Wednesday, July 30, 2014

#105: Pearl Jam-Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town"
Artist: Pearl Jam
Release Date: October, 1993
From The Album: Vs. (1993)

Quick Take: "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" is a song by the American rock band Pearl Jam. The song is the tenth track on the band's second studio album, Vs. (1993). Although credited to all members of Pearl Jam, it was primarily written by vocalist Eddie Vedder. The length of the song's title was a reaction by the band to the fact that most of its songs featured one-word titles. When discussing how he initially came up with "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town", vocalist Eddie Vedder stated that "it was so quick." He elaborated further: We were recording the second record, and we stayed in this house in San Francisco, and I was outside the house in my own world and the little outhouse had a small room. I'm talking the size of a bathroom. I was able to fit a Shure Vocal Master, which is a 1960's PA, and two big towers of PA and a little amp and a 4 track. I slept in there too. I remember waking up one morning and playing pretty normal chords that sounded good, and I put on the vocal master to hear myself and it came out right quick. I don't even think I scribbled the lyrics down. It took 20 minutes. Stone was sitting outside reading the paper, and he was like "I really like that." So we recorded it that day. Vedder about "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town": It's kind of about a lady, and she's getting on in years, and she's stuck in this small town. Small towns fascinate me: You either struggle like hell to get out, to some people want to stay 'cause then they're the big fish in the small pond, and then others just kind of get stuck there. So here she is working in this little place, and then an old flame comes in, and he's probably driving a nice car and looking kind of sharp—not a fancy car, but he's moved on. And then she sees him, and at first she doesn't even remember who he is, and then she realizes who it is. She's just too embarrassed to say 'hello.'

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TUESDAY TOP TEN SERIES: Top Ten John Mellencamp Songs

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 #79, John Mellencamp.

Artist #79:John Mellencamp
Born: October 7, 1951
AKA: Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp
Stooges Formed: Seymour, Indiana
Years Active: 1976-Present
Genres: Rock, heartland Rock, Roots Rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Folk
Number Of LPs: 21 (Studio), 1 (Live), 3 (Compilations) 1 (Tribute and Cover Albums)
Number Of Singles: 64

Highest Charting Studio LP in US:
American Fool #1 (1982)

Highest Charting Songs (US):
(US: The Billboard Hot 100)
Jack & Diane #1 (1982)

(US: Mainstream Rock)
Hurts So Good #1 (1982)
Lonely O' Night #1 (1985)
Paper In Fire #1 (1987)
Cherry Bomb #1 (1987)
Get A Leg Up #1 (1991)
Again Tonight #1 (1992)
What If I Came Knocking #1 (1993)

(US: Adult Contemporary)
Wild Night #1 (1994)

(US: Hot AC)
Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) #1 (1996)

(US: Country)
Our Country #39 (2006)

Highest Charting Songs (Canada):
Jack & Diane #1 (1982)
Paper In Fire #1 (1987)
Key Wesy Intermezzo (I Saw Your First) #1 (1996)

Highest Charting Songs (U.K.)
Wild Night #34 (1994)

Highest Charting Studio LP In U.K.:
Big Daddy #25 (1989)
John Mellencamp's Top Ten Songs
1. Check It Out
From The Album The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
2. Pink Houses
From The Album Uh-Huh (1983)
3. Rain On The Scarecrow
From The Album Scarecrow (1985)
4. Paper In Fire
From The Album The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
5. Jack & Diane
From The Album American Fool (1982)
6. Cherry Bomb
From The Album The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
7. Ain't Even Done With The Night
From The Album Nothin' Matters And What If It Did (1980)
8. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)
From The Album Mr. Happy Go Lucky (1996)
9. Minutes To Memories
From The Album Scarecrow (1985)
10. Hand To Hold On To
From The Album American Fool (1982)

*Based On Individual Votes From Contributors*
+9 (Last  Out)
11. Play Guitar
12. Authority Song
13. Hurts So Good
14. Rooty Toot Toot
15. Love And Happiness
16. Small Town
17. Jackie Brown
18. What If I Came Knocking
19. Crumbling Down
Individual Lists (42 Songs/12 Lists):
JHO's 10:
1. Check It Out
2. Paper In Fire
3. Love And Happiness
4. Crumbling Down
5. Rain On The Scarecrow
6. Rumbleseat
7. Now More Than Ever
8. Play Guitar
9. Pink Houses
10. Martha Say

JPOP's 10:
1. Check It Out
2. Jack And Diane
3. Pink Houses
4. Hurts So Good
5. Cherry Bomb
6. Rain On The Scarecrow
7. Small Town
8. Wild Night
9. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)
10. Save Some Time To Dream

Davey B's 10:
1. Rooty Toot Toot
2. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)
3. Our Country
4. Cherry Bomb
5. Hand To Hold On To
6. Jackie Brown
7. Pink Houses
8. When Jesus Left Brmingham
9. Lonely Ol' Night
10. Justice And Independence

