I was just reading about one shot music videos. These are videos that are made with a single take. I like a lot of one shot music videos, and here are ten of my favourites.
Note: While on YouTube throwing this list together, I noticed a bunch of my favourites had embedding disabled. To punish those acts, they don't get to be on this list. Shame on you, White Stripes.
Lucas With the Lid Off - Lucas
Mad World - Gary Jules
Stay (I Missed You) - Lisa Loeb
Gimme Sympathy - Metric
Here It Goes Again - OK Go
Closing Time - Semisonic
Undone - The Sweater Song - Weezer
1234 - Feist
Kate - Ben Folds Five
Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
Looking back at 2010, I wrote a lot of forgettable crapola, but here are 10 entries of note worthy of a revisit.
I Hate My Favourite Team
Early in 2010, I realized something. I hate my favourite team.
Canada Kills Pepsi Cheer
In late 2009, I made it my personal mission to stop the Pepsi cheer. Do you rememember how Pepsi said we were cheering wrong and they tried to get us to cheer with their dumb Pepsi cheer? I hated that campaign with a passion, because it was insulting, and I spoke to several media outlets about it. In this entry, I claimed victory.
Canada Wins Gold
My favourite sports moment of 2010 was Sidney Crosby scoring the Golden Goal in overtime to beat the USA in the gold medal final of Olympic men's hockey. My heart exploded with pride.
Subbanator Habs Fans Find New Ways to Offend
You have to revisit this entry, just to read the comments. Wow. That's all I'll say. Wow.
If You Love the Leafs, You Hate the Habs
Some kids seemed to forget this fundamental truth this past spring. There's no debate, if you love the Leafs, you hate the Habs. It is written.
Did G20 Toronto Black Block Get Green Light to Rampage?
It smelled then and it smells now. I had to ask the obvious question.
It's 1980, I'm Crying, But I'm Wearing That Hat
Just an old photo I found... but a peculiar one. Why am I crying?
What This Foreman of the Jury Thinks About Our Court System
I'll remember 2010 as the year I was foreman of a jury on a high-visibility murder case. It was a fascinating experience, and despite the fact it completely drained me, I'm so glad I had this opportunity.
By George, Bautista's at 46 - It's Time to Grow Up, Mike
2010 Santa Claus Parade: Snark Version
As an experiment, I wrote two reviews of the Santa Claus Parade this year. A typically sweet one and a snarkier version. Judging by the stats, you just wanted the snark.
Earlier in the month I shared the perfect Christmas playlist. Now it's time for the 10 coolest Christmas songs.
Who says Christmas music has to be awful? Here are ten cool Christmas tracks.
Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko And Plastic Ono Band And The Harlem Community Choir
I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas
Let Me Sleep - Pearl Jam
Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
2000 Miles - The Pretenders
Fairytale of New York - The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
I was asked today to supply the music for a Christmas party in a couple of weeks. I get those types of requests all the time because I'm awesome at it. Tell me the event and who's attending and I'll create the playlist for you.
Here's a rock solid holiday party playlist that will get you through the night. This is as good as it gets people. Trust me.
- Christmas Don't Be Late - Alvin and the Chipmunks
- Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
- Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
- Green Christmas - Barenaked Ladies
- White Christmas - Bing Crosby
- Mary Had A Baby - Bruce Cockburn
- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen
- Merry Christmas Baby - Chuck Berry
- Joy To The World - Clem Snide
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Coldplay
- First Noel - Crash Test Dummies
- Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Death Cab For Cutie
- Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
- I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
- Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto - James Brown
- Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko And Plastic Ono Band And The Harlem Community Choir
- Honky The Christmas Goose - Johnny Bower
- I Wish It Was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas
- Christmas Night in Harlem - Louis Armstrong & His All Stars
- Carol Of The Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - Nat King Cole
- Merry Christmas, Baby - Otis Redding
- Let Me Sleep - Pearl Jam
- Fairytale of New York - The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
- 2000 Miles - The Pretenders
- Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
- The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
- Baby, It's Cold Outside - Ray Charles
- Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC
- Song For A Winter's Night - Sarah McLachlan
- What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder
- Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis - Tom Waits
- You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
- O Holy Night - Tipitina's Foundation
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
- Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
- Greensleeves - Vince Guaraldi Trio
- Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
- Welcome Christmas - The Who's of Whoville
A new book by Bob Mersereau has reignited this great debate. Bob lists the top 100 Canadian singles. Here's Bob's list. I've made the choices we agreed on bold.
