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What are your favorite songs?
03-30-2007, 01:05 AM
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What are your favorite songs?
Last week, I thought a good idea for a thread would be not just our favorite Harvey Danger songs, but our favorite all-time songs, so I made out a list of my top eighteen. I then did not do anything with it for a week, but my top fifteen still look all right to me, and fifteen is a neater number than eighteen, so, here goes:

15. "Linger" by The Cranberries

Yeah, that shaker thing is annoying, and they were terrible by their third album, but this was the first sign to me music in my lifetime might not all be bad. Gotta start somewhere.

14. "A Question of Tempature" by The Balloon Farm

Their typo, not mine. This is almost as weird as the first time I heard it on the rooftop of my new house in the middle of nowhere, close to my fifteenth birthday.

13. "Spirits" by The Sheila Divine

If this were emo, emo would not be embarrassing. The entire album where have my countrymen gone is gorgeous.

12. "Every Day" by Stark

No one knows this, but it came out on cassette in 1990 and ought to have been neck and neck with "Smells like Teen Spirit." Best fadeout in history.

11. "My Human Interactions" by Harvey Danger

No one ever gets how I could love a song about having to be in the background of a commercial for a completely worthless product. Whatever.

10. "Apparitions" by Matthew Good Band

I was partial previously to "Everything Is Automatic" and "The Future Is X-Rated," but as time goes by, this is the song I most wish I had written.

9. "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies" [Single Version] by The Association

This somehow was the follow-up to "Cherish," which defies every law of physics.

8. "Pipeline" by Chantay's

The spelling "Chantay's" ought to disqualify it, but I defy anyone to name a cooler instrumental.

7. "Ice Box" [Demo] by Nada Surf

"Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies" without the druggy back story. Nada Surf used to rock like an avalanche.

6. "1979" by The Smashing Pumpkins

I bought this eight times. A good song need not be obscure.

I refuse to break the tie for the top five; therefore, in alphabetical order:

"The Enchanted Sea" by The Islanders

Cheesy story: I first heard this when I was seven, and it still reminds me of the vividest dream I ever have had, when I was six.

"Favela" by Antonio Carlos Jobim

The vocal version, "O morro não tem vez," cannot come close. Oh, I just named a cooler instrumental than "Pipeline."

"Late at Night" by Buffalo Tom

Bassist Chris Colbourn hits fouls or homers, no in between. This is his grand slam.

"Match Game/Hollywood Squares (Hour) Theme" by Edd Kalehoff

It sounds sort of like "Wrong Number" by The Cure. I actually am not alone on this one.

"Strategies for Selecting and Verifying Time over Fiction (Motorcade)" by Little Black Spiders

This exists only as a live demo and definitely is the most exciting song I ever have heard. There was couch-moshing going on.

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Now, then, anyone else?
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03-30-2007, 08:21 AM
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I don't know about of all time, but right now I can get enough of "Fiery Crash" off Andrew Bird's new album. ba baa ba ba ba ba baa. damnit!
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03-30-2007, 08:34 AM
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3.) piano theme from eternal sunshine of the spotless mind: jon brion

just an extraordinarily beautiful song

2.) a sorta fairytale: tori amos

so sexy i cant stop listening

1.) cherub rock: smashing pumpkins

this has been my favourite song of all time, from any band, off of any album since i first heard it in sixth grade in 1995. it still is.

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03-30-2007, 09:23 AM
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All Time.

1. Carry The Zero - Built To Spill

2. In The Walls - Stellastarr*

3. Spaceboy - The Smashing Pumpkins

4. Ceremony - New Order (Joy Division version)

5. Airbag - Radiohead

6. Schizophrenia - Sonic Youth

7. Fascination Street - The Cure

8. Try, Try, Try - The Smashing Pumpkins

9. Dreams Burn Down - Ride

10. Only Shallow - My Bloody Valentine

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03-30-2007, 02:18 PM
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Independence/Indifference Wrote:2.) a sorta fairytale: tori amos

so sexy i cant stop listening
Never would have guessed you would like her. I feel the same about "We Float" by PJ Harvey.

