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Middle Aged Dummies!! Artists #1's have been posted!! (4 Viewers)

I haven't blabbed for a bit on my tunes. Probably not a ton to say anyway - most of the time the reason the song is higher up is I liked the solos more when I was replaying my playlist. I am still confident that my top 10 is my top 10, but I think Pick Me Up is one that stands out as being too low. That solo is just soo damn good for the last 1/3 of the song. I only have 3 from Beyond on my playlist, but I think it says a lot about how top heavy I think the album is since we didn't get the first off the album until we hit the top 13. I mentioned how I would say Feel the Pain is over-rated for their hits and the back to back combo of Start Choppin' and Get Out of This would be more reasons for that opinion. Start Choppin is one I would consider their mainstream and known songs, but the two solos an how great they are makes it stand out, and same with Get Out of This for me. Again, still love Feel the Pain -it's on the list, I just feel like there is a little more "there" there in the other songs. Loaded is one of the great surprises of the playlist and relistens for me. One of the few Dino songs that gets me with the drumming. I knew I was hooked when I had the beat and song in my head all day at work.

Today we hit the top 6. 3 from one album, then we have 1 each from 3 others. I am pretty sure 3 I have put in various other drafts and playlists recently, but it might just be #3 and 4. Tell me if tonight's is familiar at all, as it's the one I'm not sure about.
 
Sooo.. we are sending in artists and playlists for Part 2 now, so there is no break in the awesome music, right? ;)
You may be alone on that. I haven’t started a Part 2 list. Most of my music listening has just been enjoying the playlists so far. Going to have to wait until this finishes up to start that.
I'm sure I am. Really excited about the 3-4 I worked on, and mostly farting around and joking in here. I roll with the masses.
 
Beatles suuucck, Stones Rule!!! ;)

I don't care if people prefer the Stones but know anything about music. But that Beatles vs. Stones stuff seems always to be so simplistic and ridiculous, usually dominated by people who know virtually nothing about either of them, or any other music. I'll stay in the comfort of threads like this one. :)
I get it and I don't get it. It's music and art, so it's stupid to rank it. But ranking and lists is a fun way to initiate conversation and think about reasons you like some things more than others.
 
Sooo.. we are sending in artists and playlists for Part 2 now, so there is no break in the awesome music, right? ;)
Or maybe we can listen to all the playlists and have a slight break between this.
Not sure if zegras even wants to go through all this again so soon
You guys can post your entire song lists when done. I'll post any that you guys don't post.

We can select new artists pretty quickly and them have like 2 to 3 weeks to put the 31s together for them while also listening to lists posted.

Hope this makes sense. Lol.
 
Again - I am mostly joking, not trying to push people faster. I've just been enjoying digging into music a lot over the summer. Sort of like my comment above to Krista - these '31' playlists are decent way to think about bands I like or have liked. What I realize is that while I participate in all these drafts my deep diving is mostly movie related. There are so many artists I would say are in my top 20-30, but honestly either don't know much about them or there are gaps in albums of theirs I haven't listened to. SO - what I did a bit ago is unsubscribe to all but about 3-4 movie podcasts. Time for some balance, so those many hours in the week are being spent on music.

It's just been fun latching on to little fun nuggets that make me want to dig in. My metal act really got me thinking about my initial metal love of Maiden and others and really rekindled my love of metal in the last decade. Then I was thinking about rap artists and there was one I was digging in and one of their OG names meant I HAD to start that deep dive. Then, that name connected to my first "me" musical love and artist, so I've been diving in there. Like I said before, I've been loving it, so I've just been rolling with it.

Thanks again to all in here and have done past music adventures on these boards. I think my love of music would have died ages ago, or probably I'd be one of those old farts my age I laugh at that hasn't heard a new song since college. :lol:
 
I've been busy at work and my wife had the week off so my "me" time is down about 80% this week. I just finished listening to the 8's yesterday and only got to T Swift if the 7's so am falling behind. Probably won't do any shout outs for 7-8 but there was a lot of good stuff in there. I will mention that I was surprised at the Fbombs in the last 2 by Swift.
 
