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Playlist Progress

I’m nearly there naming all 26 alphabet playlists. I wanted to share with you my 80’s playlist which isn’t actually part of the alphabet playlist (yet) but spawned from a fun night on facebook with new and old friends throwing out their fav 80’s tunes. The plan for the 80’s playlist is to morph into the N spot – Nine – this is me in Grade Nine, which will me more of an early high school playlist of late 80’s tunes.

But for now here is the playlist that I call ‘Pynx’ after the all-ages night club I went to and heard some of these songs for the first time!

Alphabetical Order of course!!

ABC – Poison Arrow
Alphaville – Forever Young
Animotion – Obsession
Asia – Heat of the Moment
The Bangles – Hazy Shade of Winter
The Beastie Boys – She’s Crafty
The Beastie Boys – Girls
Blondie – One Way or Another
Bonnie Tyler – I need a Hero
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bootsauce – Masterstroke

Bow Wow Wow – I want Candy
Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be a Cowboy
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make you Sweat
The Cars – Drive
The Cars – My Bestfriend’s Girl
The Church – Under the Milky Way
Cindy Lauper – True Colours
Cindy Lauper – Time After Time
Cindy Lauper – Girls just Wanna have Fun
Concrete Blonde – Joey
Corey Hart – Sunglasses at night
Cowboy Junkies – Misguided Angel

Crowded House – Don’t Dream it’s Over
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
The Cure – Pictures of You
The Cure – Just like Heaven
The Cure – Why Can’t I Be You?

Cutting Crew – I Just Died in Your Arms
David Bowie – Heros
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
Debbie Deb – When I hear Music
Deee-Lite – Groove is in the Heart

Depeche Mode – Behind the Wheel
Depeche Mode – People are People
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
Devo – whip it
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
Duran Duran – Rio
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Eddie Murphy – Party all the Time
The English Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom

Eurythmics – Would I Lie to You?
Flashdance – What A Feeling
Footloose – Let’s Hear it for the Boy
General Public – Tenderness

The Go Go’s – Our Lips are Sealed
The Go Go’s – We Got the Beat
Grandmaster Flash – The Message
The Gruesomes – Hey
Heart – Alone
Heart – What About Love
Howard Jones – No one is to Blame
Huevos Rancheros – Get Outta Dodge
In a Big Country – Big Country
Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills
Jackson Five – I Want you Back
Jane Siberry – Mimi on the Beach

Janet Jackson – Nasty
Jefferson Starship – We Built this City
Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
Joan Jett – I Love Rock n’ Roll
John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack and Diane\
John Cougar Mellencamp – Crumblin’ Down
John Waite – Missing You
Kate Bush – Running up that Hill
Kim Wilde – Kids in America
Love & Rockets – Ball of Confusion

Madonna – Crazy for you
Martha & the Muffins – Echo Beach
Men At Work – Who can it Be Now
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Micheal Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something
Midge Ure – If I was
Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning
Modern English – I’ll Melt with You
Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
Nena – 99 Luftballoons
New Order – True Faith
New Order – Bizzare Love Triangle

New Order – Temptation
Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
Olivia Newton-John – Physical
Pat Benatar – Love is a Battlefield
Patrick Swayze – She’s Like the Wind
Paula Abdul – Rush, Rush
Pet Shop Boys – Always on my Mind
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
Platinum Blonde – It Doesn’t Really Matter

Platinum Blonde – Not in Love
The Pointer Sisters – Neutron Dance
The Police – Can’t Stand Losing
The Police – Don’t Stand so Close to Me

The Police – Every little Thing She Does is Magic
Prince – Let’s go Crazy
Prince – I would Die 4 U
Prince – Purple Rain
Prince – When Doves Cry
Prince – 1999
Pyschedelic Furs – Heaven
The Pursuit of Happiness – She’s So Young
Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls
REM – Superman
REM – Radio Free Europe

Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Run DMC – It’s Tricky
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet – Having an Average Weekend
Sheena Easton – 9 to 5
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F-11
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – 21st Century Boy
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
Sinead O’Connor – Mandinka

Slade – Run Run Away
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
The Smiths – This Charming Man
The Smiths – How Soon is Now?

Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Spandau Ballet – True
The Spoons – Nova Heart
Specials – A Message to Rudy
Split Enz – Romantic Traffic
Sugarcubes – Birthday
Talking Heads – And She Was
Talking Heads – Burning Down the House

Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
Tears for Fears – Change
Technotronic – Pump up the Jam
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me with Science
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Til Tuesday – Voices Carry
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with it
Tone Loc – Wild Thing
Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina
Toto – Africa
Toni Basil – Mickey
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday

U2 – With or Without You
Ultravox – Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
Van Halen – Jump
Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun
Wall of Voodoo – Mexican Radio
Whale – Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe

Wham – Wake Me up Before you Go go
XTC – Dear God
Young MC – Bust a Move

The Alphabet Playlist – in progress and need your help!

I’ve started a monsterous endeavour in the last few weeks. A playlist for every letter of the alphabet. One word to describe the tunes on the list. I’ve had an A for Acute playlist for some time and added songs that I find clever, razor-sharp and intelligent – still a work in progress but examples are Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Gold Lion”, The Neighbourhood “Female Robbery”, and Bon Iver “Skinny Love”. I will share full playlists as they are complete.


B is for Breaking – and I haven’t actually given this one much thought. I just threw some songs on there with no meaning and need to develop it a bit more. Perhaps Breaking Bad influenced songs? Who knows at this point, I welcome suggestions.

C is for cover. I love a good cover tune and this playlist is developing fast and could be one of the longer ones. I’m open to any suggestions for great cover tunes! I have Arcade Fire doing Peter Gabriel’s ‘Games without Frontiers’ and Ryan Star’s affecting rendition of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and the classic Jimi Hendrix version of Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower. However I would like to develop this playlist with covers from all genres….hit me!

D is Dead. Lou Reed dying this week gave me motivation to start this one and I was able to add 43 songs to this list just from songs on my phone! TuPac to Johnny Cash!

The only other letter to date is I for Indulge and that list is a personal list of songs that are for me indulgent. Again a work-in-progress!!!!!!

So I as of you a few things….help me add to the lists I have going and give me suggestions for the letters I don’t. What the hell will X be? Comment here, email me at beatandlyric@gmail.com or post on the facebook page!

I look forward to your suggestions.


There is nothing wrong with an “it” girl……

I feel the need to blog about Adele today.  She’s the ‘it’ girl in music today, and I feel compelled to defend her because even though she’s the ‘it’ girl there are people out there that hate her.  Regardless of these naysayers, she’s a HUGE success and you know that if you watched any of the award shows lately.  I kept waiting for her name to be called at the Oscars 😉

Chasing Pavements, from her 2008 album “19”  first came to me in April of that same year via an indie playlist that I was downloading monthly.  This monthly playlist consists of about 100 songs and it can be daunting to sift through, but the artists I have found over the years have made the endeavor worth every second.   I remember ‘Chasing Pavements’ standing out, it had the ‘old soul’ vibe, that vintage female singer that was so hot with Amy Winehouse at that time.  I liked it and immediately put into heavy rotation on my iPod (sidenote:  it’s still one of the top played songs on my old iPod that lives permanently in my car).

Fast Forward to today.  Amy is gone, left quite the legacy and paved the way for great commercial success in this genre via her controversial lifestyle that forced the world to take notice….well that and her AMAZING talent.  Adele has the same talent, some may say she got lucky because the road to success was easy while Amy crashed and burned.  I see her path to success outside the limelight of Amy Winehouse.  She’s been kicking around the scene since 2006/2007, so while Amy was gaining speed, Adele was starting out.

