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    RR Q&A: What songs would you love to see on a bar jukebox?

    Okay, hypothetically: let's say you got to help put together the jukebox selection at your favorite neighborhood watering hole... or, if you want to look at it a different way, what song or songs would you love to see on the system in a random dusty tavern that you pulled into off the interstate on a long road trip?

    Keep in mind that not every song is ideally suited for playback over questionable speakers to a pie-eyed audience...

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    A few of mine for starters:

    Steve Forbert - "Steve Forbert's Midsummer's Night Toast" (Heartburstingly soulful, taking stock of all that's awful and wonderful about a workaday existence... any song that starts "Here's to all the shitty jobs that I've despised..." is worth singing along to with your buddies.)

    Loudon Wainwright III - "Down Drinking at the Bar" ("The Drinking Song" could also substitute in a pinch, but this one's easier to sing along with.)

    Roky Erickson - "Starry Eyes" (this was my go-to selection at an establishment that I frequent until they got one of those newfangled internet jukeboxes... for some reason, you get a beer into me and I can never get sick of hearing it.)

    Neil Young - "Cortez the Killer"
    Bruce Springsteen - "Kitty's Back"
    (Because sometimes you just want to put on an epic jam.)

    anything by Thin Lizzy
    anything by the Pogues

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    I remember a scene in The Wackness where Ben Kingsley's character takes Josh Peck to a bar and all nonchalantly picks out a Velvet Underground song on the jukebox. That required more than a little bit of suspension of disbelief, especially since the film is supposed to take place in 1994. I recall thinking that must have been the coolest random dive bar jukebox in New York City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rae

    Roky Erickson - "Starry Eyes" (this was my go-to selection at an establishment that I frequent until they got one of those newfangled internet jukeboxes... for some reason, you get a beer into me and I can never get sick of hearing it.)

    Is this the same song as that by The Records?

    A few of mine:

    The Only Ones - "Another Girl, Another Planet" (one of my favorites ever, and I could listen to it in nearly any setting)

    The Kinks - "All Day and All of the Night"

    Marty Robbins - "Big Iron"

    Jason & the Scorchers - "Broken Whiskey Glass"

    B.O.C. - "Godzilla"

    -- and yeah anything by Thin Lizzy or the Pogues is always welcome and I'd add The Blasters to the list
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    "Hotel Califronia", "Lyin Eyes" -Eagles

    Got to have a few Hank Jr. songs on there so- "Family Tradition" and "I'd Love To Knock The Hell Out of You"

    "Don't Rock the Jukebox"-Alan Jackson

    "Sundown" -Gordon Lightfoot

    "Boys Of Summer"- Don Henley

    "Wont Get Fooled Again, "Baba O'Riley"- The Who

    "Ten Rounds with Hose Cuervo"- Tracy Bryd

    "Runnin on Empty"- Jackson Browne

    "Bama Breeze", "Manana", "Miss you So Badly", Why Don't We Get Drunk"- Jimmy Buffet

    "Understand Your Man" -Johnny Cash

    "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere", Suspicious Minds"- Dwight Yoakum

    "My Wife Thinks You're Dead"- Junior Brown

    "El Paso"- Marty Robbins

    "Old Dogs, Children, & Watermelon Wine'- Tom T. Hall

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    some of my favorite jukebox experiences have been in the wee small hours at Waffle Houses across the south so Waylon and Willie would have to start things off.

    Luckenbach, Texas
    Good Hearted Woman
    Rainy Day Woman
    Me and Paul
    Angel Flying too Close to the Ground
    Ride Me Down Easy (Billy Joe Shaver vers.)
    He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
    Memphis - Chuck Berry

    For the roadside dive/bar
    Can't You See - Marshall Tucker Band
    Statesboro Blues - Allman Bros.
    One Way Out - Allman Bros.
    Straight to Hell - Drivin' n Cryin'
    Baby I Love You - The Yayhoos
    Euro Trash Girl - Cracker

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    Be fun to walk in a bar and hear Baby's On Fire, with that wild Fripp guitar solo. Very clever with maracas, indeed.

