August 03, 2006

The Best Music To...

I got this one from Red, natch.

What's a great late night song?
This is going to strike people as being out of character, but when it's 4AM and you're all lovesick and lonely and you're listening to an AM radio, there is no substitute for "Nights In White Satin" by the Moody Blues.

Name 5-10 wistful/bittersweet songs:
I Wish It Would Rain - the Four Tops
Forever - Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul
She Said - the Beatles
Wild Horses - the Rolling Stones
Be My Friend - Iron City Houserockers
Big Man In Town - The Four Seasons
Here Comes a Regular - The Replacements
Dover Beach - The Bangles

The 4 Best Songs Ever Written: I, like Sheila, will discount classical. I'll also count only the rock and roll era...
Calvary Cross - Richard Thompson
Darkness on the Edge of Town - Springsteen
God Only Knows - Beach Boys
Mohammed's Radio - Warren Zevon

3 Current Favorite Songs:
Do you mean favorite current songs? Or songs that I'm humming the most?
I don't have many favorite current songs...

Classic Early Evening Drinking Music:
It's A Long Way To The Top - AC/DC
Living After Midnight - Judas Priest

3 All Time Faves That Never Get Old To You
Even The Losers - Tom Petty
Bye Bye Love - The Cars
Little Mascara - The Replacements

Song You Want (or did) To Play At Your Wedding:
I have not a clue.

4 Records You Really Dug from 2005
Like Sheila, I have no idea what songs came from what years anymore.
"Low" by Kelly Clarkson (but I"ll bet that was like '03, wasn't it?)

Good Angry Songs:
I'll go along with Sheila on Father of Mine by Everclear and Mother Mother by Tracy Bonham
Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks. Yeah, their politics are puerile and facile, but they are mighty good at what they do do well...
Bodies - Sex Pistols
Clampdown - the Clash
Marching On - The Alarm
I Wanna Destroy You - The Soft Boys

One of Your Favorite Lyrics:
Just one? Sheesh. So many candidates.

Here's one: On Great Northern Avenue somebody's playing
"Strawberry Fields" on the Radio. I dunno what it means.
It's hot out and sticky, and all I can figure is it's
something about growing up, and something about dreams.
It's one train pulls in, another pulls out.
The rails pull 'em together and send 'em on their way.
The old men on the bench spit into their coke bottles and
talk about how things have gone downhill since war 'til today.

They been here forever - I bet you they'd say

(Sha na na na) on Great Northern Avenue
The rails sing out "Danger"
The train it's waiting for me
Nothing ever changes.

On Great Northern Avenue it's me and my friends, on the
front porch of my dad's place, sittin' on the steps.
Got a six-pack between us and we're getting kinda itchy,
trying to figure out what we're gonna do next.
It's Friday on Great Northern, and they've rolled up the sidewalks, and we're
looking for another human face, to show 'em what we got.
The old men on the bench spit their chaw in the bottle, and yell
"Hey, kid - either sh*t or get off the pot!"

That's all I know. It's a small small world...

(Sha na na na) on Great Northern Avenue
The rails sing out "Danger"
The train it's waiting for me
Nothing ever changes.

On Great Northern, you can still see the stars,
but you can't hear your thinking when the train horn blows so loud.
On Great Northern, you can be a very big fish,
in a very small pond...

Great Northern turns into a highway.
The highway runs a thousand miles down to the sea,
past a city that's open all night long, where
I don't have to tell anybody I'm me.
On Great Northern tonight we'll be driving 'til morning,
driving 'round in circles, we don't even care.
On Great Northern you can watch the grass growing old.
You can see the end of the world from there.

And I know I'd be something, if I just wasn't there...

(Sha na na na) on Great Northern Avenue
The rails sing out "Danger"
The train it's waiting for me
Nothing ever changes.5 Cover Songs Arguably Better Than the Original:
Raspberry Beret - Hindu Love Gods
I Am, I Said - Killdozer
Walk Away Renee - Four Tops (this is not arguable)

Ironic Song to Brutally Murder Someone to in a movie:
Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
Thank You - Dido
Great Dance Song You Maybe Never Realized Was a Great Dance song Back in the Day:
Jive Talking - Bee Gees
Hush - Deep Purple
Take Me To The River - Talking Heads

Good Albums To Workout To:
Never Mind The Bollocks, It's The Sex Pistols
The Ramones
The Clash's first album.

Good Album to Clean The House To:
Again, Never Mind the Bollocks. It's one of very few albums to which I can get into the cleaning mood.

Good Dining Music:
I have no idea!

Good Album To Have Sex To:
"Controversy" by Prince.
"Electric Ladyland", Hendrix
And, oddly enough, the single "I Need Love" by Sixpence None The Richer. Go figure.

A Good Album To Put You In the Mood (that is NOT Sade, Marvin Gaye or Barry White):
The Sam and Dave anthology.

Good Album To Sleep To:
I never sleep to music.

