16 August 2006


I saw this survey here two weeks ago and naturally had to do my own version. I omitted some of the questions, mostly those regarding emo and hip-hop (as I own next to none of either genre). If anyone else is inspired to complete it, let me know...

Name 5 wistful/bittersweet songs that come to mind:
Steve Wynn, “Morningside Heights”
The Kinks, “Waterloo Sunset”
Saint Etienne, “Teenage Winter”
Vince Guaraldi Trio, “Christmas Time is Here”
Ivy, "Edge of the Ocean"

The 4 Best Songs Ever Written:
The Go-Betweens, “Bye Bye Pride”
New Order, “Temptation”
The Magnetic Fields, “All My Little Words”
Belle and Sebastian, “Lazy Line Painter Jane”

3 Current Favorite Songs:
Marit Bergman with Cecelia Nordlund, “Adios Amigos!”
Pet Shop Boys, “Integral”
Goldfrapp, “Ooh La La”

Classic Early Evening Drinking Music:
Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Live From Las Vegas

3 All Time Faves That Never Get Old To You:
The Buggles, “Video Killed the Radio Star”
White Town, “Your Woman”
Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, “The Girl From Ipanema”

Song You Want To Play At Your Wedding:
The Hidden Cameras, "Ban Marriage"

Song You Want to Play At Your Funeral:
Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah”

4 Records You Really Dug from 2005:
Saint Etienne, Tales From Turnpike House (UK version)
Kate Bush, Aerial
The Go-Betweens, Oceans Apart
Andrew Bird, The Mysterious Production of Eggs

4 Favorite Records From This Year So Far:
Belle and Sebastian, The Life Pursuit
Roisin Murphy, Ruby Blue
Regina Spektor, Begin To Hope
Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

5 Good Angry Songs:
Calexico, “All Systems Red”
Nellie McKay, “Sari”
Violent Femmes, “Kiss Off”
Kate Bush, “Get Out of My House”
Cibo Matto, “Birthday Cake”

One of Your Favorite Lyrics:
“Terribly rude to waiters / Overtips like Sinatra / Quite fond of Stiv Bators / She drops acid and goes to the Opera”—Stew, “Giselle”

5 Cover Songs Arguably Better Than the Original:
Emm Gryner, “Breathless” (The Corrs)
TV On the Radio, “Mister Grieves” (The Pixies)
Bryan Ferry, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (Bob Dylan)
The Flying Lizards, “Money (That’s What I Want)” (Barrett Strong)
Johnny Cash, “Personal Jesus” (Depeche Mode)

Great Dance Song You Maybe Never Realized Was a Great Dance song Back in the Day:
Talking Heads, “Once In a Lifetime”

Good Albums To Workout To:
XTC, Black Sea
The Disco Box
LCD Soundsystem

Good Album to Clean The House To:
Junior Senior, D-D-Don’t Stop the Beat

Good Dining Music:
Sam Phillips, A Boot and a Shoe

A Good Album To Have Sex To:
Massive Attack, Mezzanine

A Good Album To Put You In the Mood (that is Not Sade, Marvin Gaye or Barry White):
Junior Boys, Last Exit

Good Album To Sleep To:
Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See

5 Good Rock Songs That You Can Dance To:
The Smiths, “What Difference Does It Make”
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, “Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?”
The Kinks, “You Really Got Me”
The White Stripes, “Seven Nation Army”
Ani DiFranco, “Shameless”

4 Good Dance Songs (any kind):
Madonna, “Ray of Light”
Toni Braxton, “Spanish Guitar (HQ2 extended mix)”
Saint Etienne, “He’s on the Phone”
Deee-Lite, “Groove is in the Heart”

Songs That Are Too Damn Sad:
Jill Sobule, “Rock Me to Sleep”
Portishead, “Biscuit”
Mr. Airplane Man, “How Long”
Rufus Wainwright, “Go or Go Ahead”

4 Happy, Life Affirming Songs:
Heaven 17, “Temptation”
Sleater-Kinney, “Step Aside”
Stars, “Reunion”
Puffy AmiYumi, “Love So Pure”

5 Great Love Songs:
Velvet Underground and Nico, “I’ll Be Your Mirror”
Lou Reed, “Satellite of Love”
The Judybats, “Ugly On The Outside”
The Delays, “Nearer Than Heaven”
Mekons, “Last Dance”

An Album Full of Tenderness:
Stevie Wonder, Innervisions

Song To Cheer Up A Friend:
Pet Shop Boys, “Se a Vida E (That’s The Way Life Is)"

Song To An Ex That Isn't Meanspirited:
Yaz, “Only You”

Song To An Ex That Is Kinda Meanspirited:
Fiona Apple, “Parting Gift”

Song to Listen to While in The Country Looking at Stars:
Pernice Brothers, “Discover a Lovelier You”

Song to lose your Mind to:
Troll, “Western”

Songs That Make You Feel Amped and Inspired:
New Radicals, “You Get What You Give”
Ivy, “The Best Thing”
Pizzicato Five, “Happy Sad”

Great Semi-Obscure B-side:
Blur, “Black Book” (from the Music is My Radar single)

Song That Makes You Miss Your Mom:
Carole King, “So Far Away”

Tough Break-Up Songs:
Tompaulin, “Slender”
A Girl Called Eddy, “The Long Goodbye”
Dionne Warwick, “Walk On By”

So Happy It Makes You Wanna Skip:
The Free Design, “I Found Love”

Feel No Shame: Great Current Pop Songs:
Gnarls Barkley, “Crazy”
Nelly Furtado, “Maneater”
KT Tunstall, “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree”

5 Desert Island Discs off the top of your head (30 sec clock):
Ivy, Apartment Life
Belle and Sebastian, If You’re Feeling Sinister
Brian Eno, Before and After Science
The Avalanches, Since I Left You
Saint Etienne, Smash The System: Singles and More

3 Artists That Were Your Faves 10 Years Ago:
Aimee Mann
Tori Amos
They Might Be Giants

Fave Electronic Record You Own:
DJ Shadow, Endtroducing…

Random Album You Loved In High School But Are Afraid To Admit It:
Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation 1814

Album You May Have Listened To More In High School than Any Other Album:
The B-52’s, Cosmic Thing

If You Could Enter A Wrestling Ring to a Song It Would Be:
Europe, “The Final Countdown” (thanks to Arrested Development)

Album To Clear A Room With:
Need New Body, UFO

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