Pandemic Playlist: Our Top 5 tracks for when you're away from your loved ones and need to vent your frustration
Almost the entire world has entered a state of gridlock thanks to the recent global coronavirus outbreak. Pretty much everyone on the planet has been asked to stay isolated at home for the next few weeks, and we're pretty sure there are millions of people who hate being cooped at home (we're looking at you, extroverts). It can be rather overwhelming, being away from your loved ones, and there's only so much your friends and family can do to ease the fidgety tension pent up in your restless soul. But if you're feeling stir-crazy, we encourage you to vent your frustrations out in a healthy, responsible manner. Don't do a Pete Townshend, please.
For those of you who need a soundtrack while punching the daylights out of your pillow, or while going on a legendary spree on your favorite FPS video game (or with your lovely partner), here are five amazing tracks that will definitely match your impassioned mood. Hopefully, once you've cleared that heated energy out of your system, you can breathe a sigh of relief and move on to a grudging acceptance of your plight. Take heart, this too shall pass!
Pandemic Playlist - Frustration Edition!
'(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' - The Rolling Stones
This evergreen classic by the Rolling Stones is the perfect singalong for when you're down in the dumps and feeling distinctly unimpressed with your current circumstances. Some of the lyrics are even more appropriate in the light of what's happening in the world right now — "And a man comes on the radio / He's tellin' me more and more / About some useless information / Supposed to fire my imagination... I can't get no satisfaction!"
'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' - The White Stripes
With their impassioned, definitive take on the Burt Bacharach original, the high-octane-blues duo, The White Stripes, did perfect justice to this vintage belter with their raw vocals, squalling guitars, and caveman-style drums. Wait for the climactic ending, where the nervous energy spills out of Jack White like a coiled spring as he howls, "I just don't know what to do with myself" over and over again.
'I Want To Break Free' - Queen
Despite his untimely passing, Queen's Freddie Mercury is still considered one of the most beloved, groundbreaking artistes to have ever graced the stage, thanks to his devil-may-care attitude and legendary performances that have stood the test of time. 'I Want To Break Free' is the perfect outlet for your frustration, as Freddie insists, "But I have to be sure / When I walk out that door / Oh, how I want to be free, baby." This one's an eternal favorite from one of the greatest bands ever.
'Calm Like A Bomb' - Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine is a revered band who've blown our minds plenty of times over the past few decades, thanks to their revolutionary political views & an incendiary blend of firebreathing rap meets funk metal. Tom Morello remains a pioneering guitar god, and let's face it, no one does angry lyrics quite like how Zack de la Rocha can deliver them when he's in a furious mood — "Calm like a bomb! Ignite, ignite, ignite!" It's the perfect catalyst for when you're in a Rage-y mood!
'Bored' - Deftones
Deftones are a celebrated cult band from California known for their many experimental moods. They're equally comfortable with creating crunching, distorted metal riffs or soft, ethereal soundscapes, empowered by their vocalist Chino Moreno's unique, soaring voice. He's perfectly capable of moving from a breathy whisper to a vocal cord-shredding shriek in the space of one song, and on 'Bored', he manages to do both whilst venting his pent-up frustrations out on the microphone. Those last 60 seconds are solid gold.
Pandemic Playlist is a daily list of songs that will keep you entertained instead of feeling drained while you're isolated at home. Look out for a fresh selection of great tunes from MEAWW to refresh your mood every day!