Saturday, January 06, 2007

Shakin' Up The Lyra

Every now and again, it pays to shake things up. With that in mind, I shook up some of the tunes on the Lyra for my workout and my own personal enjoyment. I removed only a couple but added a few new songs to help me kick ass on the treadmill and on the machines.

Here's the new list:
  • (Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again -- LTD (lead singer: Jeffrey Osborne). A real mover and shaker.
  • (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine -- James Brown. Brother James' recent demise made me put this one back on. My favorite of his songs.
  • Ah! Leah! -- Donnie Iris. An old favorite that has been on here a while.
  • Alive & Kicking -- Simple Minds. Another old favorite.
  • All Fired Up -- Pat Benatar. This one has probably been on from the beginning. I had thought of rotating it off, but I can't bring myself to. It's one of those songs where the message means a lot to me.
  • Bitch -- Rolling Stones. Another old fave, taken off and brought back.
  • Boogie Wonderland -- Earth Wind & Fire. Great moving tune, and it's EW&F (need I say more?)
  • Boogie Woogie Choo-Choo Train -- The Tractors. I like the song.
  • Cigarettes & Alcohol -- Rod Stewart. Odd selection for music for healthy living, but it's the beat.
  • Cool the Engines -- Boston. Been here from the start and isn't leaving any time soon. It really is a great cool-down song and a nice reminder for me to cool the engines myself.
  • Cradle of Love -- Billy Idol. Great beat.
  • Crumblin' Down -- John Cougar Mellencamp. Another I'd considered rotating off, but I like it too much.
  • Dazz -- Brick. Had this one on here for a few weeks, and it will probably stay on. Good 70s funk. You can't beat it for anything.
  • Deeper & Deeper -- The Fixx. An old fave, not moving.
  • Don't Leave Me This Way -- Thelma Houston. A new addition, great beat, but have to remind myself NOT to dance on the treadmill..... that would not be pretty.
  • Eruption/You Really Got Me -- Van Halen. Oh yeah.......... (Nettie emits a devilish laugh and twinkle in her eyes).
  • Gemini Dream -- Moody Blues. A nice song, perfect beat for the middle of a walk.
  • Go Faster -- Black Crowes. The Black Crowes make several appearances on my list. I kind of hit the wall (musically speaking) around 1992, but the Crowes and Collective Soul (and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and maybe a couple of other '90s acts) grabbed me and didn't let go. Love this song, great beat, love love love.
  • Hair of the Dog -- Nazareth. The beat, the bad attitude. How can you NOT love this one? And I keep hoping I'll see a gecko in a little red convertible too.....
  • Hold On Tight -- ELO. One that I've considered taking off a couple of times, but just can't do it. It's a message song -- keep going, keep going, keep going.
  • I Feel Free -- Cream. NOT getting rid of this one.
  • James Dean -- The Eagles. Ditto.
  • Jealous Again -- Black Crowes. I love this song.
  • Keep Yourself Alive -- Queen. I like this song. I had thought about taking it off, but it seems to work well exactly where it is. So I won't ponder it any further.
  • Lights Out -- Peter Wolf. I don't know why. I just like it and it works for me.
  • Long Train Running -- Doobie Brothers. Yeah, I know, it's been burned-to-a-crisp thanks to classic rock stations. I swear, it's like they worship Tom Johnston and give Michael McDonald no quarter at all. Anyway, I like a lot of the Doobie Brothers song and this one works here. So for the time being, it stays.
  • So Alive -- Love and Rockets. Okay, for some oddball reason, the Lyra thinks the song is "Love and Rockets" by So Alive (apparently). Oh well. Anyway, it works and works pretty well here.
  • New York Groove -- Ace Frehley. Yes, it's cheesy. No, I don't care. I love this song.
  • One Vision -- Queen. I like the song, and I like Queen. But I am thinking of rotating this one off for another B2AC classic, "Another One Bites The Dust." I gotta think on this one.
  • Peace Frog -- The Doors. (without Blue Sunday). Yes, a very weird inclusion.
  • Radioactive -- The Firm. One of my favorites from the 80s. I guess I was suffering from lack of Zep when Jimmy Page reappeared on the scene, so I latched onto the Firm for their short career (one album, right?). They had good music.
  • Remedy -- Black Crowes. Told you, this was a Crowe-heavy list.
  • Right Here, Right Now -- Jesus Jones. Right now, this is working. We'll see for the future.
  • Rock You Like A Hurricane -- Scorpions. I openly admit that I am an 80s music kind of girl. So why not include the German screamers?
  • Romeo's Tune -- Steve Forbert. Yes, another odd inclusion. I think I had put this on the Lyra for some other purpose and just never took it off. I am not sure I will. I love this song.
  • Running on Empty -- Jackson Browne. I have a special place in my heart for this song. It speaks to me.
  • Sanctify Yourself -- Simple Minds. Another odd inclusion.
  • Shining Star -- Earth Wind & Fire. Hell yeah.
  • Sir Duke -- Stevie Wonder. If you aren't moving SOMETHING by the end of this song, check your pulse and call your local mortician.
  • The Boys Are Back In Town -- Thin Lizzy. Because it just rocks. (Note to self: be sure to put Jailbreak on here too).
  • The Other Side -- Aerosmith. There are lots of good tunes by Aerosmith, but this one seems to fit well here. Good driving beat, perfect for keeping things going.
  • Well All Right -- Blind Faith. I like it. It works for me. There you go.
  • Whatever Gets You Through the Night -- John Lennon. See above. I can almost hear Don Pardo saying "Saturday Night Liiiiiiiive" somewhere over the sax intro.
  • Winning -- Santana. Another one that won't be leaving anytime soon. Great song.

