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.
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