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Listomatic: You got the peaches, I got the cream!

Ilyka asks:

What songs do you always, always leave playing (whether they're on .mp3, CD, or the radio)? What songs always sound good?

That's a tougher question than you think. Very often I'll make a mix CD of what I think are my favorite songs and I'll end up skipping quite a few of them because they don't sound right at the moment. I can't tell you how many times I skip over a Faith No More song on the iPod or turn a Nine Inch Nails song off the radio because it's not what I want to hear at that particular time, even though they are my favorite artists. So are there any songs that have such power, that I have such a strong reaction to that I can't turn it off no matter what my mood at the moment? Of course. But you'll be surprised at what they are.

  • Weezer's Only in Dreams. A beautiful, bittersweet, song that has never been the victim of my "next" button. From singing that line about crushing pretty toenails to the five minute instrumental ending, there's not a wasted second on this one.
  • The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony. This song always makes me feel like it's an incredible spring day and I can do anything I want if I just put my mind to it. It fills my soul with sunshine. It makes me want to kiss strangers and hug people I hate. I've never turned it off, even at the height of its popularity when it was on the radio a billion times a day.
  • Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar on Me. It's one of the stupidest songs ever written. The lyrics are inane and you could actually embarass yourself by singing "Do you take sugar? One lump or two?" out loud in your car, with the windows down. But you do it anyhow.
  • Down - Stone the Crow. Incredibly depressing, morose, etc. But what an awesome song to sing. When he says No matter how I try/No matter what I say/I'm blamed, I'm shamed, I'm judged unfairly, it's not hard to dredge up those feelings. Because we've all been there.

Which makes me think - why do I tend to gravitate towards all the songs that remind me of being depressed or at least make me feel depressed upon hearing them? I always go back to those tunes that remind me of the worst times of my life. Sometimes singing those tunes now makes me feel appreciative towards what I have now. And sometimes I just like to remember being a sad, black-wearing, poetry writing drama queen. I was emo before there was emo, baby. Anyhow, back to the list.

  • Taking Back Sunday - This Photograph is Proof. Just because I like to torture myself by trying to do both vocals.
  • Filter feat. Crystal Method - Trip Like I Do. Honestly, I don't know anyone who can turn this song off.
  • REO Speedwagon - Keep on Lovin' You. Oh come on. Don't look at me like that. See, I have this on my iPod as part of some 80's collection I own. And no matter who is in the car with me, this will invariably happen when the song comes up:

Passenger: WTF? REO Speedwagon?
Me: You should’ve seen by the look in my eyes, baby
Passenger: You've lost your mind, haven't you?
Me: Cause it was us baby, way before then
Passenger: Let me out of the car, man. I don't want to be seen with you.
Passenger: When I said that I love you, I meant that I love you forever
Both: And I’m gonna keep on lovin you

  • Van Halen - Ice Cream Man. I sing this with all the David Lee Roth affectations. Better look out now though, Dave's got somethin' for you. Good time, good times.
  • Misfits - Where Eagles Dare. Besides the chorus (I ain't no god damn son of a bitch), there's that whole "an omelette of disease awaits your noontime meal" line that I never get tired of singing.
  • Stabbing Westward - Everything I Touch. My husband can't understand why I even have the Darkest Days CD on my iPod or why I have this song on so many mix CDs. It's depressing as hell on it's own, even without the personal hell story of my own that goes with it. I feel like I'm going to throw up my heart every single time I listen to it. Yet still I do. Go figure.
  • Nine Inch Nails - All the Love in the World. This is a new one for me. It's from the With Teeth album that I roundly panned and which is now growing on me, just like I said it would, especially this song.

I know there's a ton more, I'll probably add to them as the day goes on (in my attempt to stop blogging about you-know-what for even just one day).


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I know you put that Reo Speedwagon entry on there just to see how many of us you can trick into admitting that we...um, they can't turn that song off either. Well just give that idea up because there is no way you are getting me to admit that song ends up on a lot of my mix CDs as well. Nope. Not gonna admit it. Not admitting to Can't Fight This Feeling either.

The look on my 8 yr old daughter's face was priceless when I cranked up Petula Clark on the car yesterday.Today I'm gonna hit her with the Monkees.

