This is actually an OLD (and perhaps) never posted blog I found while cleaning out my “My Documents” folder. It’s an oldie but goodie…
The IRON CHEF MIX CHALLENGE!
Concept: Make something beautiful out of something baffling
Background: Owning an iPod seems to be a necessity these days, and, if your friend has a 600-gig iPod of music plugged directly into their car stereo, it can make road-trips torture. Fortunately most drivers are willing to pass their iPod around so passengers can take advantage of the Gigantor iPod Saving Grace: The On-The-Go Playlist. Regardless of their ‘pod contents; dated tastes, odd music fetishes, the Creed catalog, it’s actually fun to try to make a bumpin’ bouillbesse out of an iPod full of stinky fish guts.
The challenge: Take your friends’ iPod (the stranger taste in music the better) and make of it a thing of mixtape beauty. The glory being, it’s THEIR musical palate through your tune choices put up against the car’s collective ear drums.
My pal, who shall forever remain nameless* has a particular brand of musical torture – a hilariously “eclectic” iPod. Here’s a quick list of music I heard on recent road trips; Big & Rich, Snap!, The Back To the Future soundtrack, O.A.R., Dave Matthews Band, 311, Garden State, John Mayer Trio, and of course the aforementioned Creed.
I gladly took up their offer to put together a playlist, and I think I did alright. This is all from memory, but it went with something like:
- Phil Collins, “In The Air Tonight” (which was labeled as “Genesis – ‘feel it coming in the air of tonight’ ”)
- Chicago, “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?”
- Survivor (Ides of March), “Vehicle”
- Cameo, “Word Up”
- Kanye West, “Keep Em High”
- Jurassic 5, “Freedom”
- Cardigans, “Lovefool”
- Deee-Lite, “Groove is in the Heart”
- Nickelcreek, “Spit On a Stranger”
- John Mayer, “Kid A” (Radiohead Cover)
- Rod Stewart, “Maggie May”
- Spoon, “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb”
- Coldplay, “Green Eyes”
- Dave Matthews Band, “Spoon”
- Phish, “You Enjoy Myself”
- Flaming Lips, “Bad Days”
Let’s hear your O.T.G. Playlist successes!
*Person may, as a narrative tool, be a combination of a number of people I know.