Saturday, February 11, 2006

Random 10 on Friday Part 2

11:52 p.m. So, officially, for two weeks in a row the Friday Random 10 is being done on Friday. Un-freaking-believable.

Been dabbling at quitting smoking the last few days. Smoke-free most of the day, but sucking back one or two just before bed. Not bad, but not great. The plan is to go completely without smoking as of tomorrow. Wish me luck.

  1. Jackson Browne – I’m Alive – This is the only Jackson Browne song I have on my hard drive. For a change, I didn’t download an album or two or ten just to track down one song. Nope, I have just the one. But I’m really quite ridiculously fond of it. Last year’s National Novel Writing Month novel (“The Small Town Pornographer’s Blues”) opened each chapter with a quote from a different song (including quotes from Oingo Boingo’s “Little Girls” and Everclear’s “Volvo Driving Soccer Mom”). If I ever make it to the end of the book, it’ll be a quote from this one that opens the Epilogue.

  2. The Pixes – I can’t Forget – I’m not sure where this is from. The only Pixes song I’m really familiar with is “Where is My Mind?” and then only because it was used to close the film Fight Club (and what a great close that is). Having said that, this is a pretty good song. It has an odd air of familiarity to me, so I might have heard it before. Once upon a time.

  3. Nine Inch Nails – Heresy – I’m going to go out a limb and say that, as far as my own personal interpretation of this song goes, it’s not actually a renouncing of God’s existence and is, instead, a raging against a God that can – quite often – appear cold and indifferent, sometimes viciously cruel, and is often misrepresented by those who are supposed to be his voice among we common mortals. Which, if you ask me, is a perfectly valid way to feel from time to time – I’ll admit I’ve felt that way myself on occasion. Of course, that’s just one interpretation. Trent may have meant something entirely different.

  4. Pink Floyd – Magritte Pt. 4 – I’m assuming this is off my “Tree of Secrets” collection of rarities stretched over 18 CDs, because I’m pretty much certain that I’ve never heard this before.

  5. U2 – Gone (New Mix) – Ah, here we get into the downloaded-but-never-listened-to-stuff. U2 is a band that I quite enjoyed for a few years after The Joshua Tree, and then just kind of drifted away from. And yet, whenever I bump into one of their albums on Usenet, I give it a download, and then promptly never listen to it. Every once and awhile I’ll stumble onto something really good when listening to a random playlist – something I’ve never heard of again – and then never bump into it again, which is kind of too bad.

  6. Alanis Morissette – Heart of the House – What is it Alanis Morissette and my random playlists? The only songs of hers that ever seem to come up are ones I’ve never heard before.

  7. Spandau Ballet – Man In Chains – Okay, this one was definitely the result of downloading an entire album to get one song – that song being “Through the Barricades” which I once had a live version on some long-lost audiocassette I bought in the 80s. I spent years wanting to get a copy of that song again, and when I stumbled across the album that contained I, of course, downloaded the whole thing. And then I – say it with me – promptly never listened to any of the other songs on it. Yes, I’m just that good.

  8. Radiohead – Lucky (Live) – Abysmal audio quality on this. Clearly a bootleg. Great song, though.

  9. Nine Inch Nails – Eraser (Polite) – This version of the song just never really worked for me. It’s unique, certainly, but mostly…just weird.

  10. Nine Inch Nails – Closer (Further Away) – From a remix that never really worked for me, to a remix that I’ve always loved (in fact, all three of the “Closer” remixes from the “Further Down the Spiral” album have always been among my favourite Nine Inch Nails tunes, particularly on the percussion side).

  11. REM – Nightswimming – You know, I don’t cue up REM stuff anywhere near as often as I should. But it’s always, somehow, just wonderfully perfect when it shows up.

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