Monday, September 11, 2006

Exposing Myself in Hopes of Reciprocation

I always love looking through other people's CD collections, it's loke looking into their soul. I'd like to know more about the musical preferences (and therefore the inner workings) of the LYMA crew. I think it would be interesting to find out what you all listen to after a year or so of reading your posts, it might also be a good way to discover and share the bands you all like. I wanted to start with my favorite song, but as I retrospectively search my soul (AKA ipod) I can't really pick one, there are too many and it changes daily. But never fear, I thought of another good way to share, I think that if I narrow it down topically I might be able to pick one.

For example, the best song with a girls name in the title is Visions of Johanna by Bob Dylan.
The best song with the name of a girl named Jane in the title is Sweet Jane by Lou Reed (closely followed by Jane Says by Janes Addiction).
The best song ever about friendship is With a Little Help From My Friends (the Joe Cocker version that is on the opening of the wonder years, not the a little too peppy Ringo Starr version).
The best song ever about lesbians is Same Old Situation by Motley Crew. The best song ever about songs is Radio by Rancid (or is it Let it Play by Poison).
The best song ever about war is For Whom the Bell Tolls by Metallica (barely edging out their othe classic One, which reminds me, the best song ever called One is One by Metallica, not that blaphemous steaming piece by that other band).
The best song ever about alcohol is Beer by Reel Big Fish.
The best song ever about eyes is Pale Blue Eyes by the Velvet Underground, Van Morrison's brown eyed girl is close, but he does sing the best song ever about a transvestite, Madame George, and the most romantic song ever, Sweet Thing (or Crazy Love, I can't decide).
The best song ever about suicide is a three way tie between GnR's Estranged, Metallica's Fade to Black, and Suicide is Painless (the theme to MASH).
Like a Rolling Stone is the best song ever about someone getting what's coming to them.

I could go on for a while, but let's hear yours, feel free to disagree or make your own categories, or just enjoy my fantastic list.

11 Comments:

At 9/12/2006 02:49:00 PM,

Some comments:

Best song about songs - Spirit of Radio by Rush.

Songs about suicide - Don't Fear the Reaper - by Blue Oyster Cult.

 

Posted by Eric Nielson

 
At 9/13/2006 01:20:00 PM,

Wow, how did I not see this post earlier? this deserves a response later when I have more time.

 
At 9/13/2006 04:43:00 PM,

I, too, am going to have to vote for the Cowbell on this one. Sorry, Chris... Don't Fear the Reaper it is. (Although I would have originally placed my vote on Jumper, by Third Eye Blind, which is the ONLY song I am capable of listening to by that group.)

Best song about a state: California Love by Tupac (slightly edging out Sinatra's New York, NY; but CRUSHING both the theme song to the O.C. and the title song to the musical Oklahoma)

MOST ironic song: Invisible, by Clay Aiken
LEAST ironic song: Ironic, by Alanis Morissette.

Best song about an alcoholic substance: Red, Red Wine, by UB40 (and I learned today that Bob Marley NEVER covered this song, contrary to what I had believed earlier). I think I would have to give a second place tie to Snoop's Gin and Juice or J-Kwon's Tipsy (but only the radio edit b/c it really is better).

Best Bouncyball song: Heartbeats, by Jose Gonzales.

Best non-traditional holiday song: Dave Matthew's Halloween song or Adam Sandler's Hanakkah song (or his Turkey song).

I'm also going to have to contest the best lesbian song and give it to T.A.T.U. for Not Gonna Get Us (because, hey, they're Russian).

Most annoying song on the web (and also incidently my iTunes): O-Zone's Numa Numa (yes, you may picture the dancing fat man now) or PopoZao by Kevin Federline (and, no, you may NOT picture the fat girl's dancing husband).

Best bass-line for a song: By The Way, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Most likely to make me hungry: Banana Pancakes, by Jack Johnson.

