Playlist – Virginia
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. Dave Matthews Band – You & Me
Dave Matthews was a bartender in Charlottesville, VA before making it big with his own band. The band played in Virginia, recorded in Virginia, and their first “Live” CDs came from shows that they played – you guessed it – in Virgina.
2. Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Jason Mraz have a California/Hawaiian sound to his music, but he was born and raised in Mechanicsville, VA. By the way, is that not the most ridiculous name for a city? Did people just stop trying at some point when naming new cities?
3. Patsy Cline – Crazy
In 1963, Patsy Cline died at the height of her career in a private plane crash. She was posthumously inducted as the first female solo artist into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
4. Seven Mary Three – Cumbersome
Never has the name of a song so encapsulated the name of the band singing it. Did they just say random words out loud when trying to come up with a band name?
5. Chris Brown – Turn Up The Music
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the hullabaloo about Chris Brown’s new tattoo. His latest piece of ink on his neck depicts a woman with a black eye and a half-beaten face. The problem is, the tattoo looks a little too much like Rihanna, the women he notoriously beat in a car a few years ago. He claims that the tattoo is of a random woman, but you can decide for yourself. In any case, it begs the question: Does this guy actually WANT people to punch him in the face?
6. Pat McGee Band – Rebecca
Another band from Virginia where the lead singer names the band after himself. So what’s the difference between the two? Well, other than the fact that the Pat McGee band is from Richmond, not a whole lot…
7. Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, & Uncle Charlie Wilson – Beautiful
Pharrell Williams is a bit of a chameleon in the music world, having had a part in nearly every style of music. He should also get some credit for pioneering the urban “nerd” look, now made popular by NBA players like Russell Westbrook and LeBron James.
8. Missy Elliott – Work It
In this song, Missy Elliott sings a line, and then that line is played backwards. Even more impressive, most people listening to popular music at this time had memorized the nonsensical gibberish that was that backwards verse.
9. Timbaland – The Way I Are
Timbaland was accused of plagerizing Nelly Furtado back in 2007. We bet the accusers wouldn’t claim this terrible grammar as their own.
10. Trey Songz Feat. Nicki Minaj – Bottoms Up
We would have no idea who Trey Songz is, without our friend, Anish who is obsessed and was way ahead on the curve with this one. That and that fact that we saw lawn signs promoting Mr. Songz once in St. Louis.
11. D’Angelo – Brown Sugar
D’Angelo was one of the most influential artists during the rise of the “neo soul” movement of the early-mid 1990s, which incidentally, I didn’t even know existed.
13. The Carter Family – Wildwood Flower
Throughout the years the Carter Family band has had 8 different family members involved, including June Carter who later married Johnny Cash. Even their distant cousin was former US President Jimmy Carter! And come on, doesn’t this photo just scream “Uber-successful folk music band”? I think so.
14. Ella Fitzgerald – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Before being known as the “First Lady of Song”, Ella Fitzgerald made her singing debut at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, competing in one of the earliest “amateur nights” in Apollo Theater history.
15. Train – Meet Virginia
The girl in Train songs sounds like the hottest, craziest, most annoying, and sweetest girl all wrapped into one human being. Take this line for example: “She never compromises, loves babies and surprises; Wears high heels when she exercises, Ain’t that beautiful”. What a hot mess.