OK, since it's a slow season and we're even discussing beer, let's learn a little more about each other by getting into music. This is a variation on a famous old newspaper question (England in the late 1800s?) about what books you'd take to a desert island.
But this morning the SF Chronicle had a piece about iPods and downloadable music and then surveyed some famous musicians and asked them what was on their "most-played" list.
So for the purpose of this game you're marooned ona desert island with your iPod (or whatever MP3 player you'd like). But you can only have 10 songs. What are they? I'll have to think on mine before posting (movies I do keep a running list of), although I know for sure that "Hey Jude" is on it. In fact, since it's my game I'm going to put a rule on it that you can't have two by the same person.
YOu don't want too many short songs and you gotta think artists first [IMO], so
Beatles - Norwegian Wood
Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
Who - Who Are You?
Iron Butterfly - Indagadadavida (sp?)
Eric Clapton - Layla (original)
Youngbloods - Let's Get Together
Darude - Sandstorm
Dirty Vega - Days Gone By
plus a really long classical piece (Beethoven?) to cleanse the palate
>In fact, since it's my game I'm going
>to put a rule on it that you can't have two by the same person.
How do you expect me to choose just one India Arie song?? They're all great!!
Still, here's my list (without much thought). I might make amendments to it later.
1. "Headed In The Right Direction" - India Arie
2. "143" - Musiq Soulchild
3. "Sweet Misery" - Amel Larrieux
4. "Greatest Day" - Beverley Knight
5. "Soul Sista" - Bilal
6. "Come To Me" - Common feat. Mary J Blige
7. "The Way" - Jill Scott
8. "Knocks Me Off My Feet" - Stevie Wonder
9. "Love Of My Life" - Erykah Badu
10. "Don't You Forget It" - Glenn Lewis
It's killing me to leave off Lauryn Hill and Aaliyah, but there's simply no room for them!!
My top ten songs......
"Jungleland".....Bruce Springsteen (hey, I'm from Jersey)
"Paradise By The Dashboard Lights".....Meatloaf
"Shoulda Been A Cowboy".....Toby Keith
"Stairway to Heaven".....Led Zep
"Scenes From An Italian Restaurant".....Billy Joel
"That Summer".....Garth Brooks
"Buffalo Soldier".....Bob Marley
"Johnny B. Goode".....Chuck Berry
"The Weight".....The Band
"Peace of Mind".....Boston
So for the purpose of
>this game you're marooned ona desert island with your iPod (or whatever
>player you'd like). But you can only have 10 songs.
The question is not possible to answer.
Stealers Wheel-Stuck in the Middle With You
Cheap Trick-I Want You to Want Me
Pilate-Into Your Hideout
AB Logic- The Hitman
Waterboys-The Whole of the Moon
AC DC-Back In Black
Our Lady Peace-Naveed
Altered Images-I Could be Happy
Jimmy Eat World-Lucky Denver Mint
Argent-Hold Your Head Up
Pete Yorn-For Nancy
Malcom Mclaren-Madam Butterfly
Steve Miller Band-The Joker
Steely Dan-Reeling In The Years
U2-Where the Streets Have No Name
Bruce Springsteen-Candy's Room
Rolling Stones-Sympathy for the Devil
Rod Stewart-Maggie May
Prince-Let's Go Crazy
Cuba-Cross the Line
Pet Shop Boys-West End Girls
Hit List-Into the Fire
New Order-Your Silent Face
Rainer Maria-Thought I Was
Semisonic-Singing in my Sleep
Charlatans UK-The Only One I Know
Big Audio Dynamite-The Medicine Show
Belle and Sebastian-Sleep the Clock Around
Lo Fidelity All Stars-Battleflag
Kate Bush-Running Up That Hill
Yes-Yours is no Disgrace
Peter Gabriel-Solsbury Hill
Flash and the Pan-Hey St Peter
