The Ultimate Driving Mixtape*


I’m pretty sure there’s something wrong with my mental state. I’m off in the head.

For the past month and a half, my girlfriend has been in the hospital and I’ve managed to visit her three or four times a week. This is a bit of an inconvenience as she’s about an hour drive away**.

So last week I took a vacation day… to drive two hours in the other direction and take an introduction to solar energy systems and design class in the southern part of the state. It wasn’t until I was cruising back on the highway that I realized this isn’t something most people do. In fact, most people would probably say I’m in desperate need of a psychiatrist.

And after I finish installing these solar panels and save on my electric bill I’ll make an appointment.

The insane part is that I actually enjoy the drive. Southern Ohio/Northern West Virginia is filled with beautiful scenery. It was a gorgeous day, and I got to enjoy it in my own way.

The best part is that my new*^ car has one of those newfangled ‘radio’ contraptions so I was able to listen to music the whole way. When I needed a break from the Creedence CD I brought along I was able to scan through the stations and usually land on something descent that made time pass a little quicker.

This got me thinking “what would be on the ultimate driving playlist?” And because one of my hobbies is blogging I had to turn it into something.

Granted, most of this is low hanging fruit, but give me a break; I’ve been doing a lot of driving lately.


Tom Cochran “Life is a Highway”

The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”

The Carpenters “Superstar”

 

Beastie Boys “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”

AC/DC “Highway to Hell”

Elton John “Tiny Dancer”

 

 

Meat Loaf “Bat Out Of Hell”

Heart “Barracuda”

 

Jimi Hendrix “All Along The Watchtower”

Red Hot Chili Peppers “Soul 2 Squeeze”

Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”

 

So I know all of your typing fingers are burning up right now to tell me which I missed. And that’s great! I purposely left enough space on this virtual disc for a little feedback. That’s what comments are for.

Have at ‘er!


 

* I’m sure someone has already done this post in a different way, but now it’s my turn!

**But she’s totally worth it.

*^Actually, it’s a year older than my previous vehicle, but the owner took much better care of it so it’s like a new car.

 

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Liebster Award


Liebster AwardA few weeks ago I received a Liebster Award from the guys over at Stuff and That. I thought that was pretty awesome. I’ve never won a writing award before. Thanks a lot guys!

Then I realized that I actually had to do stuff to accept the award. I had to answer questions, come up with a few questions of my own and then send it on to eleven other people. At first I was a little disappointed, but I have to say it’s been pretty fun.

Plus it’s always nice to have an extra post to do.

The Rules:

1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you and answer the 11 questions they’ve written for you.

2. Nominate 11 different people and give them 11 questions to answer.

Here are my answers:

  1. Pitch Your Dream Movie. Actors, directors, plot, whatever. (special thanks to filmsCinefor coming up with that one) – I’d probably want to make my own movie. I’ve written one screenplay about a guy who thinks he might be a werewolf, but he’s not sure. It would be awesome if I could get David Fincher to direct.
  2. Most/Least Favourite Movie – Favorite is probably the Shawshank Redemption. Least favorite is Requiem for a Dream.
  3. Most/Least Favourite Game – Lately I’ve been getting really into Free Cell. My least favorite game is probably dating.
  4. Most/Least Favourite Band – It’s hard to pick a favorite because I like so many different things. Historically I’ve always said either Alice in Chains or Nine Inch Nails, but recently the Descendents are becoming my favorite.
  5. How, or why, did you get into blogging? And what are your favourite aspects of it? I couldn’t get a job as a writer anywhere else. I’ve always loved writing. I’d love to be a world famous novelist, but that’s about as realistic a goal as being a rock star. So, I blog. The best part is getting feedback from other writers and feeling like I’m part of a community.
  6. Last crime you committed? – Well, I do have driving privileges for work and to get groceries, etc. but I abuse the hell out of them. And since I wasn’t caught for the last major crime I committed I’ll just say driving without a license.
  7. Dream supergroup?

