The Warrior's Workout: Top Ten Ninja Songs from Five Finger Death Punch, Foo Fighters, Wu-Tang Clan, RZA and More
Wed, 01 Dec 2010 07:53:38
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In honor of The Warrior’s Way, here are the Top Ten Ninja songs for you, Grasshopper.
Everybody loves a good kung fu flick. Whether you're a black belt or a periwinkle belt, you can be partying like a karate star with these songs- a top notch playlist for the ninja in all of us. Crouching tiger, jivin' dragon!
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"Kung Fu Fighting"- The Village People
Everyone saw this one coming a mile away! Well, we figured we should get this no-brainer out on the table right from the start. It's a classic track from The Village People, who can make anything sound emasculating (see: "In The Navy"). That said, it's a "must" for our ninja playlist.
"The Way of the Fist"- Five Finger Death Punch
Here is the ultimate kung fu song from the ultimate kung fu band. This amazingly brutal "true metal" track from 5FDP bleeds pure aggression, and it's an absolute adrenaline rush. Sure beats a double-expresso shot! 5FDP actually just re-released their first album, The Way of the Fist: Iron Fist Edition as a deluxe box set last week with all new artwork, a bonus CD and DVD and other really cool stuff. It should probably come with a first aid kit, but I’m guessing it doesn't. [Read our most recent interview with singer Ivan Moody here!
"Da Mystery of Chess Boxin'"- Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang Clan, as one of the best rap groups of all time, have always had an obsession with the martial arts. This track features the sounds of swooshing swords clinking in combat, which virtually guarantees a Top 40 hit these days! It's hard to believe that this seminal album, Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers) came out in 1993- that was 17 years ago for all you non-math majors!
"Gimmie Stitches"- Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl proclaims that he's "dying to get my blood on you." Any true ninja is ready to give you stitches if you cross him the wrong way! It's a catchy, mid tempo rocker for the warrior in all of us.
"Theme From Kill Bill Vol. 1"- RZA
This is one of the best movie themes of all time, and a perfect hype track for you swingin' samurais out there. If you've seen Quentin Tarantino's fantastic Kill Bill series, you know this song. Also, if you listen to any AM Radio talk show host, you've heard it. Seriously, why does every AM radio host use this as their intro music? More importantly, why am I listening to AM Radio?
"Death Before Dishonor"- Five Finger Death Punch
I know, another 5FDP track- but it's just too appropriate. I mean, when you have a killer band named "Five Finger Death Punch" at your disposal for a ninja playlist, you must oblige. "I choose death before dishonor/ I'd rather die than live down on my knees," Ivan Moody pledges on this song. It's an honorable way to live, and I'm guessing this is how ninjas do it. I don't know any ninjas off-hand, though.
"Mortal Combat"- Oliver Adams
This eponymous track is also known as "Techno Syndrome," and also also known as awesome! We all know and love this song from the video game turned movie, called Mortal Combat. It remixes fighting moves into the techno beat, and if you listen closely, you'll notice that it's the same song as "SexyBack," by Justin Timberlake.
"Turning Japanese"- The Vapors
This one is a nod to the Japanese culture and their immersion into the ninja ways. It’s an ancient ballad in which to hone your martial arts. Or not!
"Liquid Swords"- GZA
GZA has always been a talented and underrated piece of the Wu-Tang Clan puzzle. On this, the title track from his 1995 solo album of the same name, he evokes the same ninja motif that we see on the Wu-Tang albums. However, I don't know how effective liquid swords are in combat.
"Nintendo 89"- Audio Karate
This upbeat, lo-fi bundle of overflowing pop-punkness is an essential track with which to brandish your nun chucks. I mean, the band is called Audio Karate! What more do you want? Well, if you must know, they are on Kung Fu Records, which was actually founded by a couple of dirty vandals. Whoops, my imaginary assistant is telling me that it was founded by two members of the punk band, The Vandals. Not to be confused with the Vandal tribe of the Great Plains.
Now, the student has become the sensei. You have mastered the art of the ninja playlist, my pupil. We will get you a black belt (to match your black shoes!) that you can clip your iPod to. Be sure to use your audio karate moves when you're checking out The Warrior's Way this weekend. Wax on, wax off!
Will you be seeing The Warrior's Way when it hits theaters this Friday December 3?