Post by Friendly Destroyer on Mar 13, 2012 7:42:58 GMT -8
Okay, here's my final list. I can only narrow it down to 50.
“Atomic Dog” - George Clinton “Hounds of Love” - Kate Bush “Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen “Tonight I’ll be Staying Here With You (Rolling Thunder Revue Bootleg)” – Bob Dylan “Song I Heard The Ocean Sing (Live in Brooklyn)” – Phish “Birdhouse In Your Soul” – They Might Be Giants “Grey Matter” – Oingo Boingo "Prelude to 110 or 220/Women of the World" - Jim O'Rourke "Unchain My Heart" - Ray Charles "City Middle" - The National “Shakin’ All Over” – Johnny Kidd and the Pirates “I Put a Spell on You” – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins "The Big Ship" - Brian Eno “Friday’s Child” – Nancy Sinatra “Always Something There To Remind Me (Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits)” – Burt Bacharach “Anyone Who Had a Heart (Burt Bacharach Plays His Hits)” – Burt Bacharach "Brain Damage/Eclipse" - Pink Floyd "Beauty" - Edan "Seductive Barry" - Pulp “He’s A Rebel” – The Crystals "Subterranean Homesick Alien" - Radiohead “Five Years” – David Bowie "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain" - Willie Nelson "Meeting Place" - XTC “Walk on The Wild Side” – Lou Reed “Kentucky Avenue” – Tom Waits “The Whole of the Moon” – The Waterboys “On The Beach” – Neil Young "The Fall of Mr. Fiths" - Why? “Sweet Sticky Thing” – The Ohio Players “The Purple Bottle” – Animal Collective “Kids On Holiday” – Animal Collective “Temptation” – Tom Waits “Runaway” – Del Shannon “Crying” – Roy Orbison "Debra" - Beck “Sinnerman” – Nina Simone “Early Autumn” – The King Sisters "Kaili" - Caribou "Let Her Dance" - Bobby Fuller “Life is but a Dream” – The Harptones “None of Them Knew They Were Robots” – Mr. Bungle “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” – Otis Redding “Clap Hands” – Tom Waits "Bat Out of Hell" - Meat Loaf “I Have Been In You/Flakes/Broken Hearts are for Assholes/I’m So Cute” – Frank Zappa “Putting People On The Moon” – The Drive-By Truckers “Stardust” – Hoagy Carmichael “The Spark That Bled” – The Flaming Lips "Jump Into The Fire" - Harry Nilsson
I think my problem is that I have too hard of a time distinguishing favorite songs of the moment from favorite songs of all time. For instance, at this moment in my life, I think M83's "Midnight City" is just as important to me as The Doobie Brothers' "Listen to the Music," but one has been a favorite of mine for more than two decades, and the other for less than a year. I just think I have too fast of a revolving door of new cherished songs to make a proper mix of new and old favorites.
Post by Horned Gramma on Mar 13, 2012 18:31:41 GMT -8
I feel like the only intellectually honest way to do this is to make a list of the first forty songs that pop into my head that I would designate as 'favorites'. It may not be entirely accurate, but it'll come from a real place, and anyway at least half that many songs I have thought of as my 'all-time' favorite at one point or another in my life. Anyway, here goes.
1. Sting - 'We Work the Black Seam Together' 2. Del Shannon - 'Runaway' 3. The Philistines Jr. - 'The Bus Stop Song' 4. Pink Floyd - 'Brain Damage/Eclipse' 5. Animal Collective - 'Winter's Love' 6. The Residents - 'The Shoe Salesman' 7. Aimee Mann - 'Wise Up' 8. Barenaked Ladies - 'What a Good Boy' 9. Brian Eno - 'Golden Hours' 10. They Might Be Giants - 'Spiraling Shape' 11. The Beatles - 'Fool on the Hill' 12. Frank Zappa - 'Uncle Remus' 13. The Residents - 'Ship of Fools' 14. The Decemberists - 'Red Right Ankle' 15. Chumbawamba - 'Celebration, FL' 16. Clem Snide - 'The Sound of German Hip-Hop' 17. cLOUDDEAD - 'The Velvet Ant' 18. Dan Deacon - 'Snookered' 19. Dead Can Dance - 'The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove' 20. The Gerbils - 'Lucky Girl' 21. Harry Connick, Jr. - 'Booker' 22. Neutral Milk Hotel - 'Ghost' 23. King Crimson - 'Matte Kudasai' 24. LCD Soundsystem - 'Dance Yrself Clean' 25. eels - 'Climbing to the Moon' 26. Midlake - 'Kingfish Pies' 27. The Monkees - 'Papa Gene's Blues' 28. Polaris - 'Hey Sandy' 29. Nice - 'Christiana Amore' 30. Elvis Perkins - 'While You Were Sleeping' 31. Optiganally Yours - 'Geppetto' 32. Paul Simon - 'Think Too Much (b)' 33. R.E.M. - 'Nightswimming' 34. Simon & Garfunkel - 'The Boxer' 35. Tom Waits - 'Soldier's Things' 36. Why? - 'These Few Presidents' 37. Ween - 'Sorry Charlie' 38. The Residents - 'Two Lips/Mr. Bee's Bumble' 39. Talking Heads - 'Don't Worry About the Government' 40. Silver Jews - 'Tennessee'
Even as I finish typing that, I realize that I could do the same exercise again and come up with a list that is entirely different, but all of the really important ones are there. I have no doubt.
I propose posting links to Grooveshark playlists for anyone who's interested. I'll have to cobble one together... if not tomorrow afternoon then Thursday. Fuckin' finals week goin' on. But it'd be neat to be able to peruse a really concentrated list of the songs that are most important to us.
