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Holiday playlist with a Jana and Erin twist

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series Playlists

Jana’s note–Erin and I usually do these collaborative playlists on the last Thursday of the month but Christmas and New Year’s threw that schedule to shit. And besides, thanks to this, you might have some new tunes to rock out to on Christmas. Because after 24 hours of A Christmas Story, you might want to shoot your own eye out. Don’t do that. Listen to these instead.

‚ÄčIt’s that time again…time for Jana and Erin to bring you a playlist.  You know, the holiday season is upon us, and we’d be letting you all down if we didn’t bring you our own version of a holiday playlist.  Yes, there are many bloggers who have posted their own enjoyable playlists.  This is a holiday playlist with a Jana and Erin twist.

The Season’s Upon Us by the Dropkick Murphys:  What better way to kick-off a holiday playlist than with a group of aggressive Irishmen? 
Merry Christmas  Baby by Sister Hazel – If you aren’t a fan of the sing-song type Christmas songs, then check out Sister Hazel’s entire album.  They have enough grit (but not too much) to make it feel like you aren’t listening to cheesy Christmas music.
I Won’t Be Home for Christmas by Blink 182 – Pop punk icons that are completely irreverent should record a Christmas song, right?  Makes total sense.  This is a fun one.
Oi to the World by No Doubt – Want more pop punk fun in your Christmas song?  How about this one that really doesn’t sound like a Christmas song at all?
All I Need is Love by Ceelo featuring The Muppets – More silly holiday cheer?  Yes.  But, is it a decent song?  Yes.
Christmas Wrapping by Spice Girls -The original by The Waitresses is probably a better version, but it’s a rare moment that I’m going to want to post the Spice Girls…so here it is.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Anberlin – This song has been covered by many…admittedly, most aren’t too bad.  You might have assumed we’d pick U2 because they’d be the most obvious choice for women who like rock music that grew up in the ’80s and ’90s.  But, no.  We picked Anberlin’s.
Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid – Speaking of the ’80s, this song holds Jana’s title of “the only Christmas song on the radio I don’t turn off”. 
Christmas Canon Rock by Trans Siberian Orchestra – Trust me on this.  If you ever have the opportunity to see this live, do it.  Not kidding.  If you don’t get goosebumps multiple times in a TSO performance, well, then, I don’t know what to say about that.
Happy XMas (War is Over) by Winger – You didn’t think Jana & Erin would create this playlist without some hair bands, did you?  Don’t laugh at Winger.  This is a good version. 
Medley (Santa Clause is Coming to Town and Run Run Rudolph) by Bon Jovi – You didn’t think Erin would have a hand in this playlist without Bon Jovi did you?  C’mon.  It’s a live clip and Jon dances with Santa.  What’s not to love?
Please Come Home for Christmas by Jon Bon Jovi – Hey, Jon Bon Jovi and Bon Jovi (the band) are two different things.  Plus, this is the sexiest Christmas video ever created.
Dominick the Donkey by Lou Monte – Because Jana allowed Erin two Christmas songs with Jovi in the artist, Erin has allowed Jana this song.
Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You by Billy Squier – Every time this comes on, I can’t help myself, I sing, I sway, I want to say “I love you” to a loved one.
On behalf of Jana & Erin – Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Merry Festivus!

Badass songs from badass women: An Erin and Jana playlist

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Playlists

One of the things you notice as a female rock fan is the absence of kick ass female fronted or all female rock bands but women can kick just as much musical ass as men, if not more, so in an homage to those women and the amazingly badass pioneer women of rock, Erin and I decided to assemble this playlist for you guys. 

Badass songs by badass women

First, the originals:

Edge of Seventeen–Stevie Nicks. It’s Stevie Nicks. *Mic drop*

Bad Reputation–Joan Jett. The original rock badass chick. Please feast your eyes on this epic 80s video because Spotify does not have it available. Fun fact–this song is the theme song to Freaks and Geeks, one of Jana’s all-time favorite shows. 

Crazy on You–Heart. Ann and Nancy Wilson. Rock music queens.

White Rabbit–Jefferson Airplane. Grace Slick slays on this song. 

Left off but not forgotten: Janis, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Debbie Harry

Now the next generation:

Celebrity Skin–Hole. Probably Courtney Love’s finest hour save for her stint on SOA.

Take it Off–The Donnas.  I don’t know what to say about this song except it’s fun and edgy and you should know it. Fun fact: this is the band featured in Drive Me Crazy. The 90s movie. Not that Britney shit.

I Think I’m Paranoid–Garbage. This was Erin’s pick and since I, Jana, am writing the post, I have nothing witty to say except I really liked Garbage when I wasn’t confusing them with The Cranberries.

Kiss Me Deadly–Lita Ford. She hung in there as essentially THE ONLY female rep for the hair band era (except for Vixen, who went platinum during the same time. Edge of a Broken Heart is a great song, by the way).


