‘Dems Fighting Words

Another category in my ?mood? CDs is the workout. These are subcategorized for different activities, such as running, cycling, boxing (I don?t really box, I just beat stuff up like a champ), weight-lifting, and aerobics. I really need a change in routine, though, and with it, I?m going to need a change in music. The subcat I really need to change is the boxing one, which is the biggest stress reliever I have in my arsenal. It?s not really a workout, per se, but more of channel for frustrations and anger. Hopefully it keeps me from chasing around idiots with a crowbar or slamming them into walls. A change in the routine requires at the least a change in pace which is somewhat dictated by the music I listen to.

I first learned (to use the term loosely) to box when I was fourteen. A guy I?d met at the local swimming hole (Griffith Park swimming pool, Los Feliz & Riverside) offered to teach me. At the time, he was only seventeen, and in training himself, but he?d been taking lessons since he was eleven. I learned enough to land a solid punch anywhere I chose, always supposing that my ?opponent? had never had any training himself. I later supplemented this start with several kick boxing classes, and more recently, Tai Chi Chuan shadow boxing. This is what I incorporate into my private routines now. The goal isn?t self-defense, nor is it really technique, but a safe indulgence in my violent side. (So, no, I won?t beat him up for you.)

Of course, many of these songs seem as if they shouldn?t be listed as ?fighting? songs, but the change in tempo helps me catch my breath and ease me out of the mid-workout frenzy. Hopefully I can add to the following incomplete list. None of these are in any particular order, and in addition, many of them are interchangeable.

Warm up:

Rob Zombie – Spookshow Baby (Black Leather Cat Suit Mix)

Audioslave – What You Are

Bush – Everything Zen

Clutch – Escape from the Prison Planet

Cake ? Comfort Eagle

Prodigy – Voodoo People (Chemical Bros Remix)

Jet Set Satellite – The Best Way To Die

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Stagger Lee

Five For Fighting – Easy Tonight

Voodoo Glow Skulls ? Band Geek Mafia

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – The Rainbow Connection

Offspring – Pretty Fly (Fatboy Slim Remix?God, I know, I -should- be embarrassed. No fear, I am.)

Ministry – Jesus Built My Hot Rod

White Town – Your Woman

Clutch ? Walking in the Great Shining Path of Monster Trucks

Backyard Babies – The Clash

Godsmack ? Keep Away

Ministry – New World Order

Cracker – Low

The Cramps – Let’s Get Fucked Up

REM – Black Betty

Southern Culture On The Skids – White Trash

Clutch ? Binge and Purge

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Insubordination

Patterning (repetitive practice sessions focusing on technique, not speed. These are not quite standard, as I?ve adapted them to ?flow? from one set to another with the tempo of the music.):

Clutch – Tight Like That

Ween – Voodoo Lady

Pink Floyd – The Wall

Flying Lizards – Money, That’s What I Want

Less Than Jake – Jen Doesn’t Like Me Anymore

Folk Implosion – Natural One

Rare Blend – Boom Boom Boom

Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music

Dust Brothers – Space Monkeys

Jamiroquai – Deeper Underground

The Cramps – Monkey With Your Tail

Southern Culture On The Skids – Walk Like A Camel

Muse – Time Is Running Out

Clutch – Shogun Named Marcus

The Flametrick Subs – Plastic Jesus

Stray Cats – Summertime Blues

The Clash ? I Fought the Law

Eartha Kitt – Where Is My Man (I generally don?t care for songs that express a *need* for another. This, however is totally redeemed by her mercenary attitude. As Eartha always is.)

Everything But the Girl – Wrong (Deep Dish Remix)

Groove Armada vs Fat Boy Slim – Shakin? That Ass

Elvis vs. JXL – A Little Less Conversation (Jxl remix. Like I?d exclude Elvis from my list. Pshaw. As if.)

Warm down:

The Flatliners – Rebel Yell (Billy Idol Cover)

Clutch – Space Grass

Type O Negative – Feel Like Making Love (Bad Company Cover)

Soul Coughing – Bus to Beelzebub

Talking Heads – Swamp

Everclear – Watch the World Die

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