Monday, January 31, 2005

The Music Thingy

My best friend, Motomama, tagged me to do a little poll thingy on my blog about music, so here I go:

1. Total amount of music files on your computer:

275 MP3's. Most of them were ripped from my own discs to use in my business.

2. The last CD you bought was:

Time Life Music's 70's Dance Party, 3 disc set
Volume 1: Boogie Nights
Volume 2: Disco Fever
Volume 3: Classic Disco Hits
(ok, I'm embarrassed now)

3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?

Neil Young - Southern Man
(Neil rules.)

4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.

I have to really cheat on this one. I feel like my life is divided into 2 different lives: drug-addict Lizzy and adult (clean) Lizzy. These songs are a mixture of the times of my life, and there is no way I can only list I'll list about 50 (this is where the OCD comes in) :

Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives
I have been a huge EC fan since Junior High.

Other favorites:
Sublime - Wrong Way
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
The Cars - Candy O and Dangerous Type
CSN&Y - Ohio
T. Rex - Jeepster
Hoodoo Gurus - I Want You Back
Journey - Feeling That Way/Anytime
Ramones - Bonzo Goes to Bitburg, Teenage Lobotomy
Beach Boys - G-d Only Knows
The Police - Can't Stand Losing You, Invisible Sun
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
dbs - Love is for Lovers
Stranglers - Peaches
David Bowie - Heroes, China Girl, Wild is the Wind
Paul McCartney - Junior's Farm
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Roxy Music - More Than This
Duran Duran - Careless Memories
The Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais
Ringo Starr - Photograph
U2 - One
New Order - True Faith
Alex Chilton - No Sex
Rage Against the Machine - Testify
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta
Aerosmith - What it Takes
Cat Stevens - Father & Son
The Suburbs - Girlfriend
Todd Rundgren - I Saw the Light

Squeeze - Black Coffee In Bed
My sister "dated" Squeeze bass player, John Bentley, when his band came to town back in the 80's. This song was a minor hit back then. It brings back good memories because I got to hang out with him when he came over to my parents house. (We later named our pug, Bentley, after him.)

Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack
I've loved this music since I was a kid when we had it on 8-track tape. My favorite song is Pilate's Dream.

To bring me back to the bad old days, I'll listen to:
Neil Young - The Needle and the Damage Done
The Only Ones - The Beast
Pink Floyd - Time
Soul Asylum - Endless Farewell
Beatles - Happiness in a Warm Gun
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
James Taylor - Fire & Rain
U2 - Running to Stand Still
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
Lou Reed - Heroin

When I hear these songs, I think about my Mom & Dad (both deceased):
Elton John - Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Third Eye Blind - How's It Going To Be

Songs to Groove By:
Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love
Heatwave - Boogie Nights
Donna Summer - On the Radio
Rick James - Give it to me, baby
Tavares - More Than a Woman
Prince - Dirty Mind
KC & the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight

Sappy favorites:
Neil Diamond - Love On the Rocks
ABBA - Dancing Queen
Hall & Oates - Sara Smile

Song that has a line referring to me and an old (now deceased) boyfriend:
The Replacements - Asking Me Lies
Line: "At a mexican bar mitzvah"

And the songs that mean the very most to me:
Black Crowes - She Talks to Angels
The Beatles - She said, She said
Badfinger - Baby Blue (Me & Tom's song)

Lastly, the song that most represents my life now:
John Lennon - Watching the Wheels

5. Who are you going to stick this with? (3 persons) and why?

I would love to stick it to my fiance' but he doesn't have a blog yet (hint hint.)
I will stick it to my blog buddies, Snave, J. Marquis, and Damien. Why? Because I'd like to hear their answers, and I'm confident that they will pass this along to more of our liberal buddies.

Tag - you're it!


Jim Marquis said...

Oh, now you've done it. This is the one subject I go completely OCD on...

1. No music files on the computer. However, I do own somewhere around 700 cds.

2. Last cd bought- "Until the Dawn Heals Us" by M83

3. Last song listened to before reading message- I don't know the name of the song but it's on "No Cities Left" by a group called The Dears.

