i read the news today, oh boy
every year about this time

i wish i was your mother

A tweet from a friend led to my playing “I Wish I Was Your Mother” by Mott the Hoople. I’ve been using the Zune software, rather than Rhapsody, lately. It has a “Smart DJ” function that is similar to Genius on iTunes. I told it to create a Smart DJ playlist starting with “I Wish I Was Your Mother,” and got this:

Mott the Hoople, “I Wish I Was Your Mother”
New York Dolls, “Trash”
Patti Smith, “Dancing Barefoot”
Mott, “Whizz Kid”
Johnny Thunders, “Chinese Rocks”
Slade, “Mama Weer All Crazee Now”
James Gang, “Funk #49”
Free, “All Right Now”
Geordie, “Don’t Do That”
Stooges, “1969”
Slade, “Gudbuy t’ Jane”
Eddie and the Hot Rods, “The Kids Are Alright”
Dolls, “It’s Too Late”
Patti, “Land”
Stooges, “Real Cool Time”
Ian Hunter, “Once Bitten Twice Shy”
Iggy, “Lust for Life”
Dictators, “(I Live for) Cars and Girls”
Lou Reed, “Lady Day”
Ian Hunter, “Shades Off”
Sweet, “Ballroom Blitz”
MC5, “Tutti Frutti”
Faces, “Stay With Me”
Iggy, “Run Like a Villain”
Blackfoot Sue, “Standing in the Road”
Mott, “Violence”
David Johansen, “Ain’t Cha Glad”
Dolls, “Personality Crisis”
Patti, “My Generation”

Smart DJ will include songs you don’t own … one of the advantages of a subscription streaming service (yes, I’m talking to you, Steve Jobs).