It's Friday and I generally try to stay non-confrontational on Fridays. I even go so far as to not listen to talk radio on my way into work on Fridays, so I don't get any bright ideas for a raving post (though today I've chosen to take my Henry Rollins spoken word CDs with me, so who knows what may come of that). Doesn't mean I won't do any politics posting today, but it means I'll give it a try by starting the day off right.
Today's Fluff: This is the End of Music.
The idea behind the idea is this:
bq. I'm fascinated by the idea of, say, your favourite band writing something that you can't stand. I've often asked people: What's your least favourite track by your favourite band? It's a difficult question, because often we're reluctant to admit that our favourite bands have written bad songs. We program ourselves to take sides: we'll often convince ourselves that a good song by a band we don't generally like is worse than a bad song by a band we normally love.
Which led to this great idea, which a compulsive list maker/music collecter like myself could not resist:
bq. imagine you're compiling a CD for a friend of songs or musical pieces in your own record collection that you hate the most. Stuff that's pointless, irritating, unlistenable, painfully bland, clichÚd, whatever. Tracks that you would normally be pretty quick to skip if you had the CD on. Write down the full track-list (let's say around 15 songs, or 75 minutes worth of music) and submit it to us. We'll put the lists online for other people to laugh at and criticise. Who knows, someone might request an actual CD from you.
I'm not that rabid about my favorite bands that I can't admit they made a few crappy songs. Yes, even Faith No More, whose worst song starts off my list.
Note the criteria on the given link. These are not songs I hate just for the reason that they are bad songs; we could list those forever. These are songs by bands I truly love with a slavish devotion. Yes, even the best bands make skippable songs.
* Faith No More - The Perfect Crime
(Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey Soundtrack
* Fear Factory - Remake of Gary Numan's Cars
* Incubus - Miss You
* Sublime - Date Rape
(40 oz. to Freedom)
* Foo Fighters - My Hero
(The Colour and the Shape)
* Nick Cave - Carny
(Your Funeral, My Trial)
* Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl
* Nine Inch Nails - Closer
(The Downward Spiral)
* Type O Negative - Everyone I Love is Dead
(World Coming Down)
* Danzig - You and Me (Less Than Zero Soundtrack)*
* Tool - Ănema ( Ănema) *
I haven't calculated, but I'm sure Tool and Type O have clocked this CD in at maximum time. Besides, I'm late for work. Which, of course, is your fault as I'm doing this to entertain you. Maybe.
Anyhow, I think I'll make a second CD later, or calculate this one and add on a few songs if I can. If you join in and make your own list (and post it here) don't forget to send it in to The End of Music
I'll add more as I think of them, which means I'll end up with more than one CD.
* Led Zeppelin - Fool in the Rain
(see, also: Hot Dog
* Incubus really lost me with this album, anyhow. I tolerated the rest of it (being very disappointed in this followup to S.C.I.E.N.C.E), but Miss You is really dreck.
* Ok, I have to admit there are times I really like listening to this song. But mosty, it's an exercise in Danzig masturbating with his voice.
* Like most Tool songs, Ănema is really self-indulgent. Unlike most Tool songs, it's self-indulgent in a way that makes me want to tell Maynard to shut the hell up.