• When bands make it big

    4. Mär. 2011, 21:54

    The 2010 Grammys were aired on February 13, 2011, and I expected the normal status updates as the award show progressed. "What the hell is Gaga wearing?!" "Who is Mumford & Sons??" "Muse = gods." Stuff like that. As I scanned through my news feed, I came across a comment that I've seen occasionally throughout the years. The good, can't-do-without comment from the snotty Indie fan, declaring arrogantly, "I think the critics are trying to kill Arcade Fire by throwing the indie band into the limelight."

    I've heard this comment before by other music fans. People who say, "I liked that band BEFORE they became popular, now I just don't." I totally understand this comment if it is merited. It does suck when a good, original band goes commercial after they obtain fame to try to keep their fan base going. I used to be an extremely loyal Black Eyed Peas fan, but to me their sound has just gone down the hole into a typical pop music format. Will.i.am has even stated in Rolling Stone's article "40 Reasons to Be Excited About Music" that music should be created with the thoughts of how it can be used to help market stuff in businesses. Oh, I could rant about that one for a while, but I have to remain focused!! The point is, yes, there are groups that sell out, and yes, it's incredibly annoying when they do so.

    However! Arbitrary statements about how an indie or obscure band is suddenly going to suck just because they have gained popularity in the main stream are completely uncalled for. Yes, yes, we all know that all good bands get into the music business solely for their deep love of creating and producing music. But you know what? If they were in the music business just to create and produce music, they wouldn't seek a record deal. They would stay in their basements with their day job, earn enough money to buy equipment for their own recording studios, and produce their music that way.

    When a band seeks a record deal, they are saying to the world that they think their music is special, and that others should hear it. Hey, if they earn some money doing it too, that would be great as well. They know they have talent, and they want to prove it to the world. There are artists and bands who are purely interested in the notoriety and financial gains through the music industry, but I think it's safe to say that bands like Arcade Fire are in it 99% for the music.

    So why on earth wouldn't they want to become popular? Why wouldn't they want as many people as possible to listen to their music? They didn't become a band for the sole purpose of providing YOU, disgruntled fan, with music. They made albums to share their music with as many people as possible. Along those lines, why on earth wouldn't they want to receive the prestigious award of Album of the Year for The Suburbs? That's just like saying an academic shouldn't accept any honors for working so hard in school because now their ego is inflated, and they're going to produce mediocre work.

    Not only that, but bands like Arcade Fire NEED to be pushed into the limelight! Anyone who has heard music nowadays and has any sort of taste has to be able to tell that most main stream music is just bland mush. Everyone has the same voice, the lyrics are all similar, instrumentally each song sounds like a plagiarism of the next. I am confident that bands like Arcade Fire are not going to sell out commercially. Can you see them suddenly making some sort of electronic dance song that could possibly be a rip off of Ke$ha? Of course not! If their sounds goes down the tube, it isn't going to be because they won a Grammy. It's going to be because the creative process failed in that particular instance.

    Look at the Beatles. They were incredibly main stream, won award after award throughout their careers, and yet their sound continued to flourish with each and every album they created. There is not one Beatles album that sounds the same. Why is this? Because the Beatles were true musicians, and were making music to make music.

    So please, let bands get popular, and don't bitch about it. Let them gain the fame that they deserve for all their hard work. If their sound does go down the hated commercial path, then they weren't the innovative band that they were supposed to be, and it's their own fault. Let's allow bands to be rewarded for their efforts, and hopefully inspire them to create even greater things in the future. If we're lucky they'll inspire the next line of musicians in the future, and we'll hear even greater music as time goes on.
  • Drinking through the decades!

    11. Jan. 2011, 2:04

    I haven't written a journal entry of substance in a while, and I'm not sure that this one is really breaking that trend. It does require more thought on my part, so there's a start! I'm currently excited because I'm making up a list of songs for a decades of music themed power hour! YAY!

    What is a power hour, you ask? You don't drink all that much, do you, I ask back? No, in fact I don't, you got a problem with that, you ask? Whoa, calm the hell down, please, I ask? Ok, I'm done :P According to the grand website of Wikipedia, a power hour is, "a drinking event where player(s) drink a specified number of alcohol shots within one hour." Wikipedia also says that the game is supposed to happen when someone turns 21, but pssh, we've never played it in honor of someone turning 21 >_> We always just do it to do it!

    The way my friends and I do a power hour is that we make mix CDs with themes. Each song clip lasts one minute, and you have to take a shot of beer at the end of said minute. Needless to say, you end up quite shitfaced in a short period of time! I've played a Disney themed power hour, a Lil Wayne one, a rap one in general (the last two were made by the same person), and finally a decades of music one at someone's house. I thought that one was a blast, and have wanted to make my own ever since. So here's the list of songs separated by decade that I'm planning on cutting up and turn into the backdrop of a night of drunken pleasure :) They're not in the order I'll probably put them in, I'll have to work on that one, but that's just part of the fun! As I said, I'm pretty stoked to make it! :D yoshibluehaha helped create the list as well! She and I have nothing else better to do during class, ha...

