Random Rules, Kulturblog Edition

The Onion A.V. Club has a feature that they call Random Rules, in which somewhat famous people set their mp3 player to shuffle and say something about each song that comes on. My favorite contributor so far has been Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. He has the f-word to normal word ratio of a stoner seventh grader, but he’s pretty funny.

Everybody knows you’re only as cool as your music collection, so here’s your chance to show how cool you are. Set your mp3 player or computer music program to shuffle and tell us the first few songs that come up and say something about them. No cheating to make yourself look cool. The coolest person wins a big prize provided by one of the gainfully employed KBers (i.e. not me).

I’ll go first.

Ashlee Simpson, “Pieces of Me”

Uh. How did that get on there? I do not think this is a great song, I do not think that Ashlee’s airy, auto-tuned voice is sexy, and I do not wish she would write me back. I’m so over you, Ashy. Skip.

Cast of Saturday’s Warrior, “The Circle of Our Love”

I think my wife got ahold of my iPod. I don’t like this stuff at all. Honestly. But the circle of mine and my wife’s love does extend beyond the reach of time. Beyond the span of days and years, it goes forever. Forever and ever.

Constantine Maroulis, “Truck Stop Sally”

Finally, some real Rock n’ Roll that shows how cool I really am. If you haven’t heard his album, Pray For the Soul of Betty, do so without further delay! What a great singer! And what a great chin cleft!

OK, that’s just me trying to be funny. I’ll post my real Random Rules in the comments.


33 thoughts on “Random Rules, Kulturblog Edition

  1. Great idea Tom.


    1. The Beatles, “Savoy Truffle”

    Hmm. One of the more pop-sounding tracks on the White Album, but it fails because its nonsensicality isn’t linked to any particular vision. It’s just random desserts — smells to me like George Harrison.

    2. The Smiths, “Panic”

    Great track by the unbeatable Morrissey/Marr combo, with the classic refrain “Hang the DJ! Hang the DJ! Hang the DJ!” I have always been a huge Smiths fan, though my reasons have changed with time: teenage angst, 20s desire for pop, and now a more nostalgic love.

    3. U2, “Love Rescue Me”

    One of the more blah tracks off Rattle & Hum, that utterly glorious conceit by U2. Wonderfully self-indulgent, though Love Rescue Me is a failed attempt to try and show that U2 really ‘gets’ the soul of America. I think they gave up after that.

    Huh, three mainstream songs in a row. Who knew? Miles Davis and Rilo Kiley followed these, if you’re curious.

  2. Jenny Lewis, “Rise Up With Fists”

    I like her voice, but I have a lot of problems with her new solo album. And for some reason I’ve been annoyed with the couple of Rilo Kiley albums I’ve heard. I don’t like the way she says stuff, I think. She has real phrasing problems on this song and others. And the way she says yer with a heavy r drives me a little crazy. But all that aside, this is a solid song with fewer annoyances than others.

    Spoon, “The Way We Get By”

    From Gimme Fiction, which I love. This isn’t my favorite song on the album. It’s kinda flat. But it makes me want to boogie.

    Iron & Wine and Calexico “Burn that Broken Bed”

    I love the muted trumpet, especially near the end when a second one joins in. Calexico is a really great band. This is probably my favorite song on this EP.

    Bjork, “It’s Oh So Quiet”

    I bought this album (Post) in high school after I heard this song on the radio. For some reason I was looking for music that fuzed old jazzy music and alt rock. I think because I was into Soul Coughing at the time. I also bought Spiders (“The Female of the Species”) and Jamiroquai albums around this time. I was kind of disappointed that this was the only song on the album of its kind, but I was into electronica at the time as well (Underworld, Chemical Brothers), so I dug it. Or maybe this album got me into electronica. I can’t remember. This album did get me into Bjork.

  3. I had to go for #4 because the first three are all from 2005-2006. #5 was another one from 2005, from Sufjan’s Christmas album.

