Friday, August 22, 2014

#90: Alice In Chains-Man In The Box (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Man In The Box"
Artist: Alice In Chains
Release Date: March, 1991
From The Album: Facelift (1990)

Quick Take: An often overlooked but important building block in grunge's ascent to dominance, Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box" hit the MTV airwaves in heavy rotation in 1990, approximately one full year before Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The sepia-toned video depicted a hooded figure wandering around a barnyard while the band played nearby; at the end of the video, the figure drew back his hood to reveal a Christ-like face whose eyes were sewn shut with thick cords, making the chorus line, "Feed my eyes/Now you've sewn them shut," into a sudden and shocking visual reality. More metallic than many of their Seattle colleagues, and thus a better fit for MTV's programming at the time, Alice in Chains nonetheless resembled little else in hard rock's mainstream at the time. "Man in the Box" wasn't flashy, up-tempo, hedonistic, or really even aggressive; although its melody was memorable, it wasn't pop-metal and it had no roots in thrash. Instead, the song was a simple, lumbering beast, its sonic textures thick and muscular, its anger more sullen and introspective. As the title suggests, the atmosphere of "Man in the Box" is claustrophobic and bleak, never making the source of its discomfort explicit ("I'm the dog who gets beat/Shove my nose in shit") but rendering the overall impression with a sick intensity. Minimalistic at a time when few metal bands cared to explore such territory, "Man in the Box" is mostly built around a simple, chugging one-chord riff that runs through the opening hook and verses -- it's a two-note chord harmonized with the minor seventh instead of the standard fifth (the notes E and D instead of E and B). This produces a queasy dissonance, close to what the ear expects to hear, yet just far enough away for the listener to register that something isn't quite right. The song's slow, creeping melodies float over guitarist Jerry Cantrell's grinding and shuffling, sounding eerie and disturbing. This is especially true on the wordless opening melody, where Layne Staley's peculiar, tensed-throat vocals are matched in unison with an effects-laden guitar; the combination of the two timbres produces a wobbly, seasick quality that sets the stage for the song's bleakness. Staley explodes as the song crashes into the chorus, trading off portentous lines like: "Jesus Christ/Deny your maker" and "He who tries/Will be wasted" with Cantrell's drier, less-urgent voice. In fact, the contrast in those two lines perfectly sums up the song -- a meeting of metal theatrics and introspective hopelessness.
Courtesy: Steve Huey (

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Top Albums Of All Time: 1993 (Reader's Poll)

Here's the top albums from 1993 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: 1973. That poll will take place on station to station's side panel and is currently available for voting until 9/11/14 (Thursday). Cheers!

Top Albums Voted For 1993, will move on to ULTIMATE ALBUMS Tournament:
*** Number Of Votes 244, Thanks for participating!***
(1st # Poll Daddy Votes, 2nd # RYM Forum Poll Votes)

1. Smashing Pumpkins-Siamese Dream (8) (15)
2. Nirvana-In Utero (9) (10)
3. Björk-Debut (7) (9)
4. Slowdive-Souvlaki (4) (9)
5. Counting Crows-August And Everything After (5) (5)
6. Wu-Tang Clan-Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (3) (5)
7. PJ Harvey-Rid of Me (7) (1)
8. The Breeders-Last Splash (7) (1)
9. Paul Weller-Wild Wood (6) (1)
10. Depeche Mode-Songs of Faith and Devotion (3) (4)
11. Neil Young-Unplugged (5) (2)
12. Pearl Jam-Vs (5) (1)
13. Red House Painters- Red House Painters [Rollercoaster] (2) (4)
14. Mazzy Star-So Tonight That I Might See (5) (1)
15. Tool-Undertow (5) (1)
Missed The (11-17) Cut:
5 Votes:
Liz Phair-Exile in Guyville (4) (1)
Type O Negative-Bloody Kisses (3) (2)
Urge Overkill-Saturation (4) (1)

4 Votes:
The Afghan Whigs-Gentlemen (3) (1)
Crowded House-Together Alone (3) (1)
The Flaming Lips-Transmissions from the Satellite Heart (3) (1)
Fugazi-In On The Kill Taker (4) (0)
James-Laid (2) (2)
Pet Shop Boys-Very (1) (3)
Suede-Suede (2) (2)
Tindersticks-Tindersticks (3) (1)
Uncle Tupelo-Anodyne (4) (0)

