Did I miss my calling as an ultra-hip modern rock DJ?

Yes.

Yes, I did.

Now my favourite local radio station, The Zone at 91.3 has offered me a chance to fulfill my dream, and be discovered by all those famous voice talent agents that roam the airwaves to find the next superstar of radio.

I’ll be doing My Turn on June 4th at 7pm. Please tune in, cheer me on, and tell all your friends (especially those talent search buddies of yours … you know who I mean).

They’ll see! I’ll show them that I truly have a face for radio!

Anyway, part of my job is to pick 15 songs to play. Given such a simple task, I have done what comes naturally – I have picked 32 songs.

So, let’s see if we can do a bit of crowd-sourcing here. Help me out by adding a comment with the songs I should definitely cut from my list. If you want to complicate my life even more, please suggest songs to add to my list, too.

Here’s the list (bold means it’s non-negotiable):

  1. Intergalactic – Beastie Boys
  2. Fix You – Coldplay
  3. Fallen Leaves – Billy Talent
  4. Ulysses – Franz Ferdinand
  5. Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  6. Angel of Harlem, God Part II, or maybe even Yellow – U2
  7. Little Bit Of Love – Jon and Roy
  8. Heading for Nowhere – Jets Overhead
  9. Renegades of Funk – Rage Against the Machine
  10. Help I’m Alive – Metric
  11. Santeria – Sublime
  12. Crazy Mary – Pearl Jam
  13. Uprising – Muse
  14. Camilo The Magician – Said The Whale
  15. I Will Follow You Into the Dark – Death Cab For Cutie
  16. Karma Police – Radiohead
  17. Read My Mind – The Killers
  18. She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
  19. Run – Snow Patrol
  20. Connection – Elastica
  21. Loser – Beck
  22. Tainted Love – Soft Cell
  23. How To Save A Life – The Fray
  24. Pantera Fans In Love – Nerf Herder
  25. I’m Afraid of Britney Spears – Live on Release
  26. Punk Rock Girl – The Dead Milkmen
  27. You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid – The Offspring
  28. Island In The Sun – Weezer
  29. Wake Me Up When September Ends – Green Day
  30. Wonderful – Everclear
  31. 100 Years – Five For Fighting
  32. Kids – MGMT

New songs…

  1. Stand – R.E.M.
  2. I Ran – A Flock of Seagulls (this cannot possibly be on the playlist)
  3. Today – The Smashing Pumpkins
  4. Burning Down The House – Talking Heads
  • Rob

    It works although I think you need to kill Camilo (hate it) and Heading for Nowhere. Both are good songs (even though I hate Camilo) and get a lot of play already because of their local nature, but otherwise don’t belong in the list of the others.

    Otherwise this playlist would be right at home on my iPod (other than Nerf Herder and Live on Release who I’ve never heard of but will have to dig into). That said my choice of music has never been that discerning (yes, I bought the Grunt Truck album in the ’90s, but just for the “Tribe” song). My criteria for whether something is good or not is simply whether it raises my energy levels when it plays.

    Did I mention I hate Camilo?

  • Rob

    It works although I think you need to kill Camilo (hate it) and Heading for Nowhere. Both are good songs (even though I hate Camilo) and get a lot of play already because of their local nature, but otherwise don't belong in the list of the others.

    Otherwise this playlist would be right at home on my iPod (other than Nerf Herder and Live on Release who I've never heard of but will have to dig into). That said my choice of music has never been that discerning (yes, I bought the Grunt Truck album in the '90s, but just for the “Tribe” song). My criteria for whether something is good or not is simply whether it raises my energy levels when it plays.

    Did I mention I hate Camilo?

  • http://www.jrichards.ca Jeff

    I would definitely vote for the Metric number, it’s a keeper. If you’re looking for one of the songs that’s been haunting my play list… welll… here you go 🙂 http://radio3.cbc.ca/play/band/Brasstronaut/Slow-Knots

  • http://www.jrichards.ca Jeff

    I would definitely vote for the Metric number, it's a keeper. If you're looking for one of the songs that's been haunting my play list… welll… here you go 🙂 http://radio3.cbc.ca/play/band/Brasstronaut/Slo

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