Genesis-The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Yo La Tengo-Cherry Chapstick
World Party-Way Down Now
Elton John-Teacher I Need You
Talking Heads-once in a Lifetime
Touch and Go-Would You
Ike and Tina Turner-Proud Mary
Texas-Say What You Want
Radiohead-High and Dry
Bill Nelson-Wildest Dreams
Jesus and Mary Chain-Head on
Bad Finger-Come and Get It
Iggy Pop-Real Wild Child
Third Eye Blind-Graduate
Nick Lowe-Cruel To Be Kind
Temptations-Just My Imagination
Moody Blues-Go Now
Tom Robinson-The Real Thing
Sly and the Family Stone-I Want to take You Higher
Fat Boy Slim-Going Out of My head
REM-Radio Free Europe
Weeping Tile-South of Me
Simple Minds-Alive And Licking
Beach Boys-Help Me Rhonda
Style Council-Long hot Summer
Beatles-While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Nails-88 lines About 44 Women
Topper Headon-Time Is Tight
The Clash-The Magnificent Seven
Joe Strummer-Yalla Yalla
Primitive Radio Gods-Standing Outside A broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
The The-This is the Day
Strawbs-Round and Round
Soft Cell-say hello, Wave Goodbye
Camper Van Beethoven-Take The Skinheads Bowling
Doves-The Cedar Room
Bob Seger-Hollywood Nights
Echoboy-Kit and Holly
ELO-The Diary of Horace Wimp
ELP-I Believe in Father Christmas
Icicle Works-Whisper To A Scream
Siouxsie and the Banshees-Spellbound
Led Zeppelin-Going To California
I haven't even started thinking about it. I could
easily add that Death in Vegas track by tafnut too.
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Impossible to answer, of course, but fun nonethless... Here's the first 10 that come to mind:
John Coltrane: My Favorite Things
Miles Davis: Spanish Key
Hendrix: Machine Gun
Dick Dale: The Victor
Grateful Dead: Dark Star
Clash: London Calling
Bad Brains: Secret 77
Rage Against the Machine: I'm Housin
White Stripes: Seven Nation Army
Bach: any one of the Brandenburg Concertos
Here's mine (may choose more later as I've been drinking Champaigne at the beach all day, memory is a bit shaky)
The Clash London Calling
Led Zep Stairway to Heaven
Kate Bush Wuthering Hieghts
Joan Armatrading Love & Affection
Beatles Elanor Rigby
U2 Beautiful Day
The Jam Going Underground
Dave Matthews Crash
David Bowie Changes
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture
Kuha1 and marknhj have some strange ideas of what constitutes a song. Neither the Brandenburg Concerti nor the 1812 Overture are songs, by any stretch of the imagination. (Hey, I didn't write the rules.)
Here's my list. It's just songs--no operatic arias, no pieces from oratorios, requiems, etc. I'm sure I'm forgetting one or more of my faves, but these came to mind pretty quickly. In no particular order:
Strauss - Belm Schlafengehen (from the Vier Letzte Lieder)
Elgar - Sabbath Morning at Sea (from Sea Pictures)
Elgar - Sea Slumber Song (from Sea Pictures)
Schubert - Ave Marie
Schubert - Morgengruss (from Die Schoene Mullerin)
Mahler - Um Mitternacht (from the Ruckertlieder)
Rachmaninoff - Sing not in My Presence, Dear Beauty (I can't do cyrillic so . . .)
Nielsen - Saa Bittert Van Mit Hjerte
Vaughn Williams - Rise Heart (Five Mystical Songs)
Berlioz - Villanelle (Nuits d'Ete)
I'd Do It Again If I Could - Bernard Butler
Teardrop - Massive Attack
Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash
Roads - Portishead
Dear Hearts - Murder City Devils
Double Clutchin' Finger F*ckin' - REO Speedealer
Demon Cleaner - Kyuss
So What - Ministry
Nefisa - Earthling
Morcheeba - Moog Island
John Lee Hooker-One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.
