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Head Banging

Head BangingThis afternoon with Taryn out running errands for a few hours it was James and daddy time. I decided to make a mix of tunes that really rock heavy. I wanted music we could bang our heads and jump around to for 80 minutes.

I didn't want more than one tune from the same artist and I wanted it to be fast enough to promote an acceptable level of mania. I examined my collection and widdled down my initial 180 minutes of music to the following tracks.

1. Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod : I've always loved this tune. I needed something off Psalm 69, and this track won out in the end thanks to its relentless assault. It's also a great opening track with the wisdom "there was only one thing that I could do was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long".

2. System of a Down - Chop Suey! : Another full throttle attack in musical form. This mix had to be killer fast and Chop Suey! accomplishes this mission each and every time. "Why have you forsaken me, In your eyes forsaken me".

3. Disturbed - Down With the Sickness : I knew I was going to have to stick a Disturbed track on this one, but which one? I thought about Liberate and Prayer but returned to this doozy because it's loud and fast and still my favourite Disturbed tune. "Open up your hate, and let it flow into me".

4. Drowning Pool - Bodies : This has become a tune I reach for when I just need to bang my head for a few minutes. The lead singer is dead now, and that's a shame. This is a heavy track. "Driven by hate consumed by fear, Let the bodies hit the floor".

5. Slipknot - Wait and Bleed : I wouldn't call myself a Slipknot fan but I'm definitely a "Wait and Bleed" fan. This is the one Slipknot song with a melody but it still thrashes. "I wander over where you can't see... Inside my shell, I wait and bleed".

6. Beastie Boys - Time For Livin' : This song is short but sweet. It's a great Beastie Boys track for increasing the heart rate. It fit well on this mix. "I said ain't nobody got the pain I can hear, But if I have to I will yell in your ear".

7. Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name : You knew RATM was going to be represented on this mix, and is there a better RATM song than this? Awesome energy, just awesome. "Some of those that work forces, are the saints that burn crosses".

8. Outkast - Bombs Over Baghdad : Few song rock as hard as this one from Hip Hop giants Outkast. It's bloody fast and damn good. Play it loud, play it proud, BOB never gets old. "Don't even bang unless you plan to hit something".

9. Soundgarden - Jesus Christ Pose : I was trying to stay away from the big four, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, but I slipped because this mix had to have "Jesus Christ Pose" on it. I remember when I first heard this song over a decade ago. It blew my mind then and it blows my mind today. "And you stare at me in your Jesus Christ pose. Arms held out like it's the coming of the Lord".

10. Public Enemy - Welcome to the Terrordome (X-Games Remix) : This track makes it because of the guitar added for the X Games Soundtrack. The original is a great tune, but the extra guitar makes it that much heavier and a worthy addition to this 80 minutes of mania. "I got so much trouble on my mind I refuse to lose, Here's your ticket - Hear the drummer get wicked".

11. Incubus - Megalomaniac : Admittedly, this song was promoted because it's a tune I'm really into this week. It's got some fast and heavy parts, but other parts that are much, much slower than the preceeding tunes. Still, I'm diggin' it and I'm not sick of it yet. "Hey megalomaniac, You're no Jesus. Yeah, you're no f*cking Elvis".

12. Papa Roach - Last Resort : Still heavy after all these years. Whenever assembling a mix of this nature, "Last Resort" must be taken into consideration. "Losing my sight, losing my mind. Wish somebody would tell me I'm fine".

13. Limp Bizkit - Faith : Fred Durst screams his way through a cover of George Michael's "Faith" and it works. Ya gotta turn the volume to 11 to fully appreciate this one. Strangely addictive. "Well it takes a stong man baby but I'm, uh, showing you that door".

14. Cypress Hill - Rock Superstar : Cypress Hill recorded two versions of this song. "Rap Superstar" was the hip hop version while this "Rock Superstar" was the rock version. What can I say? It rocks. "Comin' up in the world, don't trust no body. Gotta look over your shoulder constantly".

15. Toadies - Possum Kingdom : I think this is one of the most underrated songs in the history of music. You hear so little about it and it never gets airplay. I think it's a classic. Although, like "Megalomaniac", it's a little softer than the other tunes it has a killer chorus that had James and I hoppin'. "I'll treat you well, my sweet angel, so help me Jesus".

16. Audioslave - Cochise : I considered disqualifying this tune from the mix because both Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine had already been represented, but I dig it so much I had to keep it. It's just a heavy tune and I love it. "Go and save yourself. Take it out on me".

17. Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother : What the hell happened to Tracy Bonham? This track was killer and then she was gone. I think it's one of the finest rock songs ever performed by a female. "I'm hungry, I'm dirty, I'm losing my mind, Everything's fine".

