Playlist – Wisconsin
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. Steve Miller Band – The Joker
Steve Miller (born in Milwaukee) and his band’s songs own your local “classic rock” radio station. Aside from being a great song, “Joker” might be more important for bring words like “space cowboy” and “pompetus” into our lexicon.
2. Stephanie Dosen – Only Getting Better
Marginally better than having her song featured on the classic show Dawson’s Creek, Wisconsin native Dosen was amongst the nominees at the 2009 NME Awards for ‘Sexiest Female’ Award, losing to Hayley Williams of Paramore.
3. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Into The Great Wide Open
Heartbreakers bassist Howie Epstein hails from Milwaukee, so this song makes the list. Which is great because this song is an-almost-too straightforward metaphor for this journey.
4. Talking Heads – Burning Down The House
It’s hard to imagine that a decade’s length in time can be encapsulated in a song, but this song just SOUNDS like the 80s.
5. Arrested Development – People Everyday
No, this isn’t the cult classic TV show set to make it’s return in the near future; it’s the positive, Afrocentric, and the wannabe antidote to gansta rap. Yay fun rap!
6. The Academy Is… – Summer Hair = Forever Young
I’m not a math major, but this equation seems suspect.
7. Fall Out Boy – Sugar, We’re Goin Down
The lyrics might not makes sense and are sometimes hard to understand, but boy do that have some catchy tunes. Although I’m still waiting for someone to explain what being “#1 with a bullet” means.
8. That 70s Show Theme Song (originally by Big Star)
One of the greatest sitcoms, about a group of kids from the fictional town of Point Place, Wisconsin.
9. Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
One of Wisconsin’s most famous bands, this jam was a childhood favorite. Unfortunately, I thought that The Ramones sang this song until I was in college.
10. Gordon Lightfoot – The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
The SS Edmund Fitzgerald famously sank in Lake Superior after leaving from Superior, WI.
11. Bruce Springsteen – Cadillac Ranch
The Boss sings about “Drivin’ alone through the Wisconsin night”, which we’ve experienced 3 different times now: On our way to Michigan for Christmas, on our way to Green Bay for the Packers game, and now on our way to St. Paul for the curling event. Wisconsin may just become our most traveled through state!
12. Markic & Zagger Orchestra – Wisconsin Polka
Polka is more than just an homage to the homeland in Wisconsin. There’s a Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame, and beer barrel polka is played during the seventh inning stretch and halftime of Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks games.
13. Tom Waits – Diamonds On My Windshield
As discussed in our article about the Packers Game, the frozen tundra of Wisconsin is quite the driving experience. I’m just going to go ahead and assumed that “Diamonds on my Windshield” is a euphemism for that very same thing.
14. Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
Sticking with the theme of this playlist, I’m super confused about how saying “abracadabra” is going to make me “wanna reach out and grab ya”. How do lyrics like these happen?
15. Violent Femmes – Add It Up
This song is filled with some great questions that every male on the planet Earth is wondering. You’ll just have to go look them up. (Or listen to the song, I guess…)