The east coast is hanging on through the massive weather storm that is Hurricane Sandy, and hopefully for you, the next day (or two) will just involve staying (safely) inside. If that’s the case for you (and we hope it is), here’s a a playlist to get you through the storm. And no, we didn’t forget about The Scorpions’ “Rock You Like A Hurricane,” we just thought we’d go with some less obvious choices.
The Allman Brothers Band – “Stormy Monday”
One of the mind-blowing jams from their classic 1971 LP Live At The Fillmore East. This was when the band was truly based around two brothers, Gregg (whose singing was never more soulful) and the late Duane (whose playing inspired generations of blues/rock guitarists in the decades to come). The song was originally written by T-Bone Walker, and was also covered by Jethro Tull and Eric Clapton. A couple of years ago, Clapton joined the Allmans for a great version of the song.
Bob Dylan – “Shelter From The Storm”
“Hurricane” might be a more obvious choice, but that song was based on a person (boxer Ruben “Hurricane” Carter). For today, go with this lesser-known song instead.
Jimi Hendrix – “In From The Storm”
Not Jimi’s most well-known song, but one of his best. Find it on his album First Rays Of The New Rising Sun.
Ann Peebles – “I Can’t Stand The Rain”
A classic that has been covered by Ron Wood, Seal, Sam Moore and most famously, Tina Turner. It was also used in the film The Commitments and sampled by rapper Missy Elliott.
The Beatles – “Rain”
One of their best B-sides, and one of their first promotional video clips.
Deep Purple – “Stormbringer”
Even though we’re not including The Scorpions’ “Rock You Like A Hurricane” here, we will represent heavy metal by way of this song. This is from the band’s third lineup, featuring singer David Coverdale, who went on to greater fame: after Purple broke up, he formed Whitesnake.
Fleetwood Mac – “Storms”
U2 – “Electrical Storm”
An underrated gem that U2 recorded for their The Best Of 1990-2000 collection (released in 2002). The video, directed by Anton Corbijn (and starring drummer Larry Mullen Jr.) is one of their best.
Billy Joel – “Storm Front”
Joel wrote this song about events in his personal life, but the line “Red flags are flying from the coast guard mast,” works this week, at least if you’re on the eastern seaboard.
Blondie – “The Tide Is High”
A No. 1 hit in 1980 for Debbie Harry & co., it was originally recorded in 1967 by Jamaican group The Paragons.
Rocking aside, we hope everyone stays safe through the storm. Follow the story as it progresses at CBS New York.
— Brian Ives, CBS Local