    1950's
    1. Bill Haley And The Comets, Rock Around The Clock
    2. Little Richard, Tutti Frutti
    3. Elvis Presley, Jailhouse Rock
    4. Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Good
    5. Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls of Fire
    6. Bobby Day, Rockin' Robin
    7. Gene Vincent, Be-Bop-a-Lula
    8. Buddy Holly, Peggy Sue
    9. The Coasters, Yakety-Yak
    10. The Everly Brothers, Wake up Little Susie

    1960's
    11. The Kingsmen, Louie Louie
    12. The Jimi Hendirx Experience, Purple Haze
    13. The Rolling Stones, Satisfaction
    14. The Lovin' Spoonful, Do You Believe In Magic?
    15. Aretha Franklin, Respect
    16. The Kinks, You Really Got Me
    17. Steppenwolf, Magic Carpet Ride
    18. The Beatles, Can't Buy Me Love
    19. Simon and Garfunkel, The Sound Of Silence
    20. The Temptations, My Girl

    1970's
    21. Deep Purple, Smoke on the Water
    22. The Bee Gees, Stayin' Alive
    23. The Who, Baba O'Reilly
    24. Bob Seger, Old Time a Rock and Roll
    25. The Ramones, Blizkrieg bop
    26. Stevie Wonder, Superstition
    27. Areosmith, Walk This Way
    28. Kiss, Rock And Roll All Nite
    29. Boston, More Than a Feeling
    30. Queen, We Will Rock You

    1980's
    31. Billy Joel, Uptown Girl
    32. Pat Benatar, Hit Me With Your Best Shot
    33. Dexys Midnight Riders, Come On Eileen
    34. Michael Jackson, Beat It
    35. AC/DC, You Shook Me All Night Long
    36. Van Halen, Panama
    37. Def Leppard, Pour Some Sugar on Me
    38. Whitesnake, Here I Go Again
    39. Duran Duran, Hungry Like the Wolf
    40. Journey, Don't Stop Believing (I may switch this one out with Sweet Child O' Mine...)

    1990's
    41. Lit, My Own Worst Enemy
    42. Brittney Spears, ...Baby One More Time (I wasn't aware the official title had that ellipsis before it! The things you learn :P)
    43. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Give It Away
    44. Green Day, Basket Case
    45. Spice Girls, Wannabe
    46. Alanis Morissette, You Oughta Know
    47. 'N Sync, Tearin' Up My Heart
    48. Backstreet Boys, I Want It That Way
    49. Christina Aguilera, Genie in a Bottle
    50. Blur, Song 2

    2000's
    51. Jet, Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
    52. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Get Low
    53. Justin Timberlake, Sexy Back
    54. Franz Ferdinand, Take Me Out
    55. Gorillaz, Feel Good Inc.
    56. Buckcherry, Crazy Bitch
    57. 50 Cent, Candy Shop (This one is for my friend who is obsessed with the song, haha :)
    58. Destiny's Child, Boodylicious
    59. OutKast, Hey Ya
    60. Lady Gaga, Bad Romance

    I don't want to hear any scoffs about these tracks! :D The songs were chosen in hopes that everyone at a party would know them, and thus have a good time listening to them :)
  • Trousers

    12. Okt. 2010, 3:37

    Stole this from BRMExtrEmE! Thanks, dude :) I think you should get the idea of this. Don't cheat with the shuffle if you replicate! I swear everything here is totally legit!

