As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person actually listens to can be far more revealing. With that in mind, every week we ask an artist to take a look at the most-played songs in their iTunes libraries and share with us the results. We do this on the honor system, and we ask our subjects to share a few words about each song.
The title for Seattle funnyman Derek Sheen's forthcoming stand up CD, Holy Drivel, is inspired by a Ronnie James Dio song, but the comedian admits he has "zero idea what it means." One thing Sheen does know however, is that a good Dio reference is usually funny, along with North Carolina homophobes, the word "midget," and plenty of dick jokes. The comic has performed alongside the likes of Reggie Watts and Robin Williams and plans to keep Seattle laughing during a string of upcoming dates kicking off the release of his album.
Read on for a taste of Sheen's off brand humor and what he's been rocking on his iPod. Sheen performs at The Comedy Underground from October 25-28th.
"We Will Never Be Discovered," City and Horses: I like to play this song while I slowly prowl through Whole Foods, sneaking things like medicated wipes and canned crab meat into people's carts. Also, it has a bitchin' flute solo!
"I'll Be There For You," The Rembrandts: I like to play an improv game called "The Happy Ambulance Driver": Someone in the car has to create a horrific tragedy and "call in" as the dispatcher, just the most awful thing they could imagine, and I "take the call" but instead of hitting the siren, I blast the theme from "Friends." For some reason, this can go on for hours and never get boring.
"Nothing Compares 2 U," Sinead O' Connor: I think you know why. (Finishes drink, cradles head in hands, weeps uncontrollably as "My Girl" plays on a television in the background.)
"Stand," Sly and the Family Stone: This is the song I like to play when I need to be inspired. It makes me feel like I can take on any challenge and that when life knocks me down, I just have to get up, dust myself off, and be the bigger person. Oh, it also has the word "midget" in it and that always makes me laugh hysterically.
"Holy Diver," Ronnie James Dio: Not only is this one of my favorite songs, it's also the most confusing song ever written! I am a HUGE Dio fan, love to sing this song at the top of my lungs, but have ZERO idea what it means? If it even means ANYTHING? But, it F'N rocks! "Ride the tiger/You can feel his heart/But you know he's clean." Um...'kay fella?