The Late Night Trail – Part 5

“Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.”

Frank Zappa

TWO… MINUTES… TO 3AM!!! (Not As Catchy)

Yes it’s time for another adventure into late night musical randomness. We are now on the fifth entry into this musical sagathing and I’ve added another rule! But I’ll get to that in a bit.

Yes Insomnia is still a big problem for me and instead of sitting here right-clicking slot machines in SWTOR‘s Nightlife event I decided to do some writing instead.

There should have been more of these posts by now but we have a new thing in the house, Spotify. Since moving in with a friend we found it pretty cheap and convenient to get the Spotify family account so I don’t really find myself listening to music on YouTube a lot these days. I still like writing about music and my memories around it however so I will try to make an effort to do some more of these.

One thing I can do though is create a playlist of each of these entries for you (or most likely me) to listen to if you wish to do so. I have retroactively gone back and added the playlists to the previous entries but as they were only just added here they are again:

This entry’s playlist will be at the end of this entry and that is where they shall live from now on.

But I mentioned a new rule earlier didn’t I? Well I’ve found a way to make the lists a bit more random, a random song generator! At the press of a button that site will generate 10 random songs and I can then pick one to start the list from. I think this could be a good thing as my brain tends to work in narrow lines musically, depending on the mood I’m in.

I’m also gonna be reducing the number of songs per post to 10 as I feel that’s a much more rounded number for a list like this (plus I’m a lazy piece of shit).

So let’s go over the rules for the new members of the church. When me and my friend used to hang out and listen to music we would often use YouTube, it was free and easy and new songs were just a click away. What we started doing though instead of searching for a new song/artist each time we would pick from the “recommended” section on the right hand side of the screen and this would repeat for hours. We called this system “The YouTube Trail” and here are the rules:

  • Pick a song on YouTube (preferably one you like)
  • Once it’s finished, pick another song from the recommended section on the right
  • Keep going till the trail runs dry or you get bored/sleepy (or until I hit 10, otherwise I’d be typing forever)
  • Make sure you are in Incognito Mode so your cookies/history doesn’t influence the Trail too much

So let’s see what this randomiser is made of!

Song 1: AC/DC – Thunderstruck

A classic rock song from the legends that are AC/DC. I’ll be long in my grave before Angus Young takes off that school uniform.

School should’ve been out a long time ago

Random quick dip into my personal music history. I went to see Def Leppard & Whitesnake some years back and they were supported by Thunder who came on to the stage playing this song. It was awesome.

Song 2 (Not That One): Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane

God I really am going to keep making that shit Blur joke aren’t I? Anyway…

If you want a great opening to a gig to get the blood pumping then you don’t have to look much further than this song. The 2000 version with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is absolutely incredible and I suggest you treat yourself to a listen.

Song 3: Black Sabbath – Paranoid

Wow I guess it’s going to be a “some of the coolest guitar riffs ever” entry then. Being inspired by the factories that they worked in, Black Sabbath gave birth to Heavy Metal as we know it. Appropriately, in true Heavy Metal fashion it cost the guitarist his fingers to do so (not lying).

Song 4: Ram Jam – Black Betty

Yeh it’s definitely an iconic guitar playlist we’re aiming for now, the fates have decreed it so it must come to pass.

I technically cheated for this entry I guess. This song was in the recommended section but it was the official music video version. I try to avoid anything official if I can as you tend to get stuck in a loop or get recommended the artist you are currently listening to over and over again. YouTube’s crappy algorithm I guess?

Maybe this will invalidate the list for some of you? But it’s my list so… tough.

Song 5: Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town

Here’s a strange thing that can only happen in a small town in Britain. A local racist was shouting his mouth off about how there was no such thing as a black Irishman, to which my father shouted across the room “What do you think Phil Lynott was dozy c**t?!”.

I love my old man.

Song 6: Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild

Well it turns out that my taste in music is clearly one of those “Get this album for father’s day!” albums and quite frankly, I’m ok with that.

As an aside you should feel lucky that you aren’t listening to Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins right now (it’s come up twice now and I’m so tempted) but I must try to stick to iconic guitar riffs.

Song 7: Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

The iconic song from Rocky III and what a song it is. Created from scratch after Stallone failed to secure the rights for Another One Bites The Dust by Queen it is the perfect song to watch people get punched in the face to.

Song 8: Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water

Perheps THE most iconic guitar riff in the history of Rock music Smoke On The Water tells the true story of when the band flew out to “Montreux, on the lake Geneva shoreline” to record their album when during a Frank Zappa gig, someone “with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground”.

Song 9: Rainbow – Since You Been Gone

In a recent car journey with a mate this song came on the radio and I couldn’t help but sing along (knowing every word). Once the song was finished my friend turned to me and sarcastically asked “So you know that one then?”.

Song 10: Joan Jett – I Love Rock N’ Roll

On a list of iconic guitar riffs and classic Rock N’ Roll songs how could this not be the song to see us off? Probably track 1 on every “Dad Rock” album ever made and deservedly so.

Joan Jett is a legend and may or may not be the inspiration for a character in a story I’m writing… but that’s for another time 😉 .

Another One Bites The Dust

So I think it’s fair to say that that random song generator really came up for me on its first outing. I’ll definitely be using it in the future to start these lists. If you’ve got any memories of these songs or just have some thoughts to share then pop down to the comments or hit me up on Twitter, I’d love to hear from you ❤ .

As promised here is your Spotify playlist of this list, enjoy 🙂 .

Until next time, remember to take care of yourselves. Peace.


Bonus Video

HA! Made you listen to it anyway.

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