When the lights went out in Kuwait last month we were all caught off guard. And though they fixed it in record time, it is amazing how quick we can be sent back to the stone ages when the grid goes down. Sometimes though, it is just plain fun to have a common experience as a community – and if social media taught us anything, it is that we were in it together! When curating this playlist 1. We had to be careful to set you up correctly for each following track. 2. With a lengthy mix of genres. You want a song that will make you at least smile at the irony of it all? 3. Maybe deem it essential enough to warrant using the last of your batteries? We’ve got you covered. Here’s your Black Out playlist!
12) Title: When the lights go out
What they’re about: Extra cheesy 90s style Whiteboyz R & B.
Best lyric: “The only thing on my mind is just kickin it wit-chew, girl!”
Synopsis: This track is so cheezy that it is just about cool again – OK, not quite. But still, throw it on and do the running man.
What they’re about: They’re Journey, what do you think they’re about?
Best lyric: “I’m lonely too. I just want to get back to my city”
Synopsis: A whole lot of oooh’s and ahhh’s and something about a city. Still, it was too much of a classic to not include here.
Band: Method Man and Redman
What they’re about: Causing ruckus, and keeping things real, dirty, and green.
Best lyric: “I scored 1.1 on my SAT and still push a whip with a right and left AC”
Synopsis: Don’t mess with us. Seriously, we’re Redman and Method Man.
9) Title: Electricity
Band: Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark (OMD)
What they’re about: The best of 80s feel good (while feeling bad about it) music.
Best lyric: “The ultimate discovery, electric blue for me”
Synopsis: Just a feel good song about the life electric.
8) Title: There is a light that never goes out
Band: The Smiths
What they’re about: Late 80s sad sacks from Birmingham, UK.
Best lyric: “And if a ten ton truck, kills the both of us, to die by your side the pleasure, the privilege is mine.”
Synopsis: This guy would rather die next to his girl than to have his metaphorical lights go out anywhere else, furthermore he considers it a privilege. How do you like them apples?
7) Title: Light my fire
Band: The Doors
What they’re about: Tripping out.
Best lyric: “The time to hesitate is through…”
Synopsis: Exactly how far do you suppose we can take this thing?
6) Title: Flashlight
What they’re about: 70s P-Funkadelic of course!
Best lyric: “Now I lay me down to sleep… Ha da da dee da hada hada da da”
Synopsis: Good ol’ fashioned fun dance music. This will keep the party going through the dark hours.
Band: Snow Patrol
What they’re about: Making you feel feelings. Sad ones.
Best lyric: “Light up, Light up, as if you have a choice, even if you cannot hear my voice.”
Synopsis: Do your thing, cause wherever I am, I see it.
4) Title: Starlight
What they’re about: Three-piece, heavy-handed, awesomeness.
Best lyric: “Far away, this ship is taking me far away far away from the memories of the people who care if I live or I die.”
Synopsis: This band is going places, here’s the soundtrack.
Band: David Gray
What he’s about: Ok, if you’re not ready to feel a feeling don’t put this track on – it’s dangerous.
Best lyric: “The dark sucks on the embers of the fire that shoulders in the night.”
Synopsis: This guy really misses his girl.
2) Title: What is the Light
Band: The Flaming Lips
What they’re about: Awesome weirdness.
Best lyric: “What is the light that you have shining all around you – is it chemically derived?”
Synopsis: Did you by any chance fall into a nuclear explosion? ‘Cause you seem to be glowing.
And the best all-time, stuck in an electrical blackout song is…
1) Title: Dancing in the Dark
Band: Bruce Springsteen
What he’s about: Good ol’ fashioned get-you-out-of-your-seat-while-breaking-your-heart rock and roll.
Best lyric: “They say you’ve gotta stay hungry. Hey baby, I’m just about starving tonight.”
Synopsis: Here sucks. There’s better. I’m gonna go there.
You supply calamity, we’ll give you the playlist.