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Gram123 -> Gram123's Top Songs — #219 The Smashing Pumpkins (14/3/2012 2:24:57 AM)

The plan
To listen to every album on my iPod, in a randomised order and try and select a favourite song from each.


The reason
In the CD days, I used to know every album I owned inside and out. But once I acquired a 160Gb iPod, I found myself listening to a CD once before adding it to the 'pod, where everything got lost to the Grand Shuffle.

The death of the CD market, making albums ridiculously cheap, allowed my collection to mushroom out of control. There's now over 13,000 songs to get through. Somewhere around 1,000 albums plus tons of singles, b-sides and extra tracks that I've built up over the years. If I wanted to listen to the lot, it would take me somewhere near 36 days (and nights),
At the start of this project, I had something like 7,000 songs in my Never Played playlist. The aim is to reduce that to 0.


The how
I originally intended to listen to every album alphabetically and write one post per artist, containing reviews for each album, but it seemed like I'd need to write more about each artist, to tie albums together / comparing & contrasting, whatever, and it seemed I'd need to write a lot more for some artists than others. Time, effort, motivation, memory skills, an interesting writing style. Things I don't have. Idea scrapped.
I didn't want to post up albums with no blurbage as I may as well just add them to the "What are you listening to right now?" thread.
I'm also terrible at ranking albums (or films, or beards, or Go-bots, or whatever) against one another, and I couldn't even begin to think about sorting 1,000 albums into an order of preference.

So I decided to create a playlist of everything, allowing me to "shuffle by album", randomising which album comes up next, avoiding runs of 5 or 10 albums in a row by certain artists and adding a bit of interest for me and, hopefully, you.


The what
In this thread, you'll likely see a fair amount of hip-hop, US punk, breakbeat, industrial, alt rock, post-hardcore, big beat, indie, trance, downtempo, drum & bass and electronica, plus some funk, rock, goth, nu jazz and ambient, and bits and bobs of other stuff. I'm a fairly old giffer, so there may be a bit of 90s bias and not so many albums from the last couple of years.


The story so far
Entries 1-50

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001) Hot Hot Heat - Make Up the Breakdown (2002) - "Get in Or Get Out"
002) Beastie Boys - Ill Communication (1994) - "Sure Shot"
003) Chali 2na - Fish Market: The Official Mixtape (2004) - Chali 2na & Roots Manuva "Join the Dots"
004) Rob Smith - Up on the Downs (2003) - "Don't You See (feat. Hazel Jayne)"
005) Rise Against - The Unraveling (2001) - "Sometimes Selling Out Is Giving Up"

006) Doves - Kingdom Of Rust (2009) - "Kingdom Of Rust"
007) The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Pushin' On (2005) - "The Conspirator (Main Theme)"
008) Tom Waits - Blood Money (2002) - "Starving In The Belly Of A Whale"
009) Raekwon - Only Built For Cuban Linx (1995) - "Wu-Gambinos (feat. Method Man, RZA, Masta Killa & Ghostface Killah)"
010) Various - Dub Chill Out (1996) - King Jammy "Dub it in the Dancehall Dub"

011) R.E.M. - Dead Letter Office (1987, UK re-release 1993) - "Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)"
012) David Bowie - Diamond Dogs (1974) - "We Are the Dead"
013) Madvillain - Madvillain (2004) - "All Caps"
014) Various - Mr. Scruff Presents: Keep it Solid Steel (2004) - The Arsonists — "Flashback"
015) Tool - Lateralus (2001) - "Reflection"

016) Morrissey - Southpaw Grammar (1995) - "The Boy Racer"
017) Various - LateNightTales: The Cinematic Orchestra (2010) - Sébastien Tellier "La Ritournelle"
018) Lamb - What Sound (2001) - "Gabriel"
019) Manic Street Preachers - Know Your Enemy (2001) - "Found That Soul"
020) Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords (2008) - "Inner City Pressure"

021) Coheed And Cambria - Best of Coheed And Cambria (2002-2005) - "Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)"
022) One Self - Children of Possibility (2005) - "Fear the Labour"
023) Elbow - Asleep in the Back (2005) - "Red"
024) Gorillaz - Demon Days (2005) - "Dare"
025) Sage Francis - A Healthy Distrust (2005) - "Bridle"

026) Mos Def - Black on Both Sides (1999) - "Mathematics"
027) Orbital - The Middle Of Nowhere (1999) - "Know Where to Run"
028) Butthole Surfers - Independent Worm Saloon (1993) - "Strawberry"
029) Adam F - Colours (1997) - "Circles"
030) Various - Grand Central Records: Central Reservations (1998) - Adult Cinema "Time Machine"

031) Abdominal  - Escape From The Pigeon Hole (2007) - "Heaven's Demon"
032) Hexstatic - Rewind (2000) - "Ninja Tune"
033) Pixies - Doolittle (1989) - "Monkey Gone To Heaven"
034) Editors - An End Has a Start (2007) - "The Racing Rats"
035) Morrissey - Vaxuhall And I (1994) - "Spring-heeled Jim"