  1. Favourite book?Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  2. Favourite hobbies beside blogging and doing what you blog about? – Reading. Watching Movies. Working Out.
  3.  Favourite thing about Stuff And That? (give us praise) – Very in depth reviews.
  4. Least favourite thing about Stuff And That? (tell us we’re crap) – Length. I’m a big fan of posts under 1000 words.

My Questions for you:

  1. Did you go to college? What was your major?
  2. Have you ever been arrested? For What?
  3. Favorite and Least Favorite Band?
  4. Biggest Celebrity Crush?
  5. What is the airborne velocity of an unladen swallow?
  6. When was the last time you went to the hospital? For what?
  7. Who’s your favorite superhero?
  8. What’s your day job?
  9. What’s your dream job?
  10. Where would you most like to visit?
  11. If you had the chance and the time machine, would you kill baby Hitler?
  12. What’s the first thing you would do if you became independently wealthy?

And the nominees are:

Mike Ladano

1537

Stephen1001

sourgirlohio

keepsmealive

J. at Resurrection Songs

Heavy Metal OVERLOAD

Vinyl CONNECTION

Boppin’s Blog

Tangled Up In Music

Metal Odyssey

I hope you all have as much fun with this as I did. Thanks for writing great blogs and and giving me stuff to read everyday. I hope we keep this community going for at least another four years!

I Was So Close…


Sisters_PosterArtDo you remember Snow?

No, not the crystalline winter precipitation that we see less and less of thanks to global warming, but the one-hit, Canadian rapper/ reggae artist.

I swear I almost forgot all about him. It was beautiful. For several years now I’ve been in a state of bliss because I never got his 1992 hit song “Informer” stuck in my head.

Then I watched “Sisters” The new movie where they feature that song during a dance routine.

 

Seriously, all because of one silly scene I get that song stuck in my head all the time now. I don’t know what to do. I’m thinking about suing Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

This has caused me some serious mental distress.

New Music


Heavy Metal 2000 CD coverI’ve seen a few posts where people list the music they’ve bought and give a little commentary on it. I find these posts pretty interesting so I thought I’d try my hand at one. Plus I was curious as to how much money I spend on music. I was hoping to make it a year before I posted this, but after six months the list it already pretty long. So here we go!

21 Nov 2014 (Amazon.com)
The Beatles – The White Album       $11.31
Soundtrack – Heavy Metal 2000       $4.61
Soundtrack – The Cable Guy            $4

Somewhere along the way I lost my copies of the White Album and the Heavy Metal 2000 soundtrack and it was time I replaced them. I thought I’d pick up the Cable Guy while I was at it.

hot-rocks22 Nov 2014 (FYE New Town Mall New Philadelphia, OH)
The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964-1971   $19.99
Nine Inch Nails- Pretty Hate Machine            $7.99
Ray Charles – Anthology                                Free

It seems weird that I went 31 years without owning any Rolling Stones music. And it seems even worse that it took a BUY 2 GET 1 FREE ON USED CDs sale to get me to buy it. I still might not have any Rolling Stones music if it weren’t for the fact that FYE doesn’t have much of a selection (unless you really love Linkin Park). The copy of Pretty Hate Machine is a remastered version with the cover of Queen’s “Get Down Make Love” added. This is the second or third time I’ve bought that Ray Charles disc. My mom keeps stealing it.

2 Jan 2015 (The Exchange Canton, OH)Independent Worm Saloon
Wednesday 13 – Spook & Destroy                     $6
Butthole Surfers- Independent Worm Saloon     $5
Elton John – Honky Chateau                               $7
Blind Melon                                                         $1

I know I’ve said of Wednesday 13 that one of the things I love about his music is that I can sing along without ever having heard it before, but I’ve been wanting a disc for a while. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” is one of my favorite Elton John songs but wasn’t in my collection until I got it here. And how could I pass up the Butthole Surfers and Blind Melon discs for those prices?

17 Jan 2015 (FYE)
Filter – Title of Record                                       $1.50
Ray Charles – Live at Montreux (DVD)             $3

They were having some kind of deal. I gave the DVD to my mom so hopefully she wont steal the CD again.