Beatles suuucck, Stones Rule!!! ;)

I don't care if people prefer the Stones but know anything about music. But that Beatles vs. Stones stuff seems always to be so simplistic and ridiculous, usually dominated by people who know virtually nothing about either of them, or any other music. I'll stay in the comfort of threads like this one. :)
I’ve never really had a preference between the two, but gotta be honest, I’m starting to lean Stones now after this. :brush:
 
Ok here's my Beatles take no one was asking for:
(1) The Beatles are great
(2) The Beatles are overrated

Both (1) and (2) can be, and are, true.
 
Sooo.. we are sending in artists and playlists for Part 2 now, so there is no break in the awesome music, right? ;)
You may be alone on that. I haven’t started a Part 2 list. Most of my music listening has just been enjoying the playlists so far. Going to have to wait until this finishes up to start that.
I’m excited as well but there has to be some gap.
 
@krista4 - I'm not going @ you into the thread, but you were one I had in mind when I wrote my post in there:

I voted definitely Stones, but the gap has closed quite a bit in the last decade thanks to music drafts and people's passion for The Beatles around here.
 
@krista4 - I'm not going @ you into the thread, but you were one I had in mind when I wrote my post in there:

I voted definitely Stones, but the gap has closed quite a bit in the last decade thanks to music drafts and people's passion for The Beatles around here.

:bowtie:

Nice!

And someone did @ me in the thread, so I went in only to read his post. I hate not responding as it's one of my favorite posters, but no.
 
@krista4 - I'm not going @ you into the thread, but you were one I had in mind when I wrote my post in there:

I voted definitely Stones, but the gap has closed quite a bit in the last decade thanks to music drafts and people's passion for The Beatles around here.

:bowtie:

Nice!

And someone did @ me in the thread, so I went in only to read his post. I hate not responding as it's one of my favorite posters, but no.
Maybe I’m forgetting something but the posts I read were fine really. For one thing Joe started the thread which makes people behave better. You won’t learn anything- and maybe some takes are “simple” but it’s mostly pretty level headed.
 
#6's PLAYLIST
#6-
Todd RundgrenNew Binky the DoormatThe Want Of A Nail
Jorge Ben JorDon QuixoteMas, Que Nada!

Brandi CarlileJB Breakfast Clubthe Eye - Firewatcher's Daughter
https://open.spotify.com/track/0Plf9mewMoYkwEvncCjfxS
The PoliceZegras11De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Modest MouseThe Dreaded MarcoBlame It On The Tetons
GenesisYo MamaCan-Utility and the Coastliners
Stevie Ray VaughanSullieCouldn't Stand the Weather (Official Music Video)
The Decemberistskupcho1The Crane Wife 3
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of DeadplinkoLet It Dive
Worlds Apart (2005)
The KinksGalileoWaterloo Sunset (1967 - Something Else by the Kinks)
RushhigginsJacob's Ladder
Sigur RósScoresmanHrafntinna (Obsidian) - Kveikur - 2013
Donald FagenCharlie SteinerDoctor Wu
Green DayMAC_3221st Century Breakdown
Big ThiefIlov80sCertainty
Daft Punk rockactionDerezzed
Taylor SwiftJpalmerVigilante ****
Elliott SmithTuffnuttNo Name 5

ChicagoPip's InvitationSaturday in the Park
The StranglersJohn Maddens LunchboxSkin Deep
Ryan AdamsDr. OctopusEverybody Knows
Stevie WonderUruk-HaiMaster Blaster
SladeMrs. RannousKeep Your hands Off My Power Supply
PhishshukeSquirming Coil
Electgric Light Orchestra (ELO)jwbTurn to Stone
Frank BlackMister CIACalistan
Clutch Raging Weasel Electric Worry
Dinosaur Jr. KarmaPolice Ocean in the Way
Warren ZevonworrierkingRoland the Headless Thompson Gunner
Easily one of the top ten pop music songs ever written about headless mercenaries (maybe even top five!).
Alice in ChainsMt. ManRooster
QueensnellmanRadio Ga Ga
AC/DCfalguyRide On
The Hold SteadscorchyChill Out Tent
Damon AlbarnEephusTony Allen (feat. Damon Albarn) --- Go Back
Ray Charlessimey
Doveslandrys hatSnowden
SpoonHov34Do You

Foo FightersJust Win BabyOutside
Simon & Garfunkelzamboni"El Condor Pasa (If I Could)"
Bruce SpringsteenDrIanMalcolmBobby Jean
The ProdigytitusbrambleWarrior's Dance
Bauhausotb_liferShe's In Parties
HeartDoug BThe Battle of Evermore (live)
The Tragically HipNorthern VoiceWheat Kings
deadmau5zazaleAvaritia
Elton JohntimschochetThe Border Song
 
@krista4 - I'm not going @ you into the thread, but you were one I had in mind when I wrote my post in there:

I voted definitely Stones, but the gap has closed quite a bit in the last decade thanks to music drafts and people's passion for The Beatles around here.

:bowtie:

Nice!

And someone did @ me in the thread, so I went in only to read his post. I hate not responding as it's one of my favorite posters, but no.
Post your reply in this thread and “at” him into here.
 
#6 Waterloo Sunset (1967 - Something Else by the Kinks)

I am sure this one is at the top of many people’s list of Kinks songs, and truthfully, on any given day it could top mine as well. Fantastically smooth, soft and rhythmic…all around cool vibe. Although a top 10 song in at least 6 countries, and good enough for a #14 ranking on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs list, this one never charted in the US. Of course, this was released during a time period of the Kinks’ 4 year ban from the US which undoubtedly played a role. This is actually the first Kinks song produced by Ray Davies himself after their long time producer’s (Shel Talmy) contract expired.

Bonus track…(Because you don't have enough music to listen to) Although not in my top 31, Lavender Lane is a very close relative of Waterloo. The Kinks have been known to recycle their own music from time to time. Many of you are very familiar with Waterloo, but some may never have heard Lavender Lane. Written in 1971, it was sort of a lost song that found its way onto a 2013 reissued deluxe edition of Muswell Hillbillies.


Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
Flowing into the night?
People so busy, make me feel dizzy
Taxi light shines so bright
But I don't need no friends
As long as I gaze on
Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day, I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine (Waterloo sunset's fine)

Terry meets Julie
Waterloo station
Every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don't want to wander
I stay at home at night
But I don't feel afraid
As long as I gaze on
Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day, I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine (Waterloo sunset's fine)

Millions of people swarming like flies 'round
Waterloo underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river
Where they feel safe and sound
And they don't need no friends
As long as they gaze on
Waterloo Sunset
They are in paradise

Waterloo sunset's fine (Waterloo sunset's fine)
Waterloo sunset's fine
 
Jorge Ben JorDon QuixoteMas, Que Nada!

This song is where it all started for Jorge Ben Jor. Per his Wikipedia, “It was in 1963 at one of those clubs in which he performed that Jorge's musical career took off; he came on stage and sang "Mas, que Nada!" to a small crowd that happened to include an executive from the recording company, Philips. One week later, Jorge Ben's first single was released.”

After Ipanema, this is probably the most covered song originating in Brazil. It is probably most famous in the US for the cover by Sergio Mendes (here’s his Brasil 1966 version, with an intro by Eartha Kitt) or the version that Sergio Mendes did with the Black Eyed Peas (link).

I’ll take the original by JBJ over the covers though — can see an early glimpse of the writing, vocals, and guitar work that would define his career. Sergio Mendes’s cover added some rollicking piano and choir.

Jorge Ben Jor did work alongside Sergio Mendes. He went on a tour of the US with Sergio Mendes and played alongside him, but left the tour after this:

The next year, Sergio Mendes took his band on a tour of Mexico and the United States. One of group's guitarists and vocalists was the composer of “Mas que Nada,” 21-year-old Jorge Ben. While in the United States, Ben was filmed in an episode of Mission Impossible. The scene had him singing in a nightclub.