3 Votes:
The Boo Radleys-Giant Steps (2) (1)

Jellyfish-Split Milk (3) (0)
Morphine-Cure For Pain (1) (2)
Sarah McLachlan-Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (3) (0)
Snoop Doggy Dogg-Doggystyle (2) (1)
U2-Zooropa (3) (0)

2 Votes:
Blur-Modern Life Is Rubbish (2) (0)
Dwight Yoakam-This Time (0) (2)
Family-Un soplo en el corazón (0) (2)
Grant Lee Buffalo-Fuzzy (0) (2)
Melvins-Houdini (0) (2)
Palace Brothers-There Is No-One What Will Take Care Of You (2) (0)
Stereolab-Transient Random-Noise Bursts with Announcements (1) (1)
Underworld-Dubnobasswithmyheadman (2) (0)

1 Vote:
Autechere-Incunabula (0) (1)
Carcass-Heartwork (0) (1)
Cypress Hill-Black Sunday (1) (0)
Motorpsycho-Demonbox (1) (0)
New Bomb Turks-!!Destroy-Oh-Boy!! (0) (1)
Orbital-Orbital ("The Brown Album") (0) (1)
A Tribe Called Quest Midnight Marauders (1) (0)
The Wildhearts-Earth Vs. The Wildhearts (1) (0)
Yo La Tengo-Painful (1) (0)

#91: Beck-Where It's At (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Where It's At"
Artist: Beck
Release Date: July, 1996
From The Album: Odelay (1996)

Quick Take: The first single from Odelay, "Where It's At" is a bewildering but beguiling mix of bizarre samples (several, including the title chant, from an obscure 1969 sex education record for teens; the pivotal line "two turntables and a microphone" is a nick from Mantronix's seminal electro 12" "Needle To The Groove"), a drop-dead gorgeous organ part -- it's really no wonder that soul-jazz organist Lonnie Smith did an entire album of Beck tunes -- and some of Beck's most outré cultural references. (A passing reference to forgotten '70s outsider musician Gary Wilson single-handedly revived Wilson's long-dead career!) As unashamedly gimmicky as "Loser" but a much better song, "Where It's At" is one of the pinnacles of Beck's career.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#92: The White Stripes-Fell In Love With A Girl (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Fell In Love With A Girl"
Artist: The White Stripes
Release Date: April, 2002
From The Album: White Blood Cells (2001)

Quick Take: The brash first single from the White Stripes' third album, White Blood Cells, is an attention-grabbing chunk of primal punk rock confection that flames out in a breathless one minute and 50 seconds. The dynamic duo of guitarist/singer Jack White and Meg White on drums waste no time in revving up their rock machine, whipping up a brutal slashing guitar groove set to a hyper, stuttering rock beat, all thrashing crash cymbal and skipping snare drum. Right out of the gate, Jack White unleashes a manic vocal with truly visceral intensity: "Fell in love with a girl/Fell in love once and almost completely/She's in love with the world/But sometimes these feelings can be so misleading/She turns and says are you alright?/I said I must be fine, 'cause my heart's still beating/She says, come and kiss me by the riverside/Bobby says it's fine, he don't consider it cheating now." The music slams to a stop for the last line of each verse allowing Jack White's quirky high-range delivery to shine through with a wild, almost cartoonish inflection that gives the track it's distinct flavor. The good times just keep rolling as Jack White hurls a dose of bubblegum-snapping humor into the breathless onslaught of words with jittery banter, "Red hair with a curl/Mellow roll for the flavor and eyes for peeping/Can't keep away from the girl/These two sides of my brain need to have a meeting/Can't think of anything to do/My left brain knows that all love is fleeting/She's looking for something new/And I said it once before but it bears repeating." In place of a chorus, the arrangement sinks the hooks in even further with and insanely catchy backing vocal that reminds one of a wordless Ramones-style singalong, the incessant harmonized "ah-ah-ah-ah" mercilessly working its way into the subconscious of the helpless listener. Surrendering is the only option; to fight against the infectious brutal and relentless energy of "Fell in Love With a Girl" is an exercise in futility. It will all be over in a couple minutes and you can go on with your life, but beware, those backing vocals will linger on the brain for several hours.
Courtesy: Tom Maginnis (

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TUESDAY TOP TEN SERIES: Top Ten Black Crowes 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 #78, The Black Crowes.

