by Smashing Pumpkins
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If I’m ever put on the spot with one of those “top ten albums of all time” questions, without hesitation, I’ll name Gish and then I’ll stumble around for while and name off albums that happen to be on high rotation at the time of the inquiry. But Gish is always there. In my mind it’s timeless and that has a lot of to with the lyrics. I don’t understand any of them. Continue reading Album of the Month: Gish→
from the album Out of Time
1991 Buy the album on Amazon
Damnit. I wanted to start off Monday morning with a good rocking pick, and then this came up (actually, “Jane Says” came up but it’s already been posted, and so did “Under the Bridge” but I feel like karaoke rules sort of apply to MNP as well, so I may let Lance post that one). I couldn’t hit skip forever though, so here we are.
by Nine Inch Nails
from the album Natural Born Killers Soundtrack
1994 Buy the album on Amazon
Not necessarily what I was hoping for, but a great track nonetheless. This was originally released on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack (one of the picks I ran out of time to do for October Soundtracks), and is also on the deluxe edition of The Downward Spiral. There were bits of NIN woven throughout that soundtrack, but this was the only new NIN song, and it’s fantastic. If you need a song to listen to when you’re feeling pissed at the world, or even just need a workout song that will get you moving (just try not to run faster at the 2:30 mark), this is the one.
“High Speed Changer”
by Orange 9mm
from the album Driver Not Included
1995 Buy the album on Amazon
Oh sweet, I was hoping some Orange 9mm might crop up during this month. I first heard these guys on a CMJ sampler when they were on their final album – Pretend I’m Human. That album is great, but definitely on the more experimental side. When I told a co-worked about this new band I had discovered, he quickly schooled me on their earlier albums. Good call.
by Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Siamese Dream 1993 Buy the album on Amazon
Having a Smashing Pumpkins song pop up on one of my five-star shuffles is a sure bet, particularly if it’s from the first two albums. I was so excited when the “Cherub Rock” video debuted as I was one step closer to listening to their new album. Their debut, Gish was and still is one of my favorite albums of all times and this new track didn’t disappoint, me at least. The record company wanted “Today” as the first single, but Corgan strong-armed them into releasing this as the first track. I’m glad they did – it gave me a little time to adjust to thought of my darling band becoming huge. You could feel the shift about to happen with the Pumpkins. Continue reading November Five-Star Shuffle: “Cherub Rock”→
by Face to Face
from the album Big Choice
1994 Buy the album on Amazon
In my first year of college, I met my friend Brendan, and in between watching boat loads of horror movies and drinking boat loads of cookies and cream shakes at Village Inn, we listened to and talked about a whole lot of music. We already had some crossover favorites, but he also got me into a bunch of punk (or punk-ish) bands – NOFX, Blink 182, Pennywise, Propagandhi, and, you guessed it, Face to Face. Though there’s certainly a time for the lightheartedness of the first two bands, I always appreciated that Face to Face was more sincere without being super hardcore, and I love the singer’s voice.
“Somebody to Shove”
by Soul Asylum
from the album Grave Dancers Union
1992 Buy the album on Amazon
Soul Asylum is one of those bands that I never normally think about; they don’t really orbit in my 90s universe of music. But occasionally a song of theirs will come up on the local 90s station or Pandora/Spotify/iTunes and I gotta give it up to them. They’ve got some great tunes, and this is definitely one of them. Continue reading November Five-Star Shuffle: “Somebody to Shove”→
by They Might Be Giants
from the album Flood
1990 Buy the album on Amazon
This is probably my favourite TMBG song. There’s something about it that’s so simple and so beautiful and so catchy. I actually made Lance try this with me once or twice at karaoke, acapella, looking at the lyrics on my phone, when there was a lull in songs in the queue, because I just want so badly for it to actually be in the book. It never ever will be, but this is one of those songs that we would totally add if we ever opened a karaoke bar, and that if we actually lived in the same city (or country) we would practice together until we could nail it. It’s such a fun song to sing (I can never decide which part I would prefer to do), even if it’s just doing it loudly in the car. If I’m in a place where I’m alone and can sing this, I will almost always do it a few times in a row when it comes on shuffle.
“Why Would I Want to Die”
from the album Concrete Dunes
2002 Buy the album on Amazon
I love the idea of a monthly theme based on shuffling, and not being able to skip, but the problem is for me my 5 star playlist is only has 122 songs on it (vs. 2448 4 stars), so all of them are going to be things I love and almost never skip. I’m very restrictive about what makes 5 stars, whereas there are plenty of moments of potential embarrassment (if that’s what Lance was hoping for) in the 4 star list (I’m not entirely positive Lance and I use the same criteria for our rating system). But, this month is about the best of the best, so onward.
Until the End of the World 1991 Buy the album on Amazon
It’s been a long time since I saw this movie, and I don’t really remember it at all (confirmed by just watching the trailer), but I do remember I really liked it. I might have seen it in the theater when it was first released, though 1991 – I may not have entered my big Wim Wenders phase by then, ignited by Wings of Desire. I think I probably had though, because I remember the soundtrack coming out, and though not all of the songs made an impression, there have been a few that have stood out ever since I first heard it.