By Justin Cudahy, Contributor
So I’m still pretty new to this whole “Spotify” thing. I finally downloaded it onto my laptop just weeks before leaving for college, since I knew every student had it. People are always blasting their playlists whether it’s at a party, while working out, or in the dorms, (which by the way, no one else in the hall wants to hear).
My experience with Spotify has been pretty smooth overall so far. It has (almost) every song that I’m looking for and it’s easily accessible from my computer or laptop. The only thing I dislike are those damn ads. Yeah, I suppose I can purchase premium for next to nothing per month, but being a college student, I think I can manage.
I’ve always seen the “Discover Weekly” playlist on my sidebar, but never bothered to even look at it. I just figured it was a collection of random bands I’ve never heard of nor had any interest in, but surprise surprise… I was wrong.
This week’s playlist ranged from songs pulled out of movie soundtracks all the way to 60’s classic rock. I gotta say, I was very impressed with my “weekly mixtape of fresh music” and definitely plan on utilizing this feature in the weeks to come.
Here are a few of the songs that stood out to me.
Booker T. & the M.G.’s – “Green Onions (45 version)”
This is a song that everyone has heard somewhere at some point. It’s been played in movies such as Happy Gilmore and The Sandlot, games such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and even in Viagra commercials. It’s a very laid back instrumental, and it’s hard to hate such a classic song like this. Also, who the heck came up with the title of this song?
I Monster – “The Blue Wrath”
Where have I heard this song before? It took me a while to figure it out, but through research, I was finally able to solve the question at hand. It turns out that this was the song that plays in the opening credits to the British horror comedy, Shaun of the Dead. Wow is that random. To be fair, it is a really catchy song. I did some research on the band, I Monster, and I’ve come to the conclusion that they are too weird for me, (and that’s saying something). Everything from their music, to their album artwork and even their website is obscure. I love it.
Tears for Fears – “Mad World”
So I thought that the Gary Jules version of this song was the original, but I have been severely mistaken. I was unaware that this was originally a stereotypical 80’s song full of synthesizers and what not, but I got to say, I dig it. I’ll stick to the other version however, but I’m still glad this has been brought to my attention
Cream – “Sunshine of Your Love”
I never really was a fan of Cream, and I’m not sure why. I just never bothered to explore their music which is probably my fault. Anyways, this is probably their most popular song, and for good reason. I can still remember playing the widely recognizable guitar riff on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, which goes to show that even 50 years later, this song is still an important piece to the rock genre.
Lenny Kravitz – “Are you Gonna Go My Way”
I actually saw Lenny Kravitz recently in concert when he opened up for Guns N’ Roses back in July, and it was there that I finally came to the conclusion that the guy does not age at all. Seriously, he’s 52 years old and could still pass for a 30 year old. What’s even scarier is finding out that I didn’t have this song anywhere on my playlist.
Gorillaz – “DARE”
I’ve recently started listening to Gorillaz again after finding out that they were soon releasing a new album next year. Their album, Demon Days I feel is underappreciated nowadays. Songs such as “Feel Good Inc.”, “Dirty Harry”, and “Kids with Guns” are amazing, and still hold up today, even though you’ll never hear them on the radio. “DARE” is also one of those songs. It’s almost impossible to listen to this and NOT have the urge to get up and dance like Noodle does in the music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAOR6ib95kQ).
Peggy Lee– “Johnny Guitar – Single Version”
Oldies are great, especially a song like this. Its soft melody combined with Peggy Lee’s gentle voice really does make this a beautiful song. The first time I heard it was in the game Fallout New Vegas, as part of the game’s radio station. I’ve invested a shameful amount of hours into that game, and with the music constantly playing in the background, it didn’t take long before I could sing all of the lyrics to this classic.
Nirvana – “In Bloom”
When I think of the 90’s, one of the first things that come to mind is Nirvana. I’ve tried to listen to them many times, but for some reason I could just never get into it. Don’t get me wrong, “Smells like Teen Spirit” and “Heart-Shaped Box” are some of my favorite songs, but besides that, a lot of it just falls flat for me. Regardless, I still think that Kurt Cobain is one of the most important musicians and figures in the world.
The Strokes – “Reptilia”
Another song from Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock! I’m starting to see a pattern here. This song has everything. A catchy guitar riff, bold vocals, and a phenomenal bass line. Aside from this song I don’t know anything else by The Strokes, but now I definitely plan on listening to more of their stuff. Thanks Spotify!
My Chemical Romance – “Desolation Row”
MCR is another band I never got into for various reasons, and I’m not really sure why. I remember when they were a huge deal back in middle school, around the time of Welcome to the
Black Parade. This song is a cover of the same song originally sung by Bob Dylan, and was included in the soundtrack for the movie Watchmen. It’s rare that I’ll find a cover better than the original, unless of course you are Gary Jules.