July 30, 2005
Ten songs

Memed again.

List ten songs that you are currently digging ... it doesn't matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they're no good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions, the artists, and the ten songs in your blog. Then tag five other people to see what they're listening to.

Bearing in mind that I don't own an iPod and can't listen to music at work, here we go...

1. I'll Tell Me Ma, preferred version by the Flying Fish Sailors. One of the things they don't tell you about parenthood is the vast number of earworms you get from all of the baby objects that play music. If I never hear "Skip To My Lou" or "Polly Wolly Doodle" ever again, it'll be too soon. Your best line of defense is the realization that old-fashioned folk music is not only (usually) appropriate for kids and always easier on adult brains, it's also generally easy for adults and kids to sing along to. I've been singing this one to Olivia, which she seems to like.

2. Whiskey in the Jar, Metallica. Another old folk song, which works really well as a straight-on heavy metal piece. Note that Metallica's version of the lyrics are not universal.

3. and 4. Dizzy Atmosphere and Chameleon, by Dizzy Gillespie and Maynard Ferguson, respectively. Both were songs I learned while playing in bands conducted by Laurence Laurenzano. They've both been going through my head a lot since his death.

5. and 6. Fall Behind Me and Heaven, by The Donnas and Los Lonely Boys, respectively. Two songs I discovered when I first started listening to 89.7 KACC and began to realize how much else is out there once you escape the world of demographically appropriate radio formats.

7. and 8. Antifreeze and Old Blevins, by the Asylum Street Spankers and the Austin Lounge Lizards, respectively. Because every music-related list I ever do has something by each of these guys.

9. Stayin' Alive, The Bee Gees. It's Tiffany's fault - she watched an A&E biography of the Bee Gees last night. Actually, it reminded me of how talented these guys were, and how massively successful as well. Of course, I still think of the parody of this from Airplane! when I hear this song, but I consider that a bonus.

10. Any of the 40 Most Awesomely Bad Dirrty Songs Ever, which had Tiffany and me in stitches last week.

All righty then. Ted, Linkmeister, Sarah, Nate, and HellieMae, you're up.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 30, 2005 to Music | TrackBack

Oh, man. I don't have an iPod either, and I'm almost exclusively an NPR news/talk listener. I'll dig around in the vinyl for what I'd like to listen to in the hour between All Things Considered and Sunday Night Baseball tomorrow afternoon and then get back to you.

Posted by: Linkmeister on July 30, 2005 5:38 PM

I find it somewhat ironic that you went from the Bee Gee's "Stayin Alive" to the "40 Most Awesomely Bad Dirrty Songs Ever"

Here's one song I'm surprised didn't make the "40 Most Awesomely Bad Dirrty Songs Ever" list. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts classic "Do You Want To Touch Me?". Then again, I can't seem to recall there being a video for that one.

Posted by: William Hughes on July 30, 2005 9:47 PM

I just saw your link to my post on DVD vs. CD pricing models;

You may like this music related post:

A Different Kind of Top 10 Music List For 2004

Posted by: Barry Ritholtz on August 29, 2005 6:30 AM