036) Omni Trio - The Haunted Science (1996) - "Haunted Kind"
037) The Verve - A Northern Soul (1995) -  "On Your Own"
038) BT - ESCM (1997) - "Flaming June"
039) Muse - Showbiz (1999) - "Sunburn"
040) Various - Soundbombing Vol. 1 (2000) - Black Attack"My Crown"

041) Pest - All Out Fall Out (2005) - "Pat Pong"
042) No Use For A Name - More Betterness! (1999) - "Saddest Song"
043) Chris Clark - Clarence Park (2001) - "Lord of the Dance"
044) Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs (2008) - "I Will Possess Your Heart"
045) Propellerheads - Decksandrumsandrockandroll (1998) - "Cominagetcha"

046) Zion I - Deep Water Slang V2.0 (2003) - "Finger Paint (feat. Susie Suh & D.U.S.T.)"
047) Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi (2002) - "1969"
048) Various - On The Floor At The Boutique: Midfield General (2000) - Mulder "Don't Give a Damn"
049) Parliament - Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome (1977) - "Bop Gun (Endangered Species)"
050) Infected Mushroom - Classical Mushroom (2000) - "Sailing in the Sea of Mushroom"


Entries 51-100

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051) Stellastarr* - Harmonies For The Haunted (2005) - Love and Longing
052) The White Stripes - The White Stripes / De Stijl (1999 / 2000) - Truth Doesn't Make a Noise
053) Various - Xen Cuts (2000) - The Herbaliser8pt Agenda (feat. Latyrx)
054) GZA / Genius - Beneath The Surface (1999) - Beneath The Surface (feat. Killah Priest & RES)
055) Various - Skweee Tooth (2009) - LimoniousFriscoBum

056) Bad Religion - Recipe For Hate (1993) - Struck a Nerve
057) Slugabed - Best of Slugabed (2009 - 2012) - Moonbeam Rider
058) k-os - Joyful Rebellion (2004) - The Love Song
059) Eero Johannes - Eero Johannes (2008) - HAL Manifesto
060) Pearl Jam - Ten (1991) - Black

061) Dopplereffekt - Calabi Yau Space (2007) - Hyperelliptic Surfaces
062) Various - Reinforced Presents: Enforcers - Above The Law (1996) - Doc ScottStreet Knowledge
063) Leftfield - Leftism (1995) - Melt
064) DAT Politics - Mad Kit (2009) - Bloc Newton
065) Tom Waits - Made-up The Heart Of Saturday Night (1974) / Small Change (1976) - Invitation to the Blues

066) The Goats - Tricks Of The Shade (1992) - Typical American
067) Daniel Savio - Daniel Savio (2012) - The Resistance
068) The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs (1987) - These Things Take Time
069) Coco Bryce - Boesoek (2011) - Embarcadero
070) Kid Koala - Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003) - Skanky Panky

071) Showbiz & A.G. - Runaway Slave (1992) - Bounce Ta This (feat. Black Sheep)
072) NOFX - The War On Errorism (2003) - Idiots Are Taking Over
073) Funeral For A Friend - Hours (2005) - Alvarez
074) The Sisterhood - Gift (1986) - Giving Ground
075) LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver (2007) - Time to Get Away

076) Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones (1983) - 16 Shells from a Thirty-Ought-Six
077) Bracket - 4-Wheel Vibe (1995) - Lazy
078) Gemma Hayes - Night On My Side (2002) - Back of My Hand
079) Clark - Body Riddle (2006) - Herzog
080) Beem - The Future (2008) - Mouth Everest

081) Tommy Guerrero - Soul Food Taqueria (2003) - Thin Brown Layer
082) Infected Mushroom - IM The Supervisor (2004) - Frog Machine
083) Joy Division - Substance (1988) - Transmission
084) I Am Kloot - I Am Kloot (2003) - From Your Favourite Sky
085) The Herbaliser Band - Session One (2000) - Shattered Soul

086) Mansun - Little Kix (2000) - I Can Only Disappoint U
087) Burial - Untrue (2007) - Etched Headplate
088) Various - Grooverider Presents: The Prototype Years (1997) - Ed Rush & FierceLocust
089) Morrissey - Maladjusted (1997) - Trouble Loves Me
090) Various - 2 Many DJ's: As Heard on Radio Soulwax pt. 2 (2002) - Hanayo & Jürgen PaapeJoe le Taxi

091) Rae & Christian - Northern Sulphuric Soul (1998) - Swansong (For a Nation) (feat. Veba)
092) Al Tariq - God Connections (1996) - Think Not
093) Cocorosie - Grey Oceans (2010) - Fairy Paradise
094) The Cure - Standing On A Beach: The Singles (1986) - Charlotte Sometimes
095) DJ Food - A Recipe For Disaster (1995) - Spiral