Eyes Set To Kill - Masks23 Jan 2015 (The Agora Cleveland, OH)
Eyes Set to Kill – Masks                                     $10

Picked this one up the last time I saw Wednesday 13.

 

 

 

21 Feb 2015 (Amazon.com MP3)
Killler Be Killed                                                $7.99
Kittie- I’ve Failed You                                      $6.99
The Very Best of Kiss                                     $5.99
The Last Internationale – We Will Reign         $7.99

Kiss is another band I didn’t have anything by. I usually try to buy 3 or so albums at a time from Amazon.

alice-in-chains-dirt-album-cover25 April 2015 (FYE)
Wednesday 13 – Transylvania 90210                               $7.99
Alice in Chains – Dirt                                                         $2.99
Murderdolls – Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls        $4.99
Screaming Trees – Sweet Oblivion                                  $1.99

This was a BUY 1 GET 1 HALF OFF Sale. I actually sold the Spook & Destroy disc after buying Transylvania 90210. I needed a replacement Dirt because mine was scratched to hell. I gave it to the Goodwill for someone else to enjoy, but they’ll only be able to enjoy about half of it. I had Sweet Oblivion on my Amazon wishlist, but I really made out here because I managed to get it much cheaper.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall2 May 2015
Bad Religion – Stranger Than Fiction                                 $6
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (BluRay)                                   $5

I love the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but that may just be because I find frontal male nudity hilarious.

13 May 2015 (FYE)
Faith No More 3 Disc Set (Epic & Other Hits, The Real Thing and Angel Dust)     $7.49
Alice in Chains – Unplugged (CD+DVD)                                                                  $23.99

I actually passed up this FNM collection a week earlier, but then I heard Sol Invictus online and decided it was definitely worth the money. I’ve had my eye on this Unplugged CD + DVD and I finally gave up on the price going down.

Faith_No_More_-_Sol_Invictus_Album_Cover20 May 2015 (Amazon.com MP3)
Faith No More – Sol Invictus                                       $7.99
Elton John – Madman Across the Water                    $5.99

I ripped my copy of Madman from my mom’s old scratched to hell CD and the disc was so messed up that I could still hear skips listening to it in MP3 form. I’ve never had this happen before. So I got a replacement because I hate buying just one album from Amazon and I had to get Sol Invictus. 

So those are my new additions. How do you think I made out?

Awesome Movie Gigs III


After the first few editions of “Awesome Movie Gigs” bombed I wasn’t going to do a third one. But I found this draft cluttering up my post list and I thought, “What the hell? It’s not like I have any better ideas this week.”

Into The Wild (2007)

Lost in Translation (2003) – Seeing the sexiest woman alive sing a song from a band in Akron in Tokyo makes me proud to be from Ohio. And that’s not a feeling we Ohioan get very often.

Star Wars (1977)

 

The Little Mermaid (1989) – Well it would have been an awesome movie gig if Ariel hadn’t been off chatting with the seagull

Scent of a woman (1992)

It’s Pat (1994)

 

Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) – I’ve never actually seen this movie. I just assume that there’s an awesome music scene in it.

Mars Attacks (1996) – Boy it was awesome to see Tom Jones singing Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” or was that in The Jerky Boys?

The Cable Guy (1996)

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

 

Southland Tales (2006)

Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)

 

The Wedding Singer (1998)

Beavis and Butthead Do America (1996)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

 

 

If you enjoyed this post you may also enjoy More Awesome Movie Gigs and Even More Awesome Movie Gigs

The Best Soundtracks


Do you remember back when movie soundtracks were the most awesome thing on the planet? Not only could you get a few rare and/or unreleased songs from bands that you already liked, but it also gave you the opportunity to check out some new bands that you may like. Sadly, it’s been quite a while since I’ve come across any good soundtrack albums. I’m not sure why the industry has gotten away from them or if I just haven’t noticed recent ones. Either way, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites.

