Home – House

No one should brave the underworld alone.Home” – Depeche Mode
Home Boys Home” – The Dubliners
Homesick” – Soul Asylum
Homeward” – VNV Nation
Honey Bee” – Tom Petty
Hong Kong Garden” – Siouxie and the Banshees
Honour” – VNV Nation
Hope for the Future” – Marillion
Horror Show” – The Birthday Massacre
Horses” – Tori Amos
Hot For Teacher” – Van Halen
Hot Rails To Hell” – Blue Öyster Cult
Hot Rails To Hell (Live)” – Blue Öyster Cult
Hotel” – Tori Amos
Hotel Hobbies/Warm Wet Circles/That Time of the Night” – Marillion
Hotel Hobbies/Warm Wet Circles/That Time of the Night (Live)” – Marillion
House in the Woods” – Tom Petty
House of Death” – Manowar
House of Leaves” – Poe
“House of Love” – Page & Plant
House of Pain” – Van Halen

Underscoring that there my music library is… eclectic, I’ve got Manowar, Depeche Mode, Van Halen, and Tori Amos on this list.  Not the type of lineup you’d expect to see at any music festival.

And if you haven’t yet, get yourself a tape measure and read House of Leaves while listening to Haunted… then loan them to someone, because no one should brave the underworld alone.

Goin’, Going, Gone.

Been that way all along
Goodbye, you can keep this suit of lights.

Goin’ Through The Motions” – Blue Öyster Cult
Going Mobile” – The Who
Going Strong” – The Business
Going Under” – Evanescence
Going Under” – Marillion
Going Under (Extended Version)” – Marillion
The Gold It’s in the…” – Pink Floyd
“Golden Glass” – Blind Faith and Envy
“Gole Laleh / She’s Got the Whole World in Her Hands” – Mahsa Vahdat
Golgotha Tenement Blues” – Machines of Loving Grace
Gone” – U2
Gone [New Mix]” – U2
Gone to California” – Pink

Gone is my one of my favorite U2 songs from Pop, but I actually prefer the new mix they did for the Best Of 1990-2000 album.  I didn’t really like Pop when it came out, because I thought it was such a radical departure.  It was only after I learned that some of the song titles actually appear hidden on the cover to Zooropa, and that it was just an extension of the experimentation that began with Achtung Baby, that I really gave it a solid listen.  There are some intense tracks on there – “Please,” one of their more pointed political songs, “If You Wear That Velvet Dress,” a sultry romancin’ tune, and “MOFO,” which is a much more complex examination of Bono’s relationship with his mother than a cursory glance at the title would reveal.

Of course, after all of that, I’m still going to be listening to a lot more BÖC today.

Don’t

Don’t Cry” – Guns N’ Roses
Don’t Cry [Alternate Lyrics]” – Guns N’ Roses
Don’t Damn Me” – Guns N’ Roses
Don’t Drink the Water” – Dave Matthews Band
Don’t Fade on Me” – Tom Petty
Don’t Fear The Reaper (Long Day’s Night)” – Blue Öyster Cult
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Öyster Cult
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Demo)” – Blue Öyster Cult
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper (Career of Evil)” – Blue Öyster Cult
Don’t Give Up on Us” – Sarah McLachlan
“Don’t Have to Explain Yourself” – Harper
Don’t Knock It” – Outlaw Pandas
Don’t Leave Home” – Dido
Don’t Leave Me Now” – Pink Floyd
Don’t Let Me Die Still Wondering” – Flogging Molly
Don’t Let Me Get Me” – Pink
Don’t Speak” – No Doubt
Don’t Stand So Close To Me ’86” – The Police
Don’t Stay” – Linkin Park
Don’t Stop” – Fleetwood Mac
Don’t Stop” – Madonna
Don’t Take My Car Out Tonight” – The Hooters
Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” – U2
Don’t Turn Around” – Ace of Base
Don’t Turn Your Back” – Blue Öyster Cult
Don’t Wanna Behave” – Dance Hall Crashers
Don’t You” – Candlebox

I’ve apparently got a lot of songs that start with Don’t.  Beyond the obvious Blue Öyster Cult, there’s three different G n’ R songs from the same album, another U2 cover, and even more BÖC.

Circle – City

Circle – City

Circle” – Sarah McLachlan
Circle of Stone” – Laura Powers
Circling Overland” – VNV Nation
Circuit Breaker” – Röyksopp
Cirrus Minor” – Pink Floyd
Cities in Dust” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
Cities On Flame (ETI Live)” – Blue Öyster Cult
Cities On Flame” – Blue Öyster Cult
Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll” – Blue Öyster Cult
Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll (A Long Day’s Night)” – Blue Öyster Cult
City of Angels” – Gabriel Yared
City of Blinding Lights” – U2
“City of Blinding Lights (Communication)” – U2
City of Blinding Lights (U22)” – U2
City of Hate” – Toadies

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.

