by awobbly, Fri May 23, 2008 at 09:49:56 AM EDT
It's time to take a break from all the bickering. Turn on your ipod, (or zune or whatever), hit shuffle, and report the first ten songs that play. It's simple, it's fun, and you just might find some new music to groove to. Just follow the simple rules.
Hey. there's gotta be rules!!
Rule number one; Faithfully report the first ten songs that come up on random play. No Cheating! Maybe you forgot there was a copy of "Afternoon Delight" buried in the thousands of tracks on your ipod - well, tough titties, bucko! We all have skeletons in our ipods - embrace them
Rule number two; Obey rule number one.
And now for my 'top ten':
1) Lipstick Vogue, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, This Years Model
Off to a good start! I have always considered Costello to be my generations Dylan.
A brilliant lyricist and a musical chameleon.
2) Ordinary Life, Van Morrison, Hymns to the Silence
My favorite album by Van, but not my favorite cut.
3) Are Everything, the Buzzcocks, A Different kind of Tension
I've always felt The Buzzcocks never got the recognition they deserved. I'll
admit their music hasn't aged well, however.
4) Heartbeat, The Psychedelic Furs, Mirror Moves
My ipod seems stuck in the '80s today. Well, if you are going to be stuck in
the '80's, get stuck with the furs... I love Richard Butler's voice. Utterly devoid
of any subtlety, yet melodic as hell. Great performers, too
5) One to One, Joe Jackson, Beat Crazy
Really, I do own music from other decades. Really.
6) Triumph, Generation X, Perfect Hits '75 to '81
When Billy Idol was a teenager, so was I. 'Kiss Me Deadly' is still one of my faves.
7) Green Eyes, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Boatman's Call
From what maybe my favorite Nick Cave album, this is one of my least favorite
cuts from anyone, period. Just grating and annoying.
8) I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You, Tom Waits, Closing Time
One of the most quintessentially American artists of all time. The
Bukowski of music. I love this song.
9) Comic Strip, Serge Gainsbourg, Comic Strip
If you don't know who Serge Gainsbourg is, well... he's a little hard to describe.
Like Tom Waits as a French surrealist who sings duets with Brigette Bardot.
Unique, challenging, bizarre.
10) We Live as We Dream, Alone; Gang of Four, A Brief History of the 20th Century
Truly the sound track of my youth, Gang of Four's staccato guitars and
introspective, political lyrics perfectly captured, for me, the zeitgeist of the
Reagan / Thatcher years.
And there it is. Now it's your turn... No Cheating!