Aug 13 2005

The Blogging of the Shuffling of the iPod

BubblegumDo people actually read these things? I guess I’ll find out.

1. “Skool Dinner Blues (Live)” The Soft Boys. Can Of Bees. Robyn Hitchcock with Elvis reverb singing, way out of tune, “I looked for ya baby but skool dinner’s all I could find.” Ha.

2. “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” The Beach Boys. Pet Sounds. Iconic teen ode to the patriarchal lie of matrimonial bliss as the cure for blue-balls. Why, I always wondered, didn’t they just screw and get it over with?

3. “Nao Quero Ver Voce Triste Assim.” Os Poligonais. Brasilian jazz-lite from the 60s.

4. “Popcorn” Hot Butter. Yeah, that “Popcorn.”

5. “Straight To Hell” The Clash. Combat Rock. Belonging to that school of music arrangement that requires the insertion of hackneyed “oriental” riff to lend Far East flava.

6. “Jack and Jill” Tommy Roe. Bubblegum Classics Vol. 3. Catchy fluff about how two kids need to dress up before they go out on their big date. “Jill you’d better wear a miniskirt that’s short enough because Jack expects the best!” Yipes!

7. “Moods For Moderns” Elvis Costello &The Attractions. Armed Forces. Score! I hate Elvis Costello, but I love this song all to heck for taking cheesy organ to the pinnacle of human achievement.

8. “Brown Baby [Live]” Nina Simone. Anthology — The Colpix Years. She emotes — very slowly, over sparse but spasmodic piano — encouraging words of empowerment to the infant Gil Scott-Heron.

9. “Ana” The Pixies. Bossanova. Pleasant enough pop ditty with incomprehensible lyrics and production of the Jesus & Mary Chain school.

10. “Girl VII” Saint Etienne. Foxbase Alpha. A pop-musical mugshot of 1989. Dance, you coked-out bitch.

11. The allegretto from Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Joseph Krips/London Symphony Orchestra. Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies. Score again! This is the greatest 8 minutes of music ever written, ever, period.

12. “Carnival Kids” The Futureheads. The Futureheads. These crazy kids have been listening to the Jam and XTC.

13. “Female Demands” Prefuse 73. One Word Extinguisher. Esoteric-yet-edgy jazztronica for your Hummer.

I gave everything a 9 except the Beethoven, which I gave an 11, and the Pixies, which I gave a punitive 2 because they totally blew after Surfer Rosa. Total: 8.6


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  1. Kathleen/KH

    On Can of Bees, I’m all about Human Music and Leppo and the Jooves. But I HATE Sandra’s Having her Brain out. Skool Dinner Blues is funny, but I can’t get past the memories of the complete grossness of school lunches.

  2. StealthBadger

    11. The allegretto from Beethoven’s 7th Symphony. Joseph Krips/London Symphony Orchestra. Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies. Score again! This is the greatest 8 minutes of music ever written, ever, period.

    OOO!!! Love it!! *cheesy grin*

  3. Pinko Punko

    How can you allow the patriarchy to dictate that the Pixies blew post-Surfer Rosa???? This is pure Orthodoxy! “Alec Eiffel” and “Motorway to Roswell” are merely two songs that argue otherwise. I do have to say that at Three Bulls! we heart the Beach Boys in their genius phase, but your take on “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” is such utter and complete genius that we are explicitly giving it total props. Although, Brian Wilson might have just been crazy enough that he just wanted to cuddle, and while accepting the patriarchical view that overnight cuddling is only for the married, perhaps he was trying to subvert it by NOT actually having sex. Remember, the guy was pretty much fried. We very much urge you to continue your Friday Shuffle Blogging,, because you actually tell us what you think of the songs and convey something about them, and we love it. We also urge you to request a song at Song of the Day (softd.blogspot.com) we will blow a buck on it and see what we think!

  4. Amanda

    You hate Elvis? *whimper*

  5. alphabitch

    Cheesy organ is certainly worthy of pinnacles of human achievement, but so often it is merely great and fabulous and fun. I am objectively pro-cheesy organ. I mean, it’s not accordion, exactly, but it’s good.

  6. Twisty

    “You hate Elvis? *whimper*”

    I know, I know. I’ve borne this Elvis Costello cross for over twenty years, and it’s been hell. I believe that it has seriously impeded me socially.

  7. jodie

    You have your Beethoven, but my fave is “Ode to Joy”. :)

  8. alphabitch

    I might have to take back what I said the other day about making out with you, Twisty. I’m not saying it wouldn’t be fun, but the last time I made out with someone who didn’t like Elvis Costello, it went badly wrong. Very badly wrong. Of course there were other factors. It had nothing to do with Elvis Costello, or music, really. I used to say that there was no such thing as “too butch” but I definitely had to take that back after that episode.

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