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15 Music Facts

May 9, 2010

Heya folks,

Well looky here, we got ourselves another meme goin’ round! Thanks to Dan the man for tagging me and thank the lord that this one isn’t about movies for once. Not that movies aren’t the bees knees or anything, but it’s nice to switch things up every once in a while, right?


Anywho, let’s get to it, shall we?

1. Open up your iTunes, music player, spin the CD, whatever, hit shuffle and tell us what is the first song to play…

Beastie Boys – “Fight for Your Right”. Good start.

2. Name your top 5 favorite bands/musicians of all time

In no particular order: Creedence, Bob Marley, Radiohead, The White Stripes, Death From Above 1979.

3. What was your first CD to own? (8 track, Record, CD, MP3 for the newbies)

Warren Zevon – A Quiet Normal Life: The Best of Warren Zevon. I think that’s pretty badass. Also got my first Discman with it. Double badass.

4. Of all the bands/artists in your cd/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by?

White Stripes, Creedence, Zeppelin, Radiohead. Got a lot of stuff from those guys.

5. What was the last song you listened to?

Portishead – “Sour Times”, off their live album at Roseland Ballroom in NY. Live version is light years beyond the original recording. Awesome, awesome band. What I would give to see them live.

6. What song would you say sums you up?

Bob Marley – “Three Little Birds”.

7. What’s your favorite local band or band that originated from your hometown?

Maybe The Strokes. First NY band that comes to mind, but their first two albums really are out of sight.

8. What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to?

Going for a Top 3 with this one…
#3: Foo Fighters & Weezer @ DCU Arena in Worcester, MA in ’05.
#2: Nine Inch Nails @ the Mullins Center at UMASS in ’06.
#1: Rage Against the Machine @ Randall’s Island, NY in ’07. That was one crazy show.

9. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?

Jack White.

10. What was the greatest decade for music?

If the early ’90s was an option, that would be a contender, but I’m gonna have to go with the ’60s. Too bad the ’70s had disco.

11. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?

Almost Famous.

12. What’s the most awful CD/record/etc. you’ve ever bought?

Wow, that’s tough. I remember going to Newbury Comics back in High School and after a long back-and-forth decided to buy Deftones – Deftones over The White Stripes – Elephant. That was stupid.

Best album of the past decade.

13. What’s your favorite band t-shirt or poster?

Senior year of college, I borrowed my girlfriend’s father’s vintage poster of Neil Young with a big bushy beard for the album Harvest and hung it up in my room for all to worship, but I can’t find a picture of it anywhere on the internets so you’ll just have to believe me that it was in fact totally awesome. Would love to have this DFA 1979 shirt though.

14. Rolling Stones or The Beatles?

Beatles, but the Stones are immortal. Not a debate I like having, bickering over these two is a lose-lose siteration. Learned that the hard way.

15. What is the one song you would most like played at your funeral? Your birthday? While on a romantic date?

Funeral: LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
Birthday: Andrew W.K. – “Party Hard”
Romantic Date: Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together”

I’d like to hang out with Andrew, too.

And that’s about it. I’m all for this non-movie meme stuff, folks, so keep it comin’. Always game to spread the love for DFA 1979.

So, the next cool cat who gets tagged is none other than the Hatter himself over at The Dark of the Matinee. Absolutely love picking up on the song references in his post & podcast titles, think he’d have some choice picks to throw into the mix.

Hop to it, homey!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2010 7:04 am

