[Ed’s note: Since we are all, for the most part, social distancing, self-isolating, and trying not to freak out, we at The Typescript thought we should share our playlists, what we are listening to as we try to work from home, and keep a semblance of normality. We are, starting today, going to publish a list each Sunday. Greg Horn provides our fourth playlist. Stay safe, folks, and let music keep us sane and safe. As a general rule, we will post both YouTube versions, such as they are, and, down below, at the end, a link to our playlists on Spotify].
A couple of weeks ago Matthew Barlow asked me to write a column about what I’m listening to during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us are practicing social-distancing and social-isolating and as such, even if we’re working as part of essential services or an essential business.
Like many people, I need music to help me be productive. Most days while I’m at the office my soundtrack to the day is K1037 (www.k1037.com), the community radio station of Kahnawake. One of the reasons that I listen to K1037 during the work day is partly because of the wide mix of music played throughout the day, and mostly because of the hourly newscasts and daily interviews with the Kahnawake COVID-19 Task Force.
Arguably, the best show in their lineup is the ‘One O’Clock Jump,’ with Suzie Delaronde. That show provides a look back at music history from the 50s and 60s through to the 80s and everything in between.
When I’m not work, I tend to listen to a wide variety of music – from 90s grunge/alternative, to classic rock, hard rock and heavy metal and even some country. So when Matthew asked me to come up with a list, it wasn’t easy for me. I’m also a big fan of vinyl and started collecting records couple of years ago. And as such I tend to like to listen to albums in their entirety, as many of the artists in the past intended for them to be heard.
I’m not going to rank them in any way, just going to list some albums, and maybe some individual songs that I enjoy listening to as a way to distract me from the craziness going on in the world right now.
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
The first album I’m going to list here is the Pink Floyd’s 1975 release, Wish You Were Here. This one is here because the title track happens to be my favourite song. But that’s not the only gem on here. Songs like “Welcome to the Machine” and “Have a Cigar” are some great songs, as is the many parts of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” – the band’s tribute to former band member Syd Barrett.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
I’m a huge Beatles fan and it’s hard to choose just one Beatles album for this list (so there may be another one on here), but Sgt. Pepper’s is likely my favourite one. Songs like “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”, “With a Little Help From My Friends”, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and “Penny Lane” are some of my musical staples.
Growing up, my musical tastes varied and this 1991 release introduced me to Metallica. Although The Black Album is by far NOT my favourite Metallica album, it’s what turned me on to the band, which is why this album appears here. If you need to get pumped up just put this album on and listen from start to finish and songs like “Enter Sandman”, “Sad But True”, and “Don’t Tread on Me” are sure to do the trick!
Appetite for Destruction — Guns’n’Roses
Songs like “Welcome to the Jungle”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Paradise City” are the backbone of this album. I don’t think that in the 32 years sine this was released did a band’s debut album produce so many great songs.
License to Ill — The Beastie Boys
How can you not listen to this album from beginning to end? “Brass Monkey”, “Paul Revere”, “Girls” and “No Sleep till Brooklyn” should be on everyone’s playlists!
MTV Unplugged in New York —Nirvana
For many people in my age group, the band Nirvana elicits two responses. You either love them or you hate them. I’m a big fan of Nirvana and I think this 1994 unplugged album is probably my favorite. This album is from the band’s MTV performance and includes the acoustic reimagining of some of their best songs (Come As You Are, All Apologies, About a Girl), but also some great covers like that of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” and Lead Belly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.”
Blood Sugar Sex Magik — Red Hot Chili Peppers
RHCP are one of my all-time favourite bands and this is my favourte album by them. “Under the Bridge”, “Breaking the Girl” and “Suck My Kiss” drive this album. Another favourite by RHCP comes from the recording sessions from this album, but didn’t make the cut, but instead appeared on the Coneheads soundtrack. That song is “Soul to Squeeze.”
Rage Against the Machine — Rage Against the Machine
If there were ever a soundtrack to civil disobedience, then Rage Against the Machine’s 1992 self-titled debut album is it. “Killing in the Name”, “Bombtrack” and “Know Your Enemy” are must-listen to tracks. Another cool fun fact about this album is that the liner notes include a shout out to the Mohawk Nation.
The Joshua Tree — U2
By far my favourite U2 album from start to finish. From “With or Without You” to “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Bullet the Blue Sky” I can listen to this on repeat for hours.
This is just a glimpse into some of my musical tastes. Stay safe everyone and wash your hands.