I have too many to list. I don't categorize my music likes by band, but rather by individual song. Here's a few of mine;

Van Halen: Panama
Toto: Africa
Baltimora: Tarzan boy
Some 80's chick group I can't remember: Venus
Jane Child: I don't wanna fall in love
Journey: Separate Ways and Open Arms
Kenny Loggins: House on Pooh Corner (The 90's version with a short duet insertion by Amy Grant, not the 60's version)
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Rocky Top
(and Keep On Loving You is about the only REO SW song I like)

to name a few...(yes, I like 80's the best, it all started going downhill after 1986, and plummetted after 1988-89)

Ok, so there are a few groups where I like most everything: Def Leppard, Eagles, Little River Band. What I love most about music is when there is harmony from multiple voices or keyboard instruments. Hence I will admit to even liking Back Street Boys "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "Larger Than Life" because they have vocal harmony from those fruitcakes.

The REO came out of the shuffle during a party I was having and the whole room just kind of stopped and looked at me... I did the same thing, just started singing along. Passionately.

My girlfriend pushed "next".

Current playlist songs never "nexed":
Weezer - Holiday
Wheatus - Little Respect
Spin Doctors - Two Princes (yikes.)
Letters to Cleo - I Want You To Want Me
Green Day - She

An offshoot of this list could be the surprise song to be nexed. For some reason Van Halen's Jump is getting nexed every time it comes up these days.

After watching REO on their Arch Allies thing they did with Styx, I could probably go for Back on the Road Again as a never nexter but I don't have the CD and they don't play that one on the radio (Not that I much listen to the music on the radio any more).

REO have a few good tunes however I have to say I prefer Styx. Not that DeYoung has sodded off into Broadway Bliss they are a far better band.

Lot of Def Leppard lyrics are lame but they learned that a good way to attract ladies to their gigs was to write songs like that with ballads to match. It worked a charm and still does.

Sorry, but the instant I hear the voice of REO Blortcookie's Kevin Cronin on my radio, the channel gets changed with the utmost alacrity -- the only (rare) exception is "Roll With The Changes" (and I blame the Sklar Brothers entirely for that odd lapse in taste...)

I do the same I make my favoritesd for long car rides and always skip to hear the same old stuff.

G-Thing- Snoop/ Dre
Dr. Love- Kiss
Stripped- Rammstein
Tyler- Toadies
Ya'll wanna a single- Korn
Big Pimpin'- Jay Z

not sure I want to know what this says about me.

Oh come on. Don't look at me like that.

Can't--I'm totally guilty on that one. And it's great fun to try to out-warble Kevin Cronin. Man never met a syllable he couldn't stretch out to three.

Yes, a fellow 'Only in Dreams' fan. My list would have to include:
Toadies - Tyler
Pearl Jam - Release
Pearl Jam - Elderly Woman
Tesla - Love Song

I could easily add Tyler to my list. I'm practically married to that song.

She pulls the covers tighter

Sometimes I replay that part over and over.

Wouldn't REO be on a '70's collection?

Keep on Lovin' You was on High Infidelity, which came out in 1980.

That's the box set I have.

I have to admit that my Tyler liking came mostly from you, I used to always listen to that cassette in the car (way too long ago) but barely flipped it to that side!

I was really shocked to hear that Bittersweet Symphony is one of your happy songs. I love that song, but it's one I listen to when I'm depressed and want to stay down there for a bit. I seem to flash back to my big life mistakes during it...never the happy times...

"Everything I Touch" should probably be on my list, too, as well as all four songs Dave mentioned (Toadies - Tyler, Pearl Jam - Release, Pearl Jam - Elderly Woman, Tesla - Love Song).

Saw REO and Styx about 3 years back. Sorry Andrew, REO kicked Styx's ass all over the stage. Styx was trying to be some sort of bizarre cartoon characters of their former selves. Mugging and strutting around like it was still 1975. The DeYoung sound-alike played a decent keyboard but just couldn't hold up.

REO guilty song, "In Dreams" strictly for the break.

You may now all turn your backs in shame for the line, "REO kicked Styx's ass all over the stage." True though it is, that argument just shouldn't be made by a grown man.