Aug. 31st, 2010

Day 11

Aug. 31st, 2010 11:45 pm
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Day 01. Your favorite song - Peg, Steely Dan
Day 02. Your least favorite song - Takin' Care of Business, Bachman Turner Overdrive
Day 03. A song that makes you happy - Donkey Rhubarb, Aphex Twin
Day 04. A song that makes you sad - This Woman's Work, Kate Bush
Day 05. A song that reminds you of someone - Flakes, Frank Zappa
Day 06. A song that reminds you of somewhere - City of the Angels, Wang Chung
Day 07. A song that reminds you of a certain event - Stick Your Neck Out, Dot 3
Day 08. A song that you know all the words to - I Believe She's Lying, Jon Brion
Day 09. A song that you can dance to - Soft Core, Maurice & the Clichés
Day 10. A song that makes you fall asleep - Thursday Afternoon, Brian Eno
Day 11. A song from your favorite band - You're The Wish You Are I Had, XTC
Day 12. A song from a band you hate
Day 13. A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14. A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15. A song that describes you
Day 16. A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17. A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18. A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19. A song from your favorite album
Day 20. A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21. A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22. A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23. A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24. A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25. A song that makes you laugh
Day 26. A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27. A song that you wish you could play
Day 28. A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29. A song from your childhood
Day 30. Your favorite song at this time last year

XTC (along with The Beatles, Devo, Laurie Anderson, and Aphex Twin) were a band that CHANGED FUCKING EVERYTHING for me.

I know, I know. They're hardly a landmark band. They've always been very open about the music they love, and if you pay attention, you hear their influences clearly. But unlike a lot of bands, XTC were never content to emulate their heroes. They wanted to improve upon what they heard. Andy Partridge himself said, "You've got to feel that you've beaten your heroes. You have to— you have to kill them all, and stand on a giant heap of all your influences." So all the music they loved— Lennon & McCartney, Brian Wilson, Sun Ra, Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Brecht and Weill— it all got pushed and mangled through their idiosyncratic musical machinery, and came out the other end gloriously changed. That's how it works.

Everything XTC did was a revelation to me. They integrated musical neighborhoods, sunk new cable, peeled dumb, dogmatic pages out of their rulebook, drew back curtains, let new air and light in.

They redefined music. I'm still dealing with it. I never really got over XTC.



Runner-Up: Mermaid Smiled, XTC

Day 12

Aug. 31st, 2010 11:49 pm
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Day 01. Your favorite song - Peg, Steely Dan
Day 02. Your least favorite song - Takin' Care of Business, Bachman Turner Overdrive
Day 03. A song that makes you happy - Donkey Rhubarb, Aphex Twin
Day 04. A song that makes you sad - This Woman's Work, Kate Bush
Day 05. A song that reminds you of someone - Flakes, Frank Zappa
Day 06. A song that reminds you of somewhere - City of the Angels, Wang Chung
Day 07. A song that reminds you of a certain event - Stick Your Neck Out, Dot 3
Day 08. A song that you know all the words to - I Believe She's Lying, Jon Brion
Day 09. A song that you can dance to - Soft Core, Maurice & the Clichés
Day 10. A song that makes you fall asleep - Thursday Afternoon, Brian Eno
Day 11. A song from your favorite band - You're The Wish You Are I Had, XTC
Day 12. A song from a band you hate - You're Beautiful, James Blunt
Day 13. A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14. A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15. A song that describes you
Day 16. A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17. A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18. A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19. A song from your favorite album
Day 20. A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21. A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22. A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23. A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24. A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25. A song that makes you laugh
Day 26. A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27. A song that you wish you could play
Day 28. A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29. A song from your childhood
Day 30. Your favorite song at this time last year

Let's see. Which puppy shall I put the boot to?

This is not my most-hated song (which is still Takin' Care of Business) only because it's clear that— silly vocal affectation aside— James Blunt is trying. It's just his misfortune that he is talentless and retarded, and that his songs make no internal lyrical sense.

she smiled at me on the subway
she was with another man
but I won't lose no sleep on that
'cause I've got a plan


Ooo! Mr. Blunt has a plan! Let us follow these tipping dominoes to their conclusion.

I saw your face in a crowded place
and I don't know what to do
'cause I'll never be with you


Well! That's your kick-ass love plan, tiger? "I don't know what to do"? O, her poor, unsuspecting heart! She won't stand a chance against your ardent machinations.

Further along, we hear:

there must be an angel with a smile on her face
when she thought up that I should be with you


Look, I'll make allowances if lyrics scan. I don't expect Sondheim from everyone, and if I can overlook McCartney's "But if this ever-changing world in which we live in... " and Kate Bush's "She couldn't have made a worst move", then I can look the other way for poor James.

But they don't. It's rhythmic chowder. He barges through the line in an awkward rush to cram it all in. He almost speaks it.

So I guess I'm saying that James Blunt must die.



Runner-Up: Wonderwall, Oasis.

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