  4. Wow..I’m a little scared at what may happen…

    1. Didn’t Mean To Hurt You – Paul Weller (Yay!)

    This is actually not the album version, but a b-side version off of Fly on the Wall. Love this version more, somehow.

    2. Who Do You Want To Be – Oingo Boingo

    Not their best song, but will be stuck in my head for days none the less.

    3. This House – Alison Moyet

    I can’t comment without getting weepy and sentimental. She, however, has a magnificent voice.

    4. Shout to the Top – The Style Council

    I’m not really surprised given the sheer volumn of Paul Weller on here. Heh. I saw him do this live at his concert last year. It was a brilliant moment.

    5. Hell of a Day – Taylor Hicks

    Oh no! My Idol mania is seeping out….

  5. The Mountain Goats – Onions
    From The Coroner’s Gambit. Good stuff.

    “I head out onto the earth,
    Its cold heart is melting…”

    Trouble – Flowers
    A Christian doom band. Gotta love it.

    Husker Du – It’s Not Funny Anymore
    From the Metal Circus EP.

    Smashing Pumpkins – Suffer
    Never really got very into the Pumpkins.

    Gillian Welch – Caleb Meyer
    Best rape song ever written?

  6. “Best rape song ever written?”

    A limited category, at best. Unless you’re talking mental rape, in which case Sir Mix-A-Lot probably is in the running.

  7. They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul

    TMBG is one of my favorite bands. This song always reminds me of seeing them live at Union Square in San Francisco, 1991. When they didn’t have a band. Clever lyrics always win with me.

    U2 – Three Sunrises

    Lesser known song off their Wide Awake in America ep . Very 60’s via Hair Soundtrack sounding. I grew up convinced I should have been a teenager in the sixties.

    The Shins – Pressed in a Book

    Great background music, with little gems of lyrics leaping out at you.

    Velvet Revolver – Do it For the Kids

    I’m not a supergroup kind of person. But I love Scott Weiland’s voice. He could sing the phone book for me & I’d be happy.

  8. Tori Amos has a good one.

    Sullen Girl by Fiona Apple is good, too.

    Lost At Sea, Bangles

    Overwrought, but thoughtful and typically good harmonies. The Bangles got so hosed by some marketing genius in the 80s. What a great band, and the world at large will ever know it. They’re doomed to be remembered as a big-haired 80s pop band.

    The Song Remains the Same, Led Zeppelin

    I can air drum this whole song.

    Dream Baby, Roy Orbison (from Black & White Night)

    Springsteen is singing backing vocals and keeps saying sweet dreams, baby, plural. It’s annoying. I love this album and the DVD. St. Roy was a national treasure.

    Human Nature, Michael Jackson

    This was always my favorite song on Thriller. I don’t know why.

    Are We In Troube Now, Mark Knopfler

    Knopfler is one of my favorites, and I think it’s swell how most of his songs tell stories from a certain character’s point of view, but he should write more love songs. This one is almost perfect. See also: So Far Away.

  9. Fun idea…here goes:

    Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus (What can I say, I’m the primary chorister.)

    KC and the Sunshine Band – Give it Up (Perhaps my least favorite KC song)

    Counting Crows – Long December (I didn’t even know I had that one)

    The Pixies – Allison (Finally, I feel sort of cool. Gotta love those first 4 songs on “Bossanova.”)

    Supertramp – Breakfast in America (Classic well crafted pop, nice way to end up)

  10. My Precious Love – Lenny Kravitz
    This one’s okay. I really like this album! A little too NYC in its instrumentation for me unless I’m in the mood for that Wurlitzer organ, early-SNL-piano sound. Reminds me of the music of the 70’s mixed with that late 80’s retro-groove.

    Lonely Avenue – Ray Charles
    I love this song. Perfectly bluesy. The back-up singers(Raylettes??) are so sexy and sultry. Play this song at night.

    Ob-la-Di, Ob-la-da – The Beatles

    Lush Life – Joe Henderson
    I don’t know much about this music or this guy, but this is a jazz saxophone piece. Something from a Tennesee Williams play. Maybe it needs to be a soundtrack for a black and white movie – a scene from a cocktail party.

