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365-58: zombies eat human flesh

zombies eat human flesh

Day 58 of 365: a year in songs and photos

Song: NoMeansNo, Cats, Sex, Nazis

cheating a little bit, but sue me. I’m still struck with this nasty virus.

This is a camera phone pic of some place mat art by my 7 year old nephew, David. As he explained, the children are puking zombies who throw up every time they eat human flesh. Note that the X in their eyes is what makes them zombies. Also, the scribbling on the girl’s hand means her hand is missing because the boy ate it, hence his vomiting.

I just thought this was so apropos, given what my entire family has spent the past two days doing.

We are the vomiting zombies.

That would be a great name for a band.

Also, great song, if you never heard it.

Zombies eat human flesh
Which part do you like the best ?
I like the heart the best
Zombies eat human flesh

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Plain text complete list to date here

93. Styx – Renegade
I always felt like Styx didn’t know what they wanted to be. They took the best aspects of “classical” rock (a la Emerson Lake & Palmer and Yes) but tried to do too much with it that the sound they wanted never really came together. They interspersed all that pretentious conceptual stuff and literary references with radio friendly hits and it all came off schizophrenic. Dennis DeYoung, in retrospect, had the ego and vision of Roger Waters, but not the balls he needed to pull it off. They so much potential to be something grander than they were, but in the end they just toppled off the mountain instead of scaling it.

Anyhow, the song. It’s so earnest in its willingness to be an epic song. But what it is, is a pretty good rock song. Nothing more, nothing less. Have you ever been in a car with about six other people, all singing the ending “Oh mama I’m in fear of my life….” while you’re drumming out the beat on the back of the driver’s head? No? You’re missing out, man.

94. David Bowie – “Heroes”
There are very few songs that I can say give me goosebumps when I hear them. This is one of them. Almost 30 years after the first time I ever heard it, it still gives me that feeling; like something soaring within me. It gives me a lump in my throat and sometimes tears to my eyes and it feels almost triumphant to sing it.

95. Rush – Subdivisions
Everyone I knew loved this song. Of course, being from the suburbs and having been bored suburban kids, we identified with it. It didn’t matter that I always found Rush’s music to be hard to follow (although I always appreciated Peart’s drumming), words likeBut the suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth” caught us where we lived, literally. Be cool or be cast out.. Subdivisions hit me in much the same way Over The Edge hit me back in 1979. Except Matt Dillon is way hotter than Geddy Lee.

96. Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
Why is it that everyone loves the Stevie Ray Vaughn version better than Jimi’s? Personally, I think SVR is one of the most overrated artists of all time. I don’t feel anything when he plays this song. It has no soul. But to listen to Hendrix play it…the emotion is all there. He can move me with just a few notes. I love so many of his songs, but this is a sentimental pick.

97. Mr. T Experience – Our Love Will Last Forever and Ever
Dr. Frank has a way of putting the right spin on love songs. This particular CD alone (Revenge is Sweet And So Are You), is at once so sad and so happy that you don’t exactly know what you feel when you hear the songs, all you know is that you do laugh or grin and you realize afterwards that you were actually laughing or grinning at yourself and the angst and tremor with which you pursued love. I love this song for the lyrics that make me laugh and grin in just that way:

so if we’re not vaporized in world war three,
and if there’s nothing good tonight on tv
and if you don’t meet somebody with more money that me,
our love will last forever and ever

98. Green Day – Jesus of Suburbia
My favorite Green Day song was always She until this one came out. I’m kind of iffy on Green Day to begin with. Billy Joe always sounds like he has a sinus infection and so many of their songs sound just like the one before it. In fact, Todd calls them the Taco Bell of punk rock. You can probably figure that out.

When American Idiot came out, I listened to it once or twice and dismissed it as more of the same fluff. But something made me go back and listen to Jesus of Suburbia again and it ended up being one of my most played songs in the past three years. At a little over nine minutes long, Jesus could easily have ended up unwieldy, but the tempo changes and the songs-within-a-song make it play out more like a mini rock opera instead of a single song. And it’s another one of those disaffected youth of suburbia songs I love so much. I play this song every work day when there is ten minutes to go, because it makes those last ten minutes – which always seem like 40 – go so much faster.

99. NoMeansNo – The River
One of the most emotional songs I’ve ever heard. Rob Wright’s voice – think Danzig without the theatrics – layered over pounding, relentless drums and a driving rhythm packs enough emotion as is, but when you listen to the lyrics – really, really listen – every note seems stronger, every word amplified, every beat louder. This song reaches inside you and pulls out everything in your heart and soul. Love, anger, sadness, desperation, beauty, fear, it’s all there. Watching someone go under, someone desperate for your help, but you can’t do shit about it because you’ve already gone under yourself. Helplessness, despair, but something so….beautiful about it. Tragically beautiful. “When you’re born you start to drown..” That pretty much sums up the entire song.

100. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
Don’t call it a comeback! I don’t care if this is the typical choice. This song kicks all ass. It’s raw, it’s angry it’s violent, it’s powerful, it make you feel like you can take on the world. And come on, how many times have you used the phrase “mama said knock you out?” Plus, the video reminds me of why the ladies love cool James. Smokin’.

Oh, this guy in the video?

We hung out with him last week (his wife cuts my hair).

Alright! I made 1/3 of the way through!!

The updated list below. There’s some new ones on there, culled from comments I had to go searching for, and a few emails, but I do need more.

Beastie boys
Gordon Lightfoot
Bad Brains
Rocket from the Crypt
New Bomb Turks
Green Day
The Dwarves
The English Beat
Guess Who
Elvis Presley
7 Seconds
Steve Miller
Ben Folds
System of a Down
Talking Heads
Snoop Dogg
The Doors
Grateful Dead
Angry Samoans
Neil Diamond
The Beach Boys
Eric B and Rakim
Judas Priest
Twisted Sister
Fear Factory
Suicidal Tendencies
Peter Gabriel

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