist of important songs and artists they’ve turned us on to over the years.
1. One of the first concerts I ever attended was with my dad to see BOC at the good ol’ Canyon Club. With such a prolific catalog of songs to choose from, it was pleasing that the band chose this face-melting diz-buster for their encore (per my dad’s requests) and just about took down the house. Blue Oyster Cult – Dominance And Submission –rye
2. My dad took me to my first Coachella when I was 14, and then he was dragged around to see all of our dumb tweener indie bands…luckily he put his foot down when some band called Gang Of Four came on. Little did I know I would later brag that I saw Gang Of Four when I was 14. Naturals Not In It – Gang Of Four — caitiebee
3. Archie Bell & The Drells – Tighten Up This track went on to be covered and sampled by countless acts, and after one listen to that opening bassline, it’s not hard to hear why. Consider this a call to action for all wedding DJs to make this song a regular in your playlists. –rye
4. My parents used to talk about biking down to the boardwalk to see Ted Hawkins playing for change. I love that mental image. Strange Conversation – Ted Hawkins — caitiebee
5. Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance — Hearing this at a young age, I recall Pere Ubu as one of the many, “you-just-don’t-understand-it-yet” groups that my Dad would play me. Copies of “The Modern Dance” and “Dub Housing” more or less gathered dust until I found a copy of the play “Ubu Roi” in the Arts Library and realized the surrealistic origins and influences of the group. And as they say, everything was illuminated. –rye
6. I remember the very first time I ever heard X. It was coming home from Tower Records with my dad, after he purchased the 2 CD set of X’s greatest hits. He chose to show me “White Girl” first, because…I’m a white girl. But as the years past I learned it was the softer side of X that is his favorite, and my favorite too. Though still one of my favorite memories of my dad is watching him mosh at an X show in his work attire and Prada dress shoes. See How We Are – X — caitiebee
7.. A video exists somewhere of a diaper-clad, yours-truly “dancing” to the original version of Kraftwerk’s “Showroom Dummies.” Perhaps it might surface someday, but in the mean time, let’s cha-cha to a Latin-style rendition of this brilliant piece, just for kicks. –rye
8. Never have I ever seen a mariachi band at a Mexican restaurant not be coerced into playing this song (sometimes multiple times a night) for our table, Cuando Caliente Sol — caitiebee
9. Frank Zappa – Willie the Pimp — It was really Frank Zappa’s involvement with the Mothers Of Invention that had a greater impact on my musical sensibilities, but this song encapsulates everything I love about Zappa, and features the notorious bat chain puller, Captain Beefheart, on vocals. You just can’t go wrong with this gem. –rye
10. Afterimage – Satellite Of Love If you keep up with the always-excellent offerings of Brooklyn label Sacred Bones, then you may’ve heard this brooding 80s number on their recent compilation “Killed By Deathrock, Vol. 1”– a collection of “little-heard post punk, deathrock,” all marked by their “dark, icy atmospheres.” The drummer on this group may or may not be related to me in the paternal sense. –rye
We are starting a new series of special posts called “Music to…”
Each week we’ll choose a relevant topic and put together a playlist to do it to.
This week: THE SUPER BOWL.
1. Let’s warm up with some Drinking in the Morning by Trampled by Turtles — caitiebee
2. Amidst your day drinking of the finest boxed wine you found on sale, you realize, out loud, the truth (in vino veritas): FOOTBALL IS WAR. And we want it. YOU want it, you bloodthirsty yokel. So join in the chorus as the teams take the field to We Want War by These New Puritans –rye
3. Food and Pussy by Dan Reeder, no not Dan Reeder formally of the Los Angeles Raiders, but Dan Reeder son of a minister from Louisiana. This is how I suspect men feel when they watch Super Bowl commercials. — caitiebee
4. For many, Super Bowl ad spots (rumored to cost around 4 million a pop) are the highlights of the day; not all that “sportball nonsense” in between. Advertisers coercively subject us to so many different places, people and situations that’s it’s easy to feel like a tourist in your own home. Celebrate your embrace of capitalism’s stranglehold on you to the rawness of At Home He’s A Tourist by Gang Of Four –rye
5. HALFTIME: The most exciting part of this year’s Super Bowl (IMHO) will be Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers taking the stage together, if Ke$ha and Rick Ross showed up it would be the guiltiest/greatest half an hour of my life. A girl can dream…but until then check out this Major Lazer remix of Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars. — caitiebee
6. Does “Jesus Make the ‘Shotgun’ Sound?” You may argue yes, if you believe he’s actually Peyton Manning– “The Sheriff,” career/franchise resurrector and new mile-high messiah of the Denver Broncos. Ponder this, and your own existence…while you listen to Janessa Sais Quoi by Jesus Makes the Shotgun Sound –rye
7. New York is Killing Me by Gil Scott-Heron, because city life ain’t all it’s cracked up to be — caitiebee