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Saturday, December 10, 2005

The Fine Fifteen

McAryeh posted a little music related challenge he saw on some other blogs so I thought I would join in. The challenge was to shuffle your MP3 player and write down the first 15 songs that come up - no cheating and no "accidentally" starting over again because your favorite Sinead O'Conner song popped up.

Well, as I was over 200 songs into an Ipod shuffle already (my absolute record), I did not want to start again. I want to keep my current shuffle going as long as possible. So, without further ado, songs 218-232:

218 - Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Blood Sugar Sex Magik). Off of the Chili pepper's best work, one of their most recognized hits.

219 - The Garden - Guns N' Roses (Use Your Illusion I) - This double cd should have been the begining of this band's breakout. Instead, it was their peak. The bottom fell right out after that. Go figure. Was it excessive sex and drugs? The loss of Izzy Stradlin? Did The Spaghetti Incident have so much of a negative impact that they simply not recover? I need to know these things. Also, I think Slash was a charter member of the part black and part jewish triumverate with Lenny Kravitz and the lead singer of 4 Non Blondes. Just a little historical tip for you all.

220 - Slow Ride - Fog Hat (Dazed and Confused Movier Soundtrack) - One of the most underrated movies ever and a top 25 banner member of Elster's Top 100, this movie had a powerfull soundtrack as well. Not to mention it being the pinnacle of Jason London's career. Slow riiide...take it eazzeh...

221 - She's Electric - Oasis (What's the Story Morning Glory) - Seriously, what an album. Top to bottom. Highly recommended.

222 - I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys (O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack) And yes, I know they weren't a real band. But still....

223 - Wild Horses - Rolling Stones (Hot Rocks 1967-1971) Overrated song. For the Stone's best ballad song, my money's on Angie.

224 - Creep - Stone Temple Pilots (Core) - Breakout album for a great band. If it weren't for Scott Weiland's massive heroin addiction, they could have been an all-time great.

225 - Untitled - Oasis (What's the Story Morning Glory) Hey, didn't we already have a song from this band? And this album? Can that happen with a shuffle?

226 Where the River Goes - Stone Temple Pilots (Core) Yes it can. Apparantly more than once.

227 - Jelly 292 - Jimi Hendrix (Jimi Blues) Everyone knows to say things about how good Jimi Hendri was. But how many people can name any of his songs besides his cover of Wild Thing, All Along the Watchtower and maybe Hey Joe? Take a listen to Red House. The man was a genius.

228 - A Pillow of Winds - Pink Floyd (Meddle) Ok song, great band.

229 - Fearless - Pink Floyd (Meddle) Ok what the heck is going on here?

230 - Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd (Skynryd's Innyrds) Eh. Another overrated song.

231 - Darlene - Led Zeppelin (Boxed Set II, Disc 2) Blah song from the Greatest Band Ever.

232 - Stupidity Tries - Elliot Smith (Figure 8) Closest thing to the Beatles is old Elliot. A little too depressing, but what a songwriter. If you aven't already, check him out. But don't expect any new material, he killed himself.

BONUS: The very next song was John Lennon's Watching the Wheels. Nicely appropos to my previous post.

So there you go. All in all, a pretty solid list. Covers many decades and not one "Um....how did that get in there?" songs. Whew. keep it going, it's a fun game.


  • Some very cool tunes.

    By Blogger Jack's Shack, at 2:16 AM  

  • Thanks Jack - and thanks for commenting.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:18 AM  

  • I love Sweet Home Alabama.

    By Blogger ClooJew, at 3:29 PM  

  • It's just that Skynyrd did better stuff - Gimme Three Steps, Simple Kind of Man - etc.

    Though I DO love it when they tear Neil Young a new one

    By Blogger Elster, at 4:13 PM  

  • Fantastic list, Elster. Especially love the detailed commentary. Agree with you 100% about Angie as the best Stones ballad...

    I alos like Sweet Home. For me, it's just a case of being worn out on it because it is played so much everywhere,

    By Blogger MC Aryeh, at 8:39 AM  

  • Yes- it's been too overplayed for me. it's why I HATE Bohemian Rhapsody, Hotel California etc, I heard them so much, I can't stand listening to them anymore.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:26 AM  

  • Why limit yourself to 200 songs? Even the smallest Ipod can carry at least 1000 songs.Unless your music is encoded as WAV files?

    By Blogger Pragmatician, at 10:49 AM  

  • No Prag, you misunderstand - My Ipod currently carries over 1,300 songs. I am in the middle of a shuffle where i have reached over 200 of those songs. Usually, something gets screwed up and i never reach too many shuffle songs in a row.

    By Blogger Elster, at 12:08 PM  

  • Interesting list...

    By Blogger Eshet Chayil, at 2:56 PM  

  • Oh know I get it. I never finnish the shuffle either.

    By Blogger Pragmatician, at 6:24 AM  

  • Elster, i hate to do this to ya bro but you went GNR on us and i have to point a few things out.

    "This double cd should have been the begining of this band's breakout." my friend, their breakout was with 1987's "apetite for destruction." Apetite was a megahit that instantly propelled the band to superstardom. They followed up with "Lies" in 1988 with 4 accoustic songs tagged along with their pre-geffen ep featuring one of their finest songs ever, "patience." you are right, illusion I & II was their peak and rock legend.

    to answer your question, the band broke up because its two main and strongest members, axl and slash wanted to go in completely different directions. Axle wanted to go mor industrial and lsash wanted to stick with the blues influenced hard rock that got them where they were. Axl was known to be an egomaniac and basically couldn't work with people for any sort of extended period of time.

    The spaghetti incident wasn't the cause of their downfall but merely the proof of it. They were ofically done in 96 but with the releae is the spaghetti incident in 93 they were already done.

    Why does a shooting star burn out? Who knows but why GNR couldnt last will be a mystery until meshiach comes.


    By Blogger The Real Neo, at 5:10 AM  

  • WOw - I guess my monthly band features will not include one about GnR - I am obviously outclassed there.

    By Blogger Elster, at 9:44 AM  

  • Dazed and Confused--great film. :)

    By Blogger BrownsvilleGirl, at 9:55 PM  

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