    1. Ben Harper and Relentless7--The Word Suicide In My Pants (Well, we started off this on a cheerful note!)
    2. 3 Doors Down--Your Arms Feel Like Home In My Pants (Damn straight ;) )
    3. Monty Python--Nudge Nudge In My Pants (Say no more!)
    4. Backstreet Boys--Everyone In My Pants (PARRRTAY!)
    5. Cream--Sunshine of Your Love In My Pants (You're that good, huh?)
    6. Elton John--Funeral For a Friend In My Pants (Must have been a close friend)
    7. The Chieftains--The Wexford Carol In My Pants (Festive!)
    8. Derek and the Dominos--I Looked Away In My Pants (I'm very flexible)
    9. Lynyrd Skynyrd--That Smell In My Pants (Wasn't me!!)
    10. Jack Johnson--Banana Pancakes In My Pants (What, I'm saving some for later, don't judge!)
    11. Linkin Park--Wake In My Pants (I was too lazy to take them off)
    12. Billy Joel--Vienna In My Pants (I'm a big slut, what can I say?)
    13. Lulu--To Sir with Love In My Pants (Apparently sir got a bigger present than a song!)
    14. Broadway--Ain't Misbehivin' In My Pants (Nope, not me! >_>)
    15. Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass--Zorba the Greek In My Pants (He's a frequent visitor)
    16. The Who--It's a Boy In My Pants (Good!)
    17. Various Artists--The Girl from Ipanema In My Pants (Ha, so much for 16...)
    18. Cobra Starship--The City Is at War In My Pants (Sounds painful)
    19. Blur--Song 2 In My Pants (That's not very fun)
    20. Three Dog Night--Easy to be Hard In My Pants (Well...uh...)
    21. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts--Bad Reputation In My Pants (Uh oh! That's not good!)
    22. ZZ Top--Legs In My Pants (Duh)
    23. west side story soundtrack--Something's Coming In My Pants (Oh baby! :D)
    24. Death Cab for Cutie--No Sunlight In My Pants (Dur again)
    25. Gorillaz--Every Planet We Reach is Dead In My Pants (Things are gettin' busy in there!)
    26. Disturbed--Want In My Pants (? Well come on in! :D )
    27. The Eagles--Already Gone In My Pants (My roommate was on the can for too long :P)
    28. Jack Johnson--Do You Remember In My Pants (How could you forget?)
    29. Theory of a Deadman--Me & My Girl In My Pants (It's a good time, let me tell you!)
    30. Collective Soul--Feels Like (It Feels Alright) In My Pants (They're a good size)
    31. Icky Thump--I'm Slowly Turning Into You In My Pants (That's a little weird :P)
    32. Red Hot Chili Peppers--This is the Place In My Pants (So come on over!)
    33. Led Zeppelin--Black Country Woman In My Pants (I think my shuffle is informing me that I'm actually a lesbian :P)
    34. The Black Keys--Midnight in Her Eyes In My Pants (Not really sure how to interpret that)
    35. The Bee Gees--Holiday In My Pants (Whoop-whoop!)
    36. Three Days Grace--Let it Die In My Pants (Oh please don't...)
    37. Scorpions--Now! In My Pants (Let's go!)
    38. The Strokes--What Ever Happened? In My Pants (I dunno, you tell me)
    39. The Who--Pure and Easy In My Pants (Yep :) )
    40. George Gershwin--Summertime In My Pants (It's hot in there!)
    41. Van Halen--Black and Blue In My Pants (Ouch)
    42. Britney Spears--Baby One More Time In My Pants (Pleeeeease? ^_^)
    43. Iron Maiden--Run to the Hills In My Pants (They're more comfortable, you'll make it faster!!)
    44. The Doobie Brothers--Hard Thing In My Pants (It ain't mine! I don't possess a penis :P)
    45. Rage Against the Machine--Year of the Boomerang In My Pants (Promises to be a good one)
    46. Bruce Dickinson--Cyclops In My Pants (ew.)
    47. Lady Sovereign--Blah Blah In My Pants (You make up something!)
    48. The Rolling Stones--Brown Sugar In My Pants (Oh deary dear me, how off color :P)
    49. Glenn Miller--In The Mood In My Pants (Chah! Always!)
    50. The Beatles--Old Brown Shoe In My Pants (So that's where that went...)

    Ze End ^_^
  • If I spoke in song titles...

    2. Okt. 2010, 3:09

    Well, I did say I love these things! Here we go :)

    If you reached the top of Mount Everest, you would scream:
    Song: Star Spangled Banner
    Artist: Jimi Hendrix
    Comment: How very American of me, ha :)

    The next time you stand up in front of a group of people, you'll say:
    Song: Riding with the King
    Artist: Eric Clapton
    Comment: Must be a history presentation.

    Your favorite thing to say when drunk is:
    Song: Blues for Baby and Me
    Artist: Elton John
    Comment: Damn, aren't I the boring drunk.

    Your message to the world:
    Song: Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
    Artist: The Killers
    Comment: You know, just in case the world didn't know :P

    When you think of your best friend you think:
    Song: Happy?
    Artist: Mudvayne
    Comment: How very emo of me >_>

    Your deepest secret:
    Song: Let There be Rock
    Artist: AC/DC
    Comment: YESSSS!!! Not much of a secret though :)

    Your innermost desire:
    Song: I'm Not Talking
    Artist: The Yardbirds
    Comment: The sound of my own voice is THAT disgusting to me! Oh gawd :(

    Your oldest memory makes you think:
    Song: Viva la Vida
    Artist: Coldplay
    Comment: Actually those violins would make for excellent flashback music :)

    Somewhere in your wedding vows, you'll include:
    Song: Needs
    Artist: Collective Soul
    Comment: "I NEEDS your love!!"

    On your deathbed, you'll whisper:
    Song: An Innocent Man
    Artist: Billy Joel
    Comment: Wonder if I'm responding to someone, as if someone asking me, "Do you think he's innocent or guilty?" and I answer, "An innocent man." Or if I was in the middle of a thought, "An innocent man..." Oh no, what was she going to say??

    Your friends say behind your back:
    Song: Things We Said Today
    Artist: The Beatles
    Comment: things are said one day. mean something different another. no deep in love though.

    You say behind your friends' backs:
    Song: Pirate Jet
    Artist: Gorillaz
    Comment: Kind of a weird thing for me to say behind friends' backs...

