Sunday, 31 October 2010

Top 20 - 30 October, 2010

1. Crystal Castles ft. Robert Smith - Not In Love (NEW)

2. Robyn - Indestructible

3. Rye Rye ft. M.I.A - Sunshine

4. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
5. Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water
6. Zowie - Love Demolition
7. Lykke Li - Get Some (NEW)

8. N.E.R.D - Nothing On You
9. Cee-Lo Green - Old Fashioned
10. The Black Keys - Howlin' For You (NEW)

11. Hungry Kids of Hungary - Coming Around
12. Mason ft. Roisin Murphy - Boadicea
13. The John Steel Singers - Overpass
14. The Heavy - How You Like Me Now?
15. Sara Bareilles - Breathe Again
16. Katy B ft. Ms Dynamite - Lights On (NEW)

17. Uffie - Difficult (NEW)

18. Ben Folds - Picture Window (NEW)

19. Arcade Fire - Modern Man (NEW)

20. Duffy - Well, Well, Well

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Top 100 Songs of the 1980s, #50 - 41

We're in Top 50 territory now, so keep an eye out for some of the biggest stars of the 80s... and the best songs.

#50 - Atomic (1980)
by Blondie

Debbie Harry, It's My Kind of Scene's #1 Woman of Rock, was going to show up sooner or later. Blondie were coming off their first major success with 'Heart of Glass' in the late-70s and followed up with the oh-so-80s 'Atomic' which would again take them to the top of the charts.

#49 - Smooth Criminal (1988)
by Michael Jackson

Yeah the song's amazing... whatever. Do you remember the game Moonwalker? Forget the movie, the game was awesome!

#48 - Personal Jesus (1989)
by Depeche Mode

An amazing guitar riff, memorable lyrics, authentic 80s feel... Depeche Mode done good.

#47 - Edge of Seventeen (1982)
by Stevie Nicks

#46 - Who Wants To Live Forever (1986)
by Queen

#45 - Just Like Heaven (1987)
by The Cure

It's a good song... a very good song. But to me, it's not their best song.

#44 - Time After Time (1984)
by Cyndi Lauper

She proved 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' and then she released some good music.

#43 - Babooshka (1980)
by Kate Bush

I said you hadn't seen the last of her.

#42 - Blister In The Sun (1983)
by Violent Femmes

I am powering through this today. Short and sweet comments. This has nothing to do with 'Blister in the Sun.'

#41 - Dancing With Myself (1981)
by Billy Idol

Yep... a pretty quick read today, but a very good listen!

Song of the Day - Listen Up!

Lady in rrreeeeeeeeeedddddddd.......

The Gossip - Listen Up!
Album: Standing in the Way of Control (2006)

Beth Ditto: 1) one crazy mofo who doesn't give a flying (naughty word) what you think of her. 2) one hell of an amazing voice. 'Listen Up' was the third single released from their debut, a worthy successor to the hits 'Standing in the Way of Control' and 'Jealous Girls.' While I love both of those songs, Ditto's vocal quality on 'Listen Up!' goes above and beyond anything that we had heard at that point. Check out the live version below.... see what I mean about vocal quality?

Friday, 29 October 2010

Top 100 Songs of the 1980s, #60 - 51

Any guesses as to what #1 is going to be? After this we're into the all-important top 50! But what of today's countdown? The Queen of Pop finally makes an appearance, U2 returns and Katrina & The Waves will have you 'Walking On Sunshine'... and don't it feel good?

#60 - Close My Eyes Forever (1988)
by Lita Ford ft. Ozzy Osbourne

Have I mentioned how much 80s rock ballads own everything else? The non-Dracula Prince of Darkness is sporting some beautiful hair in the video... outstanding.

#59 - Where The Streets Have No Name (1987)
by U2

What a video, complete with more beautiful 80s hair... Bono, I'm looking at you.

# 58 - Don't Get Me Wrong (1986)
by The Pretenders

"I see neon lights, Whenever you walk by." If you like this, you'll love Lily Allen's cover.

