Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Raging Fire” Ride

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Raging Fire” 50-Minute Ride

This is a "fancy" playlist y'all!

This is a “fancy” playlist y’all!

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Today’s playlist is a true interval ride with the pace & intensity changing every few minutes. It starts with a Philip Phillips song and ends with one of my favorite tunes in the whole wide world by Nelly Furtado. Hope it gets you motivated!

 

  • Raging Fire: Philip Phillips

I understand Phillip Phillips was on American Idol but I have never seen one episode of that show so to me he is just another singer who plays songs that make me say “hmmm—this might work for a warm-up tune.” And it certainly does work so there you go!

 

  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl: Jet

Do you remember the early iPod ads that used this song? Yeah—they were pretty cool.

 

  • I Gotta Feeling: The Black Eyed Peas

This one is just too damn catchy not to enjoy thoroughly.

 

  • Run-Around: Blues Traveler

I am old enough to admit I saw Blues Traveler live when this song came out and thought they would become huge stars. (Could still happen!)

 

  • Clocks: Coldplay

Some people really hate Coldplay and can’t hear one tune from them without making a face. I don’t care about those people.

 

  • Wake Up Call: Maroon 5

My favorite song by Maroon 5—it always puts me in a good mood!

 

  • Times Like These: Foo Fighters

If I added up the number of times I have paid to download the Foos….they just kick too much ass for their own good!

 

  • Fancy: Iggy Azalea

No idea at all why on earth this woman is so freaking popular right now but this is probably going to be the song of the summer because I hear it everywhere.

 

  • Firestarter: The Prodigy

I am also old enough to say I have seen The Prodigy live and they were amazing.

 

  • Natural One: Folk Implosion

The only reason the movie Kids meant anything to me was that they had this song on their soundtrack.

 

  • You Get What You Give: New Radicals

One of the best one-hit wonder tunes—ever.

 

  • I’m Like a Bird: Nelly Furtado

This is another case where I could have sworn she would become a huge star one day. Oh well—she will always have I’m Like a Bird.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

BFC

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Counting Stars” 50-Minute Ride

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“Counting Stars” (50-minute Ride)

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Are you ready for a tough workout? This 50-minute playlist that I created is filled with music that will hopefully get you motivated on your next ride or run. As usual—there is a mixture of newer tunes with a few 90s gems. Enjoy!

 

  • Counting Stars: OneRepublic

OneRepublic is a band from Colorado who wrote this super-catchy song that makes my head bop to the beat.

 

  • Out of My League: Fitz & The Tantrums

Today one of my favorite students told me this was her favorite song from this list. Fitz & The Tantrums are a Los Angeles band that writes fun tunes that will make you want to sing along.

  • Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You): Kelly Clarkson

This has to be one of my favorite songs of all time. Seriously—Kelly Clarkson just sings the hell out of it.

 

  • Dangerous: Big Data

I got this directly from the Internet—“Big Data is a paranoid electronic music project from the Internet.’ Not sure what that means but Dangerous has a bouncy energy I love.

 

  • Rope: Foo Fighters

Whenever I want to set the volume to “11”—I put on some Foos!

 

  • Holiday: Green Day

This is my favorite song from American Idiot!

 

  • Get Off This: Cracker

When I want to reminisce about young & free in the 90s—I play songs like this one.

 

  • My Moon My Man: Feist

Where is Feist these days? I miss her!

 

  • Americano: Lady Gaga

I loves me some Gaga and this live version is fun to watch!

 

  • I Heard I Had: Dear Rouge

This is a new band from Vancouver and this song makes me want to dance around the room.

 

  • Stupid Girl: Garbage

Shirley Manson is my spirit animal.

 

  • Get Higher: Black Grape

This song is wonderfully subversive and fun.

 

  • Pets: Pornos for Pyros

I wish I could find the original video for this song as I recall it being freaky and fun.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “That’s Not My Name” 50-Minute Ride Ting Tings, Rhianna, Muse

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“That’s Not My Name” (50-minute Ride)

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Today I want to start off with a song that every once in a while becomes an earworm in my brain. It’s just so damn catchy and fun that I can’t think of a reason to NOT play it.

Anyhoo—I hope you like this mix today of the old and new. This is a 50-minute interval ride of varying in tempo and mood from song to song. Hope you enjoy it!

