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Sometimes I wonder if I should change this game to be about whatever song I have stuck in my head when I wake up. The last few days I've had classics like Peter Gabriel's "Shock the Monkey" and the White Stripes "You Don't Know What Love Is" (well, I guess it's not a classic as it's brand new).
I also remembered this morning that I had a dream last night that the White Stripes did a cover of "There is Power in a Union," and I found it odd that my brain could create an entirely new piece of music (well, not entirely new, but a currently non-existent) from thin air like that. I seem to remember that it was pretty good (that and everyone went on a field trip to Minsk and I was left behind). That being said, back in the normal world of iPod Roulette, we get to deal with the fact that my first song today was "Seventeen" by the Sex Pistols. Have you ever tried to explain the merits of the Sex Pistols to someone who doesn't appreciate the history of rock and roll? It is hard - I mean, if you listen to music because it is something pleasant to do in your spare time, the Sex Pistols might not be the top on your list of bands to explore. However, in the grand scheme of things, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols is pretty much one of the top 10 most important albums ever. I'm having trouble thinking what some of the others might be, because it is different than a "best" list - rather it describes albums that have been so profoundly influential that music would likely not been the same if they didn't exist. Do the Sex Pistols belong there? Of course they do. If this album didn't exist, would punk have happened? Of course it would have, and maybe we'd be looking at the Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady the same way we look at Never Mind the Bollocks.... Ah, alternative timeline without the Sex Pistols, here we come!