The Savage Animal 03.16.11: 10 Songs About Winning
Posted by Mikey MiGo on 03.16.2011
Charlie Sheen has proven that if you’re looking to be somebody in today’s world you gotta WIN. In this edition of The Savage Animal Mikey MiGo reveals 10 songs about winning.
It's been awhile since I've been excited for a new album release. I'll anticipate some, but to actually look forward for one is a thing of the past. Right now there are actually a couple I'm excited to hear and the Foo Fighters are one of them. I've not heard any of the new singles or anything so really; the video is my first impression of the song. The video starts off pretty simple. They rock out in a white room. I really appreciate the simplicity of it all. One of my favorite videos of all time is "March of the Pigs" by Nine Inch Nails. The whole thing was in a white room. This video takes it one step farther. By two minutes in it silhouettes and light flashes come into play. It's still really cool. I can imagine some people saying it looks like an iPod commercial. But at like 2:50 they go back to normal with some cool looking flashes and then the red comes into play. I have a big place in my heart for music videos like this. I love in depth narratives for sure, but stripped down rock videos like this are hard to get right. The direction has to remain simple to the design but still layered and interesting enough. The editing has to be smooth, yet jumpy. The performance has to be contained, but still feel like it COULD have been spontaneous. That vibe comes through here. On the song front of it all, I liked it a lot. I'm definitely a fan of Foo Fighters. The opening riffs and build up is awesome. I always dig when Grohl expands his vocal styles. This sounds like Foo Fighters, but a whole new world. Dave has a knack for making really good and catchy rock songs. They have to one of the most poppy rock bands out there right now that still manages to keep their balls and credibility. It sometimes feels like pure rock and roll is hanging on by a thread, but then these guys show up and reminds you that it can still be done. With the White Stripes broken up, the upper echelon of rock is going to be pretty lonely. Someone get them a blanket.
10 SONGS ABOUT WINNING
The Charlie Sheen TributeI'm going to start this off by apologizing. I didn't want to do this. I didn't want to get sucked into the Charlie Sheen thing. I don't currently reside under a rock so I'm well aware of what's going on. I know way more than I wanted to about this current spree of insanity. I'm a somewhat avid watcher of The Dan Patrick Show and that's pretty much were all of this started. Before he called in to Paulie's phone and then to the main line, this was all contained pretty much to TMZ and gossip trades. Once he got on there it was all over. He started showing up EVERY WHERE. He had "candid interviews" with anyone who'd book him. He charmed the hearts of everyone he crossed and everyone he encounters ends up not having anything but positive things to say about him.
I think we all want to believe him. We want him clean and sober, but we still want him crazy. It's a bit disgusting if you think about it. Obviously this guy is having a breakdown, meltdown, and downfall in front of the world. He needs help and to calm down. His rationale can't be THIS crazy to be real. There is a very good chance that something tragic is going to come of this. At that point everyone will proclaim their heartfelt nonsense and sentimental bullshit. Meanwhile, right now… while it's a popular joke… you'll ride it out. The hypocritical hype that's going to come from this is going to cripple me.
But maybe… just maybe, he knows EXACTLY what he's doing. Maybe it's all some Joaquin Phoenix-style scam. What if Simon Rex is really recording a documentary about all of this. I want this to be the truth. I want Charlie Sheen to be responsible for one of the greatest "works"(wrestling term #59026) of all time. If he didn't get an Oscar for it then I'd be shocked. It would be monumental and would change the entertainment business forever. This is probably just the wrestling fan in me, but I'd love for this kind of swerve to come.
I will take some positivity from this though. The words of Charlie Sheen are sticking with people. They might be ironic and snarky, but in reality what's so wrong with "winning"? He might drink tiger blood, he might have ruined John Cryer's life, and he may have rocked it in "Men At Work"… but "winning" is cool with me. With that, I'm going to throw a list together in tribute to Charlie Sheen and winning. He has a few "tour dates" coming up. Maybe he could use this as his preshow mix, who knows….
" If You Leave" by Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark
This has nothing to do with "winning". I know. I include this because of the late great Jon Cryer. He's still alive, but now with Sheen jumping ship the show is going to be really iffy. It could manage to stay on for another ten years but a recasting THIS big might screw up the show for good. I can only imagine Jon Cryer sitting on a pile of sitcom money(it's shiner than real money) with a single tear coming from his eye as he put on his circle sunglasses… then,… and only then… he cues THIS song.
"Win" by David Bowie
I could have easily gone with "Fame" in this case. I love "Fame", but there are like a million and four other David Bowie songs that deserve your attention. In this case, this mid 70's somber track in the way to go. It's just a really good laid back track. Bowie displays some awesome vocals to a simplistic tune while the backup singers only compliment what I'd have to consider a really underrated gem. Throughout this song we hear Bowie almost sneak in the words "it ain't over". I would hope so in Charlie Sheen's case. At the same time the line "Me, I'm fresh on your pages/Secret thinking sometimes listening aloud" kinda works perfectly too.
"The Best" by Bonnie Tyler
Screw Tina Turner. It's not HER song. This Bonnie Tyler lady did it first. Yeah, I don't know who Bonnie Tyler is either. And yeah, so what if Tina Turner's version is like a thousand times better. I feel for Bonnie. This could have been her big shot, but no. Oh well, neither of them wrote it to begin with. Charlie Sheen is a winner. When you win enough you pretty much automatically become the best. Makes sense to me.
"Wild Thing" by X
Chip Taylor, brother of Jon Voight, wrote this song. It was originally recorded in 1965 and then again in 1966 by The Troggs. Their version reached number one and is considered one of the greatest songs of all time. In 1989, the movie Major League used this song but a cover version by a LA punk band called "X". The song was the entrance theme for Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn and has to be the song most associated with Charlie Sheen out there. I like it because of the built in crowd singing a long and the chick's vocals are sorta sexy. I also didn't know Sheen was actually a pitcher in school. When the movie was shot, this actor was hitting speeds of 85mph. Impressive! WIN!
"Winning" by Santana
It's not that I don't like the band Santana. Carlos Santana obviously a very talented guitar player and seems like a really cool dude, but I've just never found myself a fan of his music. I'd be lying if I could even pretend to know anything about the original "Santana" band. The song is cheesy and hell, but the message is clear... "I'm win-ning!"
"We Are The Champions" by Queen
Winning a lot does just make you Charlie Sheen or the best; it also often leads to being a champion of some sort. They may be a few, but I don't many songs are as EPIC as this one. Freddie Mercury was a bit off kilter too, but should and will go down in rock history as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. I'm not making THAT comparison, but surely there's no time for losing on Planet Sheen.