Is It?

Is Anyone Here Alive?” – Kill Hannah
Is That All?” – U2
Is There Anybody Out There?” – Pink Floyd
Is There Something I Should Know?” – Duran Duran
Isabella” – This Ascension
Island” – Iris
“Island In The Sun” (Y100 Sonic Session) – Weezer
The Isle of Dreaming” – Kate Price
Isobel” – Björk
Israel” – Siouxsie and the Banshees
It Could Be Sweet” – Portishead
It Generates” – Iris
“It Screams Disease” – Carfax Abbey
“It Shall Be No More” – Laura Powers
Ito Okashi” – Passengers
It’s A Fire” – Portishead
It’s Come To This” – Fuel
It’s Good To Be King” – Tom Petty
It’s My Life” – Bon Jovi
It’s No Good” – Depeche Mode
It’s Hurting For The First Time” – Wolfsheim
It’s Not Me” – Neuroticfish
It’s Oh So Quiet” – Björk
It’s Probably Me” – Sting
It’s The Law” – Social Distortion

Lots of synthpop and some Björk today.

Intercede – Invisible

Intercede Light” – Iris
Interceptor” – VNV Nation
Interior Lulu (Acoustic)” – Marillion
Interlude” – This Ascension
International Dateline” – Ladytron
Interstellar Overdrive” – Pink Floyd
Into a Darkened Room” – Inertia 8
Into the Fire (Extended Remix)” – Sarah McLachlan
Into the Heart” – U2
Into the Void” – Nine Inch Nails
Intolerance” – Tool
“Intro” – God Lives Underwater
Intro” – This Ascension
Intro” – VNV Nation
Introspectre” – Depeche Mode
Inverse” – Neuroticfish
Invisible” – Anthrax
Invisible Ink” – Marillion
The Invisible Man (Live)” – Marillion

Back in the crazy outlaw days of internet music, when Napster was still a thing and before piracy completely killed the music industry, I wwas busily downloading all of the music I owned and very little that I didn’t. Yes, I was pretty weird like that. I didn’t have a computer fast enough to rip the CDs that I owned, but I didn’t want to be constrained to single albums when I listened to music on my computer, so I went about finding it all online. Even when I did get stuff that I didn’t already own, I tended to not listen to it a lot. One day, as I was trolling around for music (it was largely disorganized and often of poor quality), I came across a file labeled “Depeche Mode/Nine Inch Nails/U2 – Into A Darkened Room.” Intrigued, I downloaded it. I was fairly certain it wasn’t a U2 song, as I’d never heard of it. Maybe it was some mythical live mash up with Bono, Trent Reznor and Dave Gahan all on stage?

Turns out, it was neither Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, nor U2. It took me years of searching, but I eventually found the name of the actual band: Sublevel 27. Of course, even as I looked for the video just now, I learned that it was recorded by Sublevel 27’s precursor, Inertia 8. Some people haven’t been willing to let go of the notion that it’s Depeche Mode, going as far to argue with the writer in the comments.  I’ve been listening to this song for years, and it’s kind of awesome. So how fortunate that it makes it into this week’s lineup with some Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and U2?

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.

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

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

Again to Alive

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.

Again” – Tapping the Vein
Agent Orange” – Tori Amos
Ain’t Talking ‘Bout Love” – Van Halen
Air” – Ben Folds Five
Airships” – VNV Nation
“Al Jorn Triana” – Estampie
Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast” – Pink Floyd
Alchemy Mondays” – Voltaire
Alejandro” – Lady Gaga
Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk / Korova #1” – U2
Alex Kidd” – This Ascension
Alive” – Pearl Jam