Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Playlist for when "He Needed Killin'"

I have all sorts of thoughts on the Bureau of Land Management standoff in Nevada, but tonight was a (blessed) moment of relief from the cares of the last few weeks.  #1 Son and I walked to the local pub for a quick libation.  It turned out to be dead slow, and so we ended up having quite a good chat with the barman and the barmaid.  Not sure how it came up, but we got to the subject of "What would be a good playlist for the Air Force guys to play as they fire the Hellfire missile at the Taliban?"

Like I said, it was slow.  Everyone contributed, and it was a fun bar room conversation.  As a break from Wookie-suited rants, I humbly offer it up for your approval.  Feel free to add yours in the comments.

My suggestions:

Live And Let Die.  I always thought this would have been a good one to play over the intercom of the B-52s unleashing Holy Hell over Tora Bora.  Likely they don't/can't do that, but this was the dream.  Sure wish they had the opening credits to the film for this video, because it was awesome.

Give me back my bullets. Just because it scans better than "gimme back my depleted uranium projectiles.

32 - 20 Blues.  Because you don't get more 'Murican than blues.

The barmaid had an interesting list:

You Rascal You, Hanni El Khatib cover of the Louis Armstrong song.  That has extra irony points.

Weapon Of Choice by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.  You need to hear more than that?

The barman had some great choices:

Bombs Over Baghdad.   More for younger listeners than me, but duh.

That Was Just Your Life.  A bit pensive in the opening, but gets to the whole "A-10 Minigun strafing run" feeling.  And quite frankly, that was just your life, Jihadi ....

Symphony Of Destruction - Megadeth.  Somehow, operatic metal seems to have a plethora of great choices here.

And it goes on and on.  This could actually be a decent playlist for riding your motorcycle.  Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.  JayG, I expect you have some great Metal additions ...

We now return you to the wookie-suited rants ...


joethefatman said...

How could the list not have AC/DC Thunderstruck?

Blue Öyster Cult Hot Rails to Hell

Awol Nation Burn It Down.

Back to lurking.

Bob said...

Drowning Pool - - Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.

Scott_S said...

You guys have it all wrong - country. Courtesy of the Red White and Blue.

(We lit up your world like the Fourth of July)

Siddhartha Priest said...

You also missed "Killing an Arab" The Cure - Killing an arab: http://youtu.be/SdbLqOXmJ04

Wolfman said...

Metallica's Damage, Inc. I've long held that would be a great 'Last Stand in the Zombieapocalypse' song, but it fits here, too.

Borepatch said...

Awesome suggestions

Weetabix said...

John Ringo's Aldenata/Posleen War series has playlists in the back for the ACS's battle music.

dorfer21 said...

My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark - Fall Out Boy

Lyrics from AZ Lyrics:

I can imagine a grunt calling in for CAS repeating the lines in the Chorus... Mostly cause I was a grunt and would imagine myself saying that.

deadmandance said...

Muse's version of Feelin' Good
And howabout getting some Rush up in here?

Raptor said...

Dope - Die Mother****er Die

Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down

Tchaikovsky - The 1812 Overture (come on, admit it; you'd be playing this too)

Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries

Rammstein - Zerstören

Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills

Cap'n Jan said...

Hells Bells. AC/DC.

Ken said...

If it's a Death from Above thing, I'd go with:

Wagner, Lohengrin Act III Overture

Blue Oyster Cult, ME-262

juvat said...

Blue Force push at Cope Thunder in the Philippines, we had a 12 ship wall o' Eagles out front. We switched the Aux radio over to the Aggressor common freq and played "Ride of the Valkyries" as we headed south towards Clark in the cons. Twas a moment of Beauty it was!

Jay G said...

"Thunderstruck" is absolutely #1. Most likely #3,5,9, and 14 through 28.

"God's Gonna Cut You Down" - another excellent choice.

"Break Stuff" - Limp Bizkit.

"Welcome to the Jungle" - GNR

"Kickstart My Heart" - Motley Crue

"Seek and Destroy" - Metallica

"Hail Caesar" - AC/DC

"Open Invitation" - Jackyl

"Don't Tread On Me" - Damn Yankees

"You Dropped the Bomb on Me" - the Gap Band


Simon Chappell said...

