Hurricane Matthew Playlist

Bear down and protect yourselves!!! It’s time for another hurricane in Florida. This is my first one as recently I’ve moved here from Chicago. And nothing gets me through storms easier than music (and booze). This is what you should thematically be listening to.

The title says it all. No other reason.

I had to again after my one post of its release. I mean, consider the illusion the path meteorologists say it’ll take, until it veers off course and hits you directly. Idk. It makes sense to me.

Many people love hurricanes, many people don’t. But nothing’s more annoying than preparing for something , in this case stocking up on food and water, and never needing it. You wasted your time and money. So this shit better at least cause a slight power outage so I can eat the food.

The title says it here too. What are you really gonna be doing when the lights go out? Checkers? Hide and seek? Nah. Get jiggy with it, or whatever these Brits say.

So you see my late 90’s-early 00’s bias, right? Consider this the “after” song. But no, Matthew, do not hit me one more time. Go dissipate in the ocean.

Kinda the symbolic “fuck you, we hate this destruction you bring” song. I don’t wanna deal with the cleanup.

So why am I not evacuating? What am I doing hangin’ ’round? Bad idea, I know. Death is knocking at my door, and yes that’s a huge exaggeration.

Not all of these truly fit a hurricane setting but they’re all damn good regardless. Stay safe out there folks, as I’ll try too.


Top 5 TV Show Bands

Music and television are two things we hold close to our hearts. So of course you have to combine the two. Many bands have had tv shows made for them, more recently this type is a reality tv, but many other bands were created for tv shows, often showing a fictionalized version of who they are in real life but still sharing the music they use. These are your top five tv show bands.

#5 2Gether

Created to parody the real life boy band mania that had been going on, 2Gether intentionally picked five guys who fit the most popular personalities of the usual boy band. Most of their songs were meant to be jokes parodying those of real life boy bands too.

#4 O-Town

Also created in response to the popular boy band craze of the 90’s, O-Town was the first to come from the successful Making The Band franchise that chronicled how the search to find its members and their daily progress when they came to be. The band lasted a decent three years and two albums but recently reunited in the past few years to record a new album, sans original member Ashley Parker Angel.

#3 Big Time Rush

These guys are by far my favorite on the list considering I actually grew up loving the show. They were pretty much a new version of the Monkees. Their existence transcended into the real world like all the other bands mentioned and in their show they referenced the second “british invasion” of One Direction being popular too, but also the typical boy band trend of breaking up after three albums and only one guy continuing to a solo career. Plus, Carlos ends up dating Alexa Vega from Spy Kids so that’s always cool.

#2 S Club 7

Ain’t no part like an S Club Party, eh? They were the massively popularBritish group back in my toddler days, but I didn’t even hear about them until Pandora played one of their songs, which led to me finding out about the show. Unlike the previous three groups, they ended up having an actual movie in theaters. Sadly they also broke up soon after the movie, by that time only six members remained anyway. Like so many other british bands of the late 90’s and early 00’s, nostalgia hit and they reunited in 2014, with a countrywide tour in 2015.

#1 The Monkees

Did you really expect anyone else? Come on. They were the original tv band. Formed in 1966, their show lasted for two season and got cancelled because of creative differences between the group and the television studio they worked for. They too went on to make a movie after the tv show ended but that was the beginning of their downfall. Peter Tork quit in late 1968, and Mike Nesmith was the next to go.The group disbanded in 1971. In the 80’s they had a huge revival in popularity and released another new album, doing that again in 1997, and now fifty years after the show first aired in 2016 too. Sadly, member Davy Jones passed away in 2012. R.I.P. man.

Until next time, it’s been great. Jam on folks!!!

-The Irishman

Monkee Monday 3.0: New Album “Good Times”

50 years their show has been a thing. 50 years. Wow. While the band hasn’t been together in full all that time and Davy Jones did sadly die in 2012, the surviving three members are all on the album, with two going on tour, so this is good enough for me.

This song though is actually great. I don’t like it just for the nostalgia. I actually enjoy it. So please please give it a listen and enjoy a throwback to yesteryear.

-The Irishman

Monkee Monday 2.0: Davy Jones’ Locker

Ok so this is like years late but it had to be posted.

Sadly few of this generation would get the reference in the clip to Davy Jones being both the character of the sea and a famous musician. It is something I’ve grown to laugh at as an inside joke to older fans of the show Spongebob. Just watch it and laugh.

-The Irishman

Monkee Monday-You & I

Ok, you may have noticed my love for the group in previous articles but come on, they’re a classic. Bandmember Peter Tork said eventually they had one of the top 5 greatest catalogs of music ever. Sure that’s probably exaggerated. Give them some credit, they did have three #1 singles and in 1967 outsold the Beatles and Rolling Stones combined, along with the popular tv show they were created for.

So why did i pick this one? Well for the fact it’s got Neil fuckin Young on lead guitar and for the autobiographical message in its lyrics. At the time of its release on their album in 1969, their popularity was on a huge downswing, while aforementioned member Tork had quit the band in late 1968 due to “exhaustion”. The lyrics pretty much talk about how the band has grown along with their fans and how time has taken its toll, at one point speaking of the awareness that they’ll not be together much longer, when in fact the band did break up in 1971. I’m also a fan of the mono mix in the link included vs. the stereo one, as it feels like a much more raw sound.

Overall this has to be one of my fav tracks of theirs and sadly more haven’t discovered much of their music like this past the conclusion of the tv show. Check it out.

-The Irishman