Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Line to remember: "Scream without raising your voice!!!!"
Anyway, the Walkmen are from New York City...but like most bands, they are from somewhere else and moved to NYC ...cause its cool and more of an opportunity to get noticed. The Walkmen are really from the DC area. Where they attended a fancy private St. Albans High School. Either way, they make some good tunes, thanks guys! This one's from 2002.
I guess this list should start getting much more interesting soon!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Mr. Seth Scharon, i think i speak for many of us... when i say...whenever i hear some Danzig, makes me think of you! :)
The Crows have 9 songs in the top 1000 and this is the first one.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Its also the only song about a state not named New York in this countdown...for those that are keeping track, and the only Sun Kil Moon song.
Well, they are not overlooked in my top 1000 as they have 3 songs, thats 2 more than the Rolling Stones!!!
They also hold the award for band i have seen the most times around the least amount of people. Two shows i have seen this band in Baltimore with a grand total of maybe 50 people at both shows combined!!! Odd for a band who's album was nominated for a grammy award!
Maybe Baltimore isn't the mercury for alternative musical tastes!
Yeah, i had a Lita Ford poster in my room when i was about 10. and yeah, Corey Walker tried to steal it!
This is maybe her biggest solo hit coming from 1988.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Ok so this song should perhaps be a bit higher than 935. Came out in 1983 and while i was only 6 years old, it fast became my favourite song. Yes, even better than that Chaka Khan song. ...Perhaps it was the awesome drums...a bit techno-ish perhaps?
Well either way, i had the 45 and i must have played it tons every damn day. Wild Boys, despite never closing their eyes, will always have a special place in my heart!The video is cool too, costing 1 million dollars. which was a shit ton for those days..though i didnt have MTV in 1983 so i dont think i've ever even seen this video!
You all remember that wicked awesome band Sugar Ray right? The band that sang that song "iiiii just wanna fly!". right? Well maybe you dont. Maybe you just remember that spikey hair guy from that Pussycat Dolls show.
But either way, Sugar Ray had a few hits in the 90s. This was not rea...lly one of them, but i love it and wish more of their songs were like this and not the pappy crap most of their stuff is. Also, look for Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath to be hosting another TV show, "Don't Forget the Lyrics" next month.
Watch this video....not only do they not seem to really need "DJ Homicide" but really? DJ Homicide???
Brooklyn's TV on the Radio is really not your average indie rock band. Firstly, they are mostly african american and secondly they have a kinda of experimental industrial rock, punk, hip hop sound to them. This song is one of my favourites by them....fast paced and rapid fire lyrics to go with a nice beat....theres even a small part that sounds like he's about to bust into "Its the end of the world as we know it" (which is also on this countdown!)
more from TVOTR to be had on this list!
Friday, November 5, 2010
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs arent but 10 years old but they rose to quick indie fame and went from playing a midnight show at the 930 club in 2003 to replacing the Beastie Boys as festival headliners just a few years later. Frontwoman Karen O has all the charisma of a Debbie Harry and their dance...able style of punk rock has gained them much deserved international success.
Interesting side note, in 2002 Karen O and and guitarist Nick Zinner shared a NYC loft with future members of the band Metric. What a creative space that must have been!
This song, from 2003, was written about Karen O's relationship with Liars singer Angus Andrews. Reportedly, the title "Maps" is an acronym for My Angus Please Stay.
Well i am a little too young to remember the Aerosmith's "Dream On" and "Sweet Emotion" days and the excitement for "Walk This Way" was more for Run DMC than it was for Aerosmith, but they did have a few years of excellence in my book. Both Permanent Vacation and this album Pump, w...ere that era.
After Pump, they made friends with Alicia Silverstone and they lost me!!!But this ones a good one and i love the songs/videos with a bit of a plot!
Out of all of the hip-hop/rap songs on the countdown most of them are older...say 90s or 80s. Mos Def isnt your typical rapper though so his 2004 single breaks the mold. Not only does Mos Def make conscious rap with fantastic beats, he's a great actor, which also breaks the mold of bad... rapper/actors. :)
Its the only Mos Def entry on the chart so i suppose it would make this my favourite Mos Def song...whats yours???
So one of the many dance songs on the countdown...Way Out West is a duo out of England, mainly involving popular Dj Nick Warren. They have been pumping dancefloors for over 10 years, but this was their breakout hit.
From 1997, this song could be heard at parties across the globe, on mixtap...es everywhere, and most famously to me, as the closing song on one of Scott Henry's Fever: Time to Get Ill tapes. A soft beat....some happy lyrics...perfect for when the sun was coming up and you could barely stand anymore!