    Your opinion of MySpace:
    Song: Do You Wanna Touch Me
    Artist: Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers
    Comment: Dammit, I was hoping for something with "shit" in the title. But, that one does fit the idea of MySpace quite nicely!

    When you wake up in the morning, you mutter:
    Song: Joey
    Artist: Bon Jovi
    Comment: Apparently I got a thing for a Joey I don't know...

    If you found yourself lost on a desert island, you'd yell:
    Song: Can't Find My Way Home
    Artist: Blind Faith
    Comment: HA! How appropriate :)

    Right now, your feelings are:
    Song: Kissing the Lipless
    Artist: The Shins
    Comment: Aw, I love this song. Not really sure what it means I should be feeling, but whatev :)

    What's your excuse for reposting this:
    Song: You Oughta Know
    Artist: Alanis Morissette
    Comment: Woooo! Very appropriate again! :D

    Your life's soundtrack:
    Song: Hot Rod Lincoln
    Artist: Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
    Comment: OMG I LOVE IT! I certainly drive like the guy in the song ;)

    The day you fall in love will be the day that:
    Song: Tears Dry on Their Own
    Artist: Amy Winehouse
    Comment: Yeah, not so perfect, haha :D

    You scream during sex:
    Song: Tutti Frutti
    Artist: Little Richard ;)
    Comment: "TUTTI FRUTTI!!!" I could see it ;)

    Your farewell message to the readers of this:
    Song: Left Hand Suzuki Method
    Artist: Gorillaz
    Comment: As in you should go listen to it, because it's a tripy song :)
  • Because procrastination is what I do best...

    29. Sep. 2010, 4:35

    Here's another shuffle your music and see what comes up thingies :)

    You should all know how these shuffle things go so, let's just skip to the good stuff!


    Will you get far in life?
    Call Me Call Me--Steve Conte
    Aw :( That's a sad way to start off this...

    How do your friends see you?
    Feels Like the First Time--Foreigner
    You heard the title!

    Will you get married?
    Shit Song--Kate Nash
    Well, if I do apparently I think my husband is full of shit!

    What is your best friend's theme tune?
    Paper Sun--Traffic
    Hm...probably not a very good theme tune...

    What is the story of your life?
    I'm a Man--Spencer Davis Group
    What, you all didn't know I'm really a dude? Come on :P

    What is high school like?
    Moonshadow--Cat Stevens
    Peaceful :)

    How can you get ahead in life?
    Hey Tonight--CCR
    I've never really understood what this song was about, so I guess I don't really know how I get ahead in life >_>

    What is the best thing about your friends?
    Iron Man--Black Sabbath
    They're all Iron Man! YEH!

    What is in store for this weekend?
    Jesusland--Ben Folds
    Well that's good and boring...booooo.

    Describe your grandparents.
    Got to Get You Into My Life--The Beatles
    Aw, I love this song ^_^ On it describing my grandparents, apparently they really want to try LSD!

    How is your life going?
    A Taste of Honey--The Beatles
    Guess I'm yearning for older days.

    What song will they play at your funeral?
    Let's Get Retarded--Black Eyed Peas
    Yeah, blast that politically incorrect shit!

    Will you have a happy life?
    Everything's Alright--Soundtrack Jesus Christ Superstar
    If Mary Magdalene says everything's alright, I'll take that as a yes :)

    What do your friends really think of you?
    Call Me When You're Sober--Evanescence
    Dammit, even my shuffler knows about my raging problem with alcohol!

    Do people secretly lust after you?
    Someday--The Strokes
    Someday they will...sigh...

    What should I do to make myself happy?
    How You Remind Me--Nickelback
    Get REALLY bitter at my ex!

    What should you do with your life?
    Black Sunshine--Rob Zombie
    I didn't even know I had this song!! That's kind of exciting! As for what I should do with my life...I dunno, drive a badass car?

    Will you ever have children?
    Hurt Like Mine--Black Keys
    If I do sounds like the little bastards are going to cause me a lot of pain! Ingrates...

    PART 2 (Because there's always more.)

    1) YOU'VE BEEN LIED TO YOUR WHOLE LIFE... WHERE WERE YOU REALLY BORN?
    I Am the Walrus--The Beatles
    Hm, that doesn't clarify much, does it?

    2) WHO ARE YOUR *REAL* PARENTS?
    Groovin'--The Rascals
    That didn't clarify anything. I'll never know who they are!

    3) YOU'RE GOING TO MANIFEST A SPECIAL POWER SOON... WHAT WILL IT BE?
    Good Song--Blur
    Man, the shuffle isn't working out well with this part.

    4) WHAT DO YOU THINK IT'S THE COOLEST THING ON EARTH?
    Rollover DJ--Jet
    Disc Jockeys! YES.

    5) IS EVERYBODY OUT TO GET YOU?
    Superstition--Stevie Wonder
    They're too busy being superstitious to go after me. Phew!

