Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Music Pot Pourri (MP-P's)

When I was first introduced to Nina Gordon's version of Straight Outta Compton, I was bumping it constantly. And when I didn't have it on repeat, it would always play the Nina Gordon version, then the original NWA version, and then the next song was Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles. And I always got a smile out of my itunes having that combination when the songs were listed in alphabetical order. And I wondered if anyone else had the combination, and if they didn't have Compton followed by Strawberry Fields Forever, then what followed Straight Out Compton (cause obviously everyone has that song in their library)...

Since then I've looked at my iTunes library and started to look at swatches of 8-10 songs as a representative crosssection of my musical interests, and I think that should become a new element to identification. Like we ask what are your top five CD's when filling out profiles and such, but this swatch of your library would be even better. For one, you get the random-but-not-random array of artists. But for two, observers can go back to their library, and check their alphabetical order and see what matches, and what they have filling the gaps that you don't. Maybe they have Straight Outta Compton and Strawberry Fields, but also ten other bangers in between.

I think we could call these swatches of alphabetically-ordered song listings iTun Sequiturs (for the special ed TAN readers (we take/love all types here at TAN), this is a play on the term non sequitur). Or, even better, MP Pourri's (hence the title of this post).

There might be better names. But here are a couple of my swatches/iTun sEquiturs/MP-P's:

Lapdance (NERD)
Last Dayz instrumental (Onyx)
Last Freestyle (Big L)
Last Night (The Strokes)
Last Real Ni**a Alive (Nas)
Last Words (Nas)
Lately (Stevie Wonder)
Lean On Me (Bill Withers)

This next one is based around the aforementioned Straight Outta Compton sequence (Nina Simone is a recent addition):

Stolen Moments Pt. 3 (Common)
Stop! In the name of love (Diana Ross)
Straight Outta Compton (Nina Gordon)
Straight Outta Compton (NWA)
Strange Fruit (Nina Simone)
Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles)
Stressed Out (A Tribe Called Quest)
Stuck (Wiz)
Stumble on now (Jor-el)

This last one I thought of the song "Wise Up" by Aimee Mann, and figured whatever surrounds that would make for good contrast:

William Hung Mixtape (battle) (William Hung)
Windmills of your mind (Nina Simone)
Window (Fiona Apple)
Wise Up (Aimee Mann)
With A Child’s Heart (Michael Jackson)
With a Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles)
With Or Without You (U2)
Without Me (Eminem)

So don't you know me so much better now? Perhaps now you want to share your own musical swatches with me? Or tell me what slammin' jams I'm missing between "Window" and "Wise Up" ... or some other song combo? And FYI, yes, the William Hung battle joint is pure fire.

holla at ya boy


  1. Few observations:
    - "Lapdance" is a fantastic song, probably the third best Neptunes produced track after "Superthug" and "Hollaback Girl".

    - The song you should have between "Window" and "Wise Up" is "Winds of Change" by the Scorpions.

    - You don't have "Strictly Business" or Paula Abdul's "Straight Up"?

  2. Anonymous2/21/2006

    Am i the only black guy that cant stand any form of Rock "n" roll?

  3. Anonymous2/21/2006

    declarative swatch:
    I'm Not the Man I Used to Be, Fine Young Cannibals
    I'm On An Island, The Kinks
    I'm Only Sleeping, The Beatles
    I'm Outta Here, Diamond D & the Psychotic Neurotics

  4. I don't have any Straight out of Compton (surprise!)
    I do have (starting at 'str'):
    Strange Condition - Pete Yorn
    Strangers in the Night - Frank
    Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow
    Stuck in a Moment - U2
    Stupid Girl - Garbage
    Styrofoam Boots - Modest Mouse
    Such Great Heights - Postal Service
    Sucked Out - Superdrag
    Sukie in the Graveyard - Belle & Sebastian
    Sullen Girl - Fiona Apple
    Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

    Oops, that's 12. Well... anyway, how predictable am I? Jesus.

  5. spinach - i don't know winds of change, or The Scorpions. I'll peep. And I should definitely have Strictly Business and Straight Up ... good calls there.

    lucifer - stop hating son. gotta get some vegetables on your plate.

    anon - a Diamond D shout out ... I'm impressed.

    monkey - you remind me I don't have any contemporary U2.

