In which I pull up my entire iTunes library, shuffle all the songs, and tell you the first five songs to come up and what I think or how I feel about them. I’m not going to cheat here, no matter how uncool the tunes that come up make me sound.
- “Drowning” by Ours. Did anyone else ever get into this band other than me? I think “Sometimes” was a minor hit, and I know they had another album come out after this first one (Distorted Lullabies), but I haven’t heard anything about them in years.
- “Black Metallic” by Catherine Wheel. I swear, I couldn’t tell you why Catherine Wheel didn’t become one of the biggest bands of the 90s. They released at least four solid, solid albums (Ferment, Chrome, Happy Days, Adam and Eve) during that span, four albums which were far better and more commercially accessible than those of many bands who actually did became get that mainstream success. I just don’t get it.
- “Lie In Our Graves” by Dave Matthews Band. The version from Live In Chicago. When the Dave Matthews Band first started to become popular, one of the reasons I didn’t think I’d get much into them was the penchant for bands of their ilk to get all noodly onstage — to use the recorded song as a starting point from which new melodies (sometimes improvised, sometimes not) are extrapolated. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that concept: it’s their music to do with as they please, and if experimentation and improvisation’s their thing, that’s great. It’s just not my thing, and so I resisted liking them. Yeah, that didn’t take.
- “Staring at the Sun” by TV on the Radio. Nifty song from a band about whom I know absolutely nothing. The only reason I know that they exist is because of my boy Timmy B. Thanks, y0.
- “Queen of Hearts” by Juice Newton. Um. Okay. Whatever.