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July 4, 2014 4:39 AM   Subscribe

I'm trying to put together a motivational playlist about keeping your edge and staying intense and focused, preferably with an edgy, angular sound. The best I can come up with are Talking Heads' "Stay Hungry" (which has somewhat oblique lyrics) and Spoon's "They Never Got You." Any more ideas?
posted by Ralston McTodd to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
Cake - The Distance
posted by Mchelly at 4:52 AM on July 4, 2014 [4 favorites]

The Animals, We Gotta Get Out of this Place (YouTube link).

Talking Heads, Life During Wartime? The lyrics are certainly intense.

Lily Allen's The Fear works on a surface read, although the actual meaning doesn't match. (YouTube link.)
posted by pie ninja at 5:02 AM on July 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
Fischerspooner - The Best Revenge
The Knife - Like A Pen
Metric - Synthetica
posted by eponym at 6:15 AM on July 4, 2014

Material & Nona Hendryx -- Busting Out
posted by neroli at 7:18 AM on July 4, 2014

Jay-Z My 1st Song
Eminem Lose Yourself
Gang Starr Work
posted by salvia at 7:37 AM on July 4, 2014

Oh yeah, Nicki Minaj, e.g., Roman's Revenge (though I can't stand Eminem's part in that song).
posted by salvia at 7:44 AM on July 4, 2014

Why is "Eye of the Tiger" not already on this list? The list should be *called* "Eye of the Tiger".
posted by Lyn Never at 7:45 AM on July 4, 2014 [3 favorites]

Sebastian - Walkman.

Instrumental, but (IMO) it is quite literally the sound of edgy focus.
posted by sevensnowflakes at 7:59 AM on July 4, 2014

Genesis, The Knife
Jasper McVain, Revv Me Up
posted by prize bull octorok at 8:05 AM on July 4, 2014

Janelle Monae - Cold War
posted by prewar lemonade at 8:54 AM on July 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

Does it have to be focus towards a good or healthy goal? Because Jaggery's - 7 Stone is all about uncomfortable hyperfocus, from the point of someone with anorexia.
posted by prewar lemonade at 9:11 AM on July 4, 2014

Jon Spenser Blues Explosion "Flavor" (note that the CD version has a different second half to the track, with not as much of the breakdown groove by Beck that's in the video)

I give that song a lot of credit for rallying my brain while studying for my comprehensive exams in college.
posted by chambers at 9:26 AM on July 4, 2014

Bjork, Hunter
posted by Spathe Cadet at 10:13 AM on July 4, 2014

The Mountain Goats, This Year
posted by chicainthecity at 1:36 PM on July 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

Discipline by Joe Jackson, Spotify link because I can't find it on youtube.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 1:57 PM on July 4, 2014

"Marathon", by Rush
posted by armoir from antproof case at 8:23 PM on July 4, 2014

If you listen to them with an unironic ear, both Big Time by Peter Gabriel and in a very different vein Rob Zombie's Dragula both hit the "I'm better than the world by the force of my will" vibe.
posted by lalochezia at 7:14 AM on July 5, 2014

Out of Mind, Out of Sight by Models, mostly for the chorus ("Out of mind, out of sight / Gotta keep my body tight!")
Go Motherfucker Go by Nashville Pussy
Garbageman by the Cramps. ("You ain't no punk, you PUNK!")
Bellbottoms by JSBE (they make me wanna dance!)
posted by ostranenie at 5:24 PM on July 5, 2014

Cage the Elephant's ain't not rest for the wicked features a chorus that fits, but the main stanzas have a somewhat different point.

Led Zepplin's No Quarter could perhaps fit the bill, if you're not focused on Beats Per Minute.
posted by pwnguin at 10:51 PM on July 8, 2014

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