Let’s not kid ourselves here – Hurricane Sandy is no overhyped, media-driven mini-storm. As I can attest from well inland on Long Island, there are winds here the likes of which I may have never seen. You’ve read the articles. You’ve seen the pictures. (Likely Photoshopped, but still.) You’ve seen failed attempts at standing from news anchors. Heck, you may no longer have power – I’ve had a few flickers, though we’re still rolling here in good old Baldwin.
But you’re going to need something more than candles and playing cards to get you through Sandy – and that’s where we at Kevin Reviews Things come in. It’s time to present Part I of The Official Hurricane Sandy Playlist, sponsored by Kevin Reviews Things! If you’re Facebook friends with me, I’m posting the playlist on Spotify, so enjoy. If not, hope you enjoy Solitaire.
(Hey, never mind that last note, I figured out how to embed it!)
Section A: The One About The Name Of The Hurricane
Bruce Springsteen – “4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”
The Boss is slated to play Rochester tomorrow. What kind of odds can we get on Springsteen playing this and changing the lyrics around? Oh, Sandy, the aurora is risin’ behind us might get a one-word alteration…
John Travolta – “Sandy”
Did I just pick a song from “Grease”? You’re damn right I just picked a song from “Grease”. Do I recommend skipping this part of my own playlist? Yes.
The Looking Glass – “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)”
Here’s a little lyrical alteration for you on this gem:
You’re a fine storm
What a good hurricane you will be
But your winds will knock all the power
Out from me
That one’s on the house, folks.
America – “Sandman”
Sometimes you have to try to create semi-clever lyrics pertaining to the hurricane…and sometimes they just get dropped right into your lap.
‘Cause I understand you’ve been running from the man
That goes by the name of the Sandman
He flies the sky like an eagle in the eye
Of a hurricane that’s abandoned
Metallica – “Enter Sandman”
Walk outside for a minute while this song is playing and try to stand up straight in the 90-mile-an-hour winds. And then maybe you’ll know how batters feel when they hear this song and three minutes later, Mariano Rivera is striking them out with a 90-mile-an-hour cut fastball.
Section B: The One About Hurricanes
The Scorpions – “Rock You Like A Hurricane”
Bob Dylan – “Hurricane”
I don’t want to say anything about this, because then you’ll start reading my description when you could be spending time reading Dylan’s lyrics instead. So get to it. What a song.
Neil Young – “Like A Hurricane”
Is it just me, or are approximately two-thirds of all songs with the word “hurricane” in the title over eight minutes long?
Muse – “Butterflies and Hurricanes”
…OK, just me.
Section C: The One About Bad Weather In A More General Sense Than Just The Word “Hurricane”, Requiring 0.6% More Brain Power To Put Together
U2 – “Electrical Storm”
A gorgeous, massively underrated tune from one of the best. I’ve already played this on piano at least three times over the past 20 hours.
Billy Joel – “Storm Front”
The most ’80s song on here. By far. And there’s a Journey song on tomorrow’s playlist.
Bill Withers – “Ain’t No Sunshine”
There may be no better “sit by the window and stare outside at the rain” song than this one.
Carole King – “I Feel The Earth Move”
OK, different type of natural disaster, but it’s close enough.
AC/DC – “Thunderstruck”
This is also a good song for the “People Who Want To Play Drinking Games During The Hurricane” playlist.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “The Wind Cries Mary”
The tiny island sags downstream…this isn’t foreshadowing, right?
Bob Dylan – “High Water (For Charley Patton)”
Truth be told, we could probably a whole list of Dylan songs here. “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”, “Watching The River Flow”, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”, “Blowin’ In the Wind”, “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat”…all right, four out of the five, at least…
The Doors – “Riders on the Storm”
One of my friends once claimed he preferred the Snoop Dogg version to this. I’m not going to reveal his name, but it rhymes with Byle Konn.
Section D: Apocalyptic Visions
Billy Joel – “Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)”
Let’s hope none of this actually happens, obviously. And while you’re hoping none of this happens, enjoy the very best song Billy Joel has ever written.
R.E.M. – “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
I swear, not every song in this playlist will have really long song titles (with parentheses included).
Oasis – “Waiting for the Rapture”
Off of 2008’s Dig Out Your Soul, which also contains these other song titles…”The Turning”, “The Shock of the Lightning”, “I’m Outta Time”, “Falling Down”, “To Be Where There’s Life”, “Ain’t Got Nothin'” and “Soldier On”. Is this album actually about the end of days? Oh, wait, it’s a bunch of songs written by Noel Gallagher and his other band mates, so it actually doesn’t mean anything.
Johnny Cash – “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”
Entry One in the “Johnny Cash Religious and Foreboding Songs That He Recorded Late In His Career” portion of our broadcast.
Johnny Cash – “The Man Comes Around”
Entry Two. Think of Sandy as “the man” in this one.
Phil Collins – “In The Air Tonight”
If the power in your house goes out during the epic drumming portion of the song, you win possession of the Earth.
Oasis – “Gas Panic!”
No snark here, for once. If you’re in a quiet house and staring outside, this one’s eerie. A spooky, underrated Oasis tune.
Hope you’ll join us for Part II tomorrow, with some more light-hearted song choices. Assuming you have a working computer, of course…