Blender magazine has published its list of the 50 worst songs ever. I haven't seen the whole list yet, but below are their top (bottom?) 10.
- We Built This City, Starship, 1985
- Achy Breaky Heart, Billy Ray Cyrus, 1992
- Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Wang Chung, 1986
- Rollin', Limpbizkit, 2000
- Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice, 1990
- The Heart of Rock & Roll, Huey Lewis & The News, 1984
- Don't Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin, 1988
- Party All the Time, Eddie Murphy, 1985
- American Life, Madonna, 2003
- Ebony and Ivory, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, 1982
I hate to admit it, but I actually like #'s 3 and 4. It's nice to see Madonna on the list though. Everything since True Blue has been pretty crappy.
The Mars Rover engineering team plays a tune or two each morning for Spirit and Opportunity. The songs played are usually related to the day's events. The Beatles "Good Morning, Good Morning" for the first morning, Ratt's "Round and Round" when the rover is turning, etc.
I was perusing this site which lists every song played for the Mars Rover. Some of the tunes are good, some are really bad. Below are my favourite five songs from the Mars Rover Soundtrack.
- Otis Redding - Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay
- Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
- The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
- The Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
- Nirvana - On A Plain
Below are my least favourite songs from the Mars Rover Soundtrack.
- Baja Men - Who Let the Dogs Out?
- Sade - Smooth Operator
- Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
- Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
- Whitesnake - Here I Go Again
I recommend "When Did You Get Back From Mars?" from I Mother Earth upon their return to earth.
The Mercury News out of the Bay Area has listed what they believe to be the 11 greatest grunge albums. I read this list and article with great interest considering the majority of what I listen to was released during the golden era of grunge.
Here is their list.
- "Nevermind," Nirvana
- "In Utero," Nirvana
- "Ten," Pearl Jam
- "Dirt," Alice in Chains
- "Vs.," Pearl Jam
- "Temple of the Dog," Temple of the Dog
- "Core," Stone Temple Pilots
- "Sweet Oblivion," Screaming Trees
- "Singles (Original Soundtrack)," various artists
- "Bricks Are Heavy," L7
- "Badmotorfinger," Soundgarden
The Mercury News did a great job. Every album on thier list is spun by me on a regular basis except for their selections from Screaming Trees and L7. In fact, if I were to compose my favourite 10 grunge albums, I'd have an eerily similar list. I'm spinning Dirt from Alice in Chains right now and it's a complete coincidence, I swear!
BBC Radio 6 has ranked the top 20 sad songs of all time.
- The Smiths - I Know It's Over
- Bowling For Soup - Girl All The Bad Guys Want
- REM - Everybody Hurts
- The Cure - Pictures Of You
- Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
- Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
- Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
- Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush - Don't Give Up
- Blur - This Is A Low
- The Beatles - Good Day Sunshine
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge
- Tori Amos - China
- Portishead - Glory Box
- Al Green - Tired of Being Alone
- Mercury Rev - The Dark Is Rising
- Lou Reed - Pale Blue Eyes
- Spiritualized - Stop Your Crying
- The Darkness - I Believe In A Thing Called Love
- Faithless - Insomnia
- Polyphonic Spree - Light And Day
Obviously the list is a little Brit-centric, but it's not half bad. They're right about "Everybody Hurts", "Fake Plastic Trees", "Comfortably Numb" and "Under the Bridge". I wonder where Nirvana's "All Apologies" is? Note to self: create top 10 sad songs list for site.
Seeing "Don't Give Up" on the list reminded me of a cheesy local show we had here in Toronto a while back. It was hosted by this flake named Ziggy Lorenc who lived in a pink house. I'm not sure where Ziggy is these days, but I met her at the Runnymede subway station one day about 12 years ago and she was very sweet. She always ended her cheesy love show with the video for Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush's "Don't Give Up". My brothers and I always referred to it as "The Hug Song" because the two singers essentially hugged for the entire video.
An insurance company in the United States surveyed car enthusiasts nationwide to determine the Top 10 television and motion picture car stars. Topping the list is my personal favourite television car star, The General Lee. As a kid I dreamed of flying through The General Lee's windows and jumping over broken bridges. Yee Haw!
Here's the top 10:
- "The Dukes of Hazzard," 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee
- "Bullitt," green 1968 Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen
- "Gone in Sixty Seconds," 1967 Shelby GT500
- "Back to the Future," 1983 DeLorean
- "Batman" TV series, Batmobile
- "Goldfinger," Aston Martin DB5
- "Smokey and the Bandit," 1977 Pontiac Firebird T/A
- "Herbie, the Love Bug," 1963 Volkswagen Beetle
- "Starsky and Hutch" TV series and "Starsky & Hutch" movie, 1974 Ford Torino
- "The Green Hornet" TV series, Chrysler Imperial Black Beauty
Yesterday I took all my MP3s and played them them on "Shuffle" mode in Windows Media Player. I listed the first 20 songs that played when my entire collection was shuffled...only it wasn't my entire collection! Yes my friends, I unintentionally mislead you. Those tunes came from a collection of my favourite 1300 MP3s I spin while I work, not at all a fair representation.
