Whilst past the golden era of Simpsons episodes, it’s a memorable post Season 10 episode.
Season 14, Episode 2- How I Spent My Strummer Vacation https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0701129/
When Homer is secretly videotaped complaining about his family in a taxi, they send him off to a rock and roll fantasy camp so he can try to live his dream.
Featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Brian Setzer, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello.
Gil and Frank welcome a long-sought guest, British Invasion icon Peter Noone for a loose and lighthearted conversation about rock and roll excess, the birth of the Beatles, entertaining the Queen Mum and rubbing shoulders with Bob Dylan, Keith Moon and Elvis Presley (among others). Also, Alice Cooper climbs the charts, Keith Richards lays down the law, Imelda Marcos requests a tune and Herman’s Hermits perform “If I Were a Rich Man.” PLUS: “The Pirates of Penzance”! Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders! **** Clark’s Caravan of Stars! The genius of Mickie Most! And Gilbert “sings” “I’m Into Something Good”!
I know the shtick and constant plugs must be getting tiresome but it’s wonderful to be introduced to new artists, comedians, character actors that you weren’t aware of, etc as was the case in point for myself yesterday with Peter Noone (from Herman’s Hermits).
The first two are my all time classics that I grew up with as a teenager and still play, sing along and get pumped up by till this day. No need to link to them as I'm sure you all know them:
- Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.
- Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.
The next one is due to getting the most enjoyment from me with my kids over a few years. I play it when I want to hype up the kids, they love it and my act I do with them. The song starts slowly and I am acting saying "this song is so slow, its so boring" and I pretend to start to fall asleep on the couch. Then as the music start to pick up grab my kids I start saying "Oh Oh, Ogh Oh" and have my eyes come alight, start to get pumped up, and the kids start to laugh as they know what about to happen. As the music goes full on, I suddenly jump in the air and go full on ballistic/mental with the kids, jumping around and dancing like a crazy man throwing the kids in the air etc. The kids love it. Then when the tempo drops off again I go back to the couch and almost fall asleep saying the song is so boring etc, before it start to pick up a second time and goes full on again when I do the same act a second time!!!!
- Shot me Down by David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey
Next I had to put down one of my personal "pump up songs". I have quite a few, from Sandstorm by Durante, Animals by Martin Garrix, Levels by Avicci, and many others. However I have gone with the following song as I have a trigger response to it reminding me of some awesome fun events I have been too.
- Let's Go by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
Finally, just a beautiful song by one of the best singers in the world. In my single days this was often the song and singer I had playing when wanting to set the general mood, lol
- Con Te Partiro by Andrea Borcelli
I like both his version by himself in Italian, as well as the part Italian part English duet version with Sarah Brightman, Time to Say Goodbye. Along with See the Bombers fly up I would want this song playing at my funeral. Here is the duet version in a concert:
Here is my top 5
5. Con Te Partiro ( Philzsay beat me to it)
I fell in love with this song originally in Step Brothers then putting it in Blades of Glory sealed the deal for me
Will Ferrell crushs it in this scene
4.Duel of the fates by John Williams
3. YMCA by The Village People
Just a happy song that would lift any mood
2.Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO
Everyone in my generation knows all the words and will just vibe to this song
1. Never gonna give you up by rick astley
This is the internets theme song/ anthem
You know you know the words
My top 5 songs: all more for their meaning to me, at a time in my life, than there musical quality.
1) The Choir Boys - Run To Paradise
In my early 20's I was a pool shark. Literally. Not a hustler, but I did take quite a few beers and $5/$10 bets off people, but that was usually my limit. There are so many stories I could share. I played in some scary places run by the "Turkish mafia". Guys plonking down big wads of cash, wanting to play me in high stakes games. I never did though. Bouncers at one pub, that let me and my friends stay hours after closing, with free beer, because I kept beating them game after game (for only a $5/game bet). Where this song comes into it is, it was my "juice". I could be in a tight spot in a game, and if this song came on, I just couldn't miss! I'd let the rhythm go through me, and it was at the pace of my game. It's hard to explain. When you get on a roll, you get a rhythm. This song was my perfect rhythm!
I can't play for sh1t these days, as my eyes just don't cut it anymore. Haven't picked up a stick seriously in 20 years.
2) Divinyls - I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
One of the many, many times in my life, that I found myself in a weird head space. I got home pretty drunk, and was home alone. I wasn't depressed, but I was very much wrapped up in my thoughts. This song came on, and particularly the guitar opening, just spoke to me. It was raining a strange rain outside. Largish drops, but not pouring rain. At 2.30am I went outside, and danced in our front yard, in the rain, with this song playing over and over. I was out their dancing for about 25 or 30 minutes. When I was done, I went back to my chair, and just smiled to myself. It seemed pretty unreal at the time.
3) AC/DC - Shook Me All Night Long
January 1981, long before "schoolies week" was a wet dream in some promoters pants, me and 6 mates went to the Gold Coast for 2 weeks of non-stop drinking, and whatever other trouble we could get up to. This was the first song that came on, at the first club we went to, and always instantly takes me back to that trip. It was an amazing trip for a group of 18 and 19 year olds! Probably tame in comparisom to what some of them get up to today, but we did ok. Not sure many of todays 18/19 year olds could drink beer 16-18 hours/day, every day for 2 weeks, what with pills and powders being more the order of the day, these days!
4) Linkin Park - Numb
This song is generational. My favourite band, and it speaks to me, and I can see how it speaks to my 20 year old grandson, too.
5) Pearl Jam - Better Man
I'm a very lucky man. I have 2 large groups of friends, and 2 amazing families. For around 7 or 8 years in a row, on Melbourne Cup Day, we would meet at one particular friends house, from one of those groups. Around 20 to 25 of us. We'd drink, punt, laugh, bbq, drink some more, then around 7.30 or 8.00pm, we'd crank up the music, and sing and drink even more. It was usually around a 14 hour session, from 11am until 1am, until his wife would get sick of us, and kick us out. Greatest times of my life. Great friends, drinking, punting, laughing, singing. I really have missed them, these past 10 years in Denmark. This song reminds of those times, as we'd really belt this one out, when it came on.
Mull of Kintyre is the only song I immediately thought of for emotional reasons. The rest of my top 5 will be songs I simply like and they could have been any number of songs really. There are so many reasons people like a song. I'm definitely for the music rather than the lyrics and I wouldn't even know half the lyrics of my favourite songs. People also have their own natural rythym, tempo, pitch etc. The way they talk, walk and interact with the world. I would say I don't like techno, hip hop, country, metal, classical etc, yet they will occasionally throw out one of my favourite songs. I would never sit and listen to a Stone Temple Pilots album yet this song never leaves my playlist.
It's impossible for me to list just my top 5 songs... There is just way too much music that I love, So I'll give you my clear number 1 song... Then a selection of other songs that are very high on my list, Some are popular, and some are from bands you've probably never heard of.
First of all and easily my favorite song of all-time... It's 23 minutes long, but an absolute masterpiece. A masterclass of Prog-Rock.
Yeah Soul To Squeeze is easily my favourite RHCP song too. It's unbelievable to me that it didn't even make the cut for the Blood Sugar Sex Magik album. Such a great song. I've seen them live multiple time but haven't heard it live yet either. I'm stoked that John Frusciante is back in the band and can't wait to see what they come up with.