Artist #78: The Black Crowes
Origin: Marietta, Georgia
Years Active: 1989-2002, 2005-2010, 2013
Genres: Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Southern Rock, Jam Ro
Number Of LPs: 9 (Studio), 5 (Live), 2 (Compilations)
Number Of Singles: 26

Highest Charting Studio LP in US:
The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion #1 (1992)

Highest Charting Songs (US):
(US: The Billboard Hot 100)
Hard To Handle #26 (1990)

(US: Mainstream Rock)
Hard To Handle #1 (1990)
She Talks To Angels #1 (1991)
Thorn In My Pride #1 (1992)
Sting Me #1 (1992)
Remedy #1 (1992)
Hotel Illness #1 (1992)

(US: Modern Rock)
A Conspiracy #23 (1994)

Highest Charting Songs (U.K.)
Remedy #24 (1992)

Highest Charting Studio LP In U.K.:
The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion #2 (1992)
The Black Crowes' Top Ten Songs
1. Remedy
From The Album The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (1992)
2. Jealous Again
From The Album Shake Your Money Maker (1990)
3. Wiser Time
From The Album Amorica (1994)
4. Hard To Handle
From The Album Shake Your Money Maker (1990)
5. Thorn In My Pride
From The Album The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (1992)
6. She Talks To Angels
From The Album Shake Your Money Maker (1990)
7. Sometimes Salvation
From The Album The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (1992)
8. My Morning Song
From The Album The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (1992)
9. Kickin' My Heart Around
From The Album By Your Side (1999)
10. Twice As Hard
From The Shake Your Money Maker (1990)

*Based On Individual Votes From Contributors*
+10 (Last 10 Out)
11. Soul Singing
12. Appaloosa
13. Go Faster
14. Seeing Things
15. Sister Luck
16. Good Friday
17. A Conspiracy
18. Descending
19. High Head Blues 
20. Hotel Illness  
Individual Lists (43 Songs/14 Lists):
mrblond's 10:
1. My Morning Song
2. Virtue And Vice
3. Remedy
4. Midnight From The Inside Out
5. Seeing Things
6. Soul Singing
7. Good Morning Captain
8. Hard To Handle
9. No Speak No Slave
10. Come On

berjo's 10:
1. Jealous Again
2. Kickin' My Heart Around
3. High Head Blues
4. How Much For Your Wings?
5. Wiser Time
6. Welcome To The Goodtimes
7. She Talks To Angels
8. Bring On, Bring On
9. Thorn In My Pride
10. Soul Singing

Whiskeyclone's 10:
1. My Morning Song
2. Thorn In My Pride
3. Descending
4. Garden Gate
5. Jealous Again
6. Another Roadside Tragedy
7. Wiser Time
8. I Ain't Hiding
9. Soul Singing
10. Good Morning Captain

razapatton's 10:
1. Jealous Again
2. Appaloosa
3. She Talks To Angels
4. Seeing Things
5. Been A Long Time
6. There Gold In Them Hills
7. My Morning Song
8. Thorn In My Pride
9. Soul Singing
10. Whoa Mule

multiverse's 10:
1. Sometimes Salvation
2. Remedy
3. Been A Long Time
4. Appaloosa
5. What Is Home
6. Jealous Again
7. Thorn In My Pride
8. Wiser Time
9. A Conspiracy
10. She Talks To Angels

starfire's 10:
1. Thorn In My Pride
2. Remedy
3. Wiser Time
4. She Talks To Angels
5. No Speak No Slave
6. Good Friday
7. Sister Luck
8. Sometimes Salvation
9. Hard To Handle
10. Girl From A Pawnshop

JHO's 10:
1. Wiser Time
2. Remedy
3. Descending
4. Blackberry
5. Jealous Again
6. Sometimes Salvation
7. A Conspiracy
8. Virtue And Vice
9. No Speak No Slave
10. Gone

josettebay's 10:
1. Remedy
2. Hard To Handle
3. Soul Singing
4. Thorn In My Pride
5. Jealous Again
6. High Head Blues
7. My Morning Song
8. Twice As Hard
9. Wiser Time
10. Walk Believer Walk

