So I drove into Los Angeles, and it was every bit the jungle that Guns N’ Roses promised me. In less than 12 hours I had a run in with a cop, a hustler or two, a police helicopter, and a hair metal dude. Thumbs up on LA for living up to the hype.
Was my move a bungle in the jungle? Did I regret moving to Jungleland? Was there jungle love in my future? You’ll have to keep reading my true tale of liquor, lust, and primer gray Camaros to find out, but for now how about some jungle songs:
“Concrete Jungle,” The Specials. This is one of my favorite bands that I don’t talk about too much. That whole 2 Tone label vibe really gets me. Put away your fake ska and check out the real deal:
“Jungle Music,” The Special AKA. Same band minus some members who went off to form Fun Boy Three, which was a pretty cool band, too.
“I Finally Found a Jungle I like,” The Posies. Enough with the ska, it’s time to rockaw with your macaw out. They crib from The Who’s “My Wife” on the outro — cool!
“Bonin’ in the Jungle,” Fishbone. One of my all-time favorite bands doing a funky remix of their already funky “Bonin’ in the Boneyard.”
“Concrete Jungle,” Black Label Society. Quick, grow out your beard! Zakk Wylde is coming!
“See Jungle! (Jungle Boy),” Bow Wow Wow. Annabella Lwin, Burundi drums, reverb-soaked guitar. Swoon.
“In the Jungle,” The Vines. No lions slept tonight in the making of this song.
“*** (Law of the Jungle),” Love and Rockets.
That’s probably a quick enough run through the jungle boogie for one list. Is it drivin’ you mad and makin’ you crazy crazy? I’m listening.