    (Just Like) Starting Over – John Lennon
    Kind of too “doo-wah”, but I have sweet memories of this album. Went to Tower Records at midnight to buy it the minute it was released. Then John Lennon was shot, and all anybody had left was this album that just came out.

  11. 1. Moose the Mooch – Joshua Redman

    It’s a Bird tune, named for Charlie Parker’s heroin dealer. Plus it’s a great song. And Joshua Redman was the first of the “Young Lions” (neotraditional jazz players of the 90s) whom I got into. And now, of course, breaking Wynton Marsalis’ heart, they’ve all started playing funk and fusion and other wonderful music.

    2. Tempus Fugit – Miles Davis

    Not my favorite Miles song, but the worst Miles work is better than most people’s best work (okay, not entirely true, but if you ignore an album here or there, and he made so many that it doesn’t matter). And, in keeping with the heroin theme, Miles decided that he needed to kick his habit, returned to his dad’s place, and locked himself in a room/house/something, and didn’t come out until he’d sweat heroin out of his system.

    3. Love Train – Keb’ Mo’

    This is from Sing Along With Putumayo. Putumayo’s a great world music label, and they’ve got several kids’ compilations. I hear that Kidz Bop these days, but my poor daughter will never get to enjoy pop tunes rendered by groups of kids. We’ve got a couple Putumayo CDs, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie children’s CDs, and I want our next to be Dave Brubeck’s Dave Digs Disney or a Sony recording of Leonard Bernstein conducting and narrating “Peter and the Wolf.” If I have may way, she won’t be cool until her peers get some taste.

  12. Totally Natural- And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

    I think Trail of Dead is a pretty awesome band, and this song is particularly pleasing to me because it’s so loud, so angry. For a band who produces a lot of polished noise, it’s nice to see them get angry without barriers for once. Great song.

    After Hours- The Velvet Underground

    I just watched Letters from a Porcupine which is a documentary about Blind Melon, and it has Shannon Hoon on stage singing this song. It reminded me of why I fell in love with this song several years ago. It sounds very innocent.

    American Music- Violent Femmes

    Eh…it’s not really my favorite Femmes song, but it’s catchy. It makes me feel nostalgic.

    More Adventurous- Rilo Kiley

    The title track of the album, and probably my favorite song on the album. In the latest Spin they have a segment with Jenny Lewis called “Music that Changed My Life.” She tells about all of her favorite albums, and they’re all hardcore rappers like Eazy-E and Too $hort. It was a hysterical read, I thought.

    Company in My Back- Wilco (from Kicking Television)

    I loved Kicking Television, but I think I’m done buying live albums from now on. I already have the music. If they come to my town I’ll go and see ’em, but I don’t think I need live takes very badly. Company in my back is in my top five songs from A Ghost is Born.

  13. Followed by The New Pornographers-Use It, Cat Stevens’-Ruins, Broken Social Scene-Superconnected, Stars-What the Snowman Learned About Love, and Positive Contact by Deltron 3030.

  14. The Union Forever – The White Stripes
    Meh. Not my favorite of the Stripes. Not really even close.

    Your Eyes Open – Keane
    Nice background music I guess. I don’t think I’ve ever even listened to this song.

    Reservations – Wilco
    This is a nice song, not one that I skip to though.

    Alma 33 – The Book of Mormon
    This is a great chapter bookended with two of my favorites. A strong message of mercy.

    Candy Girl – Low
    This song is okay. I don’t have anything else to say about it.

    I’m kinda surprised about the four bands that showed up. Funny thing is that none of the songs do anything for me.

    Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell – The Flaming Lips
    Protection – Massive Attack
    Castle on a Cloud – Les Miserables
    Santa Cruz – Fatboy Slim

  15. here are my first ten:

    1. “public enemy” by a tribe called quest

    2. “free city rhymes” by sonic youth

    3. “who dares wins” by the streets

    4. “this charming man” by the smiths

    5. “who are the mystery girls” by the new york dolls

    6. “teenage riot” by sonic youth (probably their best song)

    7. “magnet pulls through” by tortoise

    8. “hospital song” by ben folds five

    9. “sedan delivery” by neil young & crazy horse

    10. “dirty water” by the jesus and mary chain

    btw tyler, trail of dead is one of my favorites. they’re great live if you haven’t yet had the chance.