096) RJD2 - Deadringer (2002) - Ghostwriter
097) Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night (2008) - Closer
098) Pennywise - Straight Ahead (1999) - My Own Way
099) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell (2003) - Maps
100) Motion City Soundtrack - I Am the Movie (2003) - Don't Call It a Comeback


Entries 101-150

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101) Boys Noize - Oi Oi Oi (2007) - Oh!
102) Various - Hexstatic Presents: Pick 'N' Mix (2006) - Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel & The Furious FiveWhite Lines
103) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (2005) - Details of the War
104) Various - Fat Music Volume 6: Uncontrollable Fatulence (2002) - Frenzal RhombCocksucker
105) Placebo - Meds (2006) - Drag

106) Ugly Duckling - Journey To Anywhere (2000) - Journey to Anywhere
107) Editors - The Back Room (2006) - All Sparks
108) DJ Shadow - The Less You Know, The Better (2011) - Def Surrounds Us
109) Boards Of Canada - Spares (var) - Orange Romeda
110) Blur - The Great Escape (1995) - Best Days

111) Various - Fatboy Slim's Greatest Remixes (1999) - Mighty Dub KatzMagic Carpet Ride (Fatboy Slim Latin Ska Acid Breakbeat mix)
112) Non Prophets - Hope (2003) - Mainstream 307
113) Various - Thievery Corporation Present: Den of Thieves - The Sound of Eighteenth Street Lounge Music (2003) - Les HommesHommage
114) Lamb - Fear Of Fours (1999) - Little Things
115) MGMT - Oracular Spectacular (2008) - Kids

116) R.E.M. - Out Of Time (1991) - Country Feedback
117) Various - Sasha & John Digweed: Northern Exposure 2 (1997) - Gus GusPurple
118) The Cult - Dreamtime (1984) - A Flower In The Desert
119) The Good, The Bad & The Queen  - The Good, The Bad & The Queen  (2007) - Three Changes
120) Justice - † (Cross) (2007) - Let There Be Light

121) Fu-Schnickens - F.U. "Don't Take It Personal" (1992) - True Fuschnick
122) Hot Hot Heat - Knock Knock EP (2002) - Have a Good Sleep
123) Various - DJ Kicks: Nightmares On Wax (2000) - John Cameron Swamp Fever
124) Röyksopp - Melody A.M. (2000) - Remind Me (Someone Else's Radio remix) (feat. Erlend Øye)
125) Incubus - Make Yourself (1999) - The Warmth

126) Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth (2005) - Every Day is Exactly the Same
127) Nirvana - MTV Unplugged In New York (1994) - The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie cover)
128) J-Live - The Best Part (2001) - Wax Paper
129) The Cure - Disintegration (1989) - Lullaby
130) Fink - Biscuits For Breakfast (2006) - Kamlyn

131) Ugly Duckling - Audacity (2008) - Audacity
132) Morrissey - Viva Hate (1988) - Little Man, What Now?
133) Various - Fania DJ Series: DJ Format (2007) - The LatinairesCreation
134) The Sisters Of Mercy - Some Girls Wander By Mistake (1992) - Alice
135) The Cure - Selection (var) - Three Imaginary Boys

136) Handsome Boy Modeling School - White People (2004) - The World's Gone Mad (feat. Barrington Levy, Del The Funky Homosapien & Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand)
137) Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree (2005) - Of All the Gin Joints in All the World
138) Ian Brown  - My Way (2009) - The Crowning of the Poor
139) Prong - Cleansing (1994) - Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
140) Jurassic 5 - Quality Control (2000) - Quality Control

141) Front Line Assembly - Millennium (1994) - This Faith
142) Bonobo - Black Sands (2010) - All in Forms
143) Slugabed  - Time Team (2012) - Moonbeam Rider
144) DeeJay Punk-Roc - Chicken Eye (1998) - Far Out
145) Funeral For A Friend - Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation (2003) - She Drove Me To Daytime Television

146) Cabbageboy - Genetically Modified (1999) - Interstellar Love
147) Lords Of The Underground - Here Come The Lords (1993) - Chief Rocka
148) Grasscut - Unearth (2012) - A Mysterious Disappearance (feat. Gazelle Twin)
149) Beem - Peel (2010) - Not a Go Getter Like You and I
150) The Sunshine Underground - Raise The Alarm (2006) - The Way It Is


Entries 151-200

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151) Three Days Grace - Three Days Grace (2003) - Now or Never
152) DJ Format - Statement Of Intent (2012) - Mr. DJ (feat. Sureshot La Rock)
153) The Distillers - Sing Sing Death House (2002) - I Am Revenant
154) Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet (1990) - Fight The Power
155) k-os - Yes! (2009) - I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman (feat. Saukrates & Nelly Furtado)

156) Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman (2004) - Lifesaver
157) Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists (1992) - Motorcycle Emptiness
158) Hexstatic - When Robots Go Bad! (2007) - Bust
159) The White Stripes - White Blood Cells (2001) - Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
160) Bad Religion - The Gray Race (1996) - Punk Rock Song

161) Incubus - A Crow Left Of The Murder (2004) - Megalomaniac
162) Kate Rogers - Seconds (2005) - Climbing up the Walls (Radiohead cover)
163) Skunk Anansie - Smashes & Trashes (2005) - Weak
164) Tom Waits - Closing Time (1973) - Closing Time (instrumental)
165) NOFX - Pump Up The Valuum (2000) - Herojuana

166) The Chemical Brothers - Surrender (1999) - Out of Control (feat. Bernard Sumner & Bobby Gillespie)
167) Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism (2003) - Tiny Vessels
168) Shpongle - Tales Of The Inexpressible (2001) - My Head Feels Like a Frisbee
169) Sia - Colour The Small One (2004) - Numb
170) Zion I & The Grouch - Heroes In The City Of Dope (2006) - Trigger

171) Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends (2002) - Cute Without the 'E' (Cut From the Team)
172) SNFU - Best Of SNFU (1988-2000) - Fate
173) DJ Spinna - Sonic Smash (2009) - Still Golden (feat. Tiye Phoenix)
174) White Lies - To Lose My Life... (2009) - From the Stars
175) The Knife - Deep Cuts (2003) - Heartbeats

176) Kings Of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004) - The Bucket
177) Various - Dope On Plastic 4 (1997) - FingerThe Third Eye
178) Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (2007) - My Violent Heart
179) Radiohead - Amnesiac (2001) - Knives Out
180) GZA / Genius - Liquid Swords (1995) - Liquid Swords

181) One Be Lo - The R.E.B.I.R.T.H. (2007) - Gray (feat. Scott Summer)
182) Stone Temple Pilots - Core (1992) - Creep
183) Various - Wanna Buy A Monkey? (2002) - Deltron 3030Positive Contact
184) Sia - Some People Have Real Problems (2008) - Little Black Sandals
185) Placebo - Placebo (1996) - Come Home

186) Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (1994) - Hurt
187) Blur - 13 (1999) - Caramel
188) The Cinematic Orchestra - The Man With The Movie Camera (2003) - The Awakening of a Woman (Burnout)
189) Cat Power - The Greatest (2006) - The Greatest
190) Roots Manuva - Brand New Second Hand (1999) - Strange Behaviour

191) The Strokes - Room On Fire (2003) - Reptilia
192) Groove Armada - Goodbye Country, Hello Nightclub (2001) - Fogma
193) Portishead - Dummy (1994) - Numb
194) Mr. Scruff - Ninja Tuna (2008) - Music Takes Me Up (feat. Alice Russell)
195) Main Source - Breaking Atoms (1991) - Live at the Barbecue (feat. Nas, Joe Fatal & Akinelye)

196) The Future Sound Of London- Best of FSOL (1991-1996) - Omnipresence
197) Fall Out Boy - Take This To Your Grave (2003) - Calm Before the Storm
198) The Roots - The Tipping Point (2004) - Somebody's Gotta Do It (feat. Devin The Dude, Jean Grae & Mack Dub)
199) City And Colour - Bring Me Your Love (2008) - The Death of Me
200) Dilated Peoples - Expansion Team (2001) - Pay Attention


Entries 201-250

201) Nösferätu - Rise (1993) - Alone
202) Various - FabricLive.34: Krafty Kuts (2007) - FreestylersIn Love With You (instrumental) / Krafty Kuts There They Go (acapella)
203) Incubus - Light Grenades (2006) - Dig
204) Boards Of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children (1998) - Roygbiv
205) Consolidated - Business Of Punishment (1994) - Worthy Victim

206) We Are Scientists - Rise (2008) - Brain Thrust Mastery
207) Various - Aim: Stars On 33 (2002) - Tom Scott with The California Dreamers Never My Love
208) LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem (2005) - Tribulations
209) NOFX - Self / EnTitled (2012) - She Didn't Lose Her Baby
210) Yppah - Eighty One (2012) - Soon Enough (feat. Anomie Belle)

211) Orbital - Wonky (2012) - Beelzedub
212) DJ Food - The Search Engine (2012) - The Illectrik Hoax (feat. Natural-Self)
213) Spinnerette - Spinnerette (2009) - Ghetto Love
214) A.D.O.R. - The Concrete (1994) - Here Comes Da Wreck
215) Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1993) - Dirty Epic

216) Morrissey - Years Of Refusal (2009) - All You Need is Me
217) Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030 (2000) - 3030
218) Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense (1984) - This Must be the Place (Naive Melody)
219) The Smashing Pumpkins - Adore (1998) - Perfect
220) (Artist) - Album (year) - Song






scarface666brooksy!! -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums (14/3/2012 2:34:26 AM)

I'm looking forward to this quite a lot Gram [:)] It shall be interesting




rawlinson -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums (14/3/2012 2:43:36 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: Gram123

The reason for the project is thus: In the olden days, pre-iPod, I used to know every album I owned inside and out. Even when I got to several hundred albums. When I got my first mp3 player, a Creative Zen, I didn't have the facility to play it in the car, so I still used to heft 8 or 10 CDs around with me at a time, listen through them whilst commuting and then swap them out for the next stack. Things changed in the mid-2000s. I moved in with the Missus123, my Creative player suffered ill health and was put out to pasture, I got a 60Gb iPod, and I started buying albums via download as well as CD.