People get annoyed when music is over-played, it doesn’t make the artist any less talented, or the song any less good.  It just means you’ve heard it too much and yeah most songs need to be put to bed for awhile so you can appreciate them again at some point.  It’s a blessing and a curse for artists – who wants fans to be annoyed?   Adele is unique in my opinion, she cross genre lines, she is getting attention from many generations of music listeners.  I’ve heard people say ‘I really liked her at first but her music is depressing, there is only so much I can take’.  Maybe I’m odd, but I don’t see her songs as depressing…well maybe ‘someone like you’ is, but I feel empowered, I feel the passion coming through in her music.  That doesn’t depress me at.all.  Perhaps I’m in the minority here….but that’s the way I hear it.  Passion doesn’t depress me, it propells me.

So that’s my ramblings about the biggest female artist out in the world today.  I’m glad she’s healthy and I look forward to hearing more from her.

Here is Chasing Pavements, from 19.  If you are only familiar with 21, go back and give this a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

Running To Stand Still – my playlist nightmare

Today is a holiday in Canada.  I have no idea why but for some people it’s a STAT day, some others it is not.  I have today off with pay (my boss is da man – woot woot).  I may have mentioned previously in a post that I’m a runner.  I’m not a fast runner, nor am I a seasoned runner but I run.  In the spring I trained for a half marathon and I completed it.  Tough, I hung my shoes up and took a sabbatical until today.  Bad idea. 

My Run Lila Run Playlist was out-of-date.  THE HORROR!!!!!!!!!  While my feet may have picked up speed when Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls came on, and I tried to keep my ‘feet off the ground’ for Gambit it just seemed a little forced and if I’m going to keep running I need a new playlist to boot.  If I’m being honest, this running gig is a bit more about vanity than anything.  I have set a goal to drop 10 pounds (plus the few I put on during my sabbatical) and yes, sure it’s for the health of it, but I have a tripped to Cuba, a wonderful cruise around the island booked in December.

So here I am hoping that Betty and maybe some other quiet but friendly blog readers out there will suggest a tune or two for my playlist.  I’ve also seen the wonders of iTunes Genius playlists, but my good I’d have to dedicated a week or two to sort and fix my iTunes library, everything needs to be categorized!  I wish I had the time, as the Genius feature is well….genius.

Here’s my start:

  • Juliette &  The Licks – Hot Kiss
  • RHCP – Taste The Pain (staple on my run)
  • Hesta Prynn – You Winding Me Up
  • Ryan Star – Start a Fire (power song)
  • Florence + The Machine – Dogs Days are Over
  • Shake it Out – Manchester Orchestra
  • Company of Thieves – Death of Communication
  • Marlena Shaw – California Soul
  • The Naked & Famous – Young Bloods

Thanks in advance for your input, here is a taste of my new fave song and one that I hope will be great to run to next time I’m out.  I’m still waiting for iTunes Canada to pick up this album, in the meantime I’ve ordered a hard copy.  Enjoy!

Share Day!

It’s more than just a song to share today, it’s an entire free music buffet.

I have a small iTunes addiction, evidenced by the workout my credit card gets when I go on a musical shopping spree. But, I would be lying if I didn’t cop to loving my freebies as well. There are a number of sites that we have found, either through searches or recommendations, that offer sample playlists. Admittedly, this is how most of my new musical addictions are founded. I hear one song from an artist that I love and then immediately stalk out more. From a marketing standpoint, this is as classic as it gets – give your consumer something for free, establish a bit of brand love and make them want more.

That is what iTunes seems to be doing. Utilizing the social network mammoth that Facebook is, if you go in, “Like” iTunes (in my case, iTunes Canada), you can sign up to receive free sample playlists. And it’s not shit music. My first sampling included White Lies – a band recommended to me a few weeks ago that I had yet to go hunt down. And they’re good. You may not love all of it, but it gives a fairly well-rounded selection of songs to experience. Like them or not, you have to admit that experiencing some new sounds is always a good thing.

Instead of sharing a song today, head to the link below, like iTunes (if you don’t already) and get some free music for your trouble. It’s a long weekend, consider this a gift from a more musical Easter Bunny and spend a few days finding something new to love.


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