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!!!