Wednesday, December 29, 2010

#924 U2 - "Running To Stand Still"

There are two bands on this countdown with 15 songs. U2 is one of them, and this is their first. From the epic Joshua Tree record, which has 4 of the 15 songs, comes this track. Its slow, its quiet and its got a shit ton of feeling.

Line to remember: "Scream without raising your voice!!!!"

#925 The Walkmen - "We've Been Had"

It would be nice to know how many of the songs in this list are in car commercials. I bet like over 200 of them! All songs eventually end up in car commercials i suppose.
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.

#926 Mission of Burma - "That's When I Reach for My Revolver"

Boston's Mission of Burma wrote this highly popular to cover song. I didnt realize it was even a Mission of Burma song at first. I first heard the Moby version and thought "nice song, but Moby is a DJ!!!", then i heard the Catherine Wheel song, thinking it was the original. Finally i was schooled on the Burma version and it places itself here, at number 926.

Dont shoot!

#927 Ballboy - "Where Do The Night Of Sleep Go To When They Do Not Come To Me"

I haven't counted but this song may be the song with the longest title in the top 1000. Its by Scottish band Ballboy and is another band with just one song in the countdown. It seems to be happening a lot lately. and bands with 5 or more songs seem to have not been heard from yet.

I guess this list should start getting much more interesting soon!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

#928 Plastic Bertrand - "Ca Plane Pour Moi"

Well this is one of the most fun songs on the countdown. Why is it not higher? well cause its kinda dumb. but it did make the top 1000!! ...Straight outta Belgium, Plastic Bertrand isnt really singing on this song, its some other guy named Lou. the loose translation of "ca plane pour moi" is "all is well for me". See, told you it was happy! This is one of 9 Plastic Bertrand songs on the countdown....just kidding. Surfs Up!!!!

#929 Danzig - "Am I Demon"

Few bands defined my first 2 years of high school better than Danzig. The days spent listening to the first three Danzig CDs, along with his former band the Misfits were plenty! I think me and my friends may have known every lyric to every song.

Mr. Seth Scharon, i think i speak for many of us... when i say...whenever i hear some Danzig, makes me think of you! :)

#930 Counting Crows - "Angels Of The Silences"

So the the Counting Crows are one of my favourite bands. Not so much now and the music they are making currently, but their first 2 albums rank in my top 50 albums of all time! They put on a hell of a live show and were one of my highlights of Woodstock 99.

The Crows have 9 songs in the top 1000 and this is the first one.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

#931 Sun Kil Moon - "Carry Me Ohio"

Sun Kil Moon is the side project of Mark Kozelek of indie fave Red House Painter fame. This song came out on his first CD back in 2003 and even made Pitchfork's Top 500 songs of the 2000s list. Its a beautiful song about...well, Ohio, where Kozelek is from.

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.

#932 Ours - "Medication"

Ours is a rock band, mostly from New Jersey, led by Jimmy Gnecco. They have been around for a long time too but were only mildly popular in the early 2000s. Its a shame because Gnecco's voice is amazing and its quite a mystery why Ours did not gain more fame.

Well, they are not overlooked in my top 1000 as they have 3 songs, thats 2 more than the Rolling Stones!!!

#933 The Soundtrack Of Our Lives - "Sister Surround"

Cool name for a band huh? I like it too! These Swedish guys not only have a cool name though, their sound is original yet retro, indie rock, yet psychedelic. They also put on quite a live show. The large lead singer who looks like he could be in a Swedish metal band..., wearing his tunic, belting out happy pop songs and rock tunes alike.

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!

#934 Lita Ford - "Kiss Me Deadly"

So for any guy 12-25 who enjoyed the rock and roll in the 1980s, he may have been into Poison and Guns N Roses and Def Leppard or even Iron Maiden. And while may ex-Runaways singer Lita Ford's music was nowhere near as good as some of those bands, she was.....compared to the guys in Iro...n Maiden anyway, smoking hot!
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.

#935 Grandaddy - "Now It's On"

Well since that last one was no video....we'll do two in one day again.Grandaddy was one of many bands i heard about by reading the bands that Thom Yorke from Radiohead likes. (Sparklehorse and Muse are on that list, too) Picked up an EP of them in 2001 or so and they grew on me greatly. T...hey are also on the short list of bands i have never seen live. And sadly, since they broke up in 2006 i may never see them. Grandaddy has three songs in the top 1000. Enjoy!