1. The Guess Who — "American Woman"
2. Neil Young — "Heart of Gold"
3. The Band — "The Weight"
4. Bryan Adams — "Summer of '69"
5. Leonard Cohen — "Hallelujah"
6. Steppenwolf — "Born to Be Wild"
7. Gordon Lightfoot — "If You Could Read My Mind"
8. Bachman Turner Overdrive — "Takin' Care of Business"
9. Ian and Sylvia — "Four Strong Winds"
10. Anne Murray — "Snowbird"
11. Joni Mitchell — "Big Yellow Taxi" / "Woodstock"
12. Rush — "Tom Sawyer"
13. Blue Rodeo — "Try"
14. Tragically Hip — "New Orleans is Sinking"
15. Gordon Lightfoot — "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
16. Leonard Cohen — "Suzanne"
17. Tom Cochrane — "Life is a Highway"
18. The Guess Who — "These Eyes"
19. Gordon Lightfoot — "Sundown"
20. Sloan — "Underwhelmed"
21. The Band — "Up on Cripple Creek" / "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
22. Maestro Fresh Wes — "Let Your Backbone Slide"
23. The Diodes — "Tired of Waking Up Tired"
25. Rush — "The Spirit of Radio"
25. Crowbar — "Oh What a Feeling"
26. Rough Trade — "High School Confidential"
27. Martha and the Muffins — "Echo Beach"
28. Stampeders — "Sweet City Woman"
29. Arcade Fire — "Wake Up"
30. Barenaked Ladies — "If I Had $1,000,000"
31. Robert Charlebois — "Lindberg"
32. The Pursuit Of Happiness — "I'm an Adult Now"
33. Ugly Ducklings — "Nothin' "
34. Sloan — "Coax Me"
35. Rush — "Closer to the Heart"
36. Teenage Head — "Picture My Face"
37. Guess Who — "Shakin' All Over"
38. Five Man Electrical Band — "Signs"
39. Blue Rodeo — "Lost Together"
40. Ron Hynes — "Sonny's Dream"
41. Men Without Hats — "The Safety Dance"
42. Rheostatics — "Claire"
43. Lighthouse — "One Fine Morning"
44. A Foot In Coldwater — "(Make Me Do) Anything You Want"
45. Corey Hart — "Sunglasses At Night"
46. Loverboy — "Working For The Weekend"
47. Trooper — "Raise A Little Hell"
48. Parachute Club — "Rise Up"
49. Alannah Myles — "Black Velvet"
50. Terry Jacks — "Seasons in the Sun"
51. Malajube — "Montreal -40C"
52. Neil Young — "Cinnamon Girl"
53. Alanis Morissette — "You Oughta Know"
54. Feist — "1234"
55. Arcade Fire — "Rebellion (Lies)"
56. k.d. lang — "Constant Craving"
57. Neil Young — "Rockin' in the Free World"
58. Michel Pagliaro — "Lovin' You Ain't Easy"
59. Bruce Cockburn — "Lovers in a Dangerous Time"
60. Tragically Hip — "Bobcaygeon"
61. Joni Mitchell — "A Case of You" / "California"
62. The Demics — "New York City"
63. Bryan Adams — "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You"
64. Tragically Hip — "Ahead by a Century"
65. Blue Rodeo — "Five Days in May"
66. Hank Snow — "I'm Moving On"
67. Harmonium — "Pour un instant"
68. Steppenwolf — "Magic Carpet Ride"
69. Sloan — "Money City Maniacs"
70. Celine Dion — "My Heart Will Go On"
71. k-os — "Crabbuckit"
72. The Kings —"This Beat Goes on/Switchin' to Glide"
73. Neil Young — "Old Man" / "Needle and the Damage Done"
74. Jean Leloup — "1990"
75. Payola$ — "Eyes of a Stranger"
76. Blue Rodeo — "Hasn't Hit Me Yet"
77. Bachman Turner Overdrive — "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"
78. Bruce Cockburn — "Wondering Where the Lions Are"
79. April Wine — "You Could Have Been a Lady"
80. Teenage Head — "Let's Shake"/ "Somethin' On My Mind"
81. Joni Mitchell — "Help Me"
82. Trooper — "We're Here For A Good Time"
83. Lighthouse — "Sunny Days"
84. Jean-Pierre Ferland — "Le petit roi"
85. Bryan Adams — "Cuts Like A Knife"
86. Stompin' Tom Connors — "The Hockey Song"
87. Tragically Hip — "Wheat Kings"
88. Gilles Vigneault — "Mon pays"
89. Spirit of The West — "Home For a Rest"
90. New Pornographers — "Letter from an Occupant"
91. Guess Who — "No Time"
92. Mashmakhan — "As the Years Go By"
93. Neil Young — "Hey Hey My My"
94. Paul Anka — "Diana"
95. Daniel Lanois — "The Maker"
96. The Spoons — "Nova Heart"
97. Beau Dommage — "La complainte du phoque en Alaska"
98. Ron Sexsmith — "Secret Heart"
99. Bryan Adams — "Run to You"
100. Wintersleep — "Weighty Ghost"
Pretty similar... I didn't have any French songs on my list, and opted for different Rheostatics, Feist and New Pornographers, but we're pretty close... especially in the top 25.
