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Chaotic playlists

Here’s the list of all the songs I received. I think the songs with the most suggestions were Love Cats (the Cure), Stray Cat Strut (the Stray Cats), Black Cat (Janet Jackson), and Cat Scratch Fever (Ted Nugent).

  • (I can’t get no) Satisfaction – Cat Power
  • 666 – Iron Maiden
  • Accidentally Kelly Street – Frente!
  • Addicted to Chaos – Megadeth
  • Addressing of Cats from the muscial “Cats”
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’, Django Reinhardt
  • All Eyes On Me by Goo Goo Dolls
  • Am I Evil? – Metallica
  • Anarchy in the UK — The Sex Pistols
  • Apres Moi – Eartha Kitt
  • Back in Black (AC/DC)
  • Bad Hair Day – Weird Al Yankovic
  • Be Prepared(Music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice–from The Lion King Soundtrack)
  • Been Caught Stealing, Jane’s Addiction
  • Big Strong Cat (My Puddy Tat Sylvester) to the tune of Big Strong Man (My Brother Sylvest) – Bard Marc Gunn
  • Black Cat – Janet Jackson
  • Black Kitty Paw to the tune of Black Velvet Band – Bard Marc Gunn
  • Black by Pearl Jam
  • Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair – Nina Simone
  • Blister in the Sun — The Violent Femmes
  • Boys of Summer by Don Henley
  • Burning Down the House — The Talking Heads
  • Canned Heat by Jamiroquai
  • Cara Santa – tekameli
  • Castles in Spain – Buster Poindexter and the Banshes of Blue
  • Cat O’Nine Tales from “Cat-a Tonic” by Haynes/Walden
  • Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent
  • Cat Nip Fever from “Cat-a Tonic” by Haynes/Walden
  • Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
  • Catalyst by Anna Nalick
  • Cats under the stars, by Jerry Garcia, on “How Sweet It Is”
  • Chaos – The Church
  • Chaos Reigning – Kim
  • Chaos by Skold
  • Chaos is Constant, by Chuck Thurau, on the album “Embracing Chaos”
  • China Cat Sunflower, by the Grateful Dead, on “Hundred Year Hall”
  • Clint Eastwood – Gorillaz
  • Closer – Nine Inch Nails…
  • Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
  • Consume Me by DC Talk
  • Copycat by the Cranberries
  • Crossroads – The Black Cat Blues Band
  • Cruel to be kind – Nick Lowe
  • Daughters of the Kaos by Luscious Jackson
  • Devil Inside by INXS
  • Devil in Disguise – Elvis Presley
  • Don’t Feed the Rats by Stephen Duffy
  • Doris Day (or Pink Martini) – Que Sera Sera
  • Every Breath You Take, UB40 (50 First Dates Soundtrack)
  • Every Day by 27
  • Every Move you Make by the Police
  • Evil Woman
  • Flight of the Bumblebee Composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged by H.W. Davis
  • For Once In My Life (Michael Buble or any version)
  • Fragile by Sting
  • Fresh Berries for You – The Mountain Goats
  • From Chaos – 311
  • Fun For Me – Moloko
  • Hep Cat’s Love Song – by Cab Calloway
  • Hero from Spiderman, 1st CD
  • Hesitation Blues – Hot Tuna
  • Hungry like a Wolf – Duran Duran
  • I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
  • I Wanna Be Sedated — The Ramones
  • I love being here with you by Diana Krall
  • I will Follow Him – Lesley Gore
  • I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
  • I’m a Believer – by Smash Mouth
  • I’m not Down – The Clash
  • Ice Cream – Sarah McClaughlin
