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Pandora Plays Judas Priest

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Thursday mornings are becoming my long run mornings. Like last week, I avoided the heat by going to the gym and running on the treadmill, but I added another mile and went 8 miles, my longest distance in well over a year.

I kept an 8 minute/mile pace, and by basic math, that means 64 minutes for the total run. While normally a treadmill run of this length would bore me, I was able to watch the first round of the British Open on TV, which helped quell the boredom.

Also getting rid of the 64-minute minutia was today’s playlist, a recommendation from my former boss, copy desk chief extraordinaire  and recent Briantology convert Nate McCullough (follow him on Twitter at @NathanAlanMc, occasionally he says something funny).

After my hair band post, he recommended I try something harder next time, leading to Thursday’s line-up of Judas Priest. Admittedly, I don’t know much about Judas Priest other than they’re what Old Man Clemens yells in “Billy Madison,” so I figured I should give them a try.

(If you’d like to submit a playlist recommendation, let me know in the comments or tweet me @bgiandelone.)

Now, for those about to rock…

Judas Priest — “Riding On The Wind”

Five seconds in and I know what’s in store for me. If the drums don’t wake you up and get you ready to run, then probably nothing will.

This song is also littered with bad-ass imagery that will make you want to rip your face off. Glowing god of Mars? Check. Thunderbolt from hell? Check. Screaming demons yell? Check.

Any concerns I had about this playlist melted away with this song.

Song Energy: 9/10
Run Motivation: 8/10
Throwing up the Horns: 6/10
Overall: A

Iron Maiden — “Die With Your Boots On”

Who knew a song about the working middle class could be so hardcore?

Metallica — “Ride the Lightning”

I own the Black Album, as most people should, and I like their music, but I really hate Metallica.

Ozzy Osbourne — “Crazy Train”

Atlanta Braves fans should skip this portion of today’s blog. I warned you.

I hate Chipper Jones. He is easily my least favorite Major League Baseball player of all time. I hate his douchey goatee, the drawl in his voice and his overrated third base skills. If I could, I would kick him in his glass knees.

But the guy does have swag — as the youth call it. He flaunts his love of hunting and fishing, he stayed loyal to a city and fanbase that, from my experience, sacrifices its favorite players constantly, and he named his kid Shea to show how he owns the Mets. I hate that I respect him.

“Crazy Train” is his at-bat walkup song, and like many people who follow sports and have lived in Atlanta, I can’t hear this song and not think of Chipper F-ing Jones. It’s a great motivational song, clearly since it’s played at every professional sporting event, and a great song to run to. I just really hate Chipper Jones.

Song Energy: 7/10
Run Motivation: 8/10
Throwing up the Horns: 8/10
Overall: A

Judas Priest — “Devil’s Child”

These songs are really long. A lot longer than I was expecting.

Scorpions — “Blackout”

Scorpions is the first band to make it to two Pandora playlists. Take a bow.

Iron Maiden — “Flash of the Blade”

Metallica — “And Justice For All”

I’m surprised there’s two Metallica songs in this playlist and none from the Black Album.

Van Halen — “You Really Got Me”

When I think of Van Halen, I think only of “Panama.” During freshman year of college, for some reason the radio station my alarm was set to would play this song consistently at 8 a.m., which is when the alarm would go off for my 8:30 class. Since then, “Panama” was the official theme song of East Laville Room 343.

“Panama” followed my roommate and I into our two apartments for the rest of college, and even to this day we reach down between our legs and ease our seat back.

There’s nothing wrong with “You Really Got Me.” It brings a lot of energy to the Kinks’ original version, but it’s still no “Panama.”

But really, what else is?

Song Energy: 6/10
Run Motivation: 7/10
Throwing up the Horns: 6/10
Overall: B-

Judas Priest — “Rapid Fire”

Ozzy Osbourne — “Mr. Crowley”

Ozzy take 2. His first song was better, though.

Motley Crue — “Kickstart My Heart”

In the Hair Bands post I wrote that “I especially enjoyed (Motley Crue’s) song “Saints of Los Angeles,” which came out a few years ago, and their outstanding work in Kia commercials.” And boom goes Pandora.

The Judas Priest station clearly reads Briantology as it not only put “Kickstart My Heart,” which will forever be the Kia song in my head, but it put it as the final song to be played in an 8-mile run. Sixty or so minutes of rock music were just building to this final moment of adrenaline and fire. And to think, we did all of this to rock.

Song Energy: 9/10
Run Motivation: 9/10
Throwing up the Horns: 10/10
Overall: A+

I wish the playlist had more variety with the bands it played. Twelve songs were played by seven bands/artists, and Judas Priest had three songs on the list. I just wanted to get a broader range of this genre because I don’t listen to it very often, but perhaps I should, especially on long runs. The music had great energy, as expected, and kept me entertained throughout a 64-minute run on the treadmill.

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