same as it ever was (talking heads)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Favorite 100 Songs List: 40-31

40. Sister Havana: Urge Overkill; Saturation Wonderful layered guitar work. A great overlooked early/mid-90's song and band. Nash Kato has a killer whiskey soaked vocal delivery. Positive Bleeding is another rawking song off this album.

39. Trim Trabb: Blur; 13 Immediate distortion as Albarn announces flight departures or something. The song starts off slow with great world-influenced drumming from Dave Rowntree (Albarn's love of world music takes hold on Think Tank). Halfway through Coxon starts the guitar assault. Screaming, guitar chaos, and mumbled voices bring us home.

38. Karma Police: Radiohead; OK Computer Piano and acoustic guitar open up joined quickly by drums and bass. So the song starts off fairly simple but at the 2:35 the song begins to veer quickly to the land of utter madness. Thom Yorke's "For a minute, I lost myself" vocals are some of his all-time best. It sounds like a UFO is landing by the end of the song.

37. Fascination Street: The Cure; Disintegration Darkness prevails. This song sounds like it should be playing at some sort of fucked-up carnival. Unbelievable guitar and piano. Also love the long musical intro, we go 2:20 in before any vocals kick in (Nobody does this better than The Cure)

36. Cities: Talking Heads; Fear of Music Great music fade-in. Bass, guitar, and drumming complement each other perfectly and hold the song together. Meanwhile, Eno and Byrne run wild. Eno's all over the place doing crazy shit, and Byrne's vocal performance is one of my all-time favorites, it's fearless, he starts barking at one point.

35. Around The World: Daft Punk; Homework No middle ground here, you either love this song or are annoyed senseless by it (That can pretty much be said regarding Daft Punk in general). Hope those of you who like it checked out the video directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

34. Kamera: Wilco; Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Majestic pop. The fact that this song wasn't a radio hit is baffling to me. I know they don't play Wilco on the radio but I thought for sure some program manager would hear this song and give it a shot. Oh well. If you ever see the documentary on Wilco it's cool to see how this song goes through many transformations.

33. Ashes to Ashes: David Bowie; Best of Bowie Speak of unique sounding voices, Bowie has one of the best ever. It sounds almost as if it is being broadcast from some remote planet (Bowie is an alien... I think). This song is often overlooked in his astounding canon of work, not by me, it's my favorite.

32. Pandy Fackler: Ween; White Pepper Ween dabble in many different genres, here they go downtempo jazz, or maybe it's upbeat lounge? Anyway it sounds faintly like a tribute to Steely Dan (I've read that comparison 1,000 or so times to describe this song, and I agree). Piano and guitar work are outofsight, also great funny lyrics, Pandy's a whore (literally).

31. Gigiantic: The Pixies; Surfer Rosa Great bass line. Love it when Kim Deal sings, wish she would have more. They have such an original sound, this song is no different.

editor's note: Off to Cancun tomorrow morn., there's a discotecha in the hotel we're staying at, don't worry, I'm taking my TAG body spray. That means no more posting the rest of the week, but feel free to visit so my sitemeter stats don't get fucked up.


Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

DOOD, best list yet. Great stuff. I need to break out my UO albums. Kato!

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 6:33:00 AM

Anonymous bones said...

Shit yeah, Urge Overkill. Man, I used to love Saturation. Looks like another one I'm going to have to re-buy...

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 9:06:00 AM

Blogger CHW said...

Excellent list. Keep em coming.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005 5:26:00 PM

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