Hot On the iPod

I have a tendency to run hot and cold on music. When something catches my fancy, I play it to death. Then it's on to the next thing. For the last couple of weeks, it was Dwight Yoakam, but for the last couple of work nights, it's been Liz Phair. I ripped Exile In Guyville from 1993, and Whip-Smart from 1994. She's the kind of singer that you'll either really like or really hate. Her lyrics are not for the faint of heart or the prudish, and she earns her Explicit Lyrics warning on the label. There's quite a bit to like on Exile In Guyville, especially songs like "Help Me Mary," "Divorce Song," the scandalously salacious "Flower" and of course, "F*** and Run."

Latest rip to the iPod: Ramones Mania by the Ramones, a 30-track collection of their greatest hits. I pointed out to a friend at work that a lot of the songs apply to what most people would like to do to Paris Hilton: "Teenage Lobotomy," "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment," "Psycho Therapy," and "Beat On the Brat." Favorite Ramones song? Probably "Blitzkrieg Bop."