  • Idle (the rabbit song) by HEM
  • International Playboy by Buster Poindexter
  • It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork
  • It’s all about Meow from “Cat-a Tonic” by Haynes/Walden
  • Johnny B. Goode – Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
  • Jungle Boogie – Kool & the Gang
  • Katmandu – Cat Stevens
  • Literbox Boogie from “Cat-a Tonic” by Haynes/Walden
  • Livin’ La Vita Loca – Ricky Martin
  • Look What the Cat Dragged In – Rolling Stones
  • Looks that Kill – Motley Crue
  • Lovecats – The Cure
  • Lying in the Sun – Stereophonics
  • Martha, My Dear – The Beatles
  • May the Bird of Paradise by Jimmy Dickens
  • Meow Mix song
  • More than Friends – Idle Chaos
  • Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
  • Mother – Danzig
  • Mr Lucky by Henri Mancini
  • Mr. Mistoffelees – from the Cats soundtrack
  • My Doorbell – The White Stripes
  • My Perogative – Britney Spears
  • My Perogative by Bobby Brown
  • Notorious – Duran Duran
  • O Solo Meow from “Cat-a Tonic” by Haynes/Walden
  • One Step Beyond – Madness
  • One by U2
  • Open that Can – Anne Price
  • Our New Rock Kitty, by Ray Brigleb, on “Our New Rock Kitty”
  • Pads, Paws and Claws – Elvis Costello
  • Pads, Paws and Claws – elvis costello
  • Pass the Dutchie by Musical Youth
  • Pink Ears in the Window (sung to the tune of “Red Sails in the Sunset”)
  • Princes of the Universe – by Queen
  • Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat), Digable Planets
  • Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  • Rock Lobster – B-52s
  • Sex and Candy – Marcy Playground
  • Sexy Boy – Air
  • (S)He’s a Maniac – Hall and Oates
  • Siouxsie and The Banshees – The Staircase (Mystery)
  • Slave to Love- Bryan Ferry
  • Sledgehammer — Peter Gabriel
  • So Called Chaos – Alanis Morrisette
  • So Right from the movie Bell, Book and Candle
  • So-Called Chaos – Alanis Morissette
  • Sprung on the Cat – by Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • Stray Cat Blues – Rolling Stones
  • Stray Cat Strut – The Stray Cats
  • Superman by REM
  • Take Five by Dave Brubeck
  • Temple of the Cat by Ayreon
  • The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota – Weird Al Yankovic
  • The Bumble Bee Tuna Song – Mephiskapheles
  • The Jaws Theme – John Wiliams
  • The Look – Roxette
  • The Siamese Cat Song – from The Lady and the Tramp soundtrack
  • The Wind, or alternatively, If I Laugh, by Cat Stevens, on “Teaser and the Firecat”
  • The face I love by Andy Williams
  • Theme Song from Get Smart – Irving Szathmary
  • Tiger – Tangerine Dream
  • To the tune of “My Favorite Things” – modified for cats
  • To the tune of, “I’m a Little Teapot” – I’m a little kitty-cat small and black
  • Top Cat theme tune
  • Trouble – Pink
  • We’re in this love together by Al Jarreau
  • Werewolves of London by Adam Sandler
  • What’s new pussycat? – Tom Jones
  • When Worlds Collide(Powerman5000)
  • Why Can’t I be You – the Cure
  • Wild Cats of Kilkenny – The Pogues
  • You Belong to the City – Glenn Frey
  • You’ll Never Get to Heaven if You Break the Skin (sung to the tune of “You’ll Never Get to Heaven if You Break My Heart”)
  • You’ve Got to Change Your Evil Ways, Baby
  • Zombie Autopilot – Unearth

