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Where in the world are the middle-aged dummies? Worldwide top 31 song countdown. (2 Viewers)

And to add there was no real thought behind which cover version to pick except "stupid Neil/Spotify fight making me work extra hard for this" so I basically picked the first one I recognized.

There's a very kick-arsze live cover by a name band that's eligible for this countdown. Curious whether it will make an appearance.
 
Dave Matthews cover …oh dear, no
There was another guy here that got a 30 day suspension for badmouthing Dave. Just giving the new guy a head's up. :whistle:

And to add there was no real thought behind which cover version to pick except "stupid Neil/Spotify fight making me work extra hard for this" so I basically picked the first one I recognized.
This describes my life over the past year. :laugh:

Heh, yea. Neil is all over my playlists. I even briefly switched to Apple music to get Neil back but it pales to Spotify (and don't get me started on Amazon - just awful).

I do subscribe to his site (you probably do too.) I also play more of his vinyl, which I'm sure he'd prefer anyway.
 
And to add there was no real thought behind which cover version to pick except "stupid Neil/Spotify fight making me work extra hard for this" so I basically picked the first one I recognized.

There's a very kick-arsze live cover by a name band that's eligible for this countdown. Curious whether it will make an appearance.
Is it one of the ones I came upon during my countdown?

Devo cover (from the Human Highway movie; electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9DNtyKS89k

Big Country cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUSalm7Bisk

Battleme cover, used in the season 3 finale of Sons of Anarchy (piano ballad with electric version's lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKGxB4_uy_U

Nomeansno cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKGxB4_uy_U

Oasis cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTFjoA4MyTs and one by Noel Gallagher's band 17 years later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyce6B8Zje4

Dave Matthews Band cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygMunKTzQ-I

Rick Derringer cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mVTBjHNvJs

Billy Talent cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihwQTvZJtj0

Bottle Rockets cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOUBGVSWOls

The Jimmy Wilson Group (members of Ween and Moistboyz) cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcVLDudSVZo

Negative cover (electric but with acoustic version lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJjILaphpGk

La Renga cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCRNIoAWD08

Jake Bugg cover (electric but with acoustic version lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6lPWIa7HAs

Cross Canadian Ragweed cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFFflTRbHCA

Fjord cover (acoustic but with electric version lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4D2NiFbHLs

Teho Teardo / Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) cover (I'm not really sure how to label this): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVr-kPrqV5w

Axel Rudi Pell cover (electric, in heavy metal power ballad style): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVCOHNjAkz4

Chromatics cover, featured in various TV shows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uie8ddDqoK8

Grand finale of The Music of Neil Young charity concert at Carnegie Hall in 2011; there are too many performers to list, see the video description for that (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTvzrvbFi64
 

I whiffed on Dio thinking Dio meant Dio solo and not Dio being the band name with an ineligable-for-the-American-draft guy. But it does appear that "band" was the intent of the name.

Good pick. Hope to see more.
I have a Sabbath/Dio pick but was too lazy to look into which of his solo albums qualified
Dio didn't have solo albums in the same sense that Sting did. He put together a band that was Dio, it wasn't his solo thing with different studio and touring members.
 
New-to-me favorites from #22:

Times Square -- Destroyer (Shuke). Great production and melody, sounds as good as Dan Bejar's best contributions to the New Pornographers.
Mother Sky -- CAN (OH). Of course this was going to be on my list, it's 14 minutes long and from a subgenre of prog. I listened to some CAN songs when preparing my 1969 and 1971 countdowns, but I don't remember if I came across this one. It's freaky but builds up great momentum.
Public Image -- Public Image Ltd. (Binky). I only know Rise. This is chaotic in the best way.
Roads to Madness -- Queensryche (Raging Weasel). I only know Silent Lucidity and Jet City Woman. This sounds similar to Iron Maiden's brand of prog metal.
Murder, Tonight, in the Trailer Park -- Cowboy Junkies (Worrierking). When they first emerged, I couldn't get past how slow their songs were and wrote them off as boring. Then I kind of forgot about them. But this one's got some great dynamics.
No Igel Dares -- Music on Hold (Hov34). Love the guitar sound and melody.
 
