Playlist – Georgia
Verbose as we are, there is no way we can spend the next year constantly
yelling talking to each other. Terrible as it may sound to the ears of an outsider, singing as loudly as possible is a frequent occurrence in The Highland Flinger (THF). We will make a playlist of what we’re slappin’ the air bass to. Each list will contain songs from artists/bands from the state or will allude to the state in some way.
1. Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
THE BEST “official state song”! ALTHOUGH, John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” (Colorado) and “Country Road” (West Virginia) are close contenders. We loved Oklahoma (you can read all about it later this week!), a state that has both an official state song and an official rock song. The rock song is “Do You Realize??” by The Flaming Lips, but we’re not sure that it’s a valid entry in our “best official state song” contest due to the difference in wording. Moreover, we don’t get how a British band lends the official rock song for Oklahoma, but the [on-line] voters have spoken!
New Jersey and Virginia are the only states without state songs. Virginia is in the process of choosing a new one. We will be submitting our Virginia playlist later this summer for official legislative review. DEMOCRACY!
2. Allman Brothers – Statesboro Blues
Something to be blue about in Statesboro, GA: the four main streets in town are all called MAIN. Whyyyy?
3. Little Richard -Tutti Frutti
That is all.
4. Otis Redding -Try A Little Tenderness
A good mantra after an angry RV day. Tenderness, definitely the sentiment Jay-Z and Kanye West are expressing with their recent sampling of this song in their new song, “Otis”, right?
5. James Brown -Get Up Offa That Thing
When we were on our way to Augusta, home of James Brown, Mark made me watch THIS six minute clip of crazy James Brown stuff. My grandfather does an impeccable James Brown impersonation, which I meta-impersonated at a special occasion once. Gotta show them how funky you are:
6. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Midnight Train To Georgia
“LA proved too much for the man”. Well, not exactly too much. Either way, we chose a 7-month RV trip to Georgia over the train.
7. B-52s – Love Shack
I’ve discussed my first cognitive recognition of sports, but the B-52s are probably the first band that I realized was an entertainment act and that hundreds of thousands of other groups exist to make music. One day, without permission, I was sifting through the cassette tapes in hopes of toe-dancing-out to some Swan Lake or Nutcracker, but instead found this:
Multi-colors get me every time, so I naturally put it in the player and from then on could be heard listening to “Love Shack” over and over again, between pauses to rewind the tape. Years later I would impress friends at trivia night for knowing each and every word. A Chrysler that seats about 20 for the win!
8. OutKast -The Way You Move
Recently, a young internet connoisseur captive in the family car wrote on our Facebook page “Nice left turn from the right hand lane.” While this isn’t entirely an accurate description of what happened, we appreciate it when someone loves the way we move.
9. Ludacris -Southern Hospitality
We’ve definitely heard more “Ma’am” and “Sirs” in the south. Instead of saying “What?” I’ve been asked “Ma’am?” particularly by boys younger than me. It’s kind of charming, actually…
10. Cee Lo Green – Forget You
Things I shouldn’t publicly admit: Until recently (like last week) I thought Gnarls Barkley was a person, not a group that Cee Lo (born in Atlanta) is 1/2 of. Does that make me crazy?
11. TLC – Creep
Without a shadow of a doubt, the CrazySexyCool CD was my most prized possession as a preteen. That and the videos I recorded from MTV to learn all the dance moves to the songs on this album. Too bad I just didn’t watch this: http://video.answers.com/how-to-dance-the-butterfly-18631076
12. Usher – My Way
This is turning out to be quite the nostalgic playlist! This is an old Urrrsher song, BUT how quickly did you rush home from school to catch this video on TRL and then vote for it? The moon bounce setting, graffiti-ed leather jacket and dance moves are nothing short of extraordinary. Plus, Tyrese is in the video! Bonus!
On a related note, we recently discussed all of the different names for a bouncy: moon bounce, jumpy, jumper, moonwalk, bounce house, inflatable castle, jumping castles, brinca brinca. Yes we have talked about everything.
13. P!nk – So What
A few years back my friend Andres and I were at an Atlanta mall and we got on the escalator 2 steps behind a short and tiny blonde woman wearing heels with a bar-code tattoo on the back of her neck. P!nk has between 20-30 tattoos including the sighted barcode and a rather prominent dragon on her leg (which we were also privy to), various Japanese symbols, and a red star. Her tattoos have inspired such websites as pinkstattoos.org.
14. Sugarland – Something More
If you are fed up with happenings in your life, do the following: Get this song, play it as loud as possible, be inspired, and act on it. WOO!
15. Zac Brown Band – Chicken Fried
We’ve been to a “Chicken Fried” party, actually. It spawned from a 4-year-old hearing this song and saying to his mom (our friend), “Let’s have a ‘Chicken Fried’ party!” Complete with the namesake food, sweet tea, pecan pie, homemade wine, cold beer, jeans, “the touch of a precious child…and a mother’s love.” Oh..and this song was played at least 20 times thanks to our miniature event organizer, who also starred as the DJ. (Love you, Scotty!)
Do you Spotify?? Then you can listen to all this music! Georgia