Part V of our XII-Part Series. Look for the next installment VII days or so from now.
134 We Want A Rock They Might Be Giants
133 Nemesis Shriekback
132 On Fire Sebadoh
131 The Killing Moon Echo & The Bunnymen
130 Drinking In L.A. Bran Van 3000 (You Tube)
129 Drunken Lullabies Flogging Molly
128 Too Sick To Pray Alabama 3
127 Moving to New York The Wombats (You Tube)
126 Someday, Someway Marshall Crenshaw (You Tube)
125 Days Like This Keep Me Warm The Polyphonic Spree
124 Safe From Harm Massive Attack
123 Tenderness General Public
122 Chemicals Collide Cloud Cult (You Tube)
121 Ball And Chain Social Distortion
120 Never Follow Suit The Radio Dept.
119 Kiss Off Violent Femmes
118 Carry The Zero Built To Spill
117 Doused DIIV
131 – Echo and the Bunnymen are unmistakably huge fans of the Doors. What’s interesting is that I truly enjoy Echo’s music, I absolutely loathe the Doors. The only reason I can think of is that Ian McCullouch never tried to convince me that Bedbugs and Ballyhoo and Lips Like Sugar are comparable to the works of Keats and Frost.
130 – I’ve never heard this song anywhere besides 97x/WOXY, the now-departed radio station/online station from Oxford, Ohio that was my greatest source of new music for more than a decade. I was fortunate enough to get 97x over the air when I lived in Greensburg – we were at the far western reach of their notoriously weak signal. And when the site went digital only between 2004-2010, I was a devoted listener at my desk every day at work. In the seven years since its sign-off, I still haven’t found an adequate replacement. A lot of people think the radio station they used to listen to was the best ever. I happened to be right.
128 – Fans of the Sopranos may notice this is the band responsible for the theme song to that show. They probably wouldn’t get confused with the country band of a similar name, though they’re known as A3 here in the states just to be certain.
127 – I saw the Wombats perform this song at an afternoon showcase at South By Southwest, which I dropped in on for a day when a work trip happened to coincide with that Austin festival. I would love to go back to Austin, whether it was SXSW time or not, even if the rest of Texas really isn’t for me.
123 – I restricted it to one song per band, but not necessarily one song per artist. Dake Wakeling and Ranking Roger of the Beat (English Beat on this side of the pond) and General Public are one of three artists to make dual appearances on the countdown.