[Ed’s note: We have, for the most part, spent the past two-and-a-half months or so social distancing, self-isolating, and trying not to freak out. And we here at The Typescript, have been offering up our playlists for your listening enjoyment each Sunday. Our playlists have reflected our very diverse listening habits, which reflect the fact that we are, in fact, very different individuals. This week, Greg Horn provides his second playlist to close out our series. With most of the US and Canada ‘re-opening’ in the next few weeks, we will all slowly start venturing out again. So thank you for reading and listening].
When old man Barlow [eds. note: I am actually younger than Greg] first asked me to write about what I’m listening to in the time of COVID-19 it wasn’t very easy to come up with a definitive list – as my musical taste is varied and I left a few things off the first list I submitted. Luckily, the powers-that-be over at The Typescript thought that it would be a good idea for me to get another kick at the can.
If you read my first playlist article you’d see just how vast my musical tastes are and that I tend to like to listen to complete albums, rather than just particular songs. In this piece I’ll try to focus more on songs than entire albums.
Queen – ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Like many people my age, the music of Queen was always around the periphery of my musical knowledge, but when the cult classic Wayne’s World was released in 1992, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ instantly became one of my all-time favorite songs.
Metallica- ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’
Metallica’s 1991 release of the Black Album really introduced me to the band, like it had for so many other fans of the band. Once I got my hands on this cassette tape, every time I went to a music store I would buy whichever Metallica album I could until I had their first five albums (Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice For All, the Black Album). The track ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ was easily my favorite song from Metallica’s 1984 release Ride the Lightning. I’m a huge Metallica fan and I’ve seen them live a number of times, and this is easily my favorite song to see performed live.
Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I and II
It’s difficult to pick just one song of these two albums by one of the greatest rock bands from the late 1980s/early 1990s. Songs like ‘Live and Let Die,’ ‘Dust N’ Bones,’ both versions of ‘Don’t Cry,’ ‘Civil War,’ ’14 Years,’ ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,’ and ‘You Could Be Mine’ should be on everyone’s playlists. Actually, just play each of these albums from start to finish!
The Beatles — ‘Here Comes the Sun’No playlist should be devoid of Beatles tunes. ‘Here Comes the Sun’ from 1969’s Abbey Road is by far my favourite Beatles track.
Pink Floyd – The Wall
For anyone who likes rock music, Pink Floyd’s The Wall is required listening. With songs like ‘Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 1, 2 and 3),’ ‘Hey You, Mother,’ and ‘Comfortably Numb,’ it’s easy to see why it’s sold more than 11.5 million copies and went 23x Platinum in the U.S.
We are all living through this pandemic and dealing with it in one way or another. One of the best ways to escape from reality for a few minutes, or a few hours is to throw on some tunes that you love.
Stay safe everyone!