Just as a fun exercise I decided to put together a quick list of songs I like and talked Hammer and Libby Mae into doing the same. The object was to come up with 15 songs you really enjoy: 5 that are pretty obvious choices, 5 that are somewhat obscure, and 5 that are embarrassing to admit to liking. If we did the lists again next week most of them might be different (except for Hammer who knows what he likes and is sticking with it) but this is what we came up with today. I'm thinking of sending the list to some other bloggers and getting them to do their own versions and then in turn pass the torch to someone they know. (Maybe I'll start with the good folks over at Power Liberal.) Anyway, here are our choices:
5 great songs: obvious
5 great songs: not so obvious
5 songs I'm embarrassed to admit I really enjoy
Objectively great songs everyone knows
Objectively great songs not many people know
Songs I'm embarrassed to like
Really, Truly, I-Will-Challenge-Anyone-Who-Disagrees-To-A-Streetfight Good songs:
Songs I Really Like:
Songs I'm Embarassed to Like:
(As with many of my favorite photos the one at the top was stolen from TBogg.)
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel
Washing of the Water, Peter Gabriel
Something I Can Never Have, Nine Inch Nails
Feelin' This, Blink 182
Five Less Obvious:
Whatsername, Green Day
God Shuffled His Feet, Crash Test Dummies
I Will Survive, Cake
Mary, Scissor Sisters
Every Which Way That I Can, Louis XIV
Five that embarrass me:
Cowboy Take Me Away, Dixie Chicks
All That I Want, Lightning Seeds
Breakfast at Tiffany's, Deep Blue Something
Complicated, Avril Lavigne
Not Gonna Get Us, t.A.T.u.
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5 that never change
sweet jane- velvet underground
ring of fire
bela legosi's dead
how soon is now?
5 less frequent cravings
nothing compares 2 u
5 that make me giggle when they get stuck in my head
the barbie song by aqua
begin the beguine-rem
girls- beastie boys
nimrod's son or UMASS- pixies
i had to change the catergories... hard enough limiting myself to 5 in each... and i thought of other lists- and i'm not sharing them.
By 9:22 PM, at
I read this post, then headed for the supermarket. What was playing but Lightfoot's Sundown. I kinda like that one, too.
I'm having a hard time not picking Dylan songs for the first 11. The embarassing one? Lay Lady Lay.
Mississippi Goddam, Nina Simone
Living For The City, Stevie Wonder
I've Got You Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra (the 1956 recording. A great Cole Porter song, killer Nelson Riddle charts, Frank at his peak, and to top it off, a fantastic 'bone solo.)
Revolution, the Beatles
Mr. Tambourine Man, Bob Dylan
Five less obvious:
Tramp The Dirt Down, Elvis Costello. Apparently he's not a Thatcher fan...
Tomorrow is a Long Time, Bob Dylan
All Her Favorite Fruit, Camper Van Beethoven
Ebo Walker, the Dillards
Train In Vain, Dwight Yoakam. Yeah, it's a Clash cover.
Play That Funky Music, Wild Cherry
Do I Do, Stevie Wonder.
I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor
Run To You, Brian Adams. Did I say that out loud?
Let Me Be There, Olivia Newton John
Jambo, you may remember my credo - got a good beat, easy to dance to -I dig it. Thus:
5 that never fail to lift my spirits:
What I like About you - The Romantics
Radio Free Europe - REM
Everyday Things - The Plimsouls (if anyone could burn me a CD of this, I'd be eternally grateful - one of the best rock and roll songs ever; can't shell out $60 for Children of Nuggets box set and the original album is out of print and $60 on ebay)
American Idiot - Green Day
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World
5 that make most of my friends go "huh?":
Litany - Guadalcanal Diary
U2 - Gloria (still my all-time favorite video)
Lawyers, Guns and Money - Warren Zevon (or his version of Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me)
Guitar Town - Steve Earle (close behind is Turn it on, Turn it Up , Turn me Loose by Dwight Yoakam and everything by Jason & the Scorchers)
You Got To Me - Neil Diamond (Neil has the best drunken sing-along songs of all time - don't be embarrassed, LM!)
The Embarrassing Ones (way more than 5, including the whole Kiss catalog thru the Dynasty album, plus Domino):
Funkytown - Lipps Inc.
Fox on the Run - Sweet
Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede (ooga-chaka!)
Born to Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez
Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
You can't let go of the stuff that was cool in junior high, apparently....
Hey Hammer--Love that you gave the Mr. T Experience some "props" Dr. Frank, the singer for MTX, has a novel out called King Dork, and I guess it is supposed to be pretty good, but is maybe geared toward the younger adult crowd. Sorry, can't think of any songs right now.
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5 Great Songs: Obvious
"Train in Vain" The Clash
"Atlantic City" Bruce Springsteen
"Do You Remember Rock & Roll Radio" The Ramones
"Waiting Room" Fugazi
"Night Swimming" REM
5 Great Songs, for those who want to dig a little deeper.
"Buggin" Flaming Lips
"Summer Babe" Pavement
"Jinx Removing" Jawbreaker
"Dirty Boots" Sonic Youth
"Hybrid Moments" Misfits
Embarassing to like these, maybe--but I am not really embarassed
"Seasons in the Abyss" Slayer
"I Remember You" Skid Row
"Poison Ivy" Faster Pussycat
"What's My Age Again" Blink 182
"Boys of Summer" Don Henley
By 8:52 AM, at
U2, another Olivia Newton John tune, Dwight Yoakam, Nina Simone... I like TWN readers.