Heck, I'll save you a click and just reprint my list below.
The Tragically Hip - New Orleans Is Sinking
Neil Young - Helpless
The Band - The Weight
Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi
Gordon Lightfoot - Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Stan Rogers - Northwest Passage
Sloan - Underwhelmed
The Guess Who - American Woman
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Neil Young - Heart of Gold
Blue Rodeo - Try
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
The Tragically Hip - Courage
Barenaked Ladies - Brian Wilson
Cowboy Junkies - Misguided Angel
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning Rain
Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World
Rush - The Spirit of Radio
The Guess Who - Share the Land
Blue Rodeo - Lost Together
Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights
Our Lady Peace - Naveed
Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
Blue Rodeo - Diamond Mine
Bruce Cockburn - Lovers in a Dangerous Time
Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind
Five Man Electical Band - Signs
Bachman Turner Overdrive - Takin' Care Of Business
Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
The Guess Who - These Eyes
Blood, Sweat and Tears - Spinning Wheel
Hayden - Bad As They Seem
Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
Ian and Sylvia - Four Strong Winds
Joni Mitchell - Woodstock
Rush - Closer to the Heart
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides, Now
Our Lady Peace - 4am
Maestro Fresh-Wes - Let Your Backbone Slide
k.d. lang - Constant Craving
The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon
Neil Young - Old Man
Dream Warriors - My Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style
Sarah Harmer - Silver Road
Jeff Healey - Angel Eyes
The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
I Mother Earth - So Gently We Go
Our Lady Peace - Clumsy
Joni Mitchell - The Circle Game
The Pursuit of Happiness - I'm An Adult Now
The Lowest of the Low - Henry Needs A New Pair of Shoes
Ashley MacIsaac - Sleepy Maggie
Robbie Robertson - Somewhere Down the Crazy River
Tom Cochrane - Big League
Rush - Tom Sawyer
Moist - Push
Billy Talent - Nothing To Lose
Rusty - Wake Me
The Northern Pikes - Teenland
Sarah Harmer - Basement Apartment
Sarah McLachlan - Hold On
The Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings
Sloan - Coax Me
Spirit of the West - Home For A Rest
Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild
Crash Test Dummies - Superman's Song
Stars - Ageless Beauty
The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century
The Demics - New York City
Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1,000,000
54-40 - I Go Blind
Bryan Adams - Summer of '69
The New Pornographers - Use It
The Watchmen - All Uncovered
Treble Charger - Red
Sam Roberts - Brother Down
Randy Bachman - Prairie Town
Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Tom Cochrane - Boy Inside The Man
Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know
Skydiggers - I Will Give You Everything
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Rough Trade - High School Confidential
Hot Hot Heat - Bandages
Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night
Loverboy - Working For The Weekend
Metric - Combat Baby
Rusty - Misogyny
k-os - Heaven Only Knows
Tokyo Police Club - Nature Of The Experiment
Stars - Your Ex-Lover Is Dead
Rheostatics - Record Body Count
Odds - Heterosexual Man
The Gandharvas - The First Day of Spring
The Diodes - Tired of Waking Up Tired
Feist - Mushaboom
Gowan - A Criminal Mind
Grapes Of Wrath - All The Things I Wasn't
Max Webster - A Million Vacations
Any glaring omissions from both lists?
It's my mom's birthday today, and I'm off to a BBQ to join in the celebration.
I decided to filter out all songs in my MP3 collection with "birthday" in the title. Out of 36447 songs I was very surprised to find only ten "birthday" songs.
Here are the ten birthday songs in case you're ever making a birthday playlist.
- Birthday - The Beatles
- Happy Birthday, Lisa - Michael Jackson and Bart Simpson
- 7th Birthday - The Lowest of the Low
- Happy Birthday Mr. Burns - The Ramones
- Tears At The Birthday Party - Elvis Costello
- It's Johnny's Birthday - George Harrison
- Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday) - Moby
- Birthday - The Sugarcubes
- Happy Birthday Mr. Smithers - Mr. Burns
- Happy Birthday - Weird Al Yankovic
The Pinery Provincial Park is about 3.5 hours from Toronto. I just made the round trip in a new Taurus lent to me by Ford. This Taurus has a great audio system, enabling me to sync my iPod or listen to Sirius satellite radio. I did both.
One of the stations I'll check out on Sirius is The '90s on 9. It's just wall-to-wall tunes from the 1990s, the decade for me in which music was everything. I love me a good 90s song.
