Top 10 Songs for Jukebox Warfare

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"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle." -Sun Tzu

It happens to everyone at some point. You're at a local watering hole with some friends, innocently shooting pool and knocking back a few cold ones, when suddenly, the putrid sound of Lady Gaga permeates the bar. Then "Born This Way" gives way to a Shania Twain ballad, and you decide that now is as good a time as any to duck out for a smoke. Alas, the bar has invested in outdoor speakers, so even the patio patrons are not spared from the torturous cacophony. You head back inside and, as Shania segues into King of Leon, you realize that you are under attack. Hostile forces have commandeered the jukebox. If you don't take action soon, your neighborhood bar will be transformed into a disaster area full of zombified victims, glassy-eyed and slack-jawed from the devastating effects of Hinder poisoning.

What can you do? Well, if you're at a bar with an internet jukebox, you have a formidable arsenal at your disposal. If you act quickly, you can surely vanquish these vile forces and their FM radio swill. (Note: if you're at a bar with an old-school, "regular" jukebox, this would be a good time to ask yourself why you're frequenting an establishment with Lady Gaga and KoL on said jukebox.)

Before we discuss the weaponry you'll be employing, let go over a few rules of engagement for jukebox warfare: 

Act Swiftly and Decisively: Everyone has a shitty song or two that they like, but as soon as you hear two bad songs in a row, be ready to act. Procure the necessary change from the bar and start putting together a playlist in your head.

No Cost Too Great for Victory: You'll have to cough up more cash to play songs outside of the featured rotation, and internet jukeboxes typically give you the option of paying extra to hear a song next. You'll need to take advantage of both of these options to ensure victory. However, by picking longer songs, you can serve the dual purpose of keeping the enemy at bay longer and getting more bang for your buck.

Collateral Damage is Unfortunate but Inevitable: Some of the other patrons at the bar might not love the the songs you choose for your counterattack, but they'll thank you in the end. However...

Only Use Torture as a Last Resort: Just because Rush have a couple 20-minute songs in their oeuvre doesn't give you the right to stoop to your enemy's level. While it might be tempting to just find the worst song on the jukebox and play it 10 times in a row, remember that there are innocent bystanders involved. Aural torture should be used as a last resort against a steadfast enemy, and only after your tab has been paid and you're ready to beat a hasty retreat.

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Now that you're up to speed on when to go to war, let's look at some of the weapons at your disposal. Here are 10 of my personal favorite jukebox warfare songs. Keep in mind that all internet jukeboxes are not created equal, so some of these tunes might not be available on every jukebox. I verified all 10 of these on the jukebox at Doc & Eddy's in Tempe, but I strongly encourage you to poke around on the internet jukebox at your favorite bar and compile a list of your own so you'll be ready when the time comes.

10. "Tetragrammaton" by the Mars Volta (16 minutes, 42 seconds)
The Mars Volta have so many great long songs, you could successfully wage jukebox warfare from their catalog alone. I chose "Tetragrammaton" from their 2006 release, Amputecture, simply because it's their longest studio cut. This song is so long, it had to be broken into two YouTube videos.

9. "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin (18:37)
This one is a little tricky. You'll need to look up Led Zepplin's two-disc BBC Sessions release and choose the second of two versions of this song. The tracks were listed in order on the jukebox I checked, so it should be the sixth one from the end of the list. Get it right and you've just treated yourself, your friends and the rest of the bar to nearly 20 minutes' worth of Zeppelin. It's so long I couldn't find streaming audio or even a two-part YouTube video for this bad boy.

8. "Starla" by the Smashing Pumpkins (11:01) Starla Dear by tigermeat

This 1992 B-side from the Smashing Pumpkins is not only their longest song, but also ranks among their best. Look for it on the Pisces Iscariot album and be prepared to be blown away by Billy Corgan's five-minute guitar solo. 

7. "A Bit of Finger / Sleeping Village / Warning" by Black Sabbath (14:16)
For some reason, on North American versions of Black Sabbath's self-titled debut, the album's 10 songs are only divided into five separate tracks. While this can be problematic when compiling stoner rock mix CDs, it comes in handy when waging jukebox warfare. It's like getting three songs for the price of one. 

6. "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else" by Type O Negative (15:02)
Originally titled "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity," this song was given a new, slightly less subtle name on Type O's faux live album, The Origin of the Feces. Type O is another band that has a ton of long songs to choose from, but this one tops the list. It's also a great one to keep in your back pocket in case your cheating whore of an ex happens to walk into the bar with her new beau (not that you'd ever be that vindictive).

5. "Voodoo Chile" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience (14:59)
A 15-minute blues jam from the greatest guitar player to ever walk the earth? Duh. Winning. This one is from the album Electric Ladyland, but don't confuse it with the much-shorter-but-still-awesome "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)." 

