Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Ray's 125 Song Party Playlist



Inadvertently stemmed from a fun Facebook exchange I had with a friend from high school, I got to thinking what it might sound like if I was called upon to create a party playlist. Some of this list contains well-known hits, and some, well...not so much. The genres are bountiful and intentionally broad in scope, but all of these tunes have energy, verve and vibe. In my humble opinion, this list could well carry a party deep into the night. You be the judge.


1. The Clash – “Magnificent Seven”
2. Madness – “The Prince”
3. James Brown – “Doing it to Death”
4. Fatboy Slim – “The Rockefeller Skank”
5. Ani DiFranco – “Knuckle Down”
6. Adele – “Rumor Has It”
7. The Dining Rooms – “Pure & Easy”
8. PJ Harvey – “Down By the Water”
9. Roxy Music – “Love is the Drug”
10. Herbie Hancock – “Rockit”
11. Vampire Weekend – “Holiday”
12. Wilco – “I Might”
13. Buzzcocks – “Ever Fallen in Love”
14. Stereo MC’s – “Deep Down & Dirty”
15. Gorillaz – “Feelgood, Inc.”
16. Jurassic 5 – “World of Entertainment (Woe Is Me)”
17. Blondie – “Rapture”
18. U2 – “Two Hearts Beat As One”
19. The Fixx – “Saved By Zero”
20. Depeche Mode – “Strangelove”
21. The Cure – “Let’s Go to Bed”
22. Judas Priest – “Hot Rockin’”
23. Van Halen – “Hear About it Later”
24. Marilyn Manson – “The Beautiful People”
25. Deftones – “Digital Bath”
26. Smithereens – “Blood and Roses”
27. Paul Westerberg – “Dice Behind Your Shades”
28. Peter Murphy – “The Scarlet Thing In You”
29. Iggy and the Stooges – “Shake Appeal”
30. Redd Kross – “Peach Kelli Pop”
31. Black Flag – “T.V. Party”
32. Radiohead – “There There”
33. Amy Winehouse – “Tears Dry On Their Own”
34. Madonna – “Frozen”
35. Res – “Golden Boys”
36. Prince – “Irresistible Bitch”
37. Gary Wright – “Love Is Alive”
38. Electric Light Orchestra – “Strange Magic”
39. Led Zeppelin – “Going to California”
40. Orlando Cachaito Lopez – “Mis Dos Pequenas”
41. Classics IV – “Spooky”
42. Atlanta Rhythm Section – “So Into You”
43. The Pogues – “Bottle of Smoke”
44. Flogging Molly – “Drunken Lullabies”
45. The Psychedelic Furs – “Love My Way”
46. Devo – “Freedom of Choice”
47. Duran Duran – “A View to a Kill”
48. The Hives – “Hate to Say I Told You So”
49. Traffic – “John Barleycorn”
50. The Doors – “People Are Strange”
51. The Turtles – “You Showed Me”
52. The Grateful Dead – “St. Stephen”
53. Faster Pussycat – “Bathroom Wall”
54. Bang Tango – “Breaking Up a Heart of Stone”
55. Motorhead – “We Are the Road Crew”
56. The Cars – “Touch and Go”
57. The Ravyyns – “Raised On the Radio”
58. Elvis Costello – “Radio Radio”
59. The Cramps – “Goo Goo Muck”
60. Reverend Horton Heat – “Big Red Rocket of Love”
61. Emmylou Harris – “Wrecking Ball”
62. Thievery Corporation – “Guide For I and I”
63. Nine Inch Nails – “The Hand That Feeds”
64. Kurtis Blow – “The Breaks”
65. Public Enemy – “Welcome to the Terrordome”
66. Beastie Boys – “So Watch’a Want?”
67. TheHeavy – “How You Like Me Now?”
68. Otis Redding – “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)”
69. Joss Stone – “Jet Lag”
70. Santo and Johnny – “Sleepwalk”
71. The Ventures – “Walk Don’t Run”
72. The Specials – “Do the Dog”
73. Grace Jones – “Bullshit”
74. US3 – “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)”
75. The Beatles – “Paperback Writer”
76. Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”
77. Santana – “Soul Sacrifice”
78. Canned Heat – “Going Up the Country”
79. Neil Young – “Harvest Moon”
80. Robert Palmer – “Doctor Doctor”
81. Seals and Crofts – “Summer Breeze”
82. Joe Walsh – “Life’s Been Good”
83. Rolling Stones – “Midnight Rambler”
84. Stereolab – “Cybele’s Reverie”
85. Kraftwerk – “Trans-Europe Express”
86. Peter Gabriel – “I Don’t Remember”
87. Paul Simon – The Rhythm of the Saints”
88. Phil Collins – “In the Air Tonight”
89. The Romantics – “Talking in Your Sleep”
90. Jackson Browne – “Somebody’s Baby”
91. Talk Talk – “It’s My Life”
92. Berlin – “Sex (I’m a…)”
93. Simply Red – “Holding Back the Years”
94. Sade – “Love Is Stronger Than Pride”
95. Fugazi – “Sieve-Fisted Find”
96. The Damned – “New Rose”
97. The Jam – “A Town Called Malice”
98. Frank Black – “Los Angeles”
99. Blue Oyster Cult – “Burnin’ For You”
100. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Me and My Friends”
101. Bob Marley – “Waiting in Vain”
102. SSQ – “Tonight (We’ll Make Love Until We Die)”
103. Tori Amos – “Spark”
104. The Dresden Dolls – “Girl Anachronism”
105. The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”
106. Fistful of Mercy – “Father’s Son”
107. Cake – “Comfort Eagle”
108. David Bowie - "The Jean Genie"
109. Blur – “Girls and Boys”
110. The Church – “Reptile”
111. Lush – “For Love”
112. Dramarama – “Work For Food”
113. Beck – “Devil’s Haircut”
114. International Noise Conspiracy – “The Reproduction of Death”
115. Pink Floyd – “One of These Days”
116. Rush – “Subdivisions”
117. Jimi Hendrix – “Spanish Castle Magic”
118. Dead Milkmen – “Punk Rock Girl”
119. Ramones – “She’s the One”
120. The Chantays – “Pipeline”
121. The Moonlighters – “I Only Have Eyes For You”
122. The Temptations – “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”
123. The Main Ingredient – “What You See Is What You Get”
124. Funkadelic – “(Not Just) Knee Deep”
125. Maxine Nightingale – “Right Back Where We Started From”

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