Thursday, October 30, 2014

#57: Cracker-Low (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Low"
Artist: Cracker
Release Date: April, 1994
From The Album: Kerosene Hat (1993)

Quick Take: "Low" is a song by American alternative rock band Cracker. It appears on their 1993 album Kerosene Hat. A number 64 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1994, its biggest success was on the rock charts, where the song reached number three on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in November 1993 and number five on the Album Rock Tracks chart in March 1994. The music video portrayed lead singer David Lowery badly losing a boxing match with actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#58: David Bowie-Space Oddity (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Space Oddity"
Artist: David Bowie
Release Date: July, 1969
From The Album: David Bowie (1969)

Quick Take: David Bowie's first hit single, from fall 1969, has long been associated with the first ever Apollo moon landing, with which its release coincided. In fact, it is hard to think of a song less appropriate to such a venture, as Major Tom switches off all communications with earth and prepares to spend eternity floating around in his tin can. Nevertheless, the BBC employed the song as the theme music to its coverage of the event, and Bowie swiftly found himself with a Top Five U.K. smash -- albeit one which it would take him three years to follow-up."Space Oddity" was originally written and recorded for a 30-minute promotional film highlighting Bowie as a songwriter, performer, and all-round artiste in 1968 -- discussing its origins, Bowie has credited both Stanley Kubrick's 2001 and "a silly flirtation with smack," and both influences have been discerned by watchful students. This original recording of the song remained unreleased until 1984 brought the Love You Till Tuesday soundtrack release.Bowie returned to the song in 1969, recording it with producer Gus Dudgeon after his first choice, Tony Visconti, turned it down; "Space Oddity"'s U.K. success also saw him record two foreign language versions, "Ragazza Solo, Ragazza Sola," for the Italian market (the title translates, oddly, as "lonely boy, lonely girl"), and the more appropriate, but hideously wordy, "Un Homme a Disparu Dans le Ciel" -- "a man has disappeared in the sky." English-language versions were released elsewhere around the world, with varying degrees of success, while reissues in the U.S. in 1972 and Britain in 1975 brought further chart honors. Indeed, the latter re-release gave Bowie his first ever homeland chart-topper.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Top Songs Of The 90s (Division 9)

Welcome to our ninth division of the Top Songs Of The 90s where a panel narrows down the Top Songs until we get to the #1 song of the decade. Ballots were sent out to the station to station panel and I got 13 back. 6 Points were given to #1, 5 points to #2, etc. and 3.5 points were given to lists that were in NO ORDER. Below are the results!

Pearl Jam racked up their third #1 opening round victory edging out Oasis for the top spot with "Last Kiss". Ice Cube rounded out the Top 9 beating out "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio by 2.5 points. 25 songs got nods out of 30 and the point totals were low this week. Lots of different lists. This was kind of like the MAC division in college sports. Not the powerhouse league but hey, who doesn't like afew good teams/songs from the MAC!

You can follow along each Friday as another 9 songs catapult to the semi final stage. There will be 16 opening rounds, 12 semifinal rounds and then a tourney of head to head 64 songs in March-April. If you're interested in picking 6 songs a week, contact me! Thanks again!

And finally as promised, The link to the Top Songs Of The 90s OVERALL LEADER BOARD as well after 9 rounds. Have a wonderful weekend!!!
(# Points And Votes)
1. Last Kiss (Pearl Jam) 22.5 (7)
2. Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis) 22 (6)
3. Nightswimming (R.E.M.) 19 (5)
4.  Seether (Veruca Salt) 18.5 (5)
5.  Brimful Of Asha (Cornershop)18 (5)
6.  Sheela Na Gig (PJ Harvey) 17 (3)
7.  Mind Playing Tricks On Me (Geto Boys) 16 (4)
8.  The Bends (Radiohead) 15 (5)
9.  It Was A Good Day (Ice Cube) 14 (5)

Full Top 9 Playlist via YouTube:
Songs that missed the cut  (#Points and Votes) 
Gangsta's Paradise (Coolio) 11.5 (3)
Mo Money Mo Problems (The Notorious B.I.G.) 11 (3)
Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band) 10.5 (3)
Into Your Arms (Lemonheads) 10 (3)
Welcome To Paradise (Green Day) 9 (3)
The Drugs Don't Work (The Verve) 9 (2) 
Unfinished Sympathy (Massive Attack) 8 (2) 
Got Til It's Gone (Janet Jackson) 7.5 (2)
Deadweight (Beck) 7 (2)
Can't Truss It (Public Enemy) 6 (3)
Wild Wood (Paul Weller) 5 (1)
Da Funk (Daft Punk) 4.5 (2)
Jump (Kriss Kross) 4 (1)
Into My Arms (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) 3 (1)
The Universal (Blur) 3 (1)
Cop Killer (Body Count) 1 (1)

90s songs that got NO LOVE on Division 9 ballot:
Jazz Thing (Gang Starr)
Ready Or Not (Fugees)
Rocks (Primal Scream)
Rosa Parks (Outkast)