And to add there was no real thought behind which cover version to pick except "stupid Neil/Spotify fight making me work extra hard for this" so I basically picked the first one I recognized.

There's a very kick-arsze live cover by a name band that's eligible for this countdown. Curious whether it will make an appearance.
Is it one of the ones I came upon during my countdown?

Devo cover (from the Human Highway movie; electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9DNtyKS89k

Big Country cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUSalm7Bisk

Battleme cover, used in the season 3 finale of Sons of Anarchy (piano ballad with electric version's lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKGxB4_uy_U

Nomeansno cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKGxB4_uy_U

Oasis cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTFjoA4MyTs and one by Noel Gallagher's band 17 years later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyce6B8Zje4

Dave Matthews Band cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygMunKTzQ-I

Rick Derringer cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mVTBjHNvJs

Billy Talent cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihwQTvZJtj0

Bottle Rockets cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOUBGVSWOls

The Jimmy Wilson Group (members of Ween and Moistboyz) cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcVLDudSVZo

Negative cover (electric but with acoustic version lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJjILaphpGk

La Renga cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCRNIoAWD08

Jake Bugg cover (electric but with acoustic version lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6lPWIa7HAs

Cross Canadian Ragweed cover (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFFflTRbHCA

Fjord cover (acoustic but with electric version lyrics): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4D2NiFbHLs

Teho Teardo / Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) cover (I'm not really sure how to label this): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVr-kPrqV5w

Axel Rudi Pell cover (electric, in heavy metal power ballad style): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVCOHNjAkz4

Chromatics cover, featured in various TV shows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uie8ddDqoK8

Grand finale of The Music of Neil Young charity concert at Carnegie Hall in 2011; there are too many performers to list, see the video description for that (electric): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTvzrvbFi64
Yes, it appears so except that your link is to a studio version.
 
I gotta say, one my favorite things in life currently is when people like a song I introduced them to. I should have molded my entire list that way. Unfortunately I probably only have a few more chances in this thread, Friday and maybe Saturday.
 

I whiffed on Dio thinking Dio meant Dio solo and not Dio being the band name with an ineligable-for-the-American-draft guy. But it does appear that "band" was the intent of the name.

Good pick. Hope to see more.
I have a Sabbath/Dio pick but was too lazy to look into which of his solo albums qualified
Dio didn't have solo albums in the same sense that Sting did. He put together a band that was Dio, it wasn't his solo thing with different studio and touring members.
I know, just assumed the band was all US and too lazy to look
 

I whiffed on Dio thinking Dio meant Dio solo and not Dio being the band name with an ineligable-for-the-American-draft guy. But it does appear that "band" was the intent of the name.

Good pick. Hope to see more.
I have a Sabbath/Dio pick but was too lazy to look into which of his solo albums qualified
Dio didn't have solo albums in the same sense that Sting did. He put together a band that was Dio, it wasn't his solo thing with different studio and touring members.
I know, just assumed the band was all US and too lazy to look
Vivian Campbell was Irish - replaced Steve Clark (RIP) in Def Leppard. And bass player Jimmy Bain (played with RJD in Rainbow) was Scottish.
 
I gotta say, one my favorite things in life currently is when people like a song I introduced them to. I should have molded my entire list that way. Unfortunately I probably only have a few more chances in this thread, Friday and maybe Saturday.
Same here. But the downside is when you create the list that way, and your picks don't get love....

0 clue if Opeth picks will get much love, but I did purposely do just normal voice to make it more likely it sticks for someone.
 
Oh wow. Personal music/concert news. Just got an email from Run The Jewels that they will be playing shows in October in L.A. Pre-sale codes and all that. I'm now going to see them do their second album live. RTJ 2. Cannot wait. "The answer is Run The Jewels the question is 'Who's popping?'"

As for today, I picked ****ed Up's "Crusades" because of the ethereal intro and the breakdown that comes later in the song. If one makes it that far through the shouted vocals, one can hear Pink Eyes singing "Not proud of it/not proud of it/I've wasted a lifetime/not proud of it" before the guitars hit a break and start soaring again.
 
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Lots of great Canadian content. (y) . Kind of :bag: that there are many Canadian artists posted that I've never heard of.

Also :heart: to the Krokus picks. Headhunter was out when I graduated HS and I wore out that album. Hope to see a couple more tracks off that one before this is over.
First big stadium (Joe Louis Arena) show I went to with my own money and without a parent was Def Leppard Pyromania tour. Krokus was the opener so were the first band I ever saw live while drunk/high
 
Another band I whiffed on, Queensryche!...Jet City Woman, and Silent Lucidity are both really damn good songs.

Did not believe SL was eligible for this countdown... I had understood he was born to American parents on an Air Force base in Germany. Did I misunderstand that? Definitely would have had that song in my list for sure.
 
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My top 5 from the 10 point round, excluding my own selection and prior to listening to the songs new to me:
  1. Mrs. Rannous: Silent Lucidity - Queensryche
  2. Zegras11: Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads
  3. Val Rannous: American Woman - The Guess Who
  4. Andy Dufresne: Big City Nights - Scorpions
  5. Sullie: Black Velvet - Alannah Myles
If Silent Lucidity was eligible, I blew it... thought it wasn't (see previous post). I would have had it at least this high in my list.
 
Public Image -- Public Image Ltd. (Binky). I only know Rise. This is chaotic in the best way.

This isn't "scorchy has never heard the song Happy Birthday"-level of surprise, but still surprised.

This one was very nearly on my list and is my favorite already-known song of the day. :)
My parents banned Johnny Rotten/Lydon. :laugh:

Nah, it's really that I was never in any social circles with people who cared about PiL. And the only song of theirs I would ever hear on "modern rock" radio was Rise.
 
Did not believe SL was eligible for this countdown... I had understood he was born to American parents on an Air Force base in Germany. Did I misunderstand that? Definitely would have had that song in my list for sure.
Yep, Geoff Tate was born on a miliary base. However, for the U.S. thread, that exception wasn't always in place. Plus, looking back at the U.S. thread, I don't see that anyone pointed that out at the time. So any album with Geoff Tate in it was listed as ineligible for that thread. Making them eligible for this one by default.
 
I gotta say, one my favorite things in life currently is when people like a song I introduced them to. I should have molded my entire list that way. Unfortunately I probably only have a few more chances in this thread, Friday and maybe Saturday.
Same here. But the downside is when you create the list that way, and your picks don't get love....

0 clue if Opeth picks will get much love, but I did purposely do just normal voice to make it more likely it sticks for someone.
I liked your first Opeth selection, so there's that. Growly vocals definitely get a 😤 from me, though.
 
On mine today:
Don Quixote:

Canção Pra Você Viver Mais - Pato Fu (Brazil)
(new artist)

When I started this exercise, this song was a bit further down my long list, but it keep creeping up as I kept listening through my playlist and making tweaks. I think if I was a teen growing up in the 90s in Brazil instead of the US, I’d probably be wearing a Pato Fu shirt on a regular basis (and, I guess, posting at something like “futebolguys” instead of here). One of Brazil’s versions of an 90s alt-rock band, but borrowing some elements from Brazil music history.

The melody of this one just brings me in, as well as the vocals. The song title translates to a “A Song for You to Live Longer,” and was written while the singer’s father was dying of cancer. I think it stuck with me, as I could feel something like that even before plugging the title or lyrics into Google translate.
This song made be feel good. It's hearted.
No really...this song reminds me of this dialog from Shawshank

I have no idea to this day what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are best left unsaid. I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can't be expressed in words, and makes your heart ache because of it. I tell you, those voices soared higher and farther than anybody in a gray place dares to dream. It was like some beautiful bird flapped into our drab little cage and made those walls dissolve away, and for the briefest of moments, every last man in Shawshank felt free.
 
