A Week-Long Shuffle

In the last week, I’ve done a lot of driving and also a lot of waiting. I’ve been reading a lot, and finishing up my script (LA, here I come!), but with the amount of driving, I’ve been reliant on my iPod. To get me through it. It just ended up that I kept up with the same “Shuffle” throughout the week. Hence, the length. I know some of you like these. It’s fun to look at other people’s music, either with scorn or pride … I know I love it. It’s like scanning someone else’s bookshelves. So here is the Shuffle I kept up with over the last week of driving and waiting.

Speechless – Lady Gaga. She’s a chanteuse here, it’s a very good performance. Not so sure about her live, she makes me nervous live, but her recordings are good.

Same Song and Dance – Eminem

Shanti/Ashtangi – Madonna. I realize she is trying to subliminally force me to join the Kabbalah with this song, but I love it nonetheless. I am impervious to cultic suggestion, I know too much about them. But I recognize a good song when I hear it.

Half Out of My Mind – Pat McCurdy. You certainly are. So am I.

Grade 9 – Barenaked Ladies

Baby Talk To Me – Dick Van Dyke (from Bye Bye Birdie). You can see the weird eclectic vibe I submit to in my Shuffle.

Danny Boy – The Irish Tenors

If Love Is a Red Dress – Maria McKee (made famous by Pulp Fiction). She’s got a killer voice.

The Riviera – cast of the Broadway show The Boyfriend (starring a young Julie Andrews – it was her debut!)

Lovin’ You Lots and Lots – The Norm Wooster Singers

Houston – Dean Martin. Classic.

Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby – The Counting Crows. My response to this song is complex. Sometimes I can stand it, but mostly I can’t. It’s wrapped up in so many pertinent acute memories, it’s hard to extract the song from the memories. I wrote about this song last year, and I can barely read that entry, knowing where I was when I wrote it, in that cold lonely winter, and also where I would be going in that summer and fall. But whatever, let it be, let it be.

Cosmic Thing – The B-52s

Dear Prudence – The Beatles

Soul Free – George Michael going a little bit reggae here.

Eddie – from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Classic, bizarre. This soundtrack is in my DNA.

Too Late Too Late – Metallica

Monsoon – Robbie Williams

Lithium – Evanescence

Puttin’ On the Ritz – Judy Garland

Serve the Servants – Nirvana. This might be my favorite opening guitar-riff in any of their songs, although there is stiff competition. But I do love that opening.

Take Me to the Mardi Gras – Paul Simon

We Belong – Pat Benatar. I sang this at a karaoke night out on Block Island to much acclaim while I was out there. In the only bar that was open in January. The locals welcomed me warmly. It was when Siobhan and Ben came out, and they happened to be there on karaoke night. What are the odds? We OWNED that wintry joint. When I finished singing “We Belong”, I heard a random Islander shout out from the back of the bar, “Thank you, Sheila!” Who doesn’t love this song??

Honey Don’t – The Beatles

John Henry – Bob Gibson (I wrote about this song before)

We’ll Do It All Again – Bleu. Gorgeous. A swoon.

Mannequin – Katy Perry. I know her persona is pretty ridiculous but she sings the shit out of this song.

The Wall – Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

Nature Boy – David Bowie & Massive Attack

Fiddle About – The Who (from Tommy)

Lonelyville – Cliff Eberhardt (I love him so much, I’ve seen him perform more than any other living artist, but boy does he make me want to open a vein)

Well Did You Evah – Robbie Williams and Jon Lovitz, if you can believe it

Crying in the Rain – The Everly Brothers

The Seeker – Dolly Parton (hard to choose, but this is certainly one of my favorites of all of her songs- here’s a compilation of her singing it throughout the years)

Logical Song – Supertramp

The Sadder But Wiser Girl – Robert Preston in The Music Man. An old favorite.

Harvest Breed – Nick Drake

What’ll I Do – Rufus, Martha, Loudon Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle

Choking the Gopher – Pat McCurdy

Feel Like Myself – Brendan Benson. Boy seems incapable of writing a bad song.

The Russian and Molokov/Where I Want To Be – Chess (the Broadway production. This CD always makes me think of Dad. He loved it.)

Oh Daddy – Fleetwood Mac

The Art Teacher – Rufus Wainwright

Do I Disappoint You? – Rufus Wainwright

Stranded In a Limosine – Paul Simon

Sisters and Brothers – OMG from Free To Be You and Me. I remember Kate having this on cassette tape, and we listened to it while driving around in Chicago, singing at the tops of our lungs.

Diamonds On the Soles Of Her Shoes – Paul Simon

On and On – Longpigs

See You – Foo Fighters

Walking After You – Foo Fighters

Under the Influence – Eminem

Heaven Knows – Donna Summer

Let It Die – Foo Fighters. This song kills me. It’s good when you’re in a rage.

Way Back to Paradise – the incomparable Audra McDonald

Wizards in Winter – Trans-Siberian Orchestra – I know everyone has seen this

I’m Going Slightly Mad – Queen. Me too, Freddie.

My Apocalypse – Metallica. Yes!

Effect and Cause – The White Stripes

You Will Never Know – Pat McCurdy. Oh, I think I do.

Walkin’ In and Out Of Your Arms – k.d. lang

Vienna – Ultravox. How much do I love this song. It reminds me of things, yes, things in college, a random act of kindness from an unexpected stranger … but more than that: it’s a beautiful song.

Simple Together – Alanis Morissette. Considering you were involved, Alanis, I am sure that nothing was “simple.”