"Here comes the Boom" by P.O.D. seems like an obvious candidate for this list.

Six said...

March of Cambreadth by Heather Alexander.

It's up on my site.

"How many of them can we make die?"

Great list.

Monkeywrangler said...

Men of Harlech.

John Oxenford version (published 1873)
Verse 1

Men of Harlech, march to glory,
Victory is hov'ring o'er ye,
Bright-eyed freedom stands before ye,
Hear ye not her call?
At your sloth she seems to wonder;
Rend the sluggish bonds asunder,
Let the war-cry's deaf'ning thunder
Every foe appall.
Echoes loudly waking,
Hill and valley shaking;
'Till the sound spreads wide around,
The Saxon's courage breaking;
Your foes on every side assailing,
Forward press with heart unfailing,
'Till invaders learn with quailing,
Cambria ne'er can yield!
Verse 2

Thou, who noble Cambria wrongest,
Know that freedom's cause is strongest,
Freedom's courage lasts the longest,
Ending but with death!
Freedom countless hosts can scatter,
Freedom stoutest mail can shatter,
Freedom thickest walls can batter,
Fate is in her breath.
See, they now are flying!
Dead are heap'd with dying!
Over might hath triumph'd right,
Our land to foes denying;
Upon their soil we never sought them,
Love of conquest hither brought them,
But this lesson we have taught them,
"Cambria ne'er can yield!"

An earlier version (published in the year before the Prince of Wales's wedding) is thus:-
Thomas Oliphant version (published 1862)
Verse 1

Hark! I hear the foe advancing,
Barbed steeds are proudly prancing,
Helmets in the sunbeam glancing
Glitter through the trees
Men of Harlech, lie ye dreaming?
See ye not their falchions gleaming,
While their pennons gailey streaming
Flutter in the breeze?
From the rocks rebounding,
Let the warcry sounding
Summon all At Cambria's call,
The haughty foe surrounding,
Men of Harlech, on to Glory!
See, your banner fam'd in story
Waves these burning words before ye
"Britain scorns to yield!"
Verse 2

'Mid the fray, see dead and dying,
Friend and foe together lying;
All around, the arrows flying,
Scatter sudden death!
Frighten'd steeds are wildly neighing,
Brazen trumpets hoarsely braying,
Wounded men for mercy praying
With their parting breath!
See! they're in disorder!
Comrades, keep close order!
Ever they Shall rue the day
They ventured o'er the border!
Now the Saxon flies before us!
Vict'ry's banner floateth o'er us!
Raise the loud exulting chorus
"Britain wins the field,"

Tam said...

This right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmKTyG5MsZs

HlynkaCG said...

Not from an Air Force guy firing Hellfires but a door gunner on a Blackhawk so you can consider the following semi-authorative. ;)

Most of our aircraft had a Jury rigged I-pod jack at the observer's atation. We rarely flew with more that 4 guys on comms (Pilot, Taco, and two gunners) so enterprising crewchiefs would open the panel and replace the 5th audio pickup with a stadard 3.5 headphone jack.

Such un-authorized aircraft modifications were highly illegal of course, but our CO looked the other way.

I just dug my old Gen-1 iPod out of my junk box and took a look at the most played...

ACDC Back In Black. (Entire Album)
Metallica Master of Puppets (Entire Album)
NIN, We're In This Together
Riddle of Steele from the Conan The Barbaraian motion Picture soundtrack
Disturbed, The Sickness
Drowning Pool, Bodies
Wagner (Of course)
Godsmack, Awake
Linkin Park, One Step Closer
Marylin Manson, Beautiful People
Richard Cheese, Lounge Against the Machine (originally inserted as a joke but was so popular that it became part the regular rotation)
Green Day, Brain Stew
Nirvana, Smells like teen spirit
Johnny Cash, Man in black

Borepatch said...

HlynkaCG, the Internets that you just won can be picked up at the Camp Borepatch main gate.