If Jambo had asked for six "embarrassed to like" songs, Boys of Summer would have been on my list too.
I can't decide whether I should be embarassed or not that I like some Blink 182.
Sorry Hammer, I swear I didn't write "TWN" to annoy you. It just came out.
Here is the thing with Blink 182: Their sound and subject matter is similar to non-embarassing bands like Mr T Experience, and other pop punk bands; but to me it is their teenybopper fan base that makes them seem somewhat embarassing for a 30 year old guy to like. But I might be wrong.
By 9:32 AM, at
I think you nailed it, Monostereo. They covered Another Girl, Another Planet to try to fool me. It's okay for me to like Blink 182, but I've got to keep it to myself.
This should get me a ranting email from Jambo:
If I Should Fall Behind - Bruce Springsteen
Moonlight Mile - The Rolling Stones
Even Less - Porcupine Tree
Limelight - Rush
When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
South of I-10 - Sonny Landreth
I'm Not Like Everybody Else - The Kinks
Mutineer - Warren Zevon
Seven Angels - Free
Blood on the Rooftops - Genesis
Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles
Telegram - Nazareth
Light in the Black - Rainbow
Start Me Up - The Folksmen
Siberian Khatru - Yes
By 11:19 AM, at
Jerjo -- that Folksmen tune is a classic. So much better than the original.
The Folksmen tune IS great, but you can't say it's better than the original since the only reason it's so much fun is because it's so far removed from the Stones version. Absent the original it's a pretty ordinary song.
I knew Jerjo would pile on the prog rock so I had braced myself.
Wow, there's a lot of cool stuff in these lists. I could make a new one of my own just from the songs in there I had forgotten about.
Sweet Jane is one I can't believe I didn't think of. I think it's funny that M starts the nex tlist with Jane Says since I always figured that was written in responce to the Velvet's Candy Says and Stephanie Says. There might have been a 3rd "x" Says song they did as well.
Stevie Wonder! Who knew? I was pleased to see a couple other people put him on their list.
Just for political reason I would never be embarrassed to listen to the Dixie Chicks.
Fox on the Run! I'm in 6th grade at the roller rink any time I hear that.
Glad to see Jason and the Scorchers are not completely forgotten. Same with Zevon, who gets a lot less credit than he deserves I think.
I agree with Boys of Summer, too. That's a great song that even tho you have to defend liking it you shouldn't be embarrassed by.
Train in Vain almost made my list as well.
5 songs that make me happy:
Welcome to Paradise - Green Day
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Excuse Me Mr. - No Doubt
Wheels - Cake
So What'cha Want - The Beastie Boys
5 less known:
Get Your Hands off of my Woman - The Darkness
Fresh Invention - Hanz Erik and the Hims
Don't Worry - Dylan Hicks
Never Did No Wanderin' - The Folksmen
Exquisite Corpse - Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Rio - Duran Duran
Survivor - Destiny's Child
Low Rider - War
Too Shy - Kagagoogoo
Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees
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It's my game so I get to do another list. So does anyone else for that matter.
Born to Run (in high school a friend made a whole 90min tape with just this song on it)
Sympathy for the Devil (I never get tired of this)
Kate Bush, Running Up That Hill
David Bowie, Rebel Rebel
The Faces, Ooh La La
Nick Drake, One of These Things First
Echo and the Bunnymen, Rescue
Gang of Four, Armalite Rifle
Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Beth Orton, Central Reservation (Ben Watt mix)
Duran Duran, Girls on Film
Blue Nile, Downtown Lights (I don't know why I'm embarrassed to like the Blue Nile but for some reason I just never mention them in public)
ELO, Do Ya (If this really embarrassed me I probably wouldn't play it so darn loud)
Spirit of the Radio
Anything else Jerjo likes
Jambo, have you heard the Faces box? I got it for Christmas. Contributors to the liner notes include Paul Westerberg. It is just sublime. They have a live version of "Maybe I'm Amazed" that just shreds Mac's original.
Here's a blasphemous notion. I prefer the Mott the Hoople cover of Sweet Jane.
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Proud Mary, CCR
Freddie Freeloader, Miles Davis
My Generation, The Who
Folsom Prison Blues, Johnny Cash
Back On The Chain Gang, The Pretenders
Hmm. I'm two lists in, and all of my "obvious" picks are between 24 and 50 years old. I'm just not hep to what the kids are listening to.
Get Off This, Cracker
Crazy About The La La La, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Doors Of Your Heart, The Beat
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Black Uhuru
Too Much Too Young, The Specials
Top Of The World, The Carpenters
More Than a Feeling, Boston
Get Down Tonight, KC and the Sunshine Band
Lucille, Kenny Rogers
Take A Chance On Me, Abba
here are 5 i'm embarassed to acknowlege as favorites-
I want to know what you're thinking (pure energy) by information society
sun is coming to the cold places
fascinating new thing
Friday i'm in love
5 i love that redeem me
stand- sly and the family stone
head on- jesus and mary chain
angels want to wear my red shoes
ice cream man
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