#57 - Papa Don't Preach (1986)
by Madonna

Madonna dominated the charts in the 80s and in the process created what would become the most celebrated woman in music's history. Never one to shy away from controversy, Madonna dedicated 'Papa Don't Preach' to Pope John Paul II after he told Italians not to attend her concerts.

#56 - Mad World (1982)
by Tears for Fears

#55 - Don't Dream It's Over (1987)
by Crowded House

#54 - Walking On Sunshine (1983)
by Katrina & The Waves

Could this be the happiest song there ever was? I can't help but enjoy how annoyingly infectious the vibe of 'Walking on Sunshine' is.

#53 - Need You Tonight (1987)

Michael Hutchence is one of the coolest lead singers in the history of rock music and you won't find a better example to prove that point than 'Need You Tonight,' the band's only US #1 hit. Not their best song, but one of the best of the 80s? Definitely.

#52 - It's Tricky (1987)
by Run-D.M.C

#51 - 99 Luftballoons (1983)
by Nena

And it's the German version too! Nena's protest song defied all charting logic to spend five weeks at the top of the Australian charts and a week at #1 in New Zealand. The German version, not the English one!

50 down and 50 to go. We've yet to see an appearance by The Cure, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper or Bon Jovi... will we? Only time will tell, so stick around!

Song of the Day - What Else Is There?

Royksopp - What Else Is There?
Album: The Understanding (2005)

If asked to select a song that best fits the definition of perfection I think I'd choose this one. One of the most criminally underappreciated songs to come out of a decade full of them, 'What Else Is There?' is Royksopp's masterpiece. The visuals in the music video are astounding, the vocals provided by The Knife and Fever Ray's Karin Dreijer Andersson are a thing of beauty and the music created by Royksopp... yep, perfection.

Top 100 Songs of the 1980s - #70 - 61

We're getting close to the halfway point kids! Instead of wasting time with witty, witty, witty banter (more from me... not so much you and I mean YOU), let's just get straight into it, shall we? Yes... yes we shall.

#70 - Under Pressure (1981)
by Queen & David Bowie

No Vanilla Ice. No Jedward (non-UK readers, look them up and feel my pain). This is the real deal boys and girls. Embrace the goodness.

#69 - What About Me (1982)
by Moving Pictures

I, like many Australians, can't help but love this song... even if Shannon Noll did his best to destroy it (non-Australian readers, look him up and feel my pain).

#68 - Ain't Nobody (1983)
by Chaka Khan

"At times like this, continuing with one's life seems impossible... and eating the entire contents of one's fridge seems inevitable. I have two choices; to give up and accept permanent state of spinsterhood and eventually be eaten by Alsatians... or not. And this time, I choose not. I will not be defeated by a bad man and an American stick insect. Instead, I choose vodka... and Chaka Khan." 'I'm Every Woman' might have been released in the 70s, but that doesn't mean that Khan didn't have any good music in the 80s. Example, 'Ain't Nobody.'

#67 - Eye of the Tiger (1982)
by Survivor

#66 - I Love Rock 'n' Roll (1982)
by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Ah, two massive rock hits in 'Eye of the Tiger' and 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll.' Two horrible karaoke song choices with hilarious consequences for the audience.

#65 - Sweet Child o' Mine (1988)
by Guns N' Roses

Another classic 80s rock hit. Guns N' Roses managed to crack the top 10 of the Top 200 Songs of the 1990s... do they have a chance of accomplishing the same feat in the 80s?

#64 - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues (1983)
by Elton John

#63 - Running Up That Hill (1985)
by Kate Bush

The delectable Kate Bush appears for the first time, but don't worry, it's not the last. 'Running Up That Hill' would prove to be one of Bush's bigger commercial hits, even managing to crack the US market.

#62 - Come On Eileen (1982)
by Dexys Midnight Runners

#1 in Australia, the UK, the USA and Ireland (11 weeks!). Not too shabby.

#61 - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!) (1987)
by Beastie Boys

One of the few rap or hip-hop songs to make a place on the list. How could I not put this on here though? The true beginning of the world's premier white-boy rap group.

