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I did this on Facebook, but I know most of you probably don’t even know I have a FB let alone look at it, I’ll torture you with it here as well. I tagged a bunch of FB people but, as usual, if you are reading this, consider yourself tagged.

Also, these things are kind of silly but awesome for content when you are lacking anything else to put on your blog.

What does your music library say about you?

RULES:
1. Put your media player of choice Shuffle (I am on the only person on the planet still using Winamp).
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in parentheses after the song name.
5. Tag at least 10 friends

Also, you’re supposed to use the answer to the last question as your title.

What do your friends think of you?
Another State of Mind – Social Distortion [this is most likely true]

If someone says, “Is this okay?” You say?
Sheep – Pink Floyd- [alternately, i might say baaaaaa]

How would you describe yourself?
Unstable – Life of Agony [well, i guess that couldn’t have worked out any better if i cheated]

What do you like in a girl?
Beer – Fear [well, you are more fun when you’re drunk]

How do you feel today?
Plans I Make – Husker Du [very fitting, in a re-examining my life sort of way]

What is your life’s purpose?
Breaking Free – Gorilla Biscuits [YES!]

What is your motto?
Dumb Fun – Juliana Hatfield [works for me]

What do you think about very often?
Junk – NoMeansNo [insert dick joke here]

What do you think of your best friend?
Accept Yourself – The Smiths [very interesting…]

What do you think of the person you like?
Panty Raid – Murphy’s Law [oh yea, raid my panties, baby]

What is your life story?
Losing Your Mind – The Accused [i think my winamp is sentient]

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Organ Grinder – Marilyn Manson [only if i can have a little monkey sidekick]

What do you think of when you see the person you like/love?
Super Bob Bon – Soul Coughing [because he’s delicious like a bon bon? hey, i’m trying here]

What will you dance to at your wedding?
The Evil Powers of Rock and Roll – Supersuckers [i suppose if we ever got married, this would work]

What will they play at your funeral?
Chewbacca – Supernova [that would rule]

What is your hobby/interest?
Here Comes Your Man – Pixies [if love is a hobby, i’d like to go pro. i have no idea what that means, but it sounded good in my head]

What is your biggest fear?
Rooster – Alice in Chains [Yes, I fear the rooster, for he is an evil rooster!]

What is your biggest secret?
Disco’s Out, Murder’s In – Suicidal Tendencies [Well now you know. I murdered disco. You’re welcome.]

What do you think of your friends?
Hooker With a Penis – Tool [apparently i run with a pack of tranny whores. sorry i let your secret out, guys]

What will you post this as?
Rock n Roll Nightmare – Rich Kids on LSD [isn’t it, though?]

Tag, you’re it.

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deck the halls with music reviews and zombies

Been playing Left 4 Dead so much that I have neglected to put up any Christmas decorations this weekend, as I told myself – and my kids – I would.

My kids said they are taking our Xbox away unless we get our priorities straight. I’m blaming Todd. It’s always “one more level, please one more level,” and I give in because I want to rectify the fact that I left Todd laying in puke while being pummeled by zombies. But hey, they don’t call it Left4Dead for nothing.

I did manage to get three reviews done today: Deadbolt, Talking Heads and I totally surprised myself by gushing over a Billy Joel album.

As far as the Deadbolt goes, one of the things I hope for with these reviews is that I turn some people on to music they might not have heard before. So if there’s a band there that you haven’t heard, click the link of my favorite song and give them a try. You never know when you might find something interesting.

Going to get to some requests tomorrow. I still have a whole list of requests, and I’m running them down, but I have to be in a certain mood to do certain kinds of music, so if your’e still waiting, I’m still waiting for the mood to strike. Still taking requests, of course.

Tomorrow morning I’ll have another musical QOD here.

Right now it’s back to killing zombies.

No. Putting up Christmas decorations.

Zombie Santas, anyone?

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halloween mix

I do this every year. Almost forgot this year.

