Look for the girl in the faded blue Dodgers hat and she's gone...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Baby You Can Drive My Car

I feel the need for a pick-up no? Next in the 50 CELEBRITY DATES CHALLENGE:

6. Kasey Kahne
I always feel like a redneck when I watch NASCAR, but Kasey certainly makes it all worth it.

Although one can not tell from above picture, Kasey Kahne is endowed with a particularly jaw dropping pair of baby blues that at the mere sight of will cause convulsions.

And just in case you weren't aware: Kasey is a NASCAR driver, who has yet to win this season but I still love him anyway.

So. pretty.

I hope you have all enjoyed Kasey Kahne's hotness as much as I have, that being a very large amount of enjoyment.

Title is from "Drive My Car" by the Beatles

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Greatest Songs EVER. According to Rolling Stone. (419-410)

I apologize for the lapse in this!

419. "Nuthin But a G Thang"-Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg

I didn't actually listen to this track for a couple reasons. 1. I hate rap and think it's worthless. 2. The lyrics are not even worth subjecting my eardrums to. I do happen to know a little bit about this track however. This was Doctor Dre's first big hit, really launching him into what he has now become.

418. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"-Crosby Stills and Nash

First of all, the harmonies on this track are IMMACULATE. They immediately jump out from the speakers and just glide over the sweet lyrics. However, this is a suite, meaning that it goes on for quite some time finally ending at 7:26. I was actually reading that Crosby Stills and Nash was created specifically for this song, Graham Nash being the last to join adding the high third harmony. A great song, you hardly notice how long it's going on it's just so pretty.

(I'm skipping 417, if your really interested you can go look it up. It just wasn't even going to be worth my time.)

415. "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)"-The Four Tops

This track was just like it's title, sugary sweet. Almost TOO sugary and sweet. It's a good track, nothing spectacular and certainly better than some of the other tracks in this portion of the list. It's short and sweet which was a relief after the last track, but in the end it's not something I'm going to remember 20 minutes from now.

414. "Young Blood"-The Coasters

This track was more bluesy than I expected. It's actually one of the Coasters B-Sides which speaks to the quality of their A-Sides. According to wikipedia, the lyrical content of this song is as follows. "Boy meets girl, then meets girl's father, who does not approve of boy - so the boy departs, but cannot stop thinking about the girl, declaring "You're the one, you're the one, you're the one"."

413. "The Girl Can't Help It"-Little RichardThis song is crazy catchy in classic Little Richard style. It's actually the title track from a movie of the same name, and it's been covered by just about everyone. Most recently, Fergie sampled this track in her song "Clumsy". The piano on this track is really rollicking and Little Richards vocals are great. It's an awesome track that'll really get you going.

411. "I Feel Love"-Donna Summer

I was not at all excited to listen to this track being as I have a vendetta against anything related to disco. So needless to say, when I saw that this track was 5:53, I wasn't pleased. This track is just like a long techno/disco jam with Donna Summer's high pitched wailing of words I couldn't understand. I would definitely skip this one.

410. "Monkey Gone to Heaven"-The Pixies

Did I understand what this track was talking about? No, but I still loved it. It's got a punk undertone, but it maintains it's alt-rock feeling with ease. It's catchy and the guitars are great and if someone were just getting into the Pixies this is what you would start out with. Great track which is apparently about environmentalism.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I'd Miss The Rains Down In Africa

In honor of the World Cup, I have decided that the 50 CELEBRITY DATES CHALLENGE needs resurrecting. So, I bring you...

5. Landon Donovan

In case you've been hiding under a rock for the past three days or so and have no idea who Landon Donovan is:
Landon Donovan is a forward for the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS, but he can also play midfielder. He's currently playing for the United States national team who is currently tied 1-1 with England in the World Cup.

Title is from "Africa" by Toto

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Greatest Songs EVER. According to Rolling Stone. (429-420)

First of all....How bout them Chicago Blackhawks?!? My first season of being a fan and they spoil me with a Stanley Cup! Many congratulations go out to them, and I hope they'll be in the same position next year.

Now then,
429. "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love"-Solomon Burke

This is a really upbeat track with a party sort of atmosphere. There's been a ton of different versions of this song, including Wilson Pickett and of course the Blues Brothers. It's not too terribly long, I was texting my friend while listening to it and all of a sudden I realized it had ended. A fun track, not really memorable.

427. "New Years Day"-U2

I couldn't believe that there was a U2 song that I hadn't ever heard. This track is very distant sounding and it has the telltale U2 production, with lots of echoing. The lyrics are a part love song, but also part political commentary. It's kind of repetitive, it easily gets stuck in your head. I could see where it would be easy to skip over this track while browsing the massive U2 catalogue, but it's still a very good song and I'd recommend it.

426. "Smoke on the Water"-Deep Purple
I guarantee that you've heard this guitar riff before. It has to be one of the most recognizable riffs ever, second only to maybe "Satisfaction". This track is Deep Purple's best known track, and for good reason. It's got all the elements to be a great rock song: catchy riff, semi-decent lyrics, not too long. The lyrics don't matter much in this song, your too busy bobbing your head or tapping your foot to that guitar riff. Good track, a must have for any classic rock lover.

