Playlist – South Dakota
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.
As we explore less populated regions of the country, finding songs has proved more and more difficult. This was the case for South Dakota. We truly found some gems, however, that we love listening to!
1. Andre Williams – Only Black Man In South Dakota
Andre Williams may have been the only black man in South Dakota in the 1990s when this song came out, but we’re here to tell you that we saw not one, but TWO black men in a South Dakota mall. So there.
2. Plaid- South Dakota
You might be surprised with the amount of plaid that we’ve accumulated during our trip through the Pacific Northwest and mountain regions. In Custer, SD, Mark was even told that he didn’t look like a tourist at all because of his plaid shirt.
3. Dwight Yoakam – Rapid City South Dakota
Rapid City might just be the most patriotic city in the union. They have Mt. Rushmore close by, and even have a life size statue of every American president on street corners and sidewalks downtown.
4. Shawn Colvin – Sunny Came Home
We actually heard this song on the radio as we were driving to South Dakota, so we knew that it had to be included on the playlist when we found out that Shawn Colvin was from Vermillion, SD.
5. Gardens & Villa – Black Hills
The Black Hills of South Dakota offer some breathtaking views, as well as numerous national parks and monuments (Wind Cave, Jewel Cave, Mt. Rushmore) which is perfect when a couple of nerds decide to travel the country.
6. Stereophonics – Dakota
Did you know that the term “Stereophonic” commonly called stereo, sound refers to any method of sound reproduction in which an attempt is made to create an illusion of directionality and audible perspective. You understand that completely, right? Ok, moving on…
7. Mwk – Mean To You
Mwk, also known as the Midwest Kings, is a group formed with American Idol winner David Cook as their lead singer. Although it was a travesty that he beat out that young David Archuleta with a voice like an angel, this song is pretty good.
8. Indigenous – Things We Do
The Nakota Nation members grew up on South Dakota’s Yankton Indian Reservation. Their crunchy tunes were popular in the early 2000s, and even go them on the Conan O’Brien show. They also have a guy named “Horse” on the drums, which is pretty awesome if you ask me.
9. Big & Rich – 8th Of November
On November 8th 1965, the 173rd Airborne Brigade on “Operation Hump”, war zone “D” in Vietnam, were ambushed by over 1200 VC. Forty-eight American soldiers lost their lives that day. Severely wounded and risking his own life, Lawrence Joel, a medic, was the first living black man since the Spanish-American War to receive the United States Medal of Honor for saving so many lives in the midst of battle that day. This song is about another one of the survivors, Niles Harris, who grew up in South Dakota.
10. Toby Keith – Stays In Mexico
I don’t know when Mexico became Las Vegas, but according to Toby Keith, what happens down in Mexico stays in Mexico. Unless it’s Montezuma’s Revenge, of course.
11. Johnny Cash – Big Foot
Quite the uplifting playlist this week, as Johnny Cash sings here about the Wounded Knee Massacre. On December 29, 1890, Wounded Knee was the scene of the last major clash between Native Americans and U.S. troops in North America. In the period following the introduction of the Ghost Dance among the Lakota and the killing of Sitting Bull, a band of several hundred led by Big Foot left the Cheyenne River Reservation. Intercepted by U.S. troops, they had given themselves up and had been escorted to an army encampment on Pine Ridge Reservation when shooting suddenly started. The ensuing struggle, short but bloody, resulted in 75 army casualties and the virtual massacre of Big Foot’s band.
12. Bob Dylan – Ballad Of Hollis Brown
The last sad one, we swear. Bob Dylan sings a lot about various places in America. He famously sings here about a the struggles of a poor farmer from South Dakota.
13. Mount Rushmore Safari – Everything’s About To Fall
I’m usually saying those exact words when Jackie’s taking a turn a little too aggressively.
14. Mount Rusmore – Love Is The Reason
We loved our visit to Mount Rushmore. It almost looks fake because you’ve seen it some many times in movies and on television, that you don’t know what to make of it when you’re staring at it in person. It is impressive though. And if you’re ever in the Black Hills, you also need to visit the Crazy Horse memorial!
15. Golden Birds – Sioux Falls
The golden birds are by far the best kind to use on “Angry Birds”, am I right? Don’t even get me started on the red ones…