Ten more down and only 60 to go. Stay tuned, there's plenty more to come!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Song of the Day - God's Gonna Cut You Down

Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down
Album: American V: A Hundred Highways (2003)

Great song, great video and a great tribute to a legendary artist. What else is there to say?

Top 100 Songs of the 1980s, #80 - 71

Are you ready for the next installment of the ultimate 80s countdown? Well, if you're looking for the ultimate 80s countdown... you're in the wrong place. You may want to head to Pitchfork or anywhere that has some form of credibility. But, if you're looking for It's My Kind of Scene's countdown... congratulations, you're in the right place. Enough with the chit-chat, let's get to it!

#80 - Bizarre Love Triangle (1986)
by New Order

Ah, most of today's songs are oh-so-very-80s with that distinctive New Wave sound. Example, 'Bizarre Love Triangle.' One of New Order's most celebrated tracks... and least commercially successful except in Australia where it peaked at #5. Rolling Stone had it listed at #201 in the 2004 edition of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

#79 - Dancing In The Dark (1984)
by Bruce Springsteen

Bruuuuce! I'm not the Springsteen's biggest fan, but I know a great song when I hear it and this is definitely a great song.

#78 - Always Something There To Remind Me (1983)
by Naked Eyes

Wikipedia Fact of the Day: This song was originally a minor hit in the 60s! Penned by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, '(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me' wouldn't receive international recognition until twenty years later when these two crazy kids from Bristol did a cover of it. Thanks Wikipedia!

#77 - Here I Go Again (1982)
by Whitesnake

I don't know why, but my brother loved this song growing up. I don't know how, but it rubbed off on me and I like it too. Killer chorus.

#76 - Little Red Corvette (1983)
by Prince

Way before Prince turned himself into The Artist Formerly Known as Prince and that weird symbol, he was pumping out one successful song after the other and turning himself into one of the biggest superstars of the 80s. 'Little Red Corvette' was his first US top-10 hit, but certainly not his last.

#75 - Love Shack (1989)
by The B-52's

'Love Shack' walks the fine line of cheesy trash and awesomeness so well that it's more than deserving of a spot.

#74 - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (1987)
by Whitney Houston

Oh Whitney. Whitney, Whitney, Whitney. While your personal struggles have been splashed all over the media, at least you know you're musical legacy will always remain intact. At least in the 80s and 90s. 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' still gets played in clubs today, and you know you're tracks good when it's still being played over 20 years after you released it.

#73 - Take On Me (1985)
by a-ha

#72 - True (1983)
by Spandau Ballet

I always crack up when 'True' shows up in a movie or on TV, but it's good. Really!

#71 - Let's Dance (1983)
by David Bowie

I don't get the connection between the song and the video, but it's Bowie and it's art (and art isn't meant to be understood, right?). Luckily, I can't find the original video to put on here anyway. But look it up sometime and feel my confusion.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Song of the Day - Today Has Been OK

Emiliana Torrini - Today Has Been OK
Album: Fisherman's Woman (2005)

She may be well known for having a heart that beats like a 'Jungle Drum,' but Emiliana Torrini can go through some crappy times too. Not that I'm an advocate of people suffering for their art, but when we get a song like 'Today Has Been OK' then hey... guess I'm not completely opposed. It could be quite some time before we hear anything new from Iceland's favourite folky songstress, so now's as good a time as any to catch up on some of her best work. Enjoy!

Top 100 Songs of the 1980s, #90 - 81

What's on tap for today then... how about the song with what many consider to be the greatest music video, the biggest band in the world, an anthem of female empowerment and a song that inspired Jessica Simpson to wake up one day and say, "I'm going to totally s**t on the legacy of that song by covering it." Now that I've got you in the mood, let's look at today's 80s hits!

#90 - Thriller (1984)
by Michael Jackson

Yah... this would be the one with the amazing music video. Long before Kanye and Gaga were doing pointless mini-movies because it's 'art' (and art isn't meant to be understood, right?), the former King of Pop was showing us how it's done. The song's good, the video is better.