425. "William, It Was Really Nothing"-The Smiths

This track was more 80's sounding than I had expected. But even so, it still manages to be distinctly the Smiths for the short 2:13 that it lasts. The lyrics are kind of nonsensical, but in a way they completely make sense. The thing is, I actually prefer the two b-sides of this song better ("How Soon is Now?" and "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want".) Even so, I really liked this track a lot.

424. "Tumbling Dice"-The Rolling Stones
This track was in the news recently because of the reissuing of Exile on The Main St. I really enjoyed this track overall, and I think it's really underrated. I had a hard time understanding Mick Jagger's vocal, but then again I was busy enjoying Keith Richards guitar which had a little bit of a country flair to it. The backing vocals are a little annoying but not to terrible. Great unknown (for me anyways) track.

423. "Blue Suede Shoes"-Elvis Presley

I was actually surprised to learn that this is actually a cover, the original being by Carl Perkins. This track is famous for its first few lines of, "One for the money/two for the show/three to get ready/and four to go." It nicely blends pop, rockabilly and the blues all into one, while Elvis delivers the story of a man and his quest to keep his blue suede shoes from being stepped on. You really can't help but jump up and do your best Elvis impression while listening to this song.

422. "Lola"-The Kinks

This track is actually really funny when you sit down and listen to it. Allegedly about a transvestite, this track gets stuck in your head and it won't come out. A lot of people are actually more familiar with the Weird Al parody of this song, "Yoda". It's a very laid back track, not a whole lot of instrumentation, and Ray Davies vocal is very sarcastic. I've actually been getting into the Kinks a lot more, but this song was one of the first songs of theirs that I knew.

421. "Piano Man"-Billy Joel

There isn't a soul in this universe that doesn't know "Piano Man". It's by far Billy Joel's best known track, and it really showcases his ability on the piano. The lyrics tell the story of a piano bar player and the comings and goings that he notices as he goes along. A great track, really classic.

420. "It's Your Thing"-The Isley Brothers

This is a really great funk track, especially for a non-funk believer like myself. You've probably heard this song a million times before on commercials and things of that nature, and it's just really catchy. Apparently, this song was a big feminist anthem but I couldn't really see that aspect in the lyrics. The piano on this track is really great and it adds levels. Lovely track overall.

My favorite? "Lola" or "William It Was Really Nothing"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Greatest Songs EVER. According to Rolling Stone. (439-430)

Hope Everyone is having a great Wednesday afternoon :D

439. "Pink Houses"-John Cougar Mellencamp

I never did much care for John Cougar Mellencamp. This track doesn't really stand out from the rest of his stuff, it sounds almost exactly like "Our Country". It's very patriotic and all, but I'd rather skip this track entirely.

438. "I Wanna Be Your Dog"-The Stooges

As is obvious by looking at the above album cover, this track comes from the Stooges first album which was produced by The Velvet Underground's John Cale. This track has an almost sonic guitar riff that just bruises your eardrums in the best way possible. You can really see the roots of punk rock being forged here, but there's also elements of a Led Zepplin type sound here too. A good track, although I personally prefer "Search and Destroy" more.

437. "Love Me Tender"-Elvis Presley

This track is actually adapted from an old civil war ballad called "Aura Lee". It's beautifully simple, it really is just Elvis and his acoustic guitar. I remember hearing somewhere that this song was actually devised to capitalize on Elvis's sex appeal and to get the girls to swoon. Either way, it's still a beautiful and romantic track I'd definitely recommend.

436. "Alone Again Or"-Love

I had never even heard of the band Love before listening to this track. I couldn't figure out if this track was trying to be more prog rock or a straight up ballad. Nevertheless, it was still a really good track that I enjoyed. The lyrics are sort of mysterious and distant, but there's still an element of a love song in them. The production is perhaps a little overwhelming, but it's nothing the listener can't get past. A good, kind of weird track.

435. "Beast of Burden"-The Rolling Stones

This is one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs. It's a low key, lazing around in a hammock on a summer afternoon type of track. Keith Richard's guitar is great, but his harmonies with Mick Jagger are better. It almost has a reggae element to it, but it still stays true to the rock genre. It's just a lovely track overall that I am putting on my summer playlist right away.

434. "Mustang Sally"-Wilson Pickett

The first thing I noticed about this track was Wilson Pickett's great vocal, which is very reminiscent of Little Richard. It's a pretty straightforward soul track, and it grooves underneath a great horn section. A good song, nothing spectacular. I'd really have to be in a certain mood to appreciate this one fully.

433. "Ramble On"-Led Zepplin

This track is classic Led Zepplin, where it starts out as a simple little acoustic diddy, but then it turns into a full on rock song. This song is actually very similar to "Over the Hills and Far Away" but the guitars are heavier on this track. It's a good song, something I'd expect to hear on my local classic rock station. The chorus is by far the best part of this track, with the crunching guitars and Robert Plant's screeching vocal.