Scott's 10:
1. Check It Out
2. Cherry Bomb
3. Rain On The Scarecrow
4. Pink Houses
5. Authority Song
6. Lonely Ol' Night
7. Ain't Even Done With The Night
8. Play Guitar
9. Crumbling Down
10. Hand To Hold On To

olwoodsy's 10:
01. Rooty Toot Toot
02. Paper in Fire
03. Love and Happiness
04. Rain on the Scarecrow
05. Peaceful World
06. What If I Came Knocking?
07. Jackie Brown
08. Melting Pot
09. Crumblin’ Down
10. Check It Out

JB's 10:
1. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)
2. Jack & Diane
3. Cherry Bomb
4. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.
5. Ain't Even Done With The Night
6. Hurts So Good
7. Pink Houses
8. Paper In Fire
9. Lonely Ol' Night
10. Authority Song

rupertlenz's 10:
1. Minutes To Memories
2. Human Wheels
3. Paper In Fire
4. Jack & Diane
5. Rain On The Scarecrow
6. Check It Out
7. Wild Night
8. Small Town
9. Cherry Bomb
10. Dance Naked

morevinyl's 10:
1. Rain On The Scarecrow
2. Minutes To Memories
3. Theo And Weird Henry
4. Pink Houses
5. Jack & Diane
6. Check It Out
7. Jackie Brown
8. Paper In Fire
9. Melting Pot
10. Fruit Trader

berjo's 10:
1. Ain't Even Done With The Night
2. Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)
3. I Need A Lover
4. Authority Song
5. Pink Houses
6. Don't Misunderstand Me
7. Hand To Hold On To
8. Sugar Marie
9. This Time
10. Jackie Brown

rockandroll1987's 10:
1. Paper In Fire
2. Play Guitar
3. What If I Came Knocking
4. Minutes To Memories
5. Cherry Bomb
6. Pop Singer
7. Get A Leg Up
8. Hot Night In A Cold Town
9. Hand To Hold On To
10. Between A Laugh And A Tear

Curtis Loew's 5:
1. Ain't Even Done With The Night
2. Hand To Hold On To
3. Play Guitar
4. Pink Houses
5. Rain On The Scarecrow

PattonWayMars' 10:
1. Jack & Diane
2. Check It Out
3. Hurts So Good
4. Small Town
5. Authority Song
6. Pink Houses
7. Hand To Hold On To
8. Ain't Even Done With The Night
9. Rain On The Scarewcrow
10. Paper In Fire

#106: Weezer-Buddy Holly (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Buddy Holly"
Artist: Weezer
Release Date: September, 1994
From The Album: Weezer (The "Blue" Album) (1994)

Quick Take: The most immediately infectious song on Weezer's debut album (as well as their biggest hit, thanks in no small part to Spike Jonze's hilarious and inventive video, which inserted the band into an episode of Happy Days), "Buddy Holly" is short, brash, incredibly catchy, and utterly charming. Frontman Rivers Cuomo's lyrics, as always, don't actually make a lot of sense and the singalong chorus has absolutely nothing to do with the nonsensical verses; really, the song is as much about hooks like the "hoo-hoo" backing vocals and bassist Matt Sharp's falsetto lead-in to each chorus as anything else. The ultra-crunchy, distorted guitars clash agreeably with the bubblegummy melody, giving the song a feel akin to a classic T. Rex single. What's odd is that a song with such a peculiar structure (the opening, with Cuomo singing over a roar of guitars, sounds like the CD has started reading the disc several seconds into the song, and the ending is equally abrupt) could immediately become so popular, testament to Cuomo's under-acknowledged gift for writing smart, funny, and catchy pop songs. The Moog Cookbook recorded a tongue-in-cheek synthesizer version for their self-titled 1995 debut.
Courtesy: Stewart Mason (

Monday, July 28, 2014

#107: New Order-Bizarre Love Triangle (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Bizarre Love Triangle"
Artist: New Order
Release Date: November, 1986
From The Album: Brotherhood (1986)

Quick Take: During the mid-'80s, New Order began to move away from the legacy of their previous incarnation as Joy Division and pursue their own dance-influenced, electronic sound. Judged as being shallow and/or inauthentic by many of their previous fans, they were often written off as a dance-pop confection. Despite this, they managed to be one of the most influential bands of the new wave era; those who looked closely at their music also realized that it was not nearly as light as it seemed. "Bizarre Love Triangle," their highest-charting dance hit in the U.S., was a perfect example of the complex and often dark songwriting that the band produced, and its macabre simplicity was stripped bare by an unusual acoustic cover produced by the Australian band Frente for their 1994 record Marvin: The Album. Separated from its synth pop beat, the song was a beautiful skeleton that helped not only propel Frente's career, but also renewed interest in the work of New Order as a whole.

Friday, July 25, 2014

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

(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)

(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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