File photo: New Jersey Gov. Christie speaks with Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, center, and Jenni "JWoww" Farley, cast members of MTV's "Jersey Shore," on the boardwalk where he took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen the beach in Seaside Heights, N.J., on Friday, May 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Northjersey.com, Kevin R. Wexler)
Need something to listen to on the way to the Shore this weekend? Let Gov. Christie be your DJ.
Christie, now staring in the “Stronger Than The Storm” TV ad campaign to woo visitors back to the post-Sandy Jersey Shore, has given The Christie Chronicles a sneak peek at his Spotify set list entitled “Down the Shore, Everything’s Alright.”
Christie took the songs right off his iPhone. Click here to hear it directly from Spotify. The set list:
Backstreets – Bruce Springsteen
Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
The Fever – South Side Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
Jersey Girl – Bruce Springsteen
Where The Streets Have No Name – U2
Summer of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Let’s Get It Started – The Black Eyed Peas
Have A Nice Day – Bon Jovi
Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen
Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
Carry On – Fun.
National Anthem – The Gaslight Anthem
Treasure -- Bruno Mars
For an actual professional's review of what this says about the governor’s musical stylings, check out Inky pop critic Dan DeLuca's detailed take here.
In the meantime, my family and I gave the entire playlist a test run while driving in Jersey on Saturday, and these are my observations:
- Psycho Killer?!? As the No. 3 track, no less! No other politician in America would put that on any kind of set list.
- But Christie wasn’t completely iconoclastic. The track from the band Fun. also appears on President Obama’s Official Inauguration Playlist on Spotify, which should provide fodder for those Christie-Obama Bromance conspiracy theorists out there. The lyrics are saccharine enough to be bipartisan (and are also appropriately inspirational for a post-Sandy Jersey Shore): If you're lost and alone / Or you're sinking like a stone, Carry on / May your past be the sound, Of your feet upon the ground, Carry on
- The surprises were few. Obviously “Under The Boardwalk” had to be on here. And The Gov has seen The Boss in concert a million times, so the two Springsteen tunes (and the Springsteen reference in the very name of the playlist) makes sense. But I’m actually surprised there wasn’t a third Bruce song. Would "Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” have been too obvious?
- When I started to trash “Summer of ’69” as it came in over the Walt Whitman Bridge, my wife told me I was wrong. She said it’s exactly what you want to listen to if you’re stuck in Shore traffic. She’s right.
- Great, old-school, totally-80s U2 song, “Where The Streets Have No Name,” could be an out-of-the-box pick for the Christie 2016 presidential campaign anthem. Plus, Bono has been known to flirt with First Lady Mary Pat Christie.
- On the other hand, I wish I could unhear that Bruno Mars song. Ech. That and the grating Black Eyed Peas dance/rap mish-mosh thing must have been Christie’s concessions to his kids.
- The final stats: Half of the tracks are from Jersey artists. Only one female up there (Fergie from Black Eyed Peas). And a huge generational range - from 1964 to 2012.
Your thoughts? Any other songs that he should have added?