Playlist – Massachusetts
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. Boston – More Than A Feeling
Another band named after a city with an immensely popular collection of songs. The interesting part though, is that nearly all of their popular songs (that are still played ALL OF THE TIME today) came off of only one of their albums, appropriately named “Boston”.
2. Aerosmith – Dream On
Sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston” and even “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”, it’s surprising that Aerosmith’s most popular song is still their first single “Dream On”, despite so many other hits throughout the years. You can’t even tell that Steven Tyler is singing this song until the very end! And also, How many musicians end up having a #1 single (“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”) 25 years after their first single, in a movie starring their own adult daughter? Approximately 1, ever.
3. The Cars – Just What I Needed
The Cars have had so many sounds over the years that they’ve been listed under all of the following musical categories: new wave, pop rock, protopunk, garage rock, hard rock, bubblegum pop, and even rockabilly. Whatever it is, it’s enjoyable.
4. Guster – Satellite
The band actually met during their freshman orientation at Tufts University (one of the 52 colleges in the greater Boston area) and actually wrote some of their first songs in their dorm rooms.
5. Staind – It’s Been Awhile
Staind is from Springfield, Massachusetts, which is the first Springfield in the US (There are 38 total cities/towns named “Springfield” in the US). The band also started out as a cover band for a year and a half before finally putting together some songs of their own.
6. White Zombie – More Human Than Human
Rob Zombie grew up in northern Massachusetts near the New Hampshire border, and started his career as a “noise rock” musician before transitioning into a successful horror and sci-fi film director.
7. Dropkick Murphys – I’m Shipping Up To Boston
I’m pretty sure that it’s a city law that if you are from Boston you had to not only love this song and the Dropkick Murphys, but also play it whenever you have a chance outside of the city. Nevertheless, it’s still a good song and might even break the record for a song being used in a movie, TV show, or commercial.
8. Pixies – Where Is My Mind?
Besides being a popular band, the Pixies were also influential in the 1990s alternative rock scene. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana was once quoted as saying that their mega hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was his attempt to “rip off the Pixies”.
9. Dispatch – The General
Another Boston based band, Dispatch actually credited their rise to prominence to peer-to-peer file sharing programs like Napster and Limewire. This deviates from most of the bands of that era, most notably Metallica, who fought to make free music sharing illegal.
10. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get
Remember that pivotal moment back around 1997 when it seemed like this type of big band, retro plus punk/ska type of music was set to take over? And then remember when it didn’t? It’s kind of a shame, I think this type of music could have morphed into something really good if more bands out there went down this road.
11. Aaron Lewis – Massachusetts – Massachusetts
After being a founding member and lead singer of our #5 band Staind, Aaron Lewis decided to cross over to the country music world with his debut solo album Town Line. Here’s a song from that CD about his home state.
12. The Bee Gees – Massachusetts – Massachusetts
Back to back songs named “Massachusetts”! It’s a great word, isn’t it? In fact, the Bee Gees loved the word so much, they made a song about a place they had never been. It was written on a boat near the Statue of Liberty, which is close but not quite in Massachusetts.
14. Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime
A standard in the Boston new wave music scene of the late 70s and early 80s, the Talking Heads even got help from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s computers and designing company M&Co. to design the album cover artwork for their album Remain in Light.
15. Boston Pops – Sweet Caroline
The Boston Pops Orchestra dates back to 1885, and is possibly the most well known orchestra in America. Here they are doing a Neil Young classic, which is played at every Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park.