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Post Storm Playlist

1127 Post Storm Playlist

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If you’re reading this: Congratulations! You survived the great summer storm of 2011, very much like the weather that hit last year at this time. With the sound of chainsaws, portable generators and the back-up beeps of heavy equipment echoing in our heads, we salute the return of electricity by raising our glasses to Volta, Tesla, Ben Franklin and even Prometheus himself and use that power to crank these inclement classics:
1. “Riding the Storm Out” by REO Speedwagon. I know this is about a snowstorm, but we get those too. (Hopefully not for a few months.)

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2. “Electrical Storm” by U2. Like a bolt of love from the blue.

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3. “Rain on the Roof” by the Lovin’ Spoonful. “Caught up in a summer shower.”

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4. “Neighborhood 3 (Power Out)” by Arcade Fire. Another cold weather track, but ice will stop power as good as fire.

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5. “Crying Lightning” by Arctic Monkeys. I think Thor can do this, Odin willing.

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6. “Lightnin’ Strikes” by Lou Christie. High pitched electric love from 1966.

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7. “Thunder and Lightning” by Chi Coltrane. One hit wonder love storm from the pride and joy of Racine, Wisconsin.

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8. “Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen. Remember, the ride ain’t free.

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9. “Windy” by the Association. The girl with stormy eye vision.

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10. “Stormy” by Dennis Yost and the Classics IV. Another emotional weather report.

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11. “Stormy Monday” by T Bone Walker. It gets calmer by the weekend.

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12. “Stormy Weather” by Lena Horne. Lots of versions of this one, Ms. Hornes’ is the best

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13. “Riders on the Storm” by the Doors. An FM bad weather classic with SFX!

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14. “Shelter From the Storm” by Bob Dylan. A roof for the storms of life.

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15. “Blow Wind Blow” by Muddy Waters. It’s a good wind that blows your baby back home.

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16. “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. This one will wake the dog and knock you out of bed.

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17. “Like a Hurricane” by Neil Young. Never a him-icane.

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18. “Chain Lightning” by Steely Dan. Better than the letter variety.

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19. “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath. Starts with a storm and heads downhill from there. Go to church after listening.

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20. “Tokyo Storm Warning” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Isn’t Godzilla enough?


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  1. Eric says:

    A few more:
    Rain – Ian Hunter
    Rain – The Beatles
    Make A Circuit With Me – Polecats
    Couldn’t Stan the Weather – SRV
    Buckets of Rain – Bob Dylan
    One of These Days – Pink Floyd

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