Through the Never

I have a playlist in my car that hovers around 700 songs. It takes me about 30 minutes to get to or from work every day (if there’s no traffic….which there usually is), so having music in my car is a must. I also have to have a variety, hence the 700 songs. I’ll just start my car, hit the random button, and hit play. Most of the time, it’ll give me a good mix of songs.

A few days ago, however, it randomly picked 3 songs from Metallica’s Black Album to play back to back. It started with The Unforgiven, then Sad But True, and finished with Through the Never.

Once the final song began playing, a thought occurred to me, and that thought was “For the past 20-something years (25 to be exact as I just Googled it), this song has gotten the short end of the stick.”

When you think of Metallica songs, which one is the first one that pops into your head? If you’re anything like me, it’s Master of Puppets. Start thinking about other ones. Is Through the Never in the top 5? Top 10? Top 20? Hell, I’d be willing to bet that most people wouldn’t have it in their top 5 from the Black Album. Most people would probably name the other two I’ve already mentioned plus Enter Sandman, Wherever I May Roam, and Nothing Else Matters.

To me, that’s a shame.

Now, I will admit that The Unforgiven is my favorite song on that album, but Through the Never is easily the second. And, the more I think about it, it kind of bothers me that it doesn’t get the love it deserves.

I may not change anyone’s mind with this post, but I hope you all at least give it a listen. It’s an awesome song.

My Weekly Soundtrack: Song Sequels

When you think of the word sequel, I’d say the first thing that pops into your head is movies, or maybe books. I doubt that you’d think of songs. Believe it or not, there are actually songs out there that have sequels.

This is the first of these that came out. It was off of 1991’s Black album. It’s The Unforgiven by Metallica.

The next song is the from the self-titled debut album in 1998: Voodoo by Godsmack.

In 1997, Metallica followed up The Unforgiven, on their album Reload, with this: The Unforgiven II.

In 2006, Godsmack released IV, which included their sequel Voodoo Too.

Apparently not wanting to be outdone, in 2008, on their album Death Magnetic, Metallica released a third Unforgiven.

What do you think people? Song sequels: good idea or bad idea?

Song Story: Last Resort

When I did my first post about one of my song stories, I warned you that there would be some that were mundane (and probably pointless). This is one of those. I’d feel bad about telling you a story that you may not find interesting, but, hey, nobody’s forcing you to read this.


When Twindaddy split with the twins’ mother, he came to live with me for a while. They were around 6 at the time (Although you’d have to ask Twindaddy to find out for sure. I’m not very good at remembering things). This particular incident happened not long after he moved in. It was a time when I still had a little something to learn about what I can and can’t listen to when children are present….

The living room and the dining area of the apartment were all one big room. One day, the twins were at the dining room table doing their homework, while Twindaddy was on the couch playing Madden. My computer was situated right next to the TV, so I sat at the computer desk, manning the media player (we’d usually have our own music playing over the game because the announcers on Madden tend to be very annoying).

Our songs were selected randomly by the computer, and everything was fine….until Last Resort by Papa Roach started playing. At first, I thought nothing of it. In fact, I started singing along.

Cut my life into pieces, this is my last resort

I looked over at my brother, fully expecting him to be singing along with me. Instead, he had a look of terror on his face. In the split-second I was wondering why he had that look on his face, I remembered what the next line of the song is. I practically leaped at the mouse to click on the Next button.

Suffocation, no breathing, don’t give a fu….

At this point, I always picture myself doing one of those movie “slowly opening one eye to see if the bad thing occurred” gags, although I’m pretty sure that never happened. It was more like I gave a nervous chuckle while the twins looked at me like I was crazy.

Either way, from that point on, I was a lot more careful about what was played whenever they were around.

My Weekly Soundtrack: 2/18/2014

Hello, everyone. Welcome to me.

It’s time for another edition of My Weekly Soundtrack. This week there will be a theme. My team lead at work has been going on for the past few workdays about song covers that are better than the originals. So, all of these songs are in that category, in my opinion. That doesn’t mean I don’t like the originals. I just think these versions are better.

Some of them have been on one of these lists before, but listen to them anyways. They’re awesome songs.

The first song this week is Last Kiss by Pearl Jam.

Second this week is Turn the Page by Metallica.

Our third song this week is Alien Ant Farm’s version of Smooth Criminal.

This week’s fourth song is Shout 2000 by Disturbed.

Seether’s take on Careless Whisper is fifth.

