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Eddie writesFriday MP3 Shuffle: Happy Birthday Missy Elliott Edition

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One of the most talented and successful rapper/producers in history, Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott) did not take the road well-traveled throughout her lengthy and storied career. She wore yellow garbage bags for her debut music video, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).” She could out-rhyme just about any MC, whether male or female, with such lines like “Don’t I look like a Halle Berry poster/See the Belvedere playin’ tricks on you.” For her more recent song “WTF (Where They From)”—her first song in almost a decade, she did not miss a beat. Missy managed to put posers like Miley Cyrus in their place, prove to skeptics that she was still relevant (thanks to a hypnotic music video featuring marionettes), and after over two decades in the business, show the world how a confident woman in music could do what she wanted without compromises.

Let’s celebrate the birth of this cutting-edge supa dupa fly MC by hitting shuffle on your MP3 player and see what the first 10 songs appear...

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Mike Bennett writesFriday iPod/MP3 Shuffle—Happy Birthday Colin Blunstone Edition

While their time in the spotlight was short lived, The Zombies left behind an impressive legacy of music, from oldies radio staples like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No” to shoulda been hits like “Whenever You’re Ready” and “I Love You” to the psych-pop masterpiece Odeyssey and Oracle. A key component to their sound was their super talented lead vocalist, Colin Blunstone. Colin had the pipes to pull off R & B and garage rock songs, but he could smooth things out to sing the poppiest of melodies. Just listen to how he handles the breathy verses of “Time of the Season” and comfortably ups the intensity where needed. Blunstone, after a brief foray into selling insurance, had a very nice solo career, and for the past decade or so, he and Rod Argent have been touring in a new lineup of The Zombies. He is truly one of the underrated figures of the British Invasion. Let’s celebrate his birthday by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle and sharing the first 10 tunes that come up.

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Mike Bennett writesFriday iPod/MP3 Shuffle—Happy Birthday Jello Biafra Edition

It’s time to wish Jello Biafra a happy birthday! The loquacious frontman of the Dead Kennedys brought a special wit and incisive commentary to American hardcore punk and has continued to comment on injustice, both as a solo act, and teaming up with others, in groups such as Lard. Who knows, maybe someday Jello will become Mayor of San Francisco. In the meantime, let’s pay tribute to Mr. Biafra by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle, and sharing the first 10 tunes that come up.

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Mike Bennett writesFriday iPod/MP3 Shuffle: Happy Birthday Kim and Kelley Deal Edition

by Mike Bennett [6/10/11]

This week, we’ll be able to salute two for the price of one. Let’s pay tribute to Kim and Kelly Deal, the twins who combined forces in The Breeders. Of course, Kim was famous before that, as part of the Pixies, one and forever alt-rock gods (and, by the way, Joey Santiago also turns another year older today). With The Breeders, the Deal sisters provided a needed dose of girl power on the radio,with muscular and witty songs like “Cannonball”. In their honor, please get your iPod or MP3 player, hit shuffle and share the first 10 songs that come up.

