Playlist: Life Of Crime


Note: This week’s post is slight, but that is because I am working all week on my post for next week, a themed playlist that will be my first post to break the 7-item format. Keep your eye out for that.

Since the early days of folk (and famously when Johnny Cash sang “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die”) musicians have been seen as the bad boys, singing about the seedier side of things. Even if the artist was a more clean-cut act, the cautionary tales spun throughout music history riddle the musical landscape. Without diving and digging through all of music history, here is a playlist of 7 songs about those who got wrapped up in the more unsavory aspects of life.

Check out the Spotify playlist (with some extra tracks) here, and keep an eye out here next Tuesday for a much bigger, and more intense playlist.

The Clash – Bankrobber

Crime: Um … robbing banks

Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns, and Money

Crime: Being an innocent bystander/possible espionage/illegal gambling/being generally mischievous

The Zombies – Care of Cell 44

Crime: Unknown, but she’s coming home soon

Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun!

Crime: Drug-running/assault

The Hold Steady – Sequestered In Memphis

Crime: Unknown

Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska

Crime: Lots of murder

A.A. Bondy – How Will You Meet Your End?

Crime: “Killed my daddy and took his .45”

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2 Comments on “Playlist: Life Of Crime”

  1. Colin Holmes
    01.17.12 at 8:41 PM #

    Lots of great choices there Jimbo. It’s kind of hard to choose which Warren song to throw up there, but it’s really hard to argue with Lawyers Guns & Money. However I think I might have gone with Frank and Jesse James myself. That’s splitting hairs though.

  2. 01.19.12 at 6:08 PM #

    You should make a series out of it. Life of Drugs. Life of Sex. Life of Asian Women.

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