18. Offspring - Bad Habit : Pure adenaline. James and I were moshing big time to this sucker. Just thinking about this tune sends my heart rate through the roof. If you ever need to get psyched up for something, give "Bad Habit" a spin. "Drivers are rude, Such attitudes, But when I show my piece, Complaints cease".

19. Danzig - Mother : If you're going to close 80 minutes of head banging tunage, this is the ideal closer. It's a live version from the MTV Buzz Bins compilation. Just check out the lyrical content. "Father, Do you wanna bang heads with me? Do you wanna feel everything? Oh father".

I'll tell you this. James and I blasted this mix and jumped around and banged our heads like fools. It was awesome. The next time Taryn goes out, we're doing it again.

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Top 102 Songs of 2003

Best Songs of 2003On New Year's Eve I posted my five favourite tunes of 2003. My only rule was that the song had to have been released in 2003. Songs released in 2002 that experienced most of their airplay in 2003 were ineligible. To refresh your memory, here was my top five.

  1. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
  2. The Distillers - Drain The Blood
  3. The Strokes - 12:51
  4. Stone Temple Pilots - All In The Suit That You Wear
  5. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl

Later that night, CFNY Edge 102 played their top 102 songs of 2003. Below I will reveal my feelings about their top five. Unlike my list, CFNY Edge 102 did not insist that the song be released in 2003. Here are their top five and my comments.

  1. Linkin Park - Somewhere I Belong
    I'm rather shocked this is ranked as high as #1. I enjoy Linkin Park as much as the next guy, but this was only the third best song off of Meteora to receive heavy air play in 2003. I'll take the far superior "Faint" or "Numb" any day of the week. They were ranked #9 and #29 respectively. Does anyone really think "Somewhere I Belong" is a better song than "Faint"? If you do, write me.
  2. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
    What more can I say about the tune I had ranked as my favourite of 2003. The haunting simplicity of that bass line still finds its way into my psyche on a regular basis. The entire Elephant CD is great, but this was one helluva lead single. Awesome tune.
  3. Audioslave - Like A Stone
    I'm a huge fan of this entire CD. It's fair to say this band had me at hello. When I first read that the members of Rage Against the Machine were forming a group with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, it was music to my ears. I'm a huge fan of both Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden, and Audioslave didn't disappoint. I too read the mediocre reviews, but then I gave it a spin. "Chohise" was one of my favourite tracks of 2002 (along with Nirvana's "You Know You're Right", Queens of the Stone Age's "No One Knows" and Johnny Cash's "Hurt") and this melodic trip ranks right up there as well. Of course, all songs off this CD did not qualify for my top five, having been released in November of 2002.
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop
    Lord knows CFNY Edge 102 played this song enough, but I just couldn't get into it. I liked it, but I didn't love it. It was a catchy ditty that I found myself singing each time I heard it, but I can't say it deserved a ranking as high as this.
  5. Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
    And now for the CanCon portion of our chart. Three Days Grace are a Toronto-based trio originally from Norwood, Ontario. Don't get me wrong, "I Hate Everything About You" was a great tune, but the fifth best song of the year? Not if they're from Texas. Naturally, CFNY Edge 102 is going to favour a young Toronto-based band like this, and there's nothing wrong with that. A top five without any Canadian representation would be just wrong!

There you have it, my reaction to CFNY Edge 102's top five songs of 2003. If you're curious where the rest of my top five ranked on their chart, they had The Distillers at #94, The Strokes at #34, Stone Temple Pilots at #64 and Jet at #31.

I'm on my way back to the hospital now. If all goes well, James will be coming home tomorrow. I'm just looking forward to sleeping in my own bed, something I've yet to do this year. I'll update you all on his status tomorrow.

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Best Songs of 2003

Best Songs of 2003In 2003, much like the previous 12 years, most of the music I listened to was recorded in the early 90s. I listened to a lot of Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, The Tragically Hip and Soundgarden. That's not to say I didn't listen to any current music. I spent a great deal of time with Queens of the Stone Age, The White Stripes, System of a Down, Audioslave and Disturbed. So, as you can see, the last few years are well represented.

With less than 12 hours remaining in the calendar year, the one question everyone's asking is "What are your five favourite songs of 2003?" Immediately, five great songs came to mind, then I realized many of them were actually released in 2002. The following are my five favourite songs that were released in the year 2003.

  1. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army
  2. The Distillers - Drain The Blood
  3. The Strokes - 12:51
  4. Stone Temple Pilots - All In The Suit That You Wear
  5. Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl

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AFI Movies of the Year

AFI Movies of the YearI just read the AFI Movies of the Year Official Selections. I haven't seen a single movie on their list. Has my life deteriorated to this point? Despite my disinterest in "Lord of the Rings", how did I manage to miss all nine of the others on their list? I even own one of the others on DVD but haven't got around to seeing it. "Finding Nemo" is in our collection for a certain 22 month old I know. And where is Kill Bill Volume 1? Was there too much blood for the AFI?