Smashing Pumpkins was the only act I almost listed more than one song by.
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03-30-2007, 04:42 PM
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johnnyfootballhero Wrote:
Independence/Indifference Wrote:2.) a sorta fairytale: tori amos

so sexy i cant stop listening
Never would have guessed you would like her.

tell no one.

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03-30-2007, 05:29 PM
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Your secret is safe with the 3904 of us.

Nice sig.
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03-30-2007, 07:06 PM
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well, I can list a couple of 'em, but I don't have a formal order. They also change frequently:

"Two-Headed Boy", Part 2 - Neutral Milk Hotel
"You Are Invited" Dismemberment Plan
"I Was Meant for the Stage" Decemberists
"A Movie-Script Ending" Death Cab for Cutie
"Fade W/O" Peter Parker
"Guarantees Aren't Easy" Prom
"When the Party Ends" Saturday Looks Good to Me
"Tonight, Tonight" Smashing Pumpkins
"White Plains" John Vanderslice
"Never Leave a Job Half Done" Pedro the Lion
"Unentitled" This Busy Monster

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03-30-2007, 09:02 PM
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Big Grin Movie script ending!

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03-30-2007, 10:07 PM
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and here I thought I was the only person in the "wrong" to have The Photo Album as my favorite Death Cab.

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03-31-2007, 12:10 AM
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Lest it carry on forever, I'll break the run on Smashing Pumpkins songs. I'll stick with fifteen, though.

Harvey Danger - "Why I'm Lonely"
Matthew Good Band - "Everything is Automatic" (It's a take-your-pick from Beautiful Midnight)
Neil Young - "Don't Let it Bring You Down"
Soundgarden - "Zero Chance"
The Tragically Hip - "Fully Completely"
Idlewild - "A Modern Way of Letting Go"
Pearl Jam - "Indifference"
Sloan - "Underwhelmed"
Cream - "Tales of Brave Ulysses"
Jethro Tull - "Skating Away (On the Thin Ice of a New Day)"
Dandy Warhols - "You Were The Last High"
Thelonious Monk - "In Walked Bud"
At the Drive-In - "198d"
Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Tin Pan Alley"
Stereolab - "Spark Plug" (This is my PJ Harvey/Tori Amos song; If Karl Marx had released Communist Manifesto as an album and had Laetitia Sadier around to sing it, communism would've been quite a bit more palatable)



...and anything by MC Rove.
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03-31-2007, 01:18 AM
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We have a spy for Canada among us!

My fourth semester here, more than one friend lent me Dots and Loops. I went on to get that, Refried Ectoplasm: Switched On, Vol. 2, Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night, and Captain Easychord, but I have yet to hear Emperor Tomato Ketchup. I really have no excuse, right?

The interesting thing about "The Last High" is that it has a different title here from elsewhere. Well, the interesting thing besides the song itself, which I just listened to for the umpteenth time.
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03-31-2007, 02:28 AM
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KidintheCarpetStore Wrote:Idlewild - "A Modern Way of Letting Go

I love you forever.

Harvey Danger - My Human Interactions
Harvey Danger - The Same as Being in Love
Harvey Danger - Little Round Mirrors
Radiohead - Let Down
Radiohead - True Love Waits
Manic Street Preachers - Motorcycle Emptiness
Bishop Allen - Flight 180
The Long Winters - Scent of Lime
The Long Winters - The Commander Thinks Aloud
Bloc Party - This Modern Love
Bloc Party - Rhododendrons
Death Cab for Cutie - Company Calls
Death Cab for Cutie - Transantlanticism
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Smashing Pumpkins - Perfect
Kingsbury Manx - Pelz Komet
The Decemberists - The Engine Driver

Not in order and it varies from day to day
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03-31-2007, 07:02 AM
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KidintheCarpetStore Wrote:Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Tin Can Alley"
Haha, it's "Pan".
But mucho love for SRV.

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03-31-2007, 07:29 AM
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it's too bad Idlewild's last two albums were terrible.
well, i guess i havent heard the new one yet, I just assume it's more of the last album.

also, Mr. Football Hero, i would recommend that you take a look at Mars Audiac Quintet by the Groop [Stereolab]. That and ETK are stellar (i think this is an appropriate adjective when dealing with Stereolab). Also every 7" they put out... the list goes on! And I have all of it (even Low-Fi!)
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