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.

Happy

The Happiest Days of our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall Part II” – Pink Floyd
Happiness in Slavery” – Nine Inch Nails
Happiness in Slavery [Fixed]” – Nine Inch Nails
“Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Danny Saber Mix)” – U2
Happiness Is A Warm Gun (The Gun Mix)” – U2
Happiness Is The Road” – Marillion
Happy” – Natasha Bedingfield
Happy” – Stabbing Westward
“Happy” – God Lives Underwater
Happy Birthday” – The Birthday Massacre
“Happy Face” – Toadies
Happy House” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
Happy Jack” – The Who
Happy Nation” – Ace of Base
Happy Now” – Bon Jovi
Happy Now?” – No Doubt
Happy Phantom” – Tori Amos

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.

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.

Garden – Genesis

Garden” – Pearl Jam
The Garden” – Guns N’ Roses
Garden of Eden” – Guns N’ Roses
Garden Party” – Marillion
Gas Hed Goes West” – Live
Gasoline Alley” – Rod Stewart
The Gauntlet” – Dropkick Murphys
Gave Up” – Nine Inch Nails
Gave Up [Mix]” – Nine Inch Nails
Gaza” – Marillion
Geek U.S.A.” – The Smashing Pumpkins
Gender” – Orgy
Genesis” – VNV Nation

There’s a lot of my early 90s in there.

Forever-Forward

Forever” – Dropkick Murphys
Forever Shaken” – This Ascension
Forever Young” – Rod Stewart
Foreward” – Linkin Park
Foreward” – VNV Nation
Forgiveness” – Sarah McLachlan
Forgotten” – Linkin Park
Forgotten Sons” – Marillion
Formerly Known As Us” – The Outlaw Pandas
Forsaken” – VNV Nation
Forsaken (Vocal)” – VNV Nation
“Fortunato” – Blade Fetish
The Fortunes of War” – Dropkick Murphys
Forty Six & 2” – Tool
Forward” – Gravity Kills

Ex

Ex Lover’s Lover” – Voltaire
Exchange” – Massive Attack
(exchange)” – Massive Attack
Excuse Me Mr.” – No Doubt
Ex-girlfriend” – No Doubt
Exhibition” – This Ascension
Exile” – Enya
Exile on Princes Street” – Marillion
Exit” – U2
Exit” – This Ascension
Exogenesis: Symphony, Pt. 1: Overture” – Muse
Exogenesis: Symphony, Pt. 2: Cross-Pollination” – Muse
Exogenesis: Symphony, Pt. 3: Redemption” – Muse
The Expatriate Act” – The World/Inferno Friendship Society
Exploration B” – Poe

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.

Epilogue – Eulogy

Epilogue (Nothing ‘Bout Me)” – Sting
Erased, Over, Out” – Nine Inch Nails
Eraser” – Nine Inch Nails
Eraser (Denial, Realiztion)” – Nine Inch Nails
Eraser (Polite)” – Nine Inch Nails
Eruption” – Van Halen
Especially True” – Marillion
Essence” – Marillion
Estonia” – Marillion
Estranged” – Guns N’ Roses
Eulogy” – Tool

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

And no wonder, considering it was written in memory of the 852 people killed when the MS Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea.

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

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