Today, while listening to The '90s on 9, I heard a track from 1992 I didn't know. It was the only song I heard on this station that I didn't know. It was called "Jump!" and it was by The Movement. naturally, I started thinking about all the "Jump" songs I know well, and then researched all the "Jump" songs I don't know. This is the ongoing history of songs named Jump.
As with many things in life, this list starts with Loverboy. In 1981, Calgary's own Loverboy began the "Jump" song saga when they released Get Lucky, an album best known for its opening track, "Working for the Weekend". Get Lucky also featured "Jump".
We'll jump from Loverboy to The Pointer Sisters, who unleashed their poppy "Jump" in 1983. The "Jump" song (r)evolution is well underway.
That was 1983, and Van Halen was listening. In early 1984, they released the definitive "Jump" song. If you can hear this song and not think you're at a hockey game, you're a better man than I.
It's hard to top Van Halen's "Jump", but Kris Kross sure as hell tried. Say what you will about their 1992 hit "Jump", but you've got to admit it's catchy. I'm just hoping this whole 'wear your clothes backward' thing makes a comeback.
Since we're in 1992, let's address the "Jump!" I heard this morning that sparked this entry. It's by The Movement and I don't remember it at all.
Fast forward to 2001, and the "Jump" song epidemic hits Japan. Japanese band, Every Little Thing, hit #7 on the Japanese charts with their "Jump".
It's N*E*R*D's turn! N*E*R*D released their "Jump" in 2004.
Later in 2004, Simple Plan, a band I love to hate, jumped on the "Jump" bandwagon with their own "Jump". Save yourself 3:11 and skip this one.
One year after Simple Plan impressed nobody with their "Jump", a Brit-pop all-female band had a minor UK hit with their own "Jump". This band is called The Faders, and no, I've never heard of them either.
In 2006, supreme copycat artist Madonna found out about all these "Jump" songs and had to have a slice of the pie. Here's Madonna's "Jump".
And, as proof the "Jump" song craze has hit maximum overdrive, Flo-Rida and Nelly Furtado released "Jump" in 2009, a song subsequently used to promote a movie about hamsters.
Now you know the rest of the "Jump" story.
All morning, I've been spinning tracks from Reggae Anthology: The Channel One Story. One track I dig, by this cat named Little John, is aptly titled "Smoke Ganja Hard".
I wondered to myself, how many tunes are in my collection with the word "ganja" in the song title? It turns out there are five.
- Smoke Ganja Hard - Little John
- Must Be The Ganja - Eminem
- Ganja Bus - Cypress Hill with Damian Marley
- Ganja Farmer - Marlon Asher
- Ganja in My Brain - Ras Matthew
My son made me a bookmark, my daughter made me a note pad that looks like a tie, and I made myself this dad mix.
- Daddy - Korn
- Daddy - Custom
- Daddy - Queen Ifrica
- Daddy - Beyoncé
- Daddy Can I Turn This - Elvis Costello
- Daddy Cool - Boney M.
- Daddy I'm Fine - Sinead O'Connor
- Daddy Rich In The Land Of 1210 - 3rd Bass
- Daddy's Getting Married - Bif Naked
- Daddy's Gone - Sparklehorse
- Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car - U2
- Daddy's Home - Montell Jordan
- Daddy's Home - The Jackson 5
- Dear Ol' Dad - Blind Melon
- Dear Old Daddy Bill - Motherlode
- Don't Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley
- Don't Wake Daddy - The Tragically Hip
- Go Daddy-O - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- Gone Daddy Gone - Violent Femmes
- Gone Daddy Gone - Gnarls Barkley
- Hey Daddy - Korn
- I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus - Stand Still
- I'm Your Daddy - Weezer
- Just Like Daddy - Makaveli
- Mack Daddy - Sir Mix-A-Lot
- Mad Daddy - The Cramps
- My Dad's Gone Crazy - Eminem,
- My Son Calls Another Man Daddy - Hank Williams
- One For Daddy - Julian Cannonball Adderly
- Sexy Daddy - Destiny's Child
- Sugar Daddy - The Jackson 5
- Treat Your Daddy Right - T-Bone Walker
- Your Daddy Don't Know - Toronto
Happy Father's Day.
Back in 1994, I purchased my music collection on CDs. When I needed to make a mix for portable listening, I dubbed my selections onto a cassette tape and listened to it on my Sony Walkman. In 1994, I didn't go anywhere without my Sony Walkman and a good mix tape.
Back in 1994, here were 15 albums I couldn't get enough of. There was likely a point in 1994 where, if asked, I would have slapped together a list of my 15 favourite albums that would have looked something like this...
Nirvana - Nevermind
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Pearl Jam - Ten
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
Nivana - In Utero
Alice in Chains - Dirt
Green Day - Dookie
The Tragically Hip - Fully Completely
Offspring - Smash
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Stone Temple Pilots - Core
Pearl Jam - Vs.
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