My Ten Favourite Covers

My Ten Favourite CoversCFNY Edge 102 has been playing a tonne of cover songs all weekend long. I'm a fan of the cover. I enjoy it when I band I like takes another tune I like and pays homage to it by performing it their way.

A few years ago, a friend and I compiled 80 minutes of our favourite covers we called "Cover Me Badd" but hearing covers all weekend long on the radio has me wondering what my ten favourite covers of all time might look like.

Here's my top ten, in order of preference.

  1. Pearl Jam - Throw Your Arms Around Me
  2. Pearl Jam - Crazy Mary
  3. Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World
  4. Limp Bizkit - Faith
  5. Johnny Cash - Hurt
  6. Aaron Lewis - Black
  7. Aretha Franklin - Respect
  8. Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary
  9. Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
  10. Tricky - Black Steel

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The Definitive Christmas Mix: Done...and Done!

The Definitive Christmas MixI've finally fulfilled my pledge to put together the definitive Christmas mix. I've slightly tweaked my initial draft and decided to restrict each artist to one song. I made some slight exceptions by allowing Bing to fly solo and perform a duet with David Bowie, but the inclusion of Ziggy Stardust gave him a loop hole in this instance.

If you're wondering where the Pearl Jam tune "Let Me Sleep" came from, it's an obscure gem I've had on an Acoustic Set bootleg that was also part of their Lost Dogs collection of B-sides they released last year. "Oh please, let me sleep, it's Christmas time."

Remember, nobody is going to agree with all 23 tracks/80 minutes of music on this Christmas Mix. Some of these tracks were selected for nostalgic reasons, some of them were selected because I can't imagine a Christmas mix without them and some of them are here because my ears demanded it. There are three Wednesdays between now and Christmas, so I'll be sharing an MP3 from the list below as my Weekly MP3. And because I'm already in the Christmas spirit, I'll even take requests as to which three it will be.

And now, without further adieu, the definitive Christmas mix is...

  1. John & Yoko And Plastic Ono Band And The Harlem Community Choir - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
  2. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
  3. Bing Crosby - White Christmas
  4. Dean Martin - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  5. Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby
  6. Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
  7. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas
  8. Coldplay - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  9. The Pretenders - 2000 Miles
  10. Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
  11. Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  12. The Whos of Whoville - Welcome Christmas
  13. John McDermott - O Holy Night
  14. Louis Armstrong & His All Stars - Christmas Night in Harlem
  15. Pearl Jam - Let Me Sleep
  16. Sarah McLachlan - Song For A Winter's Night
  17. Trans-Siberian Orchestra & Metallica - Carol of the Bells
  18. Bruce Cockburn - Mary Had A Baby
  19. U2 - It's Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  20. Vince Guaraldi - O Tannenbaum
  21. Alvin and the Chipmunks - Christmas Don't Be Late
  22. Boris Karloff - You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
  23. David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace On Earth & Little Drummer Boy

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Greatest TV Characters

Greatest TV CharactersBravo has listed their 100 greatest TV characters. Here are their top ten.

  1. Archie Bunker
  2. Ralph Kramden
  3. Lucy Ricardo
  4. The Fonz
  5. Homer Simpson
  6. Seinfeld Cast
  7. Lt. Columbo
  8. Mary Richards
  9. Capt. James T. Kirk
  10. Tony Soprano

It's an okay list I suppose, but it's a cop out grouping the four primary Seinfeld characters together at #6. Make a choice! It's nice to see Homer in the top five. Hey, that gives me an's time for the Friday Five...

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500 Greatest Songs of All Time

500 Greatest Songs of All TimeRolling Stone Magazine has come out with their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Here's their top ten:

  1. Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
  2. Rolling Stones - Satisfaction
  3. John Lennon - Imagine
  4. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
  5. Aretha Franklin - Respect
  6. The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
  7. Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
  8. The Beatles - Hey Jude
  9. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
  10. Ray Charles - What'd I Say

Are we expected to believe that it's a complete coincidence that "Like A Rolling Stone" tops this list followed by a track from "The Rolling Stones" for a publication called "Rolling Stone"? Rolling Stone claims it's a fluke and if you believe that I'm sure they have some swamp land in Florida for you as well.

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The Best Sellers

The Best SellersI stumbled upon a list of the top selling 40 albums of all time the other day, and it got me thinking. How many of the top 10 selling albums of all time do I currently have in my collection? Lets see...

