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500 songs: T-5850

Many interesting things have come up while composing the 500 songs list. For instance: * I have a much softer place in my heart for Yes, Genesis and ELP than I thought. * I am coming to terms with my love of show tunes (I also spent a few hours this weekend watching the PBS Grub-a-Thon special on the history of Broadway). * My hippie past will never be fully exorcised. * I am a sucker for a guy with a broken heart. * My memories are Kiss are much better than the real thing. * Three David Bowie songs? That suprised even me. * When all is said and done, I am an 80's new wave chick all the way through. 58 songs to go. This will be done today, then I can get to the business of explaining them all away. Update: Yet another counting error noted in the comments. Since fixed and it means I only have 50 songs to go. I really need someone to proofread this list for me.

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Comments

michelle,

numbering error?

423. Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
424. Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut 424. APB - Rainy Day
423. OMD - Locomoton
424. Metallica - Bread Fan (cover)
423. Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water
424. Sepultura- Roots Bloody Roots
423. Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs
424. David Bowie - Heroes

good luck with the rest of the list.

BILLY SQUIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:P

"We could be heros ... just for one day " ... ah good one :) Man, that guy is so sexy.

Kudos on selecting Yes "Heart of the Sunrise". One thing missing from the RS list as well as your'--no Pretenders??!! Look, before Hynde went completely insane and Honeyman-Scott was still alive, they made some great albums. Mystery Achievement, The Wait, Middle of the Road?

Booo on you Michelle!
well, not really but ya gotta include Getto boys
"Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta"
just for the office space reference!

Coming into the home stretch, have you considered the Human League, the Stone Roses, Peter Murphy, Bauhaus, or the Fall? 'Cause, you are kind of that way.

Nothing by the Tubes?

White Punks on Dope
I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk
Mondo Bondage
What Do You Want From Life?
TV is King
I Want it All Now

Weren't you going to put in some Marshall Crenshaw?

Nils Lofgren - Walkin' Nerve

Maybe ...

Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell"
UFO - "Lights Out" (in London)
Power Station - "Some Like it Hot"

80's New Wave? I should have consulted my wife's collection of over 1000 CDs, including what must be every new wave song ever recorded.

But with the theme in place, can I suggest:
Psychedelic Furs: Heartbreak Beat and Love My Way. Saw them in Boston two years ago and they have held up very well.
New Order: Blue Monday
Thompson Twins: Hold Me Now
Human League: Don't You Want Me, (Keep Feeling) Fascination
The Fixx: Stand or Fall, Red Skies, One Thing Leads to Another
Berlin: Sex, No More Words, Take My Breath Away

And how could we ever forget:
Pet Shop Boys: West End Girls

Murray Head: Chess - there's a combo for you, a new-wave show tune.

Very interesting/eclectic list. I applaud the fact that, for the most part, your favorites are "deep tracks" from popular artists, and not merely the standard Top 40 fare. (As a big fan of classic rock, it drives me up the wall to hear the same three or four songs from the likes of The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, etc. on the radio).

A couple of alternative suggestions/additions based upon your tastes, if I may:

How's My Driving by Less Than Jake -
This is in my Top 3 of all time ska/punk tunes. When I first purchased Losing Streak, I must have listened to it about 50 times.

I found your Beck and The Doors selections (Soul Sucking Jerk and Tell All the People) rather odd. Both songs, in my opinion, fall into the middling middle of their respective canons. Surely two of dozens of songs -- say, Cyanide Breath Mint and Peace Frog -- better qualify?

Do It Clean, by Echo and the Bunnymen -
This song is the pinnacle of post-New Wave in my book, a staggering song to throw on in the car.

Just a few thoughts -- and way to go giving Black Flag some love!

Eric Berlin
Dumpster Bust: Miracles from Mind Trash
http://dumpsterbust.blogspot.com

Oh, please tell me that your soft spot for Genesis is for the Peter Gabriel Fronted version and not the execrable Phil Collins fronted version?