Since my sister and I are so far away from Dad on Father’s Day, we felt like a phone call wasn’t quite enough, so we started thinking of songs that will always be “pure dad” to us. I know that whenever I hear these, I’ll think of dad. Hope he enjoys this playlist as much as we enjoyed figuring it out.
1. Sweet Cream Ladies - The Box Tops
Dad love the Box Tops, and now, so do I. I have a best of album that I listen to frequently and I always imagine dad blasting this song loudly on repeat several times in a row one Friday night when we were cleaning up the house.
2. Tenderloin - Blue Oyster Cult
Even though Dad worked for them for several years, he actually discovered this was one of his favorite BOC songs when I was in high school. It’s become one of my favorites since then as well.
3. Reasons For Waiting - Jethro Tull
Really all Jethro Tull songs will remind me of dad. And the never-ending frustration I have arguing with him that these records should be filed under “J” instead of “T” and that he especially should know better.
4. In Need - Grand Funk Railroad
I’ve heard this blasting out of my dad’s JBL’s more times than I can count. Another Friday afternoon cleaning favorite.
5. Manhattan Project - Rush
I have no idea if this is his favorite Rush song, but I know it’s one of mine and we’ve listened to this album numerous times while cooking dinner and I’ll forever have the memory of dad taking me to see them and letting me meet the guys before the show. It was the Omni in 1989ish and I was a little shy 8 year girl that had a huge crush on Geddy Lee and I thought my dad was the coolest guy ever on that day!
6. Flying North - Thomas Dolby
Pretty much all Thomas Dolby songs will remind me of dad, but this one always grabs my attention more than most.
7. Drive - The Cars
Dad had a mix tape with this song on it and I remember him playing it a lot when I was a kid.
8. The Big Heat - Stan Ridgeway
I would ask dad to play this song over and over and over again. He even taught me how to cue up the tape player so I could play it myself whenever I wanted. I swear I couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6.
9. Flowing - 311
When I was in college and the whole Napster/Audiogalaxy thing was taking off, dad asked me to download this song for him and I remember hearing it repeatedly at maximum volume the following summer. It’s still one of the only 311 songs that I can say that I like.
10. Indian Red
After getting obsessed with Treme, Dad also got obsessed with the history of the Mardi Gras Indians and their songs. He ordered an album of these songs and spent several months playing them and planning a Mardi Gras costume. Katie and I teased him that we’d have to deck out a hoverchair for him too if he ever actually wanted to march…
11. Warrant - Foster The People
One of Dad’s most recent obsessions. I have to admit, it sounds damn good coming out of his stereo at maximum volume. I really do love him and those JBL’s.