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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Top Five Songs, All-Time



D-Lee of Red and Black Hockey has tagged me into putting up a "Five Favorite Songs" post. As Dave already points out in his own post (as well as listing a couple of gems, "God Only Knows" and "I Am The Cosmos"), taking every great song I've ever liked and whittling them down to just the five best is a near-impossible task. So, I'll try to do this with at least some sort of criteria: nothing too obvious, like AC/DC or Cheap Trick or anything like that, and no bands that had only one good song to begin with (which leaves out Busted Statues).

You can also click on the links to play the songs...


The Replacements, "Customer"
When I first started buying records, up through '82-'83, I had a lot of metal bands in my collection-- bands that sang about fighting demons and warlocks and banging chicks 'til the break of dawn and crap like that... shit that nobody does when they're 17. Then I heard The Replacements for the first time, and their songs were about hangin' around downtown, not having a car, or walking into the same store over and over because you had a crush on the girl that worked there-- you know, stuff that was happening to me everyday. It all changed for the better after that.


Big Star, "I Got Kinda Lost"
For some reason, I've never minded recordings that sounded crappy, as long as they still kicked. This is a demo track that has a fuck-up at the beginning, still has the studio separation (with the vocals on one side and the rest of the band on the other) that makes it almost unlistenable except through headphones, and at the end you can hear the engineer resignedly say, "It'll do." Still, instead of all of the beautiful recordings that Big Star has released, I think this grimed-up one's my favorite.


Scratch Acid, "She Said"
I interviewed David Yow when "Beserker" came out in 1987, and when I handed him a copy of my fanzine he just put it aside, saying that he didn't know how to read. I don't know if he was pulling my leg or not, but in any case, Scratch Acid is one of the top three bands that I saw multiple times back in the '80s (Government Issue and Breaking Circus are the other two), and this song wails.


The Modern Lovers, "She Cracked"
Not only is this a direct ancestor to Spoon, but I like how Jonathan Richman sings like he's mental sometimes: "I know these very nice girls from where I come... from, but theyyyyyyy get toughtotalk TO".


Weirdos, "We Got The Neutron Bomb"
The three best American punk singles of all time are this one b/w "Solitary Confinement", Gang Green's "Alcohol"/"Skate To Hell", and Last Rights' "Chunks"/"So Ends Our Night". It amazes me how thick and heavy the Weirdos sound on this one, compared to all of their other counterparts (Fear, DOA, etc) who were turning the guitars down in the studio and putting out flimsy records that sounded like crap.

Tagging: Greg from The Post-Pessimist Association, and Ingmar Bergman Shoots and Scores.

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17 Comments:

Anonymous Joe Stumble said...

Gotta take the bait here....

Bags - Survive/Babylonian Gorgon or Effigies - Body Bag/Security over Last Rites.

Other two yeah...

What are your top 3 US HC singles?

8/6/07, 10:55 AM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

Top 3 U.S. hardcore 7" is a tough one, because there's too many great ones.

Only off the top of my head, quickly, I would say The State "No Illusions", the Negative Approach EP, and Gov't Issue "Make An Effort", in that order.

I'm sure I'd get a lot of disagreement, though.

8/6/07, 11:30 AM

 
Blogger gsdgsd13 said...

My list's up now -- though I suspect that within an hour, I'll be beating myself up over songs I left off.

8/6/07, 12:25 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

Yeah, Greg, you left off the Gorilla Biscuits, unless I'm mistaken.

8/6/07, 2:21 PM

 
Blogger gsdgsd13 said...

I know -- I'm forgetting my roots. Maybe I'll do the "top five straight-edge songs"...

8/6/07, 3:02 PM

 
Anonymous joe said...

Top 5 Straight-Edge Songs (in order of importance and relevance):

5. Straight and Alert - Uniform Choice

4. Youth Crew - Youth of Today

3. Get it Away - SSD

2. Straight edge - Minor Threat

...and the number one most crucial straightedge song ever is....

1. Me and Mr T - Crucial Youth

8/7/07, 12:53 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

Not "Be Kind, Rewind"?

8/7/07, 1:58 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

Oops-- almost forgot my own personal favorite:

"Pillsbury Hardcore,
In a straight-edge limbo

You X your hand to show that you're straight,
You X your other hand, you'll decide your own fate..."

8/7/07, 2:00 PM

 
Anonymous quint said...

All right you freaks here are 5 favorites of real music.

In My Life - Beatles
Badge - Cream
Hurricane - Bob Dylan
Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
Four Sticks - Zeppelin

8/7/07, 10:33 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

It got very "VH1 Classic" in here all of a sudden.

8/8/07, 1:49 PM

 
Anonymous joe said...

Yeah wow....

Let me take us back to the "youth crew". I chose Me and Mr T because it espouses the SXE ethic better than any other song..except maybe "The 4 Rules".

"Be Kind, Rewind" may be the better song but it just isn't relevant in today's digital environment.

My favorite Pillsbury Hardcore song is "I Hate Paper Cuts" cuz its the only one I can remember.

Dude you gotta be postin some "Straigh Edge Limbo"...I NEED to hear that.

8/9/07, 7:55 AM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

If only I still had that record. Owned a few copies of it, at one point-- one of each color vinyl...

Don't forget this PHC one from way back:

"If you wanna get in on a heavy fuckin' trend,
Heavy Fuckin' Metallllll!

Motley Crue, Nikki Sixx,
Heavy Fuckin' Metallllll!"

Or something like that.

8/9/07, 9:37 AM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

I forgot I had this one hanging around:

Pillsbury Hardcore-- "Wanna Check Out My Record Collection?"

Got all the Dischords,
Legless Bull too,
SSD "Kids Will Have Their Say"
My record collection! My record collection!
It's rad, it's rad, it's rad, it's rad!

8/9/07, 9:50 AM

 
Anonymous joe said...

fuck dude...Pilssbury Hardcore is officially Joe Stumble's band of the moment!

8/9/07, 10:15 AM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

I did some checking around-- There's a MySpace page with three downloads available.

Also, someone posted a Rapid Share file (link) last year, but it seems to have been taken down.

8/9/07, 10:49 AM

 
Blogger Joe Stumble said...

As payback for this, I would invite you and your readers to join me in Hoogie Boogie Land.

In keeping with the theme of Sidearm Delivery, I do believe Hoogie Boogie Land is where the St Louis Blus have been practicing for the past few years.

8/10/07, 10:47 AM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

(A Part of This) Complete (Breakfast) is like an updated Black Oak Arkansas, featuring Jim Dandy's even fatter nephew on vocals.

I don't know whether to thank you for the tip, or stuff rotten fruit in your mailbox.

8/10/07, 2:36 PM

 

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