    Or maybe Telegram Sam, that'd be cool. Pretty much any T.Rex would feel good with a couple drinks and some crappy jukebox speakers.

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    My friend used to live half a block from a (then) decent bar with eight pool tables, an outdoor patio area, and pretty decent food (for a bar). Anyway, it seemed every time we went there someone would invariably play Violent Femmes' "Add It Up" and Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" so I always associate those songs as bar songs.

    For reasons I can't fathom Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" and REM's "Drive" were never on that jukebox, so I guess those are some I would have. I don't think many people, especially when drinking, want to hear new-to-them music.
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    I wanna hear sumpin new

    Wilco - You Never Know
    Justin Townes Earl - Can't Hardly Wait
    Gomez - Airstream Driver
    Porcupine Tree - Trains
    Elbow - Weather To Fly
    The Morning Benders - Damnit Anna
    My Morning Jacket - Sec Walkin
    Kings Of Leon - Be Somebody
    The Shins - Australia
    Yael Naim - New Soul
    Midlake - Head Home
    Keane - Crystal ball
    The Decemberists - O' Valencia
    Guster - C'mon
    Robert Plant - All The Kings Horses
    The Dears - Lost In The Plot
    Enchant - Long Way Down
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    Well, here goes nothin'...

    David Bowie - Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)
    The National - All the Wine
    Handsome Family - So Much Wine
    Rolling Stones - Rocks Off
    Spoon - Cherry Bomb (love the Motown sound)
    Matthew Sweet - Divine Intervention (does 'Girlfriend' get any respect on RR?)
    The Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out
    Frank Sinatra - Fly Me to The Moon
    Grateful Dead - Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodleoo


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone
    Is this the same song as that by The Records?
    Nope, I don't think so. It's a song he's recorded tons of times in different styles over various decades in his career. The version I'm thinking of was off Don't Slander Me in his early 80s super-hard-rocking phase. "I Think Up Demons" or "You're Gonna Miss Me" would also be great but they never had those on the jukebox.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Slider
    Pretty much any T.Rex would feel good with a couple drinks and some crappy jukebox speakers.
    Big time seconded... I might argue the best way to enjoy T.Rex.

    Some more of mine:

    The Feelies - "Slipping (Into Something)"
    Richard Buckner - "A Goodbye Rye"
    Patti Smith - "Gloria"... or "Piss Factory"
    Neil Young - "Unknown Legend"
    Tom Waits - "In the Neighborhood"

    I've played Elvis Costello's version of "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" so many times on the Triple Rock jukebox that I can recall the number from memory... 9009.

    Quote Originally Posted by Swish Baby
    (does 'Girlfriend' get any respect on RR?)
    Hell yes!! But that's another thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stone
    Jason & the Scorchers - "Broken Whiskey Glass"
    That's a good one right there, I'll tell ya.

    Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan
    Motel Matches - Elvis Costello
    It's Gonna Rain- Violent Femmes
    Wild Blue Yonder - Screaming Blue Messiahs
    Delia's Gone - Johnny Cash
    Janie Jones - The Clash
    Ex Lion Tamer - Wire
    Something Hot - The Afghan Whigs
    Blue - The Jayhawks
    Step Right Up - Tom Waits
    Farewell Transmission - The Magnolia Electric Co.
    Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.
    Apology Accepted - The Go Betweens
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    When I think Jukebox, I think toe-tapping (or head banging) upbeat...not cry into my beer drinking songs. So on that note, a few off the top of my head...

    Metallica - Sad but true
    XTC - Generals and Majors
    Don Henly - Dirty Laundry
    Wilco - Jesus etc.
    The Trews - Fleeting Trust
    Scissor Sisters - Music is the Victim
    Queens of the Stoneage - No One Knows
    Arctic Monkeys - Secret Door.

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    If you're down here in the South it will be a mix of Willie, Jerry Jeff, Synard and Buffett.............all ranked behind Blackfoot's "TRAIN TRAIN".


