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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Favorite 100 Songs List: 80-71

80. Stereolab: Soop Groove #1; Oscillons from the Anit-Sun An approximately 13-minute spacey lounge jam. A solid bass line holds the song together as electronic hi jinks and horn section freakouts, amongst other things, fill out and sustain this song for its entirety.

79. Bjork: Hyperballad; Greatest Hits She turns down the trip-hop on this and turns up the house/dance. Great unique voice as always with some fucked-up lyrics, three minutes in the song takes off. Plus, Bjork is a great name..."Did you Bjork that chick last night?" "Oh yeah, totally Bjorked her"

78. Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc.; Demon Days Make sure no-one catches you dancing alone to this one. The windmill/windmill part always gives me the music chills, plus some De La Soul. This song has everything sans kitchen sink.

77. Underworld: Luetin; A Hundred Days Off Another song in house/lounge category. One of those songs I missed the first couple of listens. I went back a couple of months after I purchased this album and popped it back in, this song blew me away (love it when that happens). Great headphone music.

76. Broken Social Scene: Stars and Sons; You Forgot It In People Out of control (guitar/bass?) riff that propels this song. Then come the hand claps, have they ever worked as well as in this song? I think not! As we continue fuzzed out guitar work, screeching noises, and a short breather turn into an all out sonic assault for your listening pleasure.

75. Arcade Fire: Haiti; Funeral Believe the hype, great album. This song is such a unique change-up from the rest of the songs. Dreamy and hazy, with great bass and an unbelievable guitar about a minute and a half in, that really drives the middle section on the song. A very original sounding piece of music.

74. Beastie Boys: Get it Together; Ill Communication Unbelievable Q-Tip cameo. Patty Duke, Ione Skye, John Holmes, John Starks, Bernard King, and Biz Markie are all name checked in this song. The music and sampling hold down the song as well. My favorite song on a phenomenal and under-rated album.

73. Oasis: Some Might Say: (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Loud Rollicking guitars, boastful lyrics, I'm also positive that the brothers Gallagher probably got into some sort of verbal/physical spat while recording this one. Meaning that this song has all the components that make Oasis...well Oasis.

72. U2: Some Days Are Better Than Others: Zooropa U2 veer from their "sound" and people get pissed off. Zooropa is what makes U2 great. Sure I liked the last two albums, but I wish they'd have continued in the Zooropa and Pop path and continued to push their sound instead of resort back to old school U2 (I know I'm probably the only one). The edge who defines U2's sound doesn't have a single guitar solo on this entire album! To the song, ridiculous bass and amazing sounding far east guitar? I think work. A totally overlooked gem in the U2 catalog (Miami from Pop would fit into overlooked category too)

71. LCD Soundsystem: Tribulations; LCD Soundsystem The album was overhyped (I still think it's good, not great) but this song is just sick. I think this is the mix of dance music/indie rock that has eluded Radiohead on their last couple of outings. The most aggressively "commercial" sounding song from LCD Soundsystem that I've heard, I thought this song would make a radio hit, but what the fuck do I know.

editor's note: I fucked up and put the band before the song this time, I'm sure no one would have noticed. Probably change back for the rest of the list.


Anonymous Chops said...

Chops here. Some Days are Better Than Others...and that whole general Zooropa underrated. AND I used that Bjork line in a screenplay once. Fantastic.

Saturday, July 30, 2005 11:30:00 PM

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Anonymous Bones said...

I bought Zooropa back in the early college days and loved it. Re-bought it this year, and found it even better after a 10 year hiatus. And I agree about the handclap in Stars and Sons - easily one of my favorite handclap sessions so far...

Sunday, July 31, 2005 8:26:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

while 'stars and sons' is great, given this ranking, i fully expect 'almost crimes' to be making an appearance later in this list. 'haiti' is just amazing.

Monday, August 01, 2005 6:47:00 PM

Anonymous Max said...

Man I feel like before I listen to this list 70-80 I need to go clubbin with some Glow sticks and OJ, but hey that is CGPOP. Another good point about the Oasis song is that they somehow use what I think is a Helicopter for one of their instruments, and make it sound cool

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