TSOL – Code Blue
Misfits – Halloween
Ministry – Every Day is Halloween
Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party
The Cramps – I Was a Teenage Werewolf
The Who – Boris the Spider
Echo and the Bunnymen – Killing Moon
Deadbolt – Voodoo Trucker
Queens of the Stone Age – Burn the Witch
Type O Negative – Black #1
Slayer – Dead Skin Mask
Nick Cave – Red Right Hand
Wednesday 13 – I Walked with a Zombie
North American Halloween Prevention Initiative – Do They Know It’s Halloween
Ramones – Pet Sematary

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That list got me thinking. First, yea, those are some crappy songs. And it was torturous in a waterboard kind of way to expect any of you to go through that list and pick out favorites. It’s like asking people to choose their favorite Ernest* movie.

The other thing I got to thinking about (at 3am, in order to stop me from thinking about things like money, work, money how I forgot to turn on the dishwasher…and money) was, what is the best music of the 80’s? Let’s face it, I love that decade, in a pop culture sort of way. Musically, it was all over the place. Or maybe I was all over the place. I had my punk and my new wave, my hair metal and hard rock, my stupid pop songs that still get caught in my head to this day and which I told no one at the time that I really liked. I’m looking at you, Huey Lewis.

Which led me to thinking: Everybody has a different view of 80’s music. It would be really interesting to see what would happen if we asked everyone in the world to vote on their favorite song of that decade. The one singular song that would define the years between 1980 and 1989, that is not sung by Rick Astley or Bonnie Tyler.

While this previously linked list could certainly be a jumping off point for some of you, there are a lot of other songs to take into consideration, from a myriad of genres. But first, let’s figure out how I’m going to do this.

Now, the results are going to be kind of skewed as I can probably count the readers of this blog on one hand. Maybe a foot, too. But that’s about it. So, while a small sampling, it will still be a concise sampling, as my readers, small in number as they are, tend to be among the most intelligent people on the face of the earth. AMIRITE?

I figured what we would do is this. You tell me your favorite songs of the 80’s. I was going to try to do it year by year, a year on each day, but I probably don’t have the patience or attention span for that. So you can just list them all here. If you want, you can put one for each year, or ten, or just a few years.

Then, I’ll take all the songs and years and whatnot and see what’s mentioned most (I’m obviously very scientific about my polling data) and make a final list which I will use to make one of those nifty little poll things and then we can all vote, and when the voting is over, the world will finally know what the best song of the 80s is, according to the few, but proud, readers of A Big Victory.

Some research for you:
The list I started with.
A list which includes some songs I never heard of but has Yaz, which is good.
Best new wave songs (which most of my choices would come from)
Rock songs of the 80’s
Essential 80’s Punk (Ok, so I’m probably the only one who would include 7 Seconds in my choices)
And for the “I’m more indie than thou” crowd, there’s always Pitchfork.

I’m going to list mine, or some of mine, as my list would go on forever if I let it. Really, I don’t care how many you list, as long as later on I can find some kind of commonality in order to make a final poll. Or, we can just say fuck it and kind of stroll down memory lane instead, to a time when I thought torn stockings and Doc Martens were a fashion statement. We won’t talk about the last part of the 80’s, which I finished off married, pregnant and wondering where my youth went.

This is going to be harder than I thought.

Most of my favorite 80’s music comes from this list: WLIR Screamers of the Week. LIR was an awesome Long Island radio station back in the day that, for a while, concentrated mostly on new wave.

I’m just going to randomly throw out some of my favorites here. This is a really short list. Like I said, I could go on forever.

Translator – Everywhere That I’m Not

The Smiths – This Charming Man

Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Iron Maiden – Aces High
Motorhead – We Are the Road Crew
Minor Threat – Salad Days
Prince – Purple Rain
Motley Crue – Live Wire

Black Flag – Rise Above

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That list got me thinking. First, yea, those are some crappy songs. And it was torturous in a waterboard kind of way to expect any of you to go through that list and pick out favorites. It’s like asking people to choose their favorite Ernest* movie.

The other thing I got to thinking about (at 3am, in order to stop me from thinking about things like money, work, money how I forgot to turn on the dishwasher…and money) was, what is the best music of the 80’s? Let’s face it, I love that decade, in a pop culture sort of way. Musically, it was all over the place. Or maybe I was all over the place. I had my punk and my new wave, my hair metal and hard rock, my stupid pop songs that still get caught in my head to this day and which I told no one at the time that I really liked. I’m looking at you, Huey Lewis.

