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May 23, 2007

ten random songs
posted by soe 3:18 pm

I was going to rant about a lack of working fire hydrants (here in D.C. and in other large cities), but then I read Sweetpea’s post today and that seemed like a much more sane idea. I know, I know. Two memes in a week… What can I say? I’m not feeling overly inspired this week.

Just start your iPod, iTunes, or whatever music player you use, and write down the first ten tracks that come up. No cheating and skipping around until you get the cool songs.

(As a note, if my iPod comes up with podcasts, audio book segments, or Christmas songs, I’m hitting fast forward. As long as I declare it ahead of the game, it doesn’t count as cheating, right? Just as home rule advantage…)

  1. Justin Guarini’s “Route 66” from American Idol
  2. Pink Martini’s “Dansez-Vous” from Hang on Little Tomato
  3. Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer’s “Happytown (All Right with Me)” from Tanglewood Tree
  4. The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” from The Pet Sounds Sessions
  5. Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” from Millennium 2
  6. Nine Inch Nails’ “The Frail (Version)” from Things Falling Apart (I don’t think I’ve ever heard this song before. Did I pull it from your collection, Rudi, or was it a podcast download?)
  7. Odetta’s “House of the Rising Sun” from Best of the Vanguard Years (Odetta’s melancholy blues version kicks the ass of any rock version of the song.)
  8. The Ditty Bops’ “In the Meantime” from Moon over the Freeway
  9. Kristen Hersh’s “Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey” from Uncut: Instant Karma 2002
  10. Sugarbabes’ “Come Together” from Q: Lennon Covered #2 (They do a pretty good cover, actually.)

Frankly, I’m surprised that only one sort of modern folky tune ended up on this list, although Christine Lavin and Crooked Still did immediately follow these ten. If you’d asked me, I would have told you that’s what I listen to the most of, but perhaps the reality doesn’t back the perception in this instance. Or maybe my iPod just wants me to seem cooler than I really am (although I’m not sure anyone with Justin Guarini on their iPod can claim to be cool…).

Want to play along? Grab the meme for your blog or leave your list in the coments.

Category: arts. There is/are 8 Comments.

“The Frail” probably came from a Selective Service playlist – I seem to recall it being in one of Sam’s lists some time back.

Comment by randomduck 05.23.07 @ 4:13 pm

Rudi posts his list here.

Pingback by randomduck 05.23.07 @ 4:51 pm

I was all set to do this one and the one below this am, and stupid LJ appears to be down!

Comment by Jenn 05.24.07 @ 5:30 am

1) “Heaven” by King Missile, from Happy Hour.

2) “Precious Things” by Tori Amos, from Little Earthquakes

… to be continued later, as my Zen’s battery zonked, and requires an attachment to charge it that isn’t here with me.

Comment by Grey Kitten 05.24.07 @ 11:36 am

I borrowed the special attachment that allows me to charge via USB, found an appropriate USB cable, and am currently charging. While I was going through this process, I turned it on to see if a different charging-like device would work and it began playing this:

3) “The Church of What’s Happening Now” by Sia, from Colour the Small One

I’m having trouble convincing it to play things AND charge at the same time – although I am pretty sure it can do that, it just doesn’t want to right now, so I’ll get back to you with the last seven later.

Comment by Grey Kitten 05.24.07 @ 12:14 pm

Hooray for USB cables! Was the Sia song one from the album you imported from overseas?

Comment by soe 05.24.07 @ 1:37 pm

No, that was Métisse, whose song “Boom Boom Ba” gained popularity from its use in the show “Dead Like Me”. Sia had “Breathe me” featured in the series finale of “6 Feet Under” and I picked up her album from the local record shop just to find out how well I liked her other stuff, and the clerk was so excited and told me I would love it. I don’t disagree.

Continuing on toward 10:

4) “The Last Great American” by Five for Fighting, from America Town

5) “God Tells Me To” by the Ass Ponys, from The Known Universe

6) “No Man’s Woman” by Sinéad O’Conner, from Faith And Courage

7) “As Is” by Ani DiFranco, from Little Plastic Castle

8) “Josephine” by Tori Amos, from To Venus And Back (Orbiting)

9) “Sleep to Dream Her” by Dave Matthews Band, from Everyday

10) “It’s All Understood” by Jack Johnson, from Brushfire Fairytales

Comment by Grey Kitten 05.24.07 @ 4:19 pm

This is fun (though I know in advance that I will be disappointed in what my selections my ipod will make me show the world – y’all know I’m much more rounded than this…) 😉

1. An Englishman Needs Time – Eartha Kitt – Live at Cafe Carlyle
2. Boy – Book of Love – Book of Love
3. Without You – RENT, OBCR
4. Cool It Now – New Edition – All The Number Ones
5. Carbon Monoxide – Cake – Pressure Chief
6. Whatever – Imogen Heap – I Megaphone
7. You Rock My World – Michael Jackson – Number Ones
8. I Dare You To Move – Switchfoot – Learning To Breathe
9. Yahoo! – Erasure – The Innocents
10. Open Your Hears – Anggun – Open Hearts Soundtrack

There you go. Surprisingly no Madonna, no Pest Shop Boys, no Britney and no Beyonce. Maybe the ipod needed a break???

See you next mix!

(Maybe your next question should be about folks top 25…? Actually, I’m not sure I’d want to reveal that!) 😉

Comment by ejbro 05.28.07 @ 9:55 pm