Super Heroes – Barry Bostwick, Charles Gray and Susan Sarandon – from Rocky Horror Picture Show

Honey I Been Thinking About You – Jackie Greene

Slow Down – The Beatles

The Interview – again from Chess, only this one from the concert-version at Albert Hall. Adam Pascal, Josh Groban and Clarke Peters

Baby Yes It Does – Nina Simone

We’ve Got It Goin’ On – The Backstreet Boys

Someday Soon – Ruth Gerson. She sounds like Chrissie Hynde here to me. Hot.

Cold Day – Sonya Kitchell

Devil Inside – INXS. One of the many theme-songs of college.

Paperback Writer – The Beatles

Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) – Robert Plant & Allison Krause. I love this album so much. Here they are performing it live.

Like a Prayer – Madonna. Classic.

Big Fuckin’ Macho Guy – Pat McCurdy (hahahaha)

Folk Song Medley – The Raunch Hands

Because – The Beatles (is that a harpsichord that starts this haunting weird song?)

My Lovin’ – En Vogue

Tea For the Tillerman – Cat Stevens

Go Go Go Joseph – hahahahahaha from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Heroin Girl – Evercleafr. Cheery.

Beth – the Glee cast

Don’t You Know – Ray Charles. No better makeout-on-the-couch music on earth.

The Boy in the Bubble – Paul Simon

My Friend of Misery – Metallica

Part-Time Lover – Stevie Wonder

Blues in the Night – Cab Calloway. I love this so much.

The Tower of Learning – Rufus Wainwright

The Honeymoon Song – Everclear. Boy, this song brings me back to last year. I can’t even listen to it.

Papa, Can You Hear Me? – Barbra Streisand. Oh, Babs.

Last of the American Girls – Green Day. Love these lyrics.

We Like to Party – Vengaboys. Pat McCurdy, always well-represented on any iPod shuffle, sent me this ridiculous CD with a Post-It note attached: “So you can dance!”

Somebody to Love – Queen. Perfection.

No. 6 The Coombe – The Chieftains

Maria – Green Day

My New Religion – Pat McCurdy

Watershed – Indigo Girls. Honestly, this song brings back such intense memories that I honestly can’t listen to it.

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

As the World Turns – Eminem

Dig a Pony – The Beatles

Hanging Tree – Queens of the Stone Age

You’re the One For Me – Wanda Jackson

Jilted – The Puppini Sisters. I love these girls.

Jump With Me Baby – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The Fairest of the Seasons – Nico (heart-ache)

American Honky-Tonk Bar Association – Garth Brooks

Run For the Roses – Dan Fogleberg

Stay Wide Awake – Eminem

Christmas Mass – Jane Siberry (a monologue from a Christmas show she did at The Bottom Line)

Free Speech for the Dumb – Metallica

Master of Puppets – Metallica. Insane!!

Skin and Bones – Foo Fighters

Hotel California – Eagles

Bad Reputation – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Don’t Bring Me Down – the wonderful Ok Go covering the ELO song, acoustic, in a small club

Gambling Man – Pat McCurdy. At every point during every iPod shuffle, I start to feel harassed by Pat McCurdy. And Metallica.

Virginia Moon – Foo Fighters

Stratford-on-Guy – Liz Phair. Adore this song.

Flavor – Tori Amos

Love in the Dunes – Elliot Goldenthal. From the Public Enemies soundtrack

Down In Mexico – The Coasters. Fun song used well in the lap-dance scene in Death Proof

Oh, Susannah – James Taylor. My childhood.

Generation Sex – The Divine Comedy

Save Me – Queen

The Consort – Rufus Wainwright

Horse Named Bill – The Raunch Hands

The Trashing of the Car – from the Ragtime soundtrack

Like Toy Soldiers – Eminem

Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones. This song makes me think of Michael and Pat.And this radiant time.

Vertigo – U2 (live from Milan)

Sunshine (That Acid Summer) – Everclear

Superblind – Robbie Williams

I Might Have To Deal Drugs in Order to Afford to Live In this City – Siobhan O’Malley, my awesome sister! Here’s the video!

Where I Want To Be – Josh Groban, from the Chess In Concert. He’s fantastic.

Love the Way You Lie – Eminem and Rihanna. Uh, yeah, you might – just MIGHT – have heard this one on the radio in the last 2 months. Fantastic video, too.

The Only Living Boy in New York – Simon & Garfunkel

If the House Is Rockin’ – Lee Roy Parnell

You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You – Dean Martin. He makes it look so easy.

Toora-Loora-Loora- The Irish Tenors. Oh, shut up.

So Much for the Afterglow – Everclear

My Monkey Made a Man Out Of Me – Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers

My Favorite Mistake – Sheryl Crow

Finale – to Les Miserables

21st Century Breakdown – Green Day. How do they keep doing it?

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Dean Martin

If I Had $1,000,000 – Barenaked Ladies

Give Me Some Time – Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers. Ouch.

Rape Me – Nirvana. This song is crazy.

Human Touch – Bruce Springsteen

City of Blinding Lights – U2

When I Hold You In My Arms – Mike Viola. He’s so terrific, solo or with the Candy Butchers – or playing a show with my sister Siobhan!

Cop Song – Officer Lockstock from Urinetown

Only the Good Die Young – the Glee cast. Never thought I would ever want to listen to this song again. They inject some life into it.

Vacation – the cast of Pump Boys and Dinettes. Here is the original cast performing it on the 1982 Tony Awards.

Snowball in Negative – The Divine Comedy

Love Letters – Sinéad O’Connor

Dr. Bones – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Good Night My Someone – Shirley Jones and Robert Preston, from The Music Man

Thank You Girl – The Beatles

Magic Man – Heart. This song reminds me of college.

