Playlist – Minnesota
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.
*I swear I’m not being lazy, but there are several songs from the same artists on this list, because just one Bob Dylan or Prince song will not satiate your listening needs.
1. Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone
How does it feel to be on your own? How does it feel to be without a home? Well. It’s kind of terrifying and kind of wonderful.
2. Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue
Bob Dylan talks about his life growing up in Minnesota with the line, “I grew up in the great north woods”. Bob Dylan has often been criticized for mumbling and not being able to understand his singing, but no one can ever claim that they couldn’t understand him because of a think Minnesota accent.
3. Prince & The Revolution – Kiss
Fact: You don’t have to watch Dynasty to have an attitude.
4. Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain
It’s hard to believe that this song only reached #2 on the Billboard charts. What’s not so hard to believe is the meaning of the term “Purple Rain” is highly contested in the blogosphere. Does it refer to drugs? God? Semen? Happiness? Another mystery unsolved.
5. Prince – Little Red Corvette
This would be a much more stylish way to travel the country, but where would we store our cheesehead and Costco treasures?
6. Prince – 1999
Who thought the world was going to end in 2000? Even just a little bit? You bought  extra jugs of water, made sure to have something really delicious on New Years Eve and then…everything was fine. Now. What about 2012? Who thinks the world is going to end in 2012?! I mean it is really unseasonably warm. Just saying.
7. Gypsy – Gypsy Queen Part 1
I assume by now we’ve all seen “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” on TLC? If only someone had told me I needed to dress up for the Polar Bear Plunge as a gypsy bride…I could have had a neon dress lined with insulation and flotation devices!
8. The Jets- Crush On You
The Jets. I’m not talking about a bunch of white, working class, knife fighting kids living in New York City, but rather an eight member brother and sister singing group from Minneapolis. “Crush on You” actually feels like you’re in the 1980s and I find that I can’t actually identify any of the instruments used in this song.
9. Marcy Playground – Sex And Candy
When you think about two things that are generally good, you might think that combining them is a great idea! However, have you ever seen those candy necklace-like thongs? That CANNOT be comfortable, fun, or sanitary.
10. Soul Asylum – Runaway Train
I’m going to be honest. I hate this song. It has everything to do with the video from 1993 featuring all of the photos of kids who were kidnapped/ran away from home, domestic abuse, and a baby snatching. It was on VH1 seemingly every morning while I was sneakily watching Pop Up Video while I was getting ready for school.
11. Owl City – Galaxies
Owl. City. Galaxies. Words that individually describe phenomenal things. Is the whole greater than the sum of it’s parts?
12. The Replacements – Bastards Of Young
The Replacements were famously banned from Saturday Night Live for dropping an F-bomb on live TV in the 80s. A similar incident almost precipitated at the SNL themed Winter Carnival Bonspiel at the St. Paul Curling Club when Mark ate a couple handfuls of a seemingly communal Chex Mix bowl. Luckily the whole thing was just a minor misunderstanding.
13. Judy Garland — Come Rain Or Come Shine
The Highland Flinger has been in rain and shine, but much prefers shine. We really are hoping for a dry winter and spring throughout the south so we can avoid any more leakage.
14. The Andrews Sisters – Rum And Coca Cola
A very straightforward cocktail, but also the title of a calypso often danced in Trinidad, as the song describes. Regardless, in the 40s when this song was popular, it was banned from the radio for mentioning alcohol.
15. The Minnesota Sports Band – Ron Gardinhire (Is Not Afraid of the Umpire)
Seriously, he is not. See for yourself.