Rocknroll1987's 10:
1. Remedy
2. Hotel Illness
3. Kickin' My Heart Around
4. Hard To Handle
5. Soul Singing
6. Good Friday
7. Jealous Again
8. Cosmic Friend
9. High Head Blues
10. Twice As Hard

CurtisLeow's 5:
1. Remedy
2. Jealous Again
3. Go Faster
4. Seeing Things
5. Thorn In My Pride

Peppery C's 10:
1. Remedy
2. Jealous Again
3. Apalloosa
4. Wiser Time
5. Hotel Illness
6. Twice As Hard
7. My Morning Song
8. Hard To Handle
9. She Talks To Angels
10. Kickin' My Heart Around

Scotty B's 10:
1. Jealous Again
2. Sister Luck
3. Wiser Time
4. Bad Luck Blue Eyes
5. Twice As Hard
6. Sometimes Salvation
7. Cursed Diamond
8. Good Friday
9. Kickin' My Heart Around
10. Seeing Things

Chop's 10:
1. Remedy
2. Hard To Handle
3. She Talks To Angels
4. Sting Me
5. Jealous Again
6. Twice As Hard
7. Sometimes Salvation
8. Thorn In My Pride
9. A Conspiracy
10. Sister Luck

olwoodsy's 10:
1. Go Faster
2. A Conspiracy
3. Sometimes Salvation
4. Remedy
5. Wiser Time
6. Cursed Diamond
7. Sister Luck
8. Sting Me
9. Good Friday
10. My Morning Song

JB's 10:
1. Kickin' My Heart Around
2. She Talks To Angels
3. Hard To Handle
4. Go Faster
5. Twice As Hard
6. Jealous Again
7. Sting Me
8. Sometimes Salvation
9. Good Friday
10. Bad Luck Blue Eyes

#93: The Strokes-Last Nite (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Last Nite"
Artist: The Strokes
Release Date: November, 2001
From The Album: Is This It? (2001)

Quick Take: "Last Nite" is a song by American garage rock band The Strokes, released as the second single from their debut album, Is This It and written by The Stroke's frontman Julian Casablancas. The track was their first to enter the American charts, reaching the Top five on the U.S. Modern rock tracks in late 2001. Meanwhile, the single obtained a moderate success in the UK, peaking at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was ranked the fifth-greatest song of all time by NME. In March 2005, Q placed "Last Nite" at number 66 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. In September 2006, NME placed "Last Nite" at number one on its list of the 50 Greatest Tracks of the Decade. In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Last Nite" at number nine in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever. It was also placed at number 16 on Rolling Stone's 50 Best Songs of the Decade and number 478 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". In 2011, NME placed it at number 4 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".
Courtesy: Wikipedia

Monday, August 18, 2014

#94: Nirvana-On A Plain (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "On A Plain"
Artist: Nirvana
Release Date: September, 1991
From The Album: Nevermind (1991)

Quick Take: "On a Plain" is a song by the American grunge band Nirvana. It is the eleventh track on their major label debut, Nevermind (1991), and also saw limited release as a promo-only single. "On a Plain" was written by Kurt Cobain in 1990. It was first recorded in the studio on January 1, 1991 by Craig Montgomery in Seattle, Washington. It was debuted live on May 29, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. "On a Plain" was recorded for Nevermind in May or June 1991 by Butch Vig in North Hollywood. It was released as a promo single in the summer of 1992, and became a moderate hit. An acoustic version was recorded during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged set on November 18, 1993. This version appears on the band's MTV Unplugged in New York album, released in November 1994. It features Lori Goldston on cello. "On A Plain" was recorded in the key of D Major with Cobain tuning his guitar down to drop D. The song starts with a noise intro played by Cobain with an audible handclap. After a short pause the main riff comes in with the power chords D5-G5-F5-E5-F5-E5-D5 played twice then followed by the power chords D5-C5-B5-A5 followed by the first progression again. The chord progressions are played twice for all verses followed by the power chords D5-G5-Bbmaj7sus2 for all choruses. After the second chorus a bridge is played with the power chords F5-E5-A5-G5. The song then goes onto the third verse followed by a final chorus which is treated as the outro with the words, "I'm on a plain/I can't complain" being repeated multiple times until all instruments and main vocals start fading out until the last thing that's heard is a vocal harmony Ooooing.
Courtesy: Wikipedia