#89 - Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves (1985)
by Aretha Franklin & Eurythmics

Do you remember the scene in The Simpsons when Milhouse sings a bit of this in drag. Funny stuff. I'm sure Franklin and Lennox were thrilled.

#88 - Heaven Is A Place On Earth (1987)
by Belinda Carlisle

#87 - Relax (1983)
by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

I like this song. Of course you do. Hello Derek. Hello. Welcome to your relaxation time. Let this wonderful 80s classic soothe you. Just a nice warm happy time. Happy happy happy... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Nothing to worry about at all, just relax. Hey there Derek, my name is little Cletus. I'm just a regular kid that wants you to know the real truth about child labour laws, okay? Okay. They're silly and outdated. In the good old days, kids as young as five could work as they pleased; from textile factories to iron smelts. Yippee! Hooray! But today the age-old right of children's work is under attack, from the Philippines to Bangladesh and China and India and South America too. Boo hoo! But you can help these children, Derek... BY KILLING THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA! He is bad. What? You learn martial arts. PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA BAD! Martial arts good. KILL NAUGHTY MAN. Obey my dog.

- I could have just said I like this song because of Zoolander but I don't think it would have had the same effect.

#86 - Jane Says (1988)
by Jane's Addiction

As we get to the end of the 80s, all these amazing rock bands start to emerge as the backlash towards new wave and the birth of grunge begins to happen. Rock doesn't get much better in the 80s than Jane's Addiction!

#85 - Word Up! (1986)
by Cameo

What's word up? It's the code word... duh.

#84 - Summer of '69 (1985)
by Bryan Adams

Karaoke classic... pub sing-along... 80s rock anthem. Who doesn't like 'Summer of '69? You'd be a rare breed.

#83 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (1987)
by U2

#82 - Don't You (Forget About Me) (1985)
by Simple Minds

Animated TV shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy are generally a good source for older music if, like me, you're young (and pretty) and don't remember anything pre-1993. I joke about the pretty thing, but I'm not kidding about the tv shows. If you know the scene in Futurama where Fry's dog waits his entire life outside the pizza place for Fry to come back from the future, then you'll love this song too.

#81 - Take My Breath Away (1986)
by Berlin

Yah... this would be the one that J Simps decides to poop on. Top Gun... good movie, better soundtrack.

I'm going to try and work through this countdown a little quicker than the 90s one... so look for some more great 80s musack very soon!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Song of the Day - All is Love

Karen O and the Kids - All is Love
Album: Where the Wild Things Are OST (2009)

So... more Karen O, but it's ok because I'm a little bit obsessed. Obsession makes everything ok. 'All is Love' was the main single used to promote the soundtrack that O composed for the film Where the Wild Things Are. If you haven't seen the film and you're a fan of the book, GO AND SEE IT. It was a perfect movie, accompanied by the perfect music. 'All is Love' is a fun, breezy tune that aims to cater to the musical tastes of kids and adults. I think it succeeds admirably.

Top 100 Songs of the 1980s, #100 - 91

Watch out here I come...

If you dig deep into the darkest recesses of your mind (August, 2010), you will hopefully remember a little countdown I did about an era a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (The Top 200 Songs of the 1990s). We all had a great time looking back on some amazing songs from the bestest decade there ever was... there was laughter, there were tears, there was even some Britney Spears (rhyme scheme!). Sorry, you have a question. Was the 1990s really the best decade that music has ever seen? Well, in my opinion yes, but... what? You want me to do what? Tell you my favourite songs from another decade? Well... only because YOU demanded it*, let's look at the Top 100 Songs of the 1980s!

Top 100 Songs of the 1980s

What's there to say about the 80s... I'm assuming that it was kind of like it is now, only even better for people in the developed world. It was just like every other decade; concerns about advancements in technology, youth in revolt, war in the Middle East. Just like today, only people were more comfortable with having bad hair (mullets and perms people, mullets and perms). Nintendo was taking over as the dominant video game system, the Titanic wreckage was discovered and MTV became the most powerful force in popular culture. However, not everything was sunshine, lollipops and rainbows everywhere. Music lost two legitimate legends in John Lennon and Bob Marley, both dying well before their time.

