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?

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.

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.