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    Fri, 08 Jul 2011 14:25:11

    On Base with The Hits - The Perfect Baseball Playlist - ARTISTdirect.com contributor Mark Phillips goes for on base percentage...

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    Well, baseball fans - we're in the middle of summer, and with the All-Star game just around the corner - we're about to get into the "swing" of things. We here at ARTISTdirect are ready to hit the stadium. I mean, is there anything better to do on a hot summer's day than go to a baseball game? OK, if you're a Kansas City Royals fan, you don't have to answer that. For the rest of us, we'll need the perfect baseball playlist to take us through America's pastime. Here we go!

    "Glory Days" - Bruce Springsteen

    Here, Springsteen recounts an old high school friend who used to be the baseball star and now is just a has-been slob. I think it's about Manny Ramirez? Just kidding!

    "The Boys of Summer" - Don Henley

    Our baseball stars that take the field each day are certainly the boys of summer- playing the game they love during those dog days. That connection makes enough sense for our baseball playlist, right?

    "Mrs. Robinson" - Simon & Garfunkel

    "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?" Simon and Garfunkel rhetorically ask on this classic from The Graduate. At the time this song was written, he had retired after a thirteen-year career with the Yankees. They obviously didn't have Wikipedia back in the sixties for Simon and Garfunkel to consult, I see!

    "Talkin' Baseball" - Terry Cashman

    I tried to keep the old-timer songs like "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" or "Grandpa Loves His Baseball" (Ok, I made that last one up) to a minimum, but I had to include this baseball classic by Terry Cashman. By doing so, I get an AARP discount. Most of you youngins' probably know the Simpsons parody of this song better than the original, "Talking Softball." That is, unless you're too young to even know the Simpsons! In that case, you make me sick.

    "Centerfield" - John Fogerty

    Right from the get-go, this song makes no bones about claiming itself as a baseball anthem for all time. "Put me in coach- I'm ready to play!" Mr. Fogerty buzzes. He sounds like me on my high school team! It never worked when I said it, though...

    "The Boys Are Back in Town" - Thin Lizzy

    There's no better way to welcome your team back from a road trip with this Thin Lizzy number. Especially if your favorite baseball team likes to dance and hold car washes. For some reason this song always makes me think of that.

    "Bat Country" - A7X

    Get it? Bat Country? Also known as "baseball in the steroids era"- when seemingly every baseball star's bat was walloping baseballs over the fence in record setting form. Avenged Sevenfold and baseball go together like baseball and Avenged Sevenfold- that is to say, they're not much of a match. But, it still works for us!

    "New Way Home" - Foo Fighters

    Let me stop you right there- I know you're wondering what the heck this fantastic Foo Fighters cut is doing on our baseball playlist. Ok, I have two reasons for you to consider. A) "New Way Home" reminds me of home plate, and 2) Dave Grohl sings that he passes the King Dome- the former host stadium to the Seattle Mariners. See? It's like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

    "Summer Boy" - Jessie and the Toy Boys

    Everyone pop the champagne: We've officially broken the record for mentioning songs with the words "Boys" and/ or "Summer" in a top ten list on ARTISTdirect! This is a fun-in-the-sun track from Jessie & The Toy Boys' new EP, Show Me Your Tan Lines- and it's perfect to rock in a stadium full of fans.

    "Tessie" - Dropkick Murphys

    After the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series in 2004 to break the "Curse of the Bambino," the Murphys recorded a reworked cover version of this track. It was originally from a 1902 Broadway play called The Silver Slipper, but took new meeting in '04 after the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years. By the way, I think the Dropkick Murphys have enough people to field an actual baseball team. Have you seen them? How do they all fit on stage?

    Who's ready to take me out to the ballgame? All we need now is an iPod, some hot dogs, and some tickets. Have fun this summer supporting your favorite team, whoever it may be...as long as it's not the Kansas City Royals! Just kidding- Royals fans can have fun too. Let us know your favorite songs (and teams) below!

    —Mark Phillips 07.08.11

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    Tags: Simon & Garfunkel, Terry Cashman, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Don Henley, Thin Lizzy, Avenged Sevenfold, Foo Fighters, Jessie and the Toy Boys, Dropkick Murphys

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