Sonnet 10 – Rufus Wainwright

You’ll See – the cast of Rent. I like the song but Rent makes me grumpy.

The Lawrence of Arabia theme – Maurice Jarre, composer, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Zoot Suit Riot – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Fun.

Johnny’s Gone to Hilo – Kate McGarrigle, Rufus/Martha/Loudon Wainwright and many others

Gary Indiana – Robert Preston from The Music Man. This is a very Music Man-heavy shuffle.

Justify My Love – Madonna

Wednesday Morning 3 A.M. – Simon & Garfunkel

The Crucifixion – from Jesus Christ Superstar

Alternative to Love – Brendan Benson

Super Trouper – Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski, from Mamma Mia!

Gett Off – Prince. I love it when you get bossy, Prince.

In the Chapel in the Moonlight – Dean Martin. I hear one note of him singing and it’s like my blood pressure regularizes.

Goodnight – Cliff Eberhardt. One of the saddest songs ever written. Thanks, Cliff!

My Baby Only Cares For Me – Brian Setzer

Movie Stars – Pat McCurdy

Too Much to Ask – Avril Lavigne. Actually, yes, Avril, it is.

Show Me – Seal

Sister Blister – Alanis Morissette. I have no idea what’s happening but I love it!

Hope Alone – Indigo Girls

This Train – Bob Gibson. My entire childhood is in this album, and this song in particular.

Look At Little Sister – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.

The Grave – Don McLean. This was off the American Pie album; again, my entire childhood is in that album. The cover art scared me.

Stay Awake – Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins

Act Naturally – The Beatles. I have a vivid memory of my cousin Liam rockin’ some karaoke joint with this one.

Carry That Weight – The Beatles

Got Nobody to Tell – T.J. Fowler with Calvin Frazier. Blues!!

Somebody’s Miracle – Liz Phair

Dickhead – Robbie Williams. He’s such a punk. Love him.

Little Earthquakes – Tori Amos. I guess I just listened to this album one too many times. It’s hard for me to hear it now. I listened to it probably 5 times a day for an entire year.

Sliver – Nirvana

Puke – Eminem. I love this one. Talk about a punk.

C’est Toujours un Mystère – Scala & Kolacny Brothers – this great Belgian all-female chorus. If you saw the trailer for The Social Network, you heard their version of Radiohead’s “Creep”.

Rock This Town – Stray Cats

Heat Wave – Marilyn Monroe. Here you go.

Come Follow the Band – Jim Dale and the cast of Barnum (Broadway)

Place To Be – Nick Drake

Nothing – Priscilla Lopez in Chorus Line

Funeral For a Friend – Elton John. LOVE this.

The Rain in Spain – from the Broadway production of My Fair Lady, Rex Harrison, Julie Andrews, Robert Coote

Twist and Shout – The Beatles

Figures A and B (Means You and Me) – Hellogoodbye. I have Emily to thank for introducing me to these guys.

Christ For President – Billy Bragg & Wilco. This album will always make me think of Cashel as a baby. He loved this album and would wriggle around on the floor in his little onesie.

Eight Days a Week – The Beatles

Step By Step – Whitney Houston. Whitney, put the dildo and the crack-pipe down. Come back to us.

Wicked Finale – cast of Broadway show Wicked

Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac

Summertime Blues – Eddie Cockran

She Loves Me Not – from Closer Than Ever, the yuppie Thirtysomething-esque musical, with amazing music and voices

You and I – Idina Menzel & Josh Groban in Chess in Concert. He’s wonderful. She not so much. She’s not a good enough actress for this role.

If I Can Dream – Elvis Presley. Great performance from him.

Rock ‘N Roll is King – ELO. (Speaking of Elvis!!)

One More Last Chance – Vince Gill

Explain It To Me – Liz Phair

Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen. Never gets old.

A Leader of the Band – Dan Fogleberg

Hoy Hoy – The Collins Kids. Love my rockabilly compilations

Foreclosure of a Dream – Megadeth. Hell yes.

M.I.A. – Foo Fighters. I love all of their stuff, but this one in particular

I’ll Stick Around – Foo Fighters. Off their first album, really rough and raw

Winter – Tori Amos. Sigh. I did listen to this album too much, ‘lo those many years ago.

Stay With Me – Ruth Gerson. She’s fantastic.

Tomorrow – Andrea McArdle, Annie. This is the one where she sings with FDR and his cabinet.

Things We Said Today – The Beatles

Journey On – from Ragtime

Teenagers – My Chemical Romance. They are so overwrought, so young, so melodramatic, but they remind me what it feels like to be overwrought, young and melodramatic. I have a soft spot for these melodramatic guys.

El Condor Pasa – Simon & Garfunkel

I’ve Loved These Days – Billy Joel. I loved the Songs in the Attic album in high school and I remember thinking that this song was so grown up. It described a world I could barely imagine. It wasn’t scary or threatening … just really really adult.

Strong Black Vine – Tori Amos. More recent Tori. Now that’s more like it.

Oh! My Soul – The Beatles

Autumn Leaves – Eva Cassidy. Lots of heartbreak in this Shuffle.

God Bless England – The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. Hilarious and pissed.

Spiderwebs – No Doubt

It’s Never Too Late To Fall In Love – Geoffrey Hibbert & Dilys Lay – a duet from the Broadway production of The Boyfriend

Not Myself Tonight – Christina Aguilera. COUNTING THE DAYS until the Cher/Christina Aguilera movie.

Give ‘Em Hell, Kid – My Chemical Romance. Boys? Relax. Everything is going to be okay.

Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen

The Little Brown Girl – Nina Simone. Man, this song. Her voice.

