I stole this from Tosy, who stole it from someone named Jaquandor. I got into a holiday mode, so subsequently at least three others have done it. Ah, well.
“My favorite songs by these artists (I’ve left blanks for artists I know pretty much nothing of).”
Favorite Beatles song: “Drive My Car” – An extraordinary chord progression.
Favorite solo song by a former Beatle: “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Macca, from that very first solo album.
Favorite Bob Dylan song: You mean today? “Like a Rolling Stone.”
Favorite Pixies song: I’ll have to pull out my Doolittle album sometime.
Favorite Prince song: “I Would Die for You/Baby I’m a Star” – they’re segued, so I cheated. If I can’t cheat, “Delirious”.
Favorite Michael Jackson song: “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” – like the groove.
Favorite Metallica song: “One” – Tosy’s choice.
Favorite Public Enemy song: “Welcome to the Terrordome” – I’ve used it on a mixed CD.
Favorite Depeche Mode song: “Route 66/Behind the Wheel” – I have a remix of this on one of those Just Say Yes compilations that Sire Records put out a dozen years ago or so
Favorite Cure song: “Hot! Hot Hot!” – the remix
Favorite song that most of your friends haven’t heard: “Cellar Door” by Laura Cantrell on Hello Records, countryish tune.
Favorite Beastie Boys song: ? (I mean, I could say “Fight for Your Right”, but that would be too easy)
Favorite Police song: “Roxanne”, a song of redemption.
Tosy likes “Synchronicity II”, which does have one of my favorite lyrics ever, about the evil boss I used to have, and who I mentioned yesterday: “Every single meeting with his so-called superior is a humiliating kick in the crotch.”
Favorite Sex Pistols song: ? Don’t really know except “Anarchy in the U.K.” and a live “U.S.A.” variation
Favorite song from a movie: “Ma ‘Til Fille” by Buckwheat Zydeco. A six-minute groove. (But I agree with Tosy that “Philadelphia” is “Neil Young’s so-superior-to-the-Springsteen-Oscar-winner contribution.” I think Bruce might even agree, if I discerned the subtext of his acceptance speech correctly.)
Favorite Blondie song: “Tide is High”, for the fun of the vocals in the last verse
Favorite Genesis song: “The Lamb Dies Down on Broadway”- Tosy’s choice. A Q-104 song.
Favorite Led Zeppelin song: “How Many More Times” from the first album. The album said this song was 3:30, when it was more like 8:30. The day I heard the first LZ deserves its own post. Maybe in 2009, for the fortieth anniversary (or sooner).
Favorite INXS song: “Never Tear Us Apart” – again, Tosy’s choice.
Favorite Weird Al song: “I Lost on JEOPARDY!” -it’s the Don Pardo middle section.
Favorite Pink Floyd song: “Another Brick in the Wall” – when I worked at FantaCo, Mark McGovern came up with new lyrics: “We don’t need sex education, we don’t need no birth control.” It gets worse.
Favorite cover song: Way too tough a question. The answer is NOT anything done by Pat Boone. I could give you an album’s worth of Beatle covers alone. “Hurt” – John R. Cash’s cover of NIN. When I saw the video again after Johnny died, I wept.
Favorite dance song: Without looking something up, “Dancing Machine” by the Jackson 5.
Favorite U2 song: “When Love Comes to Town”, with B.B. King.
Favorite disco song: “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor.
Favorite The Who song: “My Generation” – even though some of them got old before they died.
Favorite Elton John song: It varies so. “Burn Down the Mission” today.
Favorite Clash song: “Police on My Back”- screaming siren guitar line.
Favorite David Bowie song: “Panic in Detroit” -“sounds a lot like Che Guevara” song.
Favorite Nirvana song: “In Bloom”.
Favorite Snoop Dogg song: ?
Favorite Ice Cube song: ?
Favorite Johnny Cash song: “The Mercy Seat”, from the third American album. The piano by Benmont Tench, I believe. (And if it’s not, I’m sure SOMEONE will tell me.)
Favorite R.E.M. song: “Drive”, don’t know why.
Favorite Elvis song: “Little Sister”, the first one I heard, I believe.
Favorite cheesy-ass country song: ?
Favorite Billy Joel song: “Lullabye”, for his daughter
Favorite Bruce Springsteen song: “Darkness on the Edge of Town”
Favorite Big Audio Dynamite song: ? I have the BAD II album The Globe; I’ll have listen again
Favorite New Order song: ? I have some early vinyl I’ll need to pull out.
Favorite Neil Diamond song: “Thank the Lord for the Nightime”
Favorite Squeeze song: “Tempted”
Favorite Smiths song: ?
Favorite Tragically Hip Song: ? One album I play every July 1, Canada Day
Favorite Beach Boys song: “God Only Knows”, Tosy’s choice
Favorite Dave Matthews Band song” ?
Favorite Dire Straits song: “Industrial Disease” – “two men say they’re Jesus”
Favorite Elvis Costello song: “What’s So Funny? (About Peace, Love, and Understanding)” -Tosy’s choice. I also hear this song as an a cappella doo wop. Yes, really.
Favorite Guns ‘N Roses song: “Civil War”, if only for the Cool Hand Luke dialogue.
Favorite Jimi Hendrix song: “Voodoo Chile Blues”- anyone chastising Hendrix for doing that rock and/or roll didn’t hear this or “Red House”
Favorite John Mellencamp song: “Jack and Diane” – my wife’s cousin’s named Diane and she married a guy named Jack.
Favorite Living Colour song: “Information Overload” – the bane of a librarian’s life.
Favorite Neil Young song: “Harvest Moon” or “When You Dance”, both about lost loves.
Favorite Paul Simon song: Oh, so many. “Boy in the Bubble” – there is a 12″ version that’s never appeared on a CD, as far as I can tell.
Favorite Simon & Garfunkel song: “The Boxer”. I know this song by heart, except for the verse Paul added later on a live show, which doesn’t enhance the song, so I never learned it.
Favorite Queen song: “Another One Bites the Dust”
Favorite Radiohead song: ?
Favorite Sting song: “I Hung My Head”, though John R. Cash’s version is better.
Favorite Tracy Chapman song: “Fast Car”
Favorite Van Morrison song: “Wild Night”
Favorite XTC song: “Generals and Majors” -loopy
ADDED BY Lefty
Favorite Allman Brothers song: “Elizabeth Reed”
Favorite Grateful Dead song: “Friend of the Devil”
Favorite Green Day song: “American Idiot” (Lefty’s choice); thanks, ADD
Favorite The Band song: “Jemima Surrender”
Favorite White Stripes song: ?
Favorite Willie Nelson song: “Graceland”
Favorite Indigo Girls song: “Closer to Fine”
Favorite They Might Be Giants Song: “They Might Be Giants” (from Flood)
And now my THREE additions:
Favorite Frank Sinatra song: “That’s Life”
Favorite Supremes song: “Love Is Like an Itchin’ in My Heart”
Favorite Temptations song: “I Can’t Get Next to You”
Any other masochists out there?