Bad, Like Jesse James
Billie Holiday-Strange Fruit
Bobbie Gentry-Ode to Billie Joe
Janis Joplin- Me and Bobby McGee
Duke Ellington- Mood Indigo
Stan Getz- Desafinado
Miles Davis- Flamenco Scetches
Chuck Berry- Memphis Tennessee
The Who- My Generation
The Eagles- Hotel California
Bob Dylan- Romance in Durango
Johnny Cash- Orange Blossom Special
The Stones- Honkytonk Women
The Beatles- Strawberryfields
The Band- Up on Cripple Creek
Gordon Lightfoot- The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Big Bopper- Chantilly Lace
Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show- Sylvia's Mother
Beethoven- Synphony no.9
Jean Sibelius- Finlandia (also favorite Vodka)
Mozart- Piano Concerto No. 20 in D
Finally John Coltrane- Anything by this man!
Rolling Stones - Midnight Rambler
" " Brown Sugar
Coasters - Yakety yak
Elvis - Jailhouse Rock
James Brown - Can't Stand Myself
Righteous br. - You've lost that lovin' feeling
E.Power Biggs - 'Jig' Fugue (Bach)
Chuck Berry - School Days
Los Machucambos - La Bamba
Jackie Wilson - I'll be Satisfied
video: von Karajan conducting "Ein Alpensinfonie"
(eclectic.. but whadya expect from a decathlete..)
Well, since I started this thread, I guess I better post my picks. I found it more difficult than I imagined because there really aren't 10 songs I actually enjoy listening to. Anyway, here they are in descending order, best last:
10. Copa Cabana - Barry Manilow
9. Rubber Duckie - Sesame Street soundtrack
8. Tiptoe Thru the Tulips - Tiny Tim
7. Who Let the Dogs Out - Those Bahamian Guys
6. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer - I forget
5. Karma Chameleon - Boy George
4. It's You Girl - Milli Vanilli
3. Ice, Ice, Baby - Vanilla Ice
2. Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton
and the best, of course, is
1. The Macarena!
>Gee, thanks a lot tandfman - now the rest of us look like redneck trash. <
Not at all, tafnut. De gustibus non est disputandum, and all that. I just happen to prefer classical music to pop (and certainly to rock). In fact, I can honestly say that I've never even heard of any of the songs on MJD's long list (and I've heard of very few of the performing artists mentioned on that list). That doesn't mean I'm right and you and he are rednecks. Obviously, I am in the minority, both on this Board and elsewhere. And I know I'm more likely than either of you to clear off any remaining residents of my desert island just by playing my songs. But, hey, it's MY desert island--that's the rule of this game we're playing.
I might add that if I were putting togother a non-classic list, it would probably consist of two songs each (the max allowed) by Rodgers, Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and Kern.
Finally, for the record, I knew I had forgotten something on my original list. Scratch the Berlioz and substitute Grieg's Varen.
1)Whiter Shade of Pale-Procal Harum
2)Bridge Over Troubled Water-Simon/Garfunkel
3)No Woman No Cry -Bob Marley
4)Hey 19 -Steely Dan
5)Dock of the Bay -Otis Redding
6)Many Rivers to Cross-Jimmy Cliff
8)Pastime Paradise -Stevie Wonder
9)Let it Be -Beatles
10)Nights in White Satin-Moody Blues
IF ONE OF THOSE RECORDS IS SCRATCHED
11)Papa Was a Rolling Stone- Temptations
oh crap! I had no idea what a tough task I was setting. I can't believe I've come up w/ a top 10 that doesn't have any Van Morrison on it. Here's today's top 10; tomorrow I could easily do another(s)!
Dire Straits--Why Worry
Bob Dylan--Desolation Row
George Jones--Color Of The Blue
Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson--Reasons To Quit
Simon & Garfunkel--April Come She Will
The Doors--The End
Leonard Cohen--The Partisan
Rolling Stones--Dead Flowers
I would, of course, trade all of those for Götterdämerung.
ps--Grandma got run over by a reindeer was by Elmo & Patsy. LOL.
