Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#166: Foo Fighters-My Hero (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#166
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "My Hero"
Artist: Foo Fighters
Release Date: January, 1998
From The Album: The Colour And The Shape (1997)


Quick Take: "My Hero" is the third single from the Foo Fighters' second album The Colour and the Shape. It was released as a single in 1998, though has been played live as early as 1995. According to Dave Grohl, the song is dedicated to ordinary, everyday heroes, as he himself never had musical or sports heroes growing up as a child. During Foo Fighters' appearance on VH1 Storytellers in 2009, Dave Grohl explained that the song was written while watching 1980s movies like Valley Girl. Grohl also stated that the song was written about Pete Stahl and Chip Donaldson, without even knowing it.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#167: Bob Marley-Get Up, Stand Up (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#167
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Get Up, Stand Up"
Artist: Bob Marley
Release Date: October, 1973
From The Album: Burnin' (1973)



Quick Take: The ultimate musical evocation of the Rastafarian aesthetic, and a worthy political or social protest song as well, "Get Up, Stand Up" blasts religious hypocrites and commands listeners to start thinking for themselves. The song, composed by Marley with Peter Tosh and recorded for his excellent Burnin' LP from 1973, includes three verses dealing with what is, according to Rastas, common misconceptions about the world often accepted by religious persons. The punchy singalong chorus then proclaims, "Get up, stand up, stand up for your right/Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight." It's also been recorded by reggae artists Toots & the Maytals, Shabbar Ranks, and Spear of Destiny, and is also used as an anthem by Amnesty International.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Top Albums Of All Time: 1967 (Reader's Poll)

Here's the top albums from 1967 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. Someone asked last go around to post all the results so here's the full slate of voting including those that missed the cut.

Thanks for all the votes. Be sure to cast your votes for the next year featured: 1995. That poll will take place on station to station's side panel and is currently available for voting until 5/8/14 (Thursday). Cheers!

Top Albums Voted For 1967, will move on to ULTIMATE ALBUMS Tournament:
***# Of Votes 199, Thanks for participating!***
(1st # Poll Daddy Votes, 2nd # RYM Forum Poll Votes)

1. The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (5) (20)
2. The Velvet Underground & Nico-The Velvet Underground & Nico (6) (17)
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience-Are You Experienced? (5) (13) 
4. The Doors-The Doors (6) (10)
5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience-Axis: Bold as Love (6) (3)
6. The Beatles-Magical Mystery Tour (3) (5)
7. Aretha Franklin-I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (6) (1)
8. Pink Floyd-The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (2) (5)
9. Cream-Disraeli Gears (5) (1) 
10. The Kinks-Something Else by the Kinks (4) (2)
11. The Doors-Strange Days (4) (2)
12. Love-Forever Changes (2) (3)
13. Leonard Cohen-Songs of Leonard Cohen (0) (5)
14. Jefferson Airplane-Surrealistic Pillow (2) (3)
15. The Byrds-Younger Than Yesterday (4) (1)
16. The Who-The Who Sell Out (4) (1)
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Missed The (11-17) Cut:
4 Votes:
Bob Dylan-John Wesley Harding (3) (1)
The Monkees-Headquarters (3) (1)
The Monkees-Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones (4) (0) 

3 Votes:
Buffalo Springfield-Buffalo Springfield Again (1) (2)
The Rolling Stones-Between the Buttons (3) (0)

2 votes:
Albert Ayler-Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village (0) (2)
The Beach Boys-Smiley Smile (0) (2)
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band-Safe as Milk (0) (2)
The Moody Blues-Days of Future Passed (0) (2)
The Rolling Stones-Their Satanic Majesties Request (2) (0)
Sam & Dave-Soul Men (2) (0)
Tim Buckley-Goodbye and Hello (0) (2)

1 votes:
Arlo Guthrie-Alice's Restaurant (0) (1)
Duke Ellington-Far East Suite (0) (1)
Four Tops-Reach Out (1) (0)
Jefferson Airplane-After Bathing at Baxter's (0) (1)
Moby Grape-Moby Grape (0) (1)
The Mothers of Invention-Absolutely Free (0) (1)
Nico-Chelsea Girl (0) (1)
Otis Redding-Live in Europe (1) (0)
Procol Harum-Procol Harum/A Whiter Shade of Pale (1) (0)
Small Faces-Small Faces/There Are But Four Small Faces (1) (0)
Traffic-Mr. Fantasy (1) (0)

#168: Nirvana-Breed (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#168
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Breed"
Artist: Nirvana
Release Date: September, 1991
From The Album: Nevermind (1991)

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