A tentative list...I haven't worked out the order yet. I'd like to see other lists to see what I've missed and THEN craft the order.I Will/BeatlesI'll Be Your Mirror/Velvet UndergroundLysergic Bliss/Of MontrealMojo Pin/Jeff BuckleyBrown Eyes/Red House PaintersBackstreets/Bruce SpringsteenStill Be Around/Uncle TupeloOn a Plain/NirvanaSurgical Focus/Guided By VoicesHear My Train A'comin'/Jimi Hendrix (live at the Fillmore East)Don't Stop Til You Get Enough/Michael JacksonThis Charming Man/SmithsSabotage/Beastie BoysLet Down/RadioheadHe Woke Me Up Again/Sufjan StevensPosies/Sister CarrieAndrew Bird/Tables and ChairsTomorrow Never Knows/BeatlesSubterranean Homesick Blues/Bob DylanE'vry Time We Say Goodbye/John Coltrane
An addendum: rather than dealing with the 80 minute issue, why don't we just say, you have 20 songs and 1 desert island: Go. I don't want to be checking your run-times, holmes.
Oh, mine was within 80 minutes. We have to have limits. One burnable disc...
We operate on the honor system. The point is, can you make your disc for someone else?
Here's my first stab (and I am following the 20 tracj rule):Bring it On Home to Me/ Sam Cooke ft. Lou RawlsShe Loves You/BeatlesYoung Folks/ Peter Bjorn JohnBad to Me/ Billy J Kramer and the DakotasNightswimming/REMWords of Love/Buddy HollyBaby I Love You/Aretha FranklinSt. Stephen/Grateful Dead (from Live/Dead)The Hardest Part/Ryan AdamsSomeone Saved My Life Tonight/Elton JohnI'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/Hank Williams JrThis Must Be the Place/Talking HeadsJust One Look/Doris TroyA Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall/ Bob DylanSubstitute/The WhoWanna Be Startin' Something/Michael JacksonSome Kind of Wonderful/ The DriftersLiving Loving Maid/Led ZeppelinGet Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine/J. BrownJust Like Heaven/ The CureAnd there you have my pop-hooky bourgeois, 60s heavy first go.
I tried to have a couple songs in each of my major listening categories: rock, dance, love returned/unrequited, mope, celebratory.There were a lot of bands whose work I dig as a whole, but whose catalog was not conducive to one song over others. Thus, Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Elliott Smith, Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Who, etc. didn't make the cut.Almost made it, and didn't because of the split:The Who: Mobile or BargainSoundgarden: Fell on Black Days or Rusty CageSmashing Pumpkins: Hummer or Geek USAJames Brown: Sex Machine or Papa's Got a Brand New BagLed Zeppelin: Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You or HeartbreakerElliott Smith: Between the Bars or Say Yes
I wanted upbeat, dancy things, things I can recall or remember, but things that have a particular resonance when I hear these particular versions. That and I have a narrow groove, I think, of what I like. So something I can clearly recall or even sing to myself were automatically out. You other fellows have the benefit of being musically inclined, and could therefore make your own music if you were stuck on said island.Case in point, I can remember all the words to Bring It On Home, but nothing beats hearing Cooke's voice; it is the epitome of soul and that song...damn. It just melts me.Many of the songs on my list are there for that reason. I also steered clear of the sadder ones, in favor of one of *the* saddest ones. Maybe I'd end up regretting the thrown-together, rather narrow breadth of this collection, but I think each of these songs has remained intriguing for me for a long time, and that's why some of them got a call up.
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