My Ten Favourite Canadian Albums

cdEarlier today, I wrote about my inherent disadvantage when compiling a list of this nature. Below are my ten favourite Canadian albums of all-time, but you won't find Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Rush or The Guess Who. You also won't find The Band, Leonard Cohen or Gordon Lightfoot. I kept this list to actual albums I enjoyed and banned all greatest hits collections.

I'm listing these here in no particular order. You may commence judging my ten favourite Canadian albums..... now. If you're interested, I also recently listed the top 100 Canadian songs of all-time, and that list has lots of Neil, Joni, Leonard and Gordon.

Fully CompletelyThe Tragically Hip - Fully Completely

Favourite Tracks:
"At the Hundredth Meridian"
"Wheat Kings"
"Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)"

SmearedSloan - Smeared

Favourite Tracks:
"Take It In"
"500 Up"

gordonBarenaked Ladies - Gordon

Favourite Tracks:
"Brian Wilson"
"If I Had $1000000"
"Be My Yoko Ono"

Love JunkThe Pursuit of Happiness - Love Junk

Favourite Tracks:
"I'm an Adult Now"
"She's So Young"
"Hard to Laugh"

Everything I Long ForHayden - Everything I Long For

Favourite Tracks:
"Bad As They Seem"
"In September"

Shakespeare My ButtThe Lowest of the Low - Shakespeare My Butt

Favourite Tracks:
"Henry Needs a New Pair of Shoes"
"Eternal Fatalist"
"Bleed a Little While Tonight"

Symphony in EffectMaestro Fresh-Wes - Symphony in Effect

Favourite Tracks:
"Let Your Backbone Slide"
"Drop the Needle"
"Tear it Up"

FlukeRusty - Fluke

Favourite Tracks:
"Groovy Dead"
"Wake Me"

Up To HereThe Tragically Hip - Up to Here

Favourite Tracks:
"Blow at High Dough"
"New Orleans Is Sinking"
"38 Years Old"

FuneralArcade Fire - Funeral

Favourite Tracks:
"Wake Up"
"Rebellion (Lies)"
"Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)"

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Black Music for White People

musicWith apologies to Screamin' Jay Hawkins, I love this list of the top 10 rap songs white people love. It's a pretty strong collection of rap songs your average white person will get awfully excited about.

Here's their top ten:

  1. Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back
  2. House of Pain - Jump Around
  3. Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
  4. Tag Team - Whoomp (There It Is)
  5. Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
  6. Rob Base and DJ Easy Rock - It Takes Two
  7. Young MC - Bust A Move
  8. Biz Markie - Just A Friend
  9. Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance
  10. Positive K - I Got A Man

That's pretty sad, isn't it? My favourite of the bunch? You guessed it. Pack it up, pack it in... Let me begin.

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Bands and Artists I Really, Really, Really Like

musicPerusing my music collection, I realize there's only a handful of bands and artists I really, really, really like. There are many I like, such as Coldplay, Broken Social Scene, Sam Roberts and Arctic Monkeys, but I don't really, really, really like them.

I really, really, really like the following:

  • Alice in Chains
  • Arcade Fire
  • Audioslave
  • Beastie Boys
  • Beck
  • Billy Talent
  • Blue Rodeo
  • Johnny Cash
  • Alice Cooper
  • The Cranberries
  • Cypress Hill
  • Death From Above 1979
  • Eminem
  • Foo Fighters
  • Green Day
  • Guns N' Roses
  • Hayden
  • Ice Cube
  • Billy Idol
  • Kid Rock
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Lowest of the Low
  • Maestro Fresh-Wes
  • Nirvana
  • Oasis
  • The Offspring
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Outkast
  • Pearl Jam
  • Public Enemy
  • R.E.M.
  • Radiohead
  • Rage Against The Machine
  • Sloan
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Soundgarden
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Stone Temple Pilots
  • The Strokes
  • System of a Down
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Weezer
  • The White Stripes
  • Neil Young

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Top 5 Grunge Albums?

cdA web site called Cinema Blend ranked their top 5 grunge albums, and as a product of the grunge outbreak of the early 90s, I read with great interest.

I'm not going to analyze their rankings, which includes a rather surprising number one, I'd just like to state how much I love all five albums they listed. In fact, over a decade after grunge fizzled out, I constantly listen to all four of these discs and enjoy them as much today as I did back then.

Here's the Cinema Blend top five.