  6. Or 11. Math is awesome!

  7. Anonymous2/21/2006

    I've got a swatch (i think that's the easier name) with :

    Dane Cook - Harmful If Swallowed
    Dangeroud (Michael Jackson)
    Darling Nikki (Prince)
    Date With A Night (Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs)
    Daughters (John Mayer)


  8. Anonymous2/21/2006

    Diamond D got props like a cop.
    I didn't realized our swatches were to be "str," so here's more.
    I'm embarassed (?) to say the only NWA I still have is in tape form in a box someplace.
    Straight Left, Scientist
    Straight Out the Jungle, Jungle Brothers
    Stranger to Himself, Traffic (sorry, kids)
    Strangers, Kinks
    Strawberry Fields Forever
    and it goes on...
    I've never looked at the breakdown this way before today. Doesn't everyone break it up by artist?

  9. straight out the jungle is another one I'm missing.

    swatches needn't start with "Str" as the anon previous to you went in the Da's

  10. Anonymous2/21/2006

    Same anon. I thought I had misread. Great post idea. I'm a little surprised more didn't comment/rejigger their libraries for maximum sophistication.

  11. I Can Make You Dance- Zapp & Roger
    I Caught Fire- The Used
    I Do Love You- Billy Stewart
    I Need a Freak- Sexual Harassment
    I Used to Love Him- Lauryn Hill

  12. Anonymous2/21/2006

    Straight Out Of Compton - Nina Gordon
    Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
    Straight Out the Jungle - Jungle Brothers
    Straight To Hell - The Clash
    Straight to My Heart - Sting
    Stranded - Shawn Colvin
    Strange - Tori Amos
    Strange Days - Prong
    Strange Eyes - The Magnetic Fields
    Strangelove - Depeche Mode
    Stranger - Hikaru Utada
    Stranger On Earth - Lina
    Strangled - Snake River Conspiracy
    Strawberry Fields - The Beatles
    Strawberry Fields - Ben Harper

  13. Anonymous2/21/2006

    strange attraction - the cure
    strange brew - cream
    strange condition - pete yorn
    strawberry fields forever - beatles
    street fighting man - rolling strones

    also, i like the middle of the i's

    i need a lover - john mellencamp
    i need to know - tom petty
    i need you - beatles
    i never loved a man - aretha franklin
    i own america - slick rick
    i pity the poor immigrant - bob dylan
    i put spell on you - nina simone

  14. Anonymous2/22/2006

    Can't Stop, Won't Stop- Young Gunz
    Carrion- Fiona Apple
    Carter II- Lil' Wayne
    Celebration- Kanye West
    Check On It- Beyonce feat. Slim Thug
    Chop 'Em Down- Matisyahu
    Ciega, Sordomuda- Shakira

    PS- This is just my work iTunes. I have a much better selection on my home computer.

  15. Anonymous2/22/2006

    My swatch starts with D for Didi (so clever, huh?)

    Danger - Erykah Badu
    Daylight - Yesterday's New Quintet
    Days of Our Lives - De La Soul feat. Common
    Deeper and Deeper - Madonna
    Desafinado (Slightly Out of Tune) - Ella Fitzgerald
    Dindi - Flora Purim
    Discipline 33 - Sun Ra
    Do It Again - Steely Dan
    Do The Ladies Run This... - Rah Digga
    Do You Like the Way? - Santana feat. Cee-lo and Lauryn Hill
    Do You Remember When? - Toni Braxton

  16. Anonymous2/22/2006


  17. Anonymous2/24/2006

    Unfortunately, I only have 100 or so songs on my ipod because I'm still ripping and syncing.

    Cassanova Brown (Teena Marie)
    Caught A Lite Steve (Tori Amos)
    Chasing Strange (Lizz Wright)
    Children Go Where I Send You (Nina Simone)
    Chilly Winds Don't Blow (Nina Simone)
    Closer (Floetry)
    Come As You Are (Nirvana)
    Conceited (Remy Ma)
    Conquerors (Kirk Franklin)
    Cowboys (The Fugees)
    Cream (Prince)


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