  1. The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits - I've always been amazed at how popular this album is despite the fact it doesn't include "Hotel California". I've never owned it and I have no interest in owning it. The Eagles bore me.
  2. Michael Jackson: Thriller - At some point in the early 80s I owned this album on cassette. At some point in the early 80s I think everyone owned this album on cassette. I have no longer know where that tape went and I have no plans to return Thriller to my collection.
  3. Pink Floyd: The Wall - I like Pink Floyd but I'm hardly a huge fan. I have the MP3s from "Dark Side of the Moon" and I had the double cassette "Delicate Sound of Thunder" but I don't own "The Wall".
  4. Led Zeppelin: Untitled (IV) - This one is in my collection.
  5. Billy Joel: Greatest Hits, Volume 1 & 2 - I don't have any Billy Joel but I do enjoy a few of his earlier tunes.
  6. AC~DC: Back In Black - This one is in my collection.
  7. Shania Twain: Come On Over - This one is in my collection but not because of me but because of Taryn. She's the fan, I'm just a casual observer.
  8. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours - No sir, I don't have it.
  9. The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) - I've got seven albums from The Beatles, but not this one. I'm not sure why I don't. I probably should.
  10. Whitney Houston & Various Artists: The Bodyguard - I don't own it and I never will!!!!

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The Best Movie Soundtracks?

The Best Movie Soundtracks?The BBC conducted a poll to find the best movie soundtrack. Below are their top 10.

  1. The Blues Brothers
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. Trainspotting
  4. Saturday Night Fever
  5. Dirty Dancing
  6. Grosse Point Blank
  7. Kill Bill 1 & 2
  8. Lost In Translation
  9. The Royal Tenenbaums
  10. Fight Club

A glance at My MP3s reveals I own the top three as well as the two Kill Bills. I actually listed my five favourite soundtracks as part of my Friday Five for March 19, 2004. Only the Pulp Fiction soundtrack appears on both my list and the BBC's.

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Most Listened to Bands

Most Listened to BandsI've been using the Audioscrobbler plug-in for Winamp for about three weeks now. Feel free to check out my Audioscrobbler page to see what I've been listening to.

This thing is great. It works so deep under the covers I don't even realize it's doing it's thing. For fun, here are the ten bands I've listened to the most over the past three weeks. By the way, the page will show Disney at number nine, but that's just how the Bear in the Big Blue House theme was credited and James listened to it on repeat for a while causing it to register 34 times.

  1. Nirvana
  2. Pearl Jam
  3. The Tragically Hip
  4. Beastie Boys
  5. Alice In Chains
  6. Public Enemy
  7. System of a Down
  8. The White Stripes
  9. Radiohead
  10. Sublime

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian RhapsodyI recently introduced James to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". I remember my brothers and I having a great time singing along to this epic even before Wayne's World introduced it to a new generation. James and I holler along to the operatic part and bob our heads in unison. It's very cool.

What's even cooler is that James tries to sing the "Mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go" part. When he starts singing about Beelzebub and starts banging his head my heart melts. Nothing could make a father prouder.

Speaking of "Bohemian Rhapsody", the Phonographic Performance Ltd took in data from 70 years of radio, club, shop and jukebox plays to find out which songs got the most airing in the United Kingdom from 1957 until 1994. "Bohemian Rhapsody" finished second. Here's the top 10:

  1. Procul Harum "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"
  2. Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody"
  3. Wet Wet Wet "Love Is All Around"
  4. The Everly Brothers "All I Have To Do Is Dream"/"Claudette"
  5. Bryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"
  6. Abba "Dancing Queen"
  7. Elvis Presley "All Shook Up"
  8. Rod Stewart "Maggie May"
  9. The Beatles "Hello Goodbye"
  10. The Beatles "Get Back"

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Best Movie Death Scenes

Best Movie Death ScenesA Total Film poll of movie critics has attempted to rank the "best movie death" of all time.

Here are their top ten.

  1. Psycho
  2. Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
  3. King Kong
  4. Die Hard
  5. Bonnie and Clyde
  6. Bambi
  7. Scream (1966)
  8. Gladiator
  9. Star Wars
  10. White Heat

I can think of several awesome death scenes in Quentin Tarantino movies alone. Also, you have to give props to that "curb job" scene in American History X which very well may be the most difficult death scene I've ever watched. And finally, off the top of my head, there is that brutally cold death scene in Saving Private Ryan. You can't argue with Psycho's infamous shower scene though.

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Top 100 Moments

Top 100 MomentsThe Ongoing History of New Music on CFNY Edge 102 have listed their Top 100 Moments. Here are their top 10.

  1. Death of Kurt Cobain.
  2. Edison invents recorded sound.
  3. Invention of the electric guitar.
  4. Collapse of the Mercer Arts Centre and CBGBs convinced to have a rock night.
  5. Ramones at the Roundhouse 1976.
  6. Sex Pistols swear at Bill Grundy.
  7. The release of the first Sex Pistols single, "Anarchy in the UK".
  8. Nirvana releases Nevermind.
  9. First online downloads.
  10. Invention of the MP3.

Interesting... This is so incredibly subjective, we could argue about it forever. The death of Kurt Cobain and the release of "Nevermind" are certainly important moments in the history of new music. The first online downloads sort of goes hand in hand with the invention of the MP3, both significant developments in terms of how we get and listen to our music. I am absolutely consumed by my thousands of MP3s I play with Winamp throughout the day. The MP3 has completely revolutionized the way I store and play my tunage. The invention of recorded sound and the electric guitar were essential, but I'm not certain about the others listed in the top 10. But again, we could argue about this forever.

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