Thursday, February 26, 2015

Reader's Poll: Top Albums Of 1990

Here's the top albums from 1990 voted by readers of station to station. These albums will be included in the Ultimate Albums tournament which is underway. Also votes from same poll on Rate Your Music forum are being added into results.

Be sure to cast your votes for the next year featured: 1970. That poll will take place on station to station's side panel and is currently available for voting until 3/26/15 (Thursday). Cheers!

Top Albums Voted For 1990, will move on to ULTIMATE ALBUMS Tournament:
*** Number Of Votes 185, Thanks for participating!***
(1st # Poll Daddy Votes, 2nd # RYM Forum Poll Votes)

1. Depeche Mode-Violator (4) (12) 
2. Megadeth-Rust In Peace (5) (9)
3. Sonic Youth-Goo (4) (8) 
4. Cocteau Twins-Heaven Or Las Vegas (2) (9)
5. The Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker (5) (5)
6. Pixies-Bossanova (6) (3)
7. Fugazi-Repeater (2) (6)
8. Lou Reed and John Cale-Songs For Drella (1) (6) 
9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds-The Good Son (3) (4)
10. Angelo Badalamenti-Twin Peaks Soundtrack (2) (4)
11. Jane's Addiction-Ritual De Lo Habitual (4) (2)
12. Ride-Nowhere (1) (5)
13. Slayer-Seasons in the Abyss (1) (5)
14. They Might Be Giants-Flood (4) (2)
Missed The (11-17) Cut:
5 Votes:
Happy Mondays-Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches (4) (1)
Judas Priest-Painkiller (2) (3)
The La's-The La's (2) (3) 
Sinéad O'Connor-I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (3) (2)

4 Votes:
Bad Religion-Against The Grain (3) (1)
Neil Young and Crazy Horse-Ragged Glory (3) (1)

3 Votes:
Ice Cube-AmeriKKKas Most Wanted (2) (1) 
LL Cool J-Mama Said Knock You Out (3) (0)
Pantera-Cowboys From Hell (2) (1)
Pet Shop Boys-Behaviour (2) (1)
Public Enemy-Fear Of A Black Planet (2) (1)
World Party-Goodbye Jumbo (2) (1)

2 Votes:
Danzig-Danzig II: Lucifuge (2) (0)
The House Of Love-The House Of Love (1) (1)
The Sundays-Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (0) (2)

1 Votes:
Brand Nubian-One For All (0) (1)
The Chills-Submarine Blues (0) (1)
Dwight Yoakam-If There Was A Way (0) (1)
Gary Moore-Still Got The Blues (0) (1)
The KLF-Chill Out (0) (1)
Los Lobos-The Neighborhood (0) (1)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan-Mustt Mustt (0) (1)
Prefab Sprout-Jordan: The Comeback (0) (1)
Soda Stereo-Canción Animal (0) (1)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

TUESDAY TOP TEN SERIES: Rage Against The Machine

The TUESDAY TOP TEN SERIES features the artists 100 to 1 from our Top Artists of All Time tournament held here at station to station from March 2012-May 2013. Voters choose either 5 or 10 favorite songs from the artist featured every third Tuesday. Information on how to submit your lists is available on the side panel of the page. Here's #71, Rage Against The Machine.

Artist #71: Rage Against The Machine
Years Active: 1987-2000, 2007-2011
Origin: Los Angeles, California
Genres: Rap Metal, Funk Metal, Alternative Metal, Rap Rock, Hard Rock
Number Of LPs: 4 (Studio), 1 (Compilations)
Number Of Singles: 17

Highest Charting Studio LP in US:
Evil Empire #1 (1996)
The Battle Of Los Angeles #1 (2000)

Highest Charting Songs (US):
(US: The Billboard Hot 100)
Bulls On Parade #62 (1996)

(US: Mainstream Rock) 
Guerrilla Radio #11 (1999)

(US: Alternative) 
Guerrilla Radio #6 (1999)

Highest Charting Songs (U.K.)
Bulls On Parade #8 (1996)
Highest Charting Studio LP In U.K.:
Evil Empire #4 (1996)
Rage Against The Machine's Top Ten Songs
1. Killing In The Name
From The Album Rage Against The Machine (1992)
2. Bulls On Parade
From The Album Evil Empire (1996)
3. Bullet In The Head
From The Album Rage Against The Machine (1992)
4. Bombtrack
From The Album Rage Against The Machine (1992)
5. People Of The Sun
From The Album Evil Empire (1996)
6. Testify
From The Album The Battle Of Los Angeles (1999)
7. Renegades Of Funk
From The Album Renegades (2000)
8. Sleep Now In The Fire
From The Album The Battle Of Los Angeles (1999)
9. Guerrilla Radio
From The Album The Battle Of Los Angeles (1999)
10. Freedom
From The Album Rage Against The Machine (1992)

+6 (Last Out)
11. No Shelter
12. Take The Power Back
13. Know Your Enemy
14. Wake Up
15. Fistful Of Steel
16. The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Individual Lists (23 Songs/8 Lists)
Scotty B's 10:
1. Bulls On Parade
2. Renegades Of Funk
3. Killing In The Name
4. Guerrilla Radio 
5. Testify
6. Freedom
7. No Shelter
8. Bombtrack
9. Sleep Now In The Fire
10. The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Chops' 5:
1. Killing In The Name
2. Bombtrack
3. Bullet In The Head
4. Bulls On Parade
5. Know Your Enemy

JHO's 10:
1. Killing In The Name
2. People Of The Sun
3. Down Rodeo
4. Bullet In The Head
5. Testify
6. No Shelter
7. Tire Me
8. Bulls On Parade
9. Sleep Now In The Fire
10. Bombtrack