4. Songs that are lodged way down deep in my soul-

I Saw the Light, Hello It's Me, The Want of a Nail, Real Man, Love is the Answer- all by Todd Rundgren or Utopia
Tom Sawyer, The Spirit of Radio- Rush
The French Inhaler-Warren Zevon
Disco Apocalypse, The Pretender- Jackson Browne
Give What You Get- New Radicals (thought this was Todd at first)
President Gas- Psychedelic Furs (more relevant than ever)
Runaway Train- Soul Asylum
Go All the Way- Raspberries
Don't Fear the Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult
Wrapped in Grey- XTC
5. Songs that remind me of my late father-
Is That All There Is? by Peggy Lee
When the Saints Go Marching In

6. Songs that help me get my groove on-
That's the Way of the World -Earth, Wind & Fire
You're Still a Young Man- Tower of Power
Slipping into Darkness- War
Let's Go Crazy-Prince

Well, I guess this is proof positive I'm a geezer. But I still love to rock.

Lizzy said...

Excellent list, J. I like a lot of the same stuff, especially Todd.

Make sure you post your list on your blog (if you want to.)

Snave said...


You would have to ask!!

Total amount of music files on my computer - about two dozen. On my MP3 player, about 4250. I have 1100 CDs, and nearly all of the MP3 tunes are ripped from my CD collection.

The last CDs I bought were "Funeral" by Arcade Fire and "You Are All Diseased" by George Carlin.

Before reading this message I last listened to "Spazz" by The Elastic Band (seriously!)

Five songs I often listen to or that mean a lot to me:
Splendid Isolation by Warren Zevon
Heroes by David Bowie
Had To Cry Today by Blind Faith
Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney
The Street Only Knew Your Name by Van Morrison

Other favorites:
Turquoise Days by Echo and the Bunnymen
PDA by Interpol
about half of all songs by Warren Zevon and Neil Young
Always Crashing In The Same Car by David Bowie
Lovers In a Dangerous Time by Bruce Cockburn
Cold Morning Light by Todd Rundgren
Blue Wind by Jeff Beck and Jan Hammer
Inca Roads by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Sooner or Later by The Feelies
Fight Test by The Flaming Lips
Sands of Time by Fleetwood Mac (pre- Buckingham, Nicks, Christine McVie)
Empty Pages by Traffic
When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin
It's Money That Matters by Randy Newman
Fadeaway by Porcupine Tree
No Language In Our Lungs by XTC
Bang a Gong by T. Rex
Beat On The Brat by the Ramones
Bonzo Goes To Bitburg by the Ramones
Holidays In The Sun by The Sex Pistols
Your Molecular Structure by Mose Allison
Your Name Is Wild by Guided By Voices
Hit by Guided By Voices

There are just too many to mention.

For groovin'...:
Lowdown by Boz Scaggs
Strawberry Letter #23 by The Brothers Johnson
I'll Be Good To You by the Brothers Johnson
Hear My Train a-Comin' by Jimi Hendrix

Part Two coming up.

Damien said...

Awe shucks, I'm am about to fly home shortly and shall grab the information you require post haste.

M said...

Yay, Lizzy! Great stuff on your list. I really never knew the thing about the Replacements lyrics. You'll have to fill me in on that one sometime.

Damien said...

1. Total amount of music files on my computer

52 MP3’s most are fairly mainstream, Beastie Boys, Pixies (most of Surfer Rosa), a few 2Puc bits, a few more Public Enemy bits. A few Bob Marley bits. Oh and a sample of a French Foreign Legion dinner song I wanted to stream to my blog.

2. The last CD I bought,

Well, a long long time ago….
in a music store far far away …

I’m pretty sure it was one of the ‘Gate Crasher’ dance house CDs, nigh on three years ago.

3. The last CD I listed to before reading this message was,

A ripped version of Kill Bill Vol. 1, it’s in my shower rotation.

4. Five songs that I often listen to,

I’ll list the stuff that I ‘amp up to’ during pre-flight (I’m currently regaining currency on my NZ Helicopter licenses)

The Rolling Stones ‘Wild Horses’
Kid Rock ‘I’m a Cowboy baby’, ‘Fists of rage’
AC/DC ‘All night long’ or virtually anything with a good lead in “Highway to hell’ included.
Anything by the Pixies
Guns’n’Roses ‘Paradise City’
Radio Head (anything from ‘The Bends’)

And my potential funeral list, provided I die young in some form of senseless ad-hoc gun battle,

Wild Horses (The Stones), Spanish Angels (Ray and Willie), err something
that the guitar players can make something of (and there will be guitar players, there always are). Anything by and performed by the Pixies.

