Flashback Friday: #DarkNL

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Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed this morning reminded me of a little anniversary of sorts. This time four years ago I would likely not be typing on my computer as most of the province was dealing with the rolling blackouts, cold temperatures and general fuck-ups that became known as Dark NL.

At the time, then Premier Cathy Dunderdale received criticism when she said that the province was not experiencing a crisis. Merriam-Webster defines crisis as “an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending” and we can long debate the province’s state of affairs at that time.

I do know at that time, there was a lot of uncertainty. Schools remained closed after the Christmas break out of caution as to not overload power, a St. John’s Ice Caps game went ahead despite the fact that people didn’t have power in their homes, and it just felt damn eerie to be wandering around the city at times looking for places that were open and seeing nothing but black. Oh, and it was freezing.

During a brief power restoration, I made a blog post on my own site in which I created a playlist to go along with the darkness and confusion and I thought it would be fun to look back:

I’m just as sick of these rolling blackouts and power outages as everyone else. Hopefully things can get back to normal sooner rather than later; for now here is a playlist I created called “Who’s Got The Power?”- it runs more than an hour so play this if you’ve got your iPod or computer charged the next time you get affected by a rolling blackout!

“Who’s Got The Power?” Playlist:

01. U2- The Electric Co.

I suppose the electric company got us into this mess and they are trying to get us out of it!

02. Snap!- The Power

“I’ve got the power!”- Do you? Please conserve it though so we all can have it!

03. ADELE- Rolling In The Deep

I thought you said you had the power? I guess you were hit with one of those rolling blackouts?

04. Britney Spears- Gimme More

Any track from the album “Blackout” would fit on this list but I couldn’t help but think “Gimme More power”.

05. J Cole- Power Trip (feat. Miguel)

I thought the rolling blackouts were done for the night? Oh, something exploded and caused a power trip?

06. Limp Bizkit- Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)

And the rolling blackouts continue….

07. Kanye West- POWER (feat. DWELE)

“The system broken, the school’s closed, the prison’s open…” “No one man should have all that power…”

08. Fall Out Boy- My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ’em Up) (Remix feat. 2 Chainz)

This song knows that you did in the dark…but really what else was there to do?

09. The Rolling Stones- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Yes! My power is back but now my cable and Internet isn’t working…

10. Nelly Furtado- Powerless (Say What You Want)

You’re in the dark so say what you want to Open Line about the Ice Caps game going ahead!

11. Justin Timberlake- Electric Lady

Sorry JT, you probably won’t be able to leave on the light because you need to conserve energy.

12. 98 Degrees- Heat It Up

Your power came back but they want you to keep the heat down so you might need some 90’s boy band bump and grind music to keep you warm.

13. 5ive- When The Lights Go Out

One good B-List boy band deserves another right?

14. Lady Gaga- Dance In The Dark

You’ll probably be doing this if your power is out after listening to the last two songs.

15. Timbaland- Morning After Dark (feat. Nelly Furtado & Soshy)

You go to bed without power and hope it’s back when you wake up in the morning.

16. Muse- Plug In Baby

Hopefully your electronics are plugged in and charging once you get the power back cause you never know when it will go again!

17. MGMT- Electric Feel

This one is for all you hipsters who love to be in the dark and are so over electricity anyway.

18. Meatloaf- Paradise By The Dashboard Light

This song makes any playlist better and you might need to go out in your car to warm up! Plus Meatloaf looks like The Penguin from Batman Returns in this video.

19. Madonna- Frozen

This one is for the people who didn’t get their power back. Do some of those crazy hand gestures Madge does in the video to warm up.

20. Lana Del Rey- Dark Paradise

You’re right Lana, Paradise is probably dark at any given time during this whole #DarkNL thing. Thanks for singing to us though.


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