Friday, July 25, 2014

#108: Foo Fighters-Everlong (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#108
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Everlong"
Artist: Foo Fighters
Release Date: August, 1997
From The Album: The Colour And The Shape (1997)


Quick Take: "Everlong" is the second single released from Foo Fighters' second album The Colour and the Shape, released in 1997. "Everlong" was written against the background of the break-up of Dave Grohl's first marriage to photographer Jennifer Youngblood. Having returned home to Virginia for Christmas 1996, Grohl turned the initial riff into a complete song and wrote the lyrics after falling for a new woman, "That song's about a girl that I'd fallen in love with and it was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonize perfectly."
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

#109: Jeff Buckley-Last Goodbye (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#109
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Last Goodbye"
Artist: Jeff Buckley
Release Date: August, 1994
From The Album: Grace (1994)


Quick Take: With its conversational verse and nearly orgasmic chorus, the lush, regretful "Last Goodbye" can arguably be thought of as Jeff Buckley's only real "hit." His sensitive rocker looks played pretty well on MTV in 1995, and the song got some moderate airplay. But it was the song's timelessness and subtleties that captured what became a devoted (to say the least) fan base that would retain its fervor even with Buckley's death in 1997. "Last Goodbye" is easily the best and most accessible tune from his full-length debut, Grace, and its emotional qualities have made it a standout track that still gets play on any jukebox lucky enough to have it. Buckley didn't pull any punches with this song, letting his emotions guide his voice and guitar, achieving an honesty not readily found in the post-grunge world of 1995. That isn't to say this song isn't a bit over the top emotionally -- it is, but he manages to maintain sincerity in the emotion, and it never gets sappy. Nor does his desire to revisit the passion and the purity of a lost relationship ever seem artificial. One listen to that voice hit those high notes on the lyric "Kiss me, please kiss me...kiss me out of desire," and you know he means it.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

#110: Gnarls Barkley-Crazy (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#110
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Crazy"
Artist: Gnarls Barkley
Release Date: March, 2006
From The Album: St. Elsewhere (2006)


Quick Take: "Crazy" is the debut single by Gnarls Barkley, a musical collaboration between Danger Mouse and CeeLo Green, taken from their 2006 debut album St. Elsewhere. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and other countries. The song was picked up by Downtown Records. Brian Burton's manager sent the song to Downtown's A&R Josh Deutsch because they were looking for an independent label with the same resources as a major. According an interview with Deutsch in HitQuarters, he heard the song and signed it after a single listen. By the time the record was signed to Downtown there was already a huge swell of anticipation, in part due to the established reputation of the two artists but even more as a result of the demo being played on BBC Radio One and sparking a profound online awareness. The record began to break even before the deals with Downtown Records were complete. On its release "Crazy" became the most downloaded song in the history of the UK music business, going to number one in the strength of downloads alone.This song was number one on Rolling Stone′s 2009 list of the 100 Best Songs of the Decade. They also placed it as the 100th greatest song of all time. When the album St. Elsewhere was released in the United States on 9 May 2006, the song had debuted at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song reached the Top 40 on May 23, 2006. In the summer of 2006, "Crazy" spent seven consecutive weeks in the #2 spot, but because of the massive airplay and sales of Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous," it never reached #1. It became the year's first single to peak at #2 and never reach #1. The song also charted well on other charts, hitting #7 on the US Modern Rock chart and #53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#111: Weezer-Say It Ain't So (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#111
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Say It Ain't So"
Artist: Weezer
Release Date: July, 1995
From The Album: Weezer (Blue Album) (1994)




Quick Take: "Say It Ain't So" is one the finer tracks to be found on the record that launched a hundred emo bands, Weezer's stellar 1994 self-titled debut. The track has all the ingredients of a great song: crisp production, subtle verses, and head-smacking choruses that are both tuneful and poignant. Though singer/songwriter Rivers Cuomo's usually esoteric lyrics are in evidence here, one can sense that the song carries the emotional weight of bittersweet childhood memories. The quiet verses are tempered by clean backstroked guitars playing off a gently turning chord progression, while Cuomo adds soothing reassurance with a soft "Oh yeah, all right." Vague, mixed memories of sorrow and early childhood disappointment rise to the surface as the song progresses, triggered by the bubbling effervescence of a soda bottle ready to explode: "Flip on the telly/Wrestling with Jimmy/Something is bubbling/Behind my back/The bottle is ready to blow." In yet another brilliant use of musical dynamics, the calm of the verse gives the chorus its shattering authority as a mass of guitar distortion breaks the tension with fat syncopated jabs and thrashing cymbals, while Cuomo's vocal is likewise infused with emotion as he belts out the chorus in tight double-tracked harmony: "Say it ain't so!/Your drug is a heartbreaker/Say it ain't so!/My love is a life-taker." Things come to an emotional head in a middle bridge section of thick descending chords and muscled drums as he dictates a letter to an estranged father figure: "Dear Daddy, I write you in spite of years of silence/You've cleaned up, found Jesus, things are good or so I hear/This bottle of Steven's awakens ancient feelings/Like father, stepfather, the son is drowning in the flood!" His vocal rises with bitterness after each line, finally finding release in a rasping plea "Yeah-yeah! Yeah-yeah!" and a weeping guitar solo. This song was the last single released from the band's first album, but unlike the sly novelty of "Undone -- The Sweater Song" and the bubblegum power pop confection of "Buddy Holly," "Say It Ain't So" suggested that Weezer would have more to say in the future.

Monday, July 21, 2014

#112: Pulp-Common People (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)


#112
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Common People"
Artist: Pulp
Release Date: May, 1995
From The Album: Different Class (1995)



Quick Take: "Common People" is a song by English alternative rock band Pulp. It was released as a single in May 1995, reaching number two on the UK singles chart. It also appears on the band's 1995 album Different Class. The song is about those who were perceived by the songwriter as wanting to be "like common people" and who ascribe glamour to poverty. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as slumming or "class tourism". The idea for the song's lyrics came from a Greek art student whom Pulp singer/songwriter Jarvis Cocker met while he was studying at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Cocker had enrolled on a film studies course at the college in September 1988 while taking a break from Pulp. He spoke about the song's inspiration in NME in 2013: "I'd met the girl from the song many years before, when I was at St Martin's College. I'd met her on a sculpture course, but at St Martin's you had a thing called Crossover Fortnight, where you had to do another discipline for a couple of weeks. I was studying film, and she might've been doing painting, but we both decided to do sculpture for two weeks. I don't know her name. It would've been around 1988, so it was already ancient history when I wrote about her."
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