Twisted MixTape: I Hate the World

The theme for this week’s MixTape is free-for-all. I decided to do a MixTape in honor of the chronic irritation that I’ve been living with. Seriously, some days I’m such an asshole I don’t even want to be in the same room as myself! I feel bad for my kiddo (the one on the outside); I try to hide my pissiness but with a very spirited and strong-minded 3 year old…it’s challenging.

So, here is an ode to my hormonal bitchiness. Go away.

Blue Monday by Orgy

I have to do the Orgy version because it’s so much angrier sounding than the New Order original. This is probably what my son is thinking whenever I’m around.

Du Haust by Rammstein

“You hate me.” ‘Nuff said.

Break Stuff by Limp Bizkit

Fred Durst is a douche canoe, but he makes good angry music.

Bodies by Drowning Pool

I actually played this song at my wedding. It was during the garter toss. I think I was the only one amused by it.

Bitches by Insane Clown Posse

This one is pretty bad. It kind of makes me laugh because it’s just so over-the-top sexist, misogynistic and generally just awful to women. So not only is it angry music, but it makes me laugh which then kind of puts me in a better mood.

There is one song missing from this list, and that is “Killing in the Name” by Rage Against the Machine. OF COURSE I’d listen to that one when angry. It’s just that I used it in my running MixTape so don’t want to overuse it. Oh what the hell, it’s a good song. Here it is:

Don’t forget to check out the host: Jen Kehl at My Skewed View. Also head over to the blog hop to find some other awesome MixTapes.

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Let’s Get Physical!

…but not with Olivia Newton-John. Not in this chick’s workout playlist, anyway.

Oh how I’ve missed Twisted Mix Tape! I love talking about music, and sharing music, and discovering music, so my hiatus from this blog hop has been sad times. But no more!

Twisted Mix Tape www.jenkehl.comThe topic this week is motivating music. Since I’m kind of a gym rat who needs music to fuel my workouts, this is near and dear to my heart. So here goes: the top 5 songs that get me pumped the eff up.

1. Lose Yourself by Eminem

Oh My Lawd, this gets me pumped up. This song got me so many months of marathon and half marathon training. At the end of my last leg in one of the relays I did, I just replayed this song over and over and over because I. Was. Just. Done. I needed Eminem to tell me that “Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not.” This especially gets me to that point of, I’m so pumped up I might cry: “So here I go it’s my shot, feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.”

Funny enough, I’ve never seen 8 Mile.

2. Killing In The Name by Rage Against the Machine

Another badass running song. The pace of my run syncs up well with the beat. This one also gets my blood pumping when I’m lifting heavy things.

“Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.”

3. Shoot to Thrill by AC/DC

I’m not gonna lie, my love affair with AC/DC is a direct effect of my near-obsessive love of The Avengers. Iron Man makes two kick-ass entrances to this song: one in Iron Man 2 and the other in The Avengers. The Iron Man 2 soundtrack is a staple in my workout playlist rotation. It kind of makes me feel like Iron Man.

4. Pretty much anything by The Lonely Island

So, one thing I like to look for in fitness music is humor. If I’m dying during a long run, I want to hear something funny to take my mind off the fact that I hate life so much right now. The Lonely Island pretty much delivers on that, every time. It’s a close one between I’m On A Boat and Jizz In My Pants, but I think Boat wins because it also has such a driving beat. Jizz is a little mellower. Anyway, here is both. You be the judge!

5. Professional Griefers by deadmau5 featuring Gerard Way

I added this one while living in England. The driving beat, the yelling lyrics, just the overall energy. I freaking love this song.

My workout playlist has definitely evolved. It used to be dominated by pop – Black Eyed Peas, Britney, etc. It still has a bit of that (Britney puts out some damn good dance music) and actually has a lot of British pop from my time in England (Wiley, Far East Movement, David Guetta, JLS, Example).

What music gets you off your rump and moving?

Twisted MixTape: British Invasion (of my playlist)

Hooray  it’s Twisted MixTape Tuesday again!

Our harmonic hostesses Jen at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee are giving us a freebie today. The theme is Anything Goes! So, I decided to reveal my love for British pop music.

I lived in the United Kingdom from September 2009 to February 2013. During that time, I developed a taste for dance/electronic type music. I had to, or I wouldn’t be able to listen to the radio. So, this week I give you:

British Pop Music Will Infect Your Brain And Leave A Permanent Mark

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The criteria is simple. The song must have appeared on the UK top 40 Chart at some point between September 2009 and February 2013. Easy peasy.

I had a hard time narrowing it down! So first I’m going to do my own Top of the Pops. Top 5 songs that hit #1:

1. Sing by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring The Military Wives’ Choir (6/62012, 1 week)

This song was written to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I just think its beautiful and love that they use military wives (being that I am a military wife myself). One of the few non-dancey type songs ever heard on the radio over there.

2. She Makes Me Wanna by JLS (featuring Dev) (8/6/2011, 1 week)

This is such a stupid song. But I just love it. Anytime it came on the radio, I’d start dancing in my station wagon. Thank goodness my kid was too young to be embarrassed.

3. Changed The Way You Kiss Me by Example (6/8/2011, 2 weeks)

I love this man’s voice.

4. Heatwave by Wiley ft. Ms. D (8/11/12, 2 weeks)

If I still partied, this would scream summer in the dance club to me. But I don’t party, so instead I just laugh ’cause this guy says his name a bunch in the song.

5. Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia (2/11/12, 1 week)

David Guetta pretty much ruled the UK airwaves while I was there. He had so many songs with so many different collaborators. This one is my favorite. I AM TITAAAANIIIIUM!!

BONUS: Killing In The Name by Rage Against the Machine (12/26/2009, 1 week)

The Christmas #1 is a big deal over there. It’s the last number one of the year and it means a lot to the Brits for some reason. For quite awhile, the Christmas #1 had been whoever won X Factor that year. But in 2009, a British couple started a campaign to have this be Christmas #1…and they won. Awesome. Plus I just love this song – it’s tied with Lose Yourself by Eminem for my most motivating running song.

Those were my favorite #1s as chosen by British listeners. But they don’t always get it right *cough* Bom Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp *cough* so I decided to do a list of my favorite songs that should have been #1.

1. Earthquake by Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah

“I’m feeling like a straight tenna.” Epic lyrics.

2. We’ll Be Coming Back by Calvin Harris ft. Example

Did I mention I love Example’s voice? Especially when it’s used to croon these lyrics over a slightly haunting melody.

3. Wonderful by Angel

This song changes direction so many times. I love it. Plus he says he feels “mayjah” which always makes me think of Posh Spice.

4. Down With The Trumpets by Rizzle Kicks

Just a couple of kids, getting together and making awesome music. I think this was the first British song I loved the first time I heard it on Radio 1.

5. Untouched by The Veronicas

This speaks to my inner junior high girl and her hopeless crushes on boys. I wish this song had been around then so I could have swooned over my “true loves” while jamming out to this song.