 

  • That’s Not My Name: The Ting Tings

I dare you to NOT sing along to the chorus—it’s damn near impossible!

 

  • Pon de Replay: Rhianna

Rhianna is a new obsession for me. I have been downloading her music like crazy lately.

  • Fixed to Ruin: Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts has been very popular in Canada and looks like he might be taking off here as well. This is from his last album and is my favorite from him by far.

 

  • Runnin’ Down a Dream: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

The video for this song still kind of freaks me out but I love playing it super loud!

 

  • Zombie: The Cranberries

The Cranberries bring out my inner “Irish Badass” to the fore.

 

  • Gold Digger: Kanye West (with Jamie Foxx)

I played this on Sunday morning and one of my students said “What was that Ray Charles song you played today?” I told him it was actually Jamie Foxx singing and that there was a BIG difference between the “clean” and “explicit” version.

 

  • Supermassive Black Hole: Muse

This was the first hit from Muse that made me pay attention to them.

 

  • Glory and Gore: Lorde

Some people get annoyed by Lorde but I think she is really interesting.

 

  • It’s All Been Done: Barenaked Ladies

Funny Canadians signing catchy music brings out the “happy” in me.

 

  • The Passenger: Iggy Pop

“Singing La La La La La La La!” (Don’t mind me while I dance around my apartment right now…)

 

  • Pony: Ginuwine

Outside of the annoying spelling of his name—this song is so much fun to play in class and the metaphors to silly to not enjoy thoroughly.

 

  • Porcelain: Moby

My favorite DJ in the whole wide world (Dave Morey) would play this song on KFOG all of the time and said that it went “right to the pleasure center” of his brain. Not a bad way to end a ride—right?

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Happy Ride” with Pharrell Williams, Metric, Moby & More

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Happy Ride” (50-minute Ride)

"I look badass like this--right?"

“I look like a badass, right?”

 

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Spring is in the air (well, we had a hint of it over the weekend) and I am ready to look forward to a new season filled with sunny skies, warmer temps and an upbeat attitude. So today I present my newest playlist featuring some of my favorite tunes right now. Enjoy!

 

  • Happy: Pharrell Williams

I should hate this song with all of its cheeriness and lack of cynicism but dammit if it isn’t so much fun to bop your head along to this one. (Does that sound passive aggressive? I hope not!)

 

  • Fire Sign: The Gossip

Beth Ditto has one of the best voices in rock and roll and this is my favorite tunes by her band.

 

  • Let It Whip: Dazz Band

Can any song make me happier than this one? I think Pharrell has stiff competition here.

 

  • Can’t Hold Us Down: Christina Aguilera

I cannot believe this song is over ten years old now—yikes! (I am indeed getting old.)

 

  • When You’re Falling: Afro Celt Sound System

This is a great song to climb to and I love Peter Gabriel’s voice.

 

  • Gold Guns Girls: Metric

My all-time favorite Metric single and it it kills me that I have yet to see them live. (Need to work on that…)

 

  • Safe and Sound: Capital Cities

A real bouncy-sounding tune that reminds of 80’s pop music.

 

  • South Side: Moby

Gwen Stefani really classes up the joint here.

 

  • Let Me Entertain You: Robbie Williams

For some reason he never caught on in America but I still love to hear me some Robbie Williams.

 

  • Believe in Me: Sloan

If you are not familiar with this pop/rock Canadian band—try out this song to start. They know how to write hooks!

 

  • Creep: TLC

(This reminds me –I still need to see that VH-1 movie…)

 

  • Time to Pretend: MGMT

Supposedly MGMT will have a new music out this year. (Fingers crossed!)

 

  • Take a Picture: Filter

The lead singer is very cute and his brother was in Terminator 2.

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Hey Brother” Ride Avicci, The Fugees, The Killers, Big Data & More

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“Hey Brother” (50-minute Ride)

(Also, Does Your Gym Stereo Suck As Much As Mine?)

Fugees

 

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A few weeks ago I heard Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack on the local oldies station and then switched to a hip hop channel and heard The Fugees remake only a few minutes later—spooky!  It was then I decided to download The Score and include them in my next playlist. Done and done.

