Car Rental Soundtrack: Kansas City

Well, I’m close to the middle of the country for a Thanksgiving weekend wedding, so you know what that means … A lot of extra eating with little or no exercise. Mazel Tov!

But before the tryptophan coma sets in, I’ll be tooling around this strange town in a police-issue Crown Vic with a car rental soundtrack blasting. You know the rules: create a mix and leave it for the next schmuck to enjoy. Kind of like a musical “Pay It Forward.”

This 19-song soundtrack features some songs that have never made previous soundtracks. Let me know what you think.

  1. “The Spirit Of Radio,” Rush. Whenever I think of the band Rush, I think of “Tom Sawyer,” so when I hear this song, I think,”Oh yeah, they did this one, too!” it’s a shock every time, for some reason.
  2. “Apache,” Sugarhill Gang. Gimmick song? Sure. But that doesn’t stop your head from moving every time you hear it, does it? Maybe, just maybe, that’s the gimmick.
  3. “Counting On You,” Kylie Auldist. Got this as a free download from Amazon recently. You should too.
  4. “Take Me Home Tonight,” Eddie Money. Part of a buying spree thanks to that commercial where Eddie Money warbles “Two Tickets to Paradise.”
  5. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” Bob Dylan. Say what you want about Dylan, but he writes with a biting wit. “You just wasted my precious time / Don’t think twice, it’s all right” is about the greatest break-up line I’ve never been fortunate enough to use.
  6. “Landed,” Ben Folds. The last great song by Ben Folds? Maybe.
  7. “A Letter To Elise,” The Cure. Ah yes, some sweet-sounding depression.
  8. “Nights On Broadway,” Bee Gees. There’s a part in this song where the drummer does this little thing that he doesn’t do anywhere else in the song. It pretty much makes the song great. My lack of accurate description also underscores how little I know about music.
  9. “The Way You Make Me Feel,” Michael Jackson. Hey … why not?
  10. “Dancing With Myself,” Generation X. Billy Idol before he did that rebel yell and wanted more, more, more.
  11. “Wrecking Ball,” Bruce Springsteen. Is the latest Bruce Springsteen album his best ever? Of course not, but that doesn’t stop some of the songs on the new album from being overly good.
  12. “Portable Television,” Death Cab for Cutie. For some reason, I feel the need to include songs like this. For the critics.
  13. “45,” The Gaslight Anthem. I don’t know much about Gaslight Anthem, but every time I hear them, I like them. Makes me wonder, “Why don’t I know more?” And then I remember that whole Rush thing …
  14. “Sounds Like Hallelujah,” The Head And The Heart. I like how The Head and the Heart’s songs all seem to go through two or three tempo changes. I mean, why just change tempo from song to song when you can do it from moment to moment?
  15. “Dirty Paws,” Of Monsters And Men. I tried to love this whole album. The opening track is as far as I’ve gotten.
  16. “Morning,” Iron & Wine. It seems that most Iron &Wine music is interchangeable. In other words: I have no idea why I chose this song. I just saw Iron & Wine on the playlist and thought, “Why not?”
  17. “Regret,” New Order. I often wonder why this band is not in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. Can someone explain it to me?
  18. “Why Don’t You Find Out for Yourself,” Morrissey. I honestly meant to put “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get” instead of this song. Would that have been a better choice? Why don’t you find out for yourself?
  19. “Know How,” Young MC. Still can’t believe it took me until the movie “Whip It” to discover this song. But, better late than never, I guess.

Well, there you have it. Is this music good enough for the Midwest? What kind of playlist would you have created?

Happy Thanksgiving.


One thought on “Car Rental Soundtrack: Kansas City

  1. This is an awesome idea! I haven’t had a chance to look at the songs yet, but I will see what you got later. A friend and I are doing the same thing for this Peace Corps experience. Sadly though, I did NOT do it on the cross country road trip. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!

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