Interestingly enough, the subject material is not universally upbeat. The video for U2’s cover of “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” is probably one of their craziest videos, which is saying a lot because the era that it came out of was their “let’s make weird videos” era.
But the gem of this crop is “Happiness is the Road” by Marillion. The second verse tends to play in my head when I’m feeling stuck or down:
I met this man In Utrecht Netherlands
He was a doctor of the body and the soul
He said to me: Man, there’s a book you have to read.
I feel your pain, it makes me cry
But these tears are yours – not mine.
You’re focussing on all of your bad yesterdays
The worry lines are getting deeper every day
And deep inside you, no surprise – there’s a crisis!
You might have been to blame
But you can’t go on this way
Must I watch and pray?
While you torture yourself with what’s behind you
Torture yourself with what awaits you
Dragging that guilt and regret inside you
Anxious of the goals that always evade you
Your mind will find a way to be unkind to you somehow
But all we really have is happening to us right now
Happiness ain’t at the end of the road, happiness is the road. Sometimes I need to remind myself of that.
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.
More good stuff in here, including a version of “Exit” by U2 from the improperly cut original CD pressing of the Joshua Tree, which was one of my first CDs. The end of “One Tree Hill” was erroneously spliced onto the beginning of “Exit”, which makes for some weird listening if you play the track alone.
Apropos to nothing, I do a mean rendition of “Ex-girlfriend” in Rock Band.
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
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.
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