Friday, October 27, 2006

Yet Another iTunes Meme

Because memes are much more fun than actual thought, right? This one I picked up from Paul Cornell:

Earliest Track in My Library:
The Raymond Scott Quintet, "Powerhouse" (1937) -- along with seven other songs from that year on the same CD. You know this song; it's the one that plays whenever there's a machine run amok in any Warner Brothers cartoon of the '40s and '50s. See? You're humming it now.

Year from Which I Have Most Tracks:
1993 wins, with 704 tracks. That was the year the kind of music I like the most -- vaguely "alternative" rock with smart lyrics -- was actually popular, for a brief, shining, moment, so it makes sense.

Earliest TV Theme:

I only have a handful of TV show themes, and they're not categorized as that in iTunes, so trying to figure this out would be a pain and wouldn't tell me anything. Pass.

Five Star Ratings from the Year I was Born:
There are nine of them:
  1. "Golden Slumbers" by The Beatles
  2. "Victoria" by The Kinks
  3. "Arthur" by The Kinks
  4. "Cinnamon Girl" by Neil Young
  5. "Careful With That Axe, Eugene" by Pink Floyd
  6. "The Nile Song" by Pink Floyd
  7. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones
  8. "I Want To Take You Higher" by Sly and the Family Stone
  9. "Christmas" by The Who
Five Star Ratings from the Year I was Sixteen:
Twenty-one of them! I'll italicize the ones I actually listened to and loved at the time (as opposed to the ones I discovered later).
  1. "E=MC2" by Big Audio Dynamite
  2. "Take the Skinheads Bowling" by Camper Van Beethoven
  3. "Brothers in Arms" by Dire Straits
  4. "Anything, Anything (I'll Give You" by Dramarama
  5. "White Lies" by Jason & the Scorchers
  6. "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)" by Kate Bush
  7. "Just Another Day" by Oingo Boingo
  8. "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo
  9. "No One Lives Forever" by Oingo Boingo
  10. "Wendell Gee" by R.E.M.
  11. "I Can't Hardly Wait (Tim Version)" by The Replacements
  12. "Here Comes a Regular" by The Replacements
  13. "Cannon Song" by Stan Ridgway
  14. "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads
  15. "Stay Up Late" by Talking Heads
  16. "Singapore" by Tom Waits
  17. "Cemetery Polka" by Tom Waits
  18. "Time" by Tom Waits
  19. "Bad (Live)" by U2
  20. "Love Comes Tumbling" by U2
  21. "I Held Her in My Arms" by Violent Femmes
Five Star Ratings from This Year:
Three, but they're all cheats: "Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now)," "Sweet Thistle Pie," and "The World Is Mine" from Cracker's Greatest Hits Redux record (which featured re-recordings of their hits to sabotage the similar greatest hits collection from their old label, which had just dumped them). Some of the songs on Beth Orton's The Comfort of Strangers might slide up to five stars as I listen to them more, though. (And maybe something from the Elvis Costello-Allen Toussaint record The River in Reverse, though that's not as likely).

Top Ten on my Most Played List:
Probably the same as the last time I posted them:
  1. "Don't Drop the Baby" by The Judybats (36)
  2. "Better Things" by Fountains of Wayne (33)
  3. "Pictures of Matchstick Men" by Camper Van Beethoven (32)
  4. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" by Elvis Costello and the Attractions (32)
  5. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" by U2 (32)
  6. "Little Red Light" by Fountains of Wayne (31)
  7. "Wall of Death" by R.E.M. (31)
  8. "Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) (Live)" by They Might Be Giants (31)
  9. "Spider-Man" by Ramones (30)
  10. "Maureen" by Fountains of Wayne (29)

1 comment:

Nancy said...

I think I would really love to share iTunes with you... good tunes, yo!

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