Okay, here’s the deal: This playlist was put together as a companion for a piece that I canceled. I’m sure the backbone of that particular story will make its way into some future manuscript, but for now it’s better just to leave that material alone.
Meanwhile, I’m on vacation this week, so I need some filler. Since you’re all bloody rich, I thought that this one might ring your silver bells.
“I Hate the Rich,” The Dils. First wave American punk rockers!
“(Everybody Wanna Get Rich) Rite Away,” Dr. John. A song so funky in some states you need a funk permit just to talk about it in public.
“Rich Man’s War,” John Trudell is the real deal. If you don’t know anything about this legend, read his Wikipedia page. You’re welcome.
“Rich Woman,” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. I know it’s heresy, but the Plant/Krauss collaboration Raising Sand might be one of my favorite albums in the Led Zeppelin universe.
“The Riches,” Jane’s Addiction. From Strays, the anomaly in the Jane’s catalog. It’s not a bad album, there’s just something about it that’s not quite Jane’s.
“Dreams of Wealth and Power,” Flipron. This eccentric little UK band is a personal favorite. I encourage you to pick up all or their albums post-haste, and then tell all of your friends to do the same. They recently played the Glastonbury Festival — how cool is that?
“Cursed Diamond,” The Black Crowes. All the proof you need that Amorica was more than just a controversial album cover.
“(I’ll Give You) Money,” Peter Frampton. Yeah, yeah. You know Frampton Comes Alive. You know “Show Me the Way,” “Baby I Love Your Way,” and “Do You Feel Like We Do.” Those are great songs, but they are completely fucked out. Along the way all but the music geeks lost sight of just how great of a guitarist Frampton is. Well, I’d rather light a candle than curse your darkness:
“I Need Some Money,” John Lee Hooker. When John Lee plays a song it’s his song, goddamnit. Got it?
“Man with the Money,” The Who. From A Quick One, a classic overlooked Who album.
So there you have it: A playlist of songs regarding money and the dirty rich bastards who have it. What did I miss? I’m listening.