Last night, following another disappointing Leafs lost, I performed the same experiment with my entire collection. This was every MP3 I have and here are the first 20 songs that played.
- 311 - Amber
- Queens of the Stone Age - Go With the Flow
- House of Pain - Top O' The Morning To Ya
- Stone Temple Pilots - A Song For Sleeping
- Green Day - All The Time
- Smashing Pumpkins - Rocket
- Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
- Rush - Limelight
- Foo Fighters - Hey, Johnny Park!
- Sloan - On The Horizon
- The Tragically Hip - Three Pistols
- The Guess Who - Hand Me Down World
- Chris Thomas King - Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Too Real
- Nirvana - About A Girl (Unplugged)
- Alice Cooper - No More Mr. Nice Guy
- Nirvana - Downer
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Knock Me Down
- The Beatles - Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite
- Neil Young - Southern Man
I was reading on the World Wide Web about how people are taking all of their MP3s and playing them all randomly and sharing the first ten songs listed. With Windows Media Player, you simply create a playlist that is your entire collection of MP3s, select "Shuffle" from the Play menu and play.
Here are the first 20 songs that played when my entire collection was shuffled. Nothing particularly embarrassing here, thankfully.
- The White Stripes - Now Mary
- Jimi Hendrix - Burning of the Midnight Lamp
- The Tragically Hip - The Dire Wolf
- System of a Down - P.L.U.C.K.
- The Tragically Hip - Don't Wake Daddy
- Pearl Jam - Long Road (Live)
- Johnny Cash - Hurt
- Pearl Jam - All or None (Live)
- Cypress Hill - Stoned is the Way of the Walk
- Queens of the Stone Age - Do it Again
- Stone Temple Pilots - Vasoline
- Disturbed - Intoxication
- Hayden - You Were Loved
- Nirvana - Scentless Apprentice (Live)
- Audioslave - Get Away Car
- Beastie Boys - Mark on the Bus
- Alice in Chains - Would?
- Beastie Boys - Professor Booty
- Temple of the Dog - Times of Trouble
- Nirvana - Lithium
Quite a few movies are filmed in Toronto. Rarely does Toronto actually play Toronto but more often New York or Chicago in these pictures. Still, Torontonians like myself know it's Toronto and enjoy seeing our fair city play a role in many a major motion picture.
So many films are shot here that a friend of mine spent last summer working security for the filming of Resident Evil: Apocalypse and last year's winner of the Best Picture Oscar at The Academy Awards, Chicago, was filmed here.
It's time I document my favourite ten films filmed in Toronto. As you'll see from my list, some of these flicks were filmed elsewhere as well, but all were at least partly filmed in Toronto according to the Internet Movie Database.
- The Boondock Saints
- The Killing Fields
- Bowling For Columbine
- A Christmas Story
- The Paper Chase
- Good Will Hunting
- The Fly
- The Hurricane
In honour of Valentine's Day, here are my ten favourite songs with the word "love" in the title. Songs with the word "lover" or "loves" in the title also qualified.
- State of Love and Trust - Pearl Jam
- Fell in Love With a Girl - The White Stripes
- Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
- The Face of Love - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder
- Be My Lover - Alice Cooper
- Love Buzz - Nirvana
- She Loves Me Not - Papa Roach
- When Love Comes to Town - U2
- I Used to Love Her - Guns N' Roses
- To Be A Lover - Billy Idol
A couple of years ago, my friend Mark and I decided to create a complementary "release" to our Smells Like Sour series. We wanted to put together 80 minutes of our favourite covers. Here's the songlist from that compilation I called "Cover Me Badd" in spite of the fact Mark demanded it be called "Under the Covers". I still think "Cover Me Badd" is a far better name. Here's what made the cut, in alphabetical order.
- Aaron Lewis - Black
- Cake - I Will Survive
- Chronic Overboogie - My Heart Will Go On
- Dynamite Hack - Boyz in the Hood
- Elwood - Sundown
- Everclear - Brown Eyed Girl
- Fear Factory - Cars
- Frente - Bizarre Love Triangle
- Goldfinger - 99 Red Balloons
- The Lemonheads - Mrs. Robinson
- Limp Bizkit - Faith
- Pearl Jam - Crazy Mary
- Presidents of the United States of America - Video Killed the Radio Star
- Save Ferris - Come On Eileen
- Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit
- Travis - Baby, One More Time
- Tricky - Black Steel
- Veruca Salt - My Sharona
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