Lagniappe 2009

1. Meet Me Halfway – Black Eyed Peas
An obligatory pop hit selection for the year.
2. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
At least 120 artists have covered this song, but how many have sampled from it?
3. Always True to You in My Fashion – Blossom Dearie
Departed this year. Will always be remembered for her distinctive voice and persona.
4. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In – Fifth Dimension
Soundtrack for my rides to school when I was in 1st grade (8-track!), when Hair was originally on Broadway.
5. Step Right Up – Tom Waits
From 1975, this still struck a chord in 2009. Caught this surfin’ late night on KCSM.
6. Bas Ek Kinng – Singh is Kinng Soundtrack
Most people watch KQED cooking shows on Saturday mornings. Sometimes we watch ‘Namaste America’ instead.
7. Across the Crystal Sea – Danilo Perez
I don’t really like New Age, but this is very catchy, and gets cred from being on KCSM!
8. Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
I bought a used DVD of Napoleon Dynamite and fell in love with the dance sequence all over again. Vote for Pedro!
9. Yellow – Coldplay
Closing song to David Henry Hwang’s Yellowface.
10. Talkin’ Baseball (Willie, Mickey and the Duke) – Terry Cashman
San Diego version is Talkin’ Baseball (Padres All The Way). They won’t be going all the way anytime soon
11. Hells Bells – AC/DC
Eerie witnessing Trevor Time in Miller Park … against the Padres
12. Beer Barrel Polka – Liberace
Brewers’ home crowd belts out lyrics to this song immediately after Take Me Out To The Ballgame in 7th inning stretch
13. Ben – Michael Jackson
Requested but not played at friend Ben’s wedding either because Ben was about a rat, or MJ’s passing the same week
14. The Forgotten Times – Tsai Chin
Go yum teem, chung yum jun, tai yum geng . . .” (Sweet high notes, accurate alto, deep bass) remarked Tony Leung in the movie Infernal Affairs. One of the best lines, in one the best scenes where he’s selling a stereo to Andy Lau..
15. Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley
Elvis was popular among locals for Thanksgiving karaoke during recent trip to Bangkok.
16. Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen
Type in Surfin Bird on Google and the 2nd auto completion option is surfin bird family guy
17. Junk Food Junkie – Larry Groce
Organic, sea salt, white sugar, and macrobiotic were already in the lexicon of this 1976 song that reach #9 on Billboard
18. Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Joe’s foray into karaoke was not with The King but with this former Grape Nuts spokesman
19. New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
The Mets with Danny Meyer far outdid the Yankees in ballpark concessions department
20. Destination Anywhere – The Commitments (Soundtrack)
Can we leave already?

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One thought on “Lagniappe 2009

  1. Hey, you should see your nephews listening to this CD in the car. They go crazy, each one pushing for their favorites to be played (which is usually settle after the “scissors-paper-rock” game). If I can remember all, Rafa:#2, #13, #17. Niko:#9, #10, #11.

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