Hmm. 70s Funk and 80s metal. Who'da thunk it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's a wonder your Lyra hasn't burnt herself out...

And, as always, Mr. Gleck never passes up an opportunity to make his incisive commentary.

(Every Time I Turn Around) Back In Love Again -- LTD.
Just when black disco was beginning to don a little whiteface. :-/ File under "respect if not entirely embrace"

(Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine -- James Brown.
Hate that we lost him. And hate that he was the person he was in private life. But the music. Yeeeeeah. Preferred JB tune: "Nobody to Give Me Nothin' (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)"

Ah! Leah! -- Donnie Iris.
There weren't many finer songs recorded in 1981.

Alive & Kicking -- Simple Minds.
Simple Minds. Two words which just ooze "EIGHTIES" with their mere mention.

All Fired Up -- Pat Benatar.
An okay song, in spite of the fact that The Elf Who Turned Down Opera For Rock was beginning a run as second-bill to a puppet show.

Bitch -- Rolling Stones.
Come to think of it, I wonder if Casey Kasem ever announced this one by title when it was on AT40.

Boogie Wonderland -- Earth Wind & Fire.
This is one that belongs on a playlist I should entitle "No, Talmadge, 1979 was NOT a pus and bile wasteland for music" Disco was beginning to collapse from the weight of all us dumb whiteys, rock was in remission .... God bless EWF for staying true to themselves.

Boogie Woogie Choo-Choo Train -- The Tractors.
Does not ring a bell. I don't see it in my Joel Whitburn "bible" (cuts off at 1993); when did this one come out?

Cigarettes & Alcohol -- Rod Stewart.
[Talmadge goes into severe tics. Please check back in about 3-5 days. He badly needs his 'oasis' of sanity.]

Cool the Engines -- Boston.
Been here from the start and isn't leaving any time soon.

As well it shouldn't. Every bit as good as any track from the first two.

Cradle of Love -- Billy Idol.
Nicely covered by Weird Al Yankovic in one of his "Polkas on 45" medleys of the early '90s. Good song, memories of 1990's hot Summer, except that I was beginning to drink some awful-tasting Kool-Aid......

Crumblin' Down -- John Cougar Mellencamp.
Take or leave. Favorite track from Uh Huh is "Play Guitar."

Dazz -- Brick.
A nice Brownie snapshot of '70s funk at its highest perfection.

Deeper & Deeper -- The Fixx. An old fave, not moving.
It should never budge. Matter of fact, the title describes how it should dig in.

Don't Leave Me This Way -- Thelma Houston.
Take or leave.

Eruption/You Really Got Me -- Van Halen.
I once intro'ed this song doing a mock polka/Welk style. "Eruption" just adds to it.

Did I mention how much I miss TOTR?

Gemini Dream -- Moody Blues.
1981. 16 years old. Driver's license. Finished with 10th grade. No more P.E., ever. That's what this song sings to me.

Go Faster -- Black Crowes.
The Southern Cardio and Treadmill Companion?

Hair of the Dog -- Nazareth.
Word to cellulose.

