The Thanksgiving Playlist: 2011
Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:48:04
It's that time of year again- when families gather together to give thanks, feast, and watch entirely too much football. If you're going to be ready to celebrate this American holiday the way the Pilgrims intended, you're going to need to get your iPod charged with some appropriate tunage. Let's take a look at the 2011 playlist for your Turkey Day Extravaganza!
The Thanksgiving Filter- Drive-By Truckers
These guys make Thanksgiving sound like a Tennessee Williams play. This is a pretty depressing, country-tinged indie-rock take on Thanksgiving- painfully relating the disparity between generations. But hey, look on the bright side- your Thanksgiving will be better than these guys'!
The Pilgrim- Iron Maiden
You need a little iron in your diet this Thanksgiving! This isn't the most metal of holidays, but we like to crowbar a little Maiden in whenever we can. Could you imagine what a GWAR Thanksgiving is like? Then again, let's not.
Roll Plymouth Rock- Brian Wilson
This is what the first Thanksgiving would have sounded like if the Pilgrims and Indians all went surfing together. Brian Wilson's highly anticipated and long-delayed album, Smile, was finally completed and released several years ago and included this rock and/or roller. It definitely gives a Southern California vibe to Turkey Day. I have a question- would the Beach Boys still sound "beachy" to us all if they had a different name? Would a Beach Boy by any other name sound as sweet? Ok, that just sounds creepy.
Cold Turkey- John Lennon
Ahh, one of the great things about Thanksgiving are the leftovers. You can have cold turkey for days! Alright, so this song is actually about John Lennon’s frighteningly intense battle to withdraw from heroin addiction. But let’s focus on the nicer things!
Thank You- Jay-Z
Well, you are most welcome Mr. Z. Here Jay proves that he's not only one of the greatest rappers of all time in addition to being a savvy business man, but that he's got some manners too.
Welcome To The Family- Avenged Sevenfold
Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the holiday season, and also a time when you might have to introduce your new boyfriend or girlfriend to the rest of your family. When you do, be sure to play them this Avenged track to thoroughly freak them out of their minds!
Beans and Cornbread- Louis Jordan
Even if you don't think you know this jazz classic, you would recognize it in a second. Aside from being a certifiable toe-tapper, it's actually an allegory about racism in America. Not just singing about soul food- but giving food for the soul!
Crumbs From Your Table- U2
Bono is singing for some scraps here. This ditty was from U2's Cold War Manifesto, How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Scratch that- I've just been told it was a multiple-platinum album. If that's the case, what was that book I've been reading?
Have Love Will Travel- The Black Keys
Traditionally, the day before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year- even bigger than National Travel Day on June 15th! Just kidding, no such day exists (yet, anyway...). You certainly can't have Thanksgiving without a little love and travel, and the Black Keys throw in some stripped down grungey blues for good measure as well.
"Hot and heavy pumpkin pie… Ain’t nothing please me more you," Edward and his Magnetic Zeros profess on their biggest hit to date. This song has all the charm in the world, and sounds like something the settlers would have sung while caravanning along the Oregon Trail. Speaking of which, when are they going to come out with an updated version of that video game "Oregon Trail" for XBox 360?
We may not have landed on Plymouth Rock, but "rock" is just what we'll do this Thanksgiving. Travel safe, enjoy a great feast, and if your family starts to be too much to handle you can always put your headphones on!
-- Mark Phillips