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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Favorite 100 Songs List: 50-41

50. Forest: The Cure; Staring At The Sea, The Singles A dark and foreboding song. A simple drum beat propels the song as the bass rambles along. Smith closes this song out with some great guitar work. An early gem that was a harbinger of the things to come from The Cure.

49. Games Without Frontiers: Peter Gabriel; Shaking The Tree Great high falsetto singing in this, "She's so funky yeah?". I don't think that's what he's saying but it sounds cool regardless (if anyone knows what he's saying please comment). Never has whistling worked so well in a song.

48. Cities In Dust: Siouxsie & The Banshees; Twice Upon A Time, The Singles Siouxsie Sue has a great voice and she uses her entire range on this song. A jangling guitar pops in and out and blends smoothly with bells? That's right, bells. We went whistling and bells back to back. Hot shit.

47. Tried and True: Ween; Quebec Psychadelic tinged pop muzak, but about as straight forward as Ween get. They use the voice alteration here but not for a joke this time, it works perfectly. If everyone was on acid all the time this may have been the largest "pop" hit of the last decade or so. Also these dudes are so under-rated it's ridiculous. Just because they have some funny songs people dismiss their musical abililty. Too bad for those people.

46. Coffee & TV: Blur; 13 Graham Coxon gets a go on vocals. The song clips along at a happy and bouncy pace, this is offset by out-there experimental guitar work from Coxon, somehow this all blends perfectly. This sounds like a pop song but it's really experimental at heart, Blur seems to be able to pull this trick off time and time again. The organ takes us home and if you've seen the video, you know, the milkcarton goes to heaven.

45. Unfinished Symphony: Massive Attack; Blue Lines After hearing this song I realized what Moby has been trying to accomplish his whole career. His efforts pale in comparison to this revolutionary trip-hop classic. Orchestral strings, beats, stark piano, record cutting, all unite together to help form a new genre of music.

44. Tommorrow Never Knows: The Beatles; Revolver East meets west and they both take a bunch of acid. This song is actually about an acid trip, and it has seagulls!! It's amazing that this song came out in 1965, it's so ahead of it's time (and still so ahead of music released these days) that it is mind-altering.

43. Tropicali: Beck; Mutations Beck does Calypso! You can almost see Beck playing this in the Tikki bar of some swank Bahamian hotel for all the rich tourists. You could then see the rich tourists getting a tad bit panicy as the song continues on into a freakazoid jam ending. Weird-ass island lounge music.

42. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out: The Smiths; The Best, Vol. 2 "If a ten ton truck kills the both of us..." Morrissey would totally be cool with it (he's a sneaky bastard). Musically this song is cheerful and depressing at the same time, a signature move from The Smiths. It would be so cool if these guys would reunite and do some shows.

41. PDA: Interpol; Turn On the Bright Lights This song is great the first three or so minutes, driving guitar, cryptic lyrics, very enjoyable. Then the song hits the 3:08 mark after it's done, I run it back to the 3:08 mark, I do this about 4 or 5 times in a row before I can stop listening to the song. I don't listen to this song if I have to be on time somewhere.

editor's note: The bastard spell-check didn't want to work again.


Anonymous elliott said...

it wouldn't matter if the first 3:08 of "PDA" was absolute crap. the last ~2 min makes it easily one of the best songs of the last few years.

Friday, August 19, 2005 10:06:00 AM

Blogger cgpop said...

I agree 100%

Friday, August 19, 2005 5:36:00 PM

Blogger sasefina said...

Dude! Excellent song choices. Again, I don't know how you've managed to rank these, but good show.

I agree completely regarding Ween. One of the best shows I have ever seen was them playing live at the Roxy in the ATL in 2001. They played all their best songs and a cover of Hot for Teacher that, for lack of a better explanation, totally fucking rocked the house.

Saturday, August 20, 2005 9:31:00 PM

Blogger cgpop said...

Thanks very much Sasefina. I've only recently gotten into Ween (the last year and half) so I've never seen them live, only heard great things though. The Hot for Teacher cover sounds sweet.

Sunday, August 21, 2005 12:14:00 PM

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