Sunday, November 8, 2009

Top 100 Songs of the Aughties, 80 - 71

Wassup Hepcats.
A couple of bits of housecleaning:

This happened.

Also, this:

Love the announcer calling the kicker a bum. Double love the announcer saying, "End this fucking game already!" Triple love frat boys videotaping the flatscreen TV. For a Villanova football game. Slow night, I guess.
80. "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" - Randy Newman (Harps and Angels, 2008) How soon we forget how terrible it was, how it seemed like it was all over. Newman points out at that as bad our country was at that point, we still weren't nearly as bad as Stalin's Russia, or Nero's Rome. Yeah, it's funny. Kinda. "The end of an empire, messy at best, this empire's ended, like all the rest." Eat me, tea parties.

79. "The Suffering" - Coheed and Cambria (Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, 2005) You know, this song might have made the top fifty, but just typing that album title pissed me off. Docked 29 spots for pretentiousness, Coheed and Cambria. Though I still love the big hair metal chorus. You're forgiven. Kind of.

78. "Mirror, Mirror" - Whiskeytown (Pneumonia, 2001) If this song came out in 1987 it would have been on heavy rotation on MTV between Elton John, Bruce Hornsby, and Steve Winwood, and there would have been a young, multi-ethnic cast of dancers (filmed in black in white) jumping around and breakdancing on an "urban" set. Maybe Ryan Adams would have shown up in color at some parts. I say it with love.

77. "Back to the Lake" - Guided by Voices (Universal Truths and Cycles, 2002) The last great GBV song from the last good GBV album. 19 yr old Timmy was just run over by a backhoe.

76. "Shadowland" - Youth Group (Skeleton Jar, 2005) The perfect early 90's college rock hit, with an overlay of crunchy guitar on the chorus. I like this song so much, I tried to rationalize a way to rank it higher, but it really doesn't deserve it. Still, all in all, awesome.

75. "I Predict a Riot" - Kaiser Chiefs (Employment, 2005) When this came out, Kaiser Chiefs looked like the Next Big Thing in rock and roll, and this song might have ended up in the top ten for the decade. Does the quality of this tune suffer because the band fizzled? Yes and no. Sorry guys. Sucks. Talk to the Strokes and Franz Ferdinand.

74. "Use Somebody" - Kings of Leon (Only By The Night, 2008) You're sick of it? OK. But this list is for posterity and shit, so I still have to list it.

73. "Danger! High Voltage!" -Electric Six (Fire, 2003) If you knew me in 2003, you remember this. "No more naked dancing monkey!"

72. "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" - Ida Maria (Fortress 'round My Heart, 2009) "What the hell do I do that for?" A karaoke classic for the ages.

71. "So Alive" - Ryan Adams (Rock N Roll, 2003) - Ryan Adams made a straight up rock and roll record (and with typical restraint, called it "Rock N Roll"). And then he made a song that puts it's hand on the back of Journey's neck and makes Journey suck it.

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