Left off but not forgotten: The Cranberries, Tori Amos, Alanis, Ani DiFranco

The current ladies:

I Like it Heavy–Halestorm. Lzzy Hale is one of my favorite female singers probably of all time and to pick one song by Halestorm is HARD, y’all. But this one seemed the most apropros for this particular playlist.

Rush You–Baby Animals. Aussie band led by the beautiful Suze DeMarchi. Fun fact: her ex-husband and babies’ daddy is Nuno Bettencourt from Extreme fame.

America’s Sweetheart–Elle King. This song is in heavy rotation in Jana’s playlists because THIS is how you do a female empowerment song. 

Make Me Wanna Die–The Pretty Reckless. Erin says she was initially judgemental knowing that a young actress from Gossip Girl was just being a poser and playing dress-up, but she’s actually fucking good. Jana concurs with this assessment. 

Left off but not forgotten: Amy Lee, Paramore, Flyleaf

Ladies who cross generations and don’t fit neatly anywhere, even though they all transcend decades:

Just A Girl–No Doubt. The scathing indictment of the way women are treated dressed up as a fun pop song. Wolf in sheep’s clothing, indeed.

U & UR Hand–P!nk. Both of us, Jana and Erin, had this incredible woman on our lists and this song is such a fuck you to the douchebag men in bars and clubs and society in general that it’s impossible not to include it on this type of playlist.

Other women we could have included: Dolly, Reba, Beth Hart, Pat Benatar, Cyndi Lauper. I’m sure there’s more so let us know. Who did we leave off?

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Through the Years, 1950s style: A Jana and Erin playlist

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Playlists


Last Thursday of the month means it’s time for another playlist with Jana  and Erin – a playlist with a twist.  Not “The” Twist because that song was released in the ’60s, so that doesn’t make the cut.  Yet.
The 1950s. A time for poodle skirts, sock hops, and soda fountains. Also McCarthyism, the Cold War, and Jim Crow but that’s the part that sucked so we’re not going to talk about that today. Nope. Instead, we’re going to talk about one of the fun parts of the 1950s–the music!
I (Jana) love 50s music. It melts my dark, hard rock loving heart. It’s fun and catchy and not at all like anything we have now. When I need a pick-me-up, I’ll put on one of my 50s Spotify playlists. It makes me happy. Probably has to do with childhood memories of listening to the music at bar mitzvahs or with my grandparents. But who knows? I just like it. #noshame Hope you guys like some of the songs, too!
This is also the beginning of our through the decades playlist series (think of this as the Time Life version of our playlist series. Anyone else remember the Time Life CD collections? No? Just me?) and thanks to Erin for indulging me in this decade first. 
Songs from “The Day the Music Died” artists:  Sadly, all three of the following artists died in a plane crash in Iowa in February 1959.

Come On, Let’s Go by Ritchie Valens (1958):
  This video clip is fun, even if the person who uploaded it misspelled the artist’s name.

Chantilly Lace by The Big Bopper (1958): “Hellllooooo baaaaaby!” 

Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly (1957): Jana is a big fan of this bespectacled musician’s songs.  He appears in our playlists from time to time. (Jana’s note: I’m pretty sure this is at least his 3rd mention)

Songs from piano men:

Tutti Frutti by Little Richard (1955): 

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On by Jerry Lee Lewis (1957):  Let’s forget about that whole marrying his teenage cousin part of the story. (Jana’s note: Did anyone else see Great Balls of Fire? Wasn’t Dennis Quaid pretty great in that?)

Songs by brothers: 

Shout by The Isley Brothers (1959):  The dance scene in Animal House with John Belushi in a toga is one of those iconic cinematic scenes where the perfect song was picked for a movie.  But, that’s not this video clip because that was Otis Day and the Knights covering The Isley Brothers.

Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers (1957):  fun fact~the daughter of one of these guys is named Erin Everly and that’s who inspired Axl Rose to write the lyrics for Sweet Child of Mine. (Jana’s note: I did not know that)

Songs that make you want to dance (besides the ones already mentioned):

Shake, Rattle, and Roll by Bill Haley and the Comets (1954):

At the Hop by Danny & the Juniors (1957)


Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry:  Since we forgot about Jerry Lee Lewis marrying his cousin, let’s forget that Chuck Berry allegedly had cameras installed in the women’s toilets filming them while using the restroom at a restaurant he owned… (Jana’s note: I did not know this either. But seriously, what the actual fuck?)

Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley (1956):  For that slow dance…

Songs that were introduced to me (Erin) by my grandfather:

Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams (1953):

It’s Only Make Believe by Conway Twitty (1958):  Sometime, in the ’70s, my (Erin’s) grandparents and extended family went to a Conway Twitty show, and Dolly Parton was the opening act.  My uncle bought me nachos, and I was sitting on his lap eating them.  Then, I puked all over his boots while Conway Twitty was playing.  Awww sweet memories. 

Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash (1955):  Johnny sings “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.”  Johnny was gansta before gangsta rappers.

But, what’s great, is songs like these have lasted SIXTY years.  Think about that.  What songs recorded this decade do you think will last as long as these?  What artists will the bloggers of 2076 be sharing? 

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