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    Burning with Optimism's Flames- XTC
    Join Together- the Who
    Go To Hell- Alice Cooper
    Hey There Fancy Pants- Ween
    Nasty Habits- Oingo Boingo
    Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds- Shatner
    Smoke 2 Joints- The Toys
    Goldfinger- Shirley Bassey
    What Do You Want From Life- The Tubes
    Computer Games- Mi-Sex
    Hotel California- The Moog Cookbook
    She's So High- Blur
    Viva Las Vegas- Dread Zeppelin
    Potato- Mike Keneally
    Destination Unknown- Missing Persons
    Bad Motor Scooter- Montrose
    Belly of the Whale- Burning Sensations
    What's New Pussycat- Tom Jones
    TVC15- Bowie
    Brain Problem Situation- They Might Be Giants
    America, **** Yeah- Team America Soundtrack
    Pojama People- Zappa
    Tears of a Clown- The English Beat
    Pizza Boy USA- Lou Monte
    Surfing On A Rocket- Air

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    Not hypothetical, and probably not technically compliant with the subject of jukebox wishes, my favorite tavern has one flaw- their music really sucks. One night a while back, I mentioned it to the owner, Steve, and he said, "Hey, bring in your ipod sometime- we'll play whatever you want." So I threw together this ~2 hour playlist and took it in a few weeks later- none of the patronage ran out in horror, and Steve didn't pull the plug on it, so you could say this is a snapshot of what could be on the bar jukebox:

    1 Alejandro Escovedo - Always A Friend
    2 Josh Ritter - Me & Jiggs
    3 Willie Nile - Cell Phones Ringing (In The Pockets Of The Dead)
    4 Lucero - She's Just That Kind Of Girl
    5 The Pogues- Turkish Song Of The Damned
    6 The Bottle Rockets - Nancy Sinatra
    7 Family - Broken Nose
    8 Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun
    9 Joseph Arthur – Devil’s Broom
    10 Taj Mahal - You Got It
    11 Van Morrison - Wavelength
    12 Spirit - Dark eyed Woman
    13 Jim White - Handcuffed To A Fence In Mississippi
    14 Robbie Robertson - American Roulette
    15 Tommy Womack - Tough
    16 Songs Ohia - I ve Been Riding With The Ghost
    17 Bobby Bare Jr. - Valentine
    18 John Hiatt - Everybody Went Low
    19 Ry Cooder - Mama Don t Threat Your Daughter Mean
    20 Elliott Murphy - Drive All Night
    21 Zachary Richard - Come On Sheila
    22 Warren Zevon - I Was In The House When The House Burned Down
    23 Waterboys - Fisherman s Blues
    24 Muddy Waters - Deep Down In Florida
    25 The Twilight Singers - Esta Noche
    26 Ben Harper - Ben Harper With My Own Two Hands
    27 Graham Parker - Don t Let It Break You Down
    28 Eric Burdon - Kingsize Jones
    29 Leonard Cohen - The Future
    30 The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard
    31 Webb Wilder - Skeleton Crew
    32 Subdudes - Bye Bye
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    23. Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues

    that's a good one ^

    I'd like to see/hear:
    One Reporter's Opinion b/w Jesus and Tequila - The Minutemen (I'm remembering the jukeboxes that had an actual 45 that'd get flipped over...seen one of those lately?!)
    Awesome Sound - Ween
    Trouble Down South b/w Memphis, Egypt - The Mekons
    Cowboy Dan - Modest Mouse
    Home At Last - Steely Dan
    Autopsy - Fairport Convention
    anything by Jesus and Marychain
    Girl From the North Country - Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash

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    Johnny Paycheck's "Take This Job and Shove IT"

    or

    George Jone's, "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

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    Sorry but when I am out drinking I want to party...HARD. Never one to be a wallflower, I will grab the nearest female (now my wife) and shake that azz...

    Some of these might be in a juke, but never ALL.