Individual Ballots:
Ballot 1
1. Gangsta's Paradise (Coolio)
2. The Bends (Radiohead)
3. Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
4. Seether (Veruca Salt)
5. Nightswiming (R.E.M.)
6. Last Kiss (Pear Jam)

Ballot 2
1. Sheela Na Gig (PJ Harvey)
2. Wild Wood (Paul Weller)
3. Into Your Arms (The Lemonheads)
4. It Was A Good Day (Ice Cube)
5. Gangsta's Paradise (Coolio)
6. Seether (Veruca Salt)

Ballot 3
1. Mind Playing Tricks On Me (Geto Boys)
2. It Was A Good Day (Ice Cube)
3. Mo Money Mo Problems (The Notorious B.I.G.)
4. Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
5. Into Your Arms (The Lemonheads)
6. Brimful Of Asha (Cornershop)

Ballot 4
1. Mind Playing Tricks On Me (Geto Boys)
2. Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band)
3. Jump (Kriss Kross)
4. It Was A Good Day (Ice Cube)
5. Can't Truss It (Public Enemy)
6. Cop Killer (Body Count)

Ballot 5
1. Last Kiss (Pearl Jam)
2. Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
3. Nightswimming (R.E.M.)
4. Into My Arms (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
5. Welcome To Paradise (Green Day)
6. Can't Truss It (Public Enemy)

Ballot 6
Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band)
Da Funk (Daft Punk)
Gangsta's Paradise (Coolio)
Got Til It's Gone (Janet Jackson)
Last Kiss (Pearl Jam)
Seether (Veruca Salt)

Ballot 7
1. Welcome To Paradise (Green Day)
2. Last Kiss (Pearl Jam)
3. The Drugs Don't Work (The Verve)
4. Nightswimming (R.E.M.)
5. The Bends (Radiohead)
6. Deadweight (Beck)

Ballot 8
1. Brimful Of Asha (Cornershop)
2. Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
3. Nightswimming (R.E.M.)
4. Last Kiss (Pearl Jam)
5. Mind Playing Tricks On Me (Geto Boys)
6. The Bends (Radiohead)

Ballot 9
1. The Drugs Don't Work (The Verve)
2. Sheela Na Gig (PJ Harvey)
3. Into Your Arms (The Lemonheads)
4. Brimful Of Asha (Cornershop)
5. Mind Playing Tricks On Me (Geto Boys)
6. It Was A Good Day (Ice Cube)

Ballot 10
1. Seether (Veruca Salt)
2. Mo Money Mo Problems (The Notorious B.I.G.)
3. Got Til It's Gone (Janet Jackson)
4. Unfinished Sympathy (Massive Attack)
5. Crash Into Me (Dave Matthews Band)
6. Da Funk (Daft Punk)

Ballot 11
1. Deadweight (Beck)
2. Seether (Veruca Salt)
3. Brimful Of Asha (Cornershop)
4. Can't Truss It (Public Enemy)
5. It Was A Good Day (Ice Cube)
6. Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis)

Ballot 12
1. Nightswimming (R.E.M.)
2. The Bends (Radiohead)
3. Don't Look Back In Anger (Oasis)
4. Last Kiss (Pearl Jam)
5. Mo Money Mo Problems (The Notorious B.I.G.)
6. Welcome To Paradise (Green Day) 

Ballot 13
1. Sheela Na Gig (PJ Harvey)
2. Unfinished Sympathy (Massive Attack)
3. Brimful Of Asha (Cornershop)
4. The Universal (Blur)
5. The Bends (Radiohead)
6. Last Kiss (Pearl Jam)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Top Albums Of All Time: 1965 (Reader's Poll)

Here's the top albums from 1965 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.

Thanks for all the votes. Be sure to cast your votes for the next year featured: 2010. That poll will take place on station to station's side panel and is currently available for voting until 11/13/14 (Thursday). Cheers!

Top Albums Voted For 1965, will move on to ULTIMATE ALBUMS Tournament:
*** Number Of Votes 186, Thanks for participating!***

1. Bob Dylan-Highway 61 Revisited (10) (18)
2. The Beatles-Rubber Soul (8) (11)  
3. John Coltrane-A Love Supreme (5) (12)
4. The Beatles-Help! (7) (5)
5. Bob Dylan-Bringing It All Back Home (6) (5)
6. The Byrds-Mr. Tambourine Man (6) (2)
7. The Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn! (5) (1)
8. Otis Redding-Otis Blue: Otis Sings Soul (5) (0)
9. The Who-The Who Sings My Generation (5) (0)
10. The Rolling Stones-Out Of Our Heads (5) (0)
11. The Sonics-Here Are The Sonics! (4) (1) 
12. Frank Sinatra-September Of My Years (5) (0)
13. The Rolling Stones-No. 2/The Rolling Stones Now! (4) (0)
14. The Beach Boys-Summer Days (And Summer Nights!) (2) (2)
15. The Rolling Stones-December's Children (And Everybody's) (4) (0)
16. Vince Guraldi-A Charlie Brown Christmas (1) (3)  
17. Yardbirds-Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds (1) (3)
Missed The (11-17) Cut:
3 Votes:
The Beach Boys-The Beach Boys Today! (2) (1)
Herbie Hancock-Maiden Voyage (1) (2)
Jackson C. Frank-Jackson C. Frank (0) (3)
Miles Davis-My Funny Valentine: Miles Davis In Concert (2) (1)
Otis Redding-The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads (3) (0)   
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles-Going To A Go-Go (2) (1)

2 Votes:
B.B. King-Live At The Regal (2) (0)
Bert Jansch-Bert Jansch (0) (2)
John Fahey-The Configuration Of Blind Joe Death (1) (1)
Phil Ochs-I Ain't Marching Anymore (0) (2)
Wayne Shorter-Juju (0) (2)

1 Vote:
Albert Ayler-Spiritual Unity (0) (1)
Horace Silver-Song For My Father (0) (1)
The Impressions-People Get Ready (1) (0)
Joe Henderson-In 'n Out (0) (1)
Miles Davis-E.S.P. (1) (0)
Nina Simone-Pastel Blues (1) (0)
The Original Soundtrack-The Sound Of Music (1) (0)
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band-The Paul Butterfeild Blues Band (1) (0)
Son House-Father Of Folk Blues (0) (1)
The Temptations-The Temptations Sing Smokey (1) (0)
Them-The Angry Young Them (1) (0)
Wayne Shorter-Speak No Evil (0) (1)

#59: Lenny Kravitz-Are You Gonna Go My Way (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
Artist: Lenny Kravitz
Release Date: February, 1993
From The Album: Are You Gonna Go My Way (1993)

Quick Take: "Are You Gonna Go My Way" is the first single to be released by Lenny Kravitz from the album Are You Gonna Go My Way. It was released in February 1993. It was written by Lenny Kravitz and Craig Ross. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but reached no. 1 on the Album Rock Tracks and no. 2 on the Modern Rock Tracks. It also reached the top 5 in the UK, peaking at no. 4. It is still Kravitz's most successful single in Australia, where it peaked at number-one for 6 weeks through April and May 1993.
Courtesy: Wikipedia

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#60: Pixies-Monkey Gone To Heaven (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Gone To Heaven"
Artist: Pixies
Release Date: March, 1989
From The Album: Doolittle (1989)

Quick Take: "If man is five...then the Devil is six...and if the devil is six...then God is seven!" It is hard to argue with this bit of numerological logic, from one of the Pixies' best-known songs, "Monkey Gone to Heaven." The song is as good as any in illustrating what the Pixies did best: a skewered pop arrangement with agitated surf and punk-influenced guitar textures, dramatic dynamics, girl group backing vocals, and a lyric that is at once humorous, surreal, and a little spooky. Black Francis (later known as Frank Black) intones in a conversational voice, as if telling matter-of-fact stories warning of ecological disaster: "Now, there's a hole in the sky/And the ground's not cold and if the ground's not cold/Then we're all going to burn, we'll all take turns/I'll get mine too." The monkey is us. But the song's "message" is not heavy-handed or didactic; in fact, it starts off like a children's story or a myth: "There was a guy/An underwater guy who controlled the sea." As with most Pixies songs, Joey Santiago's aggressive guitars and Francis' screaming vocals and enigmatic lyrics are smoothed out a bit by the soothing, sultry backups from Kim Deal and the always impressive amount of pop hooks the band could pack into one song. While the dean of alt-rock producers, Steve Albini, did his best cut-and-paste job and accented the Pixies' edge to seemingly overcompensate such pop tendencies, Gil Norton recognized that these aspects were the strength of the group -- not just commercially, but musically as well. Norton -- with Steve Haigler -- mixed "Monkey Gone to Heaven" with a good amount of smooth compression, reverb, and delays to dull slightly the edges, while retaining the band's essential rawness. When the guitars drop out completely on the verses, exposing the skeletal rhythm section of Deal's bass and David Lovering's drums, interesting and decidedly non-punk sonic elements are also left, like cellos -- a big deal for a band launched from the relatively exposed-heat-pipes rock & roll confines of Boston's Fort Apache Studios. When the choruses explode into doubled hard rock guitar riffs, one can still detect a catchy piano line bubbling underneath in Norton's production. This use of dynamics, texturing, and feedback, as well as novel, idiosyncratic lyrics, had an unmeasurable impact on almost all modern bands that followed in the wake of the Pixies. The band was responsible for breaking down barriers at rock radio and reaching the Top Ten in the relatively new modern rock category. The group even scored a slot on Saturday Night Live performing "Monkey Gone to Heaven." Nirvana and Pavement are two obvious bands that seemed to take a great deal of their immediate inspiration from the Pixies, though the band's international influence could still be felt ten years after its breakup.
Courtesy: Bill Janovitz (