Songbird – Katie Herzig. This song kind of has to do with the script I just wrote (workshop in LA approaching!)

You Know What They Do to Guys Like in Prison – My Chemical Romance. More mania, more despair.

Hazel – Ruth Gerson

American Pie – Don McLean. Too many memories wrapped up into this song to even begin to describe them. I saw him do this live, in Central Park, with Garth Brooks.

Golden Lady – Stevie Wonder

Your Face – Cliff Eberhardt. Enough, Cliff, please, I’m trying to keep my spirits up.

To Die a Virgin – The Divine Comedy. Hysterical, I love this song.

My Prerogative – Britney Spears (covering the Bobby Brown song). I think it is so funny and ridiculous that she would cover this song. It’s better than the original.

What’d I Say – Ray Charles.

8 Mile – Eminem. Awesome.

Mean – Pink

Come Back To Me – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

Difficult for Weirdos – Robbie Williams. Tryin’ out the disco beat now, Robbie!

Get the Party Started – Pink

Mary Jane – Tori Amos. Now that’s more like it.

Sunday Morning – No Doubt. I think I listened to No Doubt too much, this album definitely. It’s hard for me to hear it anymore.

Nobody – Sammy Cotton – I have this huge compilation called Stompin’ at the Savoy, full of gems like this one.

Turn It Off – Paramore. She has a great voice, just wish I liked the songs more.

Mr. Zoot Suit – Ingrid Lucia & The Flying Neutrinos (immortalized in that great scene in Blast From the Past)

Eyesight to the Blind – The Who

Of Wolf and Man – Metallica. Go, Lars.

Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old) – Garth Brooks. Oh, stop your whining.

Let Love Be Your Energy – Robbie Williams. Man, when he’s on, he’s on. He hasn’t really crossed over into international superstardom. Not sure why. I think he’s terrific. With just the right level of snark and irony to take the edge off. But the PERSONA. We need more PERSONAE in the music world. They can’t all be pimply droopy emo boys.

Better Be Home Soon – Crowded House. I love this song. It satisfies, on a deep level – has for years. That’s a good damn song.

I Stay Away – Alice In Chains

This Can’t Be My Life – Ruth Gerson. Terrific song. Reminds me of the best of Aimee Mann’s stuff.

We Two Are One – Eurythmics

Hero of the Day – Metallica. See what I mean? Harassed by Metallica via iPod Shuffle.

Let’s Go Get Stoned- Ray Charles. Sure thing, Ray. Then let’s make out on the couch listening to your music.

Dio – Tenacious D. Oh God, how I love Tenacious D.

Keep Holding On – the Glee cast. I like it when their “numbers” sound like an actual glee club, and not sanitized pop. This has a nice arrangement, with a nice chorus.

Silent Night – Shawn Colvin. I have joked about this album before. Kate sent it to me. We both love Shawn Colvin. I called her after listening to it. “Isn’t it great??” she said. Yes. It is. But the songs are so suicidal-sounding that it sounds like she is preparing for her LAST Christmas. “Okay, one last Christmas before I put my head in the oven.” Kate and I still roar about this.

Give Them Blood – My Chemical Romance. Okay, I’ve almost had it with these boys.

Rebel Prince – Rufus Wainwright

My Hero – Foo Fighters. Ahhhh.

We Can Work It Out – The Beatles

Express Yourself – the Glee cast’s version of the Madonna song

Monkberry Moon Delight – Paul McCartney – his first solo album after the Beatles broke up. I love this song in particular because he screams it, and nothing is more exciting to me than when McCartney screams.

Parting Gift – Fiona Apple. Dad really liked her.

Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi. This song is much more challenging, karaoke-wise, than you might think.

The Idiot In Me – Tracey Bonham. She is so fantastic.

Promise Me – Pat McCurdy. This song kind of breaks my heart.

The Story of Chess – again, from that Chess in Concert CD that keeps coming up on this shuffle

Not Alone in the World – Cliff Eberhardt. Finally, a semi-cheerful song from Mr. Eberhardt! He’s so good. If you haven’t encountered him before, do yourself a favor ….

If Tomorrow Never Comes – Garth Brooks

Rose’s Turn – the wonderful Chris Colfer (who plays cousin Mike’s son) on Glee

Mean Green Mother From Outerspace – Levi Stubbs as “Audrey” the plant in the movie Little Shop of Horrors

A Farruquiña – Milladoiro. I was waiting for the Irish nuts to show up. They always do.

A Fool For You – Ray Charles. I love how he just slows everything way way down. You can’t believe he still keeps the beat, but he (and his band) does.

Oileán – The Cassidys. Once you let open the door to one Irish nut, they all come in.

Why Can’t I? – Liz Phair

Out There – Jim Dale as PT Barnum in the Broadway production of Barnum

High Fidelity – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Killing the Blues – Shawn Colvin. Why don’t you do that, Shawn, so I at least can try to have a happy Christmas.

Last Leaf – the wonderful Ok Go.

Mountain Duet – from Chess in Concert – Idina Menzel and Josh Groban. This is getting ridiculous. Her voice does not sound good with this type of music, too brassy, too strained – it really shows her limitations.

Stronger – Britney Spears. I love it when Britney gets all empowered. It’s even more nuts.

Turn, Turn, Turn – Nina Simone. A brilliant arrangement.

Winter Kills – Yaz. So many memories. We loved Yaz back in college. I still love Yaz.

Shop Around – The Miracles

The Show Must Go On – Queen. The brilliance of this band continues to terrify me.