Here is my quandary and I want to know if any of you out there experience this as well. Do you ever come across any songs that are/were recorded at too soft a volume to play on your gym stereo? Every once in a while, I play a tune in class that sounds like a whisper and even if I turn the stereo “to 11”—it just does not play loud enough.  Is it just me?  Does this happen to any of you as well?

That is exactly what happened with my Fugees this past week. I cranked the stereo all the way up and you could still barely hear Lauryn Hill which is a travesty.  Music industry—figure out this problem!

Anyway, today’s playlist got an official thumb’s up by the local high school track team who heard me play it over the loud speakers at my gym. Let’s dive in…

 

  • Hey Brother: Avicii

Avicii is a Swedish DJ who is getting tons of airplay these days and this particular tune has kind of a country twang to it making it fun for a warm-up.

 

  • Crank It Up: Hipjoint (with Sherry St. Germain)

This song has a raucous, fun beat and (thankfully) plays super loud!

(Sorry–no video clip exists for this song. Try iTunes!)

 

  • Killing Me Softly With His Song: The Fugees

If you are not moved by this song in any way—you simply have no soul.

 

  • Boys Wanna Be Her: Peaches

Have you heard about the fabulous Peaches? This woman can rock bigger and better than most dudes!

 

  • Dangerous: Big Data

If you like you like funky music—give jam a try. You’ll be glad you did!

 

  • Jump Around: House of Pain

I saw a kid today dance his butt off to Jump Around and it made me smile.

 

  • No Heaven: Champion

This song has a bouncy feel.

 

  • Temple: Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon know how to create hard-driving tunes that get people to move faster.

 

  • Cannibal: Silversun Pickups

The latest from this band is really fast and perfect for sprint drills.

 

  • We’re All In This Together: Sam Roberts Band

Sam Roberts is a totally adorable Canadian (you know I love my Canadians!)

 

  • Sweater Weather: The Neighbourhood

Not quite sure what it is about this song I like so much but it sort of draws me into a whole other world whenever I hear it.

 

  • Seether: Veruca Salt

I use Veruca Salt  to soothe my inner 90s rock chick.

 

  • All These Things That I’ve Done: The Killers

Let’s end this ride with a cool down with this tune from my favorite band from Las Vegas.

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “Crystal Vases” 50-min Ride P!nk, Gwen Stafani, Green Day, Nicki Minaj

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Crystal Vases” (50-minute Ride)

Nicki Minaj

 

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Is it cold enough for you? (West Coast peeps can just shut their collective pie holes, by the way. We get it—it’s nice there. Now stop bragging about it on Facebook!)

Anyhoo I finally got around to creating a new playlist and it received kudos over the weekend by my picky students. It’s a mixture of old & new tunes and I hope you all enjoy it. (Now enough of the Polar Vortex crap!)

 

  • Crystal Vases: The Last Royals

I love this song to use as a warm-up as it is fun and poppy sounding. However—try tot to focus on the lyrics as they are rather, um, depressing.

 

  • Hell: Tegan and Sara

My fondness for Canadians continues with this duo who write some really catchy pop-rock tunes.

  • Get the Party Started: P!nk

If you need a go-to that is guaranteed to get the whole room into a groove—try this one from P!nk. Cuz it rules!

 

  • World Turning: Fleetwood Mac

I love Lindsey Buckingham and this one is one of my all-time favorites from his early days in Fleetwood Mac.

 

  • Midnight City: M83

This is one of those slow, climb-type of songs that reminds me of 80s New Wave music.

 

  • Hollaback Girl: Gwen Stefani

Personally, I prefer the version where she curses…B A N A N A S! (Don’t worry, this video is clean.)

 

  • I Don’t Feel Ike Dancing: Scissor Sisters

If there is a happier sounding song in the world—I have yet to find it.

 

  • Brain Stew: Green Day

Give me some crunchy-sounding guitars just about any day of the week, thankyouverymuch.

 

  • Holding on for Life: Broken Bells

The first time I heard this song I was convinced it was Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon singing as the Bee Gees. Love it though I know nothing about this band.

 

  • Machinehead: Bush

Are they names after the President(s?) Does anyone know the answer to that?

 

  • Starships: Nicki Minaj

Once again—I prefer the dirty version of this tune. (NSFW! Really!)

 

  • Stars: Moby

For some reason Moby seems to write the perfect songs to use for “climbs.”

 

  • Changes: David Bowie

“Time may change me, but I can’t change time.”

