9/9/09: Songs With a Certain Number in the Title
Jimi Hendrix, "If 6 Was 9": Lawyer scumfucks have assured that no complete version of Jimi's classic song remains on YouTube, but you can still enjoy its use in this clip from Easy Rider. Fuckin' lawyers. Jay-Z and Jimi Hendrix, "Voodoo Problems": Manchester producer Tim G's foot-stomping jumble of Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" and Jay-Z's "99 Problems" may just be our favorite mash-up of all time. We couldn't leave this list with less than two minutes of Hendrix, so we felt it was our duty to include this.
Damien Rice, "9 Crimes": The video and song are both so atmospherically creepy and sad, you'll be glad the weather's not nicer outside. Trust us on this one, it's a gorgeous downer.
John Lennon, "#9 Dream": You may or may not know that there is a measure of Beatles kerfluffle today, and in the midst of all this, it seemed appropriate to post Lennon's mellow contemplation on the number itself. We have no idea what the many multi-layered and harmonic Lennons are singing during the chorus, but whatever it is, it certainly beats the hell out of "Revolution 9." Alice Cooper, "Public Animal #9": Alice may be drunk off his ass for the duration of this live performance, but honestly, it doesn't hurt the song much. It's a charging, fist-pumping number borrowing a bit from the Southern rock of the day, which, for 1972, is always welcome. If all you know of Alice Cooper is "School's Out," you owe it to yourself to give this one a look-see.
The Boo Radleys, "Upon 9th and Fairchild": The Boo Radleys dish out a distortion-drenched scorcher with a side of ska (it was the 90's - ska could pop up at any time). We include it here because a) the Boo Radleys are underrated; and b) the previously-mentioned lawyer scumfucks took down all but the shittiest covers of Prince's "1999," and we're not going to subject you to Limp Bizkit on this special day. Or ever.