Hold On Tight -- ELO.
Makes me crave caffeine, two minutes ago. Must. Have. Maxwell. House.
Otherwise, a great song that calls to mind 1981's sweet Autumn, before my nice Cape Girardeau world was fixin' to come to a screeching halt.

I Feel Free -- Cream.
Why this wasn't released as a single is one of life's major mysteries.

James Dean -- The Eagles.
One of only three (3) of their singles not to crack the top 40. ("Tequila Sunrise" and "Outlaw Man" were the others). One word: WHY??!!

Jealous Again -- Black Crowes.
Best song of Summertime 1990, period.

Keep Yourself Alive -- Queen.
Okay, as far as Queen goes, although I have many I consider more favorite-like.

Lights Out -- Peter Wolf.
August 1984. Away at college for the first time. The whole mood and feel can be captured in the first three seconds of this song.

Long Train Running -- Doobie Brothers.
I swear, it's like they worship Tom Johnston and give Michael McDonald no quarter at all.

Yeah, it's a little too B2AC -- too bad, because it's a great song. As for classic rock's bias toward Johnston, I'd have to say it's because of the band's sound. McDonald took it into a much more poppy/souly direction. Great songs, can't deny, but they were going away from classic rock. "What a Fool Believes" and "It Keeps You Runnin'" aren't quite as CR as the "Long Train" or "Jesus is Just Alright."

Kinda like Elton 1983 vs. 1973.

So Alive -- Love and Rockets.
Okay, for some oddball reason, the Lyra thinks the song is "Love and Rockets" by So Alive (apparently).


Where did you get the MP3? I suspect the title and artist entries on the ID tag were reversed.

The song? Have to say I love it.

New York Groove -- Ace Frehley.
Yes, it's cheesy. No, I don't care. I love this song.

Yes, it is. I don't, either. So do I.

One Vision -- Queen.
But I am thinking of rotating this one off for another B2AC classic, "Another One Bites The Dust." I gotta think on this one.


Ehhhhhh .... AOBTD is the ultimate B2AC song. My son has just discovered it and loves it the same way I did when I was nearly his age. But I have many more years on him to have been overexposed to that song.

"One Vision" is a good one.

Peace Frog -- The Doors. (without Blue Sunday).
"Peace Frog" without "Blue Sunday" is a little like "We Are the Champions" without "We Will Rock You"

Unless, of course, you're working out. "Sunday" in that case pretty much kills the mood.

Radioactive -- The Firm.
(one album, right?).

Nope, two. Mean Business came out in the Spring of '86. One AOR track, "All the King's Horses" Okay follow-up, but very lackluster overall. Say the word.......

Remedy -- Black Crowes.
There is none. Even if so, I don't want it.

Right Here, Right Now -- Jesus Jones.
Like it for me, please. Used to like it, a lot in fact, but after endless bastardization in commercials it's joined "What I Like About You" in that smelly pile.

Rock You Like A Hurricane -- Scorpions.
Lots of great memories here. Remind me to tell you one of them.

Romeo's Tune -- Steve Forbert.
Bring me Southern Workouts from your Y.

Running on Empty -- Jackson Browne.
Wonderful. Not just the song, the whole album.

Sanctify Yourself -- Simple Minds.
Brings back an unpleasant short-term relationship I had during college. It was over when Super-Baptist told me it couldn't last because I "wouldn't raise her kids in a Christian enough home for me."

Sanctify, indeed.

Shining Star -- Earth Wind & Fire.
Good beat. Even white people can dance to it. And it's an EWF song.
Any questions?

Sir Duke -- Stevie Wonder.
Mr. Ellington was smiling. You just know he was.

The Boys Are Back In Town -- Thin Lizzy.
(Note to self: be sure to put Jailbreak on here too).

(Note to Nettiemac: You must. Just don't tell Bolivar. muuwwWAH-hahahahahaaa!)

The Other Side -- Aerosmith.
Do I have to engage in morally questionable behavior in an elevator on the way there?

Well All Right -- Blind Faith.
Damn skippy.

Whatever Gets You Through the Night -- John Lennon.
Elton helped John get Yoko back ... AND get him his #1 record in the process. Completely dislike-proof.

Winning -- Santana
When this came out in the Spring of '81, I felt like it.

Funk and 80s metal. Who'da thunk it?
Amidst the wasteland on pop and rock radio today, I won't argue.

I'm now faced with the task of putting together a good treadmill playlist. Stay tuned.

--TG