Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Project That May Never End

Back some time ago, I asked a friend to take some of his favorite bands and solo artists then list his favorite song (better if it wasn't a big hit or overplayed.) I figured that this would be the best compilation that someone who only has a cursory idea of some of these artists could get. I started mine also and have decided that at some point, I'll make a CD compilation of all the tracks from my own collection. The problem that I had was that once I started it, I had trouble going back. I don't know if it was the fact that I really love a lot of music, that I keep thinking of a lot of the same bands or don't know how big that I want the list. Anyhow, I have decided to put what I started with back then in print to force myself to revisit it at some point. If it ever gets finished, I'll be pretty shocked. In no particular order:

U2 - All I Want Is You
Thelonious Monster - So What If I Did?
Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade
Billy Joel - Honesty
The Pogues - Tuesday Morning
Jean-Paul Sartre Experience - I Like Rain
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - The Power Of Love
Paul Young - Come Back And Stay
Gene Loves Jezebel - Kiss Of Life
George Michael - One More Try
Squeeze - Last Time Forever
Duran Duran - The Chauffeur
Garth Brooks - Unanswered Prayers
Depeche Mode - I Want You Now
Ministry - Stigmata
Erasure - When I Needed You
Roger Hodgeson - Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy)
Alarm - Strength
Peter Murphy - Strange Kind Of Love
Blancmange - Don't Tell Me
Bauhaus - God In An Alcove
Camouflage - Love Is A Shield
Paul McCartney - No More Lonely Nights
Stabbing Westward - What Do I Have To Do?
Candyland - Something To Somebody
Cars - Why Can't I Have You?
Julian Cope - Charlotte Anne
Cult - Edie (Ciao Baby)
Nitzer Ebb - I Give To You
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - You Got Lucky
Cure - Boys Don't Cry
Danzig - She Rides
Machines Of Loving Grace - Butterfly Wings
dB's - Amplifier
Adam Ant - Desperate But Not Serious
Bob Marley - Waiting In Vain
The Timelords - Doctor In The Tardis
Toad The Wet Sprocket - One Little Girl (live)
B Movie - Nowhere Girl
The Waterboys - A Girl Named Johnny
INXS - Mystify
Robyn Hitchcock - So You Think You're In Love
Randy Travis - Forever And Ever Amen
Cyndi Lauper - Money Changes Everything
Skinny Puppy - Tin Omen
ABC - King Without A Crown
The Mission UK - Tower Of Strength
Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever
Moev - In And Out
Billy Idol - Catch My Fall
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Deanna
New Edition - If It Isn't Love
The Plimsouls - Oldest Story In The World
Nine Inch Nails - Ringfinger
Air Supply - Two Less Lonely People In The World
Stephen Duffy - Wednesday Jones
The Go-Go's - Head Over Heels
New Order - Touched By The Hand Of God
Vitamin Z - Burning Flame
The Scorpions - Still Loving You
Camper Van Beethoven - Come On Darkness
The Bangles - Hazy Shade Of Winter
Alison Moyet - Invisible
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Someday I Suppose
Pet Shop Boys - Love Comes Quickly
Renegade Soundwave - Biting My Nails
Lush - For Love
Icehouse - Crazy
Beautiful South - Song For Whoever
Culture Club - Time (Clock Of The Heart)
Recoil - Electro Blues For Bukka White
Men At Work - Overkill
The Connells - Stone Cold Yesterday
Dramarama - Anything, Anything
Fields Of The Nephilim - The Harmonica Man
ZZ Top - Rough Boy
Pseudo Echo - Lies Are Nothing
Aztec Camera - Crying Scene
The Fixx - Secret Seperation
Passion Puppets - Like Dust
Def Leppard - Foolin'
Barry Manilow - Weekend In New England
Del Amitri - Always The Last To Know
Book Of Love - Witchcraft
Yaz - In My Room
Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine - Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere
Hall & Oates - She's Gone
The The - August And September
The Lightning Seeds - Pure
Information Society - Repetition
The Ramones - Pet Semetary
Soft Cell - Wave Hello, Say Goodbye
Elton John - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion
Red Flag - Shame On The Moon
Madness - It Must Be Love
Bon Jovi - Runaway
Asia - The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
Crowded House - Into Temptation
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Of All The Things We've Made
Rolling Stones - Undercover Of The Night
Talk Talk - Such A Shame
Jon Astley - Put This Love To The Test
Simple Minds - Alive And Kicking
The Replacements - The Ledge
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I Hate Myself For Loving You
Dream Academy - Ballad In 4/4
Men Without Hats - Dancing In The Moonlight
King Swamp - Blown Away
The Church - Reptile
Real Life - Burning Blue
Voice Of The Beehive - Monsters And Angels
Howard Jones - The Prisoner
Pop Will Eat Itself - There's No Love Between Us Anymore
Boom Crash Opera - Onion Skin
Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never

... To Be Added To


Bar L. said...

This list makes me cry. Your taste is music is art in and of itself. (I do admit to not recognizing quite a few of these).

I love my iPod.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorites on the list was Edie by the Cult. Loved that whole album. I'm gonna have to look up some of these and give them a listen.

LoraLoo said...

You've always had the best taste in music. Having an idea the size of your music collection, I'm really surprised you were able to narrow it down this far! I wouldn't be able to do the same, and I have nowhere near the music collection you have.

LoraLoo said...

Okay I re-read this morning, I was apparently too tired to see the "To be added to..." at the very end.

Fred said...

Great list. If I ever get an iPod, I'll remember this list. You did the work for me.

David Amulet said...

I certainly hope that tyhe WORST songs of some of these artists (U2, Rolling Stones) rate higher than these "best of" songs from others (Air Supply, for example).

Overall, great choices!

-- david

Beth said...

What does it mean if I don't really know any of these?

Lily said...

There's a lot of songs here I don't know by name, but perhaps by tune. I'll have to check out Rhapsody to see how many are available to give a listen to them.

CatWoman said...

Dude are these your deep deep cuts list or something??? What about the hits?? Like Red Flag's Russian Radio, Adam Ant's Stand and Deliver, The Safety Dance by Men W/O Hats, Bauhaus' Bela Lugosi's Dead,Duran Duran's Girls on Film,U2's I Will Follow, Don't Go by Yaz,When Doves Cry by Prince, Michael Jackson's Thriller,Siouxie and the Banshees' Cities In Dust,Cure's Killing an Arab, Dead Kennedy's Holiday In Cambodia-California Uber Alles-Chemical Warfare & Viva Las Vegas,Ramones'Rockin Roll High School,B52's Mesopotamia & Love Shack, Queen's Who Wants To Live Forever, Buzzcocks, P.I.L., Lene Lovich,Nena Hagen, and last but not least
IT'S RAINING MEN BY THE WEATHER GIRLS!!!!!!These are just the ones at the top of my head for starters.
Yuh gotta add some of these classics dude. They're a lot better than the ones on George Dubyuh's I-pod list. EEEEWW

Martin said...

Thank you all for your comments. B) When you own about 3,000 CDs, it opens you up to a few other songs out there than just the hits. But that's also because I'm rather obsessive about hearing and collecting all the music that I can from the decade. Sometimes, the album tracks stand stronger over time than the hits but so far, if I could only take one song by each artist with me, these would be them. Of course, I'll keep adding and adjusting the list (yes, "Who Wants To Live Forever" by Queen gives me chills everytime I hear it and it is going up there) as there are so many artists to even consider songs from.

Teri said...

Can I have a copy of the cd? I really trust your tatse in music, well not the country part of it :)

Janet said...

This is quite a mix and I agree with many of the songs (the ones I know anyway). How many volumes would this be ya think?:)

CatWoman said...

I just added Haircut 100's Boy Meets Girl on to my i-pod.
I also added Rick James Super Freak and Give It To Me Baby, and the Stray Cat Strut. I added a ton of other stuff too but stuff from the 60's 70's 90's & Y2K
I added a ton of Stabbing Westward. They are the shiznit. So under rated. From my neck o' the woods right here in Chi Town.

CatWoman said...

OMG in just one long weekend I've downloaded 950 songs and still going. HELP I'm drowning in songs.