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Old Nov 11, 2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Default Let's IMAGINE what John would have on his iTunes playlist!

I've always wanted to do this but never hung out with enough cool John Lennon fans (until now ;-) to be able to attempt it. I sometimes do a lot of 'what if?' scenario thinking. You know, 'what if John had survived and was HERE with all of us, living and breathing and doing his thing?' And I then start to think what he'd be doing, where he'd be (possibly) living or touring and then of course what bands/music he'd be into.

So this prompted me to create a thread where all of US try to assume what John's iTunes playlist would consist of. Songs he would be shuffling through on a daily basis.
It's all in good fun, but since I want it to be sort of a game, here are the rules:

1. Only ONE YouTube video/Song link per thread
2. There MUST be an explanation for the video or song as to WHY John would have it on his playlist- even a quote would be nice, or some kind of reason on your part
3. type the name of the artist and song in the Title Field (hibgal requires this in her thread and I think it makes it more organized)
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Old Nov 11, 2011, 07:27 PM   #2
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Default Now Playing on John's iPod: "Memphis, Tennessee" by Chuck Berry



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"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."
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Old Nov 11, 2011, 09:52 PM   #3
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Default John Would've Dug Nirvana's About a Girl

So... the story goes that Kurt stayed up all night listening to Meet the Beatles and the next day he wrote this song. John had a big ego, as we all know, so he would've dug this song, which has a Lennonesque "horizontal melodic pattern" (as Ian MacDonald would say ).

I just love this song... and I think John would've too.

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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:05 PM   #4
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Default About A Girl

Kurt's guitar style was very indicative of John's. This song reminds me of Lennon and the lyrics have that mixture of vulnerable resentment...great choice!
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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:22 PM   #5
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Default Bob Marley, "Jammin"

Yes, I took the predictable route with this one. I intend to get very imaginative and assume to the max, but I'll throw in the obvious ones because I believe John was from a generation where you basically stuck with the music that inspired you as a songwriter. John was a huge fan of Marley, and frankly I would be remiss to leave him out...

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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:25 PM   #6
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Default Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Heads Will Roll"

Having a wife like Yoko and a son like Sean, I imagine John would be helluva tuned into the indie movement- and he would no doubt respect many of these artists. I think he would love Karen O and even make the obligatory Yoko comparisons. This would be a fun song for him, and he could sing along to this infectious chorus while he...walks.

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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:28 PM   #7
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Default Eddie Cochran "Twenty Flight Rock"

Heck yeah I'm going to take the sentimental route. John could never NOT have this included on his playlist. This song started it all for him and his partner and, well, Eddie was a rock and roll hero to him. And we know how John loved his rock and roll.

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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:30 PM   #8
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Default Why, Rock Lobster, of course!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge-S_WTJ7cY

Somebody with more know-how than me will have to fix this so folks can see and hear it.

The reason...do I really have to spell it out here? I think not.
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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:32 PM   #9
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Default Wildewoman's Rock Lobster

Here ya go, wildewoman!

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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:36 PM   #10
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Default Procul Harum's Whiter Shade of Pale

John was obsessed with this song when it came out... I'll bet it was the soundtrack to more than a few acid trips!

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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:36 PM   #11
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Thanks Maia! I don't know what I'm doing wrong! Like your choice of Nirvana. I didn't know that story behind the song before...
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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:42 PM   #12
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Thanks Maia! I don't know what I'm doing wrong!
You're very welcome. Let me show you how to do it. Here's the link you posted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge-S_WTJ7cY

Now, just take everything after the equal sign and place it between these tags: [ tube][ /tube]... but remove the spaces. (I had to put them in because a blank video screen will appear without them.) If a video has "&featurerelated" at the end of it, remove that. Just use the code after the equal sign.
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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:47 PM   #13
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Default Touch and Go - The Cars

In the waning minutes to the very last interview he ever gave, John sang a few bars of the chorus of this song - he liked the vocal, said it reminded him of good old fashioned 1950's rock vocals...

Kind of strange to think he might have had *this* tune as an earworm that day...it's such a happy, bouncy little song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX890A_AYqk
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Default Wildewoman's "Touch and Go"



Nice one!!!
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Old Nov 11, 2011, 10:59 PM   #15
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Default The Smiths "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"

I just feel like John would have connected with this song. He had that side of him that liked to have fun, get loose, and be the life of the party...there's always that desperation in great artists where they feel they're missing something if they aren't somewhere in the scene. And the singer, Morrissey, would have probably appealed to John- the singing/delivery/lyrics. Bloody great chorus. John was a singles man after all.

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Default Tupac's Life Goes On

I'm not sure how much John would've gotten into rap, but I'm sure there are rappers he would've appreciated... Tupac being chief among them. (And, yes, Scruffie...Eminem would've been another! ) This song makes me think of John, because he suffered a lot of loss early on as well...

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And the singer, Morrissey, would have probably appealed to John- the singing/delivery/lyrics. Bloody great chorus. John was a singles man after all.
I think John would've really loved The Smiths... don't think he would've been a big fan of Morrissey's public persona, but he would've appreciated his songwriting!
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Default The Ronettes "Be My Baby"

(Even though I MUCH prefer John's version...)

John had to have this on his playlist! Not only was it an old love of his- for why else would he choose to cover it (so brilliantly)- but he had to have something to remind him of what greatness Phil Spector once brought to the world. Considering his current state of...existence I'm sure John would need a pick-me-up.

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I think John would've really loved The Smiths... don't think he would've been a big fan of Morrissey's public persona, but he would've appreciated his songwriting!
I agree. It's all about the music with Morrissey not his d*ouc*e-like ways. John would side-eye him I think.
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Default Amy Winehouse's version of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

John would've been an Amy Winehouse fan for sure! And Scruffie's Ronettes song made me think of this stunning heartbreaker of a performance by the late great Amy:

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