Romance Will Never Die – Pat McCurdy & The Confidentials, his old band, before he went solo. Well, he had many bands. I’m sure many of you saw him on Star Search, the first season. I know I did. I was only 13 years old, and in love with Sam Harris, the powerhouse solo singer. Little did I know that Pat and I would become friends and go through all that shit we went through. So weird. There I was, crouched by the TV, in junior high school, with my tape recorder, and I recorded the whole episode – I always did. So somewhere, in my parents’ attic, is a battered cassette tape with that episode of Star Search on it. Pat was going up against Sawyer Brown, the reigning music-group champion.

Give It 2 Me – Madonna. Rockin’.

Rain Is Falling – ELO- from their perfect album Time, the first album I ever bought. On vinyl, of course.

Who’s Got the Action – Dean Martin. Clearly you, Dino.

West Point – Jonatha Brooke. I love her voice and her songs.

Stray Cat Strut – Stray Cats. Ah, high school.

Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody – Judy Judy Judy

We People Who Are Darker Than Blue – Sinéad O’Connor

Lonely Summer Nights – Stray Cats. Okay, what is happening.

American Wake – Bill Whelan, from Riverdance

Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – U2

Cream – Prince. Yes, SIR. Ahem.

Nervous, Man, Nervous – Big Jay McNeely

Strangers – The Kinks. They will always make me think of my cousin Liam. He wrote a couple pieces about The Kinks for my site. This Strange Effect: A Kink-Sized Obsession and This Strange Effect: A Kink-Sized Obsession – Track 2

Arabian Nights – from Aladdin. Oh God, I love my eclectic weird music collection

Last Dance – Donna Summer

Train Wreck – Pat McCurdy. Go away.

Radio Radio – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle To You – Dolly Parton. God, she is perfect.

Embassy In Lament – wow, Chess in Concert, you just can’t leave me alone, can you?

Elevator Boogie – Mabel Scott. Hot boogie-woogie.

Did I Sleep Through It All? – Tracy Bonham. Great lyrics.

Phone Call to Billie – Elliot Goldenthal, a melancholy track from the Public Enemies soundtrack

There – Sally Mayes (she’s so wonderful) and Patrick Scott Brady, from Closer Than Ever

The Egg – the cast of 1776. Goosebumps.

I See a River – the cast of Urinetown

Karate – Tenacious D “You broke the rules, now I pull out all your pubic hair, you motherfucker …”

Lose That Long Face – Judy Garland

Highway 57 – the awesome opening number from Pump Boys and Dinettes

Break In City (Storm the Gate!) – Tenacious D. I never get enough.

The Obvious Child – Paul Simon

I Believe – Frank Sinatra. Wonderful.

Won’t Back Down – Eminem and Pink. Hot.

Run For Your Life – The Beatles

Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield

We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover – the “Hoover-ites” from the Broadway production of Annie

My Life Would Suck Without You – the Glee cast

The Honeydipper – Cab Calloway

Camping with Lesbians – Pat McCurdy. He is so insane. I played this for Alex, she listened in silence. There was a pause afterwards. Then she exclaimed, “What is WRONG with him?” Then she said, “Can you play it again?” Here’s a live version. SO STUPID.

Sing! – Don Percassi and Renee Baughman from A Chorus Line

Toot Sweets – from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I have no defense.

When I Get Home – The Beatles. They’re everywhere.

That’s Entertainment – Rufus Wainwright doing Judy at Carnegie Hall

In My Other Life – Tracy Bonham. This song became nearly unbearable to listen to last year.

Grey Gardens – Rufus Wainwright. His tribute to Little and Big Edie.

Please Be Kind – Frank Sinatra

Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle – Nirvana. “It’s so relieving now that you’re leaving soon as you get paid …” Thrilling song.

Love Revolution – my boyfriend Lenny Kravitz

Let Him Fly – Patty Griffin. What a voice.

I Want to Break Free – Queen. Don’t we all.

Better Together – Jack Johnson. I’m a late convert to this guy. I adore him.

Lucky – Radiohead. So many memories tied up with this album. All-night parties at a Soho photographer’s studio, dancing on the cyclorama for hours and hours and hours, before passing out on the leather couch, fully dressed, and then enduring a Walk of Shame home through the early New York morning, wherein I ran into Drew Barrymore and we had a funny moment of shared laughter about a random thing that happened. I was still in my party dress and heels at 8 in the morning, with smudged mascara. So that’s what I think about when I think about Radiohead. Oh, and falling in love, too.

Lucky – Britney Spears. Weird. Two songs named “Lucky” back to back. This was from when Spears was still a person.

One – U2

White Boys – from the current revival of Hair on Broadway. Awesome.

With or Without You – U2 live in Milan

This Is Your Life – Pat McCurdy in his band Yipes! This was probably recorded when I was 9 years old. Again: WEIRD.

Pilate and Christ – from Jesus Christ Superstar

Bleeding Me – Metallica. My old friends. I’ve missed you in this Shuffle.

One Hundred and Two – The Judds. Man, I was so into them once upon a time. Now, not so much, but I have them on here for nostalgia’s sake.

Is That Love? – Squeeze. College, college, college.

Bittersweet World – Ashlee Simpson. Oh dear. Why is this on here?

No Man’s Land/Flowers of the Forest – June Tabor. Irish shite.

Was That You? – Pat McCurdy and Yipes! Yes, it was me.

Rock With You – Michael Jackson. Sadness. He was so wonderful.

Little Goodbyes – SheDaisy. Love this song!

Strawberry Fields Forever – Jim Sturgess and Joe Anderson, singing the Beatles song on the Across the Universe soundtrack

Dark Lady – Cher. This song is one of the reasons why Mitchell and I are friends.