    6) WHAT'S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOU?
    Little Bit of Emotion--The Kinks
    I know what it's all about :)

    7) WHAT'S THE WORST THING ABOUT YOU?
    Hollaback Boy--Cobra Starship
    I can't resist satirizing cheesy Gwen Staffani songs! :P

    8) IS SOMEONE STALKING YOU?
    Kids with Guns--Gorillaz
    Ick, apparently :/

    9) ARE *YOU* STALKING SOMEONE?
    You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet--BTO
    If you haven't caught me in the act, I ain't tellin'!

    11) HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DIE?
    Follow Your Daughter Home--The Guess Who
    Dad must have killed me for being a slut :P

    12) WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU DIE?
    Spongebob theme song.
    Haaaaaaaaaa! :D I knew it would come in handy to have the Spongebob theme song on my computer!

    13) WHO WERE YOU IN A PAST LIFE?
    When in Rome--Billy Joel
    I was Christie Brinkley of course! Wait, she's still alive? Well shit...

    14) THERE IS A GREAT PROPHECY ABOUT YOU, WHAT IS IT?
    Wouldn't it be Nice--The Beach Boys
    I just want to grow up and marry my boy :) Although if you remember from the earlier question, I think my boy is full of shit, so life is complicated!

    15) WHAT COULD STOP THAT GREAT PROPHECY FROM COMING TRUE?
    Manic Depression--Jimi Hendrix
    Yeah, that could be a problem...

    16) WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO GET UP IN THE MORNING?
    Ok, suddenly the shuffle is working nicely, because here's the honest to god next song!
    SHROOMS!--The Lonely Island :)
    It's soooo true...

    17) VAMPIRES ATTACK! WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU?
    Jungle Love--Steve Miller
    I remember a hot one night stand I had in the jungle of course. Wouldn't you??

    18) THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE IS COMING TOMORROW... WILL YOU SURVIVE?
    Call Me--Blondie
    Guess so!

    19) YOUR LOVE INTEREST BECOMES A WEREWOLF... WHAT DO YOU DO?
    Highway Star--Deep Purple
    I let the Werewolf know that there is no way in hell that he is EVER taking my car! NEVER! >:-O

    20) YOUR MOTHER TELLS YOU TO TURN THAT AWFUL MUSIC DOWN AND YOU SAY...?
    Walking on the Moon--The Police
    I agree with her because blech, that is a LAME Police song...

    21) YOU DECIDE TO RUN AWAY, TO WHERE?
    Fat Bottomed Girls--Queen
    I go to where the fat bottomed girls are, naturally!!

    22) YOUR BIG BREAK INTO STARDOM WILL BE IN <INSERT NAME OF MOVIE>?
    Out of My Face--Saving Abel
    Sounds like a porno :P

    23) THE END OF THE WORLD HAPPENS... HOW DO YOU FEEL?
    Roll with It--Oasis
    Chill ;)

    24) YOU WANT TO SELL YOUR SOUL FOR PIE AND TEA... WHAT HAPPENS?
    Too Much Time on My Hands--Styx
    Yeah, probably because I'm too fat from all the pie to move!

    25) YOU'VE BEEN TURNED INTO A CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE! WHAT NOW?
    Omg people, I kid you not, this is what came up on the shuffle...
    I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself -- Elton John.

    YES!!! :D Ok, back to homework...boo.
  • Moosic :)

    21. Sep. 2010, 4:18

    Ooo stats! This is for iTunes/Zune/Whatever you use.

    Total Songs: 7,450 songs
    How Long? 21.3 days

    Sort By Song Title

    First Song: Anthrax--A.D.I/Horror of it All
    Last Song: Bon Jovi--99 in the Shade


    Sort by time:
    * Shortest Song: Kill Bill 1 Soundtrack--Flip Strings (0:04)
    * Longest Song: OK Go--[Untitled Track] (34:46) (Worst secret track ever, btw...)

    Sort by album:
    * First Album: Soundgarden--A-Sides
    * Last Album: Small Faces--ベスト・オブ・スモール・フェイセス (It's a Japanese version, ha...)

    Top 10 most played songs:
    1. Steely Dan--Bodhisattva
    2. The Strokes--Reptilia
    3. Steely Dan--My Old School
    4. Steely Dan--Hey Nineteen
    5. The Yardbirds--The Train Kept A-Rollin'
    6. Louis XIV--Pledge of Allegiance
    7. The Police--Next To You
    8. Gimme Shelter--The Rolling Stones
    9. No Matter What--Badfinger
    10. Slither--Velvet Revolver


    First five songs that come up on shuffle:
    1. Cream--Crossroads
    2. Gym Class Heroes--Cupid's Chokehold
    3. The Guess Who--Hang on to Your Life
    4. Aaron Copland--The Tender Land, suite from the opera: Finale: The Promise of Living (god, that's probably the longest track name I've got too!)
    5. Beck--Girl (Aw yay :) )

    Search...
    "sex", how many songs come up?: 13
    "love", how many songs come up?: 359 (That's a full day's worth of love, baby ;) )
    "you", how many songs come up?: 902 (wow...)
    "death", how many songs come up?: 101
    "hate", how many songs come up?: 19
    "wish", how many songs come up?: 34

