Friday, July 9, 2004

Music Lists Are Hard.
Well, yesterday was quite an experience. The 25 Favorite Songs list brought my blog almost 100 visitors yesterday, eclipsing the previous record of 86. Thanks to k, my comment record was smashed too. Does it count if only a few people commented, but did it a lot? After many emails, it looks like we might make the list thing a regular (at least semi) blog thing between the five of us and anyone else who wants to join in. I think I may have been nominated to come up with the next list theme and since I had a tough time deciding on a single best song off of some of my favorite albums of all time, we might do "Personal 10 best albums of all time." I added the word "personal" so we wouldn't get any dorks telling us our lists are wrong (as so often happens with music lists). I mean, Sgt. Pepper's is most definitely one of the top ten albums of all time, just not for me. Stay tuned
posted @ 12:42 PM PST [link]

Thursday, July 8, 2004

25 Favorite Songs - An ever changing and incomplete list.
Ok, this was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. It sounds trivial I know, but you give it a try smart ass! Sven proposed that we compile this list and link to every one else's lists. Go see these lists too: Sven, Steve, Megs, and K.

Late to the party with style:
Rock Grrrl
Let me know if you add a list so I can link to it here.

First I want to give a little bit of info on how I chose the songs you see here. If I was obsessed with a band for an extended period of time, I tried to include my favorite song of theirs, but that song didn't always make the final cut (no Dead Kennedys, Meat Beat Manifesto, Melvins, Lush, Primus, Soul Coughing, Wolfgang Press or Cocteau Twins songs).
Second, the rules stated that it was a list of favorites right now, but some of these songs had such a huge impact on me, that although I might not listen to them that frequently these days, they had to be included (Fools Gold - The Stone Roses).
Third, I had some trouble with separating a song from some albums that I love. Some of my favorite albums of all time are just too good as a whole to tear one song out (Brooklyn Funk Essentials - Make Them Like It).
Fourth (yes, there's a fourth) There are a few songs that I really like right now that I just don't feel will be with me for much longer and I felt that more important songs should have priority over them (no Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jurassic 5, Swollen Members etc.).

So here we go saving number one for last.
edited to add release dates.

25) Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys(89)
It made the list because my wife and I always used to sing (rap) it together on road trips.
24) Skeletons - Inflatable Boy Clams(81)
I made a fan website for these girls.
23) Baby I Do - Alison Moyet(84)
The B-side of Love Resurrection. It's a piano ballad. Killer though.
22) Want You - Bangles(81)
They were so good before they got all cheesy.
21) Killer Inside Me - MC 900 Ft Jesus(91)
Just one of those songs that I was obsessive about for a long time.
20) Pigs in Zen - Jane's Addiction(87)
The song that got me hooked on the band.
19) Gidget Goes to Hell - Suburban Lawns(79)
I used to fax this request to Jed The Fish all the time. A rarity that I finally found on Ebay.
18) Rose Rouge - Saint Germain(00)
The first Saint Germain song I ever heard. I turned into an Electro-Jazz addict right then.
17) Poison Pen - Bauhaus(82)
I had to pick one Bauhaus song. Not the most obvious one, but...
16) Fools Gold - The Stone Roses(89)
A hidden track, but those are always good. This happened to outshine "I Wanna Be Adored" by a long shot.
15) Five to One - The Doors(68)
Again. Obsession.
14) Army of Me - Bjork(95)
What else needs to be said.
13) Christiansands - Tricky(96)
The Tricky song that still gives me chills.
12) Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven - Love and Rockets(85)
From the first record. It's long and worth every minute.
11) Followed The Waves - Melissa Auf der Maur(04)
The only new song on the list. I have a feeling I will always love this one.
10) It Could Be Sweet - Portishead(94)
This was hard. I love Portishead and I had to pick one. There are about ten songs that I would have been comfortable with.
9) Hide U - Kosheen(01)
Great song as long as it's the album version. Why would you take out half the lyrics on every other version?
8) Memorabilia - Soft Cell(82)
I can remember rewinding this song over and over. A Classic.
7) Overground - Siouxsie and the Banshees (The Thorn EP)(84)
From a little known EP done with a string section.
6) Gun - Gus Gus(97)
The first Gus Gus song I ever heard. Those first songs seem to stick with me a lot.
5) The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove - Dead Can Dance(93)
Have you ever heard this? If not, you should try it. Amazing!
4) O Stella - PJ Harvey(92)
If I ever have another girl, she will be named after this song. My wife agrees.
3) My Name Is Jonas - Weezer(94)
Only third on the list. Sigh. I look like such a dork when this song comes on.
2) Push Upstairs - Underworld(98)
I'm not sure what it is about this song. I just can't get enough.

Drum roll please.....
1) Risingson - Massive Attack(98)
Favorite song off of one of my favorite albums OF ALL TIME.

Honorable Mentions...
Born in Xixax - Nina Hagen
Echo and the Bunnymen - Bedbugs and Ballyhoo
Public Image - Public Image
Bloodstains - Agent Orange
Come To Daddy (Pappy Mix) - Aphex Twin
Right Now - The Creatures
Dinner - Abecedarians
Zoo Music Girl - The Birthday Party
Things Happen - Coil
Dope Hat - Marilyn Manson
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