Which led me to thinking: Everybody has a different view of 80’s music. It would be really interesting to see what would happen if we asked everyone in the world to vote on their favorite song of that decade. The one singular song that would define the years between 1980 and 1989, that is not sung by Rick Astley or Bonnie Tyler.

While this previously linked list could certainly be a jumping off point for some of you, there are a lot of other songs to take into consideration, from a myriad of genres. But first, let’s figure out how I’m going to do this.

Now, the results are going to be kind of skewed as I can probably count the readers of this blog on one hand. Maybe a foot, too. But that’s about it. So, while a small sampling, it will still be a concise sampling, as my readers, small in number as they are, tend to be among the most intelligent people on the face of the earth. AMIRITE?

I figured what we would do is this. You tell me your favorite songs of the 80’s. I was going to try to do it year by year, a year on each day, but I probably don’t have the patience or attention span for that. So you can just list them all here. If you want, you can put one for each year, or ten, or just a few years.

Then, I’ll take all the songs and years and whatnot and see what’s mentioned most (I’m obviously very scientific about my polling data) and make a final list which I will use to make one of those nifty little poll things and then we can all vote, and when the voting is over, the world will finally know what the best song of the 80s is, according to the few, but proud, readers of A Big Victory.

Some research for you:
The list I started with.
A list which includes some songs I never heard of but has Yaz, which is good.
Best new wave songs (which most of my choices would come from)
Rock songs of the 80’s
Essential 80’s Punk (Ok, so I’m probably the only one who would include 7 Seconds in my choices)
And for the “I’m more indie than thou” crowd, there’s always Pitchfork.

I’m going to list mine, or some of mine, as my list would go on forever if I let it. Really, I don’t care how many you list, as long as later on I can find some kind of commonality in order to make a final poll. Or, we can just say fuck it and kind of stroll down memory lane instead, to a time when I thought torn stockings and Doc Martens were a fashion statement. We won’t talk about the last part of the 80’s, which I finished off married, pregnant and wondering where my youth went.

This is going to be harder than I thought.

Most of my favorite 80’s music comes from this list: WLIR Screamers of the Week. LIR was an awesome Long Island radio station back in the day that, for a while, concentrated mostly on new wave.

I’m just going to randomly throw out some of my favorites here. This is a really short list. Like I said, I could go on forever.

Translator – Everywhere That I’m Not

The Smiths – This Charming Man

Soft Cell – Say Hello, Wave Goodbye

Iron Maiden – Aces High
Motorhead – We Are the Road Crew
Minor Threat – Salad Days
Prince – Purple Rain
Motley Crue – Live Wire

Black Flag – Rise Above

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new article at heretical ideas

In which I compare and contrast candidates according to musical tastes.

See also Brian Knapp’s piece comparing their favorite movies.

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8 musical questions

Here’s a fun little thing to try. It’s one of those musical question things that all the kids seem to like so much. Well, I don’t know about this one. Let’s give it a try. Because it’s late and I don’t have anything else ready to write today. Musical memes are the lazy man’s blogging material.

8 Simple Questions

What you do is pick a band. Any band. Could be your favorite band or just random artist. Then you answer the eight questions using just song titles from that band.

Here are the 8 questions:

Who are you?
Where would you rather be?
How do others feel about you?
How do you feel about yourself?
What do you want to do with your life?
Describe your current mood.
Describe your friends.
Share a few words of wisdom.

I’ll go first. Of course, I’ll use Queens of the Stone Age.

Who are you? a Regular John
Where would you rather be? River In The Road
How do others feel about you? Everybody Knows That You’re Insane
How do you feel about yourself? You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire
What do you want to do with your life? Hispanic Impressions
Describe your current mood. Auto Pilot
Describe your friends. Sick, Sick, Sick
Share a few words of wisdom. God Is In The Radio

Sometimes, you just have to squeeze something in to make it fit. It doesn’t have to be true. Besides, I do a mean Hispanic impression.

If you want to add any questions, feel free.

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I was going to write yet another thing about Halloween and then offer up a download of the song Halloween by the Misfits, but they are just one of those bands that I never bothered ripping the discs of when I got the new hard drive. I don’t know what happened. I used to love them, then one day I put on Walk Among Us and realized that two minute, four-chord retelling of B-grade horror movies just didn’t do it for me anymore.