At some point I found myself listening to new albums once, shoving them on the iPod and then forgetting about them. Everything began to get lost to the Grand Shuffle, and worse still for my music consumption, the Shuffle lost a lot of air-time to the comedy podcast. I no longer knew my music collection well. I couldn't easily conjure great tracks from more recently acquired albums. At present there are something like 7,000 songs in my Never Played playlist. This is not right and must be rectified.



Are you me and I just forgot about it?

Really looking forward to this, expecting to get lots of recs. [:)]




Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums (14/3/2012 2:54:12 AM)

Sounds like fun! I fully expect to have heard about 1% of the songs you post [:D]

Good luck!




Gram123 -> Gram's Top Song Project - now up: # (14/3/2012 9:30:40 AM)

Cheers guys, I feel mildly encouraged!
I started the project this morning and am weirdly quite excited about it. I do realise that that's a bit fucked, but it's been literally years since I listened to many of these albums "properly".
First entry up shortly, and my boss is away today, so I might get a couple more done, too. [:)]




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums (14/3/2012 9:33:29 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson
Are you me and I just forgot about it?

If so, you're in the midst of one of your identity crises again...
Nah, I think you'd be more willing to write substantial reviews for stuff than me. And I'm a little bit less of a pervert, of course! [:D]

Oh, and if any Buce Springbok turns up on this thread, something's gone badly wrong. [;)]




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #001 (14/3/2012 10:01:18 AM)

#001

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Artist: Hot Hot Heat

Album: Make Up the Breakdown (2002)

Song: "Get in Or Get Out" - Click for audio

"We never thought that he would leave this town.
We always that he would hang around, getting old with the rest."



The excellent and hugely infectious single Bandages got me into Canadian Sub Pop indie outfit HHH, and although I really like this album from start to finish, plus the preceding Knock Knock Knock EP, they were one of those artists who's subsequent releases I inexplicably failed to keep up with.
First album of the project and I'm already thinking I may have to get more stuff by them... This could end up being less a catharsis, more an exercise in hunting out albums I missed out on.

I could have chosen any one of four or five tracks from the album, but I guess in such circumstances I'll aim not to be too predictable. Get in Or Get Out, like the rest of the album, is good fun, is lyrically pretty simple has a pleasingly upbeat indie retro sound.





Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #002 (14/3/2012 10:41:34 AM)

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Artist: Beastie Boys

Album: Ill Communication (1994)

Song: "Sure Shot" - Click for video

"I've got more action than my man John Woo
And I've got mad hits like I was Rod Carew"


The Beastie Boys' peak period spanned from 1989's Paul's Boutique thru to this album 5 years later. Whilst this isn't my preferred of their albums from that era, it's still mostly superb and confirmed the Beastie's as THE premier white hip-hop artists.

Whilst I love the likes of Root Down, Get it Together, Alright Hear This and Flute Loop, I chose the single Sure Shot, which despite heavy, heavy airplay seems to have avoided the curse that blighted the other single from that album, Sabotage, which I still like, but now feels very commercial and I find slightly irksome.

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Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #003 (14/3/2012 1:09:38 PM)

#003

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Artist: Chali 2na

Album: Fish Market - The Official Mixtape (2004)

Song: Chali 2na & Roots Manuva "Join the Dots" - Click for audio

"Get your picture clear, 2na the stealth reporter
I melt your order like sugar and seltzer water"


This album is a compilation of bass-voiced rapper Chali 2na's collaborations, released prior to his band Jurassic 5's final album and subsequent split. Considering it's a compilation album with a range of guest rappers (or 2na performing as guest on other artists' records), it's an assured and largely consistent hip hop record, the tracks working well together, with the exception of the Linkin Park track, which kinda sticks out like a mildly injured lateral digit.

The tracks are mostly good rather than exceptional, with a couple of really strong tracks like Work it Out and Whose 2 Blame. The stand out for me though, is this awesome duet with UK hip-hop luminary, Roots Manuva. Checkit!




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (14/3/2012 5:14:47 PM)

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Artist: Rob Smith

Album: Up on the Downs (2003)

Song: "Don't You See (feat. Hazel Jayne)" - Click for audio

"Guess I'm afraid of rejection, so I tell you my lie,
Hold down my resentment, keep my true self inside."