BRMC is a 3-piece from San Fransisco that plays more like a 5-piece band! Their fuzzy wall of sound and their raw bluesy rock is immediately quite reminiscent of Jesus and Mary Chain, which is why i was immediately drawn to them. They are pure rockstars too, not just... in their name Black Rebel Motorcycle Club but in their all black, all leather jacket stage get up. A great live show if you've never seen it.
BRMC is part of a series of concerts i've attended that i dub "i saw these guys way back when" shows. BRMC was the middle band between Manchester Orchestra and headliner Kings Of Leon back a few years ago at tiny Rams Head Live. 2 years later, the Kings nearly sold out Merriweather Post Pavilion. Its good to be in the know ;)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Perhaps some of you know my love for female singer / songwriters. I loved Fiona Apple for a while, Jewel for a bit, but perhaps my favourite is Beth Orton. She's also the most British and with her touching lyrics and sometimes eerie techno beat, she sets herself apart.... She also remains on my short list of artists i've never seen live.
She's also good friends with my boys Tom and Ed from the Chemical Brothers!cries. She has a couple songs on this chart....this, a sad one about not wanting something so great because it makes it that much worse when its gone.
So you can argue the merits of Guns N Roses with me all day. Sure, maybe they are and were a joke, but look people...if you dont like or never liked them, you are too old or too young, all there is too it!
Though short lived, they were one of my favourites, and it shows from the TWELVE so...ngs they have in my top 1000. Estranged is a nine minute long track, suppposedly written by Axl about his failed marriage and the video was the third part to a video trilogy that included Don't Cry and November Rain as the first 2 parts.
I especially like this song for the last couple verses and how Axl seems to go off track and just belting out the last few lines...I knew the storm was getting closerAnd all my friends said I was highBut everything we've ever known's hereI never wanted it to die
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Ok Well one of my all time favourite groups ever is Jesus and Mary Chain. Not only do they kill but they are Scottish and my affinity for Scottish rock knows no end! ...Out in the late 1980s and putting out powerful shoegaze til the mid 1990s and some beyond. My favourite album and what got me into them was Honey's Dead but Automatic is probably their most beloved. There are seven JAMC songs on the chart and this will be the first.
Best memory of JAMC: Seeing them at Bohagers in, what 1998 and Jim Reid apparently being way too drugged up and falling asleep on the drum riser? Well, maybe not my favourite memory but the second of only two shows i have seen from them (Lollapalooza 1992 being the first).
The Housemartins are not a band to be overlooked though.
They were around in the 1980s and were probably a bit ahead of their time, thus, not garnering much success... in the states. However, one time Housemartins member Normal Cook did eventually make some success over here as DJ Fatboy Slim, who you'll here later in the countdown. I know you cant hear it , but rest assured, its a good song!
Friday, October 15, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
no video on this one,
So last July i was driving home from school and heard this song...thought "hey cool, new postal service!!!!" but no...owl city....its cool. A rip off maybe but i liked it and it became kinda special. That is, til it turned into that mega pop hit and now the hipster in me hates it. Don't worr...y people, Owl City wont be around for long!!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
These New York City indie rockets wowed a lot of people in the early part of last decade. I saw them play Siren Festival and Coachella and they seemed to have a lot of buzz around them. A bit of that buzz has died down but they are still churning out good tunes to be sure!
Oh its a beautiful day in Baltimore and isnt this just a very happy happy song. Solo project from the singer of the band Far and also the singer of the band Gratitude. This is more happy indie rock...almost Lemonheads style! awww, i just love to see you smile! :)
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It always seems that super groups never really achieve the success that the members’ individual bands do. This isn’t the case for Broken Social Scene. Comprised of Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, along side of a host of Canadian indie rock all stars such as Feist, Emily Haines, ...Amy Millan and K-os, BSS makes some of the most inspiring music around these days. There are a few of their songs littered in the countdown along with many from BSS contributors. Oh, and don’t call them a supergroup…they are a musical collective J oh Canada!!!!
Monday, June 28, 2010
You may know Austin, TX as a home for the greatest indie rock bands of the 21st Century. Bands like Spoon, Ghostland Observatory, the Black Angels and Explosions in the Sky. But back in th...e 1980s, a delicious and dangerous hair band came out of Texas’ capital city. Dangerous Toys! I liked their Texas flare as a boy and when they came out with a song from the wickedly cool horror flick “Shocker” (a story of a man put to the electric chair and didn’t die!) I was all over it. So here it is, still a pretty hot little number.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Back in the 1990’s when DJs mostly ruled the electronic music scene, a few bands managed to work their way to the top. You will hear from most of them (Daft Punk, Chemical Brothers, and Crystal Method) but few were able to produce such an electric live show as Faithless. Enormously popular ...overseas, I got to see them in NYC back in 1997 (the night after my aforementioned first night at 930 club to see the Sneaker Pimps/Aphex Twin) and when the keyboard for “Insomnia” came in across the PA…..it was nothing short of magical. Dig this.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
A few days ago I commented on how some songs were made better by their video….thats all i will say about this. In a world of dolled up talentless singer girls, Shakira has stood apart as a talented, yet still sexy, Colombian woman. I know its a silly pop song but i like the disco feel and i ...find it to be quite original. for being a pop song....