This got me to thinking about bands I loved that just faded from my playlist for one reason or another. Sometimes you just grow tired of certain music. Sometimes you outgrow it. And sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that make you delete every folder containing a certain band from your hard drive. Which is a shame. As much as I used to love Faith No More – I was obsessed with them for years – I have such a hard time listening to them now because they remind me of things I don’t want to be reminded of. Where their entire catalog used to be a source of musical pleasure for me, they now remind me of lies and anger and empty promises and every time I try to enjoy Angel Dust again, I’m left with a taste of bitterness that hangs on the entire day.

Yet there are bands I loved that went through tough times with me that I stuck with. Maybe the years have taken the edge off the memories. I can bring out the entire Husker Du catalog without thinking about that messy breakup. I can listen to Black Flag’s Damaged without experiencing the ensuing black hole of depression that used to follow it. I didn’t lose all my good music just because I associate bands and songs with emotions. Maybe I shove them on the back burner for a while, but they come back.

Then there are those bands you just had enough of. I went through my regressive emo stage and I can really live without Taking Back Sunday now. And then there are the bands you once adored and you try to listen to their music now and your reaction is “what the hell was I thinking?” Did I once really think The Doors were anything more than dime store poetry sung by a man with a grand self-perception rivaled only by Jesus? Did I really have the cover to Yes’s Fragile painted on the back of my Levi jacket?

Another band that falls into that category, like the Misfits, is the Ramones.

Yes, I said it. The Ramones. It feels almost blasphemous to write that. A New Yorker who grew up in the 70’s and was around for beginning of that band’s rise to fame is done with them? I hear a collective gasp from the die hard Ramones fans I know. I know the way they think. They’ll hear me say something like this and come after me with pitchforks and torches, crying about my lost punk roots and how my cred is completely shot. So be it. I really don’t like you “punk lived and died in the 70’s” people, anyhow. Just for good measure, I’m going to tell you that I no longer listen to the Clash, either. It’s not that I threw alway all my punk records and gave up on the genre. I just stuck with the ones that stood my test of time. I’d rather listen to the Circle Jerks or 7 Seconds or Minor Threat all day than listen to the same song, different words from the Ramones.

There are tons of bands and whole genres that came and went in my life. Lots of bands that don’t matter, bands I forgot about, albums I wish I never spent money on. Your life changes, you grow up, move on, your tastes change. I still listen to a hell of a lot of the music I loved in my misspent youth. I love me some good, old fashioned metal and I’ll never tire of Pink Floyd.

It doesn’t bother me so much that my Misfits and Ramones CDs are going to collect dust now. What bothers me is when my music is taken from me through circumstances. Sure, they are self-made circumstances. There’s a reason I won’t listen to Stabbing Westward’s Darkest Days anymore and it has nothing to do with anything but me and my tendency to be overwrought in my wallowing. I’m not going to blame anyone but myself that I can’t listen to Faith No More or Nick Cave with the enjoyment I used to. Hopefully, like with Husker Du, I’ll get that musical pleasure back some day. As for the Doors and most of the Led Zeppelin catalog and Lynyrd Skynyrd, those phases are long gone and I don’t want them back.

I was supposed to be writing a Halloween thing here. Just another example of how my mind works at 5am. I’ll do the Halloween thing later.

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I stole this from Sheila.

What music are you currently grooving to?

I’m currently stuck on three things: Clutch’s Blast Tyrant, Chamillionaire’s Ultimate Victory and Beck’s GameBoy Variations.

Here’s Beck’s “GameBoy/Homeboy” [Que’ Onda Guero], remixed by the band 8-bit, using sounds from a GameBoy. Very cool stuff.

“Top 25 Most Played Songs on iPod”
I have a Nano, so my iPod selection is small, compared to my overall music collection, but this is the music that mostly gets me through my workday (at least this week), so I don’t have to listen to the radio of the woman two cubicles down who has a Michael Bolton fetish.