I used to absolutely love this album from Rob Smith, formerly of Smith & Mighty and More Rockers. I've cooled on it a little since, as it's a little repetitive in places, though it's still an enjoyable and varied listening experience, blending breakbeat, drum & bass, downtempo, dub and a smidge of hip hop.

I was tempted to choose the instrumental opener, Rock Dope Stupid or the dubby d'n'b of Question (feat. Ghadian), but in the end I went with the track that was my favourite back in the day, even though it may be the most obvious / commercial track on the album.

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matty_b -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (14/3/2012 5:53:07 PM)

I like the Chali song.




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #005 (15/3/2012 12:44:36 AM)

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Artist: Rise Against

Album: The Unraveling (2001)

Song: "Sometimes Selling Out Is Giving Up" - Click for audio

"Trying to make a difference
But where the fuck did you go wrong?"


Bit of a change of pace, next up is some shouty Chicago hardcore from political punksters Rise Against's debut. This is the first album in the list so far that I've heavily pre-edited, retaining just 8 of the 16 album tracks on the iPod. I like these 8 a lot, but they tend to be the more hooky numbers and too much of Tim McIlrath's croaky holler can become overkill.

Brevity being a cornerstone of punk, my choice for top track is this efficient (1 minute 16 seconds),  uptempo, and lyrically atypical number.




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (15/3/2012 12:47:29 AM)

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ORIGINAL: matty_b
I like the Chali song.

Nice one. Are you a big hip hop fan, matty?
There'll be more from both Chali 2na and Roots Manuva in one form or another as this thread progresses.




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #006 (15/3/2012 9:33:51 AM)

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Artist: Doves

Album: Kingdom Of Rust (2009)

Song: "Kingdom Of Rust" - Click for video

"The road back to Preston was covered all in snow
As I went looking for that stolen heart, for you"


There are some good songs on Doves' 4th proper album, a few second tier tracks, and a couple that, perhaps unfortunately, indulge guitarist Jez Williams' strained vocals, when Jimi Goodwin clearly has a vastly superior voice. However, the 2 singles stand tall above the rest of the album.

Winter Hill comes a close second, but the title track is just great and up there with Doves' finest songs.

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matty_b -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (15/3/2012 10:25:37 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Gram123

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ORIGINAL: matty_b
I like the Chali song.

Nice one. Are you a big hip hop fan, matty?
There'll be more from both Chali 2na and Roots Manuva in one form or another as this thread progresses.



No, not really, which is why I was quite surprised I liked it. [:D]

Kingdom of Rust is ace. I'd probably pick The Outsiders as the best song on that album, though.




rawlinson -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (15/3/2012 1:21:33 PM)

Really like Beastie Boys, Chali and Doves. Hot Hot Heat didn't make much of an impression. Didn't listen to the Rob Smith one yet. Started playing Rise Against, started laughing about five seconds in and had to switch it off. [:D]




Rhubarb -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (15/3/2012 1:38:49 PM)

I forgot about Hot Hot Heat! BANDAGES BANDAGES BANDAGES, BANDAGES BANDAGES, BAND-A-GES etc.




tommyjarvis -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #006 up now (15/3/2012 9:38:35 PM)

Interesting. Are you going to do all those hair metal albums like in your last thread? It was thanks to that that I got into Mötley Crüe, Skid Row et al




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (15/3/2012 11:29:59 PM)

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ORIGINAL: matty_b
Kingdom of Rust is ace. I'd probably pick The Outsiders as the best song on that album, though.

Fair do's, The Outsiders is a class tune, too, actually.

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ORIGINAL: rawlinson
Really like Beastie Boys, Chali and Doves. Hot Hot Heat didn't make much of an impression. Didn't listen to the Rob Smith one yet. Started playing Rise Against, started laughing about five seconds in and had to switch it off.

Ah well, each to his own on the Rise Against track. I got into loads of punk back when I was a student. Haven't picked up a lot recently, and I don't image I would, save for new releases from my top couple of favourite punk artists. But I still enjoy listening to the stuff I'm well acquainted with. I guess it can be a bit po-faced or overly earnest at times, and accompanied by loud fast guitar and shouty vocals I suppose it's not too dissimilar to metal in that regard.
There'll be plenty more opportunities for you to laugh and switch off, as this goes on! [:D]

Glad you liked some of the other tracks so far, though! [:)]

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ORIGINAL: Rhubarb
I forgot about Hot Hot Heat! BANDAGES BANDAGES BANDAGES, BANDAGES BANDAGES, BAND-A-GES etc.