    Superstition - Stevie Wonder
    Atomic Dog - George Clinton
    Get Up - James Brown
    Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown
    Tear the Roof Off - Parliament Funakadelic
    It's Your Thing - Isley Bros
    Low Rider - War
    Brick House - Commodores
    Fire- Ohio Players
    Funky Drummer - James Brown
    Jungle Boogie - Kool and the Gang
    Word Up - Cameo
    The Payback - James Brown
    Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players
    P Funk (Wants to get funked up) - Parliament Funkadelic

    ....I think you get the point.

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    A few that come to mind...

    Venus - Shocking Blue

    Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace

    I Wanna Be Sedated - The Ramones

    The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens

    White Shade of Pale - Procol Harum

    Bring it On Home To Me/Twistin' The Night Away - Sam Cooke

    Purple Rain - Prince

    Don't Stop Me Now/Bicycle Race - Queen

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    I'm gonna bump this thread to say that I'm the guy who played Roxy Music's "If There Is Something" on the internet jukebox when I was watching the Butler / Marquette game at the bar last night... and you know what? It sounded awesome.
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    The new Waffle House in our town has a new-fangled jukebox that I haven't figured out yet. Haven't been in after havin' a few either.

    Hope to find a West Texas dive with a good jukebox later this week.

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    Dave Edmunds- I Hear You Knockin'

    Transatlantic- The Whirlwind (you'd really get yer quarter's worth outta this 78 minute epic)

    Pat Travers- Life In London

    Saw a Ween song up there, I'd add Big Jilm to that.

    Frankie Goes To Hollywood- Relax

    The unbleeped version of Monty Python's I'll Bet You They Won't Play This Song On The Radio

    The unbleeped version of Adam Sandler's Ode To My Car (lyrics below)

    Here we go

    Piece of **** car
    I got a piece of **** car
    That ****in' pile of ****
    Never gets me very far

    My car's a big piece of ****
    'Cause the shocks are ****ing shot
    And my seatbelt's ****ing broken
    I got to tie it in a knot
    (It's a piece of ****)

    I can't see through the windshield
    'Cause it's got a big ****ing' crack
    And the interior smells real bad
    'Cause my friend puked in the back
    (It's a piece of ****)

    (Piece of **** car)
    Piece of **** car
    (He's got a piece of **** car)
    It sucks royal dick
    (That ****in' pile of ****)
    100% crap
    (Never gets him very far)
    Oh **** you car

    It's got no CD player, it only got the 8-track
    Whoever designed my car can lick my sweaty nut sack
    (They can bite his ass too)
    And I got no ****in' brakes
    I'm always way out of control
    Eleven times a day I hear "Hey, watch it *******"
    (You ****in' piece of ****)

    (Piece of **** car)
    I got piece of **** car
    (He got a piece of **** car)
    Diesel gas sucks my ass
    (That ****in' pile of ****)
    That pile of metal ****
    (Never gets him very far)

    Oh what the **** did I do
    What the **** did I do
    What the **** did I do
    To get stuck with you
    You're too wide for drive-thru
    And you smell like the shoe
    But I'm too broke to buy something new
    Oh **** me

    Well the engine likes to flood
    The car always ****in' stalls
    And the seat cushion's got a big rip
    So a spring always pokes the balls
    (Ouch, ouch, ouch)
    Plus the door locks are busted
    I gotta use a ****ing coat hanger
    (What a pain in his ass)
    And if a girlie sees my car
    There's no chance I'll ever bang her
    (He never ever gets da pussy)
    Hey shut up
    (Piece of **** car)
    You piece of **** car

    (You got a piece of **** car)
    You piece of **** car
    (Piece of **** car)
    Bald ****in' tires
    (You got a piece of **** car)
    No rearview ****ing mirror
    (Piece of **** car)
    Seven different colors
    (You got a piece of **** car)
    ****ing rag for a gas cap
    (Piece of **** car)
    Tailpipe makes the sparks fly everywhere
    (You got a piece of **** car)
    (Piece of **** car)
    (You got a piece of **** car)
    (Piece of **** car)
    Oh the whole town thinks I'm a loser
    (You got a piece of **** car)
    Cabby give me a push
    (Piece of **** car...)

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