The Denial Playlist

musicIs this real life?

How should I start to build my denial playlist? Five songs jump out at me.

  • Denial - Dropkick Murphys
  • Denial - Ozzy Osbourne
  • The Denial Twist - The White Stripes
  • Denial, Revisited - The Offspring
  • Eraser (Denial; Realization) - Nine Inch Nails

That's a pretty good start.

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Mother and Mom Songs for Mother's Day

musicHere's a list of songs from my collection with "Mom" or "Mother" or "Mama" in the title.

But be warned, not all of these mom and mother songs are appropriate for Mother's Day.

  • Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) - Jay-Z
  • Child Without Mother - Motherlode
  • Dirty Mother For You - Memphis Minnie
  • Do You Love Me/Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me) - The Blues Brothers
  • Does Your Mother Know - ABBA
  • Dominion / Mother Russia - The Sisters of Mercy
  • Ernie's Mom - Bob & Doug McKenzie
  • Freak Momma - Mudhoney & Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • Good Mother - Jann Arden
  • Goodbye to Mother and the Cove - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson 5
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Cougar Mellencamp
  • I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart - The White Stripes
  • Kyle´s Mom´s A B**ch - Eric Cartman And March Shaiman
  • Momma's Gotta Die Tonight - Body Count
  • Moms - A Tribe Called Quest
  • Mother - Adrian Belew
  • Mother - Pink Floyd
  • Mother - Danzig
  • Mother and Child Reunion - Paul Simon
  • Mother Earth - Memphis Slim
  • Mother May I - Coheed and Cambria
  • Mother Mother - Tracy Bonham
  • Mother Nature - Koko Taylor
  • Mother Nature's Rump - dj BC and The Beastles
  • Mother Nature's Son - The Beatles
  • Mother Nature's Son - Sheryl Crow
  • Mother Popcorn - James Brown
  • Mother Popcorn, Pt. 1 - James Brown
  • Mother Theresa Song - Humble Howard, Fred Patterson
  • Motherless Child - Eric Clapton
  • Mother's Day - blink-182
  • Mother's Letter - Julie Waleters/Jamie Bell
  • Mother's Little Helper - The Rolling Stones
  • Mothers of the Disappeared - U2
  • Mothers Talk - Tears For Fears
  • My Mom - Eminem
  • My Mommy Intro - Montell Jordan
  • No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature - The Guess Who
  • Nobody Loves Me But My Mother - B.B. King
  • Oh Mom... - Adam Sandler
  • Old Mother Reagan - Violent Femmes
  • Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - Louis Armstrong
  • Tears Of A Teenage Mother - Jasmine Guy
  • Tell Me, Momma - Live 5-14-66 The Odeon Liverpool - Bob Dylan
  • That Was Your Mother - Paul Simon
  • The Mothers - I Mother Earth
  • Tie Your Mother Down - Ted Nugent
  • Tie Your Mother Down - Queen
  • Treat Me Like Your Mother - The Dead Weather
  • Volvo Driving Soccer Mom - Everclear
  • Welfare Mothers - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • Your Mother Should Know - The Beatles
  • Mama Told Me - Wale
  • Mama I Love You (Legal Riddim) - Sean Paul
  • Mama Do - Pixie Lott
  • Mama Oo Pow Pow - The Cramps
  • Look Mama - Howard Jones
  • A Song For Mama - Boyz II Men
  • Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Randy Newman
  • Ya Mama - Pharcyde
  • Fine Little Mama - Elmore James
  • Big Time Mama - Champion Jack Dupree
  • Peach Orchard Mama - Big Joe Williams
  • Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut - The Ugly Ducklings
  • Mama Told Me Not To Come - Wilson Pickett
  • Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning? - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • Hey Mama - Black Eyed Peas
  • Dear Mama - 2Pac
  • Mama'a Just A Little Girl - 2Pac
  • Do It For Mama - Adam Sandler
  • Mama Kin - Aerosmith
  • Mama's Always On Stage - Arrested Development
  • Mama Don't Smoke - Bran Van 3000
  • Mama - Genesis
  • Papa Loved Mama - Garth Brooks
  • Mama Kin - Guns N' Roses
  • Mama, Look At Bubu - Harry Belafonte
  • Home To Mama - Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra
  • Hey Mama - Kanye West
  • Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
  • Mama Said - Metallica
  • Mamacita - OutKast
  • Mama, I'm Coming Home - Ozzy Osbourne
  • Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me - Pearl Jam
  • Your Mama Don't Dance - Poison
  • Mama's Boy - The Ramones
  • Hey Lawdy Mama - Steppenwolf
  • Rag Mama Rag - The Band
  • Mama's Boy - The Bloodhound Gang
  • Mama's Pearl - The Jackson 5
  • Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don't Say No) - The Jackson 5
  • Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night
  • My Mama - Triumph The Insult Comic Dog
  • Mama, You Got a Daughter - John Lee Hooker
  • Does Your Mama Know About Me - Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
  • Mama Tried - Merle Haggard
  • Mama Told Me Not To Come - Three Dog Night
  • Mama - Genesis
  • Mama Said Knock You Out - L.L. Cool J
  • Mama Look ...A Boo Boo - Howard Stern
  • Mama You've Got A Daughter - John Lee Hooker
  • My Black Mama Pt. II - Son House
  • Tell Mama - Etta James
  • La Mamma Morta - Maria Callas
  • Mamma Mia - ABBA