Jon B's 10:
1. Killing In The Name Of
2. Bulls On Parade
3. Guerilla Radio
4. Renegades Of Funk
5. Testify
6. Sleep Now In The Fire
7. Bombtrack
8. Wake Up
9. People Of The Sun
10. Know Your Enemy

metalbrain's 10:
1. Bullet In The Head
2. The Ghost Of Tom Joad
3. Killing In The Name
4. Bombtrack
5. Settle For Nothing
6. Fistful Of Steel
7. Bulls On Parade
8. Renegades Of Funk
9. Freedom
10. Testify

WhiskeyClone's 10:
1. Bulls On Parade
2. Sleep Now In The Fire
3. How I Could Just Kill A Man
4. No Shelter
5. Killing In The Name
6. Calm Like A Bomb
7. People Of The Sun
8. Tire Me
9. Born Of A Broken Man
10. Maggie's Farm

cosmic ocean's 10:
1. Take The Power Back
2. Freedom
3. Know Your Enemy
4. Fistful Of Steel
5. Wake Up
6. Bullet In The Head
7. Killing In The Name
8. Bulls On Parade
9. Bombtrack
10. Settle For Nothing

blackjack's 10:
1. Killing In The Name
2. Bulls On Parade
3. Bombtrack
4. People Of The Sun
5. Take The Power Back
6. Bullet In The Head
7. Know Your Enemy
8. Wake Up
9. Guerrilla Radio 
10. Tire Me

Monday, February 9, 2015

#24: Sex Pistols-God Save The Queen (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "God Save The Queen"
Artist: Sex Pistols
Release Date: May, 1977
From The Album: Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols (1977)
Quick Take: The Sex Pistols' biggest chart success in Britain and a record that helped change the country's entire musical landscape, "God Save the Queen" nearly reached the number one position even in spite of a daytime airplay ban by BBC Radio (and, by some accounts, figures had to be doctored to prevent it from hitting the top). Released in 1977 during England's celebration of Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee (the 25th anniversary of her ascension to the throne), the song -- a simple, mid-tempo rocker performed with blistering energy -- was immediately provocative in its gleefully snotty name-calling (the Queen as a fascist, a common tourist attraction, and an "old figurehead," not to mention the immortal couplet "God save the Queen/She ain't no human being"). But, on a deeper level, Johnny Rotten's lyrics also attacked some of the country's most cherished patriotic notions at a moment when those notions were being trumpeted the loudest; he declared the royalty ineffectual and irrelevant, and Britain a country in decline, clinging desperately to its crumbling imperial past and ignoring the bleak times ahead for its younger generation ("there is no future in England's dreaming"). Positive or negative, public reaction was swift and hysterical; while the song was a smash hit, the Pistols themselves were demonized by the media and the government as a threat to the most basic foundations of English society, and were even attacked and beaten in the streets of London (in the most extreme incident, Rotten was stabbed in the hand). As an act of public provocation, "God Save the Queen" was immensely successful; as a rock & roll anthem, it still sounds equally potent, even if so many groups subsequently tried to duplicate its attitude and controversial impact that the song now sounds very specific to its time and place. Structurally, the main body of the song is quite simple -- two or three power chords per section -- but what drives it home so perfectly is the climactic closing coda, a descending major-key progression that never appears otherwise in the song, over which Rotten snarls the apocalyptic chant "no future, no future, no future for you." But even though Rotten is crucial to the song -- not just in the theatrical rudeness of his vocal, but also the perceptive intelligence behind his lyrics -- he isn't the only reason for its success; guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook are magnificent, assaulting their instruments with a bludgeoning power that surpasses even Rotten's furious vocal. It's necessary to hear the song in the version present on Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols to fully appreciate that power, as none of the demos or live bootlegs of "God Save the Queen" equal that performance; it's a monumental moment in rock history, and even if its subject doesn't hold quite the same relevance for American listeners, the qualities it represents -- youthful rebellion, attitude with intelligence, raw energy, and total commitment to performance -- make it positively transcendent.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#25: R.E.M.-It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
Artist: R.E.M.
Release Date: November, 1987
From The Album: Document (1987)

Quick Take: Riffing on Bob Dylan's free-associative beatnik rap in "Subterranean Homesick Blues," R.E.M. crafted "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" and turned it into a signature song of its own for the information age. Though it didn't chart, its release immediately following the success of "The One I Love" single found "It's the End..." further embedding the R.E.M. sound into the national pop consciousness; the title phrase itself became a popular catch phrase. Stringing together non sequiturs and proper names (all in some way reflective of 20th century culture, from Lenny Bruce to Lester Bangs, "Right? Right") and setting them to a staccato verse followed by a breezy chorus made for a catchy little pop tune that also uniquely captured the spirit of the times.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

#26: Beck-Loser (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Loser"
Artist: Beck
Release Date: February, 1994
From The Album: Mellow Gold (1994)

Quick Take: A cool little trifle that somehow turned into an anthem for a generation before everyone -- especially its creator -- finally got sick of it, "Loser" is one of the oddest hit singles of the '90s, from the circumstances of its creation (according to legend, Beck and co-writer Carl Stephenson were introduced by the owners of Bong Load Records only a couple of hours before "Loser" was recorded, with Beck's delta blues-style slide guitar and improvised fake-rap lyrics set over Stephenson's samples and loops in one brief session in a living room studio) to its utterly alien sound. Beck's lyrics in the verses are a tumble of images that don't make a lick of sense ("And my time is a piece of wax that's falling on a termite who's choking on the splinters"? Pardon?), connected to a half-Spanish chorus that's equally meaningless but maddeningly difficult to remove from one's head. It's a complete novelty, and the fact that Beck was able to create an entire career without ever doing another song that sounded a thing like it is testament to its singular weirdness.
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