  16. “Superstition” by Stevie Ray Vaughan. I like every song this guy ever performed. This song is OK for him, but that just means it’s top-notch when compared to other blues/rock fusion guys.

    “Don’t Drink the Water” by Dave Matthews Band. One of Dave’s darkest songs, and probably off their last decent album. Great tune.

    “I’ll Juice You Up” by Jim Carrey. Ok, this is weird. This is the opening song to the soundtrack for “Cable Guy” (I’m the only person on the planet who thought it was great). It’s not even a song; it’s a 30 second dialogue that Jim Carrey has with Matthew Broderick about hooking up illegal cable in Broderick’s new flat. Weird.

    “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden. You know, I have about 1.5 GBs of IM on my hard-drive (I’m an IM completist), so chances are, one of their songs were going to get hit. Curiously, “The Trooper” was the first big single released in the US, and paved the way for their major introduction into the States.

    Fun stuff.

  17. “I Think I Smell a Rat,” by the White Stripes (live bootleg version). I like the White Stripes a lot; my wife likes them even more. We saw them live in Buenos Aires. They’re a great concert, and Jack White is the new hardest-working man in show business.

    “Miss Maybelle,” by R. L. Burnside. Burnside’s voice is priceless, and the instrumental work on this song is a lot of fun. There are tiny touches of funk and hip hop mixed into the Delta blues in between verses. Pretty nice, really.

    “Kuba Mambo,” arranged by Howard Shore, from the Ed Wood soundtrack. Well, it’s a great movie, and the score is fun… Not much more to say about this one, I guess.

    “Skandalo,” by Desorden Publico. This is Venezuelan ska music. Ska is a much more natural fit in Latin pop music than it is in U.S. or English pop, and these guys do it as well as anybody. Which means that the song is fine, but nothing to scream and shout about… The lyrics are really a lot more political than most ska in English.

    “Old Fashion Morphine,” by Jolie Holland. Okay, this is neat. “Give me that old-fashioned morphine; it’s good enough for me. It was good enough for my grandpa, so it’s good enough for me.” Holland is a kind of neo-traditionalist, who does jazz-folk music that feels aged around the edges but still has a heartbeat. And Tom Waits loves her stuff–which probably counts for more than anything I could say.

    Bonus 6-10: “Hyena,” by R.E.M.; “Fingertips,” by They Might Be Giants; “I Miss You,” by Bjork; “Sisters of Mercy,” by Leonard Cohen; “Circular Memories,” by Statistics.

  18. Oddly enough, I had the same first song as RT.

    “I Think I Smell a Rat” by The White Stripes. I really like the White Stripes, but not as much as my real favorites.

    “Always New Depths” by Bloc Party. This is the song that was on those Target ads for a while. A decent b-side.

    “Munich Air Disaster 1958” by Morrissey. The best song about a soccer tragedy ever. This is Mozzer’s tribute to the eight Manchester United team-members who were killed in a plane crash in Munich in 1958. This is also a b-side. Morrissey has the the best b-sides in the business.

    “Under Pressure” by David Bowie. Reminds me too much of Vanilla Ice. Maude is the big Bowie fan, not me.

    “Night Light” by Sleater-Kinney. This is off their latest album, “The Woods.” It is pretty good, though not quite up to their earlier stuff.

    Bonus 5: “Changes” by Bowie (meh), “Helicopter” by Bloc Party, “She’s a Lady” by Pulp (yes!), “First of the Gang To Die” by Morrissey, and “Tick” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

  19. 1. The Guns of Brixton — The Clash

    I love the Clash, but this is not one of my favorites. Too slow and dreary. Give me I Fought the Law instead.