Also like every other decade, there was a whole lot of amazing music to celebrate. New Wave took a hold of the public's imagination and ran with it. Genres like techno, house, hip-hop and rap were starting to make bigger impacts. And the aforementioned MTV? It turned popular artists into superstars, most notably Prince, Madonna and some former boy band kid named Michael Jackson. The 1980s were a decade to remember (which of course I don't... being born in '87 will do that to you) and what better way to remember than to look at some of its greatest hits. What am I basing this countdown on? Nothing but my personal tastes I'm afraid. But if you see something I've missed feel free to let me know. Let's get to it!

#100 - Ride On Time (1989)
by Blackbox

Yep, 'Ride On Time' is the name of the song. I too thought it was 'Right On Time' for quite awhile. The most interesting thing about the song is that the "singer" wasn't a singer at all. Just a lovely model who was paid by the guys who mixed the track to lip-sync for the videos and "live" performances.

#99 - 867-5309/Jenny (1982)
by Tommy Tutone

Stalker much? If you think Tommy's hair is bad then you're in for some shocks later in the countdown.

#98 - Every Rose Has Its Thorn (1988)
by Poison

I'll get this out of the way now and then repeat it at least thirty-eight times throughout the countdown... rock ballads from the 80s are AMAZING! Almost as amazing as Brett Michaels silky smooth long beautiful hair.

#97 - My Prerogative (1988)
by Bobby Brown

If it's good enough for Britney, it's good enough for me.

#96 - The Winner Takes It All (1980)

No, seriously. I'm not a big ABBA fan, but I think this song is pretty much amazing. There's that and she's singing about a divorce while going through one in real life. Art imitating life imitating art or something. What am I, a doctor?

#95 - Beds Are Burning (1987)
by Midnight Oil

#94 - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (1984)
by Dead or Alive

Fun. It's just too much fun! Not that you could if you tried, but don't miss some more beautiful hair.

#93 - Flashdance...What A Feeling (1983)
by Irene Cara

80s music makes the best party music and it's because of tunes like this. Everyone smashed trying to do the Flashdance... it's almost beautiful.

#92 - Eternal Flame (1989)
by The Bangles

"Close your eyes, give me your hand... darling, do you feel my heart beating, do you understand." Don't even try to pretend you don't know every... single... word.

#91 - Another Day In Paradise (1989)
by Phil Collins

And thus ends Act I, Scene I of your new favourite countdown. Make sure you're checking back every now and then... there's so much more to come!

*You may or may not have demanded it, but it's highly likely that you did.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Song of the Day - Maps

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Album: Fever To Tell (2003)

What's your favourite song of the 2000s? While I wouldn't go so far as to say 'Maps' is definitely my favourite song of the past decade and a bit, it would be a strong contender. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit the big time when they launched 'Maps' as their third single in 2004, winning a coveted performers slot at the MTV Movie Awards when that was still somewhat relevant. Rolling Stone have gone on to add the song into their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, at #386, one of the few songs from the 2000s to make the list. Everything about it is perfect, from Karen O's desperate plea for her lover to stay with her, to the music video which is amazing in its simplicity. No cover versions today kids, this one's the real deal and you should accept no imitations. Even Arcade Fire's one, I mean I love them... but that was rubbish.

