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The Cody Blog: Cody Jams on Friday (Volume III)

Friday, March 18, 2005

Cody Jams on Friday (Volume III)

Another random selection of songs from my iTunes playlist.

Don't Dream It's Over (Crowded House) -- One of the members from a band I was in during college lent me a Crowded House CD. Great melodies, smooth grooves. Our band had two guys and a girl who could sing wonderful medleys. I played rhythm guitar and wrote some of the songs for the band. We might have had some minor success but our front man had no balls and was too scared to let us pick up any gigs for want of more rehearsal. That punk, Damon, still owes me $100 too -- which was a helluva lot of money that I could have used when I moved to NYC in 1996. What a punk.

If You Want Me to Stay (Sly & The Family Stone) -- Revolutionary shit back in the day. Of course, I was one year old when this jam hit. Funky, baby.

25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago) -- From the opening riff to the trumpets blaring, this is one catchy song. My father had this record and my brother used to sneak it out when Pop was working and put it on the turntable. It was this or our own "Up with People" (just kidding, we had KISS albums galore of our own -- I realize now why my parents were so disturbed by our incessant KISS obsession at the ages of 4 to 9).

A Dios le Pido (Juanes) -- Wonderful poppy latin groove. I gotta start working on my Spanish again some day.

Emerge (Fischerspooner) -- Dance jam that rocks.

Sample in a Jar (Phish) -- I know lots of Phish freaks who think this was their sell out song. I don't care, it's a great song. On a related note, gawd those spoiled ass rich white kids who follow Phish around are almost as annoying as those hippies who did the same with Grateful Dead. Get a life.

Kool Thing (Sonic Youth) -- I always feel like Sonic Youth is flipping the listener off.

Smile Like You Mean It (The Killers) -- Better than Duran Duran. Yeah, I said it.

Pure Morning (Placebo) -- "A friend who'll tease is better." Some great lines in this one.

Dueling Banjos (Eric Weissberg & Deliverance) -- Simply one of the catchiest, greatest songs ever. I actually get pumped up when I listen to it...better than a Metallica pump up song in some ways.

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Anonymous ellie said...

Placebo is a good sign. A mention of KISS has me worried.

3/18/2005 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous joeblue3 said...

KISS rocked. I believe their theatrics and costumes masked (pun intended) what was a very talented rock group.

Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" is a must-have by any music fan.

Marvin Gaye's "Sugar" is a little-known homerun by Mr. Gaye.

"World Ain't Slowin Down" by Ellis Paul is as good a feel-good song as you will hear.

3/18/2005 01:19:00 PM  
Blogger Cody Willard said...

After having been a huge fan of KISS my whole life, I badmouthed some KISS songs in a couple posts on Realmoney.com. Their agent set me up with front row seats (literally, front row -- when Gene blew fire we could feel the heat) last year. I'll tell the whole story sometime -- the whole development was a highlight of my life -- but I even ended up hanging backstage with Gene and Paul.

Some brilliant, amazing people, whether you like their music or not.

3/18/2005 01:27:00 PM  
Anonymous ellie said...

I once dated a guy who had his KISS action figures on display. Relationship didn't go well - still can't shake the idea that Gene and the boys had something to do with that :) I'm open minded - what are your favorite KISS songs, Cody?

3/18/2005 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous tree said...

Gene Simmons was on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross about a year or two ago. His in-your-face misogyny was appalling. Brilliant? I think not.

3/18/2005 03:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happened to like Gene's work on American Idol myself. His asking if one was familiar with the term "tone-deaf" took the cake.

3/18/2005 05:29:00 PM  

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