 
At 9/13/2006 05:04:00 PM,

best ration of F bombs to Rocking, Killing in the name by Rage
best song names after a civil rights legend, rosa parks by outkast.
Best song to mantion Utah, friend of the devil.
best song to mention reno is not friend of the devil, it's folsom prison blues by Johnny Cash.
best song to mention the devil, shout at the devil by motley crew, (close second is broken heart ville by joe nichols)

 
At 9/13/2006 06:41:00 PM,

best mullet song I've got an Ape Drape by The Vandals
best seven minute hip hop semi instrumental, Spottieottiedopalicious by Outkast
best song with unintelligable lyrics (that for some reason makes me wish I smoked pot), Yellow ledbetter by Pearl Jam
Best hidden song on a CD, Eurotrash Girl by Cracker (on the album Keyrosene Hat)
Best song about the war of 1812, The Battle of New Orleans
Best song that mentions New Orleans, Bloodletting (the vampire song) by COncrete Blonde

 
At 9/13/2006 07:34:00 PM,

Reading this post reminded me of part of a Dave Barry book, Dave Barry is Not Making This Up, wherein Dave discusses songs that he likes to hear on the radio and songs that should be permanently removed from the radio playlist. Here are a few snippits.

"...radio is an issue I care deeply about. I do a lot of singing in the car. You should hear Aretha Franklin and me perform our version of "I say a Little Prayer for You," especially when our voices swoop way up high for the ending part that goes "My darling BELIEVE me, for me there is nooo WAHHHHH-AAANNNN but you"...My technique is to grip the steering wheel with both hands and lift mysefl halfway out of the seat so that I can give full vocal expression to the emotion that Aretha and I are feeling, which is a mixture of jjoyous hope and bittersweet longing and the horror of realizing that the driver of the cement truck three feet away is staring at me, at which point I pretend that I am having a coughing seizure while Aretha finishes the song on her own."

"In a recent column I noted that certain songs are always getting played on the radio, despite the fact that these songs have been shown, in scientific laboratory tests, to be bad. One example I cited was Neil Diamond's ballad "I Am, I Said," in which Neil complains repeatedly that nobody hears him, "not even the chair." I pointed out that this does not make a ton of sense, unless Neil has unusually intelligent furniture. ("Mr. Diamond, your BarcaLounger is on line two.")
Well it turns out there are some major Neil Diamond fans out there in Readerland. They sent me a large pile of hostile mail with mouth froth spewing out of the envelope seams. In the interest of journalistic fairness, I will sumarize their main arguments here:
Dear Pukenose:
Just who the hell do you think you are to blah blah a great artist like Neil blah blah more than 20 gold records blah blah how many gold records do YOU have, you scumsucking wad of blah blah I personally have attended 1,794 of Neil's concerts blah blah What about "Love on the Rocks"? Huh? What about "Cracklin' Rosie"? blah blah if you had ONE-TENTH of Neil's talent blah blah so I listened to "Heart Light" 40 times in a row and the next day the cyst was GONE and the doctor said he had never seen such a rapid blah blah. What about "Play Me"? What about "Song Sung Blah"? Cancel my subscription, if I have one.
So we can clearly see that music is a matter of personal taste. Person A may hate a particular song, such as "Havin' My Baby" by Paul Anka (who I suspect is also Neil Sedaka), and Person B might love this song. But does this mean that Person B is wrong? Of course not. It simply means that Person B is an idiot. Because some songs are just plain bad, and "Havin' My Baby" is one of them, and another one is "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown." "


 

Posted by jaime_g

 
At 9/13/2006 08:06:00 PM,

There seems to be a common genre with every song. What about favorite songs within each genre?

 
At 9/13/2006 10:03:00 PM,

Best song about immigration, Coming to America by Mr. Neil Diamond

Best country song, It's a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt

 
At 9/13/2006 10:09:00 PM,

Best reggae song, Simplicity by Sizzla
best techno song, Ping Island/Lightning Strike Rescue Op by Mark Mothersbaugh (from the life aquatic)
The problem with genres is it only works with genres that I am not too into, because with the ones I like they are still too broad to pick one.

 
At 9/17/2006 07:02:00 PM,

Pretty good list. This is a hard topic to come to a consensus on... A few thoughts (please take no offense in my frontal attack on some of your choices):

1) Sweet Jane... is it really better than "The Song That Jane Likes" by Dave Matthews?

2) "One" by Metallica is a better war song than "For Whom the Bell Tolls"

3) Not familiar with "Beer"... but "40 ounces to Freedom" by Sublime is a pretty good song about alcohol.

4) Most romantic song ever is too tough a call... can't say that I think Van Morrison's, as good as they are, are the best... "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds is pretty damn good.

5) How can you list songs about suicide and not list "Adam's Song" by Blink 182?!!

 
At 1/03/2007 05:35:00 PM,

This is a nice post. You should start some of these rankings on rankopedia.com

 

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