Numb – Pink. I think she has one of the best voices today in the business. A perfect rock and roll voice. Hard and soft at the same time. Indestructible.

For Once In Your Life – Lucy Kaplansky. She’s wonderful.

No Surprises – Radiohead. Must I repeat myself? All-night parties, cyclorama, passed out on a couch, walk of shame, Drew Barrymore, falling in love.

I’ll Cry Instead – The Beatles. Get used to it. There won’t be a letup any time soon.

In My Life Today – Lenny Kravitz

Untitled – Eminem (from his new album)

How Could I Forget? – Pat McCurdy. Showing his love for Gilbert and Sullivan.

Some Like It Hot – Marilyn Monroe. She’s fierce here.

Doll – Foo Fighters. The opening song of The Colour and the Shape, an album that took over my life for a good YEAR.

279 East 10th Street – Mike Viola

Morning Train – Sheena Easton. High school!

Grow For Me – Rick Moranis in Little Shop of Horrors

Lost Count – Ebba Forsberg. She’s great, what happened to her?

Underground – Eminem. I love this man.

I’m Not Afraid – Pat McCurdy. Buzz off.

If Ever – Foo Fighters

Do I Move You? – Nina Simone. Unbelievably hot.

What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding? – Elvis Costello & The Attractions. One of my favorite songs of all time.

Hold On Tight – ELO. I’d love ELO if they sang “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. One of my favorite bands.

I’m a Big Fat Idiot – Pat McCurdy. “I’m stupid as shit and proud of it …” No matter what, this man makes me laugh.

Requiem, K. 626, Introitus – Mozart

No Leaf Clover – Metallica. This is the thrilling live version they did with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Black Boys on Mopeds – Sinéad O’Connor

Busted – Ray Charles

Annabella’s Song – Everclear

Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! – The Beatles. Paul McCartney screaming = Heaven.

Girl – Tori Amos. This was my favorite track off of that album I really can’t listen to anymore, Little Earthquakes

Help Me Mary – Liz Phair. Off Exile to Guyville which I wrote about here. What an album.

I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton. Mitchell just told me the story of this song this past week. She wrote the song. Immediately, other artists recognized a hit and asked to record it. Elvis Presley wanted to record it, except that he wanted to buy it from her. How on earth she found the strength to resist that offer I don’t know – but thank God she did (even though I would have LOVED to hear Elvis’ version), because it has made her a millionaire many times over thanks to Whitney Houston (and she already was a millionaire). But a hit like that comes along once in a lifetime. She knew it. She sensed it. She held on to her property.

Maybe This Time – Ok Go. I love these guys so much. And I’ve been into them for a long time, before their “viral videos” and everything. I love these guys, I do feel a bit proprietary.

Horseshoes and Handgrenades – Green Day. An exhilarating song. If you want to rage out, put this one on.

Wuthering Heights – the Puppini Sisters covering the Kate Bush classic song

Kickin’ the Gong Around – Cab Calloway. I love it when his band members shout things out. It’s so hot.

Spank Me – Pat McCurdy. Gladly.

Revolution – Jim Sturgess singing the Beatles song on the Across the Universe soundtrack

Glorious Day – Weezer

Life in the Fast Lane – Eagles. It sounds awful. Life in the fast lane, I mean, not the song.

I Don’t Need Anything But You – Andrea McArdle and Reid Shelton, Broadway production of Annie

Ghost In This House – Alison Krause

Shipoopi – Buddy Hackett in The Music Man. Ridiculous, glorious.

Chicago – Rufus Wainwright at Carnegie Hall

Hey Jude – The Beatles

Go On Ahead – Liz Phair

The Colors Of My Life – Jim Dale as PT Barnum in Barnum. I saw this on Broadway – with Glenn Close as Charity Barnum and Tony Orlando was playing PT Barnum, believe it or not. He was fanTAStic.

You and I Are Just About to Fall In Love – Pat McCurdy and … Yours Truly. He wrote it for me. We recorded it in one take, together, in a small studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s on his album Show Tunes. Hard to listen to now, but something I am, nonetheless, still very proud of. I think I sound awesome.

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac. Heartbreaking, beautiful.

O Holy Night – Gail Ann Dorsey

Lay All Your Love On Me – ABBA

Money – Pink Floyd. The only hit song to be composed in 7/4 time (except for that guitar solo). Try to dance to this song. I dare you. 4/4 or 3/4 will let you at least dance. Not 7/4.

Oasis Hotel – Tracy Bonham. I feel like she and I are kindred spirits. Her songs just speak to me.

Red Hot – Billy Lee Riley “My gal is red hot!”

That Guy – Tori Amos. Fun.

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Bette Midler. Still going. Wow.

I Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett. Man, this song is great. She’s so hot.

Auntie Purple’s House – Pat McCurdy. His Halloween song. “There’s a cat from Siam sleeping in a pentagram, there’s some scary things in Auntie Purple’s House …” You haven’t lived until you’ve seen him perform this song and heard a huge crowd sing all the lyrics along with him.

Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown) – Tenacious D. He is such a jackass. To me, that is high praise indeed.

Sin Sin Sin – Robbie Williams

Bring It On – Lenny Kravitz

Waitin’ For the Light to Shine (reprise) – Huck, from the Broadway production Big River. Mitchell and I just listened to this entire soundtrack on our drive down to New York, singing along all the way.

You’re Having My Baby – the Glee cast

Arms of a Woman – Amos Lee. Mitchell turned me on to him. He’s great.

1921 – The Who. I think the only Who album I actually own is Tommy, which clearly is not right. I love The Who.

