You know, for dorks.

It is time for stormy weather

One of my favorite things about the world is stormy weather. I like rain, really dark ominous looking clouds, thunder, lightning, you name it. Wind gusts make me feel energetic, so long as I am not riding my bicycle directly into them. The downside is that my hands are the temperature of popsicles from October through June. The upside is that it makes me happy. Plus, listening to Morrissey always works better when it's rainy.

With that in mind, I had the notion to put together a CD mix with songs that reference stormy weather. Off the top of my head, I came up with three:

  • Stormy Weather by the Pixies
  • Sometimes (Lester Piggott) by James
  • Hot, Hot, Hot!!! by The Cure

I know I'm forgetting so many, but I inhaled a lot of paint fumes over the weekend, so I'm going to blame it on that. What other songs belong on the bad weather mix?

If you don't have any songs about intense weather patterns, tell me what you're listening to these days that you'd recommend. Lisa also asked for recommendations last week, so you'd be doing us both a favor.


Wednesday, November 8, 2006
i'm aghast. but you're not from TX so i forgive you this. there's Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan. also The Sky Is Crying written by Elmore James and covered by practically every blues great in history. these might not fit into your new wave/punk/indie theme however...

as for other good music, i just ordered used cds by The Channels and David & The Citizens from Amazon. i especially reccommend a song called The Licensee by The Channels, which you can find on their MySpace page.

oh yeah, REM's So. Central Rain would fit the theme.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Knock on wood by Donna Summer ("It's like thunder, lightning"), the perennial rollerskating song.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Wildly eclectic and most likely not your bag:
Black Winter Night by Dragonforce
Fury of the Storm by Dragonforce
The Lighthouse's Tale by Nickel Creek
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Dragonforce is rad.

But my recommendation is Ladytron. Everything off of 'The Witching Hour' sounds kind of stormish.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
possible storm mix music:
- red rain by peter gabriel
- cloudburst on shingle street by thomas dolby
- rainfall by apples in stereo
- make it rain by tom waits (effin' great song)
- only happy when it rains by garbage
- here comes the rain again by eurythmics
- rain by tones on tail

and my newest favorite band:
margot and the nuclear so and so's. skelton key is the stand out track but the whole album, The Dust of Retreat, is pretty solid.

Thursday, November 9, 2006
In no order of favorites (it all depends on the mood):

Box of Rain - Grateful Dead
Like a Hurricane - Neil Young
Southern Rain - Cowboy Junkies
When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
The Rain Song - Led Zeppelin
Shelter from the Storm - Bob Dylan
November Rain - G&R

...and so many more
Thursday, November 9, 2006
The jewel of the bunch:
It's Raining - Quasi

See also:
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Bob Dylan
It's Coming Down - Cake
Have You Ever Seen The Rain - CCR

Stuff you should listen to:
Everything on the (coming out this month) Metafilter Compilation Album. *cough* *cough*
Thursday, November 9, 2006
How did I get that many responses and NOBODY mentioned "It's Raining Men"? Dana, Sarge, you're slipping.

Also, Milli Vanilli's "Blame it on the Rain" might have to go on the comp because I LOVED that song in 1989.

Josh, I bought my Metafilter comp six years ago. I'm waiting.
Thursday, November 9, 2006
Here are mine:

Riders on the storm - The Doors
Ravel in the rain - Black
Concerto for a rainy day including Mr. Blue Sky - ELO
- Leonard Cohen

I need to go listed to my Black albums. Love that guys voice.

You should put together a mix and sell it at Starbucks!
Thursday, November 9, 2006
I forgot one:

I can see clearly now - Hothouse Flowers

I like the Hothouse Flowers version best.
Thursday, November 9, 2006
rubber ducky
No one mentioned The Beatles' "Rain"? And as long as I'm in Before You Were Born mode, "Let It Rain" by Eric Clapton.
Also, "I Can't Stand the Rain", which I think Tina Turner recorded.
Thursday, November 9, 2006
"I'm waiting."

Touche, Campbell. Touche.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Bob Dylan
Raining in Baltimore - Counting Crows (my favorite Counting Crows song)
Rain King - Counting Crows (OK, so this is more of a Saul Bellow reference than a weather reference - good none the less)
Prayers for Rain - The Cure
Rain - The Cult (Everyone should own a copy of Love)
Good Bye Blue Sky - Pink Floyd

As far as "It's Raining Men" goes, I thought we were talking about songs that are good for stormy weather. "It's Raining Men" is good any time!!
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Don't forget "they Call it Stormy Monday," that great blues standard by T-Bone walker.

And, FYI, Dr. G has a seven-part mix tape collection of rain songs I can peruse for you if you'd like.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Felt compelled to add:

Rain - Concrete Blonde
It Can't Rain all the Time - Jane Silberry
Rain - Alpha
English Summer Rain - Placebo
The Rainmaster - The Fall
Bangkok Rain - The Cult

And finally-
Raindrops keep falling on my head - BJ Thomas

Tuesday, November 14, 2006
No one said "Stormy Weather" by Etta James? I would have said "It's Raining Men" as that's my all time favorite karaoke song. Let's see there's also: "Stop the Rain" by Terminal Bliss (I think that's a free download at, "No Rain" by Blind Melon and "After the Rain has Fallen" by Sting.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I'm surprised nobody mentioned Garth Brooks' The Thunder Rolls...