Top 20 - 24 October, 2010

1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

2. Robyn - Indestructable
3. Mason ft. Roisin Murphy - Boadicea
4. Cee-Lo Green - Old Fashioned (NEW)
5. The John Steel Singers - Overpass (NEW)
6. Brooke Fraser - Something In The Water

7. Rye Rye ft. M.I.A - Sunshine
8. Zowie - Love Demolition

9. Hungry Kids of Hungary - Coming Around
10. Sara Bareilles - Breathe Again
11. The Heavy - How You Like Me Now?
12. N.E.R.D - Nothing On You (NEW)
13. Pete Yorn - Precious Stone
14. The Verses - Want Everything

15. Kanye West ft. Pusha T - Runaway

16. Duffy - Well, Well, Well (NEW)
17. S. Carey - In The Dirt

18. Kanye West ft. Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco & Big Sean - Don't Look Down
19. Digitalism - Blitz (NEW)

20. The Good Natured - Your Body Is A Machine

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Song of the Day - Crazy

Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Album: St. Elsewhere (2006)

Cee-Lo's enjoying a whole lot of success with his retro-solo act and Danger Mouse is off producing U2's new album, but hopefully one day they'll come together again and attempt to better their 2006 debut, 'Crazy.' Rolling Stone lists the song as the greatest song of the last decade and they added it into their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, at number 100! It's been covered by a million people but today, for your listening pleasure, you can take a look at the original version, Ray Lamontagne's cover, Nelly Furtado's cover and Katie Noonan's cover. Ah, what the hell... and Paolo Nutini's version too.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Song of the Day - Dreams

Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

Album: Rumours (1977)

You can't go wrong with a bit of Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks managed to write 'Dreams' in 10 minutes. How nuts is that? A song this good, written in 10 minutes! It's been covered several times over the years with Deep Dish notably doing that dance remix a couple of years ago. Cat Power offered up a different take so I've posted her version below. Hope you like them both, even if the Mac's one is a whole lot better.

New Music: Cee-Lo, N.E.R.D, John Steel Singers + More

Black Eyed Peas - The Time (The Dirty Bit)

... ... ... ... right. So after The E.N.D comes The Beginning, the BEPs new album due at the end of November. The first song to be offered up is 'The Time (The Dirty Bit).' Is there really any point in offering some sort of logical explanation as to why I don't like it? Will.I.Am & co. know what they have to do to make money. They will make money off of this, which is sad but true. What do you kids think, hit or miss? All I know is, I didn't have the time of my life... and I owe it all to the Black Eyed Peas. Lame? Oh yeah. True? Definitely.

Rating: N/A

Katy Perry - Firework

I am shocked. Shocked that Perry didn't release 'Peacock' as the third single from Teenage Dream. What of 'Firework' then? It's not bad... it's not good. Just one of those generic pop songs with a mildly catch hook. The first time I heard it was when the future Mrs. Brand "sang" it on the UK X-Factor. Maybe that has something to do with why I'm less than impressed by it.

Rating: 2/5

N.E.R.D - Nothing On You

This is more like it, even if it comes across as a more subdued version of 'She Wants To Move.' Pharrell manages to maintain his cool factor after all these years by turning up the funk a little more than usual on 'Nothing On You.' Kudos.

Rating: 3.5/5

The John Steel Singers - Overpass

I've had a soft spot for The John Steel Singers since seeing them open for The Grates a couple of years ago. They have a fun stage presence (which saw them fit in nicely with the aforementioned Grates, The) and you can't help getting caught up in their energy. 'Overpass' is a nice step forward for this emerging Brisbane band and will hopefully gain them a whole new bunch of fans.

Rating: 4/5

Duffy - Well, Well, Well

An interesting change of direction, 'Well, Well, Well,' sees Duffy embrace the tease within. Well (well, well?) at least in the video. The chorus can get a bit grating on the ears at times, but overall it's not too shabby. I have no doubt that we'll hear her amazing voice used to its full potential on some other tracks on her second album, so there's no cause for concern. If her (record label's) mission was to come back with a bang and get people talking, mission accomplished.

Rating: 3/5

Cee-Lo Green - Old Fashioned

No one's expecting it to be as successful as the unforgettable 'F**k You,' but we could be in for a surprise. Cee-Lo's voice is perfect as he belts out arguably the best R&B ballad of the year. It's My Kind of Scene's pick of the week.

