Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Musical List of Fours
I saw this at Jim’s joint a couple days ago, and, even though he didn’t tag me with some meme disease, I have a hard time resisting talking about music. So I won’t.
Jim, you had a lot of great stuff on your list. Here’s mine:
Four songs that you could listen to over and over:
- “Julie Paridise”, Screaming Trees, Sweet Oblivion
This song has that classic (I hate the word) grunge slow-fast dynamic. It lures you in with little-lost-girl lyrics and then it suddenly kicks out with a defiant, angry howl that shoves you up against the wall.
- “The Only Living Boy in New York”, Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water
Out of a catalog of sublime music, this is my favorite from the duo. I can’t exactly explain why.
- “Hit the Ground”, Lizz Wright, Dreaming Wide Awake
Lizz Wright’s voice is proof that there is good in the world. It is a perfect instrument with a full, sultry quality; her control is exquisite. And this is a song where she shines.
- "Into the Piano”, Woven Hand, Consider the Birds
One of the things that makes David Eugene Edwards so fascinating is his ability to paint entire scenes with spare lyrics that are elusive enough to compel listeners to understand, but not so oblique that they cannot be understood. This song is like listening to a stand-up piano echoing off the walls of a old church, ringing and slow. “Behind a door, hand to face, conscience is the wound.”
Of course, there are so many songs that I could have put in this category. U2, Mark Lanegan, Grant Lee Buffalo, Daniel Lanois, Twilight Singers, and a host of other artists have made songs that provide the soundtrack to my life. I think I owe them a big thanks.
Four songs that drive you up the friggin’ wall:
- “Love Shack”, B-52s, Cosmic Thing
Hideous song that burrows into the back of your brain and, I’m pretty sure, leaching your sould right out of your body. That kind of evil.
- “Ain’t No Sunshine”, Bill Withers, As I Am
I wouldn’t hate this song, actually, if it weren’t for that ten minute interlude where the singer just repeats himself over and over and over and over and over and over...
- “When the Children Cry”, White Lion, Pride
Do I need to explain this one?
- “Forever Your Girl”, Paula Abdul
It doesn’t help that she’s become the rambling, confused, and, perhaps, chemically stimulated annoying voice on American Idol, but the song would still be on this list without the latter-day assist.
Four songs that you’re embarrassed (or should be) to admit you like:
- “Mambo #5”, Lou Bega
- “Night Fever”, Bee Gees
- “Too Shy”, Kajagoogoo, White Feathers
- “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, Bobby McFerrin
Four best driving songs:
- “Driving Death Valley Blues”, Mark Lanegan, Bubblegum
Modern day blues write in hard rock tones with a catchy verse and a cool vibe.
- “Beat City”, Raveonettes, Whip it On
This is basically a song about drinking and driving with a speeded up early 60’s sound.
- “La Grange”, ZZ Top, Tres Hombres
A sing-along about a whore house in Texas. How cool is that?
- “No One Knows”, Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf
The g-phrase calls it the bouncy song and it is definitely one of the catchiest hard rock songs that you’ll ever hear. It has the added benefit of being aural foreplay, if you take my meaning...
Four songs that make you cry:
- “So Much Wine”, Handsome Family, In the Air
It would take a deep understanding of my personal life to see why the lyrics about a tortured relationship with a self-destructive alcholic might make me a bit misty. One of the most depressing songs in my collection...
- “Rock of Ages”, Grant Lee Buffalo, Mighty Joe Moon
Not the hymn that most everyone knows, but a song about the weight of guilt. Grant Lee Phillips sings quietly against the spacious music in what almost amounts to a confession.
- “Lexington Slowdown”, Mark Lanegan, Here Comes That Weird Chill...
Something about this song sounds like a suicide note and the bridge between the spoken word portion and the singing sends chills down my spine.
- “Death of a Train”, Daniel Lanois, For the Beauty of Wynona
This is one of life’s perfect songs. A slow lament for worlds lost, it paints a gorgeous (if melancholy) picture of the passing of time.
Four best risqué songs:
I’m not really good with this category, so I’m going to go change up a bit. This is really more a list of, ahem, mood music.
- “Slip Into Something...”, Kinobe
Think beach house, lazy mornings, and what you do when you feel like you have all the time in the world.
- “Stop”, Joe Henry, Scar
A smouldering little thing; sophisticated, sexy, and seductive.
- “Touched”, VAST, Visual Audio Sensory Theater
It’s a slow builder.
- “Bete Noir”, Bryan Ferry
Another like Joe Henry’s “Stop.”
- Bonus “Mirage”, Barrett Martin, Painted Desert
Martin is a remarkably talented percussionist and this piece of contemporary jazz gives him a chance to show off a range of skills.
Four best kid songs:
- “Sneakers”, Mark Lanegan
I’m still shocked that Lanegan could make a credible children’s song, but this is one is great.
- “Kiss the Girl”, Little Mermaid Soundtrack
Even if I didn’t think that the Little Mermaid had cute shells, I would pimp this for best kid song. Heheh.
- “Gaston”, Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
Truly one of the funiest songs I’ve ever heard: “No one’s slick as Gaston / No one’s quick as Gaston / No one’s neck’s as incredibly thick as Gaston’s...”
- “What’s Opera Doc?” Bugs Bunny & Elmer Fudd
Frankly, this might be all the opera your kids ever get to hear. At least it will be a happy experience.
Four songs (hell, pick your own category and fill it in):
The next four songs on my iTunes Party Shuffle list.
- “Brown Eyed Girl”, Van Morrison, The Complete Bang Sessions
- “Methamphetamine Blues”, Mark Lanegan, Bootleg Live in Seattle, 2003
- “Night Fever”, Bee Gees, The Number Ones
- “Hutterite Mile”, 16 Horsepower, Folklore