Posts Tagged ‘RIP michael jackson’


Blame it on the (culinary) boogie

June 27, 2009

kitchen musicLike everyone else on the planet, this morning I downloaded The Essential Michael Jackson from iTunes.

I confess I’m always confused by public outpourings of grief for celebrities – everybody dies, right? And it’s not like anyone actually knew him … and while he’s left behind some rich cosmetic surgeons and some very screwed-up children, he’s also left us with the utterly brilliant, surprising, clever, unstoppable music. So here’s to MJ, fucked-up genius.*

Who doesn’t love iTunes, and an iPod, specially the ‘shuffle’ function? Our crappy old CD player died a while ago, so when we moved back home I “invested in” (don’t you love how magazines always use that phrase for shopping?) one of those dinky little fold-up speaker pod thingies. Set it to shuffle within pop, or R&B, or jazz, and off you go…

Anyhoo, all this  MJ revival has made me decide I need a Music to Cook By playlist. Needs to be upbeat enough to allow a little benchside boogie while you flambe the fish, but not too frenetic – some particularly fast Latin music, for example, turns a pleasant morning’s cooking into a speedy janglefest. You’re pretty safe with funk, disco or some nostalgic singalong pop, I reckon. Here are some definites to go on my kitchen playlist.

  • Can You Feel It – Michael Jackson, RIP
  • Use Me – Bill Withers
  • Everyone’s a Winner – Hot Chocolate
  • Grace Kelly – Mika
  • Is She Really Going Out With Him? – Joe Jackson
  • Love Serenade – Barry White
  • My Sharona – The Knack
  • Little L – Jamiroquai
  • Got To Get You Into My Life – Earth Wind & Fire
  • I Don’t Feel Like Dancing – Scissor Sisters
  • You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
  • Pump it Up – Elvis Costello
  • Can’t Get You Out of My Head – Kylie
  • Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain & Tenille
  • Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
  • I Will Survive – Cake

Think this will be a work in progress for some time. And your own cookery playlist? Love to hear some more suggestions ….

* If you are looking for an antidote to all the ghoulish sentimental drooling over MJ, this may be interesting (thanks to reeling & writhing for the Twitter link); and so is Germaine on Michael (and thanks to Matt for that link).