>just happen to prefer classical music to pop (and certainly to rock). In fact,
>I can honestly say that I've never even heard of any of the songs on MJD's long
Then you are short changing yourself. Paraphrasing a line from The Big Chill, there has been a lot of good music made in the last 100 years. The McLaren track up there for example is a version of Puccini's Madam Butterfly from the opera and it is beautiful. The soundtrack for 2001 has Blue Danube on it along with a few other toe tappers and I would add that to my list too(along with many others that others are listing). There is too much good music out there and too little time.
>just happen to prefer classical music to pop (and certainly to rock). In
>I can honestly say that I've never even heard of any of the songs on
Then you are short changing yourself. Paraphrasing a
>line from The Big Chill, there has been a lot of good music made in the last
>100 years. The McLaren track up there for example is a version of Puccini's
>Madam Butterfly from the opera and it is beautiful. The soundtrack for 2001
>has Blue Danube on it along with a few other toe tappers and I would add that
>to my list too(along with many others that others are listing). There is too
>much good music out there and too little time.
Well said, MJD.
Just out of interest, is anyone else here in to India Arie..? I've seen that a few people have mentioned Stevie Wonder in their lists, which tells me that some of you would like India Arie's music.
India.Aire is a breath of frsh air in today rap world. Her lyrics are telling and compeling. I think her "Video" should have been song of the year two years ago. It's one of the few songs in today's pop culture that a parent could feel comfy with their kid listening to it.
>India.Aire is a breath of frsh air in today rap world. Her lyrics are telling
>and compeling. I think her "Video" should have been song of the year two
>years ago. It's one of the few songs in today's pop culture that a parent could
>feel comfy with their kid listening to it.
Well said! Agree 100%
By the way, it's about time she had another album out! Both of her other albums have been absolute masterpeices.
>there has been a lot of good music made in the last 100 years.<
Yes there has. In fact the composers of 7 of my top 10 were writing some of it.
>There is too much good music out there and too little time.>
Which is why I choose to spend my music time on what I really like. Believe me, I have heard enough contemporary popular music to know that it does not engage me. By and large, it does nothing for me. That's why I ignore it. Yes, there might be a few nuggets here and there that I might enjoy. But as you say, there's too little time.
> Believe me, I
>have heard enough contemporary popular music to know that it does not engage
>me. By and large, it does nothing for me. That's why I ignore it. Yes,
>there might be a few nuggets here and there that I might enjoy. But as you
>say, there's too little time.
Take any kind of culture-99.99% of it is crap. That doesn't mean that you still shouldn't enjoy the good aspects of it. Mine is an endless search for the nuggets which can be found in all genres. You seem to know what you already like and what you will listen to. The fun for me is that I don't.
Bali Ha'i (From "South Pacific"--music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammererstein 3rd)
Like so many of their better songs, this one is quite sophisticated, both musically and textually.
Here are the lyrics:
Most people live on a lonely island,
Lost in the middle of a foggy sea.
Most people long for another island,
One where they know they will like to be.
Bali Ha'i may call you,
Any night, any day,
In your heart, you'll hear it call you:
"Come away...Come away."
Bali Ha'i will whisper
In the wind of the sea:
"Here am I, your special island!
Come to me, come to me!"
Your own special hopes,
Your own special dreams,
Bloom on the hillside
And shine in the streams.
If you try, you'll find me
Where the sky meets the sea.
"Here am I your special island
Come to me, Come to me."
Someday you'll see me floatin' in the sunshine,
My head stickin' out from a low flyin' cloud,
You'll hear me call you,
Singin' through the sunshine,
Sweet and clear as can be:
"Come to me, here am I, come to me."
If you try, you'll find me
Where the sky meets the sea.
"Here am I your special island
Come to me, Come to me."