Public Image -- Public Image Ltd. (Binky). I only know Rise. This is chaotic in the best way.

This isn't "scorchy has never heard the song Happy Birthday"-level of surprise, but still surprised.

This one was very nearly on my list and is my favorite already-known song of the day. :)
My parents banned Johnny Rotten/Lydon. :laugh:

Nah, it's really that I was never in any social circles with people who cared about PiL. And the only song of theirs I would ever hear on "modern rock" radio was Rise.

"We ain't no band, we're a company ...simple, nothin' to do with rock and roll. doo-dah." 😏


this interview is a treasure. :lmao:
 
I whiffed on Dio thinking Dio meant Dio solo and not Dio being the band name with an ineligable-for-the-American-draft guy. But it does appear that "band" was the intent of the name.

Good pick. Hope to see more.

Pretty much in the same boat here. I considered Dio-era Black Sabbath, but couldn't convince myself to put that band in twice after finishing #2 in the U.K. countdown. I think I wrote off Dio (the band) as American and didn't dig deeper. They probably would've at least made my Last Five Out, though of course it's hard to say.
 
0 clue if Opeth picks will get much love, but I did purposely do just normal voice to make it more likely it sticks for someone.

Opeth is a band that I plausibly should be more into, but just never have gotten into, for no particular reason. I know some scattered songs, but I've never done anything close to a deep dive. No guarantees that your selection(s) will push me over that edge. But maybe?
 
0 clue if Opeth picks will get much love, but I did purposely do just normal voice to make it more likely it sticks for someone.

Opeth is a band that I plausibly should be more into, but just never have gotten into, for no particular reason. I know some scattered songs, but I've never done anything close to a deep dive. No guarantees that your selection(s) will push me over that edge. But maybe?
I would say if they don't, you probably don't like late Era Opeth. Selections are representative of what their sound is post-Watershed. They got more proggy in their old age.

If they do, let me know and I could suggest albums and/or gateway songs that mix growl and normal but aren't as abrasive.
 
@ditkaburgers first exposure to the music of ABBA came via the A*Teens but she soon discovered the genuine article. This was her favorite cut on the ABBA Gold CD we had when she was a kid. There was also apparently some pandemic meme around this song as well but I couldn't find it.

Eephus:

The Bleeding Heart Show - The New Pornographers
(duplicate, second vote)

The New Pornographers have many countdown-worthy songs but I stayed pretty chalky with this one. I love how AC Newman and Neko Case's vocals blend during the opening stanzas and how it builds and builds to the hey la chorus and Neko's anthemic countermelody. i guess it's a breakup song but at least it's a triumphant one.
 
Did not believe SL was eligible for this countdown... I had understood he was born to American parents on an Air Force base in Germany. Did I misunderstand that? Definitely would have had that song in my list for sure.
Yep, Geoff Tate was born on a miliary base. However, for the U.S. thread, that exception wasn't always in place. Plus, looking back at the U.S. thread, I don't see that anyone pointed that out at the time. So any album with Geoff Tate in it was listed as ineligible for that thread. Making them eligible for this one by default.

Correct, and this was discussed earlier in this thread. Those albums were ruled out of the US thread in error, so they were allowed in here to make up for it. Similar grace was not extended to Rufus Wainwright. :huh:
 
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New-to-me favorites from #22:

Times Square -- Destroyer (Shuke). Great production and melody, sounds as good as Dan Bejar's best contributions to the New Pornographers.
Much to krista's chagrin, I also like how the sax is used on this track.

:lol: I haven't had time to listen today, but I do fine with sax if used well. It just normally isn't in pop/rock songs.
 

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