05 January 2011

My Fantasy Jukebox.


Frankie Avalon & a 1960s Cinebox video jukebox


Driving to work this morning in the 5:00a hour I was thinking about what songs I would put in my fantasy jukebox.*

*Now for those of you who were born long after vinyl 45s were regarded as little more than a novelty, a jukebox was a big machine that played one song at time for a few coins.#

#Now for those of you who were born long after hard currency was abolished in exchange for intangible credit and debit, coins were generally small round flat objects used to fire up video game machines and payphones.@

@Now for those of you who were born long after everyone already had a smartphone attached to their...[EDITOR'S NOTE: At this point we had to hit Nafa in the head with a baseball bat. He did leave his list so on with the countdown.]

10. JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS - FAKE FRIENDS

The perfect amounts of kick ass Rock, melodic happy Pop, and Sesame Street style sing-along.

09. SLADE - RUN RUNAWAY

Glam hits the 1980s!

08. SEX PISTOLS - BODIES

Just try to resist singing along once the third verse starts.

07. NED'S ATOMIC DUSTBIN - SATURDAY NIGHT

Fuller than the original with a bit of a sinister edge.

06. BUSTA RHYMES - WOO HAH!! GOT YOU ALL IN CHECK

A decade and a half later it still sounds alien and awesome.

05. SHONEN KNIFE - RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD

Just about any cover that Shonen Knife does outshines the original.

04. M.I.A. - PAPER PLANES

The Clash are catchy, but M.I.A. is catchier. And I'd much rather look at her.

03. LAWRENCE ARABIA - APPLE PIE BED

Listen to this and I dare you not to get that chorus stuck in your head.

02. SLIM DUSTY - DUNCAN

If this jukebox is in a pub than this song is essential. Hell, any Slim Dusty is essential.

01. RICHARD HARRIS - MACARTHUR PARK

Every jukebox needs maudlin, moody, silly, tearful songs. This covers all of those qualifications.