Using the Gramma method, sort of (had to peak at the cd rack a few times to ensure I wasn't missing anything of obvious importance).
Talk Talk - The Rainbow Shearwater - La Dame et la Licorne The Walkmen - The Rat Roxy Music -In Every Dream Home A Heartache Roxy Music - Ladytron Bryan Ferry - Which Way To Turn Men Without Hats - Safety Dance The Who - Boris the Spider (LONG LIVE THE OX!) Prince - Purple Rain Modest Mouse - Cowboy Dan Junior Murvin - Police and Thieves Eek-a-Mouse - Assassinator Dub Narcotic Soundsystem meet John Spencer Blues Explosion - Fudgy the Whale Halo Benders - Crankenstein Halo Benders - Bomb Shelter Part 2 the Microphones - The Pull Slint - Nosferatu Man Pinback - Boo XTC - Making Plans for Nigel Xiu Xiu - Suha Ten in the Swear Jar - San Jose Fight Song Luniz - I Got 5 On It Dre Dog - Killa Whale Andre Nickatina- Crack Raider Razor Rappin 4 Tay - Playaz Club Joy Division - Decades Devo - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Big Country - Big Country Neil Young - Cortez the Killer Neil Diamond - America Okay - Oh Ween - Tried and True Weezer - Only In Dreams Hum - Why I Like The Robins Dr. Octogon - Earth People Phosphorescent - Wolves Violent Femmes - Add it Up Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming...Lovers Have Wings Pleaseeasaur - Warning: These Cobras Are Totally Cool Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer - The Chorus to "Take Me Out To The Ballgame"
I think that's 40 on the button. No particular order.
If only I knew. I covered this with one of my bands a few years ago. I could've dedicated it to you. Then everyone would wonder what the fuck what I was talking about when I dedicated a song to "Horned Gramma," but then it'd be okay because I'd seem all cryptic and cool.
My list.. I know there are a couple cover songs, but sometimes you can't help but like the cover more than the original.
1 Foo Fighters - Everlong (Acoustic) 2 Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench 3 Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows 4 Nirvana - Smells like Teen Spirit 5 Nirvana - Heart Shaped Box 6 Audioslave - Doesn't Remind Me 7 Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike 8 Soundgarden - Like Suicide 9 Nine Inch Nails - Only 10 Nine Inch Nails - Closer 11 Tool - Aenima 12 Tool - Hooker with a Penis 13 Tool - Vicarious 14 Tool - The Pot 15 Tool - Lateralus 16 Tool - Opiate 17 Tool - Schism 18 A Perfect Circle - Judith 19 Rage Against the Machine - Killing In The Name Of 20 Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark 21 Stars - Take Me to the Riot 22 Green Day - Longview 23 MGMT - Kids 24 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Stripes - Home 25 Tegan & Sarah - Dancing in the Dark (Cover) 26 Young the Giant - My Body 27 Tenacious D - Fuck Her Gently 28 White Stripes - 7 Nation Army 29 Goodie Mob - Thought Process 30 Outkast - Rosa Parks 31 Hugo - 99 Problems (Cover) 32 Current Swell - Brad's Song 33 The Dudes - Do the Right Thing 34 Xavier Rudd - Home 35 Mumford & Sons - The Cave 36 Gogol Bordello - Alcohol 37 Matthew Good - Giant 38 Blind Melon - No Rain 39 Pearl Jam - Better Man 40 Pixies - Where is My Mind?
Also, I'd like to add Dan Mangan - Rows of Houses and The Naked and Famous - Punching In A Dream as honourable mentions. I didn't feel I could add them since they haven't had to stand the test of time yet, but I think they probably will.
And yes, there is at least one song on my list that I would be a little embarassed of.. but I'm assuming this is a "safe place" lol
"I've been single for awhile and I have to say, it's going very well. Like... it's working out. I think I'm the one." Emily Heller.
I got to 19 songs last night when Microsoft Word crashed and I nearly flung my laptop on the ground. I was super stoked I remembered to add The Four Seasons' "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" to the list, though.
Much like everyone else, this would be totally different if I did it again later. I seem to have stuck to songs that have been around forever and had a lasting impact on my life rather than more current ones. First 10 in order, the rest alphabetical by artist.
1. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd 2. I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles 3. Dark Center Of The Universe - Modest Mouse 4. Heroin - Velvet Underground 5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-IX) - Pink Floyd (I dont care if picking a 9 part song is cheating) 6. You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones 7. Visions Of Johanna - Bob Dylan 8. All My Friends - LCD Soundsystem 9. Epiphany - Bad Religion 10. Heroes - David Bowie
Haiti - Arcade Fire It's Only Me (The Wizard Of Magicland) - Barenaked Ladies A Day In The Life - The Beatles And Your Bird Can Sing - The Beatles Piano Man - Billy Joel Tyrants - Black Mountain Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again - Bob Dylan Touch Me - The Doors First Breath After a Coma - Explosions in the Sky Waitin' for Superman - Flaming Lips Everlong - Foo Fighters My Name is a Killing Word - Form of Rocket Empire Ants - Gorillaz I Wanna Be Your Dog - Iggy Pop and the Stooges I Came As A Rat (Long Walk Off A Short Dock) - Modest Mouse Whenever You Breathe Out, I Breathe In (Positive Negative) - Modest Mouse Polar Opposites - Modest Mouse Married With Children - Oasis Sheep - Pink Floyd Fearless - Pink Floyd Common People - Pulp Somebody to Love - Queen Optimistic - Radiohead Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones Gimmie Shelter - Rolling Stones 54-46 That's My Number/Ball And Chain - Sublime Lateralis - Tool Rockin' in the Free World - Neil Young Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - Velvet Underground Surf Wax America - Weezer