r boyz rock

I’ve been thinking about needing a new playlist for my boys (ages 13, nearly 11, and freshly 8) who are constantly hungry for rock and roll. I’m trying to give them a rock education as well as entertain. They’ll thank me later, won’t they? Of course they will, or I will refuse to send them to college or be nice to their girlfriends.

The most frustrating thing about this particular list, btw, is that I couldn’t get Eruption and You Really Got Me together, as God intended, on one uninterrupted digital strip. Yes, I could take them into Garage Band and fix it, but they faded Eruption off for iTunes and it can’t really BE fixed. Sigh. Also, I probably should have given them Rush’s Tom Sawyer rather than Anthem.

Without further whining, here’s my latest effort (and no, I didn’t take the time to make you guys a muxtape, sorry):

Immigrant Song, Led Zeppelin
Still of the Night, Whitesnake
Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne
Easy Livin’, Uriah Heep
Heavy Metal, Sammy Hagar
Speed Metal Messiah, Joe Stump
Anthem, Rush
Youth Gone Wild, Skid Row
Turn the Page, Metallica
Love, Reign O’er Me, Pearl Jam
Rock and Roll, Hootchie Koo, Rick Derringer
Eruption, Van Halen
You Really Got Me, Van Halen
I Want It All, Queen
Rock of Ages, Def Leppard
(Leopard spelling re-screwed-up, thank you lyell)
YYZ, Rush

Okay, rockers. Please weigh in.


8 Responses to r boyz rock

  1. Lyell August 5, 2008 at 11:06 am #

    This is amazingly awesome in so many ways. But since you asked my opinion… 😉

    Skip Whitesnake and Sammy Hagar; they really haven’t helped define the Rock genre. Try some roots like Chuck Berry. And you can’t have a Rock list without Elvis – try Jailhouse Rock or Hound Dog.

    Replace the Bob Seger Metallica cover with a truer Metallica song…almost anything from Master of Puppets and earlier. I suggest Whiplash or For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    2 Van Halen songs is one too many. I’d say add Little Richard, but that may be too silly for boys that age – they may not appreciate it. Try Paranoia by the Kinks.

    Or just get them Guitar Hero III.

    (p.s. It’s Def Leppard.)

  2. Lisa Creech Bledsoe August 5, 2008 at 11:17 am #

    Ok, lyell — You are TOTALLY right about Metallica, but the boys already know and love them. I was just trying to give them a little breadth, teach them that great bands also cover great bands. Ditto on the Pearl Jam cover of The Who’s Reign O’er Me.

    Now. Elvis, yes. And it’s tough — he’s going to sound very pop in their ears. But I may be able to get them to sit still for Hound Dog.

    The two songs by Van Halen (assuming I ditch Sammy) is really just one song. I can’t believe Eruption is EVAR separated from You Really Got Me.

    Def Lep: Funny! That’s a typo! And a good one! I wonder if Word (where I edited my list) did it.

    The Kinks are in, of course. Oversight on my part. On my way to browse right this minute!

    Ahhh, now don’t I feel better.

  3. fuel52 August 5, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    YYZ by Rush is a MUST, excellent song, however I would have chosen La Villa Strangiata by Rush, very under rated but excellent song, huge dynamics.

    I would put in “NIB” or “The Wizard” by Black Sabbath because if they’re into Metallica, Black Sabbath are the Godfathers of metal.

    The older stuff is covered well I think…but a touch of new rock but old enough that your kids haven’t heard much such as “My Wave” from Soundgarden, “Got Me Wrong” by Alice In Chains or “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver” by Primus.

    A good thing you’re doing for your boys by the way.

  4. browse August 5, 2008 at 11:40 am #

    I’ll add some more bands to the mix.

    The Who
    Pink Floyd
    Rolling Stones!
    Chicago (old stuff, not the Peter Cetera ballads)
    David Bowie
    Queen! How could you have skipped Queen?!
    The Doors
    The Kinks
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Elvis Costello
    The Clash
    Dick Dale!

  5. hugh August 5, 2008 at 12:03 pm #

    Yup, I agree with ditching the Bob Segar cover for Metallica… go with something from Master of Puppets era.

    And I second Tom Sawyer for Rush.

    Iron Man by Black Sabbath

  6. Diane "Torka" Aull August 5, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    What?!? No Monkees??? (KIDDING, I’m kidding…)

  7. Lisa Creech Bledsoe August 5, 2008 at 1:45 pm #

    fuel52: I’m putting every single recommendation of yours on my list. I’m not as familiar with Black Sabbath (Hugh, I’ll put Iron Man in there), although of course I did hear some of their stuff growing up. My boys definitely tend toward heavy metal, and I have to work with that. (This is NOT a hardship for me, btw!)

    Robert aka browse: You’re going to have to work harder than that. I need specific songs, and don’t worry about Queen. Queen was my ALL TIME favorite band (I think I first heard Fat Bottom Girls at your house) and they have not missed anything on that count. In fact, I’m putting together a Queen playlist as we speak. I’ll post it soon. Also, do you think they will listen to smooth n groovy Pink Floyd? Hm. Maybe I can sneak something in.

    Diane. Darling. I love you anyway, and we all have our guilty pleasures. Lance has The Partridge Family, I had Shaun Cassidy… In fact, we need a “Guilty (or Not!) Pleasures” playlist, don’t we?

  8. Lisa Creech Bledsoe August 5, 2008 at 1:58 pm #

    Dick Dale???

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