It’s kind of fitting that “Estonia” would fall in this list, because it seems like such a perfect funeral song:
No one leaves you / When you live in their heart and mind
And no one dies / They just move to the other side
When we’re gone / Watch the world simply carry on
We live on laughing and in no pain / We’ll stay and be happy / With those who have loved us today
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.
I decided to add in all of my songs with ‘Black’ in the title, which only got me seven more. Some great stuff in here from some of my favorite albums. No U2, Pink Floyd or Marillion, strangely enough.
“Black & White” is my favorite Sarah McLachlan song. Surfacing came out at a very interesting time in my life, and the lyrics have stuck with me ever since. “Black Blade” is one of my favorites by BÖC, and was written by author Michael Moorcock (who also wrote my all-time favorite BÖC song, “Veteran of the Psychic Wars”). My first introduction to Moorcock was a roundabout way, coming from the anthology “Tales of the White Wolf,” a collection of stories about Moorcock’s iconic character Elric of Melnibone by a host of authors. I was attracted to the book mainly because of the cover art, by Gerald Brom, one of my favorite artists. Brom did a lot of D&D covers, and I was quite the D&D geek. Wait, did I say ‘was’?
Once I found the collection of Elric stories, I was hooked. Everyone loves an anti-hero. The real fun is understanding all of the various homages to Elric in other fantasy. There are plenty.
Other songs high on my list are “Black Lodge” (and the creepy video starring Jenna Elfman) and “The Lady Wore Black,” from a time when Queensrÿche was still awesome – the time before Chris Degarmo was still in the band.
Seemed like a good start for B. I’ve got 5 different versions of “Beautiful Day” (Album, 2 live, 2 remix), which is not even close to the most versions I have of one song (10 different versions of “Elevation” seems to be leading right now). Yes, I have the vast majority of every song that U2 ever recorded.
“Beaujolais Day” by Marillion is a B-side from Clutching At Straws, and features the guitar solo from “Hotel Hobbies”. Kind of look into the work in progress of an album.
“Beautiful Girl” was on the first mix-CD I made for my wife, just before we started going out. Both of Poe’s albums are high on my list of favorites, and it’s a real shame how she was shafted by her label.
I have no idea what’s up with the Sailor Moon clips on the Burden Brothers track. You may recognize the voice of the lead singer as Vaden Todd Lewis from Toadies.
A long list, but chock full of good stuff. Pink Floyd always seems to find their way into these lists, this time with like fifteen solid hours of music in two songs. OK, maybe not fifteen, but close well over 40 minutes.
Starting with my first “hard rock”/prog rock love, Blue Öyster Cult, through Floyd and Marillion, and even hitting some Barry Manilow before finishing with This Ascension, who were a gothic/ethereal outfit from San Francisco who I was introduced to by the same person that got me hooked on BÖC. 1991’s Light and Shade is my favorite of their albums
Special occasions aside, I figured I’d start close to the beginning of the alphabet. Some gems in here! I’ve seen Tapping the Vein live about 60 times, back when they were still playing the Philly scene.
I had all of the singles from Achtung Baby on tape, and wore them out playing them over and over for months. Alex Descends Into Hell was one of the sleeper b-sides, not quite connected to anything else, but definitely in the experimental vein of the album.
And finally, I’ve linked to my favorite remix of Alejandro, just for my wife.