Thursday, June 29, 2006

Road Trip

I, the great and mighty Alien Corpse, am going on vacation next week. Yes, even all-knowing, transdimensional beings like myself need a vacation every once in a while. I will be vacationing at (where else?) the Cornerstone music festival in the middle-of-nowhere, IL.

In preparation for the big trip, I've been putting together a few playlists for the road trip. Here's what I've got so far:

1."Birthday" by the Beatles. It's got a driving beat and is probably the catchiest guitar riff George Harrison ever wrote. "Gonna have a good time," is the best sentiment for the beginning of a road trip.

2. "Party Hard" by Andrew W.K. A totally underrated songwriter in my opinion. Nobody writes songs that are as fun as Andrew W.K. I wanna go on vacation with him!

3. "7/4 (Shoreline) by Broken Social Scene. Anarchist Canadians create a great driving beat that will just push you down the road.

4. "Incinerate" by Sonic Youth. Their new album, Rather Ripped, is so good and this might be the best song on it.

5. "Conventional Wisdom" by Built to Spill. Ok, time to wake back up with this great piece of pop rock that becomes a great indie jam. This is how I wish Phish would have sounded.

6. "Good Vibrations" by Brian Wilson. Smile makes me smile. And you can't think about summer, vacations or road trips without the Beach Boys.

7. "Pretty Vacant" by the Sex Pistols. This is side two, track one. The opening guitar riff (which is really just Steve Jones picking through an A power chord; brilliant!) sounds like the notes are bouncing off great expanses of the American landscape.

8. "Tough as John Jacobs" by Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. How could you create a road trip playlist without some good old Southern rock and metal.

9. "Nature Anthem" by Grandaddy. This song will either make you stop at the next scenic overlook, or go buy a Honda.

10. "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley. "Crazy" is Alien Corpse's Number One Summer Jam for 2006!

11. "Walk on the Wide Side" by Lou Reed. This works as a great driving song because of the crazy bass line. Plus, it makes you want to do crazy things on your vacation like...um...cross dress and stuff.

12. "Learning to Fly" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
13. "Into the Great Wide Open" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Does anybody want to debate that Tom Petty is the best artist to drive to EVER?

So what are your favorite road trip songs or albums? Comment soon, because I can't wait to trash your taste!

3 comments:

Tim said...

Some of my favorite albums to drive to: Jawbreaker's Dear You; when it was new, Beck's Guero was all I listened to in the car for months; Fugazi's End Hits and Red Medicine; and I will concur on the Broken Social Scene.

Erik said...

What about Wilco's Handshake Drugs?

U2's Even Better Than The Real Thing.

Anything by Richard Ashcroft.

In The Future When Alls Well by Morrissey.

Snowden by Doves.

In The Morning of The Magicians by The Flaming Lips.

JohnLDrury said...

I am interested in establishing traditions of particular songs attached to particular roads.

For instance:

Third Eye Blind's "Motorcycle Drive-by" is the official song of I-94 accross Michigan (this was instigated by Dave Hodge on trips to the Bills home nestled in in the north country).

The first few tracks of Chamberlain's "The Moon My Sadle" ought to be played as one enters Indiana from the East via US-35

And, of course, "Hungry Heart" and "Atlantic City" are the official songs for a drive to the Jersey shore, whether it be by I-195 or the Garden State Parkway.