Flashback: 50/50 Playlist

As I mentioned in a corresponding post (two in one day!) on my other blog, today is my 50th birthday. To mark the occasion, here is a cobbled-together playlist of songs:

Prelude
Frankie Goes To Hollywood—Born to Run
http://youtu.be/BTStMImOtuU

Elvis Costello—Less Than Zero
http://youtu.be/LCZoI26or4k

Playlist
Harry Nilsson—One
http://youtu.be/-nB5VxPOoio

The Beatles—Two of Us
http://youtu.be/MP74a2jQhDM

De La Soul—The Magic Number
http://youtu.be/YZoYEr6NdmE
The magic number is, of course, 3.

Four Seasons—December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)
http://youtu.be/liyiT_DGREA

David Bowie—Five Years
http://youtu.be/e5rjNY8dMzc

Dire Straits—Six Blade Knife
http://youtu.be/wADwIZ6V3NY

The Clash—The Magnificent Seven
http://youtu.be/ijiazWlawUY

Paul McCartney—Figure of Eight
http://youtu.be/dlwLo8txw1k

John Lennon—#9 Dream
http://youtu.be/DGFvlnCq-ts

Cheap Trick—Clock Strikes Ten
http://youtu.be/jbi9mccUpeQ

Blondie—11:59
http://youtu.be/_0ZhYJLvwtc

Dirty Dozen Brass Band—What’s Going On (with Chuck D)
http://youtu.be/FxwUz_Qw-gM

Gary Wright—Dream Weaver
http://youtu.be/8nn0L6055gs
from 1976, when I was thirteen

Guns N Roses—14 Years
http://youtu.be/hiBjCKKEe_E

ABC—15 Storey Halo
http://youtu.be/Klxs8G9WGSc

Ringo Starr—You’re Sixteen
http://youtu.be/8ainB6qnWBI

Pizzicato Five—Seventeen
http://youtu.be/Engr5ZoUcYY

Alice Cooper—I’m Eighteen
http://youtu.be/jXZcJojTucg

Paul Hardcastle—19
http://youtu.be/MjuP4-3jGUg

Eddie Cochran—Twenty Flight Rock
http://youtu.be/vTpxJC4AAJ0

The Style Council—My Ever Changing Moods
http://youtu.be/vTpxJC4AAJ0
from 1984, when I was 21

Paul Weller—22 Dreams
http://youtu.be/O3o5gYG4gPc

The Brothers Johnson—Strawberry Letter 23
http://youtu.be/q-ipH9Ws-zs

Bill Haley and His Comets—Rock Around the Clock
http://youtu.be/N-qjc17KEsc
Of course, if you rock around the clock for a whole day, that’s 24 hours.

Chicago—25 or 6 to 4
http://youtu.be/iCAbdNXx2sE

Public Enemy—Fight the Power
http://youtu.be/WnS53fNfpkE
from 1989, when I was 26

Was (Not Was)—Elvis’ Rolls Royce (with Leonard Cohen)
http://youtu.be/G_GgI9VNmiw
from 1990, when I was 27

The KLF—3 a.m. Eternal
http://youtu.be/LXEOESuiYcA
from 1991, when I was 28

Sophie B. Hawkins—Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover
http://youtu.be/RQQpbRN1FrE
from 1992, when I was 29

Boz Scaggs—1993
http://youtu.be/t18vtbX9KJo
1993 was the year I turned thirty

Cibo Matto—White Pepper Ice Cream
http://youtu.be/uwjRMLHKGi8
ice cream = Baskin-Robbins = 31

The Beatles—Savoy Truffle
http://youtu.be/pBJqPxpWD5w
There’s a line in the song that talks about having “them all pulled out”. That’s a reference to teeth, of course, which number 32 in humans.

Dead or Alive—You Spin Me Round (like a record)
http://youtu.be/PGNiXGX2nLU
An LP spins at 33-1/3 revolutions per minute; this notation is sometimes simplified to 33 on the label.

2K—F*** the Millennium
http://youtu.be/Wn3d51F1jPE
from 1997, when I was 34

Public Enemy—He Got Game
http://youtu.be/7FmPskTljo0
from 1998, when I was 35

Nick Lowe—36 Inches High
http://youtu.be/-KZ0EuxN42o

Berzerker (from Clerks)
http://youtu.be/us1BH3dIxIo
Bezerker is from the Kevin Smith movie Clerks, from which another familiar reference is the number 37.

Deodato—Also Sprach Zarathustra
http://youtu.be/t5Rn7S2zLWE
This was a re-make of the song used as the theme music for 2001: A Space Odyssey. In 2001, I turned 38.

The Cure—39
http://youtu.be/km5Jf5Wg0Hs

John Lennon—(Just Like) Starting Over
http://youtu.be/utc09QGs-3c
John Lennon turned 40 the year he put out this record.

Bruce Springsteen—American Skin (41 Shots)
http://youtu.be/WalZfJJyUsI

Level 42—Lessons in Love
http://youtu.be/gA7jglcFdm8

Dreams Come True—Lat. 43゚N~forty-three degrees north latitude~
http://youtu.be/FvlDrZfJSUg

Howlin’ Wolf—Forty Four
http://youtu.be/e3kK2l4on9w

Pizzicato Five—The World is Spinning at 45 RPM
http://youtu.be/LhwNAjxYNKI

Ruby Throat—Barebaiting
http://youtu.be/fD7ZHCD8vd0
from 2009, when I was 46. Shortly after my birthday, Ruby Throat performed in Seattle as part of a brief US tour.

Tony James (with the F*ing with Burlesque 4 cast)—Enjoy the Moment
http://youtu.be/lNOdx_UKd30
This performance (NSFW) took place in 2010, when I was 47.

Loverboy—Working for the Weekend
http://youtu.be/zL8G5pBZ5CI
A weekend, of course, is two days, which is 48 hours…

Chris Isaak—Wicked Game
http://youtu.be/UAOxCqSxRD0
Chris Isaak is from (or at least associated with) San Francisco, home of the 49ers.

Paul Simon—50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
http://youtu.be/b5–Sje98jI

(16 March 2013)

(18 March 2013—corrected the title of the Level 42 song!)