Update: I've added "Mama" songs. You can't have a Mother's Day playlist without the mama tunes. Thanks Elvis, for the reminder. Elvis always did love his mama.

Update 2: I've added "Mamma" songs. You can't have a mom / mother / mama playlist without that damn ABBA song.

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Gowan's 25th Anniversary of What Exactly?

musicI keep hearing an ad on the radio promoting Lawrence Gowan's concert in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his album Strange Animal.

As I recall, and I was listening to a tonne of Top 40 radio in 1985 (680 CFTR!), Strange Animal spawned two local hits: "A Criminal Mind" and "(You're a) Strange Animal". I really liked "A Criminal Mind", especially the video I caught on Toronto Rocks almost every afternoon, and "(You're a) Strange Animal" was an okay single, but is this album worthy of a tour to celebrate its release 25 years ago?

Of course not. That's just silly. Strange Animal was not Rubber Soul or Dark Side of the Moon or even Appetite for Destruction. It was decent Cancon that spawned two radio singles. Nothing more.

Here's that awesome video for "A Criminal Mind".

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Insane Clown Posse: Learn Your Fuckin' Science

musicInsane Clown Posse have a new song called "Miracles". Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope sing about the miracles they witness everyday. Here's the tune:

If you're at work and can't listen right now, here's the "Miracles" lyrics:

If magic is all we've ever know
Then it's easy to miss what really goes on
But I've seen miracles in every way
And I see miracles everyday
Oceans spanning beyond my sight
And a million stars way above em at night
We don't have to be high to look in the sky
And know that's a miracle opened wide
Look at the mountains, trees, the seven seas
And everything chilling underwater, please
Hot lava, snow, rain and fog
Long neck giraffes, and pet cats and dogs
And I've seen eighty-five thousand people
All in one room, together as equals
Pure magic is the birth of my kids
I've seen shit that'll shock your eyelids
The sun and the moon, and even Mars
The Milky Way and fucking shooting stars
UFOs, a river flows
Plant a little seed and nature grows
Niagara falls and the pyramids
Everything you believed in as kids
Fucking rainbows after it rains
There's enough miracles here to blow your brains
I fed a fish to a pelican at Frisco Bay
It tried to eat my cell phone, he ran away
And music is magic, pure and clean
You can feel it and hear it but it can't be seen

Music is all magic
(Are you a believer in miracles)
You can't even hold it
(Do you notice and recognize miracles)
It's just there in the air
(Are you a believer in miracles)
Pure motherfucking magic
This shit'll blow your fucking mind
(Do you notice and recognize miracles)