But Jorge Ben left the tour early. They were in Los Angeles for a gig at Shelly's Manne Hole. Ben decided to get a haircut. In his book Chega de Saudade (in translation as Bossa Nova), Ruy Castro tells what happened:
He found a barber shop in Vine Street and went in. It was empty, and the two barbers working there were reading the newspaper, with their scissors and combs tucked into the pockets of their jackets. Jorge nonchalantly sat down in one of the empty chairs, said, “Shave and a haircut” and waited. The barbers looked at one another, then at the young black man, and then at one another again. Jorge Ben only realized what was going on when one of them hissed at him, out of the corner of his mouth, “We're busy.” Ben left and went straight to Varig Airlines to buy his return flight home.

So, we have a couple of racist barbers in Los Angeles to blame for Jorge Ben Jor not sticking in America for a bit longer.
 
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M-AD British Isles rankings

1. Waterloo Sunset – 6 votes for 148 points Galileo #6

2. xxx – 2 votes for 60 points

3. xxx – 3 votes for 59 points

4. The Village Green Preservation Society – 2 votes for 57 points Galileo #21

5. xxx – 2 votes for 55 points

6. Destroyer – 2 votes for 42 points Galileo #18

TIE 7. A Well Respected Man – 1 vote for 28 points Galileo #17

TIE 7. xxx – 1 vote for 28 points

9. Sunny Afternoon – 1 vote for 27 points Galileo #8

10. xxx – 2 votes for 22 points

11. 20th Century Man – 1 vote for 20 points Galileo #20

TIE 12. xxx – 1 vote for 15 points

TIE 12. Come Dancing – 1 vote for 15 points Galileo #9

14. xxx – 1 vote for 4 points

15. All Day and All of the Night – 1 vote for 1 point Galileo #13
 
I am sure this one is at the top of many people’s list of Kinks songs, and truthfully, on any given day it could top mine as well.

We posted nearly simultaneously, but this was by far the #1 Kinks song of the middle-aged dummies in the British Isles countdown, and it was #10 overall among all British artists. (By the way, tim's #7 Elton John song was #2 overall in the rankings.) It received two #1 votes, one #2, one #5, one #15, and one #21. :)
 
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M-AD British Isles rankings

1. Waterloo Sunset – 6 votes for 148 points Galileo #6
Ha Ha...not surprising at all. I have a couple of unconventional choices in my top 5 that most would not rank at all which bumped this down a couple pegs
 
"For the Want of a Nail" is one of my favorites because it has a little bit of everything I like about him as an artist.

* based on soul (and we get Bobby Womack) and a bit of Lou Reed's type "colored girls" background vocals
* awesome soulful singing by Todd and back to some great screaming
* love the message, long known German proverb also picked up by Ben Franklin ...don't forget about details or it could all crumble
* at a time when we were so eager for Todd to come back and give us something familiar - he delivered with the album this is on "Nearly Human" - - you know my infatuation with entire album listening ...give it a try

...you may be surprised (call back for those that known :) )
 
Genesis #6 - Can-Utility and the Coastliners

Album - Foxtrot
Year - 1972

You know these guys are just a bunch nerds who like their drugs when they write a song “based on King Canute and his inability to hold back the incoming tide.”

Good thing I’m also a nerd who has been known to partake, because I love this song.

Their musicianship throughout the middle portion of the song is some of my favorite of their work.
 
6. Doctor Wu is the third song from the album Katy Lied to appear on my list.

At this point, I have to wonder if maybe I would enjoy these songs more if I had done cocaine and/or heroin.

I imagined an expat lamenting going on some failed adventure and winding up stuck and spiraling in some third world country. That's what I get for listening to so much Jimmy Buffett when I was in college. Instead, in Fagen's own words, it's about a heroin addict and a sort of love triangle between the narrator, his drugs and his woman. I guess that doesn't matter, since the gist of both scenarios is the same.

Katy tried
I was halfway crucified
I was on the other side
Of no tomorrow
You walked in
And my life began again
Just when I'd spent the last piaster
I could borrow
All night long
We would sing that stupid song
And every word we sang
I knew was true
Are you with me Doctor Wu
Are you really just a shadow
Of the man that I once knew
Are you crazy are you high
Or just an ordinary guy
Have you done all you can do
Are you with me Doctor

Don't seem right
I've been strung out here all night
I've been waiting for the taste
You said you'd bring to me
Biscayne Bay
Where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day
I went searching for the song
You used to sing to me
Katy lies
You could see it in her eyes
But imagine my surprise
When I saw you

Are you with me Doctor Wu
Are you really just a shadow
Of the man that I once knew
She is lovely yes she's sly
And you're an ordinary guy
Has she finally got to you
Can you hear me Doctor
 
#6 - Ray Charles - I Don't Need No Doctor

This song was a single released by Ray in 1966 after he got out of rehab. It wasn't on the Crying Time album like Let's Go Get Stoned, but it was put on a compilation album in '67 called The Man and His Soul.

I didn't rank my favorite Ray songs, because I love so many the same. This song along with several others is my #1 favorite. I love when Ray lets loose, and this song with him and The Raelettes is dynamite 💥 I love it, and I love it LOUD. 💥
 
#6 Rooster (off Dirt, 1992)

Got my pills 'gainst mosquito death
My buddy's breathing his dyin' breath
Oh God please won't you help me make it through


(Official Video) Alice In Chains - Rooster
(Unplugged Version) Alice In Chains - Rooster

Rooster doesn’t need an introduction. So then, next on the cou….

Okay, okay. I did one of these for Man in the Box, I might as well for Rooster. So, for those not in the know, this is a song about Jerry's father (also named Jerry) and his tour of duty in Vietnam where he earned the titular nickname. It was written by the son from imagining the perspective of the experience, as Jerry Sr. never talked about it. But then again, you get a taste of that from watching the linked Official Video.

For that, there's a lot of passion in the vocals, and a sense of determination mixing with desperation in the lyrics. All with soft, rather haunting and lamenting music behind it. It's bound to leave a strong impression.

Next on the countdown, it’s time to get tanked on the radio.
 
Chill Out Tent would be awesome even it didn't have a Dave Pirner vocal. I'm not sure Craig has ever topped:

They started kissing when the nurses took off their IVs
It was kind of of sexy but it was kind of creepy
Their mouths were fizzy with the cherry cola
They had the privacy of bedsheets and all the other kids were mostly in comas
 
#6 Ride On (Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap)

I previously mentioned that my top 31 is not in ranked order. It it were, we still wouldn’t be seeing this one appear on my list. Man, I love this tune. Top 3, maybe even top 2.
It’s just different than the rest, yet, you still know it’s AC/DC. Superb lyrics and wonderful groove to this, not to mention the fabulous solo work by Angus. And one of my favorite solos for sure. It’s a perfect song to sing along to.

Found this tidbit floating around in the web
AC/DC has played the song live only once, on June 22, 2001, at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis (near Paris), during the Stiff Upper Lip Tour. At the end of that show, the band unexpectedly came back after their traditional two-songs encore, dressed as football players (with the blue color of the French football team), and played "Ride On" for John Lee Hooker, who had died the day before, although it was not explicitly mentioned as a tribute.

So smooth! (Of course Bon’s version is better but Brian does a good job here)


Album breakdown
1 74 Jailbreak
5 High Voltage
3 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
3 Let There Be Rock
3 PowerAge
3 Highway To Hell
3 Back in Black
1 For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
1 Flick of the Switch
0 Fly On The Wall
1 Who Made Who
1 Blow Up Your Video
0 The Razor’s Edge
0 BallBreaker
1 Stiff Upper Lip
0 Black Ice
0 Rock or Bust
0 Power Up
 
Foo FightersJust Win BabyOutside

This is the second of 3 songs I chose off Sonic Highways. As I mentioned in my Foos introduction post, Sonic Highways is a project different from most albums.
As I posted previously, from Wikipedia:

In writing the album's eight songs, singer and guitarist Dave Grohl traveled to eight cities across the United States to conduct interviews with musicians, recording engineers, record producers, and other individuals discussing each city's musical history, which he used as inspiration for the songs' lyrics. The band and Vig then traveled to a different recording location in each city to record the songs. Each track features contributions from one or more musicians with ties to that city's musical history. The process was filmed for a companion television series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, which was broadcast on HBO in the months surrounding the album's release.

