Wednesday, April 30, 2008

look at me, i know im fly, look at me, you wish you could be fly like i

Ten songs I can't stop listening to, and where you can listen to them for yourself:
1. "Call Tyrone" by Erykah Badu

I know I just posted this link, but in case you missed it, watch a kickass live performance here. You've got to love a song that starts out with "I'm gettin' tired of yo' shit/You don't never buy me nothing" and an almost as killer ending.

2. "Don't Run Our Hearts Around" by Black Mountain

I get really stoked when I find a newer band that I like, because I feel like I can hear them in their prime. A lot of my favourite acts are no longer around or wayy past their glory days. I very recently discovered this song and I can't wait to dig a little deeper. I love the tone of the video, it made me want to road trip through California/Nevada/New Mexico even more.

3. "Cosmic Slop" by Funkadelic
You knew I wasn't gonna let you get away without some P-Funk on the list! You can hear a savage, guitar-heavy live version featuring Michael "Kidd Funkadelic" Hampton here, the super-tight studio version here or a trippy promo video with a clip from the song here. This is one of those songs that is so uplifting but if you listen closely, has the most depressing lyrics. I know I've never danced so hard to a song about a woman prostituting herself for her five children.

4. "Like Me" by Girlicious
This picture made me think of this Facebook group, and I have to say, the feminist in me is suicidal over how often I watch this video. The lyrics are so cliched, it almost seems like a parody. But, hey, I could be listening to worse stuff, right? Actually, no, probably not...

5. "Mary Jane" by Rick James
I have to say, I feel like Rick James has really been cheapened by two things: "U Can't Touch This" and the (admittedly awesome) Chappelle Show sketch. This song, however, is so sacred. Nobody would miss the stoner reference, but who cares? I confess, it's my deepest desire to hear a psychedelic rock band cover this, so I've been pressuring my friend's boyfriend to get his band to cover it. I'll let you know if my nagging is successful.

6. "You Sure Love to Ball" by Marvin Gaye
Uhh, I don't think he meant shoot baskets either.

7. "4+20" by Crosby, Stills Nash & Young

You can never have too many stoner songs, can you? I'm so excited to see them live in June and really hope they do this one.

8. "(You Caught Me) Smilin'" by Sly & the Family Stone

Sly & the Family Stone is where my love of 60's psychedelic rock and 70's funk meets. This isn't my favourite of theirs, nor is it close to being their best. It's just been one that's been warming my heart lately.

9. "The Lone Ranger" by Betty Davis

I've also seen this one called "I Will Take that Ride". It's definitely her at her most sultry and easily my most favourite of her slower songs. My favourite part is the last minute or so.

10. "Since I've Been Loving You" by Led Zeppelin
This song never fails to slay me.


Fashion Ivy said...

i love call tyrone. erykah is great

LBIC said...

i love that Zeppelin song. so amazing.

and I'm a cancer, btw. born on the 4th of july.

and ugh, katarzyna. i agree, as soon as she corrected tyra, i knew it was over for her. such a shame. i'm all for anya now.

Kira Fashion said...


your are really cool, i love your song playlist and the rock and roll adds too!

i am adding you to my favourites, add me too if you wanna!

a kiss and a hug,
check it out my blog if you can,
see you,

WAT said...


You know, I think Rick James was amazing, and a truly gifted vocalist, but boy his drug abuse problem was horrendous wasn't it? Wasn't he accused of rape and tying up women in his dungeon or something? Anyway, I think he tried to redeem himself the last few years of his life, even appearing on the SURREAL LIFE. It was that reality show right? I get 'em all mixed up since there's so many nowadays.

Anywa, Rick is dead. R.I.P. "Super Freak" is an eternal classic, and that MC HAMMER version has probably died a most deserved death.

Yeah, Eva Braun. Airhead or not, what a joke!

Katelin said...

Oh great picks, I love your music taste.

jess said...

your music choices are great. would you like to link up?

sophia said...

never heard of a few of these ppl, but i will check them out! adding u to my link list...

SICK. said...

haha; i could only think of dave chapelle when i saw that album cover.

& yeah, girlicious really produces some intelligent lyrics [i'm the truth and the truth don't lie] what does that even mean ?! have you never taken an english class in your life ? can anyone 'be' the truth ?!? reminds me of eccentric drama teahcers telling me to 'be the tree, feel what the tree is feeling...'; but either way i still like the song.


Sister Libby said...

I'm rather envious about you seeing CSN&Y...and that Led Zep song is great, great, great.

Cate said...

hey molly,
i love the songs! erykah badu has a great voice. i've checked out the lyrics to that song and they're very cool. the beginning is killer indeed.
"don't run our hearts around" is also a great song. the guy who uploaded it has a funny username ^^ and i feel you, a lot of my favourite bands/singers are no longer around either.
i'm not an expert on p-funk but i like the song "cosmic slop". somehow the studio version sounded so much different than the live version to me. and in the promo video it sounded different yet again. wow i didn't pay extra attention to the lyrics, but you're right, it does sound uplifting.

oh "like me" really reminds me of the pussycat dolls.

the song "mary jane" is wonderful, i really love it.

Siljesfashion said...

Love superfreak!

The Clothes Horse said...

I haven't listened to some of these, I will be doing some you-tubing tonight.
And, why yes, I do have a tattoo on my back.

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

I love erykah she has a beautiful voice!

dulcegal said...

greats songs!!! love Betty Davis!

coco said...

great list
I love the pictures that go with it too!

e.jay said...

Erykah Badu is one of my favorite artists! Marvin Gaye, Betty Davis, Led Zeppelin, Rick James, you are my kind of girl!

bronwyn said...

I love Led Zeppelin....haven't listened to them for ages...hmmm...must go find my Led Zepp CD.....thanks for the reminder:)

ellie said...

Sly & the Family Stone...can't leave those guys out, but then I gotta have my Zepplin too.

Tavi said...

I love that you cover music and fashion, both my main interests.
You are linked!