Wash dem dishes

The other night I spent an hour on iTunes. The original purpose was to charge the Nano and create a new playlist because the kitchen was in some bad need of attention ... and I was in need of some motivation.

But once I get on iTunes, I remember there was some song I liked by that band that I can't quite remember and then an hour goes by. One song leads to another.

I looked up at the clock and realized I really didn't want to wash dishes (hence the stalling that even us grownups do) so I went to bed. The dishes have been washed tonight. And though I may be washing dishes at home on a Saturday night, I can pretend I'm at the dance club working the groove. Emptying the dishwasher counts as cardio, especially went you're doing the Cha-Cha Slide.

So you too may be inspired, here's the playlist I put together for washing dem dishes.

Dirty Work by Steely Dan. It's not a song you would hear at the club I know. But for some reason, I always start cleaning the kitchen with this song. After all, it is dirty work. And I love Steely Dan.

Major Tom by Shiny Toy Guns (remake for Lincoln commercial). I put this in because I bought it while looking around on iTunes and wanted to see if I liked it as much as I did in the commercial. Yes, yes I do. I often track down commercial soundtracks. I usually find my answers to who sang what here. I tell you, them marketing folks are genius because now they are using the music to lure you to their Web sites with free song downloads. They got my number.

Calabria 2007 by Enur featuring Natasja and Mims (radio edit). I don't know where I found this, maybe it was an iTunes freebie. It's in Spanish but has one heck of a beat.

Tootsie Roll by 69 Boyz. Well if you remember this song too, then we probably graduated high school around the same time. When I listen to today's pop music (most of which is crap), and I find some lyrics offensive, I have to remind myself that I know all the words to "Baby Got Back" and "Funky Cold Medina." But I stand by my earlier statement that most of today's pop music is crap.

Sabotage by Beastie Boys. Pretty much could have picked any Beastie Boys song. These guys have great energy and a great resume.

The Metro by Berlin. I like this song but it doesn't fit this playlist. Not sure why I picked it, but skipped right over when it came on. I think I'll replace it with "Work It" by Missy Elliott and "Ballroom Blitz" by The Sweet.

Cannonball by The Breeders. Another song from way back. It rocks, gets me moving and that's what counts here.

Galang by M.I.A. (radio edit). Another freebie from iTunes. They offer new songs every Tuesday. Many times the freebie is the hit artist you're talking about a few months later as was the case with M.I.A. Sometimes the freebie is crap. But worth checking out every week. 'Cause they free.

Cha Cha Slide by Mr. C (original live platinum band mix). This song is actually too distracting for washing dishes. I like any kind of line dancing. Bunny Hop, Funky Chicken, Electric Slide — I'll try them all. And it doesn't take an open bar to get me on the dance floor. Songs can fade from memory but a few years ago, McDonald's bought back memories of school dances with this commercial. It does not fail to make me smile. (I also can watch this all day). I think for the next birthday, I will have to find a dance club that will play the Cha Cha Slide for me because my kitchen is not big enough.

Crazy list I know. What would you add? What music motivates you through the "dirty work?"


  1. Lisa (Traylor) WilsonFebruary 21, 2010 at 5:34 AM

    I had a list like this and it got wiped out in a recent computer change-over. More recent stuff I like for getting me up and moving: "Mercy" by Duffy, "Everything is Everything" by Phoenix and "Island in the Sun" by Weezer. These are mixed in with what might be called hits from the 80s: Cyndi Lauper, Culture Club, Duran Duran, etc.