Blog battle: Best storm anthem?
Tropical Storm Alberto is whipping Florida and the Tampa Bay area this week with sheets of rain and gusty winds. So while I weaved my trusty Toyota home through the flooded streets on the way to work, I searched the trusty iPod for an appropriate rock tune for stormy weather. (Our 80s college, Times pop music critic Sean Daly has his own list of rainy-day songs.)
Turns out there are two great ones to choose from: REO Speedwagon's "Riding the Storm Out" and The Scorpions' "Rock You Like a Hurricane."
But which tune is truly the superior anthem for tropical weather?
REO's Riding the Storm Out:
Lyrics: "The wind outside is frightening. But it's kinder that the lightning life of the city"
Pros: Killer opening sequence with the storm siren blowing.
Cons: Read the lyrics. Is this about a snow storm? If so, I've lost all respect for the song. Also, it's technically not an 80s song (it charted in '77), though it played nonstop during the decade.
Scorpion's Rock You Like a Hurricane:
Lyrics: "Lust is in cages til storm breaks loose. Just have to make it with someone I choose"
Pros: Some kinky lyrics ... makes me not care if this is about rainy weather or not. Those pervy Germans.
Cons: I was never a big Scorpions fan. Their music wasn't much help in wooing the opposite sex.
Time to vote. And send any spare umbrellas you have down our way. I've gone through two already today.