Car rental soundtrack: Around town

Due to the sometimes-unfortunate occurrence that is life, I’ve been in a rental car this week.

If you recall, the theory of the car rental soundtrack is that you make a Cd, then leave it in the rental car for the next person. It’s kind of  like a gift. Or, depending on your taste in music, a curse.

So, even though it’s not an out-of-town car rental, it still applies. When life hands you lemons, you make mix tapes. The interesting thing about mix tapes (and yes, I know, it’s not a “tape”) is that it offers a snapshot into your life right now.

And looking over this lineup … it’s difficult to say what’s going on here.

  1. TH3 FANTA5T1C MACH1N3, the violet burning. The lyric, “It’s a mighty fantastic machine you got boy” seems appropriate to open this mix. This new TVB album Is … well … difficult to describe. It must be listened to.
  2. Every Car You Chase (The Snow Police), Party Ben. Probably the best thing from Just Go With It is the soundtrack. You can get this for free online.
  3. Love Shack, The B-52’s. And then there’s this …
  4. One Week, Barenaked Ladies. And this. Both are classics, if a little overplayed.
  5. 3 MC’s & 1 DJ (Live Video Version), The Beastie Boys. It’s nice to put something you don’t listen to in the middle of familiar music. It’s a neat way to introduce it.
  6. In Between Days, Ben Folds. I’m not saying this is a cover that is better than the original … but it’s close.
  7. 40 Dogs (Like Romeo And Juliet), Bob Schneider. “You’re the color of the colored part of Wizard of Oz movie.” Love. It.
  8. Hands Down, Dashboard Confessional. Hands down, best first date song ever.
  9. Michael Jackson, Fatboy Slim. “Michael Jackson (Tina Turner) …” It seems more of a tribute than a parody now that he’s dead. Michael Jackson … not Fatboy Slim.
  10. Hey Hey We’re The Monkees, The Monkees. Fun.
  11. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N., Noah And The Whale. Being able to spell is an attractive quality.
  12. Hey Ya, Outkast. Does the phrase “Shake it like a Polaroid picture” have any relevance anymore?
  13. Say Now That You’re Sorry, Plankeye.
  14. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen. Put this in the “Love Shack,” “One Week” category. But still. It’s a car. You gotta sing it, right?
  15. Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C. Here’s a question: if it weren’t for this song, would Steven Tyler be a host on American Idol. Hmmm … something else to blame Run-D.M.C. for,  perhaps?
  16. Pressure Drop, The Specials.This starts a three-song set of soundtrack songs. This one’s from Grosse Point Blank …
  17. Know How, Young MC. … this one’s from Whip It …
  18. The Weary Kind, Ryan Bingham. … and this one’s from Crazy Heart. Not sure why it’s here, though.
  19. Born In The U.S.A.(live), Bruce Springsteen. For some reason I’ve been obsessing about this song lately. This is the live version from three disc Live 1974-85 set.

Well, there you have it. Now look over the songs. What do they say about the person who created the disc?

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