    2. 1 Nephi 3.

    Yea, I know it’s cheesy, but verse 4 goes a long way to shaping my view of things (combined, of course, with the similarly bedrock principle that the degree of difficulty ultimately determines the final grade).

    3. This is Radio Clash — The Clash

    What’s up with this?!? The Clash again? I really do have more stuff on here. Much better selection than The Guns of Brixton, though. You can actually groove to this one.

    4. Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht — Andrea Boceli

    Frankly, hadn’t listened to this before now. It’s actually a beautiful rendition of an old Christmas favorite. Good stuff.

    5. James Brown Is Dead — LA Style

    A hold out from my techno phase back in the early 90s (not that I still don’t listen once in awhile).

    The next five: (6) The Heavens Are Telling from the Creation, Franz Hayden; (7) Tiny Town, The Dead Milkmen (how’s that juxtaposition?); (8) Prisoners’ Chorus, Nabucco (ditto); (9) Blandest, Nirvana (off the box set); and (10) Birdhouse in Your Soul, They Might Be Giants.

  20. 1. Aldebaron – Enya

    2. 99 and a half (Won’t Do) – Etta James

    When I first heard the beginnning of this song I thought it was a loser. Then Etta James started singing and it became an instant favorite.

    3. Shadows in the Rain – Police

    I think I prefer the version that appears on one of Sting’s solo albums. Still a fun song.

    4. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) – Janis Joplin

    Cool song. Not sure what else to say about it.

    5. Boys – Beatles

    Not one of my favorites, but it’s still the Beatles.

    6. Ramona – The Ramones

    I haven’t really listened to this song much before. It’s not bad.

    7. Mr. Lover Lover – Shaggy (w/ Janet Jackson)

    A guilty pleasure.

    6. The House I Live In – Frank Sinatra.

    God Bless the USA. Makes me feel all patriotic.

    7. Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellancamp

    “oh ain’t that America, for you and me” — okay, now I’m REALLY feeling patriotic

    8. Hypnotize (clean edit) – Notorious B.I.G.

    Whoops … how did that sneak in there? Another guilty pleasure.

    9. Little Red Shoes – Loretta Lynn

    Another number I put on my iPod and forgot about. It’s more of a narrative of a childhood experience than a song (though there’s music behind it).

    10. The Weakness in Me – Joan Armatrading

    This song was in the movie “10 Things I Hate About You.” Very nice piano and guitar. Hearing it makes me want to hear more songs by this artist. Just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  21. Here goes:

    1. “Round and Round (it won’t be long),” Neil Young

    A nice, mellow song off of one of my favorite Neil Young records, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.

    2. “Outta Mind (Outta Sight),” Wilco

    This is the version that starts out a lot like the old Sesame Street theme song. I think they were going for a Beach Boys sound on this one.

    3. “Is it Wicked Not to Care,” Belle and Sebastian

    Not a favorite. Sung by Isobel, off of Boy With An Arab Strap. I’d take any song off of If You’re Feeling Sinister over this one.

    4. “Atom Tan,” The Clash

    Decent song but again, not a favorite. Off one of their weaker albums, Combat Rock.

    5. “Waiting Room,” Fugazi

    This is more like it. “I am a patient boy, I wait I wait I wait I wait.” I need to get more Fugazi.

    6. “Good Times Bad Times,” Led Zeppelin

    Now we’re cooking. The opening song on their first album.

    7. “To Remake the Young Flyer,” Guided by Voices

    A pretty weak track off of Under the Bushes Under the Stars. At least it is less than two minutes long.

    8. “Friend,” Golden Smog

    Nice song, starts mellow and builds to a nice crescendo, then mellows out again.

    9. “Like a Rose,” Lucinda Williams

    This is an older song, off her s/t album. She’s gotten better since then, but it’s still great.

    10. “Beginning to See the Light,” Velvet Underground

    A classic, if a bit repetitive.

  22. Showing my age, for the most part.

    1. Think for Yourself – The Beatles

    One of George’s best, in my opinion.