  1. Brand New – Me v. Maradona v. Elvis
  2. QOTSA – In My Head
  3. QOTSA – Autopilot
  4. Chamillionaire – Hip Hop Police
  5. Beck – Gameboy/Homeboy (Que Onda Guero)
  6. Brand New – Failure By Design
  7. Taking Back Sunday – You’re So Last Summer
  8. QOTSA – Make It Wit Chu
  9. Clutch – The Mob Goes Wild
  10. Clutch – Promoter
  11. Clutch – 10001110101
  12. Husker Du – Books About UFOs
  13. Husker Du – Celebrated Summer
  14. GBH – High Octane Fuel
  15. Fang – Landshark
  16. My Chemical Romance – I Never Told You What I Do For A Living
  17. Ice Cube – Wicked
  18. Panic! At The Disco – I Write Sins Not Tragedies
  19. Pixies – Cactus
  20. Swingin Utters – Windspitting Punk
  21. 7 Seconds – I See You Found Another Trophy
  22. White Stripes – Dead Leaves And Dirty Ground
  23. Love and Rockets – All In My Mind
  24. Fall Out Boy – Dance, Dance
  25. Fear Factory – Replica

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?
I hate this question, just because it could change every day. And because there really is no ONE good answer. Well, maybe Faith No More’s Angel Dust. Or..wait, Weezer’s Blue album. Uhh..no, what about Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyze? Or Black Flag’s Damaged? WAIT! I MEANT DARK SIDE OF THE MOON! No, no I meant……..ah, forget it. I’m not answering this.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?

I’m not counting the Patridge Family albums I had. Or Leif Garret. Or that other guy in the early 70’s with the blonde hair that everyone loved. Bobby something. We’ll fast forward to when I was about eleven years old. I saved up my allowance and walked to Modell’s (before it was a sporting goods store, it was a crappy department store) to purchase Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy, but walked out with Dark Side of the Moon instead.

Which musician have you ever wanted to be?
None, really. Always seemed like too much trouble. Though, if I could ever be a guy for a day I might want to be Henry Rollins.

What do you sing in the shower?

In my shower world, I am a star. I sing in musicals. I belt out songs from South Pacific and Guys and Dolls and The Music Man and West Side Story and, most of all, Jesus Christ Superstar. On those days when I want to spend a little time in the shower, like if I have to shave my legs or play with the shower head, I will attempt go through almost the entire soundtrack. By the time I get to this song, there are people banging on the door. Not just Todd or my kids needing to get into the bathroom, but my neighbors, begging me, for the love of Jesus Christ Superstar, to stop the noise. Of course, in my shower world, they are actually begging me to sing MORE and LOUDER and saying things like WHY AREN’T YOU ON BROADWAY? To which I say, Oh, but I am. Showerland is a great place to be.

What is your favourite Saturday night record?

Saturday night is for feeling energetic, like you could go out on a drinking rampage and get into a bar fight and then maybe go drunken bowling and then cruise down the main strip in your hot rod until the cops chase you home. That’s if you drank. Or had a hot rod. Or liked bowling. Or if your town had a main strip. Doesn’t matter, I still listen to the Supersuckers, Evil Powers of Rock and Roll as if we weren’t just driving to Home Depot for a bucket of grout.

And it’s favorite. No U.

And your Sunday morning record?

Duh.

The “name our Halloween town” thing will remain open til tonight, by the way. There are some really good names there so you’ll have to be creative to match up to what’s been offered already.

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spooky town in progress

Spooky Town (and we do need a better name for it, rather than the ™ name) is about 3/4 done. Once we get it in the window we are going to need a soundtrack for it. Sure, a lot of these houses and stuff make noises, but what would a Halloween be without my “suggest a cool mix cd for me” post? What would Halloween be at my house without the music of some psychobilly band followed by “I Put A Spell On You” blasting from my living room window? I have done this mix suggestion every year I’ve been blogging during Halloween, which makes this the 5th or 6th mix. Not sure.

So, what I need from you are scary, creepy tunes. Could be pure Halloween music or movie scores or Cannibal Corpse songs or anything I between. I like to stick mostly to rock, but putting true spooky music between the Misfits and Rob Zombie always seems to work. Anything with creepy lyrics works as well as anything with eerie music.

*Just no Monster Mash, please. I think we are all sick of that in the same way we don’t want to hear Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer every again.

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