Music is a lot like love, it's all a feeling
And it fills the room, from the floor to the ceiling
I see miracles all around me
Stop and look around, it's all astounding
Water, fire, air and dirt
Fucking magnets, how do they work?
And I don't wanna talk to a scientist
Y'all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed
Solar eclipse, and vicious weather
Fifteen thousand Juggalos together
And I love my mom for giving me this
Time on this planet, taking nothing for granted
I seen a caterpillar turn into a butterfly
Miracles ain't nothing to lie
Shaggy's little boys look just like Shaggy
And my little boy looks just like daddy
Miracles each and every where you look
And nobody has to stay where they put
This world is yours for you to explore
There's nothing but miracles beyond your door
The Dark Carnival is your invitation
To witness that without explanation
Take a look at this fine creation
And enjoy it better with appreciation
Crows, ghosts, the midnight coast
The wonders of the world, mysteries the most
Just open your mind, and it ain't no way
To ignore the miracles of every day

(Are you a believer in miracles)
Magic everywhere in this bitch
(Do you notice and recognize miracles)
It's all around you, you don't even know it
(Are you a believer in miracles)
Shit's crazy
(Do you notice and recognize miracles,
So many miracles, the magic miracles)

Are you a believer in miracles
Do you have time for the miracles
Do you notice and recognize miracles
So many miracles, the magic miracles
Are you a believer in miracles
Do you have time for the miracles
Do you notice and recognize miracles
So many miracles, the magic miracles
Are you a believer in miracles
Do you have time for the miracles
Do you notice and recognize miracles
So many miracles, the magic miracles
Are you a believer in miracles
Do you have time for the miracles
Do you notice and recognize miracles
So many miracles, the magic miracles

The American school system has grossly failed the Insane Clown Posse. How else can we explain Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope's belief that the following are miracles?

  • oceans
  • stars
  • mountains
  • trees
  • lava
  • snow
  • rain
  • fog
  • giraffes
  • cats
  • dogs
  • childbirth
  • sun
  • moon
  • mars
  • milky way
  • shooting stars
  • ufos (wtf?)
  • rivers
  • plants
  • Niagara falls
  • pyramids
  • rainbows
  • pelicans
  • magnets
  • music
  • water
  • fire
  • air
  • dirt
  • solar eclipses
  • caterpillars turning into butterflies
  • children resembling their birth parents
  • crows
  • ghosts (wtf?)
  • the midnight coast

Aside from the UFOs and ghosts, the entire list can be explained by science. To help out Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, Cracked has put together a textbook for Juggalos entitled "Learn Your Fuckin' Science".

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Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling and Bonnie Tyler

cdI loved watching Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n Wrestling on Saturday mornings. I had the theme song on my copy of The Wrestling Album, which I actually owned on cassette. It was called "Hulk Hogan's Theme".

Here it is:

My copy of The Wrestling Album confirmed it was called "Hulk Hogan's Theme", but today I have something I didn't have back in 1985. Today I have the interwebs.

That's where I discovered "Ravishing" by Bonnie Tyler. Listen to "Ravishing" below.

Mind: blown.

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Remembering the 7" 45 RPM Record

musicI've loved music for as long as I can remember. I used to buy my favourite singles on vinyl as 7" 45 RPM records. We called these 45s.

I used to buy my 45s at the Sam the Record man that used to exist on Bloor Street just east of Jane. When I was about 12 or 13 I'd pick up the single I was digging that week, usually on 680 CFTR, and I distinctly remember getting change back from my fiver.

I loved listening to my 45s. There was something very cool about gently lifting the needle and laying it down on the 7" vinyl. She'd grab a groove and go. About 3.5 to 4 minutes later, she'd be done, and you'd set her up for another spin. You just don't get that intimacy with MP3s.