Dammit Janet – Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon, Rocky Horror Picture Show. Brilliant. We were all so into this in high school, sick and twisted as it was.

Dancing With Myself – the Glee cast. Funny arrangement. Kind of a swinging version.

Move (You’re Stepping On My Heart) – Jennifer Holliday and cast of Dream Girls on Broadway. You know, put the performance of Jennifer Hudson beside what Holliday did (even just listening to the recordings), and there is just flat out NO CONTEST.

Do You Believe In Love? – Huey Lewis and the News. I don’t know, Huey, I’m starting to have my doubts. He was my first concert, at the Civic Center in Providence RI, with Mere, Jayne and Dolores.

Free Your Mind – En Vogue. Like the song, although the sentiment is pretty defensive. It’s like they want to do whatever they want to do, hang the consequences. Grow up, En Vogue!!

The March of the Kings/Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Freed- Tracy Bonham

33 – Sinéad O’Connor

Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8) – Dolly Parton

Love For Sale – Fine Young Cannibals (singing the Cole Porter song)

Take the Money and Run – Steve Miller Band

Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles

The Jug of Punch – The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston. Speaking of Dolly Parton holding onto ownership of the song … for this very moment …

Ain’t That a Kick In the Head – Dean Martin. My brother wrote something pretty great about this song and Dean Martin’s version of it.

Put a Lid On It – Squirrel Nut Zippers

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python

Money – Alan Cumming as the Emcee in the high watermark production of Cabaret I saw at the Roundabout, with Natasha Richardson as Sally Bowles (my words on that here). Definitely in my Top 5 Most Exciting Live Performances I have ever seen. And Cumming was off the charts.

Midnight Sun – Garth Brooks. Oh, are you bringin’ in the hay, Garth, in your cotton shirt? Really?

Invincible – Pat Benatar. Oh hell yes.

Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2. This song still has the capacity to make the hairs on my arms rise up, even after hearing it 1000 times.

River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner. God, this stuff is ferocious.

Jack & Diane – John Mellencamp. Huge song for us in high school.

Brothers Back – Mike Viola and the Candy Butchers

Kill Yourself – Timbaland, with Sebastian and Attitude. I love every song on this album.

Fell on Black Days – Soundgarden. I made out with a guy once while this song was on. It definitely helped intensify the mood. Good makeout music. Good grinding music.

Nothin’ – Robert Plant and Alison Krause. This album! I can’t get over it!! What a good pairing it is!

Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman. I’m not a Tracy Chapman fan. This is the only Tracy Chapman song I like. I shouldn’t even say “like”. I LOVE this song.

Taking Over Me – Evanescence. Girl can sing.

I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo – Tony Burgos and his Swing Shift Orchestra. I love all my swing music, and boogie-woogie music. It’s always a treat when it pops up.

Amazing – One eskimO. My friend Janine turned me onto them. I love them.

Hold Me Tight – The Beatles. I know they have more complex songs, more “deep” songs, intricate, symbolic, all that, but this one very well may be my #1 favorite, although don’t hold me to that. I love all their stuff (clearly), but I love their simple flat-out love songs the best.

Portland Rain – Everclear. Sexy lyrics. Very sexy.

Hell Is For Children – Pat Benatar

The Savage Man Medley – Sally Mayes – a compilation of “savage man” songs from her Comden and Green album

Heartache Tonight – Michael Bublé. Surprisingly, a very good very effective arrangement. A big-band arrangement. It works.

What Kind of Fool Am I? – Sammy Davis Jr.

Preacher Man – Bananarama. Hahahahaha

Fumiaki – Bleu. I love him so much it hurts my heart. The voice, the lyrics, the sound … he’s got it all.

Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles. This song comes up in my mind all. the. time. Any time I see someone in despair on the street, or alone and hurting … I call them “Eleanor Rigbys” in my head.

She Needs Me – Bobby Darin

Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day. Stunning.

Synchronicity 1 – The Police. This album was so huge that you would have had to move to outer space to not hear it.

We Shall Overcome – Pete Seeger, live. Impossible to not get moved at the crowd singing. Impossible.

Symphony of Destruction – Megadeth. Appropriate to have this song follow “We Shall Overcome”. I love Megadeth.

Long Black Veil – The Proclaimers

Tell Me Why – The Beatles. See, I love this early stuff best.

The Way I Am – Eminem. By the way, today (the 17th) is Marshall’s birthday. Happy birthday.

Tainted Love – The Pussycat Dolls. Oh for God’s sake.

Popular – Kristen Chenoweth in Wicked

Breda’s Jigs – Katie McMahon. What? Breda’s jugs? Oh, sorry. Breda’s JIGS. Sheesh. These Irish nuts, always sneaking their way into my perfectly fine shuffle with their jugs. I mean jigs.

Manhattan – Kings of Leon. A good anthem song.

Ready – Kelly Clarkson. She’s got the goods. She’ll be around for a long time.

Famine – Sinéad O’Connor. Only Sinéad O’Connor would rap about Black ’47. And speaking of Eleanor Rigby, she samples that song.

Since I’ve Been Loving You – Led Zeppelin. First strains of this song, and I just settle in for the ride.

Ya Had Me Goin’ – L.E.O. Who is L.E.O.? Written by Mike Viola and Bleu, which already means I’m IN.

Caoineadh Cú Chulainn (Lament) – by Bill Whelan, but played so beautifully by Davy Spillane on the uileann pipes. If God could sculpt a man to order for me, he would look like Davy Spillane.

Going Back to Orleans – Jesse & Buzzy. Awesome harmonica.

Weather Man – Wynona Carr. She died in obscurity. This woman is unbelievable. Check her out.

