RICH’S MIXTAPE: Super Bowl

With so many concerts going on during Super Bowl Week, clearly music is just as much a part of the game as the game itself. The Black Eyed Peas, Prince and Duran Duran may rock us out, but try these tunes might get help get your game face on.

“Lone Star Uprising” — Hydroponic Sound System: This Dallas band’s downtempo dub is more vibe than anthem, but the Bowl is definitely a shining moment for the state … especially with the Cowboys nowhere in sight.

“Taxi Cab” — Vampire Weekend: Going to the actual game? Uh, don’t bother driving. By train or by cab, you’re better off because parking is going to be a beeyotch.

“Fair Game” — The Like: OK, once that coin toss happens, we do want good sportsmanship throughout … whether on the field or during the drinking games.

“Big Muscle” — DJ Bill Bennett: Yes, most gay men can’t resist some of those beefy players on the field. And since this is pretty much it for the season, this is the time to appreciate and salivate.

“Another Piece of Meat” — The Scorpions: Well, they are! See “Big Muscle.”

“Spit in Your Face” — Kevin Rudolph with Lil Wayne: Just because we want fair, doesn’t mean we want wussies out there. A little trash talk is a good thing — gets the blood going.

“Everything to Lose” — Dido: Both teams are previous Bowl winners so it’s hard to feel sorry for the losers, but there has to be one. Sorry, Steelers.

“Keep on Runnin’” – Journey: Those of us watching from the living room will be yelling something like this at the players. And yes, we do yell at the TV. Don’t question it.

“You Lost Me” – Christina Aguilera, pictured: The Burlesque star will be singing the national anthem and for this we are glad. For the inevitable person who doesn’t understand the game, asks a bunch of questions and still doesn’t get it — well, just play this.

“Four Minutes” – Madonna with Justin Timberlake: At some point in the game, there will be four crucial minutes that could make or break either team.

“You Win Again” – Jerry Lee Lewis: This is what one coach will say to the other in that midway handshake. Either that or something else altogether.

“Game Over” – V.V. Brown: Yes, four 15-minute quarters should equal one hour, but don’t complain. Just listen to some Christina. Otherwise, after a few hours of game time, rad commercials and snacks, it’s time to focus on basketball.

— Rich Lopez

—  John Wright

RICH’S MIXTAPE

Perhaps some of these Pride parade entrants will consider these tunes

Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin

Kudos to Pride parade floats for making the event fab. But how likely will we hear the obvious trash disco or Lady Gaga blaring from speakers as they trickle down the road to Lee Park? Way likely. In this mixtape edition, I created my fantasy parade soundtrack for some of the floats and entrants this year. Otherwise, be prepared for “We Are Family” heading your way.

“I’m a Rainbow” – Donna Summer: OK, it’s a ballad and maybe obvious, but it sounds like just what Resource Center Dallas is all about. Plus, a drag queen could kill this on a float.

“Stand By Your Man” – Lyle Lovett: His cover isn’t cheeky by any means, but would speak volumes for the Round-Up Saloon’s walk down. Although I was torn between this and Toby Keith’s “Shoulda Been a Cowboy.”

“Sex (I’m a …)” – Berlin: Personally, I love the brazenness of Adult New Releases’ ads. I only imagine they’d be the same way in public.

“Not Myself Tonight” – Christina Aguilera: As the men transform into the divas of the Rose Room, I can see this running through their heads. Why not “sing” it out loud?

“Young Americans” – David Bowie: Youth First Texas keeps growing into an important part of the LGBT community. And you know, the children are our future.

“La Bomba” – Ricky Martin, pictured: Maybe it’s cliche to go with Latin music for our gay Latin clubs, but this song is a party all by itself. Crowds will rumba as this floats down.

“Another Piece of Meat” – Scorpions: Heavy metal has its place in the parade if this accompanies a visit to Club Dallas. What? They have weekly cookouts. Get your mind out of the gutter.

“Id Engager” – Of Montreal: Legacy Counseling Center could throw a little Freud our way and be totally hip about it.

“Teeth” — Lady Gaga. After her impromptu concert at the Round-Up Saloon, she had to be here — if only for Floss.

— Rich Lopez

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas