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Friday Random Top 10

Valentines Day coming up, let’s see if a Random Top ten produces some nice love songs.

1. The Hill – Marketa Irglova
2. The Good Toothpicks – The Handsome Family
3. Ask – The Smiths
4. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
5. Buzz Buzz Buzz – The Blasters
6. Oddfellows Local 151 – REM
7. What Was Burned – Jack Logan
8. Daughter of Darkness – Tom Jones
9. The Meeting Place – XTC
10. Too Drunk Too Fuck – The Dead Kennedys

Ouch! You could take those songs and describe a very scary and unsuccessful Valentines date! What’s your top 10?


The Dead Kennedys finishing off a Valentine's Day list? Too good.

Do you have the latest REM? "Accelerate"? I stole it from my brother when I was home last, it's a pretty good record.

Aqueduct - Growin Up With GNR
Meat Puppets - Lost
Nirvana - Something in the Way
Radiohead - Pyramid Song
Dust Brothers - Homework
Foo Fighters - Headwires
Korn - Hollow Life
System Of A Down - Thetawaves
Everclear - Electra Made Me Blind
Rage Against the Machine - Settle For Nothing

I do have Accelerate and I liked it! Lean and mean, 35 minutes of rock and then get the hell out of there!

Blackgirl "Bathtub" Procedure
Coleman Hawkins & Ben Webster "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" Anything Goes: The Cole Porter Songbook Instrumentals
Steve Earle "I Thought You Should Know" The Revolution Starts Now
R.E.M. "Burning Down" Dead Letter Office
Tom Waits "Lucky Day" The Black Rider
X-Ray Spex "I Can't Do Anything" Germfree Adolescents
The Pogues "Dirty Old Town" Rum, Sodomy, & the Lash
World Domination Enterprises "Asbestos Lead Asbestos" Rough Trade Shops: Post Punk Vol 1
K. McCarty "Going Down" Dead Dog's Eyeball
Suzanne Vega/Bill Frisell/Wayne Horvitz/Syd Straw "Medley 2: Stay Awake/Little Wooden Head/Blue Shadows on the Trail" Stay Awake--Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films

Rossy "I Fought the Law" A World Out of Time--Madagascar

Not exactly a VD list here, either--even the love song is done instrumental!

Hello Dean:

Long time no post. Hope you and the family are well. Enjoyed the Haiti posts and pics -- very cool. I'd like to see the whole album some time.

Here's my Random Top 10:

1. Flowers and Football Tops.
2. Geraldine
3. It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry
4. Lonesome Swan
5. Go Square Go
6. Polmont On My Mind
7. Daddy's Gone
8. Stabbed
9. S.A.D. Light
10. Ice Cream Van

Not really random at all -- these are the 10 tracks (sans bonus tracks) on the eponymous debut from Glasvegas. This record really has its hooks in me. If you haven't heard it, it sounds kinda like one of Phil Spector's 60's girl-group pop records, only with Jesus & Mary Chain or Teenage Fan Club as the studio band and a singer that sounds like the spawn of a sexual encounter between Bono and Groundskeeper Willie (sounds weird, I know, but I'm sure Bono really is capable of having sex with a cartoon, and then carrying the child as well; or at least he thinks he is).

This is grand Glaswegian guitar pop. Glorious guitars of the electric variety through multiple Marshall stacks, all turned up to 11. Every snare hit a fucking EVENT, like Hal Blaine on the clear AND the cream.

Yeah, I like this record.

Hey Jeff L., welcome back! Funny I've been grooving on Glasvegas lately and was probably going to throw a review out soon. Not sure if I was going to go with the spawn of Bono-Groundskeeper Willie angle, but definitely food for thought.

I also noted that you used the word eponymous. Wow! you could write for pitchfork, too bad you didn't throw in seminal in there too! :o)

Cheap Trick - “I Want You To Want Me? Live at Budokan
Wilco - “Heavy Metal Drummer? Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco - “I’m Always In Love? Summerteeth
The Pogues - “Rain Street? The Very Best Of The Pogues
The Neville Brothers - “Way Down In The Hole? The Wire Soundtrack
3 Doors Down - “Ticket to Heaven? Away From the Sun
Elton John - “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word? Greatest Hits 1970-2002
Lenny Kravitz - “Stand By My Woman? Greatest Hits
Mitch Hedberg - “Sesame Seeds? Mitch All Together
Flogging Molly - “Every Dog Has Its Day ? Swagger

1. "A Losing Game" James Carr - You Got My Mind Messed Up
2. "Wilderness" Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
3. "Special One" Ultra Vivid Scene w/ Kim Deal - Joy 1967-1990
4. "Life's A Gas" T.Rex - The Early Years
5. "Acknowledgement" John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
6. "Crazy Dreams" Jolie Holland - Springtime Can Kill You
7. "A Fool For You" Ray Charles - The Best Of Ray Charles
8. "98.6" Keith - Super Hits 1966
9. "Eternal Light" Teenage Fanclub - A Catholic Education
10. "Horror Head" Curve - Doppelganger
bonus "Always Love" Nada Surf - The Weight Is A Gift

If Glasvegas sounds at all like TFC, I need to check them out. The Fanclub is one of the greatest unsung bands of the last 20 years.

The spawn of the Bono/Willie union would be the product of semen, and therefore SEMINAL, no?

And didn't REM have an album called Eponymous? A hits package or out-takes? I didn't know what the word meant when I first saw that record, so, as I am hopelessly inclined to do, I looked it up (as I also do at least two or three times during the average George Will column, unless I'm reading him in the can, in which case his column can have other handy, and often apropos, uses). Anyhoo, that is what I had in mind, but I can see where use of that particular five-dollar word would come off sounding like a college freshman who just discovered his thesaurus. Sorry about that.

And, yes, I do hear some echos of Teenage Fan Club on the Glasvegas record. Do you agree, Dean? I certainly agree that TFC RAWKS, and hard. Aren't they also Glaswegian? Or somewhere from the land of William Wallace?

Yes Glasvegas definitely has TFC DNA, both geographically and musically. E-6 you would definitely feel the GV groove.

Oh and Jeff, didn't mean to get up in your grill.

Dean -- no worries, no offense taken.

Hey Jeff come back on Wednesday for my write up of Glasvegas. And yes you are quoted.

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