Here’s a shot I took at the last one:

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Blue

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.

Blue” – A Perfect Circle
(Also, second bonus creeptacular Tool video.)
Blue” – The Birthday Massacre
Blue” – Sarah McLachlan
Blue American” – Placebo
Blue Cyberia” – This Ascension
Blue Dress” – Depeche Mode
Blue Light” – David Gilmour
Blue Monday” – Orgy
The Blue Nun” – Beastie Boys
Blue Train” – Page & Plant

 

Behind Blue Eyes” – The Who
Bitter Suite/Brief Encounter/Lost Weekend/Blue Angel” – Marillion
Bullet the Blue Sky (Live from Slane Castle)” – U2
Bullet the Blue Sky (The Joshua Tree)” – U2
“Bullet the Blue Sky (Rattle & Hum)” – U2
Caribbean Blue” – Enya
Chasing Blue Sky” – Queensrÿche
A Different Kind of Blue” – Passengers
Eon Blue Apocalypse” – Tool
Golgotha Tenement Blues” – Machines of Loving Grace
Goodbye Blue Sky” – Pink Floyd
Jugband Blues” – Pink Floyd
Lonesome Johnny Blues” – Cracker
More Blues” – Pink Floyd
Out of the Blue” – David Gilmour
Perfect Blue Buildings” – Counting Crows
Post Blue” – Placebo
Razor Blues” – Tapping the Vein
Roadhouse Blues” – Blue Öyster Cult
Shotgun Blues” – Guns N’ Roses
“True Blue” – Rod Stewart
Your Blue Room” – Passengers

Black

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.

Black” – The Birthday MassacreElrice of Melnibone
Black” – Pearl Jam
Black & White” – Sarah McLachlan
Black Blade” – Blue Öyster Cult
Black-Dove (January)” – Tori Amos
Black-Eyed” – Placebo
Black Friday Rule” – Flogging Molly
Black Gold” – Soul Asylum
Black Lodge” – Anthrax
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen” – Santana
Black Milk” – Massive Attack
Black Poison Blood” – Kill Hannah
Black Velvet Band” – Dropkick Murphys
Black Velvet Band” – The Dubliners

Bleed Black” – AFI
“Buried in Your Black Heart” – Burden Brothers
The Cold Black Key” – Azam Ali
Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver” – Blue Öyster Cult
The Lady Wore Black” – Queensrÿche
The Red and the Black” – Blue Öyster Cult
See You In Black” – Blue Öyster Cult

Next week, I go blue!  Wait, not that kind of blue.  I mean songs with Blue in the title.

Be Beautiful

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.

“Be Like Jim” – Pop Bomb
“Be My Light” – Majid Derakhshani
“Be Thou My Vision” – Edison’s Children
Beach Sequence” – Passengers
Beat ‘Em Up” – Blue Öyster Cult
Beat On The Brat” – U2
Beaujolais Day” – Marillion
Beautiful” – Christina Aguilera
Beautiful” – Creed
Beautiful” – Marillion
Beautiful” – Tapping the Vein (The Damage)
Beautiful” – Tapping the Vein (Undone)
Beautiful Day” – U2
Beautiful Day” – U2 (Live from Slane Castle)
Beautiful Day” – U2 (Live in Zagreb from U22)
Beautiful Day” – U2 (Quincey Remix)
Beautiful Day” – U2 (The Perfecto Mix)
Beautiful Day Without You” – Röyksopp
Beautiful Disease” – Anger of the Lamb
Beautiful Girl” – Poe
Beautiful Night” – Burden Brothers
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich” – Lady Gaga

I apologize for the Creed.  I was young and dumb once, too.

Gazing at a sea of stars: Astronomy to Ave Maris Stella

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

Astronomy” – Blue Öyster Cult
Astronomy” (from A Long Day’s Night) – Blue Öyster Cult
Astronomy Domine” (Piper at the Gates of Dawn) – Pink Floyd
Astronomy Domine” (Ummagumma) – Pink Floyd
Astronomy Domine” (Pulse) – Pink Floyd
“Asylum Satellite #1” – Marillion
Asylum Satellite #1” (Live) – Marillion
“At All” – Gary Billings
At The Heart Of It All” – Nine Inch Nails
ATF Theme” – Toadies
Atlantic City” – Bruce Springsteen
Atom Heart Mother” – Pink Floyd
Atomic Punk” – Van Halen
Attack” – System of a Down
ATWA” – System of a Down
August Rain” – This Ascension
Auld Lang Syne” – Ann Wilson
Avaze Shoushtari” – Masha Vahdat
“Ave Maria” – Luciano Pavarotti
Ave Maria” – Barry Manilow
Ave Maris Stella” – This Ascension