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Flux Playlist: Hi, My Name is

-Flux Blog Staff

Every artists seems to have a song or two that revolve some sort of real or fictitious person. Whether it’s Rod Stewart singing about a former lover or Taylor Swift writing about another guy who has broken her heart, these songs seem to have a bit more personality. So we here at the Flux Blog thought we should share some of out favorite songs with names in the title. Enjoy!


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Mike

  • Maggie May -Rod Stewart
  • Come on Eileen -Dexys Midnight Runners
  • Clint Eastwood -Gorillaz
  • Jeremy -Pearl Jam

Diana

  • Dirty Diana -Michael Jackson
  • Barbara Ann -The Beach Boys
  • Proud Mary -Ike & Tina Turner

Jamie

  • Why Georgia -John Mayer
  • Check Yes Juliet -We the Kings
  • Janie’s Got a Gun -Aerosmith

Tamra

  • Johnny B. Goode -Chuck Berry
  • Sweet Caroline -Neil Diamond
  • Jane Fonda -Mickey Avalon
  • Bennie and the Jets -Elton John

Sam

  • Billie Jean -Michael Jackson
  • Saint Veronica -Billy Talent
  • Ulysses -Franz Ferdinand
  • The Ballad of Mona Lisa -Panic! at the Disco

Jessica

  • Jack and Diane -John Mellencamp
  • Meet Virginia (acoustic) -Train
  • My Sharona -The Knack
  • Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo -Bloodhound Gang

Flux Playlist: Easy like Sunday Morning

-Flux Blog Staff

To some people, Sundays are a painful reminder that our weekend is about to end as quickly as it came. But for me, Sundays are the perfect chance to unwind and catch up on all of the homework we should have been doing instead of drinking the night before. So here’s a playlist for you to enjoy as you sip on your coffee and prepare to take on the day!


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Mike

  • Sunday Sun -Beck
  • The Past and Pending -The Shins
  • St. Vincent -Cruel

Tiana

  • Sunday Morning -Maroon 5
  • Princess of China -Coldplay ft. Rihanna
  • We are Young -Fun

Whitney

  • Killer Queen -Queen
  • Bennie and the Jets -Elton John
  • Bold as Love -The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Jessica

  • The General -Dispatch
  • Home -Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
  • Sleep Tonight -Stars

Sam

  • The Sign -Ace of Base
  • Happy People -Skoop on Somebody
  • Easy -Lionel Richie

Diana

  • Groovin’ -The Young Rascals
  • Scarlet Begonias -The Grateful Dead
  • Badfish -Sublime

Tamara

  • All of My Days -Alexi Murdoch
  • Sweet Disposition -The Temper Trap
  • I Feel it All -Feist

Callie

  • Brighter than the Sun -Colbie Caillat
  • 1234 -Feist
  • Say -John Mayer

 

Kanye West: The Black Elton John

– Jacob O’Gara

At the risk of sounding pompously contrarian, I’m going to express a sentiment that verges on sacrilegious: Kanye West should get out of the rap game. Meaning he should stop rapping; if by “rap game” one gathers that I mean the genre of hip-hop as whole, then no, he should stay.

He started out as a producer wunderkind—working under Jay-Z and producing one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, The Blueprint, for him—and that’s where he should have stayed. The College Dropout and parts of Late Registration were great, but they’ve been overshadowed by the tepid Graduation and West’s cringe-inducing work as a featured artist.

Besides some creative rhyming, what has Kanye West as a featured artist given hip-hop, other than sophomoric junk like “You should go to school, Bueller”?

Not much.

Unless you consider half-hearted and half-baked lines like the one just cited (from his verse on Drake’s “Forever” posse cut); in that case, he has given us a lot.

It seems as if he used up all his creativity and passion on his first two albums, and now he’s operating as a hip-hop hack, just as P. Diddy operated in the late 1990s, dropping in on other artists’ tracks, outshining them with his star power, and then delivering some milquetoast verses. Fortunately for him, and for us, there is some hope for West’s career: his foray into pop music, 808s & Heartbreak.

With this album, the zeal and imagination that electrified his first two is on full display, though West uses those energies in a different direction. Dealing with themes like death and heartbreak, West constructed probably his most technically masterful album; every beat is chiller than a gold chain on an Eskimo, and the much-criticized “singing with Auto-Tune” technique just straight works with the subject matter.

808s & Heartbreaks is an experimental album gone horribly right, a bona fide pop album that elevated West from hip-hop king to full-fledged pop music superstar. Of course, the only recourse West had was to self-immolate in a verbal wildfire of inane and vapid lyrics.

West can save his career by following the path 808s & Heartbreak shined a light on: become the black Elton John. Besides demonstrating the ability to pull off outlandish and flashy garb, like Sir John, West has shown us that he is capable of writing and performing pop ballads, those kind of songs that aren’t really hip-hop or electronica or whatever; they belong in that nebulous category of music known as “pop.”

In that realm, he can spare us from lyrical travesties and spare himself from further humiliation. He can expand what it means to be a pop star, making it more “street,” in other words. He can break down barriers and transcend the genre of hip-hop. His ego’s too big not to let a chance like that pass by.