  1. Trend — She’s Hi-Fi (Yellow Pills: Prefill): The final installment of Jordan Oakes’ supremely awesome Yellow Pills compilations shifted the focus away from contemporary power pop nuggets to the ’70s, when the genre was defining itself. For every group that was a slave to the Beatles and Big Star, there were bands that found another way to take a simple and melodic approach. This song is perky skinny tie power pop grounded in ’50s and ’60s rock tropes, but with a percolating bass guitar and energy that’s proto-new wave.
  2. Funkadelic — Can You Get To That (Motor City Madness): While George Clinton’s funk rock band is noted for Eddie Hazel’s hot guitar licks and great upbeat tunes, one of their best love tunes is this soulful folk rock anthem. Listening to this now, it’s hard to believe that: a) this wasn’t a smash hit, and, b) that it’s not a staple of classic rock playlists now. This is like a hippy Sly Stone with smart lyrics.
  3. 10CC — Baron Samedi (Sheet Music): A theatrical pop song from this arty bunch. The song is keyed by a faux-Latin rhythm which is mixed with busy backing vocals and a few different musical movements. This is a bit too clever for it’s own good, and one of the weaker tracks on one of the best 10CC albums.
  4. Kid Creole & The Coconuts — Stool Pigeon (Tropical Gangsters): An excellent song from the album that made Kid Creole a star in Europe. This song has a great funk guitar riff mixed with nifty horn parts and clever lyrics about a turncoat witness. August Darnell knew how to balance sophistication with great dance rhythms. This song was released as a single in America and sank like a stone, which is a shame, because it may have been the Kid’s best bid for Stateside success.
  5. The Minutemen — Afternoons (Post-Mersh, Vol. 3): A slinky Minutemen number with Mike Watt on vocals. This song covers a lot of ground in less than two minutes, from Beefheartian skronk to a genuinely melodic instrumental middle section, which heads back to the original riff before the song ends.
  6. Hank Ballard & The Midnighters — Work With Me Annie (The Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll): This overtly sexual song caused a bit of controversy in the day. It’s a bluesy stroll with a fat beat that is all allusion. They later followed this up with “Annie Had A Baby” (really, I’m not making this up).
  7. Detroit Cobras — Just Can’t Please You (Baby): As the Cobras have gone on, they seem to have become a little less garage rocking and sound a bit more bluesy. It’s a subtle distinction, and it probably is just evidence that if you play lots of R & B tunes, you’ll get that sound down. This mid-tempo tune rocks and Rachel Nagy sounds as great as ever.
  8. Roger Miller — Pardon This Coffin (King Of The Road: The Best of Roger Miller): Roger tells the story of burying his brother. Miller pithily (as he always does) details how his brother lost his job, which led to alcoholism, and the ultimate downward spiral. This song has a bit of a bluesy vibe that is a bit reminiscent of Merle Travis’ “Sixteen Tons”.
  9. Mission Of Burma — Into The Fire (ONoffON): I was in disbelief as to how great the Mission Of Burma comeback was. The sound was still intact, with Cliff Conley’s heavy bass and Peter Prescott’s clangorous drumming, supporting Roger Miller’s inexhaustable supply of riffs and leads. Moreover, they had good songs at their proposal. This is one of Miller’s tunes, a heavy lurching rocker with a splash of melody and loads of intensity.
  10. Pere Ubu – Thunder In The Mix (The Tenement Year): This is a synthesizer imitating an explosion. The track lasts 13 seconds. If this were by Nickleback, it would be the best song they ever recorded.

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesFriday MP3 Shuffle: Happy Birthday Siouxsie Sioux Edition

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Today we celebrate the birthday of Siouxsie Sioux, lead singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees. Formed in 1976 by Siouxsie and bass player Steven Severin, the band made a name for itself during the first wave of Post-Punk, developing adventurous, unusual sound structures and a look that helped pave the way for Goth culture. Bands ranging from The Smiths to The Weeknd have appreciated and been influenced by the group, and Siouxsie has been cited by Allmusic as “"one of the most influential British singers of the rock era."

To celebrate Siouxsie Sioux’s birthday, take your MP3 player, press the "shuffle" button, and share the first 10 songs that play:

1. INXS - All the Voices (The Swing)

2. Papercuts – John Brown (Can’t Go Back)

3. Lightning Bolt – Flooded Chamber (Earthly Delights)

4. Janelle Monáe - Give ‘Em What They Love (Feat. Prince) (The Electric Lady)

5. The Sword – High Country (The Sword)

6. Fire Room – Dashboard Fire (Broken Music)

7. David Bowie - Across the Universe (Young Americans)

8. Sonny Rollins – Body and Soul

9. Imogen Heap – Come Here Boy (I Megaphone)

10. Kenny Loggins – This Is It (Keep the Fire)



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