Careless Whisper isn’t the only George Michael song that was done better by someone else. Here’s Limp Bizkit covering Faith.

Last this week is Ugly Kid Joe’s take on Cats in the Cradle.

There you have it everyone. Hope you enjoy this week’s songs. Also, be sure and let me know which songs I may have missed with my list. Are there any covers out there that you think are better than the original?

My Weekly Soundtrack 1/28/14

It’s been awhile……since I’ve done one of these posts.

In my defense, I’ve been busy…and lazy. Anyways, it’s time for me to force my music upon you once again. These are just songs that have been stuck in my head at one point or another during the past week. Let’s get on with the show!

Up first, the song that inspired the first line of this post. Here’s some Staind.

Second on this list is The Kill, by 30 Seconds to Mars.

Our third song for today is Away by Breaking Benjamin.

Fourth is Flaw with their song Recognize.

In the fifth spot is Green Day with their song Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.

Sixth is Classic Rock Song by Stephen Lynch.

Our last song for this week is Race Against Myself by The Offspring.

Well, folks, there you have it. Another week’s worth of music that has been floating around in my head. I know it’s not pleasant being in my head, but be thankful. You only have to be in there once a week. I’m in there all the time.

My Daily Soundtrack 1/22/2014

I know I normally do weekly soundtracks, but today was a little odd. Around here, it’s been rather cold lately. This morning, before I left for work, the news said that, with the wind chill, it was supposed to get down to -6 today. I don’t mind a little cold, but -6 is just a bit much for me. So, I went out and warmed up my car before I left.

After I got in my car and started driving, the song on my CD changed. I have a burned disc in my player, set to play on random. This is the song that played.

I kind of chuckled at it, thinking it was the perfect song title for the morning. Then, on the way home, the last song that played before I got there was this.

I’m starting to think that even my radio was telling me that -6 is too cold to be outside in.

Song Stories: Tonight

A long time ago, back when I worked with Newb, we were allowed to bring in our own music and listen to it as we worked (which was awesome. I wish I was allowed to do that now). Most people brought in whatever they wanted and it was no big deal. My work station, however, was near Old Lady Security Guard.

For those of you who never read that particular post, Old Lady Security Guard is a very religious woman who once tried to get me in trouble with my bosses by telling them I was a devil worshipper because I listen to bands like Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold. Needless to say, she was not my favorite person.

Anyways, I had loaded a bit of my music onto the computer there so I could listen to whatever I wanted. After the aforementioned run-in with OLSG, I tried to find all of the songs on there that had cussing in them so I could delete them. I missed one….

I’m not sure how I missed that one, but I did.

That song played as I was in the middle of something, so I forgot that I was supposed to turn it off and delete it. Sure enough, before the song was over, OLSG had brought my boss over there and was complaining. It wasn’t until that point that I was even aware of what song was playing because I was concentrating on my work project. I hit the next button and deleted the song really quick. I apologized and promised it wouldn’t happen again (which it didn’t).

That wasn’t good enough for OLSG. She went on a rant for a few minutes about how all I listened to was offensive music and that I shouldn’t be allowed to listen to anything at all. By the time she was finished her inane babbling, a new song came on. It was the song Tonight. Eager to get in one last parting shot, OLSG pouted, “This song is offensive too.”

At that statement, I couldn’t help myself. I started laughing.

Both OLSG and my boss were confused. “What’s so funny,” she demanded.

Ignoring her, I turned to my boss and told him, “Just listen to the lyrics yourself and see if you think it’s offensive.”

You see, it wasn’t the Seether song Tonight. It was the Kutless song Tonight. For those of you who don’t know who Kutless is, they’re a Christian rock band. My boss started listening right towards the end of the first chorus, so he heard all of the second verse.

Even he had a tough time not laughing after hearing that. OLSG’s face went white. He promised to take care of it and she walked away. After she was out of earshot, he told me, “That was awesome. It was so cool seeing her knocked down a peg.”

He stood there BSing with me for a few minutes as I went through the rest of my music looking for songs with “bad” words in them (What OLSG didn’t know is that I worked with my boss’ wife for years at Hellmart and she loved me. He liked me too, so he gave me a lot more slack than any of the other temps got). I found a couple more that I had missed and deleted them. After that was done, he stayed down there for another 10 minutes while we talked about the Reds (He’s a baseball fan), his kids, and the coming of Baby E (This was just after we found out that Mrs. Revis was pregnant). The whole time OLSG was shooting us death glares.

My boss was definitely right. It was very cool seeing OLSG knocked down a peg.