Rain is rare in my part of the world. It rains regularly only three months out of the year — and that’s in a good year. I miss the torrential summer afternoon downpours of the Southeast.
But with my playlist in my pocket I can create my own mobile weather system — high pressure coming down from the belt loops mixing with the binary data in this area and pushing that aural precipitation northward to the ear buds. I have a musical La Nina in my pants.
So grab your boots and follow me to the puddles. Tut tut, it looks like rain.
I. A Gentle Drizzle Falls
“Rainbirds,” Tom Waits. From the essential Swordfishtrombones, the first Tom Waits album that really mattered.
“Come Rain Or Come Shine,” Billie Holiday. A voice that never gets old.
“Ocean Rain,” Echo & The Bunnymen. What always appealed to me about Echo & the Bunnymen was the melodrama in their songs.
II. The Rain Builds
“One Rainy Wish,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience. From Axis: Bold As Love, one of my desert island discs. “You stole my heart away,” indeed.
“So. Central Rain,” R.E.M. One of the greatest songs from one of the greatest bands to ever hit the big time.
“Another Rainy Night,” Queensryche. eah, I admit it — I like Queensryche. I’m not a huge fan, but Operation: Mindcrime and Empire are great albums.
III. The Heavens Open
“Rain,” The Cult. Love is a must-have album. The rest of The Cult’s discography? Meh. Electric was pretty cool.
“Only Happy When It Rains,” Garbage. Shirley Manson is so in love with me that she acts like she doesn’t even know who I am. It’s okay, Shirley. I know it’s hard.
The Clouds Part, But You’re Still Alone
“Sunshine Rain,” King’s X. This band doesn’t get near enough love.
“Ain’t No Sunshine,” Bill Withers. Look for the Still Bill documentary — good stuff.
IV. To Hell With It All, I Just Want To Feel Good
“No Rain,” Blind Melon. I know it’s played out, but it still makes me smile.
So what’s on your rainy day playlist? I’m listening.
SUPER DELUXE MACK DADDY BONUS CUT: This track was huge back in 1986, at least in Savannah, Georgia. We couldn’t keep this one in stock. Oh, it’s bad — laughably bad — but what dragged people in was Juice’s dialogue starting at 2:23. Don’t touch that coat!