My sister is moving to California this month, and I agreed to make her a corresponding mix CD. This was before I realized that there are a lot of songs about California. I figured that I'd work things out simply by not including any bad California songs, but I'm still struggling to cut down 40 or so great tracks into an 80-minute CD.
The Dillinger Escape Plan with Mike Patton, "Hollywood Squares"
Two of the most idiosyncratic artists in metal bring out the best in each other, taking noise and melody to parts unknown.
A 12/8 finger extended to L.A. gangbangers, scientologists and folks who don't believe in climate change. The weirdest song to ever win a Grammy.
Public Enemy, "Burn Hollywood Burn"
Metal by association. Dig Flavor Flav dropping punchlines before he became one--the Driving Miss Daisy reaction still makes me smile.
Guns N' Roses, "Move to the City"
In title alone is this appropriate for my baby sister.
Guns N' Roses, "Paradise City"
As grand a statement as ever recorded, but not the GNR song I'm picking for the mix.
These days, Chris is probably looking Minnesota and feeling California.
Kid Rock, "Cowboy"
I love this song. My sister, like most intellectuals, does not.