Friday, November 24, 2006

The Best of the Best



Have you ever heard the perfect song? It’s a song that has all the right instruments, phrasing, lyrics, length, texture, mood, voices, balance, melody… It is a song that you keep replaying, time and time again. Sometimes you can’t wait for it to end so you can start it all over again. A song you would actually like to have played at you funeral.


Astoria Rust’s Top 10 Most Perfect Songs:

I Never Talk To Strangers, Tom Waits & Bette Midler
And I Love Her, Sinatra
Mushaboom, Fiest
Turn Around, They Might Be Giants
Daylight, Allison Krauss
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, George Harrison
The Mariner's Revenge Song, The Decemberists
Rosalee’s Good Eats Café, Bobby Bare
1983 ... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be), The Moon Turns Tides, Gently Gently Away, Jimi Hendrix
Miss Shapiro, Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno

22 Comments:

Anonymous Moosehead said...

What?? - No Buffalo Springfied?? For what it's worth?

http://thebuffalospringfield.com/

If you ever played in a band, you gotta love The Load Out - Jackson Browne. Now there's a funeral song. Not a dry eye in the place...better even than Ave Maria! I know, I know...everybody's list is going to be different but once again Guy, in the tradition of obscurity, you will have me checking out LimeWire for your tunes. I mean, Miss Shapiro??? Sinatra??? Well...I guess he did get to bonk Marilyn.

Don't you just curse and rue the day you ever invited me here???

1:49 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Moosehead, I knew you wouldn't visit this topic without a comment. Hey I threw Fiest in there just for you. She's Canadian!

It is about each song, not about collections. I know why you wanted Springfield, because Young is Canadian...admit it. Eno and Manzanera aren't obscure, though End does own the Obscure record lable. These two were in Roxy Music. Eno has done very will in film music scores. My record collection is at least a foot thick with his records and ablums he's produced. He worked with and produced Bowie and Fripp. I guess you couldn't get the good radio stations in the sticks.

And Sinatra...don't even go there.

Actually, I enjoy your visits here, as do the Canadians and Syd. I can't speak for everyone, though.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

I noticed a glaring absence of Brave Belt.
Would Guy possibly be Bachman-challenged?

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Other said...

How can anyone discuss Canadian musicians and exclude the exquisite Joni Mitchell?

12:56 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Gearhead, not even a blip on the radar.

Other, good point. There were a few of her songs I'd play over and over in the old 8 track. She seemed to run out of talent when Jaco died. MHO.

5:31 AM  
Anonymous a said...

Really putting out that "A" material, now!

8:21 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

No, not yet Patrick. How about I email you when I do, douche bag!

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

Lest we forget, Eric Clapton was the bastard child of a Canadian soldier...and his mother ran off to Canada to be with a second Canadian soldier. That makes him a motherless child of Canada.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Is that why his music sucks so bad?

12:26 PM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

Ah Gearhead - you're just yankeeing my chain. There is no way that you cannot associate good memories with bands like Blind Faith and Cream...if you didn't blow away all your memory with the concoctions going around at that time. But then again,coming from Grundgeville...

1:11 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Two of my faves are on that list... "Daylight" and "Turn Around."
Did that inspire your next post about the skull?
I love the line in that song about the engineer whose face was a paper-white mask of evil. Good stuff, Maynard.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Mel, you must be reading my mail! Actually that line was from Tom Waits, but yes the paper white mask of evil line got me too.
No, it didn't inspire the skull post. That was from looking at an MRI last year.

If you ever get a chance to hear Miss Shapiro you'll love the line that Eno does in one breath:

Dalai Llama lama puss puss
Stella maris missa nobis
Miss a dinner Miss Shapiro
Shampoos pot-pot pinkies pampered
Movement hampered like at Christmas
Ha-ha isn't life a circus
Round in circles like the Archers
Always stiff or always starchy
Yes it's happening and it's fattening
And it's all that we can get into the show

4:45 PM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Moosehead, just take a look down these "songs":

http://www.google.com/musicl?lid=gDIl5Vl7LsE&sa=X&oi=music&ct=landing&cd=2

Has there ever been a 7th grade garage band that could not improve on these 2 and 3 cord, repititious bores??!!!

Duh du du du, du Duhhhh, cocaine....

God in heaven, please never make me suffer through this torturous chant again; I beg you...

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

No fair Gearhead - most of those songs are cover tunes. "Cocaine" and "After Midnight" are JJ Cale tunes, "Knockin on Heaven's Door" is a Dylan tune, I Shit the Sherrif - Bob Marley and on it goes. I don't think I ever heard any garage band cover Layla or Badge or White Room.
What I like about Clapton is his distinct innovative guitar work that you can immediately identify as his style - like when you hear Carlos Santana or Stevie Ray Vaughn. You just know it's them playing. Definitely not in the same league as Bachman - I mean...You ain't seen n n n n nothin yet, or No sugar tonite in my coffee, no sugar tonite not me. Sheer genius?? How about Takin' care of business - now there's a song that never got played by any garage bands.
Vive la diference!! Perhaps that is why ipods were invented.

4:55 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Dang, I hate to say it but I agree with you both, Clapton and BTO suck and the reason for ipods is to prevent others from hearing the crap we choose to put in our heads.

6:29 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Ahem!
How about:

Blue Collar?

Looking out for #1

etc.............

You do remember these, I hope!
Or are you both Bachman-challanged?
:-O

9:50 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Oo the East Coast, growing up 30 miles from NYC, BTO didn't even register as a blip on the radar. They got very little air play, and when they were on people would call the station and ask the DJ to never play them again.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

- - Secret Message to Guy- - -

Astoria is on the west (left as you view the map)coast.
To the right you may notice the Pacific (not the Atlantic) ocean.

It is no secret that, due to GOOD disc jockys, BTO was propeled into position as one of the most succsessful rock bands in history.
Right up ther with the Beatles, Elvis, & Tony Clifton.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

I just want to know if it was painful when Moosehead shit the sherriff.
(Sorry, it had to be done.)

2:38 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Gearhead, I know this may disappoint you, but no one in New York has ever heard of Oregon. Have you ever seen the cover of the New Yorker where Manhattan is really big and as you go out west the states get smaller until there is nothing. BTO being big in Oregon is as relevant as two guys banging rocks together in India, maybe less relevant.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Moosehead said...

But I didn't shit the de pu ty...

I thought that Eno was something you took when you had an upset stomach??

Music is like eating east coast oysters raw - you either like it or you don't. I checked out a few (those I could find on limewire) of your obscure picks Guy, and they leave me puzzled??? I did get a yuk on the Indie rock band quip though.I don't think you should push Gearhead too far on this one...or at least don't plan any road trips.
I wonder what part of the brain decides one's likes and dislikes in music. What makes one partial to country or rock or blues or how "some" become so twisted...

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
Zimmerman... as if you didn't know...

5:19 PM  
Blogger Amaya said...

I recently read about a new type of therapy that uses your actual brainwaves to create instrumental songs that can either soothe or energize you.
It makes me wonder if these 10 songs have some similar tones to your brainwaves - which is why you love them so much.
Okay, that just sounded weird.

12:59 PM  

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