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ORIGINAL: tommyjarvis
Interesting. Are you going to do all those hair metal albums like in your last thread? It was thanks to that that I got into Mötley Crüe, Skid Row et al

Cripes, no! [:D] (And let me apologise!)
I was into that shit when I was about 16 - 17. I probably sold all my metal albums and singles and cut my stupid hair in like 1993 or 94. I had a revelation that what I was listening to then was largely awful and embarrassing and basically decimated my music collection and started again. In some respects, I obviously replaced metal with other, equally dodgy / embarrassing genres like goth, but I can still stand to listen to those.
That may be slightly harsh on some of the metal I liked back then - I guess I could probably still give the occasional listen to things like the first couple of Mötley Crüe albums, some Anthrax, pre-Enter Sandman Metallica, Suicidal Tendancies, some Iron Maiden, maybe even a little bit of WASP, for purely reminiscence purposes, but I definitely wouldn't want any of it for keepsies or on my iPod now. Actually, this talk has influenced me to pop over to YouTube to listen to Babylon by Faster Pussycat, a song I used to think was ace, and fits the hair metal mold (here). It's pretty shite, but I see why I liked it at that age!

The likes of Poison, Skid Row, Little Angels, Def Leppard, Ratt, Aerosmith, Guns & Roses, The Quireboys, Tesla and whoever the hell else I used to listen to, can still all fuck right off, though.




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #007 (15/3/2012 11:51:22 PM)

#007

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Artist: The Quantic Soul Orchestra

Album: Pushin' On (2005)

Song: "The Conspirator (Main Theme)" - Click for audio

Instr.


Will Holland has released music of differing styles under several variations of his pseudonym. Originally recording jazz-tinged downtempo as, simply, Quantic, The Quantic Soul Orchestra was his first "live band" incarnation producing a more straight nu jazz / future jazz sound. This was later followed by Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro and Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, both of which have a significantly stronger latin vibe.

It was a toss up for fave track between the title track and lead single, Pushin' On, featuring the vocals of Alice Russell, or this instrumental number. Well, Russell'll be here later off her own steam, so I took the less obvious choice and went with The Conspirator.




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #008 (16/3/2012 12:09:50 AM)

#008

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Artist: Tom Waits

Album: Blood Money (2002)

Song: "Starving In The Belly Of A Whale" - Click for audio & cool little animated fan video

"Don't trust a bull's horn, a doberman's tooth
A runaway horse, or me!"


Ah, so we come to Mr Waits. This isn't a perfect album, but there are maybe 6 or 7 top drawer, fucking amazing songs on it. The songs on this album were originally written for Robert Wilson's 2002 musical version of Georg Büchner's bleak play Woyzeck. In general, I hate musicals, and these songs are so evidently Tom Waits' take on musical numbers, and I love 'em. What does that tell you. It tells you that Tom Waits can make a bad thing good. He could probably take a tray of burned fairy cakes and make them taste delicious, just by growling on them.

Favourite tracks change fairly often with Waits, so I've just gone with this glorious mainstay, and the version linked up there [8|] has a great (if, in regard of the song title, overly literal) accompanying animated fan video / project.

By the way, can I ask any Waits fans... When you sing along to a Tom Waits song, particularly one like this where he's at full roar, do you sing in your normal voice, or imitate him (and probably end up coughing and spluttering)?





rawlinson -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (16/3/2012 12:18:55 AM)


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ORIGINAL: Gram123

quote:

ORIGINAL: matty_b
Kingdom of Rust is ace. I'd probably pick The Outsiders as the best song on that album, though.

Fair do's, The Outsiders is a class tune, too, actually.

quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson
Really like Beastie Boys, Chali and Doves. Hot Hot Heat didn't make much of an impression. Didn't listen to the Rob Smith one yet. Started playing Rise Against, started laughing about five seconds in and had to switch it off.

Ah well, each to his own on the Rise Against track. I got into loads of punk back when I was a student. Haven't picked up a lot recently, and I don't image I would, save for new releases from my top couple of favourite punk artists. But I still enjoy listening to the stuff I'm well acquainted with. I guess it can be a bit po-faced or overly earnest at times, and accompanied by loud fast guitar and shouty vocals I suppose it's not too dissimilar to metal in that regard.
There'll be plenty more opportunities for you to laugh and switch off, as this goes on! [:D]



It's a built-in reaction because my best friend is an absolute metal-head, and there's been so many times he's lent me a similar sounding album and told me "You'll really like this one" and I usually end up laughing and switching it off. [:D]

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The likes of Poison, Skid Row, Little Angels, Def Leppard, Ratt, Aerosmith, Guns & Roses, The Quireboys, Tesla and whoever the hell else I used to listen to, can still all fuck right off, though.


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quote:

By the way, can I ask any Waits fans... When you sing along to a Tom Waits song, particularly one like this where he's at full roar, do you sing in your normal voice, or immitate him (and probably end up coughing and spluttering)?


Yep, full imitation. I even do it sometimes when I'm not singing a Waits song. [:D]




MovieAddict247 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (16/3/2012 12:23:56 AM)

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ORIGINAL: rawlinson


quote:

ORIGINAL: Gram123

quote:

By the way, can I ask any Waits fans... When you sing along to a Tom Waits song, particularly one like this where he's at full roar, do you sing in your normal voice, or immitate him (and probably end up coughing and spluttering)?


