I need to feel like a bad-ass when I run.
Like I could just walk into a room and be the coolest thing there with a pair-a stunna shades and lips shinier than the chrome on P. Diddy’s rims. That’s pretty much the opposite of what I really am with my fleece zip-up hoodie and my Carmex. The nerdiest thing there, maybe. Coolest thing, not so much.
A different Kerry in some sweet Gucci stunnas.
Anyway, I was worried about LB’s rock-music playlist and it’s ability to bring out my bad-assiness.
I chose Tuesday night’s 7-miler to listen to LB’s list since 3 miles wasn’t long enough for the hour-long set and the 15 miles I’m running on Saturday will be with Jill (yay!).
Surprisingly, the music didn’t start off too bad. I never got into a rhythm with the beats, though, and the end was pretty much a disaster. But I made it!
Winner’s Blues – Sonic Youth
Slower than my typical running music, but I was okay with that as I ran in and out of cul-de-sacs in what little light was left in the day. This might be a good song for stretching post-run.
For Reasons Uknown – The Killers
Okay, this one picked up the pace a little and it wasn’t too bad. It didn’t pump me up like Ke$ha’s Tik Tok does, but the beat was fast enough to run to.
Rebels Of The Sacred Heart – Flogging Molly
This song made me smile with lyrics like “three sheets to the wind.” And the tune has a Scottish/Irish drinking song beat that then picks up and gets going really fast. It made me think of Mr. T and that he would probably like this song. This one’s not going on my running playlist, but I’m going to buy it and have it for just whenever. (After a quick online search, I found out they are from L.A.! What?! Wish I hadn’t looked that up.)
I Would Die 4 U – Prince
Ugh. I was not excited about this one and it definitely lived down to my expectations. I’ve never been a fan of Prince, although I respect him as a musician. I’m just not into his brand of music. I could not wait for this song to end. It was all I could do not to skip forward.
Dreaming – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
I’d never heard of this band before, so I had no expectations. It sounded a little like something from the mid- to late-‘80s to me, like a song from the John Hughes film 16 Candles. Not a running song, but not bad. (After a quick Web search, I now see that the band was, in fact, popular in the ’80s! And, guess what? They wrote the song If You Leave for Pretty in Pink, a John Hughes movie. I knew they sounded familiar! I’m so smart sometimes.)
Shadowplay – The Killers
This song sort of creeped me out. Is it about death? I’m not sure.
Swagger – Flogging Molly
Another celtic/rock music beat. I love these. Not for running, but just in general. I might have to buy the entire Drunken Lullabies album.
Self-Obsessed and Sexxee – Sonic Youth
Not a fan. The music in this song creeped me out. But I wish I would’ve read what LB does when this song comes on before my 7-miler because if I’d have known, I would’ve been laughing so hard. Read here.
All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers
This song was pretty good. Again, not a running song for me.
Highwayman – Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings
This is one of my all-time favorite songs. I already had it on my Zune. It’s just a good song with an interesting story…or stories. But, it is about death and reincarnation. Not the best topic while I’m trying not to die on a nighttime 7-miler, pepper spray strapped to my palm. You know? But it’s a beautiful song, although it’s too slow for running in my opinion. I was excited when it came on because I could sing along.
For Whom the Bell Tolls – Metallica
I liked the beginning of the song with its clock tower ringing in the background of some hard rock guitar and drum beats. It was kind of good. I sort of felt bad-assy listening to it, but not like bling bad-ass, more like biker bad-ass. And then this happened: “Take a look at the sky before you die/It’s the last time you will.” Not my favorite thing to hear while running. When’s this one gonna be over?
Orion – Metallica
This heavy metal instrumental song was okay at first, but it’s almost 8-1/2 minutes long. I started to tense up after a couple minutes. I was tired anyway and this made it worse. But I made a mistake. LB meant for White Zombie to be right here and I messed up when I downloaded the songs to my Zune. Really, though. I don’t think it would of made much of a difference.
Damage, Inc. – Metallica
Super fast heavy metal and what I would call screaming. It made me even more tense. I kept thinking about my soundtrack and… When can I listen to my music? What number is this? How much longer?
Muzzle – The Smashing Pumpkins
This song was calmer and I can see how this was supposed to be the last song on the playlist (except I screwed up and made White Zombie last). I have to be in the mood for Smashing Pumpkins, but I may consider buying this one just to listen to when I feel like it.
Thunder Kiss ’65 – White Zombie
Little did LB know that I sort of went through a phase in high school where I listened to this song and More Human than Human. I didn’t say it was a good phase. So I knew this song. But I don’t like it anymore. It’s too heavy for me now and makes me think of an ex-boyfriend, who was sort of a jerk. However, I knew this was the last song on the playlist, so I suffered through it in a joyful sort of way if that’s possible.
I was so happy when I could turn on my own playlist again. I immediately switched over to Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough by Michael Jackson and then Rooney’s Shakin’ came on, and after that, I was pretty much done with my run. At least it ended on a good note.
Really, though, this was a fun thing to do, and I encourage trading playlists sometime…at least once. It’s sort of like running in somebody else’s shoes.
What a great idea to do that. Daring but fun! You are a TOTAL rock star when you run…I feel like I am when I run. Though I am sure the view of me is very different then what I imagine…shoot…I don't look like Kara Goucher?
Great post Kerrie. You were a trooper by not skipping songs…I totally would have.If you like the Celtic sound check out Dropkick Murphys.
Way to go! I can imagine how difficult it would be to listen to someone else's music.
This is a great post, love your descriptions! The OMD one had me in stitches!! You are such a good sport for listening to the entire playlist.
How fun to try someone elses music! I am familiar with those songs but would not have chosen them for running. I do love the Dropkick Murphys and Floggin Molly though!
It does sound like a fun idea!I love The Killers, but still skeptical of Metallica. LOL!
Great job! I don't know if I could have done it!
Thanks so much for dropping by my blog! Glad to have you!It was so much fun reading both your experience and LB's experience with the playlist trade. You never really think about how personal music can be.Love your blog! I'm a follower, now. I think I'm going to follow your author blog, too!
thank you for your post