Monday, August 25, 2008

Bitches Can't Hang With the Streets

Here is a picture of a barrel containing candy cigarettes.

On Friday one of the things I did to piss away time was to obsess over my music. While I was cleaning, I found a bunch of old CD's. I still have another box of CD's in a closet somewhere that I can't find. It's making me a little crazy, because Coadster has asked me several times lately where my Nick Drake is, and I think it's in that box. Anyway, what was I saying? Oh yeah. I found some CD's and I was obsessing over music, and so I decided to make another whacky mix CD for my friend's K and T.

Because of the kind of music I found, I decided to call it "Now That's What I Call Street" and put a bunch of dirty, gritty, "living just enough for the city" kinds of songs from many different decades on it. Also, I think you all know how hard it is to live on the mean streets of an overeducated, college town like Iowa City, right? Yeah. Everyday is a never ending struggle to find all your organic produce, wait for your soy latte to be made and then talk about Proust with your check-out guy at the Co-op. So, I made this compilation for those of you who are also feeling the pressure of these mean Midwestern bucolic streets. I'll warn Evil-E in particular that there is a lot of rap on here, so he may not be super into it. Okay, here's what I put together:

1. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.

2. Flashlight - Parliament

3. Bitches Ain't Shit - Ben Folds. This cover is hilarious if you've never heard it.

4. Roll With Me Henry - Etta James

5. The Next Episode - Dr. Dre and Snoop

6. Don't Push Me - Grand Master Flash

7. Don't You Just Know It - Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns

8. Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin

9. Gangsta Boogie - Love Stink

10. Me So Horny - 2 Live Crew. One of the first songs to deserve a parental advisory label made it on the compilation, of course.

11. Paper Planes - M.I.A. Also, any song with shooting noises made it in the compilation.

12. Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye

13. Lose Control - Missy Elliott

14. Fuck tha Police - Public Enemy. Yes, they apparently did a cover of this song too. Don't ask me where I got this, on the grounds that it may incriminate me.

15. Tell Me Something Good - Rufus and Chaka Khan. Ch-Ch-Chaka KHAN!

16. If You Want Me to Stay - Sly and the Family Stone. My favorite song of theirs.

17. Pressure Drop - Toots and the Maytals.

18. Random - Lady Sovereign

19. Pusherman -Curtis Mayfield

So, there it is. The soundtrack of my not so urban, Iowa plight.

15 comments:

Mr Atrocity said...

Churlita, as always, you are louder than a bomb.

aliencg said...

I just scrolled down and saw it after wondering where "Pusherman" was. I've been to Iowa a couple times and I know just how street it is. I was rollin' in my '64.

evilesb138 said...

Alien got the '64 totally wrong...it's 6-4. All the graffiti pics are rubbing off on me.

Actually we are going to have one song in common this week. I have already published my next tremendous iPod play list for Wednesday and lo and behold, we have a match. Try and guess...

Pusherman is an awesome song.

Remiman said...

Churlita,
I think I'm lost in the back streets of Iowa city.
I'll follow Etta and see where she leads me.
rel

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

That's a rockin List.. Some I have heard of and some not..

Tara said...

What, no "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta"? :)

Haven't heard of most of these, but I'm sure they sound good in a mixed CD, especially when the mood strikes.

NoRegrets said...

Oh, I so want that CD...

The first time I heard the Ben Folds version, I could barely breathe from laughing so hard.

DJSassafrass said...

AWESOME! This town is rough-I almost clocked some bitch for her comments on Kerouac that I overheard while she was taking her eco-friendly laundry detergent to her hybrid car.

"If you want me to stay" is my fave too.

matt said...

Nick Drake - Listen to "Pink Moon" once and you'll never be the same.

MrManuel said...

Not a soundtrack I would pick, but definitely one that could get ya moving.

stepping over the junk said...

how is it that I haven't heard of most of these?

aliencg said...

Sorry about messing up with 6-4, I guess I'm not that street. Actually, everything Curtis Mayfield ever did is genius.

Poptart said...

I love this mix! LOVE it! now all the song are in my head. Except the Sly Stone song - I don't know if I know it - and I'm curious enough to go buy it off itunes just to hear.

Churlita said...

Mr Atrocity,

...And you're saying that like it's a good thing, right?

AliencG,

See, you've seen these hard, hard streets before, so you know what I'm talking about.

Evil-E,

I'm more than a little curious to know which song it could be.

Rel,

Etta may get you in trouble, but I bet you'd want that from her.

Mrs.,

I'm not surprised. It's really all over the place, with some super old songs too.

Tara,

I originally had over two hours in the playlist. I couldn't keep them all on there to fit in 80 minutes. Some had to go. Sorry.

Nor,

I wish you lived in town, so I could drop a copy off for you.

DJ,

That's exactly what I'm talking about. It's hard out here for a pimp.

Matt,

Wouldn't you know it, that's the exact same CD Coadster keeps asking me to find for her.

MrMAnuel,

I like everything, but I know that some of the stuff I like isn't for everyone.

Stepping,

Probably because you can't listen to a lot of these songs around young children, and then some of them are older and obscure tracks.

Alien,

I'm right there with you on that. Curtis Mayfield was amazing.

Poptart,

I bet you'd know the Sly Stone song if you heard it.

fresh said...

Any chance you could pass along an mp3 of the Public Enemy version of Fuck tha Police? I would be indebted to you.