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: “New Year’s Day” Ride U2, Pompeii, Foos, The Sheepdogs & More

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“New Year’s Day” (50-minute Ride)

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It might seem by the title of this week’s playlist that I was celebrating the arrival of 2014 and therefore it is special for the New Year’s holiday. No! The first track (one of U2’s best IMHO) just happens to be an excellent song to start off a class. The beat is strong, consistent and helps everyone get into the mood to ride. Therefore–you can use this playlist any time of year for a kick ass workout.

 

  • New Year’s Day: U2

Great warm-up song that can be played any time of year. Really!

 

  • Welcome to Paradise: Green Day

I always like to think of this song as THE perfect second tune to play in a spin class as it ramps up the energy and gets everyone in a good mood.

  • Gettin’ Jiggy With It: Will Smith

Is there anyone more charming and likable than Will Smith?

 

  • But if You Close Your Eyes: Pompeii

This could be my new favorite band as they write some of the best songs for working out and getting motivated to move.

 

  • No More Drama: Mary J. Blige

I have talked about this tune before but it truly  is fantastic for hills and climbs.

 

  • Modern Love: David Bowie

I like to do strength intervals here with 15-seconds of hard work and 30-second rests in between.

 

  • Feeling Good: The Sheepdogs

This is another song I have talked about before but it is just too damn catchy for words!

 

  • Times Like These: Foo Fighters

One of my students recently told me “every time I hear the Foo Fighters– I feel like doing sprints.”  The Foos know how to get people excited!

 

  • White Rabbit: Jefferson Airplane

“Remember what the door mouse said …feed your head!”

 

  • The Hardest Button to Push: The White Stripes

Bump, bump, bump—I love the beat of this song.

 

  • Ghosts: Ladytron

My students climb to this with gradually increasing resistance with the last minute being the toughest part. I tell them to work at their top level until they hear the gong. If you listen to this song you will know what I mean.

 

  • The Impression I Get: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I am not sure what a “bosstone” is but I do love this 90s tune.

 

  • That’s the Way: Led Zeppelin

Throwing in a little Zep gives me the happies.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist “Wake Me Up” 50-Minute Ride Avicii, Lorde, Jack White & More

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S PLAYLIST

“Wake Me Up” (50-minute Ride)

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My playlist this week features a mixture of new tunes and few classic gems for a true interval ride. The energy level goes up and down so it is perfect for Tabata and sprint drills. Enjoy!

 

  • Wake Me Up: Avicii

This Swedish DJ’s real name is Tim Bergling and he has possibly the most gorgeous face I have ever seen on a man or woman. Just look at those blue eyes and high cheekbones…sorry, what were we talking about?

 

  • Pompeii: Bastille

Quoting directly from Wikipedia here: “Lyrically, the song is inspired by the Roman town known by the same name, which met its fate with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.”

  • All the Small Things: blink-182

The one and only blink-182 song I know. Love it.

 

  • Dancing With Myself: Billy Idol

I think Billy Idol is one of the sexiest rock & roll singers of all time and this song has long been a “dancing around my bedroom like a fool” staple in my life.

 

  • Sunday Morning: k-os

A really fun tune for running sprints.

 

  • Apparitions: Matthew Good Band

For the first “climb” in this set I like this one from the Matthew Good Band.

 

  • Dog Days Are Over: Florence & the Machine

This was one of my favorite songs from her first album and is perfect for when you want your class to work harder and give more energy.

 

  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark: Fall Out Boy

Kind of, sort of THE perfect workout tune which makes everyone helpless against its charms.

 

  • Love Interruption: Jack White

I have a thing for pasty white guys who croon for love.

 

  • Do What U Want: Lady Gaga (with R. Kelly)

Gaga was just so damn charming on the Howard Stern Show that she can do no wrong in my eyes.

 

  • The Perfect Life: Moby (featuring Wayne Coyne)

I am not sure if everyone is aware of this but MOBY HAS A NEW SONG YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT NOW!

 

  • Pump It: The Black Eyed Peas

If you want to get a group to move hard just one last time, this is what you need to play for them.

 

  • XO: Beyoncé

This is my absolute favorite song on her new album.

 

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: Vampire Weekend, Kanye West, Fatboy Slim, K-Os, Metric & More

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“Unbelievers Ride” (50-minute Ride)

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Yup, this is what rock stars look like now.