    Andddddd--BREAK!
  • VH1 100 Greatest Artists

    19. Sep. 2010, 5:01

    VH1 recently decided to do something music related (so proud of them!) with their VH1 100 Greatest Artist. The list is...interesting. Here it is:

    100 Alicia Keys
    99 Hall & Oates
    98 Depeche Mode
    97 Pretenders
    96 Journey
    95 OutKast
    94 Mariah Carey
    93 Pearl Jam
    92 LL Cool J
    91 Green Day
    90 Elvis Costello
    89 Beastie Boys
    88 Bee Gees
    87 George Michael
    86 N.W.A.
    85 The Band
    84 Curtis Mayfield
    83 Earth, Wind and Fire
    82 Steely Dan
    81 ABBA
    80 Mary J. Blige
    79 Eminem
    78 Judas Priest
    77 Lynyrd Skynyrd
    76 Run-D.M.C.
    75 Rush
    74 The Cure
    73 Van Morrison
    72 Janis Joplin
    71 R.E.M.
    70 Def Leppard
    69 Tupac Shakur
    68 Otis Redding
    67 Coldplay
    66 Justin Timberlake
    65 The Doors
    64 Talking Heads
    63 Notorious B.I.G.
    62 Genesis
    61 Cream
    60 Whitney Houston
    59 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
    58 Cheap Trick
    57 Iggy & The Stooges
    56 KISS
    55 Peter Gabriel
    54 Public Enemy
    53 Little Richard
    52 Beyoncé
    51 Billy Joel
    50 Sade
    49 Parliament-Funkadelic
    48 Rage Against The Machine
    47 Jay-Z
    46 Ramones
    45 Al Green
    44 Joni Mitchell
    43 Ray Charles
    42 Metallica
    41 Van Halen
    40 The Police
    39 The Kinks
    38 Sly & The Family Stone
    37 Fleetwood Mac
    36 Paul McCartney
    35 Johnny Cash
    34 Tina Turner
    33 Guns N’ Roses
    32 Black Sabbath
    31 John Lennon
    30 Aerosmith
    29 Radiohead
    28 Elton John
    27 Aretha Franklin
    26 Neil Young
    25 Chuck Berry
    24 The Velvet Underground
    23 AC/DC
    22 The Clash
    21 Bruce Springsteen
    20 Marvin Gaye
    19 U2
    18 Pink Floyd
    17 Queen
    16 Madonna
    15 The Beach Boys
    14 Nirvana
    13 The Who
    12 David Bowie
    11 Bob Marley
    10 Stevie Wonder
    09 James Brown
    08 Elvis Presley
    07 Prince
    06 Jimi Hendrix
    05 Rolling Stones
    04 Led Zeppelin
    03 Michael Jackson
    02 Bob Dylan
    01 The Beatles

    I have to say I'm surprised that they did actually include some groups that I wouldn't expect them to acknowledge (i.e. The Velvet Underground at 24! Cool!). There's a couple weird things that I don't really understand. I think Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys should be switched. No doubt Mariah's got a great voice and has been extremely influential (I believe she has the highest record sales of any solo artist? I could be talking out of my ass though), but come on! Alicia Keys is AWESOME! She plays a killer piano, sings, and is just awesome. Pearl Jam and Green Day are a little too low in rank in my opinion. I mean come on. Green Day has been around forever! Really, really happy to see Steely Dan made the list ^_^ One of my favorite groups evaaaaa!

    See, Coldplay, at 67? No, no, no, no. Green Day so beats out Coldplay in terms of artistry. And geez, good old JT is much too high. Don't get me wrong, love the guy, and he's been around forever too. Buuuuut...I don't know. To outrank Rush, Mary J. Blige, The Bee Gees, and various other people...yeah, I don't think that's kosher. Parliament-Funkadelic got an amazingly high position! I have to be honest, I don't know a single thing about them besides the song "We Got the Funk," but cool to see another name I wouldn't have expected! Someone else would have to give in their two cents as to whether or not they deserve spot 49 or not. Yeaaah, glad to see Rage Against the Machine!

    Not a huge amount of girls on this list. I'm kind of sad not to see Alanis or Sheryl Crow. Although I am glad that Janis is represented! Man, she should be around Joni Mitchell though. There's no way Joni Mitchell is THAT many positions "greater" than Janis. Aretha's there too :) Yay. Ooo, too bad Jefferson Airplane isn't on here just for Grace Slick's voice. God, that voice! AMAZING!

    Of course Paul trails 5 spots behind John :) Poor guy. Wonder if he ever gets annoyed about it, or just accepts it? Probably accepts it. John's always been the higher rated musician. To me it just depends on what mood I'm in. I want something more serious, I go to John. Something fun? Go to Paul.

    I digress. Back on track.

    Ugh, the Who at 13? Not cool. They should have made top ten. The fact Prince is number 7 pisses me off. What the hell? Number 7? Really? Above the Who? Yeah, not cool. Bob Dylan at number 2 is also displeasing to me. Sorry Dylan fans, but I really don't think that he deserves to be above Led Zeppelin. Actually, I don't think MJ deserves to be above Zeppelin either.