It's Sunday night and I'm getting all nostalgic about vinyl, but would I trade my new digital world for the pop and spider that came with my old 45s? Hell no, but it's a lot of fun looking back. Here's my copy of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell". I still remember the day I picked up this gem.

Billy Idol

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Break Songs (Or Music to March Break By)

MusicIt's March break.

Here are songs in my collection that have the word "march" in the title.

  • 19th Nervous Breakdown - The Rolling Stones
  • 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
  • A Room At Heartbreak Hotel - U2
  • Achy Breaky Song - Weird Al Yankovic
  • Alone I Break - Korn
  • Ballbreaker - AC-DC
  • Bend and Break - Keane
  • Big Stuff (Previously Unissued Breakdown And Chatter) - Billie Holiday
  • Break - The Kleptones
  • Break - Three Days Grace
  • Break Down Doors - Default
  • Break Down The Walls - Chris Jericho - RA The Rugged Man
  • Break 'Em Off Some - Cypress Hill
  • Break 'Em On Down - Big Joe Williams
  • Break Her Down - Moist
  • Break It To Them Gently - Burton Cummings
  • Break It Up - Foreigner
  • Break It Up - Cypress Hill
  • Break My Body - Pixies
  • Break My Stride - Unique II
  • Break My Stride - Mathiew Wilder
  • Break of Dawn - Michael Jackson
  • Break On Through (The Doors) - Pearl Jam
  • Break on Through (To the Other Side) - The Doors
  • Break Out (Insert) - N.W.A.
  • Break Some Off - Korn
  • Break Stuff - Limp Bizkit
  • Break The Bed - Odds
  • Break the Grip of Shame - Paris
  • Break The Ice - Britney Spears
  • Break The Spell - The Rolling Stones
  • Break Ups 2 Make Ups - Method Man/Method Man
  • Break You Off - The Roots
  • Break Your Heart - Barenaked Ladies
  • Break Your Heart - Natalie Merchant
  • Breakadown - De La Soul
  • Breakaway - Ratatat
  • Breakaway - Sass Jordan
  • Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson
  • Breakdown - Guns N' Roses
  • Breakdown - Handsome Boy Modeling School
  • Breakdown - Jack Johnson
  • Breakdown - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Breakdown - Tantric
  • Breakerfall - Pearl Jam
  • Breakfast At The Circus - David Wilcox
  • Breakfast In America - Supertramp
  • Breakfast In Bed - The Pretenders
  • Breakin' Dishes - Rihanna
  • Breakin' the Law - The New Pornographers
  • Breaking All The Rules - Ozzy Osbourne
  • Breaking Free - High School Musical
  • Breaking In - Means
  • Breaking My Own Heart - Duffy
  • Breaking The Girl - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Breaking The Habit - Linkin Park
  • Breakout - Foo Fighters
  • Breakout - Swing Out Sister
  • Breakthrough - Big Wreck
  • Bringin' On The Heartbreak - Def Leppard
  • Calypso Breakdown - Ralph McDonald
  • Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin
  • Communications Breakdown - Chilliwack
  • Daybreak - Barry Manilow
  • Disciplined Breakdown - Collective Soul
  • Don't Break My Heart - UB40
  • Don't Confess (This Thing That Breaks My Heart) - Tegan and Sara
  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart [With Kiki Dee] - Elton John
  • Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) - The Rolling Stones
  • Finish Your Collapse and Stay for Breakfast - Broken Social Scene
  • Guilty (Previously Unissued Breakdown And Chatter) - Billie Holiday
  • Hard Habit To Break - Chicago
  • He Don't Love You (And He'll Break Your Heart) - Levon & The Hawks
  • Heartbreak Beat - The Psychedelic Furs
  • Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
  • Heartbreak Hotel - Billy Joel
  • Heartbreak Hotel - Whitney Houston
  • Heartbreak Radio - Delbert McClinton
  • Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
  • Heartbreaker (Live, 1987) - Nirvana
  • How Could An Angel Break My Heart - Kenny G
  • I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home Tonight - Ann Peebles
  • I Want to Break Free - Queen
  • It's All Gonna Break - Broken Social Scene
  • Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
  • Nookie, Break Stuff - Richard Cheese
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Neil Young
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Psychic TV
  • Orange Juice Blues (Blues For Breakfast) - The Band
  • Rude Boy Abroad [Lazare breakdub] - Bedouin Soundclash
  • So He Won't Break - The Black Keys
  • Spybreak! (Short One) - Propellerheads
  • Stop Breakin Down Blues - Robert Johnson
  • Stop Breaking Down - The White Stripes
  • Super Disco Breakin' - Beastie Boys
  • The Break - Soul Asylum
  • Time To Break Up - blink-182
  • To Da Break Of Dawn - L.L. Cool J.
  • Unbreak my Heart - Johnny Mathis
  • Up for Breakfast - Van Halen
  • Welcome To Heartbreak [Ft. Kid Cudi] - Kanye West
  • When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout
  • When the Levee Breaks - A Perfect Circle
  • When The Levee Breaks - Dread Zeppelin
  • When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin
  • When Your Lonely Heart Breaks - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  • You're Breaking His Heart - Mark Mothersbaugh

