Hurricane Irene is on her way. So if you live on the east coast, it's time to start taking precautions. I hope everyone stays safe, and although I'm out of the storm's path, I share an abhorrence of Irene with those in the danger zone. You see, I arrived in Charleston, SC in October of 1989 just after hurricane Hugo, which decimated this truly beautiful American city a month previously. I had never seen destruction like it, but it wasn't until hurricane Floyd in September of 1999 that I truly began to have a demonic hate for hurricanes. When Floyd was closing in on what we thought was a certain Charleston landfall, we evacuated. Unfortunately for us, poor government planning combined with the largest evacuation in American history left us trapped in the biggest traffic jam I will probably ever see. I took my wife, dog and 2 cats on a twenty-six hour trek to Atlanta. A trip that should have taken four hours
Have you ever driven 26 hours straight in bumper-to-bumper traffic? No? Well, pray you never do. Pray hard. I was literally having hallucinations of giant, deformed, German-speaking chickens pulling helpless victims from their cars and eating them whole. Might be pretty cool in the context of a horror movie, or a dream, but not when you believe it to be true
Irene started me thinking about my hurricane experiences, and I wanted to put together this storm-centric playlist for your hurricane party enjoyment. But please, no hurricane parties in any area with a mandatory evacuation. If the order comes, please leave. It's not worth the risk, even if you're stuck in traffic for 26 hours.
All of these songs have something to do with hurricanes, or storms, whether it's literal, or metaphorical.
What would you add?
1. Ridin' The Storm Out - REO Speedwagon
2. Riders On The Storm - The Doors
3. Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
4. Rock You Like A Hurricane - Scorpions
5. Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke? - The Alarm
6. Like A Hurricane - Neil Young
7. Shelter From The Storm - Bob Dylan
8. Florida Hurricane - St. Louis Jimmy Oden
9. Storm Warning - Dr. John
10. Dose Of Thunder - The Replacements
11. Electrical Storm - U2
12. Hurricane - Joan Osborne
13. Hurricane - Bush
14. The Storm - Big Country
15. Hurricane Season - Billy Pilgrim
16. Oh! What A Storm - The Dry Branch Fire Squad
17. Dance To The Storm - Hothouse Flowers
18. Ahead of the Storm - Blue Highway
19. Hurricane - Mindy Smith
20. Butterflies and Hurricanes - Muse
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