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This week’s playlist features a variety of beats and genres that will get your heart pumping and help motivate you to work harder, run faster and spin a little longer. (Or just get out of your own head and get your butt moving!)

 

Do me a favor? Let me know what you think and please tell me what is on your workout playlist these days.

 

First up…

  • Unbelievers: Vampire Weekend

I don’t always agree with rock critics on what I “should” love but this is one of those rare Brooklyn bands that are actually as good as their press indicates. (Is that throwing shade? I don’t mean to!)

 

  • Let’s Fall in Love: Mother Mother

This comes from a Canadian group that I am rather fond of and think should get famous here in the States right away. (The video is a little disturbing to some people so be warned there is a message about gender violence going on.)

  • My Body: Young the Giant

I admit to not being too familiar with Young the Giant but I love this song and think it sounds great when played really loud during class.

  • Locked out of Heaven: Bruno Mars

Whenever I play this in class my students start to bop their heads to the beat. It’s so damn adorable.

  • Weapon of Choice: Fatboy Slim

A good song that has the MOST amazing video ever attached to it as well—big win for all!

  • Butterfly: Crazy Town

I feel terrible the lead singer Shifty Shellshock has had his troubles (and especially having them exploited by the fame vampire Dr. Drew) and I hope he gets another chance to come up with a cool single.

  • Synthetica: Metric

One of my favorite bands is almost always on my playlists. Because they rock so damn hard!

  • Walk Away: James Gang

It is absolutely worth going to see The Eagles because you have the chance to hear a cool Joe Walsh tune or two. (Like this one!)

  • Music: Madonna

I always thought this video was trashy (even with a hilarious Sacha Baron Cohen playing da Ali G.) but I still dig doing sprints to this one from Madonna.

  • Crabbuckit: K-Os

This is just a really fun song, that’s it.

  • Seven Nation Army: The White Stripes

Jack White is one nutty dude but I am starting to find him attractive. Hmm…

  • Stronger: Kanye West

Okay, yes—this guy has an ego the size of New Jersey and is childish. But he has some good grooves in him and this song makes me want to work out harder.

  • Wish You Were Here: Radiohead

One of my favorite songs of all time and this cover is pretty damn terrific.

That’s all I have today folks. Let me know about some of your favorite songs and radio stations. I am always looking for good tunes.

Until next time…

Ox Ox,

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Playlist: A Spooky Halloween Ride #sweatpink

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“Halloween” (45-minute Ride)

Simpsons

 

Boo! Alright you ghosts and goblins—here is my Halloween-themed that I hope you enjoy. I avoided the clichéd stuff like Monster Mash or a “hit from hell” (Hangin’ Tough) and tried to find tunes that are spooky and interesting.

I hope you all have a great week and get tons of candy!

 

  • Don’t Fear the Reaper: Blue Oyster Cult

Such a great song and who couldn’t use more cowbell in their lives?

 

  • Disco Inferno: The Trammps

If only because I love the defiant way they spell their name.

 

  • Psycho Killer: Talking Heads

Everyone loves this song and it has an excellent, consistent beat.

 

 

  • Devil Inside: INXS

Remember how hot Michael Hutchence was?

 

 

  • Dead Man’s Party: Oingo Boigo

This song always reminds me of the Rodney Dangerfield classic Back to School.

 

 

  • Hell: Squirrel Nut Zippers

Back in the 90s there was a resurgence of swing music and this band did it pretty damn well.

 

 

  • Spooky:  Dusty Springfield

A cool classic by a white lady from England who sounds like a Southern black chanteuse.

 

 

  • People Are Strange: The Doors

For some reason I have been meeting people lately who tell me they are not fans of The Doors. Just as with Bowie last week I say– “Well, you are just f***ing wrong!”

 

 

  • The Time Warp: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Of course.

 

  • Werewolves of London: Warren Zevon

Such a talented guy and he wrote so many great songs but he is mainly known for this one which I still think is pretty cool. (The actual werewolf in the video is hilarious by the way.)

 

  • Thriller: Michael Jackson

The full video for your viewing pleasure.

 

  • Witchcraft: Frank Sinatra

One of my favorites from Old Blue Eyes!

 

Until next time…

 

Ox Ox,

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