432. "Midnight Train to Georgia"-Gladys Knight and the Pips

The first thing that hits you with this track is just how lushly dramatic it is. Gladys Knight's vocals are excellent and soulful, and you can feel the pain in her voice. The pips, well, they just do whatever it is they do. This does come from the 1970's, but it doesn't have the classic cheesy 70's soul production. An excellent soul track.

431. "Ain't That a Shame"-Fats Domino

This track is INSANELY catchy. The piano riff is perfectly complementary to the chorus that will stay in my head for days and days on end. I hadn't heard much of Fat's Domino's catalogue before hand, but I'm already convinced that this is his best song.

430. "White Man In Hammersmith Palais"-The Clash

There has yet to be a number invented that could accurately portray how many times I have listened to this song. I absolutely think it's an amazing track. It marks the point in the career of the Clash where they started moving past just straight up in your face punk to more diverse musical influences. This track starts out with a crunching Mick Jones guitar riff, but then it goes into a reggae groove, only to go back to the guitar riff. Joe Strummer's vocal is theatrical, and at the end of the track he even starts to whisper. The lyrics are about a reggae show that Joe Strummer went to that was too pop for his taste. An amazing track, I can't say enough about it.

My favorite of this bunch? There were a lot of good ones, so I'm going to say "Beast of Burden" AND "White Man In Hammersmith Palais"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Greatest Songs EVER. According to Rolling Stone. (449-440)

To kick things off, we start with a little diddy I like to call...

449. "Penny Lane"-The Beatles

I wasn't crazy about this song in my early years, but as I got older I learned to appreciate it a little more. It's very jaunty and happy, as Paul McCartney reminisces about the street where he would meet John Lennon when they were younger, and about the Liverpool of his youth in general. A lively horn section really lifts the song and gives it a more distinctly British feel. His vocals are filled with a certain happy quality that fills the speakers. I highly recommend this track if your having a bad day.

448. "Heroin"-The Velvet Underground

I never liked the Velvet Underground much, I prefer Lou Reed's solo albums better than anything he did while he was in this band. This track has beautiful instrumentation, but it takes a lot more than that to hold my attention for a whopping 7:13 that this song comes in at. The other thing that I couldn't get past was the fact that it's actually promoting the use of heroin, which obviously is a huge turn-off.

447. "Leader of the Pack"-The Shangri-La's

This track starts out with a rather ingenious talking portion. This song is really just the age old story of the good girl falling for the bad boy, told with excellent harmonies. It's really simple at heart, nothing overwhelms anything else. A good track overall, I like it much better than the other girl group tracks I've reviewed so far.

446. "Pressure Drop"-Toots and the Maytals

I had heard OF this song before, but I had never actually heard it before. Even then, I was only familiar with the fact that The Clash did a version for the B-Side of "English Civil War". Even if you don't particularly like reggae, this song is just right to appease you. It isn't a heavy reggae jam, it only comes in at 3:48. My only beef with this song is that it's really just the singer repeating the words "Pressure Drop" over and over.

445. "Come As You Are"-Nirvana

I'll say it again, I really don't like Nirvana at all. All their songs sound the same to me, because they all follow the same structure. There's a few verses of partially nonsensical lyrics, and then Cobain just repeats the same word over and over until the song ends. Ladies and gentlemen, "Come as You Are"

444. "I Got You Babe"-Sonny and Cher

This song is just really a simple little diddy about young love and how everyone is just telling them their love isn't going to make it. But Sonny and Cher have each others backs, but Cher out-sings Sonny by a mile. She sounds crystal clear here, despite having to sing some slightly cheesy lyrics. The production on this record is actually similar to that of a girl group, but it works. The Pretenders also do a reggae version of this song with UB40.

443. "I Shot the Sheriff"-Bob Marley and the Wailers

Ahh, the many times I have made a joke related to this song. This is probably Bob Marley's best known song, and it really kind of broke reggae to the masses before the Clash came along. The song focuses on telling the story (obviously) of a man who confesses that he "Shot the Sheriff" but left the deputy. It isn't too terribly long, as songs of this nature can be (I'm looking at you Bob Dylan...) and it still manages to be commercial. Eric Clapton recorded a version shortly after the original came out, and I'm guessing that his is the better known version.

442. "Keep A Knockin'"-Little Richard

This track is classic Little Richard from the get-go. It has a rollicking piano riff and he's singing/screaming the few words at the top of his voice. There isn't much else to say, because this isn't the best song in his catalogue. Nevertheless, it's still a great fun track I'd recommend.

(More weird numbering I know!)

440. "Push It"-Salt N Pepa

Really? Salt N Pepa? Out of all of the infinity number of songs that have been written since the don of time, you chose this one? I really tried to be open minded about this, but I just couldn't. It's a generic 80's rap song. That's all. Why not put a song like, "Trudi's Song" by Mott the Hopple here?

My favorite of these? By far and wide "Penny Lane"