    Well, since you asked…

    1. “Time to Pretend” by MGMT
    2. U2, Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Ray Charles, and David Bowie
    3. That’d be on cassette, and it was “Hysteria” by Def Leppard
    4. U2 and The Stones are neck and neck…The Stones have more actual albums, but I have a very large collection of U2 singles that picks up the slack.
    5. “Empire Ants” by Gorillaz…Which is currently part of my ‘Dirty Dozen’ playlist. That’s a mix of twelve tracks I listen to as I leave for work in the morning. It’s ever changing as I constantly take one or two tracks out and replace them with a few newer songs that have my attention for one reason or another.
    6. “I’m Amazed” by My Morning Jacket… ‘Specially when it comes to lyrics like “I’m amazed at all that has been / I’m amazed at all who be / I’m amazed at the tv stations / I’m amazed what they want me to believe…”
    7. Metric these days. Neil Young gets the all time crown. Barenaked Ladies aren’t bad either.
    8. On pure musicianship alone – Prince at Air Canada Centre in July 2004. Not far behind him are Arcade Fire at Massey Hall in 2006, and Gogol Bordello at The Drake Hotel that same year.
    9. I’d give anything to talk to John Lennon for an hour.
    10. The 90’s is my wheelhouse. There have been times I’ve considered 1994 to be the greatest musical year of my lifetime.
    11. Cripes I gotta pick one??? It’s tough to top A HARD DAY’S NIGHT…ALMOST FAMOUS and PULP FICTION come the closest
    12. I still can’t believe I handed over money for Kid Rock’s “Devil Without a Cause”
    13. That’s easy, it’s one of the first band tee’s I ever bought myself – and I still wear it actually. It’s from U2’s POPmart tour in 1997; navy tee shirt with a bright yellow lemon on it.
    14. I love The Stones dearly, but The Beatles changed rock & roll forever.
    15. At my funeral…”Imagine” by John Lennon
    On my birthday… “Here Comes Your Man” by The Pixies (my karaoke song – and I rock it)
    Romantic date with Lady Hatter… “Your Song” by Elton John gets us kinda mushy

    • May 9, 2010 2:47 pm

      1. Awesome song.
      2. Well played, kind of disappointed in myself that I didn’t put Nirvana in my 5.
      3. Never been much of a Def Leppard fan myself, but they did have a one-armed drummer, and that’s pretty awesome.
      4. Very cool. Gotta say I haven’t been a huge fan of U2’s stuff since All That You Can’t Leave Behind, but everything before that is unreal.
      5. Cool song, just gave it a listen. Been meaning to give that whole album a listen for a while now. Good band.
      6. Awesome song, awesome band. Good pick.
      7. Never heard of Metric, but Neil Young is a Canadian national treasure.
      8. Seeing Gogol Bordello this Summer and I am DYING to see Arcade Fire, hear they put on one amazing show.
      9. Well played.
      10. Well played again.
      11. Hard Day’s Night is a close second for me.
      12. Bawitdaba – best song of the past century.
      13. Very cool.
      14. Agreed.
      15. You realize you have the same karaoke song as JGL in 500 Days of Summer? Great song all the same.

      Good job, Hatter. You’re a man after my own heart.

  2. May 9, 2010 11:40 am

    Love Three Little Birds, such a great song!

  3. May 9, 2010 12:31 pm

    Hahah damn dude! Thanks for doing this, and most of all for appreciating the tag. Your so lucky you saw RATM dude, thats great stuff, and I saw that same Foo Fighter/Weezer tour. Great stuff, and most of all great list!

  4. May 9, 2010 2:09 pm

    Fun read. You’re hitting some of my favorites here with Zevon, Neil Young and Marley. Have you seen the White Stripes DVD Under Blackpool Lights? It’s amazing.

    • May 9, 2010 2:48 pm

      I used to own it and watched it a dozen times or so. White Stripes is the #1 show I want to see that I haven’t yet. Some day…

  5. May 9, 2010 3:08 pm

    Bob Marley “Three little Birds” hell yeah. Damnit Bob was cool. Ya Stones or The Beatles is a really hard one to pick. No Nirvana! And lovin the date song. Very good

    • May 10, 2010 10:12 am

      Haha, Al’s the man. And I’m kicking myself over Nirvana, somehow that slipped my mind while putting this post together, never again though.

  6. May 10, 2010 12:06 am

    I love number 12. That one made me laugh. Yeah, what was wrong with you. I am a huge White Stripes fan as well and happen to love the shit out of Elephant. One of the greatest albums ever, IMO.

  7. May 17, 2010 3:32 pm

    The Strokes is the first NY band that comes to mind???? Doooood, Velvet Underground is the kings of the streetsies

    • May 17, 2010 4:03 pm

      haha, yeah, velvet underground wins that one, but the strokes ain’t bad man.


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