Playlist::Power Walk 1

Power Walks:  Walking briskly on hilly roads while wearing 1-pound weighted hand gloves. I do a 3-mile lap around the neighborhood which takes about 50 minutes – after which I perform my normal 30-minute workout (weight-training, abdominal & butt-sculpting, stretches).

I prefer tunes with a fast tempo, not unlike those I use during my indoor cardio workouts.

17 songs
1 hours, 8 minutes

Jet City Woman Queensrÿche
The Beat Goes On Sonny & Cher
St. Elmo’s Fire John Parr
Summer Song Joe Satriani
Goody Two Shoes Adam Ant
Wild Boys Duran Duran
We Didn’t Start the Fire Billy Joel
Somebody Save Me Cinderella
Call Me Blondie
Shock to the System Billy Idol
Gloria Laura Branigan
Baby I’m a Star Prince
Need You Tonight INXS
Any Way You Want It Journey
Dying Miss Crazy
Mow Miss Crazy
Cold Hearted Paula Abdul

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80’s Blast::We Didn’t Start the Fire


(anyone who thinks otherwise can go jump in Lake Minnetonka)

Been “power-walking” (walking briskly on hilly roads while wearing 1-pound weighted hand gloves) 2-1/2 3 miles each morning before starting my normal 30-minute workout routine.

I tend to “walk to the beat” of whatever I’m listening to so I pick songs that have an upbeat tempo. I’ve already published a Post on one song I find especially suited to these walks, but there’s another that’s VERY fast-paced. In fact, I practically DANCE along to it!  (This must look hilarious to anyone who happens to see me passing by!)

Billy Joel
We Didn’t Start the Fire (1989)
from the album Storm Front (1989)

from Wikipedia
Joel got the idea for the song when he had just turned 40. He was in a recording studio and met a friend of Sean Lennon who had just turned 21 who said “It’s a terrible time to be 21!” Joel replied to him, “Yeah, I remember when I was 21 – I thought it was an awful time and we had Vietnam, and y’know, drug problems, and civil rights problems and everything seemed to be awful.” The friend replied, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, but it’s different for you. You were a kid in the fifties and everybody knows that nothing happened in the fifties”. Joel retorted, “Wait a minute, didn’t you hear of the Korean War or the Suez Canal Crisis?” Joel later said those headlines formed the basic framework for the song.

What I LOVE about “We Didn’t Start the Fire” is the juxtaposition of lyrical content (Billy Joel has said, “There’s an element of malevolence in the song; it’s like waiting for the other shoe to drop.”) and the crazy, upbeat melody (Joel’s admitted it’s one of the worst he’s ever written) – especially during the chorus.

The lyrics include brief, rapid-fire allusions to more than 100 headline events between 1949, the year of Joel’s birth, and 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front. link

1949
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio

1950
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe

1951
Rosenbergs, H-bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, “The King and I” and “The Catcher in the Rye”

1952
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England’s got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye

Chorus:
We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
No we didn’t light it
But we tried to fight it

1953
Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc

1954
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu falls, “Rock Around the Clock”

1955
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn’s got a winning team
Davy Crockett (Here’s a two-fer:  The nuclear device, Davy Crockett, also debuted.), Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland

1956
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev
Princess Grace, “Peyton Place”, trouble in the Suez

Chorus

1957
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac
Sputnik, Chou En-Lai, “Bridge on the River Kwai”

1958
Lebanon, Charles de Gaulle, California baseball
Starkweather homicide, children of Thalidomide

1959
Buddy Holly, “Ben Hur”, space monkey, Mafia
Hula hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

1960
U2, Syngman Rhee, payola and Kennedy
Chubby Checker, “Psycho”, Belgians in the Congo

Chorus

1961
Hemingway, Eichmann, “Stranger in a Strange Land”
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion

1962
“Lawrence of Arabia”, British Beatlemania
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson

1963
Pope Paul, Malcolm X, British politician sex
JFK blown away, what else do I have to say

Chorus

1965-1975
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, Punk Rock

1976-1979
Begin, Reagan (Another 2-fer:  Reagan’s 1976 Presidential campaign), Palestine, terror on the airline
Ayatollah’s in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan

1981-1984
“Wheel of Fortune”, Sally Ride, Heavy Metal suicide
Foreign debts, Homeless Vets, AIDS, Crack, Bernie Goetz

We didn’t start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world’s been turning
We didn’t start the fire
But when we are gone
Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on

Chorus

Chorus

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Playlist::Workout 2

All my Workout Playlists contain a medley of tunes that can be used during both the cardio and strength-training segments (that way I can mix it up to suit my mood) – with the last two songs designated for cool-down/stretching.

16 songs
1 hour, 5 minutes

Gonna Get Close to You
(Note: The USA is barred from viewing the original video on YouTube – this “replacement” is fucking lame.)
Queensrÿche
I Don’t Believe In Love Queensrÿche
We Didn’t Start the Fire Billy Joel
Jet City Woman Queensrÿche
Wild, Wild West The Escape Club
This Is Radio Clash The Clash
Somebody Save Me Cinderella
Kiss My Love Goodbye L.A. Guns
Your Mama Won’t Know Pretty Boy Floyd
48 Hours Pretty Boy Floyd
Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz Pretty Boy Floyd
Rock & Roll (Is Gonna Set the Night On Fire) Pretty Boy Floyd
What I Like About You The Romantics
Wild In the Streets Bon Jovi
Walk In the Shadows Queensrÿche
Jenny of Oldstones Florence + The Machine

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