This Could Get Mildly Offensive…
So I’m snowed in right now, like about 50 million other Americans, and in honor of MLK Jr. Day and this year’s most inconveniencing snowstorm so far, here’s a list of 10 songs to listen to while quietly reflecting on the legacy of MLK because there’s too much snow and not enough union workers to be able to go sit in a coffee shop and stare at a wall for 10 hours straight.
#1 “Plowed” Sponge (1994)
As in what desperately needs to happen to my street right now.
#2 “Pride (In the Name of Love)” U2 (1984)
Unironically about MLK.
#3 “snow (hey Oh)” Red Hot Chili Peppers (2006)
Pretty sure this song is about cocaine, but bear with me here ok?
#4 “Walk This Way” Run DMC ft. Aerosmith (1986)
One of the best black and white collaborations since the 54th Massachusetts.
#5 The Soundtrack to Glory
#6 Snow Patrol’s Entire Discography
Particularly looking at “Chasing Cars” here since that’s what many people will be doing due to slick road conditions.
#7 The Absolutely ABsurd East London White Rap of Artist Snow
Preposterous, but honestly not the worst thing I’ve ever heard.
#8 Unknown P – Fire in the Booth
Just some ADD kicking in here, because Snow reminded me of this, which is still hall of fame music satire.
#9 “Down in the Valley” The Head And The Heart (2011)
As in, if you attempt to drive into a valley in a snowstorm you’ve written your death notice.
#10 “Snowglobe” Lee Corey Oswald (2014)
And to round things out a song that perfectly encapsulates our interesting combination today. Snowglobe is essentially what we’re all living in today. And this song by midwest emo band Lee Corey Oswald is of course from the favorite genre of midwest white suburbanites, in the same way that MLK Jr. is the favorite black American leader of these same midwest white suburbanites.
Bonus Listen: MLK “I have a Dream Speech”
Roll safe kiddos.