Despite the Bruce Springsteen title, there’s a lot of OONCE OONCE OONCE and stuff for the St. Patty’s Day mix. I find it interesting that artists tend to cluster – two songs each by Loreena McKennitt, The Dubliners, and U2 (covers both!). Three remixes of one song by VNV doesn’t really count, though.
And I’ll be posting two this week, because I forgot to hit post last week. I’d actually written it, I just forgot to post it.
Two great tracks from Poe in here. Poe had two albums, Hello and Haunted, which were both beautiful pieces of work. She had some insanity with her record label, and has yet to record a third after 13 years. It’s one of those situations where the first two were so good that I really want a third, but I’m afraid it might not be as good.
Haunted was a weird album that served as the musical companion to an even weirder book, House of Leaves, by Poe’s brother, Mark Z. Danielewski. If you’ve never read it, highly recommend getting the book and the album together. Also, a tape measure. You’ll definitely want a tape measure.
I’ve only seen Blue Öyster Cult once, but they were a fun act. I got the the chance to see Sarah McLachlan at the last Lilith Fair revival, and she played a 30 minute set that included two covers, one ensemble song with the other artists, and one song from a soundtrack that didn’t make it onto an album. Parking in Camden cost more than the ticket to the show. I would love to see her in a full concert setup though. I’ve seen VNV Nation twice, and despite being a completely electronic band, they put on a very high energy show that’s a lot of fun.
I’ve seen U2 a total of five times in concert: Elevation tour 2001 at the First Union Center, Vertigo Tour 2005 at the Izod Center and Wachovia Center, U2 360 2009 at Giants Stadium and 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field. The last two were the worst and best of those shows, respectively, but a “bad” U2 show is still a U2 show and it still blows your mind.
I don’t have as many songs starting with ‘Blue’ as I do ‘Black,’ but I do have more songs with ‘Blue’ in the title. A lot of Pink Floyd in there, too.
I couldn’t find a video version of Bullet the Blue Sky from Rattle & Hum, but it’s one of my favorite versions, and possibly my second favorite clip from the movie (the best being Sunday Bloody Sunday, one of the most powerful and charged U2 performances.)
Some of my band favorites are on this list: “Blue Dress” by Depeche Mode, “Chasing Blue Sky” by Queensrÿche, “Post Blue” by Placebo. This list does show my age, though, with some great 90s stuff scattered about.
We’ll start the list off with three creepy videos, two (predictably) from Tool, and one from The Birthday Massacre.