Playlist – Indiana
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. Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
The Jacksons grew up in the industrial town of Gary, IN. Situated in the northwest corner if Indiana between Michigan and Illinois, it’s on of the only parts of Indiana that touches Lake Michigan. Starting with the 4 oldest brothers, the Jackson 5 eventually included all 6 Jackson brothers at different points during their musical run. This song was the group’s first single.
2. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Did you know that Macauley Culkin is godfather to Jackson’s two eldest children, Paris and Prince Michael? I bet you didn’t. Here’s some more fun facts about the King of Pop.
3. Janet Jackson – Nasty
Miss Jackson (if you’re nasty) has actually starred in five movies in addition to her 10 albums.
4. Babyface – When Can I See You
In addition to his own musical career, Babyface contributed to the creation of new jack swing, writing and producing music for the likes of Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Pebbles, Paula Abdul and ’80s icon Sheena Easton.
5. Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
William Rose Jr. grew up in Indiana, but eventually moved to Los Angeles before taking the name of one of his first bands, AXL.
6. David Lee Roth – Just Like Paradise
Before heading off to Pasadena, CA and joining forces with the Van Halen brothers, Roth grew up in Bloomington, IN, home of the Indiana University Hoosiers.
7. John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane
Another name changer on this playlist, John Mellencamp actually released this song under the name “Johnny Cougar”, after being convinced to change his name by a record executive. Luckily, he remembered his “small town” Seymour, IN roots and started using his real name midway through his career.
8. The Ataris- The Boys Of Summer
Formed in Anderson, IN, The Ataris made it big with this uptempo Don Henley cover.
9. Days Of The New – Touch, Peel And Stand
A band from the Indiana-Kentucky border area, Days Of The New has had 17 members throughout the years, including lead singer Travis Meeks, who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrom.
10. Chase Coy – I Fell In Love Once
This song comes from Coy’s “Indiana Sun” album. The dude does go with a Beiber-esque hairdo, but we can forgive him for that, right? Here’s a great live performance of this song:
11. Jon McLaughlin – Beautiful Disaster
After researching what does and does not qualify as a “beautiful disaster” (apparently people tend to go with pretty but crazy girls, or volcanoes), I found that this term has not one but THREE Urban Dictionary definitions.
12. Crystal Gayle – Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
A worldwide hit back in 1977, this song has been covered by more than 10 artists. In Germany, it’s: ”Tränen Würden Mir Nicht Stehn”, while in France it’s: ”Mes yeux blues son gris”.
13. Farewell Flight – Indianapolis
A very typical Midwestern city, we found Indianapolis to have a good number of bright spots. Good local food, patriotic blocks, scenic parks, and mammoth sports arenas to name just a few. Check out our Indiana pictures for more great Indianapolis features.
15. Florence Henderson – America The Beautiful
Another Indy 500 tradition, Mrs. Brady has sung this song or “God Bless America” before the race since 1991.