    Actually, besides HUGE artists that truly did change music genres forever, I don't really see how you can rank all these guys. Really all the 50s artists should all be in the top 20 at least. Without them we wouldn't even have Rock N Roll as we do today! The Beatles of course deserve the number 1 spot. I don't care if you hate them, there is no way you cannot say that without them Rock would sound like it does today. Because it wouldn't.

    So overall...not bad for a VH1 list. Usually they blow. They haven't been doing too bad at them lately. 1:00 AM, time for bed :)
  • Soooooo BORED.

    15. Sep. 2010, 1:06

    Holy crap, I forgot how BORING my on-campus job is! I am very thankful I have one but gouge my eyes out with pencils, could it get any duller?

    Blah. So, just for my pure entertainment, I'm going to list all my favorite songs that I can think of off the top of my head. Weeeeeeeeeeee.

    "Ride Captain Ride." --Blues Image Group
    "Bang a Gong." --T. Rex
    "Flathead" --Fratellis
    "Feel Good Inc." --Gorillaz
    "Manic Depression" --Jimi Hendrix Experience
    "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do?" --Led Zeppelin
    "What Up People?" --Maximum the Hormone
    "Old Brown Shoe" --The Beatles
    "Feeling Stronger Everyday" --Chicago
    "Feel a Whole Lot Better" --The Byrds
    "Darts of Pleasure" --Franz Ferdinand
    "Communication Breakdown" --Led Zeppelin
    "Bite Hard" --Franz Ferdinand
    "Fame" --David Bowie
    "E-Pro" --Beck
    "Not for Me" --Chet Baker
    "Little Brown Jug" --Glenn Miller
    "Back in the U.S.S.R" --The Beatles
    "Shake That" --Eminem
    "Gimme Shelter" --The Stones
    "Grey Seal" --Elton John
    "Wait Till Tomorrow" --Jimi Hendrix Experience
    "5:15" --The Who
    "Green River" --CCR
    "Batuka" --Santana
    "Itchycoo Park" --The Small Faces
    "Take it to the Limit" --The Eagles
    "I Feel Free" --Cream
    "Let it Rain" --Eric Clapton
    "White Room" --Cream
    "L.A. Woman" --The Doors
    "To Sir with Love" --Lulu (Don't judge)
    "Debt Collector" --Blur
    'Subterranean Homesick Blues" --Dylan (I'll admit it, I like some of his stuff...)
    "Lot 105" --Blur
    "Old Black Water" --Doobie Brothers
    "Wouldn't it be Nice?" --Beach Boys
    "Ain't No Rest of the Wicked" --Caged the Elephant
    "Run Fay Run" --Isaac Hayes
    "Coffee and TV" --Blur
    "It Ain't Necessarily So" --Error Garner
    "Venus in Furs" --Velvet Underground
    "Slither" --Velvet Revolver
    "Radar Love" --Golden Earring
    "5/4" --Gorillaz
    "Sweet Emotion" --Aerosmith
    "Little Martha" --The Allman Brothers Band
    "Martha My Dear" --The Beatles
    "Jessica" --The Allman Brothers Band
    "Show Me How to Live" --Audioslave
    "Pony Boy" --The Allman Brothers Band
    "You're so Damn Hot" --Ok Go
    "Welcome to the Jungle" --Guns N Roses
    "Let it Ride" --BTO
    "Are You Gonna Be My Girl?" --Jet
    "Peace of Mind" --Boston
    "Hey Nineteen" --Steely Dan
    "Bodhisattva" --Steely Dan
    "Crazy on You" --Heart (oh her voice!! Amazing!)
    "The Electric Version" --New Pornographers
    "Myriad Harbour" --New Pornographers
    "Sound of Silence" --Simon and Garfunkel
    "Lola" --The Kinks
    "Any Major Dude" --Steely Dan
    "Black Dog" --Led Zeppelin
    "Paperback Writer" --The Beatles
    "Ride" --The Vines
    "Laura" --Billy Joel
    "Let's Spend the Night Together" --The Stones
    "Honky Tonk Woman" --The Stones
    "Spoonman" --Soundgarden

    I apologize if I start repeating songs occasionally. If I do repeat, that must mean it's an extra favorite or something.