    2. Animal Zoo – Spirit

    From their Greatest Hits album, this one barely made the cut. But I’ve just scratched the surface of Spirit songs, and expect to add some more soon.

    3. Eyes Without a Face – Billy Idol

    This one also barely made the cut–not because of the music, but because of his name.Why do some guys have to be self-caricatures?

    4. Dont Kill the Whale – Yes

    When the the pre-reunion Yes buckled down and finished a song in radio-friendly time, they could do a pretty good job of it.

    5. From Zero to Sixty in Five – Pablo Cruise

    An inferior follow-up to their best work, Ocean Breeze.

    6. Stranger to Himself – Traffic

    One of the weaker tracks from a terrific album.

    7. Tubular Bells I – Mike Oldfield

    All of side one, which will take me to quitting time. Side two is better, with its quasi-Klingon lyrics.

    And Danithew,

    The Weakness in Me is the strength of Joan Armadrading. She didn’t do anything better.

  23. 1. “Turning Your Decisions” – Centro-matic

    From the loud, rambunctous and lo-fi album “The Static Vs. The Strings Vol. 1.” This song sounds like Guided By Voices. The lyrics are slightly less elliptic than most of Will Johnson’s songs. If you’re an NFL fan, it’s worth mentioning the band’s Football Names Scorecard spectator game. (Get your scorecard here.)

    2. “Too High” – The Connells

    I really like all of this band’s albums except for Weird Food and Devastation. Unfortunately, that’s the one this song comes from. This song is a good example of why I don’t like the album. It just sort of lingers around moodily without doing anything inspired or notable. Fuzz guitar and a half-hearted melody. Ugh.

    3. “Pink Bullets” – The Shins

    Everyone likes The Shins, right? Right? Chutes Too Narrow was a very solid album. Can’t wait for the next one (but I will). I like the imagery in this song, particularly the bit about the kite lines getting tangled and about heaving the scent of your skin and some flowers over the ramparts tied to a brick.

    4. “Mr. Jones” – Talking Heads

    This song is a bit too new of a vintage for my taste; Naked is too World Musicky for my taste. But this song grooves okay, I guess.

    5. “Jackson Cannery” – Ben Folds Five

    I recently re-discovered the debut BF5 album after seeing Ben Folds in concert. I love it. I don’t understand the chorus, but it’s catchy as hell.

    6. “Fingertips” – They Might Be Giants

    I love me some TMBG, but I absolutely loathe this song. All those little tracks at the end of Apollo 18 that are just a few seconds long were supposed to be clever, but they annoy me.

    Next four: “I Can’t Wait” – The White Stripes; “Crescent Moon” – Cowboy Junkies; “Polly” – Nirvana; “Strange” – The Soft Boys.

  24. Okay, I’ll play.

    1. “God Is In the House” – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    I love this song. It’s a satire of. . . some sort of sheltered suburban town or something. The imagery and sarcasm are great, though. And I’m a Nick Cave fan anyway.

    2. “Level” – The Raconteurs

    You know, the Jack White/Brendon Benson collaboration/sideproject that comes out next month (wink to Susan). HUGE Jack White fan, so I’m blinded by love and I think it’s good. Honestly, though, Brendon and the rest of the band sort of dilute the full-scale Jack-ness that I love.

    3. “Daft Punk is Playing at My House” – LCD Soundsystem

    Love the beat, the groove, the deadpan vocalsuh.

    4. “The Good Times are Killing Me” – Modest Mouse

    The Good News for People Who Love Bad News closer. A lot of people didn’t think this album was quite as good as the one before it, but I think it’s as good or better.

    5. “Take Me Out” – Scissor Sisters

    A lounge style Franz Ferdinand cover. Another band I LOVE. This one brings a smile to my face every time.

    6. “Heysatan” – Sigur Ros

    I just discovered these guys. I don’t really know how to describe them, but I can’t wait to get more.

    7. “Gypsy Part of Town” – JUF

    NOT a Gogol Bordello track, even though the band consists almost entirely of Gogol Bordello and it’s a lyric from Gypsy Punks. It’s kind of a dance track thing (and I’ve got it on the radio.blog at my site, if anyone cares).

