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Don't Stop Believin' Resurgence: Blame it on Tony

musicYou can blame it on The Sopranos. When it came time to end that most popular series, creator David Chase opted to do it to "Don't Stop Believin'", the 1981 hit for Journey. The ending was rather controversial, so it put a whole new focus on the contagious sing-along single.

That was 2007. Since then, it seems "Don't Stop Believin'" is everywhere. You might have caught it in the most recent finale of American Idol.

Or perhaps you've heard the Glee cover version on the radio, or seen it performed on Glee itself?

Or maybe you've caught the many ads for Rock of Ages, coming to the Royal Alexandra Theatre this April?

Personally, I'll stick with the original, as chosen by Tony himself.


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The 100 Best Band Names of All Time

MusicThere's a link going around that lists the 100 best band names of all time.

Here's their top 10:

1. Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (Leave it to The Muppets to come up with the BEST BAND NAME OF ALL TIME.)
2. Guided By Voices (This always seemed like the secret to Robert Pollard’s prolific and bizarre output.)
3. Joy Division (The name came from the 1955 novel House of Dolls in which a Nazi concentration camp had a prostitution arm.)
4. Led Zeppelin
5. A Tribe Called Quest
6. 13th Floor Elevators
7. Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Like Lemmy and the umlaut, we’d have retired random punctuation after these post-rock legends used it best.)
8. Public Enemy
9. Man… or Astro-Man? (After seeing them live, you still wonder.)
10. We Were Promised Jetpacks! (Yes, Scottish frontman Adam Thompson, we sure were.)

I like #3, #4, #5 and #8, but I'm not sure of the others. I don't even think #1 should count.

Without giving it a great deal of thought, here are my ten favourite band names.

  1. Joy Division
  2. Velvet Underground
  3. Soundgarden
  4. A Tribe Called Quest
  5. The Flaming Lips
  6. Revolting Cocks
  7. Rage Against the Machine
  8. Sex Pistols
  9. Sonic Youth
  10. The Psychedelic Furs

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Homeless Guy Nails Radiohead's Creep

creepA homeless guy named Mustard told Opie and Anthony that he used to be a musician, so they gave him a guitar.

He then covered Radiohead's "Creep".

[via Metafilter]

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40 Christmas Songs

christmas musicTis the season we're inundated by Christmas music. Like any music, some Christmas songs are great, while others are pretty dreadful. This year, I decided to wade through my collection and produce the top 40 Christmas songs.

Yes, music playlists are totally subjective, so I'm sure I've missed a few of your personal favourites, or perhaps I included a Christmas song or two you despise. That's what the comments are for! Let me know where I messed up as we collaborate to mould the ideal Christmas playlist for 2009.

  • Christmas Don't Be Late - Alvin and the Chipmunks
  • Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
  • Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
  • Green Christmas - Barenaked Ladies
  • White Christmas - Bing Crosby
  • Mary Had A Baby - Bruce Cockburn
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen
  • Merry Christmas Baby - Chuck Berry
  • Joy To The World - Clem Snide
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Coldplay
  • First Noel - Crash Test Dummies
  • Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab For Cutie
  • Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
  • I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
  • Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown
  • Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko And Plastic Ono Band And The Harlem Community Choir
  • Honky The Christmas Goose - Johnny Bower
  • I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas
  • Christmas Night in Harlem - Louis Armstrong & His All Stars
  • Carol Of The Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King Cole
  • Merry Christmas, Baby - Otis Redding
  • Let Me Sleep - Pearl Jam
  • Fairytale of New York - The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
  • 2000 Miles - The Pretenders
  • Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
  • The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside - Ray Charles
  • Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC
  • Song For A Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
  • What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder
  • You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
  • O Holy Night - Tipitina's Foundation
  • Baby Please Come Home - U2
  • Christmas Time Is Here ( Instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
  • Welcome Christmas - The Who's of Whoville

Merry Christmas!

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Bohemian Rhapsody by The Muppets

musicI have vivid memories of discovering Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Yes, it was years before Wayne's World brought the song to a new generation. I discovered it in the best possible way. I started playing vinyl records found in my old man's collection.

I also have vivid memories of discovering The Muppets. I was very familiar with Sesame Street, having been raised on the show, but I first discovered The Muppets when I stumbled upon The Muppet Movie in the very early 80s.

I loved Bohemian Rhapsody and I loved The Muppets. And yes, I love Bohemian Rhapsody by The Muppets.


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Five Best Covers by Guns N' Roses

MusicIn the late 80s, I absolutely loved Guns N' Roses. I literally wore out my Appetite for Destruction cassette. I had to score both Use Your Illusion 1 and Use Your Illusion 2 the day they were released. For a few years at least, GNR was the best band on the planet.

This entry isn't about GNR, although they're a candidate for my next primer. This entry is about my five favourite cover songs by Guns N' Roses.

1. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" - Originally recorded by Bob Dylan

2. "Mama Kin" - Originally recorded by Aerosmith

3. "Hair of the Dog" - Originally recorded by Nazareth

4. "Live and Let Die" - Originally recorded by Wings

5. "Since I Don't Have You" - Originally recorded by The Skyliners

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Old Blue or You Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around

musicBack in '92, I was listening to the debut album from House of Pain. Snicker if you will, but I dug that album, and I still spin it now and then.

