"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Friday, October 14, 2005
1. "Long Distance Runaround" (Red House Painters): God, this is annoying on so many levels! First of all - and this applies to the Red House Painters and any number of other bands I can think of - there is only room for one Sebadoh in the world, so please, just stop it. That said, the first two and a half minutes of this Yes cover are actually pretty good, and demonstrate that there was a moderately interesting blues tune lurking at the heart of the original. And so that's the second annoying thing - it makes me think something nice about Yes, and I hate that. And then there's the third thing that annoys me, which is the entire final two minutes, which consist of a thudding, not-very-compelling riff repeated over and over and over again. Until it just stops. That is so annoying. 3/10
2. "Alice's Restaurant (The Masacree Revisited)" (Arlo Guthrie): I don't know how cool this song is any more, but it certainly seems relevant. Anyway, I used to know all 18 or so minutes of this recording, and on two occasions I performed it at high school bible study camps (don't ask). That is so uncool, so hopelessly geeky, that I feel morally obligated to rate this 0/10.
3. "We're Not Gonna Take It" (Twisted Sister): Why oh why couldn't it at least have been Joan Jett's version? 2/10.
4. "New Zandu" (Los Lobos): I got nothing clever to say - these guys are just amazingly cool. 8/10.
5. "Walk Away" (James Gang): The live version. No one ever seems to remember Joe Walsh when they name the great 70's arena rock guitar gods, and I don't know why. This shreds. 7/10.
6. "Money For Nothing" (Dire Straits): I like it - it is, in fact, the last song I liked from what was once a favorite band - but it ain't cool. 3/10.
7. "Clash City Rockers" (Clash): I saw someone diss Joe Strummer on her blog a while back, and it really pissed me off. 8/10
8. "Give Me Back My Man" (B-52's): From the underrated second album. C'mon, was there ever a better lyric written than "I'll give you fish; I'll give you candy"? That's what I thought. 9/10.
9. "Talk About the Passion" (R.E.M.): Just about contemporary with the B-52's selection which precedes it, this comes from the first full R.E.M. album, (Murmur). Lots of people seemed to think that this was one of the highlights of the record, but I actually liked it less than most of the rest of the album. 6/10.
10. "Bikini Girls With Machine Guns" (Cramps): I'm just crackers about the Cramps. 9/10.
A barely passing 5.5/10. Maybe there's a reason these songs have been played three or fewer times.