Here's their list in its entirety:

  • American Splendor
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Human Stain
  • In America
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Lost in Translation
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Monster
  • Mystic River

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500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Top 500 albums of all timeRolling Stone magazine has just listed what they consider to be the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Lets take a close look specifically at their top 100, shall we?

Rolling Stone likes The Beatles. The four mop-tops from England account for eight albums in the top 100, including four of the top ten. John Lennon on his own accounts for another couple. Canadian content is well represented with Joni Mitchell coming in at #30, The Band at #34 and #45 and Neil Young at #71 and #78. As for albums from artists in my personal top 10, you'll find Nirvana at #17, Public Enemy at #48 and Guns n' Roses at #61.

Here are Rolling Stone's top 100: 1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles, 2. Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys, 3. Revolver - The Beatles, 4. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan, 5. Rubber Soul - The Beatles, 6. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye, 7. Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones, 8. London Calling - The Clash, 9. Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan, 10. The Beatles ("The White Album") - The Beatles, 11. The Sun Sessions - Elvis Presley, 12. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis, 13. Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground, 14. Abbey Road - The Beatles, 15. Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 16. Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan, 17. Nevermind - Nirvana, 18. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen, 19. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison, 20. Thriller - Michael Jackson, 21. The Great Twenty-Eight - Chuck Berry, 22. Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon, 23. Innervisions - Stevie Wonder, 24. Live at the Apollo (1963) - James Brown, 25. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac, 26. The Joshua Tree - U2, 27. King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 1 - Robert Johnson, 28. Who's Next - The Who, 29. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin, 30. Blue - Joni Mitchell, 31. Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan, 32. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones, 33. Ramones - Ramones, 34. Music From Big Pink - The Band, 35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie, 36. Tapestry - Carole King, 37. Hotel California - The Eagles, 38. The Anthology, 1947 - 1972 - Muddy Waters, 39. Please Please Me - The Beatles, 40. Forever Changes - Love, 41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols - 42. The Doors - The Doors, 43. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd, 44. Horses - Patti Smith, 45. The Band - The Band, 46. Legend - Bob Marley and the Wailers, 47. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane, 48. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy, 49. At Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band, 50. Here's Little Richard - Little Richard, 51. Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Simon and Garfunkel, 52. Greatest Hits - Al Green, 53. The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings, 1952 - 1959 - Ray Charles, 54. Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 55. Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley, 56. Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder, 57. Beggars Banquet - The Rolling Stones, 58. Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, 59. Meet the Beatles - The Beatles, 60. Greatest Hits - Sly and the Family Stone, 61. Appetite for Destruction - Guns n' Roses, 62. Achtung Baby - U2, 63. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones, 64. Phil Spector, Back to Mono (1958 - 1969) - Various Artists, 65. Moondance - Van Morrison, 66. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin, 67. The Stranger - Billy Joel, 68. Off the Wall - Michael Jackson, 69. Superfly - Curtis Mayfield, 70. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin, 71. After the Gold Rush - Neil Young, 72. Purple Rain - Prince, 73. Back in Black - AC/DC, 74. Otis Blue - Otis Redding, 75. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin, 76. Imagine - John Lennon, 77. The Clash - The Clash, 78. Harvest - Neil Young, 79. Star Time - James Brown, 80. Odessey and Oracle - The Zombies, 81. Graceland - Paul Simon, 82. Axis: Bold as Love - The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 83. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You - Aretha Franklin, 84. Lady Soul - Aretha Franklin, 85. Born in the U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen, 86. Let It Be - The Beatles, 87. The Wall - Pink Floyd, 88. At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash, 89. Dusty in Memphis - Dusty Springfield, 90. Talking Book - Stevie Wonder, 91. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John, 92. 20 Golden Greats - Buddy Holly, 93. Sign 'o' the Times - Prince, 94. Bitches Brew - Miles Davis, 95. Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival, 96. Tommy - The Who, 97. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan, 98. This Year's Model - Elvis Costello, 99. There's a Riot Goin' On - Sly and the Family Stone, 100. In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra

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My Most Listened To CDs

Fave CDsI'm listening to Alice in Chains' Dirt while sitting at my pc awaiting the start of the Raptors game. I listen to the 13 tracks on this album rather frequently. In fact, I find myself returning to the same few albums over and over and over again.

Not counting albums from my ten favourite bands, here are the four CDs I most often listen to.

