Dancing in the Dark

Dancing Barefoot” – U2
Dancing in the Dark” – Bruce Springsteen
Dancing Queen” – U2
Dancing Through Sunday” – AFI
Dancing With the One-Legged…” – Marilyn Manson
Danger is the Shame” – Iris
Danny Farrell” – The Dubliners
Dante’s Lament” – Clerks Soundtrack
Dante’s Prayer” – Loreena McKennitt
Darby O’Leary” – The Dubliners
Darkangel” – VNV Nation
Darkangel (Apocalyptic Mix)” – VNV Nation
Darkangel (Azrael)” – VNV Nation
Darkangel (Gabriel)” – VNV Nation
The Dark Night of the Soul” – Loreena McKennitt
Dark Star (Excerpt)” – The Greatful Dead
Darkest Days” – Stabbing Westward
The Darkest Star” – Depeche Mode
Darkness/Influence” – Neuroticfish

Despite the Bruce Springsteen title, there’s a lot of OONCE OONCE OONCE and stuff for the St. Patty’s Day mix.  I find it interesting that artists tend to cluster – two songs each by Loreena McKennitt, The Dubliners, and U2 (covers both!).  Three remixes of one song by VNV doesn’t really count, though.

And I’ll be posting two this week, because I forgot to hit post last week.  I’d actually written it, I just forgot to post it.



Control” – The Birthday MassacreHaunted
Control” – Poe
Control” – Stabbing Westward
Control” – VNV Nation
Coraline” – Rasputina
Coraline” – Rose Berlin
Cork Hornpipe” – The Dubliners
Cornflake Girl” – Tapping the Vein
Cornflake Girl” – Tori Amos
Corporal Clegg” – Pink Floyd
Corpse (These Chains Are Way Too Long)” – Passengers
Could’ve Gone Mad” – Poe
Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm Of The War Drums” – A Perfect Circle
Country Comforts” – Rod Stewart
Country Song” – Pink Floyd

Two great tracks from Poe in here.  Poe had two albums, Hello and Haunted, which were both beautiful pieces of work. She had some insanity with her record label, and has yet to record a third after 13 years.  It’s one of those situations where the first two were so good that I really want a third, but I’m afraid it might not be as good.

Haunted was a weird album that served as the musical companion to an even weirder book, House of Leaves, by Poe’s brother, Mark Z. Danielewski.  If you’ve never read it,  highly recommend getting the book and the album together.  Also, a tape measure.   You’ll definitely want a tape measure.



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


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.

Black” – The Birthday MassacreElrice of Melnibone
Black” – Pearl Jam
Black & White” – Sarah McLachlan
Black Blade” – Blue Öyster Cult
Black-Dove (January)” – Tori Amos
Black-Eyed” – Placebo
Black Friday Rule” – Flogging Molly
Black Gold” – Soul Asylum
Black Lodge” – Anthrax
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen” – Santana
Black Milk” – Massive Attack
Black Poison Blood” – Kill Hannah
Black Velvet Band” – Dropkick Murphys
Black Velvet Band” – The Dubliners

Bleed Black” – AFI
“Buried in Your Black Heart” – Burden Brothers
The Cold Black Key” – Azam Ali
Heavy Metal: The Black and Silver” – Blue Öyster Cult
The Lady Wore Black” – Queensrÿche
The Red and the Black” – Blue Öyster Cult
See You In Black” – Blue Öyster Cult

Next week, I go blue!  Wait, not that kind of blue.  I mean songs with Blue in the title.

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

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

New Year’s Day to Night

I apologize for the lapse.  Winter vacation affords me a lot of time, which I generally use to stay the heck away from the computer.

In honor of it being a new year, and hopefully better than the last, we’re going to party all day. There’s a lot of U2 (and even more Irish) in this short list.

Screenshot from the music video to New Year's Day

New Year’s Day” – U2
New Year’s Day (Live from Red Rocks)” – U2
New Year’s Day (Live from Slaine Castle)” – U2
New York” – U2
The Newry Highway Man” – The Dubliners
“Nickel to the Stone” – Kacy Crowley
The Night” – Voltaire
“Night And Day (All World Mix)” – U2
Night And Day (Steel String Mix)” – U2
Night And Day (Twilight Remix)” – U2
“Night And Day (Youth’s Remix)” – U2
Night Courtyard” – Mists of Avalon Soundtrack
“Night Fire Dance” – Luciano Pavoratti and Andreas Vollenweider
A Night of Love” – Mists of Avalon Soundtrack
Night Ride Across the Caucasus” – Loreena McKennitt
“Night Riders (b00l3 Remix)” – Stromkern
The Night Visiting Song” – The Dubliners

Sorrow, to Speak…

One of the things I want to do with this blog is to write a few weekly series, mainly to keep me honest and posting.  One of my favorite blogs, Slacktivist, does a weekly music post on Fridays that I am shamelessly going to rip off.  I’m going to do mine on Tuesdays, however, to avoid flooding the market.

So the general idea is I pick two words (we’ll start with that), and list all of the songs I have in my collection that fall between them alphabetically.  Feel free to do the same in the comments below.

Sorrow and Speak seem to be good starting points.  We can get so wrapped up in the sorrow of a tragedy that we forget how to speak to each other.

We’ll begin and end with Pink Floyd:

Sorrow” – Pink Floyd
Sorrow Expert” – Iris
A Sort of Homecoming” – U2
Soul Food” – Harper
Soul To Bleed” – Carfax Abbey
Soulmate” – Natasha Bedingfield
“Sound of Girls” – Nicki Jane
Sounds That Can’t Be Made” – Marillion
Sour Times” – Portishead
South Ferry Road” – The Hooters
Southampton Dock” – Pink Floyd
Southhampton” – Titanic Soundtrack
Space & Time” – VNV Nation
The Space Between” – Dave Matthews Band
Spacedog” – Tori Amos
Space Monkey” – Placebo
Spaceboy” – The Smashing Pumpkins
Spancil Hill” – The Dubliners
Spanish Doll” – Poe
Spanish Eyes” – U2
Spanish Lady” – The Dubliners
A Spanish Piece” – Pink Floyd
Spark” – Tori Amos
Sparkling Diamonds” – Moulin Rouge Soundtrack
Spawn” – Beborn Beton
Speak” – Queensrÿche
Speak to Me” – Pink Floyd