The song peaked at #11 on the Billboard US Alternative Rock chart and #7 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. Here is the official video: Foo Fighters - Outside (Official HD Video).

The city for this song was LA and features a guest appearance by Joe Walsh. Here is a video about the making of this song: Making of Outside - Foo Fighters. One take for Joe Walsh, and I love Hawkins' reaction to it.

About the song:

The song was recorded at Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree, California, and featured in the fifth episode of the band's HBO documentary Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways. It features Joe Walsh as guest guitarist and also Chris Goss. The collaboration with Walsh came about through a mutual friend, he explained to Billboard magazine that: "I know them, my drummer when I play solo, Drew Hester, is a great friend of all of those guys, so I hooked up through him". Foo Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins told Q magazine that he thought Walsh's guitar solo on "Outside" was the champagne moment on the Sonic Highways album. Hawkins said that "If you're gonna have Joe Walsh on your album, you're not gonna just give him four bars. You're gonna give him 40 bars and take us out into the f--kin desert man!".

The critics didn't like the song nearly as much as I did. Joe Walsh made the song for me. 🎸
 
#6 - Sigur Ros - Hrafntinna (Obsidian) - Kveikur - 2013


"Haunting" is an adjective often used to describe Sigur Ros' songs. I'd say this one probably deserves that description the most. The combination of brass, string, vocals and unique percussion all slowly building in intensity is amazing. This song sounds like it could be played at a viking funeral. Or something that could be played during an epic Game of Thrones montage in the lands beyond the wall.

MANDATORY LIVE VIDEO


If you liked the song, or just prefer to hear a superior version to the recorded track, watch this one. It was recorded somewhere in the Paris catacombs, and the combination of the acoustics the caves provided, plus extra strings/horns they brought in is incredible. I don't normally suggest hearing a live version before the studio track, but this is an exception. Most fans agree this is the best version of the song, however it is not on Spotify.
 
PhishshukeSquirming Coil

Another early song, since the mid-90's has primarily been played to close a set, as the rest of the band leaves the stage to let Page do an outro on the keys.

This includes as an encore at my first show, which I will link below. Now unlike Pip who has seen 4000 shows, I've only seen...7. And that includes 2 in Pittsburgh last month. In college when I was seeing a lot of live music and started getting into Phish, while I had a lot friends into the Dead, I didn't really have any into Phish. After college, for a variety of reasons, I went about 20 years without seeing a lot of concerts. Probably one of my few regrets in life. That all changed around 2016, and I've been trying to make up for lost time.

So therefore while being a fan for decades, doing the tape trading thing and all that, my first Phish show wasn't until 2017.

Here is a video of that show. Phish did this as a free webcast on Youtube. The original has since been removed, but someone uploaded this slightly crappier version.

Squirming Coil starts at about the 3:06:00 mark. This closing my first show ever, after all those years, had me pretty emotional.
 
#6 "Master Blaster (Jammin)"

Stevie's tribute to Bob Marley. He never really gets the reggae rhythm (which is basically 2nd Line New Orleans played inside out) right, but most non-Jamaican musicians couldn't back then. For Stevie Wonder, the Motown influence was too strong - so the rhythm keeps trying to reset itself into a 1966 Four Tops song.

So what we have is a Stevie Wonder record and it's a marvel. It's not his best vocal performance and the production is a little tinny to my ears, but the arrangement is wonderful (that rising choir always gets me). The beat holds, the lyrics are cool, and the sum is greater than its parts. At worst, this is backyard BBQ music par excellence.
 

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