  1. Stone Temple Pilots - Core
  2. Alice In Chains - Unplugged
  3. Pearl Jam - Ten
  4. Nirvana - Nevermind
  5. Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape

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Best Bands That Have Survived 20 Years

musicThe Ongoing History of New Music is discussing bands that were around in the 70s and continue to make music to this day. That got me thinking about my favourite bands that were making music twenty years ago and are still making new music today.

To qualify for this list, the band must have released material in 1987 or earlier and must be still recording new music today. Here's my top ten.

  1. The Tragically Hip
  2. Public Enemy
  3. R.E.M.
  4. Beastie Boys
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  6. U2
  7. Blue Rodeo
  8. The Flaming Lips
  9. 54-40
  10. The Cure

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Poisonous Songs

crossbonesPoison was a guilty pleasure from the 80s. They were more than just "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", they were "Talk Dirty To Me", "Fallen Angel" and "Something To Believe In". But this isn't about Poison, this is about "poison" songs, or songs with "poison" in the title.

Here are the poisonous songs in my collection.

  • Poison - Alice Cooper
  • Poison My Eyes - Anthrax
  • The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden - Concrete Blonde
  • Church of the Poison Mind - Culture Club
  • Poison Arrow - ABC
  • Poison - Prodigy
  • Penny is Poison - Verve Pipe
  • Poison Ivy - Von Bondies
  • Poison Ivy - Willie Mabon
  • Poison - Bell Biv DeVoe

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The 50 Best Movie Robots

star warsTimesOnline have put together a list of the fifty best robots on film. They judge plausibility, coolness, dangerousness and comedy value. Here are their top 10.

  1. Terminator Series 800/Model 101 from The Terminator
  2. HAL9000 from 2001, A Space Odyssey
  3. Kitt from Knight Rider
  4. SID 6.7 from Virtuosity
  5. ED 209 from Robocop
  6. Swarms of robot spiders from Lost In Space
  7. ABC Warriors from Judge Dredd
  8. Evil Bill & Ted from Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
  9. Sonny from I-Robot
  10. The Sentinels from X-Men 3

I cannot believe R2-D2 didn't crack the top ten. That's insane, the little dude was a total hero.

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Heartache Songs

heartThere are eight songs in my collection with the word "heartache" in the title. Here's the counter punch for the heart songs I listed a couple of years back.

  • Good Morning Heartache - Billy Holiday
  • Tonight The Heartache's On Me - Dixie Chicks
  • That's When Your Heartache Begins - Elvis Presley
  • Nothing But Heartache In Your Social Life - Gord Downie
  • Heartaches By The Number - Guy Mitchell
  • Heartaches & Troubles - Jimmy Reed
  • Good Morning Heartache - Ol' Dirty Bastard
  • Can't Stand The Heartache - Skid Row

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If You Could Only Own 20 Albums

cdThere are 1623 complete albums in my collection. That's a lot of music. Imagine if you had to start your collection from scratch but you were capped at twenty discs. Which twenty albums would make the cut?

It's a ridiculous question, because in reality there is no 20 CD maximum, but it's a question that really gets you questioning the value of each album in your collection. If I had to prune my collection to 20, here are the discs I'd own.

  1. Alice In Chains - Dirt
  2. Arcade Fire - Funeral
  3. Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
  4. Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
  5. Green Day - Dookie
  6. Guns N' Roses - Greatest Hits
  7. The Lowest of the Low - Shakespeare My Butt
  8. Nirvana - Nirvana
  9. Pearl Jam - Rearviewmirror (Down Side)
  10. Pearl Jam - Rearviewmirror (Up Side)
  11. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
  12. Radiohead - OK Computer
  13. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
  14. Soundgarden - A-Sides
  15. System of a Down - Toxicity
  16. The Tragically Hip - Yer Favourites (Disc 1)
  17. The Tragically Hip - Yer Favourites (Disc 2)
  18. Weezer - Blue Album
  19. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
  20. Neil Young - Greatest Hits

That wasn't easy. At the last second I bailed on my Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden selections and went with their greatest hits packages. I figure the mix on Nirvana beats the collective that is Nevermind. I did, however, stick with Alice in Chains' Dirt instead of going with their greatest hits compilation. Tough decisions were made, now it's your turn.

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Vacation Songs

campingBecause my Friday Five today totally sucked ass, here's a bonus round. Here's some music for the holidays, otherwise known as my five favourite songs with "vacation" in the title.

  1. A Million Vacations - Max Webster
  2. Vacation - The Go-Gos
  3. Permanent Vacation - Aerosmith
  4. My Summer Vacation - Ice Cube
  5. Mideast Vacation - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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