5 Good Rock Songs That You Can Dance To:
Like, Rock and Roll used to be all about dancing. "Rock", of course, was not. There are a zillion rock and roll songs to dance to, from "Jailhouse Rock" through "Pink Cadillac" to "Ain't Nothin' But A Houseparty". But if you want "rock", I'll give you rock.
Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
Run Like Hell - Pink Floyd (!)
Hush - Deep Purple
Long Live Rock - the Who
Rock and Roll All Night - Kiss

Song That Is Too Damn Sad:
End Of The Rainbow - Richard Thompson
To Daddy - Emmylou Harris

Great Love Song:
Beat The Retreat - Richard Thompson
Boulder to Birmingham - Emmylou Harris

An Album Full of Tenderness:
The Wind - Warren Zevon

Song To An Ex That Isn't Meanspirited:
Sandy - Springsteen

Song To An Ex That Is Kinda Meanspirited:
Already Gone - Eagles.

Song to Listen to While in The Country Looking at Stars:
Helpless - Neil Young.

Song to lose your Mind to:
Ah Leah! - Donnie Iris
Street Fighting Man - Rolling Stones (but especially Springsteen's version)

Song To Cry In Your Pillow to:
She'll Always Be 19 - Jimmy Kelly and the Choirboys
Jenny - Richard Thompson

Songs That Make You Feel Amped and Inspired:
Death Or Glory - The Clash

Great Semi-Obscure B-side:
Gotta be "Be True", the B-side of "Hungry Heart" by Springsteen. Amazing song.

Song That Makes You Miss Your Mom:
The "Mary Poppins" soundtrack (ironic) or anything from the movie "Doctor Zhivago".

That's Baby Makin' Music (No, Really):
Too many R'nB classics to name.

Criminally Underrated Band That Didn't Get Attention and Then Broke Up:
Too many to count - but the Iron City Houserockers were the best example.

Best Fuck You I Am a Teenager in Pain Song:
Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran et al.

Feel No Shame: Great Current Pop Songs:
Low - Kelly Clarkson. Can't say how much I love that song.

Album No One Would Expect You To Love:
I love so much different stuff, it's hard to say. Maybe a couple of Dixie Chicks albums.

Album No One Would Expect You To Dislike:
Red said it best: "I'm not wacky about most Jackson Browne. I love one or two of his songs - but the rest? No. This would probably surprise (and maybe hurt) some." Ditto.

My apathy toward Pink Floyd (except for the first half of "The Wall") probably counts.

Album No One Would Expect You To Really Know:
Diana Ross and the Supremes - Anthology

Emo Album You Actually Like:
Dunno the album. My daughter owns it, and it has one good song on it. "All American Rejects", I think. That's emo, right? Isn't it? Pfft. Who cares.

Good, But Overrated Cause Of Indie Revisionism:
That whole "Swing" revival a couple of years ago. Squirrel Nut Zippers? Cherry Poppin' Daddies? Brian Setzer Orchestra? Feh.

5 Desert Island Discs off the top of your head (30 sec clock):
Men Without Women - Little Steven
Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce
Unforgettable Fire - U2
The Crossing - Big Country
Roses In The Snow - Emmylou Harris

3 Contemporary Artists That Were Your Faves 10 Years Ago:
Hard to say. I wasn't in a position to pay much attention to music 10 years ago. Probably Gin Blossoms, Alanis, Goo Goo Dolls...

Music That Makes You Feel Sophisticated:
Besides classical? Roxy Music, and any old Richard Thompson stuff (like when he was still married to Linda)

Fave Electronic Record You Own:
Building the Heathkit Model 50 PA Amplifier

Fave Hip-Hop Record You Own:
It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back - Public Enemy

Hip-Hop Song You Know All the Lyrics Too:
Jump Around - House of Pain
Cold Lampin' With Flavor - Public Enemy
Bring Tha Noize - Public Enemy
A Bitch Iz A Bitch - NWA
Straight Outta Compton - NWA

Random Album You Loved In High School But Are Afraid To Admit It:
Rocky Mountain High - John Denver. At least Sheila can relate.

Album You May Have Listened To More In Highschool than Any Other Album:
Who's Next - The Who. Millions of times.

If You Could Enter A Wrestling Ring to a Song It Would Be:
There's several piaobreachd (Scottish classical) bagpipe songs - martial thumper songs - that make me want to shred sheet metal in my teeth. One in particular whose name I don't remember (it's Scots Gaelic, so good luck), but many will do.

Album To Clear A Room With:
Dunno, but when I worked in bars, I used to kick "Theme from Flipper" to clear the floor at closing time.

Posted by Mitch at August 3, 2006 01:04 PM | TrackBack

Oh you just brought back a flood of memories with the Richard and Linda Thompson reference ... great great stuff!

Posted by: red at August 3, 2006 02:49 PM

We had a musician friend play a Led Zeppelin song at our wedding...thank God it was December or I'd be looking at wedding pictures of myself barefoot or some other cringe-inducing hippy thing! The song was "Thank You" and it was 1974.

Posted by: Colleen at August 3, 2006 03:22 PM

Wow, the politics of a Klansman paired with the fashion sense of a Grateful Dead groupie.

I've said this before about you and I'll say it again, Colleen: Yikes!

Posted by: angryclown at August 4, 2006 01:15 PM
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