    "Tin Soldier" --Small Faces
    "How can I be Sure?" --The Rascals
    "Cherub Rock" --Smashing Pumpkins
    "Kool Thing" --Sonic Youth
    "Jungle Love" --Steve Miller
    "The Logical Song" --Supertramp
    "Cry to Me" --Solomon Burke
    "Sunshine Superman" --Donovan (been my ring tone for 2 plus years now :) )
    "Moby Dick" --Zeppelin
    "I'm a Man" --Spencer Davis Group
    "Gimme Some Loving" --Spencer Davis Group
    "In Bloom" --Nirvana
    "Lithium" --Nirvana
    "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore." --The Rascals (that's a good one!)
    "No Matter What" and "Day After Day" --Badfinger
    "Pledge of Allegiance" -- Louis XIV
    "We're for the Dark" -- Badfinger
    "I'll Be the One" --Badfinger
    "I'm Not Talking" --The Yardbirds

    Shift over! :)
  • 25 minutes to kill before Mad Men

    30. Aug. 2010, 2:01

    Mad Men is on in 25 minutes, and I'm dreadfully bored. Ugh -_- So...let's just free write until it is on, shall we? See what kind of thoughts drip out of my brain about music :)

    So what to write about...the first thing that pops in my head is The Beatles naturally. However, Janis Joplin just popped on my random shuffle, so now I'm purely focused on her. Holy crap that woman's voice is just out of control! Seriously, who did she have to sell her soul to in order to obtain those killer vocals?

    I was recently reading about her, and saw that she was a huge outcast in high school. She went to her 10 year school reunion when she was 27 to rub her fame into the faces of those who made her an outcast. The interesting thing? She was still treated as an outcast. Even after getting all that fame, fortune, respect, and notoriety in the rock world, her former classmates were STILL cruel to her. Pretty interesting, if you ask me.

    How about the fact that she died at age 27? Or the fact that so many rock stars died at age 27? It's such a waste. So much talent in those heads, and yet so many destructive tendencies that go along with those amazing thoughts and skills. I always wonder what would have happened to them if they would have stayed alive. I don't know how famous people do it. Most work so unbelievably hard for those years that they show the world what they've got, and then they either age gracefully and maintain their respect; fade off into obscurity and are left alone; or spiral down into a disastrous mess. It's amazing to me.

    I wonder if people like Janis, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, etc. were allowed to look back at their lives, and were asked the question would you do it all again if they would? Would their personal sufferings be worth their becoming martyrs of the music world? Would the unbelievably huge cult followings and haunting aura their names alone inspire be worth it? You know, I think they would. I don't think they would regret a moment of their lives, and that they would do it all again. Maybe they'd want to tweak some things here and there, but I would stake money that they wouldn't want to change much if they got to see the legacy they left in their wake.

    This is why I love free writing. You never know what on earth is going to dribble out of your head! I still have 10 minutes to kill though...crap. I have some political thoughts stirring in my head right now, but I'd prefer to stick to music. Well, here's something about a political band! I went to a bar last night, and saw a cover band. Their last song they played was Rage Against the Machine's Killing in the Name, and I pretty much felt like someone had shot adrenaline into my heart. Jesus, what a song!! That bass line in the beginning, the lyrics, the guitar, the "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me" at the end! It's such a high! Absolutely amazing :)

    I can see why music can instigate riots. Songs like "Killing in the Name" just make you feel completely different! Although I can never, ever imagine how a song like Bill Haley And The Comets' Rock Around The Clock started that huge riot in German way back when. I don't even want to know what would happen if you put that crowd into some of the really intense metal audiences...yikes!

    Heeeey Mad Men in 3 minutes! I'll tag this baby up, and that's that :)
  • Soundtrack to My Life

    24. Aug. 2010, 1:49

    I just love these things...:) Here we go!

    Opening Credits: Cult of Personality--Living Colour
    SWEET MAN! :D

    Waking up: School Day--Chuck Berry.
    Probably would have been more appropriate for the next part, ha :)

    First Day of School: Shut Up--Black Eyed Peas
    Guess I'm an outcast :P

    Falling in Love: Hahaha, Dazed and Confused--Led Zeppelin...
    That's hilarious...

    Fight Song: A Day in Life--The Beatles
    Kind of interesting.

    Breaking up: Monica--The Kinks
    I guess my man was cheating on me with Monica! BITCH!

    Prom: Step Into My Office--Belle and Sebastien.
    I hope this means I'm doing it with the hot, young new principal in his office while the rest of the kids do their thing at prom!! Yaaaaaay!! ;)

    Life: Love--John Lennon.
    Aw...:( Now I'm going to cry...

    Mental Breakdown: I Can't Quit You Baby--Led Zeppelin
    I need to stop depending on people!

    Driving: American Woman--Guess Who
    Cool :)

    Flashback: Here I Go Again--White Snake
    Very clearly I have a lot of relationship issues in this life of mine, ha :)

    Getting Back together: Almost Lover--A Fine Frenzy...
    Um...that's kind of off...just sayin'...

    Wedding: The Clap--Infant Sorrow
    YEH! I'm having a badass wedding! I hope Aldous Snow is performing it live! :D

    Birth of Child: Hey Joe--Jimi Hendrix
    Hmmmmm...

    Final Battle: Gee, Officer Krupke!--West Side Story
    That's not very badass :P

    Death Scene: Rehab--Amy Winehouse
    That's more like it ;)

    Funeral Song: Flathead--The Fratellis
    Well just because she feeds me well and she made me talk dirty in a pink hotel...:)

    End Credits: Take it to the LImit--The Eagles.
    Ahhh peaceful :)