    8. “Fond Farewell to a Friend” – Elliott Smith

    Certainly one of the better tracks off From a Basement on a Hill.

    9. “Way We Get By” – Spoon

    With apologies to Tom, this is actually from Kill the Moonlight, not Gimme Fiction. I admit I first heard this track via the OC, but it’s totally good. (My friend was watching it, I swear!)

    10. “Mr. November” – The National

    A sometimes-trendy New York indie band. This is my favorite song from last years’ Alligator. One of those songs that has lyrics that don’t quite make sense, but still evoke great imagery.

    Wow, my iPod was pretty good to me, all things considered. None of my really embarrassing stuff showed up!

  25. Oh crap. I’m such a loser. That would explain why “Way We Get By” is not one of my favorite songs on Gimme Fiction. For me Kill the Moonlight is about three notches down from Gimme Fiction in every respect.

    On the brightside, I gain a little cred by having more than one Spoon album.

  26. Lol, Tom. Don’t worry, I still think of you as having credibility.

    And thanks for the definition, Susan. I think it fits!

  27. Alright, I’ll take a whack (sorrty to be so late):

    1. “Brothers On Hotel Bed” – Death Cab For Cutie

    I just got this album. This song is pretty nice, but the jury is still out on the band/album for me…

    2. “High Times” – Jamiroquai

    I need to delete this album. It’s mostly annoying.

    3. “Our House” – Madness

    I love this Ultimate Collection Album. This song is overplayed but I still like it.

    4. “We’re Not Deep” – The Housemartins

    I still love this band and album after all these years…

    5. “Star 69” – REM

    I have Monster on here… the songs usually end up getting skipped but this one is ok

    6. “Jet Airliner” – Steve Miller Band

    Come on… Steve Miller’s Greatest Hits is a must have album even if it must be taken sparingly.

    7. “All You Need is Love” – Beatles

    I don’t care what anyone says — I think Magical Mystery Tour is a must-have album…

    8. “Behind These Hazel Eyes” – Kelly Clarkson

    Ummm… How did that get on there?? Ok, I have two little girls that love this album and insisted I add it. Me? Not so much…

    9. “Cool” – West Side Story Soundtrack

    “Booy, Booy, Crazy Booy…” I think I had to sing this a few years ago for progressive dinner Broadway night or something. It’s a cool recording…

    10. “Hiss and Tell” – G. Love and Special Sauce

    I’m a fan of G. Love but this album, Coast to Coast Motel is pretty mediocre I think. Mostly a skipper too…

  28. If isn’t too late for an entry,

    “Die Konige aus Saba kommen” – The Bach Choir of Bethleham
    I really wasn’t expecting this. A couple of Christmases ago I made CD’s for friends with some portions of Bach masses. This must be from then. Very pretty and very short.

    “Here’s to Your Dreams” – John Hartford
    A bitter, break-up song from a musician devoted to appalachian music. I would call what he does folk, but I don’t want to call up images of Peter, Paul and Mary. This stuff is much more alive.

    “Up Above My Head/Blind Bartimus” – Jerry Sullivan
    I have no idea where I got this, but it is very cool. An a capella arrangement of two old spirituals.

    “He’s Coming to Us Dead” – Ralph Stanley
    This has the feel of an old Civil War taunt songas it bears the following message: if your son fights for the union, he will be killed. It’s pretty enough, but I don’t know why Stanley would have recorded it.

    “Move Over” – Janis Joplin and the Full Tilt Boogie
    Good, fun, rockin’ hippie blues.

    Then the following:
    “All at Once” – Bonnie Raitt (from her soft rock phase)
    “Yellow Submarine” – The Beatles
    “The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band” – Bill Monroe
    “Mule Skinner Blues” – Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys
    “I blame You” – They Might Be Giants
    “God Bless America” – Margaret Whiting
    “If I had a million dollars” – Barenaked Ladies

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