Chet Baker’s Unsung Swan Song – David Wilcox

Almost Famous – Eminem

I Hope I Never – Split Enz. A perfect album. Where the hell did they go?

Bolen’s Fancy/The Dunmore Lasses/The Maid Behind The Bar/The Glass Of Beer – a medley of nice Irish JUGS by Touchstone

Minnie the Moocher – Cab Calloway

You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told) – The White Stripes

Don’t Fence Me In – David Byrne

Fermanagh Highland/Donegal Highland/John Doherty’s/King George IV – Altan. Okay, all of the Irish bands can now depart, okay? I can only take you in small doses. These medleys are killing me.

Squinting Optometrist – Siobhan O’Malley. Yay!!!

I Gotta Know – Wanda Jackson

Gray Bob/Cutty’s Wedding/Loch Carran/Gray Bob – The Tannahill Weavers. Nooooooo. I cry “Uncle! Uncle!”

Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Carole King and James Taylor (they just came out with an album together, I adore it.) The older I get, the less I am able to listen to this song.

Future Love Paradise – Seal. I have a very very good memory attached to this song, and that’s all I’ll say.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

H.W.C. – Liz Phair. My sentiments exactly.

Brick – Ben Folds Five. A song designed to shatter you into a million pieces.

Saints – The Breeders. God, I freaking loved them.

Suits Are Picking Up the Bill – Squirrel Nut Zippers. They always cheer me up.

Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin. Absolutely irresistible.

On a Plain – Nirvana

The Man I Love – Billie Holliday (live)

Cool Cool Considerate Men – from 1776. DO NOT EVEN GET ME STARTED. Goosebumps, tears!

Till We Reach That Day – the cast of Ragtime on Broadway. Thrilling. Just thrilling. An amazing group performance.

I Am What I Am – George Hearn, from La Cage Aux Folles – this is a pretty incredible performance. Look at where he goes: where he has to start, where he has to end up. The song is epic.

Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner “We never ever do nothin’ nice … and easy … We always do it nice … and rough.” Unbelievable.

Step Up and Rescue Me – Faye Adams. Classic.

That’ll Be the Day – Buddy Holly & The Crickets

Seaside Rendesvous – Queen. I love it when they go all British-Music-Hall on me.

Avenue C’d – Siobhan O’Malley. A beautiful song.

Can’t Make a Sound – Elliott Smith. “I have become a silent movie …”

The Beautiful People – Scala & Kolacny Brothers, the Belgian chorus I mentioned earlier. This is an absolutely haunting cover of the Marilyn Manson song. Something about all these women singing together … Check it out. It’s like something from a nightmare.

Into the Nightlife – Cyndi Lauper. LOVE HER.

Auf Asche – Franz Ferdinand. I was into them for about 2 seconds, and then lost track of them. But I do like this album.

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse. Terrific. What a shame. She’s so talented.

Say Goodbye Hollywood – Eminem

Grease Lightning – John Travolta and Jeff Conaway (I can’t get the image of him from Celebrity Rehab out of my mind now) and other greasers from Grease

Brennan on the Moor – The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. Might as well succumb. The Irish are here to stay.

Mama Told Me Not to Come – Three Dog Night

I Still Miss Someone – Johnny Cash

Birds Eye View – Brendan Benson. He’s so good. I’ll buy any album he puts out for all time. When I’m a fan, I don’t mess around.

Enter Sandman – Metallica. Oh, the memories … This freakin’ SONG.

Sunglasses at Night – Corey Hart. Wow.

On that note, I bid you Adieu.

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10 Responses to A Week-Long Shuffle

  1. Noonz says:

    This is probably some sort of record for Shuffle-tracking. Wildly and wonderfully eclectic.

  2. Jeff says:

    I always make a Christmas CD for my closest colleagues at work, and the past few months at work have been truly horrific, so I’m thinking of using “One Last Christmas Before I Put My Head In An Oven” as my theme this year. And I agree about that album – I never listen to it all the way through.

    Do you have to write all these down, or does the iPod keep track for you? (I have a lowly 8GB Sansa myself).

  3. sheila says:

    Jeff – It is one of the bleakest albums I’ve ever heard. She makes the Charlie Brown Christmas song sound like a dirge. It’s hilarious – but yes, hard to take.

    The iPod keeps track – as long as you don’t click out of said Shuffle (then it would be lost). I was on autopilot this week, so I kept just picking up where I left off, jotting down songs in my notebook to pass the time in various waiting rooms and lobbies.

  4. phil says:

    I always speed to at least 20mph over the limit when Funeral For a Friend slides into Love Lies Bleeding.

  5. sheila says:

    Phil – I absolutely love that you say it. It is such a thrilling transition.

  6. “When I Get Home – The Beatles. They’re everywhere.” I think that would be this song.

  7. sheila says:

    Ha!! Yes, you’re right.

  8. alexandra says:

    I used to listen to Garland’s “Putting on the Ritz” every singe morning before High School. It was my Getting Ready song.


  9. nightfly says:

    So, you’re wearing plaid with a flying shade of gold…. ;)

    I love your shuffle posts. And this reminds me – I have no working email for you, somehow got lost when I jumped to gmail, but I’d like to send you a copy of the Sudden Yurt Commune soundtrack, which is FINALLY finished. (FWIW, nothing on it is in this list, so you won’t be pestered with lots of repeated songs.) Email me for the details if you want – no obligation/cancel any time/satisfaction guaranteed/return unheard portion for full refund/etc etc.

  10. sheila says:

    NF – I love that you’ve put this together. Hysterical. My email is gibsongirl@sheilaomalley.com. Can’t wait!!

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