Seattle's Heart was definitely one of my favourite artists growing up...when i was in the single digits listening to Top 40 radio. What i never knew til today was that this song, Alone, is actually a cover song. The original song was written and performed by 2 dudes i've never even heard of. Enjoy!
Friday, June 11, 2010
There is plenty to say about this bald brash Irish lass. She was not only controversial because of her lack of hair, but for her statements on politics, sex and religion. She was perhaps most famous for her cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” but before that she had a great albu...m in the 80s called “The Lion and the Cobra”. She charted two songs from that album on the top 1000 and this is the first one. In case you were wondering, Mandinka are an ethnic group from West Africa (Ivory Coast, Sierre Leonne, Senegal, Liberia, etc) but its totally unclear if her song has anything to do with these dudes but with her mostly political and meaningful songs, I would imagine she has some sympathy for the plight of West Africans…at least 23 years ago she did!
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Throughout this countdown, you will be asked a lot of burning questions. Ballboy wonders "where do the nights of sleep go?", Natalie Merchant asks "whats the matter here?" and Mr. Marley asks "Could You Be Loved?" but perhaps the most burning question is asked by Superdrag and almost 15 ye...ars later we still arent quite sure who sucked out the feeling...i vote that it was Rivers Cuomo!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
There are some songs on here that perhaps the video made the song that much better. Remember music videos? Well, Idol’s video for this song was a good one, especial...ly in the mind of a 13 year old boy! A very interesting footnote here, the director of this video was David Fincher. After directing this video he went on to direct a couple movies….including probably my two favorite movies ever, Seven and Fight Club.
Out of the millions of bands on ever to walk the earth, only a select few get to play for decades and decades and have countless rabid fans from multiple generations. AC/DC is one of those bands. Its hard to say you dont like em, no matter what style you usually listen to. This 1990 song was ...one of the last hair metal (if you can really call em that) songs that i loved before I heard that Nirvana band. This is the 1st of 3 AC/DC songs in the countdown. Yeah Angus Young!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Pedro the Lion isnt actually a lion named Pedro, they are an indie rock band from Seattle, who were around from the mid-nineties to the mid-00s. I love this song in particular but the more and more i listen to Pedro, the more i love them. This is the only song, but if you are a fan of ...the Posies, Death Cab or any other sort of northwestern US indie rock....check out Pedro the Lion....
Friday, June 4, 2010
Go ahead and try, and when you find a dude as bad ass as Mike Ness I will applaud you. This song came out in 1992 but Social D has been ripping it up for over 20 years now. I saw them a few years back and they were incredible still...and anyone going to Lollapalooza this summer will ...see them again. Theres plenty more from SxDx on this countdown, too.
Back in 1999-2002 I did have a phase where i wanted to break from the dancefloor and rock as hard as i could! Not really death metal but t...his Boston area rock band featuring Spider, Rob Zombie's brother, was a shorttime favourite of mine. "Are You Ready to Go?" Fuck yes, i am, sir!
(side note: is it just me or does Spider remind you a bit of Dr. Evil's son, Scott?)
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
So with the 930 Club in DC's 30th anniversary concert coming up tomorrow, its only fitting that the band performing today's song happens to be the first band I ever saw there. September of 1997, Tom, Erica and I went to see the Sneaker Pimps / Death in Vegas and headliner, Aphex T...win at 930 in DC. Show was good and i enjoyed the club. I was not old enough to drink then though, so i didnt have $7 beers to complain about!
I hope this gets better as the songs go up , but i cannot find any sort of link for this song.....if anyone can help me with a website, i would love to post downloadable mp3s for everyone. Anyway....thats 989 for ya!