Yep, full imitation. I even do it sometimes when I'm not singing a Waits song. [:D]


[:D]


Agree with Rawls here - you have to go for a full imitation. Especially if you're in a public place.




MonsterCat -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (16/3/2012 12:29:50 AM)

Yay for Beastie Boys.

Doves are a fine band indeed. Kingdom of Rust is a particular favourite of mine.




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (16/3/2012 12:35:21 AM)

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ORIGINAL: rawlinson
quote:

ORIGINAL: Gram123
By the way, can I ask any Waits fans... When you sing along to a Tom Waits song, particularly one like this where he's at full roar, do you sing in your normal voice, or immitate him (and probably end up coughing and spluttering)?


Yep, full imitation. I even do it sometimes when I'm not singing a Waits song.


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ORIGINAL: MovieAddict247
Agree with Rawls here - you have to go for a full imitation. Especially if you're in a public place.


[:D][:D]

As I listened to this today, I tried singing along in my normal (obviously sonorous and beautiful) singing voice, and it just felt all wrong, so I had to go back to a growly impression!
It's always good value when you pull up alongside someone at the traffic lights with your window wound down and your trying to sing like Waits!

Do Smiths / Morrissey fans do the same thing? I find myself going a bit Moz when I listen to him.
In fact, come to think of it, do people change their singing voice for other artists, too? Do you go all Icelandic and wispy / growly when listening to Bjork? [:D]




MonsterCat -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #004 (16/3/2012 12:40:17 AM)

I tend to get the urge to plunge knitting needles into my ears when I'm listening to Bjork.




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #008 (16/3/2012 10:35:36 AM)

#009

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Artist: Raekwon

Album: Only Built For Cuban Linx (1995)

Song: "Wu-Gambinos (feat. Method Man, RZA, Masta Killa & Ghostface Killah)" - Click for audio

"It's the two-holster, shit shot smoker
Wanted dead or alive, bounty on the poster"


I haven't heard all of the Wu Tang Clan members' many solo and side projects, that would take months, but I've heard a chunk, and I'm in agreement with the widely held belief that this is the second finest effort, after GZA's immense Liquid Swords, released the same year. It's not quite the magisterial wonder that some proclaim. The beats are hard and dark, and RZA was churning out quality production left, right and centre during this period, but occasionally some of the sample looping gets a little rote, and if you (interpret and) analyse the lyrics, especially where different guests take up the mic, they don't necessarily flow that well (though this is true of much Wu Tang and other hip hop collectives, where the rappers seem to write their own verses independently of their collaborators).

I narrowed it down to my top 4 tracks on this record and then wrestled to choose one, finally dropping Knuckleheadz, Rainy Dayz
and Guillotine (Swordz) in favour of this number (dig the mid-90's obsession with using Zs instead of Ss, there!).

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rawlinson -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #008 (16/3/2012 12:30:23 PM)

I'd go with Liquid Swords > Tical > Cuban Links, but it's a magnificent album. Shame Ice Cream wasn't your track of choice though. [:D]




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #010 (16/3/2012 5:12:43 PM)

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Artist: Various

Album: Dub Chill Out (1996)

Song: King Jammy "Dub it in the Dancehall Dub" - Click and skip to 9.20 for audio


I'm not a massive dub fan, or at least I haven't heard enough good material for it to take up much meg-age on my iPod, and I've also been pretty selective with the tracks from the couple of dub albums I've got. However, when these songs do pop up in a shuffle, they invariably make me smile, whether for the general laid back and rather fucked up vibe, the contrast with whatever preceded it in the mix, or just that inordinate bass.

With this album it could have been King Tubby's Fittest of the Fittest Dub or Lee Scratch Perry's Lee Perry Special Dub, but this jam from Tubby's protege, King Jammy, just gets me jooksin an' jammin! [sm=893Sunny-thumb.gif]




Gram123 -> RE: My Favourite Song on each of my Top 900 or so Albums - #011 (19/3/2012 10:36:40 AM)

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Artist: R.E.M.

Album: Dead Letter Office (1987, UK re-release 1993)

Song: "Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)" - click for 1983 US TV performance

"Chronic town, poster torn, reaping wheel.
Diminish, stranger."



In my collection for the sake of completism (of the IRS years), this compilation album of b-sides and stuff appears on my iPod in a heavily chopped format, with only 5 of the original 22 tracks surviving. (It's a fairly recent addition - I was a lot less ruthless when I first started adding albums).

Of those 5, 3 are from the Chronic Town EP, including my top choice, which perhaps attains winner's status in part because it is the track I'm most familiar with - it having appeared on the 1991 compilation, The Best of R.E.M., which I used to have on cassette back in the day, and which influenced me to pick up all the band's earlier albums. The performance (from "Livewire" TV show) linked above is great, though it feels odd to watch people dance to this quite downbeat number.

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