Rating: 4/5

Friday, 22 October 2010

Song of the Day - Collect Call

Metric - Collect Call
Album: Fantasies (2009)

A bit of Metric is the perfect start (or end) to any day. 'Collect Call' has slowly become my favourite song by the Canadian rockers, taking over the special spot that 'Blindness' once held in my heart. Above is the studio version of the song which you can find on the superb album Fantasies, and below is an animated music video that was released earlier in the month. Enjoy!

The Nightmare Before Halloween

The Nightmare Before Christmas would have to be one of my favourite movies. The music, the characters, the story, stop motion animation... I love it! Because I have nothing to do, I watched it again a couple of days ago and I can't get the music out of my head. While there aren't any songs from the film on ze iPod, there's the Nightmare Revisited album that came out in 2008. Big name acts like Marilyn Manson, Korn, Amy Lee and The Polyphonic Spree covered the songs and it was pretty much amazing. My present to you... some of the best covers AND the best songs from the movie. PLUS in case you didn't know, it's almost Halloween, so what better time to bust these out than now? It's probably best not to watch the videos from the film if you haven't seen it!

This Is Halloween

Sally's Song

Kidnap The Sandy Klaws

Oogie Boogie's Song


Thursday, 21 October 2010

Song of the Day - Stop! In The Name of Love

The Supremes - Stop! In The Name Of Love
Album: More Hits by The Supremes (1965)

Have I mentioned how much I love girl groups from the 60s? The Ronettes, The Shirelles, The Shangri-Las... all awesome. But you can't top The Supremes. Diana Ross' silky smooth vocals took them to #1 on the US pop chart 12 times. Their discography has some of the greatest songs, not only of the 1960s, but of all time. 'Where Did Our Love Go,' 'Baby Love,' 'You Can't Hurry Love,' 'You Keep Me Hanging On' and a track that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame declared helped shape rock and roll, 'Stop! In The Name of Love.' What's your favourite Supremes hit?

Halloween Pop Playlist

Alright, here's the last of the Halloween playlists and this one's for the pop fans! Think of this as the anti-hipster playlist. Luckily I did a hipster playlist, so everyone's a winner. If you really want, you can combine all four playlists into a 40 song megalist (sometimes I make up words) and hopefully keep everyone at the party happy! Who am I kidding, it's impossible to satisfy everyone's music tastes... good luck!

Halloween Pop Playlist

Lady Gaga - Monster

I'm looking forward to seeing some interesting Gaga costumes on Halloween. Hopefully someone will go all out and strap some grade A beef to their body ala the VMA meat dress. That would be nasty and slightly impressive. Anyway, she's the Queen of the Monsters, we're all her little monsters and you won't find a more appropriate trashy pop song to play on Halloween than 'Monster.'

Rihanna - Disturbia

It's like that movie Disturbia... only not.

Evanescence - Haunted

Where exactly does Evanescence fit in? Most hardcore metal fans dismiss them as pop/rock and they do sell a lot of records so that makes them popular so I guess they're pop. Now that's logic. P.S. Amy Lee, I love you!

Ne-Yo - Beautiful Monster

Can there really be such a thing as a beautiful monster? Isn't that a binary opposition?

Sneaky Sound System - UFO

Aliens and astronauts can boogie to this one. Well, everyone can boogie to this one, but aliens and astronauts will look funny.

Little Boots - Ghost

Have I mentioned enough how lame it is to dress up as a ghost? I need to clarify that this only applies to adults. There's a kid's happy ghost costume (a sheet with a smiley face on it - 29.99) which was actually pretty cute. So kids - you can go as ghosts. Adults - I'll call you lame.

Nelly Furtado - Maneater

Cannibalism is scary and also illegal.

Florence + The Machine - Howl

... I just wanted to get Florence on here. It does work though!

Soko - I'll Kill Her

There's nothing funny about death threats. The police take this very seriously. Trust me...

James Blunt - You're Beautiful

1. It's about stalking which is scary and also illegal. 2. It's James Blunt and that fact alone makes it scarier than any song on these playlists.

Maybe this list was a bit random... any pop hits you can offer? Hope you've enjoyed the Halloween playlists for 2010!