Sunday, May 30, 2010
So I don't suppose its too early for a Phil Collins vs. Peter Gabriel discussion? Maybe we will wait a bit later as there are a few songs from each and a few more from Genesis. Though no Genesis WITH Gabriel songs. Interesting. This one from 1987 and comes in at 990!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
4 of the 5 songs on this countdown from the Violent Femmes come from their 1983 self-titled, debut album. There are many artists that I must give credit to my big brother for introducing me to. The Violent Femmes are definitely one of them! Thanks Brian!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Theres simply not enough that can be said about Run DMC. They didnt invent hip-hop, but the Beatles didnt invent rock and roll either. You can say that Jay-Z sold more records or that Enimem sold more...whatever Eminem sells, but none of those dudes would have a job if it wasnt for DMC. This is the first of 4 Run DMC songs on my countdown.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Imagine going to a Sheryl Crow / Alanis Morrisette concert only to find that the intermission entertainment is.....DMX!!!! Well, it happened...at Woodstock 99. I am not sure why, but thats the way it played out. Angry girls were barking like dogs and angry dudes asking "isnt it ironic?" all over the place.
Now I realize that there is an official video for this but its the edited version. So to save artistic integrity, I included the real version, no video with cool motorcycle tricks. (sorry, Amy)
There aren’t a lot of Christmas songs in the countdown and it’s not because I don’t like Christmas songs, ok, it is because I don’t really like Christmas songs. But I like the Kinks and the tale of kids beating up Santa Claus just warms me to the core.
Monday, May 24, 2010
80s hair metal was a lot more hair than metal. Metal fans on today would laugh at Poison or Winger being “metal” but I guess in the 1980s it was a term that fit. I was a fan, damnit, I wont deny it. And I liked this song. I remember my dad taking my sister and I to see Poison, Sl...aughter and the Bulletboys in 1989. We were 5th row center and it was the loudest thing I think I had ever heard at only 12 years old! I don’t think I would care much for singers with bleace blonde hair and a waxed chest now, but man back then, I didn’t so much care. I like the comment on this video’s page…”If you didn't grow up during this time in music....you'll never understand the 'awesomeness' of it!!!!” True dat!!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Oh, the Lemonheads.....in a land where the style of music and the character of rock star was defined by a world that sounded dirty and raw (grunge), Evan Dando managed to make a name for himself with swooning, happy, jangly pop songs. Maybe it was cause he was so damn handsome.
Here's an interesting tidbit of information for you. Dando, co-wrote a Dandy Warhols tune, called "You Were The Last High" Dando and the Dandys!!! (sorry, tho Rachel, that one didnt make it in to the top 1000.
This is a first of several Lemonheads songs in the chart though! Enjoy.
So for those who don’t know, my uncle used to work for a record label back in the 1980s-1990s. During the 80s he used to send me dozens of 45 from bands like Duran Duran and artists like Billy Ocean. In the 90’s I got CDs from U2, the Candyskins, and once, from an artist just named “E”. I never gave “A Man Called E” much listen back in 1992 but in 1996 when a band called Eels came on the scene with “Novacaine for the Soul”, it was then I repacked up “A Man Called E” and really began to dig Mark Oliver Everett’s songwriting. This 2005 tune, the first single from “Blinking Lights and Other Revelations really makes me want to get up and shake my tail feathers!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I really dont have a lot to say about Courtney Love but I do really like this song. Can someone please find some kind words to say about her, because I really have none. Doll Parts though, is a good song from Hole. Apparently, the song was originally called "I Am" and was about her first meeting with Kurt Cobain. In more current news, Love and Hole are back with a new album and I've heard its as mediocre as the old dusty records from yesteryear.......
So, let me warn those who may not be aware, that there are going to be many dance/electronic songs on this countdown. For those who like these classic club anthems , cool. For those who dont, just be happy that there were many I wanted to include but did not know the names of the songs!
This one is easy and I believe a certain DJ played this one to ring in the new year 1997 perhaps...and maybe a gorilla was involved? Anyway, there are many remixes of this song, Ian Pooley's being my favourite, but I have included the Slaughterhouse remix here....so snap open your glowsticks and enjoy!@
Sunday, May 16, 2010
And the countdown begins!!!! One song a day, until we get to number 1!
so check back often and hear them all. More features, such as downloads will perhaps come down the road. Til then, enjoy and try to spread the word to anyone you know that may enjoy.
Montreal's Men Without Hats tell a story of Jenny and Johnny, who have a band and play some instruments and POP! Anyway, this 1987 song was so popular it was number one on the local radio station's Top 8 at 8. The guest DJ announcing the song was a 10 year old boy....ME!
So without further ado, let the countdown begin!!!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Each day , starting May 17th, 2010, i will post one song (maybe more if you are lucky), with hopefully a link to listen to the song and a description as to why its where it is.
Hopefully, soon i will move this site to a real webpage and be able to link you to an mp3 of each song for download (though that sounds a bit illegal!). If anyone reading this can help, that would be neato.
Til then, get ready to check daily, or weekly and feel free to tell anyone else about it. All comments are welcome as well.
and number 1000 is......................