4. "Three Days" by Jane's Addiction (10:49)
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This song was the highlight of Ritual de lo Habitual and one of the greatest songs Jane's Addiction ever released. If you can find it, the live version on Kettle Whistle is about a minute longer and even better than the studio version. 

3. "Bring it On" by the Geto Boys (8:16)
Nothing says you mean business like an eight-minute, 13-emcee gangsta rap posse cut. This one is from  the Geto Boys' 1993 album Til Death Do Us Part, and features damn near everyone who had a contract with Rap-A-Lot Records at the time. I think the janitor even has a verse. They all bring their "A" game, and the result is not only a great jukebox warfare tune, but one of the best rap songs of the '90s, period.

2. "The Great Southern Trendkill" by Pantera (3:47)
One of these songs is not like the others. At less than four minutes, you might think this song is a strange choice for jukebox domination, but think of "The Great Southern Trendkill" as your WMD. The opening track from Pantera's 1996 album of the same name is loud, vicious and leaves a crater of destruction in its wake. From the opening scream (aided by Anal Cunt frontman Seth Putnam) to the lyrics eviscerating pop culture-worshiping mouth-breathers, this song sounds like it was written specifically for jukebox warfare. This is a bona fide call to arms and should have the posers running for the exits. 

1. "L.M.L.Y.P." by Ween (8:48) 
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In the cover insert from Ween's 1990 debut album, GodWeenSatan: The Oneness, the lyrics for "L.M.L.Y.P." are absent, replaced with the ominous phrase "(ween is in big trouble dudes)." Were they referring to their blatant - and uncredited - interpolation of a pair of Prince tunes in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the song? More likely, they're referring to the fact that they actually had the nads (or genius, or stupidity) to release one of the longest, sexiest, most graphic odes to cunnilingus ever set to music. "L.M.L.Y.P." has all the qualities of the best jukebox warfare songs: it's good, it's long, it's offensive and, by god, it's danceable. It's priceless to see the looks of horror on your enemies faces as the song they were just mindlessly grooving to suddenly takes them somewhere they weren't expecting to go.

"What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease." -Sun Tzu
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15 comments
J8675309
J8675309

Did this at a pool hall. The Song?

The Glass Prison by Dream Theater

Everyone looked so confused.

lakawak
lakawak

Gotta love people like this blog "writer" (to use hte term loosely) who mock otehrs for their taste in music and then list alterantives that he thinks makes his taste in music superior simply becuase he likes music that no one else does.

And honestly...if you listen to smashing Pumpkins after junior high school, you have NO right to mock others tastes in music. (If you write fora blog for a "living" you also have no right to mock others over anything.)

need-gadget
need-gadget

I like the Pantera song, nice article.. :)

joe.distort
joe.distort

the most common internet jukeboxes still lack a lot of truly noisy and harsh fun, but i have found that most of them can get some early CONVERGE. i partially cleared the only bar open past 9 pm in sleepy little Oak Creek with the 7 minutes of THE SADDEST DAY. it was their fault. they put on two dave matthews songs followed by two bob marley.

Schadenfriend
Schadenfriend

Most internet jukeboxes have a skip button located on the underside, usually toward the right rear. Skipping someone's awful song is probably the jukebox warfare nuclear option.

White Nerd Yuppie Guy
White Nerd Yuppie Guy

there was a good record back in 1968 called high live and dirty XXX with Jim Morrison of the Doors and Jimi Hendrix. the best song on the record was i want to fuck you in your ass all night long with Jim Morrison singing and Jimi Hendrix playing guitar in the background. if you have this record its worth alot of bucks $$. i still have mine. i got it back in 1970. its a see threw record and its red.

White Nerd Yuppie Guy
White Nerd Yuppie Guy

where is cum stains on my pillow by long haired country redneck biker ex convict David Allen Coe? or Redneck piece of white trash and your so ugly bitch by the band Redneck Son?

Mike Meyer
Mike Meyer

You say we suck? You paid 15 dollars - 15 American dollars - to get in here, and we're gettin' paid - paid for this shit. Now who's the real asshole here?

lakawak
lakawak

Wow...so it seems like you set your life goals quite a bit lower than most people.

I guess if that is what you need to talk yourself out of killing yourself every day, then so be it.

lakawak
lakawak

And a prick move. Just because your life sucks so much that you have to invent ways to fool yourself into thinking you are superior to others in order to stave off suicide one more night (hint...one of these days, don't talk yourself out of it...you are right the first time..you DON'T have a reason to live.) and therefore you think that listening to obscure shit makes you BETTER than others (nothing more pathetic than thinking that your OPINIONS make you better than others.) you don't have the right to take away someone's paid for songs. Also the best way to get your ass thrown out of a bar, or at least never have any of your shit played again.

(Of course, usually the bar manager will skip the shit listed on this blog since it makes everyone leave the bar.)

joe.distort
joe.distort

didnt see where my life goals were listed 'lakawak'. thanks for playing!

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