There's a scene in the movie "Just Go with It" (and let's be honest, it's really Adam Sandler's last watchable comedy, right?) where Sandler's character turns off the *NSync song that his girlfriend is listening to in the shower, and she gets upset, saying, "That's my JAM!" It's funny in that it shows their age disparity, but we all have one (or, if you're like me, a couple) songs that make us perk up no matter where we are when they come on the radio or iPod.
They're our jams.
So here's the first part in a series of posts about my jams - creative jams, angry jams, happy jams - I've got several, so get ready.
And I want to hear yours, too!
This post will focus on the songs that make me want to be a kick-butt girl. Not an angry kick-butt girl (that's totally different), but a chick with lots of possibly misplaced confidence. I usually listen to these songs when I'm getting ready for some important event, or when I need an extra dose of awesomeness.
What's that? You talkin' to me? That's right. I didn't think so.
Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
I'm Amanda Freakin' Allen Jams.
**I mostly have edited versions of my songs on my iPod, but a few are not kid friendly, lyrics-wise. You've been warned.**
#1: "Bad Girls" - M.I.A.
I don't know why I love this song. Seriously. Normally, a slightly monotone vocal would make me violent, but this always makes me want to do karate or something. Or do my nails while I'm sitting on my speeding sideways car (seriously, what's that about?!).
Best line: Awwww, Suki zuki...I'm comin' in the Cherokee...gasoline
#2: "32 Flavors" - Ani DiFranco
This is a pretty underrated 90s gem, in my opinion. There have been numerous covers of this throughout the years, but the original is still the best.
Best line: I am beyond your peripheral vision, so you might want to turn your head...'cause someday you're gonna get hungry, and eat all of the words that you just said...
#3: "Machinehead" - Bush
Just get a me a motorcycle. Even though I wouldn't be able to drive it and I'd probably die about three seconds later.
Best line: I spin on a whim, I slide to the right...I felt you like electric light...
#4: "The Ruler and the Killer" - Kid Cudi
I actually realized that I was singing this song out loud on the treadmill at the gym after the guy next to me kept shooting me annoyed looks. Yep. I'm that girl. But this is one of those "I could run 15 million miles and still be FIERCE!" songs. You have to sing out loud. Especially every time he says "...the ruler and the killer, bebe."
Best line: You don't talk, you don't say nothing. Ok?
#5: "Gangsta's Paradise" - Coolio
I'm not even ashamed of this one. I know every. Single. Word. And no matter where I am when this song comes on, I must sing along. I know. I'm a legit rapper. Fool.
Best line: Everybody's runnin', but half of them ain't lookin' what's goin' on in the kitchen...but I don't know what's cookin'...
What are your "up and at 'em" jams?