While we’re on this anniversary thing, I note Stereogum missed the 20th year of The Spaghetti Incident? … just saying.
Oh, the Closer film clip. So, one night, we were watching music videos after our the final night of our drama production. And the girl I liked started kissing the cool, allegedly depressed and self-proclaimed genius and alcoholic with long hair on the couch. So me and the other two people still at the after-party went out while they went at it.
Then when they’d finished we went back in and Closer came on. THAT’S what Closer means to me – the moment my end-of-high school crush chose the older guy. In front of me. And later, still went to the formal with me. For some reason.
Oh Stereogum. Just when you DIDN’T think you’d wake up and read about every single one of Iron Maiden’s albums, along comes you.
So this week I discovered James Iha’s album from 2012, which is called Look To The Sky and is good. I also got a James Brown best of which has FIFTY songs (although many are Part 1) and it is amazing.
I always felt Alice in Chains were grunge. One guy in high school called them sludge-metal, which I’ve always seen as the other term for grunge.
Three words – Rag and Bone.
You fail to click on just ONE story and look what you miss.
From memory Ted in Scrubs did a pretty cool sad-ballad acoustic version of Hey Ya on the show in the final season. Maybe she’s a fan.
I’ll meet you outside.
First Silverchair had one great album. Second, they are from Australia. Third, kangaroos are Australian native animals. Fourth, New Zealand is the narrow country to the far right of Australia that is split into two islands. Australia is the larger island the left of New Zealand, just under Indonesia.
Never mix up NZ and Australia. You’ll piss off two entire nations, and while pissing off NZ won’t do much, angry Aussies can make trouble.
So the first one DID work.
Or start here – make a list of every song that’s great that isn’t on this list. I don’t know, take, say Heart-Shaped Box. Just cos. Or, the 1812 Overture. The definition is ‘tracks’ so classical music is ok. Maybe anything by Hendrix or the ROLLING STONES. Hey, Blue Train is pretty good.
So take that list and then think, Toxic is better than ALL OF THEM.
Then despair at NME.
Or, start here – make a list of every song that’s great that’s not on this list. I don’t know, let’s choose, say, Heart-Shaped Box. Just cos. Or something by Hendrix. Or anything by the ROLLING STONES. And then think, Toxic is better THAN ALL OF THEM.
And then there were the really bad ones, like the one at the end of STP’s Purple. I hated that one. The one on Throwing Copper was great though
It’s funny, when this came out it seemed like it was EVERYWHERE and everyone else had a copy so I never needed to get it – it was only about a year ago that I realised I didn’t actually have a copy of Dookie. I just always assumed it was in there somewhere. So I got one.
Oh the 90s, when it just wasn’t cool if you didn’t have a hidden track of some sort. It was like the album was incomplete. Best hidden tracks?
No, I love By The Way as well. Time for a RHCP best to worst.
It’s probably that OTHER U2.
Nick Cave has been my musical backdrop for so many years. What a ride. I can’t choose between Let Love In and The Boatman’s Call … I won Let Love In as a teenager from a radio station. Back when CD giveaways was still a thing.
I never quite got Murder Ballads, mainly cos I couldn’t stand the Wild Roses. But I loved the Peter Straub shout-out in The Curse of Millhaven (Blue Rose trilogy, anyone? anyone?).
The Ship Song – the live one, esp, from Albert Hall – is easily one of my favourite songs of all time. What a song.
No More … is too low though.
Yeah, that’s exactly what I thought when I read that line. Your discussion didn’t go far enough.
I like a lot of the music in the indie world but I at the end of the year, I don’t love it all.
My top five, since I just changed my 18-month-old’s son for the second time today and it’s only 9am and I feel as if I should be listened to:
Choices – To Kill A King
The Next Day – David Bowie
Deer Hunter – Monomania
Tell Tale Signs – Frank Turner
A New Life – Jim James
The Horses Are Stuck – Jordan Klassens
Line Of Fire – Junip
Malandrino – Gogol Bordello
Every Grain Of Sand – Justin Vernon/Bind Boys of Alabama
Wakin’ On a Pretty Day – Kurt Vile
Pompeii – Bear’s Den
Stay Young – Okkervil River
I also really liked Oblivion by Bastille and don’t care if it’s not cool.
Also Get Lucky was awesome.
Yep that’s more than five.
A wallet means you’re growing up.
I’ve been waiting for this, in an entirely non-illegal way.
ABSOLUTELY… was just what I was thinking. Unless there’s been a poll taken of everyone who’s heard at least 10 Dylan songs and then a count and then a recount and then a double check to make sure there’s nothing with syths in it, you can’t call these The Ten Best whatevers…
I love Right On/Ride On…. that album was a real surprise for me. You need to listen to it on the bus.