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Music Companies Cut Off Nose to Spite Face

videosDamian Kulash Jr. of the band Ok Go has contributed a great opinion piece to the New York Times.

You may recall Ok Go's treadmill video for "Here It Goes Again". That clever, homemade video made Ok Go a huge success. They posted it to YouTube in violation of their record contract with EMI but it was viewed tens of millions of times, brought big crowds to their concerts on five continents, and made them and EMI a great deal of money.

Forever I've been baffled by record companies disabling the embed feature on official music videos. They're preventing publishers like me from giving them free advertising, and it forces us to find a poorer quality upload or to share the song set to a picture of the album cover or something much less impressive. It makes no sense to me, and it makes no sense to Kulash.

Embedded videos - those hosted by YouTube but streamed on blogs and other Web sites - don’t generate any revenue for record companies, so EMI disabled the embedding feature. Now we can’t post the YouTube versions of our videos on our own site, nor can our fans post them on theirs. If you want to watch them, you have to do so on YouTube.

But this isn’t how the Internet works. Viral content doesn’t spread just from primary sources like YouTube or Flickr. Blogs, Web sites and video aggregators serve as cultural curators, daily collecting the items that will interest their audiences the most. By ignoring the power of these tastemakers, our record company is cutting off its nose to spite its face.

EMI essentially prohibits the band's video from going viral, from being shared throughout the world, and the results speak for themselves.

The numbers are shocking: When EMI disabled the embedding feature, views of our treadmill video dropped 90 percent, from about 10,000 per day to just over 1,000. Our last royalty statement from the label, which covered six months of streams, shows a whopping $27.77 credit to our account.

Clearly the embedding restriction is bad news for our band, but is it worth it for EMI? The terms of YouTube’s deals with record companies aren’t public, but news reports say that the labels receive $.004 to $.008 per stream, so the most EMI could have grossed for the streams in question is a little over $5,400.

Normally I'd embed the video here, but EMI doesn't want me doing that. Cutting off its nose to spite its face indeed.

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New Broken Social Scene Single - Free MP3

bssNew BSS is coming. It's been awhile since we had a new record from Toronto's Broken Social Scene collective.

The first song from Forgiveness Rock Record is World Sick and it's a free MP3 download from right now.

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Underwhelmed Original Hear and Now Version is a Kool Thing

sloanSloan just quietly released a collection of b-sides and rarities they're selling at for $9.99. It's 26 tunes, and the first is the original version of Underwhelmed.

If Sloan's embeddable player worked, you can hear this version of Underwhelmed above. I've never heard it before, even though the song we all know and love made my Ten Canadian Tracks list.

Is it me, or did Underwhelmed sound an awful lot like Sonic Youth's Kool Thing before they changed it up?

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