One of the songs I enjoyed was "Put on Your Shit Kickers" and it included this folksy verse that stuck in my head. Here's that part of "Put on Your Shit Kickers".

Every time I go to town
People start kickin' my dog around
It makes no difference if my dog's a hound (hound)
You better stop kickin' my dog around

I've always loved that part of "Put on Your Shit Kickers", which I later came to understand was an old bluesy folk tune called "Old Blue". I heard it recently at the beginning of Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project when I heard Harry Dean Stanton singing it. That reminded me of how much I love the tune, so I hit the web to learn more about it.

Firstly, I don't think it's called "Old Blue". Google searches seem to suggest the song is called "You Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around" or variations on that theme. Here's the Skillet Lickers singing it in 1926.

Can anyone tell me about the song I thought was called "Old Blue"?

Update: I found some info here. Some seem to call it "The Hound Dog Song" or "You Gotta Quit Kicking My Dawg Around".

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When They Swore on the Radio

swearsIs it me, or did they used to air more tunes with swear words on the radio than they do now? I'm not talking about late night live-to-airs, I'm talking about middle of the day F bombs.

From memory, here are songs with swears I heard completely uncensored on CFNY / Edge 102 back in the day. I always took a mental note when terrestrial radio aired swear words so these have been tattooed in my memory for a while now.

Green Day - Longview
They smell like shit and say you're fucking lazy

The Tragically Hip - Fireworks
They said you didn't give a fuck about hockey

Radiohead - Creep
They say you're so fuckin' special

Matthew Good - Hello Time Bomb
He's turning shit into solid gold

Nine Inch Nails - Closer
He wants to fuck you like an animal

The Violent Femmes - Add It Up
They wonder why they can't get just one fuck

Alanis Morrisette - You Oughta Know
She wonders if you're thinking of her when you fuck her

The Tragically Hip - At The Hundredth Meridian
They remember every single fucking thing they know

Maybe it's just that I listen to less radio now, but I could swear I used to hear more swears on the radio.

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Songs of Thanks: Your Thanksgiving Playlist

thanksgivingHere in Canada, we're smack in the middle of our Thanksgiving long weekend. My family carved the turkey yesterday, but most are doing that today and some are doing that tomorrow. If you need a Thanksgiving playlist, here are songs from my collection with "thank" in the title.

  • Give Thanks and Praises - Bad Brains
  • Give Thanks and Praises - Bob Marley & The Wailers
  • I Thank You - Sam & Dave
  • I Thank You - The Commitments
  • I Wanna Thank You - Sloan
  • I Wanna Thank You Baby - Delbert McClinton
  • Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver
  • Thank God It's Christmas - Queen
  • Thank God It's Monday - NOFX
  • Thank Jah - Bad Brains
  • Thank The Lord For The Night Time - Neil Diamond
  • Thank U - Alanis Morissette
  • Thank You - Led Zeppelin
  • Thank You - Boyz II Men
  • Thank You - Dido
  • Thank You - Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
  • Thank You - Jay-Z
  • Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) - Sly & The Family Stone
  • Thank You Baby! (For Makin' Someday Come So Soon) - Shania Twain
  • Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa - Sly & the Family Stone
  • Thank You for the Music - ABBA
  • Thank You Girl - The Beatles
  • Thank You Jack White (For The Fiber-Optic Jesus That You Gave Me) - The Flaming Lips
  • Thank You Mr. Poobah - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Thank You Too! - My Morning Jacket
  • Thank You World - The Statler Brothers
  • Thanks Bro - Filter
  • Thanks for the Pepperoni - George Harrison
  • Thanks That Was Fun - Barenaked Ladies
  • The Thanksgiving Song - Adam Sandler

If I missed a song of thanks, leave the song in the comments.

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Polaris Prize Winners F**k Up MSM

Fucked UpToronto's Fucked Up (a hardcore band, not a declaration) won the fourth annual $20,000 Polaris Music Prize.

I can't say I'm familiar with Fucked Up. I was interested, however, in how this news would be reported by the mainstream media. Will they print "Fucked Up" or F***ed Up" or something else?

I shot over to Google News and scanned the articles about Polaris that were posted today. Here are how some media outlets are reporting Fucked Up's big upset win.

  • The Globe and Mail - Fucked Up
  • Toronto Star - F---ed Up
  • Toronto Sun - F----- Up
  • CBC.ca - F--ked Up
  • National Post - F----d Up
  • 680News.com - F**ked Up
  • Ottawa Citizen - F----d Up
  • Winnipeg Sun - F----- Up
  • Metro Canada - F--ked Up
  • McGill Tribune - Fucked Up
  • The Province - Fucked Up
  • Dose.ca - Fucked Up
  • Exclaim! - Fucked Up
  • ChartAttack - Fucked Up
  • CTV.ca - F**ked Up
  • Jam! Showbiz - F----- Up
  • Charlottetown, The Guardian - Fucked Up
  • Canada.com - F----d Up
  • Calgary Sun - F----- Up

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