Inspired by the lists you sent, I put together a Chaotic Cat mix. I was surprised at how few of the suggestions I had in my music library, but I did my best.

  • Black Cat Blues – The SaNa Band
  • Cat Blues – Yoko Kanno (Cowboy BeBop soundtrack)
  • Cat People (Putting Out Fire) – Giorgio Moroder & David Bowie (Cat People soundtrack)
  • Cats – Holiday Ranch
  • Fat Cat Keeps Getting Fatter – Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • The Lovecats (Acoustic) – The Cure
  • Some Cats Know – Connie Evingson
  • Mean Eyed Cat – Johnny Cash
  • Devil With The Green Eyes – Matthew Sweet
  • Black – Pete Yorn
  • Black – Okkervil River
  • Why Can’t I Be You? – The Cure
  • To Speak of the Animal – Mark Mallman
  • Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow
  • Speak Of The Devil – Chris Isaak
  • Devil In Disguise – J.J. Cale
  • In the Sun – Joseph Arthur
  • Sun Is Coming – Matt Wilson
  • The Tigers Have Spoken – Neko Case
  • Black Cat Blues – Buddy Guy

Thanks again to everyone who submitted a playlist! You definitely got me thinking, laughing, and inspired.

“You know I don’t approve of all this music and crazy dancing, so I’ll just hang out here in the cat carrier until things are calm again.”

In which I seek orange and yellow in my neighborhood

Mrs Pao has been taking some great Project Spectrum-related pictures during her walks around her neighborhood and has inspired me to do the same. So on Saturday, I grabbed my camera and headed over to Lake of the Isles – one of my very favorite places to walk in Minneapolis. (You’ve already seen one picture from that walk.)

The city of Minneapolis, known for its many lakes, doesn’t have any privately owned lakeshore. Most of the lakes have small parks with walking and biking paths around them. So all of the large houses around Lake of the Isles are set back away from the lake, on the other side of a one-way parkway encircling the lake. I thought this yellow stucco villa with orange tile roof fit the PS bill nicely.

Minneapolis also has lots of sculpture around – here’s a very cool pale yellow propellor peeking over a wall – doesn’t it look like it’s blowing in the wind?

It’s a little early for ducklings, but we’re prepared.

Some nice bright safety features that I noted during my walk.

Although we don’t have any greenery at all yet, people getting into the Easter spirit provided some spots of color.

We’re big on Charles M. Schulz here, since he was born in St. Paul.

Some paintings brightened up an alley:

And this sad sun mosaic seems to be waiting for greenery to hide behind.

“Where were you?! I was so worried. What if you didn’t come back in time to feed me?!”


Chaos, pink was last month! No need to stick out your tongue now. Or are you going to taste test the yarn?

“Hmm, is that a hint of melon I detect?”

Interested in winning that lovely skein of Project Spectrum April-appropriate sock yarn you see pictured above by Chaos’ paw? It’s a skein of superwash sock yarn from ebay seller lotusblossom in color Sunburst. (No, Scout, the skein of Burples next to it is not the prize.)

If so, send an email to the contest line. In your email, list five songs (artist and title) that you would include in a playlist inspired by the Cat Chaotic, along with a few sentences about why you picked those songs. The winning entry will be chosen by random number from all entries received. Emails must be received by 6 pm Central Daylight Time on Monday, April 10 so the yarn can go out in the mail on Tuesday and you can get knitting! If the winning entry belongs to someone who isn’t a knitter, said person will receive a completely different prize and a second entry will be chosen by random number.

An operator is standing by… Um, Chaos? Hello???

“Leave me alone. I’m busy.”

And the winners are…

Danielle and Peevish!! I know, I know, I said there would be one winner. But there were just so many more great captions than I expected to receive… Thanks to everyone who participated – your very funny captions definitely improved my crabby, crampy weekend!

To select the winners, I numbered the captions and used this random number generator to generate two random numbers. Danielle and Peevish, if you could please drop me an email with your mailing addresses and some of the colors and types of knitting you love…

Oh, it seems Chaos would like a word with you all:

“How could you guys say such things about me?! I am stunned, and, well, shocked at the
things some of you were suggesting! Please send tuna to help ease my pain.”


I’m a little crabby and a little crampy (why, yes, these are directly related) and a little chilly (it’s -3F here right now) this morning. You are all going to be much funnier than me today, so please caption today’s picture in the comments.

Caption comments made before 6 pm Central Standard Time on Monday, February 20, will be numbered and then I’ll use a random number generator to pick a number. The prize will be (you’ll never guess… really… never in a million years…) yarn! (What?! You guessed?!!)

Progress update: Sweater body to armpits, one sleeve done, and about 15 rows left on the second sleeve. Tonight I’ll finish the second sleeve, attach both sleeves to the body, and begin knitting the yoke. However, I’m going to lose quite a bit of knitting time this weekend… Details to follow on Sunday or Monday.

Get captioning! I need a giggle this morning.

In which I receive a prize

I recently won lost a contest over at Knitting on Trial, but I was so persistent that Christine awarded me a prize anway. The prize arrived Saturday – a cute dachsund card, a lovely skein of Opal, and a very fun skein of Sockatta. Thank you, Christine!

Christine included a present for Chaos without even realizing she’d done so – tissue paper. Chaos loves him some tasty tissue paper.

“Oh, this yellow is simply scrumptious!”
“That’s too bad, all you got was yarn.”
“Tissue paper makes me itchy, but it’s so good!!”