Sunday, March 18, 2007

Seven Songs Meme (New and improved with links)

As Seen on nomotherearth. Who knows… maybe Jana got tagged in the meme but she isn’t here to check her email. She is on the plane home though. She might be into doing her own Seven Song list once she’s home and settled. I’m sure it would be quite different than mine would be.

Seven Songs that I’m into no matter what they are. (in no particular order)

Go with the FlowQueens of the Stone Age. This is such a driving song that I will never tire of it. The riffs. The background piano. The wall of sound. It could also be that Dave Grohl (aka the Most Powerful Drummer in the Universe) plays drums on the Queens third album – Songs For The Deaf. The video for this song is brilliant. Stripped down to three base colours. Red. Black. White. The band speeds on to a head on collision in the back of a pick-up truck.

Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)Deftones. A song that was actually inspired by Depeche Mode’s – Behind The Wheel. Chino and the boys hammer out a rhythm that only gets better as the song ends. The last 30 seconds kill me. I’m a sucker for a heavy groove.

Train In VainThe Clash. When Garbage sampled the opening riff on Stupid Girl it used to be the biggest tease for me. You would hear CFNY play it and I’d think they were going to break from their repetitive version of the Top 40 and play something real. London Calling was a break through album and The Clash was at the top of their game. (Stupid Girl was a good song too)

Texas Never Whispers – Pavement. I rediscovered the Watery, Domestic EP when I was obsessing over the iPod. You can’t get anymore Lo-Fi than Pavement. They stripped down their recordings to the bare essentials and it worked perfectly for them. I remember buying Jana Pavements first CD. The Watery, Domestic EP was a good disc to tie you over until Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was released. And Jana is in Texas… So go figure.

Dig For FirePixies. The one Pixies CD I never really got into was Bossanova. Velouria was a bit of a hit but I never ventured beyond that one song. It was long after on the Death To The Pixies compilation that I found this song I would keep hitting repeat over and over. The Pixies always have that wall of sound I’m such a fan of. It was such a contrast between the four members and twisted song structures. I don’t know how they ever pulled it together to sound so good.

On A RopeRocket From The Crypt. I got my first Rocket From The Crypt CD from one of the Bad Vibe DJ’s who worked at The Cave. He had an extra copy and gave it to me. I had no idea who they were or what they sounded like. They are a high-energy band that simply runs you over. With a horn section and driving guitars it’s hard to compare them to any other band I know.

Waiting RoomFugazi. If I could put every song by Fugazi here I would. They are one of the biggest influence bands out there but few people have heard of them. They are well known for their five-dollar shows, ten-dollar CD’s, resistance to mainstream commercialism and DIY attitude. If you are into a little punk attitude with a political message. I highly recommend these guys. They kick-started the emocore sub-genre that would rise to prominence ten years later.

I could go on with other bands like …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Quicksand, Supersuckers, At The Drive-In and Fu Manchu to name a few but these are the Seven that popped into my head first.

7 Singing the blues:

mamatulip said...

Love Waiting Room. My fave Fugazi song ever (although I do prefer Minor Threat). And Pavement is on my list too...'Grave Architecture'.

MotherBumper said...

Fugazi - Rocket From the Crypt - I want your playlists Niloc. Train in Vain was my yearbook "song" graduation year - damn great one at that (the song, not the yearbook). I know I could hang in the SBBlue household basement listening to tunes.

BTW - I totally tagged Jana for this exact meme.

metro mama said...

I tagged ya Niloc!

I haven't heard of a couple of these--I'll check them out.

Jenny said...

You are so much cooler than me. I've only heard of a few of these bands.

I gotta get out more.

kgirl said...

fugazi! i once saw fugazi with mc 900 ft. jesus. ah, to be young and into hardcore boys again. actually, i'm not sure i could keep up anymore.

nomotherearth said...

Love the Clash. I fondly remember days of listening to CFNY exclusively. Ahh, to be cool again...!

Izzy said...

I'm still crazy about the Pixies, even after all these years. The last time they were here, I tried to get tickets to three different shows in Florida and every single one was sold out. Grrrr..