Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Where did the feeling go

Now the skirts hang so heavy around your head
That you never knew you were young
Because you played chance with a lifetime's romance
And the price was far too long
--- Big Country, "Chance"

Guess what not-fun things I did today? Besides going to work, that is. First, I picked up the Maddening Angel from work and drove her home, then to her goddam boyfriend Cokehead's house. Then I drove to Spooky's house and took her grocery shopping. Sweet Krishna, I hate doing errands and driving hot girls to their asshole boyfriends' houses.

Last night, the Friar gave me some presents Auric sent to him for me: his latest solo album (which mentions me in the liner notes) and an actual vinyl single with the French song on it. I'm pleased --- it's very thoughtful and nice of him.


Here's a meme found at Electronic Cerebrectomy. Looked fun, so thought I'd do it.

Some of these picks I feel fairly strongly about. Other artists have so much good stuff that it's hard to pick one. Some picks came right to me; for others, I had to look up the artists on Amazon to refresh my memory of their catalogue.

  • Favorite Beatles song: "Hey Jude"
  • Favorite solo song by a former Beatle: John Lennon, "Watching the Wheels"
  • Favorite Bob Dylan song: "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" or "Where Are You Tonight"
  • Favorite Pixies song: "Dead"
  • Favorite Prince song: not a fan, but "Raspberry Beret" or possibly "Pussy Control"
  • Favorite Michael Jackson song: not a fan at all, but I liked that Alien Ant Farm cover of "Smooth Criminal"...
  • Favorite Metallica song: not a fan, but "One" is okay
  • Favorite Public Enemy song: "Bring tha Noize" with Anthrax
  • Favorite Depeche Mode song: couldn't name one if I tried
  • Favorite Cure song: "Friday I'm In Love"
  • Favorite Beastie Boys song: not a fan, but... uh... that one with the '70s cop show spoof video?
  • Favorite Police song: every single song on Regatta de Blanc is gold
  • Favorite Sex Pistols song: not a fan, but I loved that version of "No Fun" at the end of the documentary The Filth And the Fury
  • Favorite Blondie song: "Heart Of Glass," natch
  • Favorite Genesis song: not a fan
  • Favorite Led Zeppelin song: "Going To California"
  • Favorite INXS song: not a fan
  • Favorite Weird Al song: "Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota"
  • Favorite Pink Floyd song: "Wish You Were Here"
  • Favorite U2 song: "The Fly"
  • Favorite The Who song: these guys have a very strong catalogue, so I'm hard pressed, but I'd have to say I wouldn't buy a best-of that lacked "Substitute"
  • Favorite Elton John song: "Philadelphia Freedom"
  • Favorite Clash song: "Rudie Can't Fail" or "The Card Cheat"
  • Favorite David Bowie song: "Starman"
  • Favorite Nirvana song: "Lithium"
  • Favorite Snoop Dogg song: not a fan
  • Favorite Ice Cube song: not a fan
  • Favorite Johnny Cash song: seriously, no way to pick --- the guy could turn crap into pure sonic gold, but I might mention "Ballad Of a Teenage Queen" or "Luther Played the Boogie"
  • Favorite R.E.M. song: "It's the End of the World As We Know It"
  • Favorite Elvis Presley song: "Suspicious Minds"
  • Favorite Billy Joel song: "Piano Man"
  • Favorite Bruce Springsteen song: "Born To Run"
  • Favorite Big Audio Dynamite song: "C'mon Every Beatbox"
  • Favorite New Order song: not a fan
  • Favorite Neil Diamond song: "Cracklin' Rosie"
  • Favorite Squeeze song: not a fan
  • Favorite Smiths song: "A Rush And a Push And the Land Is Ours"
  • Favorite Tragically Hip Song: couldn't name one if I tried
  • Favorite Beach Boys song: "Good Vibrations" is the most beautiful song ever written
  • Favorite Dave Matthews Band song: not a fan
  • Favorite Dire Straits song: "Sultans Of Swing"
  • Favorite Elvis Costello song: "Beyond Belief"
  • Favorite Guns 'N Roses song: "Civil War"
  • Favorite Jimi Hendrix song: "1983... A Merman I Should Turn To Be"
  • Favorite John Mellencamp song: uh... "Jack And Diane"?
  • Favorite Living Colour song: "Cult Of Personality"
  • Favorite Neil Young song: another toughie, but maybe "Cinnamon Girl"
  • Favorite Paul Simon song: I'm going to go with "The Boy In the Bubble"
  • Favorite Simon & Garfunkel song: "The Sound Of Silence"
  • Favorite Queen song: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  • Favorite Radiohead song: "High And Dry"
  • Favorite Sting song: very easy --- "All This Time"
  • Favorite Tracy Chapman song: not a fan
  • Favorite Van Morrison song: "Moondance"
  • Favorite XTC song: "River Of Orchids"
  • Favorite Meat Loaf song: not a fan, but who doesn't enjoy "Paradise By the Dashboard Light"?
  • Favorite Rolling Stones song: "Shattered"
  • Favorite Madonna song: not a fan
  • Favorite AC/DC song: easy --- "You Shook Me All Night Long"
  • Favorite Kiss song: not a fan
  • Favorite Morrissey song: not a fan of his solo work
  • Favorite Roxy Music song: couldn't name one
  • Favorite Talking Heads song: "And She Was"
  • Favorite Tom Waits song: I like every single thing this guy has ever recorded, but hell, I guess "Downtown Train"
  • Favorite Cat Stevens song: "Father And Son"
  • Favorite Hilary Duff song: vehemently not a fan
  • Favorite Lindsay Lohan song: vehemently not a fan
  • Favorite Britney Spears song: vehemently not a fan
  • Favorite Christina Aguilera song: vehemently not a fan
  • Favorite Ashlee Simpson song: vehemently not a fan
  • Favorite Jessica Simpson song: she's hot as hell, but I'm not a fan of her music
  • Favorite Patti Smith song: couldn't name one
  • Favorite Todd Rundgren song: no idea
  • Favorite T. Rex song: not too familiar with them, but I like "Jeepster" and "Born To Boogie"
  • Favorite Dolly Parton song: uh... "9 To 5"?

here are my adds:

  • Favorite Rancid song: "Bloodclot"
  • Favorite Green Day song: "Holiday"
  • Favorite Kris Kristofferson song: "Sunday Morning Coming Down"
  • Favorite Tom Lehrer song: "In Old Mexico"
  • Favorite Steve Earle song: "Copperhead Road"
  • Favorite Magnetic Fields song: "The Death Of Ferdinand de Saussure"
  • Favorite Belle & Sebastian Song: "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying"


SamuraiFrog said...

Good list. "Watching the Wheels," that should have been mine. I think I do like that one better than "Jealous Guy." Funny we picked the same Bowie song; if I made a list, that would actually be in my top five songs. And how could I forget about "Boy in the Bubble"? I love that song. But no Roxy, Patti Smith, or Rundgren? Oh man, I can't picture life without them. Genesis with Peter Gabriel is about as high class as prog gets. Damn, I should have added Eno.

Anyway, on your adds. I don't know who Rancid Song is, or Magnetic Fields. I haven't heard a single thing from Belle & Sebastian yet, but I keep hearing good things. For Steve Earle, I'd say "Jerusalem." I don't care much for Green Day, either, but I liked the song "American Idiot." For Kris Kristofferson, I'm going to go really sappy and pick "Help Me Make It Through the Night." I tend to like covers of his work better than his actual work (hell, this song alone has great versions by Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Bryan Ferry). And for Tom Lehrer... I still love the fresh breeziness of "The Elements" best.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode