Friday, April 18, 2014

Top Songs Of The 80's (FINALS-Elite 8)

Welcome to the ELITE 8 round of the Top Songs Of The 80s in our long running tournament here on station to station. We've narrowed down the songs to these GREAT 8 to go head to head in a MARCH MADNESS style tournament. Ballots were sent to our station to station panel and the matchups were also put on sodahead.com. Here's the results as we finally get to our ELITE 8. 

For the backlog of the tournament visit our (TOP SONGS OF THE 80s Homepage). Also featured right now are the TOP 100 songs so far through x amount of weeks of voting!

THE SETUP: Songs were seeded by how well they performed and the points + votes they received in the first two rounds. Ballots were sent to 22 station to station regular panelists who picked their favorite song from each match up. Also, to add a bit of intrigue "if you will", I put the matchups on sodahead.com (click on link for 1st match and age is easy to navigate to other 4 matches for results), a website dealing with polls of about everything out there and the results are added in to the mix here. You'll see under score tally a # which indicates the point total from sodahead.com and then in () the station to station voter's initials and who they picked in each match up.

The songs with the most points are moving on to our second round of 32 +1 songs next. If the number is colored GREEN next to a song, then it's a WINNER. If it's RED, then it's been ELIMINATED. If it's BLUE then it's a tie and both songs will advance to the next round.

Again thanks to all who have stuck with the "process" through 36 weeks of voting and also thanks to the folks at sodahead for participating as well. UP NEXT: THE FINAL FOUR matchups. Who'll be crowned the TOP SONG OF THE 80's? We're getting near the end with these final 4 songs!


SCOREBOARD

BRACKET 1
#1 Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) 20
Score Tally: 6 (JHO, AHO, DM, JT, JPOP, TSOTD, JZ, RC, BC, CS, AE, MS, BH, JW)
#7 Let's Go Crazy (Prince) 13
Score Tally: 6 (DB, JB, CHOPS, SB, AC, BB, DG)

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BRACKET 2
#1 With Or Without You (U2)
17

Score Tally: 6 (DB, DM, JB, JPOP, TSOTD, SB, BC, AC, MS, BB, JW)
#2 Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns 'N' Roses) 22
Score Tally: 12 (JHO, AHO, JT, CHOPS, JZ, RC, CS, AE, BH, DG )

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BRACKET 3
#1 Rock The Casbah (The Clash)
18

Score Tally: 3 (JHO, AHO, JT, JPOP, CHOPS, JZ, RC, BC, CS, AC, MS, BB, BH, DG, JW)
#7 The One I Love (R.E.M.) 13
Score Tally: 7 (DB, DM, JB, TSOTD, SB, AE)

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BRACKET 4
 
#4 It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (R.E.M.) 21
Score Tally: 7 (JHO, AHO, DB, JB, JT, JPOP, CHOPS, TSOTD, SB, JZ, BC, AE, MS, DG)

#3 Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie) 11
Score Tally: 4 (DM, RC, CS, AC, BB, BH, JW)

#169: The Smiths-Panic (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#169
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Panic"
Artist: The Smiths
Release Date: July, 1986
From The Album: Louder Than Bombs (1987)


Quick Take: Whether it was for the benefit of additional press coverage or simply the result of his romantically rebellious soul, Morrissey drummed up loads of controversy with nearly every step in the heyday of the Smiths. "Panic" saw Morrissey rebelling via music. Misguided members of the British press interpreted the song as a racist stand against black music, but theirs was a ludicrous claim, based only on their own stereotyping of a race and of dance culture. If Johnny Marr is to be believed, "Panic" was written after he and Morrissey took offense to British DJ Steve Wright playing Wham's "I'm Your Man" immediately following a news flash about the Chernobyl catastrophe. "Panic" is Morrissey and Marr asking what fluffy radio tunes mean in a modern existence. Morrissey speaks directly to his listeners, name-checking cities like Leeds, Dublin, and Dundee, boldly reinforcing that the Smiths make music that says something to them about their lives unlike the songs from "the blessed DJ." Whether it's part of a somewhat juvenile motif or not, "Panic" is a wholly compelling song from start to finish. When Morrissey repeatedly calls out "hang the DJ" with backing vocals from young children, it's hard not to be impressed by the band's swagger and style. The song reached number 11 on the U.K. charts and was collected on the U.K. compilation The World Won't Listen and the U.S. compilation Louder Than Bombs. Derek Jarman's promotional video for the song was extracted from his short film The Queen Is Dead, which basically amounts to a collection of three Smiths videos.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#170: 311-Down (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#170
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Down"
Artist: 311
Release Date: July, 1996
From The Album: 311 (1995)



Quick Take: "Down" is a song by the band 311. It is the first song on their third album, 311. It was their first #1 single on the Billboard Alternative Songs charts, and along with their self-titled album, was largely responsible for launching them into mainstream success. An accompanying video for the song was in rotation on MTV at the time of its release. Due to its massive popularity it was also included as the first song on their live album, Live, and on their greatest hits album, Greatest Hits '93-'03. Since its release it has also become a staple of their live concerts, and is usually dedicated "to all the old-school 311 fans."
Courtesy: Wikipedia

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

#171: The Cure-Close To Me (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#171
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Close To Me"
Artist: The Cure
Release Date: September, 1985
From The Album: The Head On The Door (1985)


Quick Take: One of the Cure's most straightforwardly upbeat songs -- even though the lyric is all about nervousness, bad dreams, and worrying before a lover comes by again! -- "Close to Me" shows that the poppier Cure of "Let's Go to Bed" days wasn't finished yet. A definite highlight of The Head on the Door album, which takes its name from a lyric in the song, "Close to Me" aims at minimal, brisk impact and succeeded perfectly, at the same time avoiding sounding like so many other Brit synth pop songs of the era. Partially this has to do with Boris Williams' strong, well-recorded drum start, matched with handclaps and subtle gasps. Simon Gallup's snaky, careful bass line hits next, followed by Lol Tolhurst's soft, understated main keyboards. Smith himself eschews guitar for the track in favor of a nicely goofy synth melody, just nutty enough, while his breathless, slightly strangled delivery of the words suits the quick, nervous pace of the song incredibly well. The single mix of the track adds a guest horn section for some sweaty R&B/soul action on top of everything else, an inspired addition to an already strong track.
Courtesy: Ned Raggett (allmusic.com)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TUESDAY TOP TEN SERIES: Top Ten New Order 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 #84, New Order.

Artist #84: New Order
Formed: Salford, England
Years Active: 1980-1993, 1998-2007, 2011-Present
Genres: Post Punk, Alternative Dance, New Wave, Electronic, Synthpop, Alternative Rock
Number Of New Order LPs: 9 (Studio), 2 (Live), 12 (Compilations)
Number Of New Order Singles: 38
Number Of New Order EPs: 5

Highest Charting Studio LP in US:
Republic #11 (1993) 

Highest Charting Studio LP In UK: 
Technique #1 (1989)
Republic #1 (1993)

Highest Charting Songs (US/UK):
(US: The Billboard Hot 100)
Regret #28 (1993)

(US Modern Rock)
Regret #1 (1993)

(US Dance) 
Touched By The Hand Of God #1 (1987)
Round & Round #1 (1989) 
Regret #1 (1993) 
World (The Price Of Love) #1 (1993)
Crystal #1 (2001)    

(UK) 
World In Motion #1 (1990)

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New Order's Top Ten Songs
1. Blue Monday
From The Single "Blue Monday" (1983)
2. Regret
From The Album Republic (1993)
3. True Faith
From The Album Substance (1987)
4. Ceremony
From The EP 1981-82 (1982)
5. Bizarre Love Triangle
From The Album Brotherhood (1986)
6. The Perfect Kiss
From The Album Low-Life (1985)
7. Age Of Consent
From The Album Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)
8. Temptation
From The EP 1981-82 Album Maggot Brain (1982)
9. Everything's Gone Green
From The EP 1981-82 (1982)
10. Vanishing Point
From The Album Technique (1989)



*Based On Individual Votes From Contributors*
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+10 (Last 10 Out)
11. Round & Round
12. Love Vigilantes
13. Dreams Never End
14. Crystal
15. Confusion
16. Your Silent Face
17. 1963
18. Thieves Like Us
19. State Of The Nation
20. Sub-Culture
 
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Individual Lists (46 Songs/18 Lists):
daydream set's 10:
1. True Faith
2. Regret
3. Shellshock
4. Thieves Like Us
5. Temptation
6. Blue Monday
7. Crystal
8. The Perfect Kiss
9. Subculture
10. Bizarre Love Triangle

selwyn42's 10:
1. Blue Monday
2. Everything's Gone Green
3. Perfect Kiss
4. Angel Dust
5. True Faith
6. As It Is When It Was
7. Temptation
8. Leave Me Alone
9. Broken Promise
10. Regret   

isthismusic's 10
1. Blue Monday
2. Regret
3. Perfect Kiss
4. 1963
5. Ceremony
6. Age of Consent
7. True Faith
8. Everything's Gone Green
9. Temptation
10. Bizarre Love Triangle 

b1ackjack' 10:
1. Paradise
2. Blue Monday
3. Confusion
4. State of the Nation
5. Hey Now What You Doing
6. Turn My Way
7. Crystal
8. We All Stand
9. Age of Consent
10. Ceremony 

dbutler69's 10:
1. Bizarre Love Triangle
2. Blue Monday
3. Perfect Kiss
4. Regret
5. Dream Attack
6. Confusion
7. True Faith
8. Round & Round
9. Subculture
10. Guilty Partner 

hickorywind's 10:
1. Age of Consent
2. Temptation
3. Dreams Never End
4. Ceremony
5. Love Vigilantes
6. Your Silent Face
7. Everything's Gone Green
8. Blue Monday
9. Round and Round
10. True Faith 

Moonbeam's 10
1. World (The Price of Love)
2. Vanishing Point
3. Blue Monday
4. Temptation
5. Ceremony
6. Age of Consent
7. Dreams Never End
8. Crystal
9. Shell-Shock
10. Bizarre Love Triangle 

josettebay's 10:
1 blue monday
2 the perfect kiss
3 state of the nation
4 1963
5 round + round
6 crystal
7 ruined in a day
8 run 2
9 confusion
10 touched by the hand of God 

sergiovaldes1989's 10:
1. Vanishing Point
2. Age of Consent
3. Bizarre Love Triangle
4. Regret
5. Ceremony
6. Love Less
7. Dreams Never End
8. Run
9. Avalanche
10. True Faith 

wretlinfu's 10:
1. Blue Monday
2. Your Silent Face
3. True Faith
4. Vanishing Point
5. 586
6. Sub-Culture
7. Round and Round
8. Temptation
9. Fine Time
10. Love Vigilantes 

armondfrerejones' 10:
1. The Perfect Kiss
2. Blue Monday
3. Ceremony
4. Sooner Than You Think
5. True Faith
6. Here to Stay
7. Regret
8. Dream Attack
9. All the Way
10. Temptation 

MicrophoneFiend's 10:
1. Blue Monday
2. Temptation
3. Ceremony
4. Regret
5. True Faith
6. Bizarre Love Triangle
7. Age of Consent
8. Love Vigilantes
9. Procession
10. Your Silent Face 

JHO's 10:
1. Love Vigilantes
2. Bizarre Love Triangle
3. Ceremony
4. Age Of Consent
5. Regret
6. Dreams Never End
7. All The Way
8. True Faith
9. Crystal
10. Temptation 

InnerSelf's 10:
1. Everything's Gone Green
2. True Faith
3. Vanishing Point
4. Thieves Like Us
5. Round & Round
6. Your Silent Face
7. Procession
8. Bizarre Love Triangle
9. 1963
10. Face Up 

NormanBates' 10:
1. Everything's Gone Green
2. Fine Time
3. Blue Monday
4. Bizarre Love Triangle
5. Regret
6. Round and Round
7. True Faith
8. Dreams Never End
9. Age of Consent
10. Love Vigilantes 

JB's 10:
1. Bizarre Love Triangle
2. Regret
3. Blue Monday
4. Ceremony
5. Round And Round
6. Confusion
7. Sub Culture
8. Everythings Gone Green
9. Temptation
10. Thieves Like Us

Chops' 10:
1. Ceremony
2. Regret
3. The Perfect Kiss
4. Bizarre Love Triangle
5. Age Of Consent
6. Crystal
7. True Faith
8. Temptation
9. World In Motion (it was the England World Cup song in 1990, it has special resonance because of that AND the John Barnes rap!)
10. Blue Monday


Scotty B's 10:
1. True Faith
2. Regret
3. The Perfect Kiss
4. Age Of Consent
5. Weirdo
6. Bizarre Love Triangle
7. Love Vigilantes
8. Blue Monday
9. Ceremony
10. Temptation 

#172: Temple Of The Dog-Hunger Strike (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#172
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Hunger Strike"
Artist: Temple Of The Dog
Release Date: January, 1991
From The Album: Temple Of The Dog (1990)



Quick Take: "Hunger Strike" is a song by the American rock band Temple of the Dog. Written by vocalist Chris Cornell, "Hunger Strike" was released in 1991 as the first single from the band's sole studio album, Temple of the Dog (1991). It was Temple of the Dog's most popular song. The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Hunger Strike" was written by vocalist Chris Cornell. It features a duet between Cornell and vocalist Eddie Vedder. Cornell was having trouble with the vocals at practice, when Vedder stepped in. Cornell later said "he sang half of that song not even knowing that I'd wanted the part to be there and he sang it exactly the way I was thinking about doing it, just instinctively." Cornell on the song: "When we started rehearsing the songs, I had pulled out "Hunger Strike" and I had this feeling it was just kind of gonna be filler, it didn't feel like a real song. Eddie was sitting there kind of waiting for a [Mookie Blaylock] rehearsal and I was singing parts, and he kind of humbly—but with some balls—walked up to the mic and started singing the low parts for me because he saw it was kind of hard. We got through a couple choruses of him doing that and suddenly the light bulb came on in my head, this guy's voice is amazing for these low parts. History wrote itself after that, that became the single." 

Guitarist Mike McCready on the song: "I remember thinking that this was a really beautiful song when I heard it. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) showed me the riff. I had a '62 reissue Strat and I wanted to use the fourth-position tone setting—between the bridge and middle pickups—for the beginning of the song because I like that softer sound. Then I kicked it to the front pickup for the heavier part of the song. This is one of many amazing songs written by Chris."
Courtesy: Wikipedia

Monday, April 14, 2014

#173: Pixies-Gigantic (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

 #173
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Gigantic"
Artist: Pixies
Release Date: August,1988
From The Album: Surfer Rosa (1988)


Quick Take: From their first full-length release, Surfer Rosa, "Gigantic" is one of the few songs in the Pixies' catalog that features the lead vocals of Kim Deal. The song hints at the skewered pop sensibilities that Deal developed during her tenure with the Pixies and perfected later on songs like "Cannonball" for her next band, the Breeders. Like many songs by bandmate and Pixies leader Black Francis (aka Frank Black; Charles Thompson), the lyrics of "Gigantic" are more than a bit idiosyncratic. In this case, the lyric is unabashedly about sex, specifically with a particularly well-endowed man. It is just barely veiled in a metaphor -- if you want to call it that -- for humor's sake: "Gigantic/A big, big love." "Gigantic" offers a change of pace from Francis' obsessions. Deal once offered her perspective on the different styles, "Do I write the same kind of songs as Charles? No! Get outta here! I don't care about the Bible! I don't care about UFOs! Who wants to know about that stuff?" No song celebrates and captures erotic joy better than "Gigantic." It begins softly -- a simple bass line and cross-stick drum pattern, with Deal delivering the lyrics in a sultry Julie London-esque vocal style -- before it explodes with the abrasive guitars of Joey Santiago and Francis in a Pere Ubu-like squalor. The production, by Steve Albini, former Big Black honcho and budding producer to the alt-rock stars (Nirvana, Bitch Magnet, Cheap Trick), is like most of Albini's other work: sparse and dry with natural room-sounds; gritty guitars in the forefront, vocals unadorned and mostly an afterthought. Though Albini insists he is just a recording engineer and not a producer per se, he quite obviously has had an identifiable sound that has impacted a large segment of the music recording industry. Surfer Rosa was one of his first well-known projects aside from his own bands, and he had a large influence on the sound of the record as well as the Pixies' subsequent direction. Though the band was already well-left of center, Albini accentuated its edgy art-rock leanings to add another level of interest to the band's pop traits.