You’ll notice that Grease and Saturday Night Fever didn’t make the cut. This is because I don’t care much for disco or John Travolta.

The Beavis and Butthead Experience – It’s more of a compilation than a soundtrack, but it 600full-beavis-&-butthead-experience,-the-coverstill holds a place in my heard because it was my introduction to all the bands on it. And there’s some killer tracks from Nirvana, Megadeth, Aerosmith and White Zombie to name a few. And the immortal “I Got You Babe” from Cher with B & B.

Spawn – Remember those 2 weeks in the late ’90’s when techno was going to be the next big thing after grunge, but then it didn’t happen because of Limp Bizkit? If it wasn’t for this album I wouldn’t either. There’s some great pair ups between awesome metal bands like Filter, Marilyn Manson and Korn with electronic acts like… well, there are some I swear. I just don’t remember them. The Butthole Surfers track on this is one of my favorite songs from them.

Demon Knight – Pantera, Ministry, Megadeth and that Filter song that was on 90 % of the soundtracks ever released.

Queen of the Damned – This album is one of those rarities where a contract SNAFU leads to something magic. It would have been cool to hear those songs sung by Jonathan Davis, but having them sung by Chester Bennington and Wayne Static makes them gold. Not to mention this album helped to turn me on to artists like kidneythieves and Godhead.

downloadRocky Horror Picture Show – You know you love it. I hear you shiver; with antici- (say it!) pation.

Hedwig and the Angry Itch – If you don’t own this go out and buy it. Some of the greatest songs ever to come out of a mockumentary are featured here. Hell, even Meatloaf covered one.

Coyote Ugly – Whoops! How did this get here.

Purple Rain – I’m not ashamed to say I love this album. Think of all the great tunes! “Let’s Go Crazy,” “When Doves Cry,” “I Would Die 4 U,” “Darling Nikki” and “Purple Rain.”Natural_Born_Killers_(soundtrack)_(1994)

Natural Born Killers – Back before Trent Reznor did mediocre soundtracks for David Fincher he did awesome ones for David Lynch and Oliver Stone. This one is great not just for the great songs from Jane’s Addiction, Cowboy Junkies, L7, Leonard Cohen and Nine Inch Nails, but also the dialogue from the film weaving in and out and making for a unique listening experience.

Pulp Fiction – I don’t really hate John Travolta. Or maybe I just like the surf rock, old-timey country and Urge Overkill’s version of “Girl, You’ll Be  A Woman Soon” so much that I don’t notice.

Heavy Metal 2000 – While the original contained some killer tunes from 80’s rockers this is a must have for fans on music from the 00’s. Days of the New, Queens of the Stone Age, Monster Magnet and arguably the best Pantera song ever recorded.

The_Crow_soundtrack_album_coverThe Crow – A mess-up at the BMG offices sent me this and Megadeth’s Youthanasia instead of Blues Traveler when I was a teenager and I haven’t been the same since. This album has some of the greatest stuff I’ve ever heard from The Cure, Nine Inch Nails and Violent Femmes as well as tracks form a few really cool industrial bands I never heard from again. They tried to reclaim the magic on the sequels, but were never able to match it again.

So what’s your favorite soundtrack?

Even More Awesome Movie Gigs


Nearly instantly after I posted More Awesome Movie Gigs I began to think of other movies I should have included. Thankfully, I still work in a factory and still have a lot of time to think about stupid stuff to put in blogs.

So I now present to you (drum-roll) Even More Awesome Movie Gigs!

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Brothers of the Head (2005) – I’m not sure why more people haven’t seen this movie.

Son in Law (1993)– B-B-B-Buff the wood

Sling Blade (1996)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Ferris Buehler’s Day Off (1986)

The Love Guru (2008) – Not really a gig, but I loved hearing “More Than Words” on sitars.

The Crying Game (1992)

Wayne’s World (1992) – Was this the one with Alice Cooper? Or was that Wayne’s World 2? I want the one with Alice Cooper.