System of a Down - Toxicity: A friend of mine introduced me to this band and I'm forever grateful. Every cut on this disc accelerates my heart rate. Much like the next album on this list, it's loud and proud and not afraid to say something. "Chop Suey" is one of my favourite tunes of all time but I'm pretty nuts about all 14 cuts.

Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine: If you visit HyperLists to check out my ten favourite bands, you'll also see a list of my five favourite albums of all time. Rage Against the Machine is on that list. It's absolutely solid and fully loaded with moshing anthems. It's very heavy and very political and very addictive. "Killing in the Name" and "Bullet in the Head" are still my favourite tracks, but "Wake Up" and "Freedom" are hot on their tail.

Sublime - Sublime: Every ounce of this album is a trippy blend of rock, hip-hop, folk and funk. "What I Got" and "Santeria" may be the best tunes, but I'm as happy as sh*t getting lost in "Wrong Way", "April 29 1992" or "Pawn Shop". Lead vocalist and guitarist Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose at the age of 28 but what he left behind was all good.

The Beastie Boys - Check Your Head: This whole damn album is awesome. From the opening chords of "Jimmy James" through classics like "Pass the Mic" and "So What'cha Want" to the funkified "Professor Booty". A hidden gem is the hard n' heavy "Time For Livin".

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Top 20 Sitcoms

TVNo sooner did I post a blog entry on crappy sitcoms (see September 30, 2003 / 15:20 EST) than I came across the Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy's list of the best 20 sitcoms of all time. Now the Radio Times Guide to TV Comedy is a British publication, so 11 of their top 20 are United Kingdom productions. Three of my favourite shows of all time cracked their list (The Simpsons, Seinfeld and The Larry Sanders Show) with The Phil Silvers Show taking the top spot. I see where they're coming from, but I can't say I agree.

Here's the entire list: 1. The Phil Silvers Show (US), 2. Seinfield (US), 3. Fawlty Towers (UK), 4. Porridge (UK), 5. Yes Minister (UK), 6. Frasier (US), 7. M*A*S*H (US), 8. 'Till Death Us Do Part (UK), 9. Hancock's Half-Hour/Hancock (UK), 10. Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads? (UK), 11. The Larry Sanders Show (US), 12. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (US), 13. The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (UK), 14. The Good Life (UK), 15. Steptoe and Son (UK), 16. Only Fools and Horses (UK), 17. Cheers (US), 18. The Dick Van Dyke Show (US), 19. Dad's Army (UK), 20. The Simpsons (US)

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MTV's 22 Greatest Bands

22 Greatest BandsMTV2 in the USA just aired a countdown of the "22 Greatest Bands" since MTV's inception in '81. It's quite the list. They didn't get it perfect, but came much closer than I expected. The fact MTV2 airs only in America excuses the lack of Canadian bands like The Tragically Hip and Our Lady Peace. The most glaring omissions otherwise are Soundgarden, Foo Fighters and Stone Temple Pilots. I can't be the only one who can't name a single Phish song, can I?

In alphabetical order, here's the entire list: Aerosmith, Alice In Chains, The Cure, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Guns N' Roses, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, No Doubt, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Phish, R.E.M., Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins, U2 and Van Halen.

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The 50 Worst Bands

50 Worst BandsBlender Magazine recently named what they consider to be the 50 worst music acts of all time. I appreciate what Blender is trying to do, but can't we leave decent bands like Live, The Doors and Blind Melon out of it? How the hell did Ricky Martin escape this list?

So you don't have to waste your money on Blender Magazine, here's the list in its entirety: 1. Insane Clown Posse  2. Emerson, Lake and Palmer  3. Michael Bolton  4. Kenny G  5. Starship  6. Kansas  7. Asia  8. Vanilla Ice  9. Lee Greenwood  10. Air Supply  11. Latoya Jackson  12. Tin Machine  13. Mick Jagger  14. Yngwie Malmsteen  15. Yanni  16. Oingo Boingo  17. Benzino  18. Pat Boone  19. Dan Fogelberg  20. Howard Jones  21. The Alan Parsons Project  22. Primus  23. Creed  24. Bad English  25. Jamiroquai  26. Celine Dion  27. Colour Me Bad  28. Crash Test Dummies  29. Skinny Puppy  30. Richard Marx  31. Arrested Development  32. The Hooters  33. Japan  34. Live  35. Paul Oakenfold  36. 98 Degrees  37. The Doors  38. Nelson  39. Bob Geldof  40. Blind Melon  41. Whitesnake  42. Rick Wakeman  43. Mike and the Mechanics  44. Manowar  45. Gipsy Kings  46. The Spin Doctors  47. Goo Goo Dolls  48. Master P  49. Toad the Wet Sprocket  50. Iron Butterfly

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