See, I like the way the comments in this post went. I definitely want to see your favorites as well. Like I said, I’m going to make a list of all the songs you all tell me about. I’m also going to put a straight text of my list (without the annotations) up eventually.
Another great side effect of doing this (aside from hearing some new music) is that I’ve been pulling out CDs I haven’t listened to in ages. It’s like nostalgia week here at the ABV household.
This morning, I have time to kill so I’m going to try to throw a plethora (i love that word) of songs at you today. Later on, we are going to a taping of Conan O’Brien. Then I have about 4o teenagers converging on my house for a scavenger hunt thing, and a busy weekend coming up. So I’ll get a whole bunch out while I can, as I don’t want to fall too far behind. I also don’t want to get up off my ass. So this is as good excuse as any.
23. Housemartins – Happy Hour
I only know a few Housemartins songs, and I had totally forgotten about them until an anonymous person made this suggestion. It all came back to me. I was working in the record store when this came out (1986) and nearly everyone I worked with hated it. They banned me from putting it on the store record player. So I bought the 12″, brought it home and listened to it for about a week straight. If you ever need to find your happy place, try putting this song on. You can’t help but feel happy. (video here)
24. Danzig – Brand New God
Danzig 4 is by far his best album, so it had to be something from that. Although I did entertain the thought of picking “You and Me” from the Less than Zero soundtrack. I was going to listen to the whole album again to figure out which song I wanted, but as soon as it started up, I knew. The first song. It starts with just Danzig singing:
i am a walking
a thing of torture to behold
splits my soul
a thing of torture to behold
and then the music kicks in and you get Danzig’s surly, throaty voice and pounding drums and I remember why I used to worship this whole album. (suggested by Anastazia)
25. Steel Pole Bathtub – Train To Miami
As much as I’m discovering new bands through all of you, I hope you discover some new music through some of the songs listed here. I know not a lot of people have heard of this band, and they’re really an acquired taste. I don’t know how to pigeonhole them – hardcore noise rock would be my best try. This song, from the album Miracle of Sound in Motion is surreal, noisy, weird, disturbing, haunting and addicting. The repeated chorus of “these are my friends now” over a staccato bass, the cacophony of sounds in the background, the whispers about church burning and satan, the short scream; it’s what the circus might sound like if you smoked a bowl of crack before entering the big tent. You’d think that putting all these sounds together might make a mess, but this band makes it work. It pulls you in, shakes you up and leaves you with a feeling in the pit of your stomach like you just witnessed someone’s bad acid trip. And you want to see it again. These are my friends now…these are my friends now… You can listen to this song at MySpace. (suggested by Todd)
26. Social Distortion – Ball and Chain
David made a ton of suggestions and this one was the easiest. I’m not a HUGE Social D fan, but I like them enough to own a large portion of their collection. I know there are better songs than this, musically and lyrically, but I love the sing-song rhythm of this one and I love to sing it (in my car, windows rolled up so noone can hear me sing waaaay out of tune because Mike Ness sings in a key that I can’t possibly get to). It’s a pretty depressing song and I sang it a lot when I was in a particular place in my life, but being out of that place, the song reminds me of being determined to get out of there. (this one was also suggested by Ernie, the biggest Social D fan I know. I dedicate #26 to him)
Ok, 7am and I got a couple under my belt already. I’ll be back with more!