L.A. playlists #4 by Guillaume Le Goff
The Beach Boys "Surfin' U.S.A." (1963)
Written by Brian Wilson riding a Chuck Berry inspiration and with Mike Love on lead vocals, "Surfin U.S.A." is the first song to speak about surf and Californian local spots like Del Mar, Sunset Beach or Santa Cruz. The Beach Boys first massive hit opened a large window for what would come to be called "surf rock". Brilliant, and historically significant.
Black Flag "Rise Above" (1981)
Generally credited as one of the most important records of the hardcore punk history, Black Flag's debut album "Damaged" on Long Beach-based SST Records sees the debut of Henry Rollins as lead singer and iconic tracks like "TV Party", "Six Pack" and the full-of-rage "Rise Above". A true, smart and loud cornerstone.
Suicidal Tendencies "Possessed to skate" (1987)
Metal, skateboard, sun, an empty backyard swimming-pool, friends, party… What do you need more to enjoy life? Being from Venice has shaped Mike Muir and S.T. members' music and style for eternity, winning them a massive reputation and audience. Their music video says it all, it remains a must-see.
The Beastie Boys "So Watcha' Want" (1992)
After New York and "Paul's Boutique", The Beastie Boys continued their journey into hip-hop and recorded their second album "Check Your Head" in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. Co-produced by Mario Caldato Jr., with guest keyboardist Money Mark, "So Watcha' Want" has this unique sound that makes you wanna groove !
Dr. Dre "Let Me Ride" (1993)
With "F*ck wit Dre Day" and "Nuthin' But a G Thang", "Let Me Ride" is another classic hit from "The Chronic", first and major Dr. Dre rap act to this day. With young Snoop Dogg on the famous "Rollin' in my 6-4" chorus, inspirations from Parliament, credited with a Grammy Award, it sold more than 3 million copies. Boom.
2Pac "California Love" (1995)
Before his tragic death in ‘96, Tupac Shakur - undisputed King of the West-Coast gangsta rap scene - gave the world some of the best hip-hop songs ever made. Featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, "California Love", and its memorable Mad Max influenced video, is an eternal ode to Los Angeles city and environs.
Red Hot Chili Peppers "Californication" (1999)
Written as a protest song rather than a party song on their 7th album, with master Rick Rubin behind the production, "Californication" became a worldwide anthem thanks to Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Flea & John Frusciante’s musical and spiritual magic.
Tommy Guerrero "Soul Miner" (2000)
Representing San Francisco, the Powell-Peralta Bones Brigade legendary skater, business owner (Real) and Latin/Folk/Blues guitarist-composer Tommy Guerrero always had a unique way to ride and make music. So much style, so much fun and love in the air.
No Age "Glitter" (2010)
Downtown L.A. art punk heroes No Age came in a time when the City of Angels was reinventing its new rock/noise experimental scene thanks to The Smell Club. Taken from their critically acclaimed third studio album "Everything in Between" (Sub Pop), "Glitter" offers a powerful and vibrant illustration of the band's creativity.
The Allah Las "Tell me" (2012)
It's time to drive to Malibu with your friends to enjoy some good surf or just chill on the beach under the magical Cali sun. This great Nick Waterhouse produced vintage track from romantic local rock band The Allah Las will give you the perfect vibe you're looking for.
Kendrick Lamar "Swimming Pools (Drank)" (2012)
Young Dr Dre protégé and rap genius Kendrick Lamar put Compton and L.A. back on the worldwide hip-hop map with his classic studio opus "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City" (Interscope), and this "Swimming Pools (Drank)" smash hit (feat. legendary Mc Eiht) took it all the way. Party time !
Dam Funk & Snoop Dogg "Faden Away" (2013)
Hailing from Pasadena, DJ/producer/singer and galactic grooves lover Dam Funk collaborated with West Coast star Snoop Dogg aka Snoopzilla for their Stones Throw concept album "7 Days of Funk" and the smooth "Faden Away" single. A perfect ride and L.A. G-Funk at its best.