Top Jams of Hurricane Irene

My buddy Noah has a very informative and thoughtful post on the awfulness of the Scorpions’ “Rock You like a Hurricane.” You should check it out. It’s a good entryway to the horrible truth that most songs with the word Hurricane in them are terrible (Bob Dylan and Neil Young, I’m looking at you for a reason).

But it should be noted that just as it takes two to tango, Hurricane Irene doesn’t only have the word “Hurricane” in it. Have people been capitalizing on the famous folk namesake folk song with the line about suicide by drowning in a river? So, hey, here’s Leadbelly.

Also, Little Richard did a slinky, Ray Charles-esque cover that evidently features Jimi Hendrix on guitar.

When I was driving around yesterday being Johnny on the spot hurricane reporter, my ears were glued to WFMU’s amazing storm-themed playlist. They were killing it for hours, but the song that blew me away (hurricane joke!) was this nerd funk chestnut that I’m shocked I’ve never heard before.

How come no one ever told me about ELO? They are amazing, but sort of kind of suck too, which the sort of combination that I could become obsessive about really easily. Also, it looks like all of their songs might have disco strings, which would could elevate them to favorite band ever status.

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