Josie_and_the_Pussycats_film_posterJosie & the Pussycats (2001) – I never actually saw this movie, but judging by the poster there were some awesome movie gigs in it.

Accepted (2006)

Almost Famous (2000) – How the hell did I forget this one?

Hairspray (1988)

PCU (1994) – Tonight at the Pit: EVERYONE! GETS! LAID!

 

This is 40 (2012) – I don’t know if this qualifies as an awesome gig. I can’t even remember who that guy was.

The Muppets (2011)

Tommy Boy (1995)

The Doors (1991)

School of Rock (2003)

Pink Flamingos (1972) – You will never listen to the song ‘Surfin’ Bird’ the same after the Egg Lady’s birthday party

Walk Hard (2007)

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Walk the Line (2005)

Old School (2003) – Come on Snoop! We’re going streaking!

Juno (2007)

Billy Madison (1995) – Who was that band playing “Billy passed the third grade…”

What’s Love Got To Do With It? (1993)- Not that Angela Bassett did a poor job in this film, but if Tina Turner was built like that why didn’t SHE beat up on Ike?

Up In Smoke (1978)

More Awesome Movie Gigs


The best thing about factory work is that you have plenty of time to think (incidentally this is also the worst thing about factory work). I usually spend a lot of time thinking up song lyrics (it’s so hard to pick my nose/ with my face covered in pantyhose), religion (if Jesus was God, does that mean the Crucifixion was an extremely elaborate suicide?) and human anatomy (I would love to see Hayley on a trampoline).

 

I also think a lot about blogs. Sometimes I come up with good ideas for future writings and sometimes I just think about ones I’ve already read. Today I spent quite a lot of time thinking about a blog by Ross vs. Ross titled The Top 16 Best Music Gigs in Movies and I couldn’t help but think of about two dozen scenes he failed to mention. Or perhaps he’s just not partial to them as I am.

 

So here I present you with The Top 26 Best Movie Gigs.

 

26. Kill Bill (2003) – You know you love it.

 

25. Velvet Goldmine (1998) – Would have been a lot better without Ewan McGregor’s penis.

 

24. Winter Passing (2005) – Will Ferrell doing a pretty good version of “I Can’t Tell You Why.”

23. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

 

22. Saving Silverman (2001)

21. Swingers (1996)

 

20.Animal House (1978)

 

19. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

 

18. Eurotrip (2004) – Scotty Doesn’t Know!

 

17. Be Cool (2005)

 

16. A Star Is Born (1976)

 

15. Howard the Duck (1986)

 

  1. Immortal Beloved (1994) – “Ahh, the Glorious Ninth”

 

13. Ray (2004)

 

12. Sid & Nancy (1986) – Gary Oldman pretending to be Sid Vicious pretending to be Frank Sinatra. What could be better.

 

11. Strange Days (1995) – I had a huge crush on Juliette Lewis and always wondered why she never started a band, until I listened to Juliette and the Licks and they were among the worst bands I’ve ever heard.

 

 

10. Black Snake Moan (2006)

 

9. Eddie & The Cruisers (1983)

 

8. Step Brothers (2008) – Boats and Hoes!

 

7. AI: Artificial Intelligence (2001) – The next best thing to seeing Ministry live.

 

6. Purple Rain (1984)

 

5. Kingpin (1996) – Arguably Blues Travelers best performance ever.

 

4. Queen of the Damned (2002)

 

3. Singles (1992) – It was worth sitting through the awful love story just for the awesome scenes with Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

 

2. Airheads (1994)

 

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991) – How can you forget about the birth of Ninja Rap!

 

DisHonorable Mentions

Rock Star – Actually Worse than the Judas Priest album with Tim “The Ripper” Owens.

The Howling:New Moon Rising (1995) – Country Music as the background to a horrible Werewolf movie. Or is it the other way around?

Gordy

Get Rich or Die Trying

The Bodyguard – Just because someone is dead does not mean their awful movies are now great.

Rollerball – The only question more perplexing than “Why was Slipknot performing in the arena?” is “Why didn’t somebody stop production of this awful mess?”