Three others that I will send this to,

A former safe breaking, Frisbee throwing champ who I learned to fly choppers with back in NZ. “It’ll get to you sooner or later Ivy”. “Oh the perils of age, I’ll need your flight med doc soon buddy”.

And the only guy I know who would turn up to a selection day with a stress ball, and still pass the psych-evaluation. “Hey trooper answer your emails in a timely manner”!!!

And one half of the dubious duo, Katie. The i-Pod devotee, with all the bells and whistles, I really need one (an i-pod that is, not a Katie, errr not that it wouldn't be nice, arrgh I'm digging a hole).

I shall post up the list with my next block of postings, very cool.

Snave said...

Wow, time for part two of my musical blatherings! The MP3 player is up to about 4425 songs now...

Songs for the bad old days:
any late-70's hits by Kenny Loggins

Sappy favorites:
That's Just the Way It Is by The Rembrandts
McArthur Park by Richard Harris

Artists I detest:
Duran Duran (except for the single "Ordinary World")
John Mayer

A few of my most despised songs:
Watching Scotty Grow by Bobby Goldsboro
You're Having My Baby by Paul Anka
Afternoon Delight by the Starland Vocal Band
Good Morning Starshine by Oliver
Baby I'm-a Want You by Bread
Chevy Van by Sammy Johns

Reminder of parents (both still alive):
Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics

Me and an ex-girlfriend:
Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan: "Split up on a dark sad night, both agreeing it was best." Simple and to the point.

Song that represents my life right now:
"Touch of Grey" by Grateful Dead

I have too many all-time favorite songs to mention.

I'd like to stick this task to Sheryl (A Thought Vacuum), Carter (Free The Speech) and Ms. Liberty.

Sheryl said...

1. Total amount of music files on your computer:Maybe 5 songs max. I got a CD burner for Christmas, so I wouldn't have a zillion large files on my computer.

2. The last CD you bought was:Buy music? I thought the beauty of the internet was that we all make it and share it with one another. Geez, it's been ages since I actually bought any music. It might have the Napoleon Boulevard CD I ordered from Hungary. That's kind of scary to think though.

3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?Beyond burning my own song, so I could hand out copies in Washington DC, it was probably that Haifa Wehbe song "Aqoul Ahwak."4. Write down 5 songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.1. "Pop Goes the World"--Cause my ex and I agreed that would be "our song."
2. "Both Sides Now"--Cause life is indeed complicated the way the song describes.
3. "Killing Me Softly With His Song"--Cause people crave to be understood and connect with others on their wavelength.
4. "At Home With the Exiles"--Cause it's about being a citizen of the world.
5. "The Pied Piper of Crawford"--Cause I always dreamed of producing a song and its my baby.

There are tons of others (maybe some I love better), but those come to mind as special for me and make me cry sometimes.

5. Who are you going to stick this with? (3 persons) and why? I'll post the URL on my blog. Whereas surveys like this are great fun, I would rather not pressure people to take them.

Thanks for thinking of me, Snave. Hope my answers were not too boring.

Sheryl said...

How could I forget to mention "The Ballad of Accounting" and "The Long Haired Radical Socialist Jew?" Those songs are must hears!

Lizzy said...

Thanks everyone. We are sure a diverse group...with very good taste!

The only songs I'd have to differ on is on Snave's worst list. "Good Morning Starshine" by Oliver is ok in my book. I used to sing it to one of my dogs. And, when "Afternoon Delight" came out, I hated it, too. But now I have a slight fondness for it. However, I completely agree with you on John Mayer - yuk.

My favorites of YOUR lists:

J. Marquis:
Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
Earth, Wind & Fire - That's the Way of the World
Raspberries - Go All the Way
Rush - Tom Sawyer

Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
The Sex Pistols - Holiday In The Sun
Richard Harris - McArthur Park
Boz Scaggs - Lowdown

The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Radiohead (anything from ‘The Bends’)

Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly

Tommy64 (fiance):
The Beatles - Revolution
The Replacements - Stuck in the Middle

(And, thanks for #2 on your list. I take that as a complement. As far as you not having any friends, what am I, chopped liver?!)

Ms. Liberty:
I agree with you on REM, Pink Floyd, The Doors, U2, and of course, The Beatles, but as far as Hole goes, I hope Ms. Love would drop dead already.

Thanks again, everyone!

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