Toronto Mike

The Monday Shuffle


Every Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that play.  Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Promised Land - Elvis Presley
  2. Sittin' On Top Of The World - Jack White
  3. Gouge Away - The Pixies
  4. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - Arcade Fire
  5. Not The Same - Bodyjar
  6. Minstrel of the Dawn - Gordon Lightfoot
  7. Neon Crossing - Our Lady Peace
  8. Everything I've Known - Korn
  9. Exit - U2
  10. Eternal Life - Jeff Buckley

The Arcade Fire are a Canadian success story, a Montreal band who recorded Funeral at the Hotel 2 Tango in their home town.  It has always bothered me that a Canadian born and bred band would spell their "neighbourhood" trilogy n-e-i-g-h-b-o-r-h-o-o-d.

I realize we're talking about one lousy "u" here, but why Americanize the spelling of such words if you're a Canadian band?  Were they afraid the American CD-buying public would be frightened by the funny spelling?  I just wish it was "Neighbourhood #1 (Tunnels)", "Neighbourhood #2 (Laika)", "Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)" and "Neighbourhood #4 (7 Kettles)".

Even without the "u", It's a fantastic album.  My favourite of 2005, I recall.

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