Yesterday was the first time this season that I walked to the ballpark alone, which means it was the first time this season I listened to my Rio Karma before/after the game. Today's Random Ten comes from those walks, since I always play my MP3s on shuffle play when listening to my Karma. (I walked both ways, as the MUNI train broke down on the way home.)
1. Ja Rule, "New York." Good walking music.
2. Madness, "Rise and Fall." Not ska.
3. The Byrds, "Mr. Tambourine Man." Track One from a classic debut album.
4. Arctic Monkeys, "Fake Tales of San Francisco." Appropriate considering where I was walking.
5. Sleater-Kinney, "Ironclad." I actually heard two S-K songs today. The concert is less than three weeks away.
6. Rihanna, "Pon de Replay." I think she sounds like Pink on this song.
7. Ben Folds, "Bitches Ain't Shit." I still haven't decided if a power-pop icon singing a sexist rap from Dr. Dre is a great joke or not.
8. Gary U.S. Bonds, "Love's on the Line." Between The River in 1980 and Born in the U.S.A. in 1984, Bruce Springsteen had only one official release, the great Nebraska. But during that period he was also all over two albums by 60s rocker Gary U.S. Bonds. (He also showed up at a Bonds club date in '81 that was one of the great moments of my life.) Dedication, with the hit "This Little Girl," which went Top Five, was the comeback album that got all the credit; On the Line, the followup, was less noticed, and Bonds mostly faded from the mainstream view once again. The thing is, while the first comeback had the hits (the best was Bonds and Bruce trading verses on "Jole Blon"), the second album was much better overall. Bruce wrote seven of the songs, the E Street Band played on the entire album, Bruce and Miami Steve produced, and Bonds was in fine form. "Love's on the Line" is one of my favorites from that album. And yes, it's appropriate that I heard a song from a man named Bonds as I walked to the Giants game.
9. Ralph Tresvant, "Sensitivity." Whatever.
10. The Police, "Roxanne." Eddie Murphy owns this song.