Wednesday, June 8, 2011

30 Day Music Challenge - Day 1

So my friend Jeff Clary is doing this, and I think we should all do it too.  I have no idea what categories lay ahead, as he is only on day 3, but I think this sort of thing is custom made for someone like me.  And since this blog has limited exposure, I don't have to worry about looking like a chump.  Here we go.

Day 1 - Favorite Song

Obviously this is really hard.  There are many candidates, but when I have to think of my favorite all-time songs, there are only a few songs that come to mind regularly.  I feel like these have to be songs that I have been listening to for at least 10 years to qualify, so I have to rule out things like "Doomsday" by Elvis Perkins, and "Buriedfed" by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson.  Which basically makes me pick between contemporary to my life songs like U2's "One", "Boy With the Arab Strap" by Belle & Sebastian or "100%" by Sonic Youth.  Or older songs like "If You Want Me to Stay" by Sly and the Family Stone, "To Sir With Love" by Lulu, or "If I Can Dream" by Elvis.

But at the end of the day, I went with the first song that jumps in my head when this subject comes up.

I love this song.  I couldn't find a decent album version on youtube, but this is good because it's contemporary to the time it was released.  Before Wayne Coyne started wearing the same suit over and over and smearing blood on his face.

I went ahead and added Chelsey's favorite too, so everyone could listen if they wanted.  Her explanation is below in the comments area.

And Chuck's (also explained below)

And Kent's

And Wendy's! I love this song too. It makes me sad that they don't seem to like it as much as I do. I can't remember if it's this or "High and Dry" but they totally ripped on one of those songs in an interview I read. Which made me mad.


  1. This is difficult for me but I know it would be a Rilo Kiley song. I have gone with A Better Son or Daughter. It has a lot of build up,then a couple F bombs and it makes me think of when I was 19 years old.

  2. I added the rule for me that it had to be song that I was aware of when it was released. This eliminated any Smiths, Pavement and most Yo La Tengo songs that I like. It also, by design, excludes music not of my generation. So without further ado I've decided Soon by My Bloody Valentine is my favorite song. Brent, will provide a link on the main post?

  3. To declare a favorite is such a terrible thing. The first one to come to mind was All Her Favorite Fruit by Camper Van Beethoven. Then I thought of Visions of Johanna, the version that's on Biograph by Bob Dylan. Then, I thought of God Only Knows by the The Beach Boys. Then there is Shotgun by Junior Walker. Man, I love that song. And A Stone by Okkervil River. And Holland, 1945 by Neutral Milk Hotel. The list keeps going.

    In the end, I will go with All Her Favorite Fruit. I remember seeing the video for Pictures of Matchstick Men on 120 Minutes, and then buying the cassette the next week. Up till then I had been listening to hair metal bands. That lime green cassette changed my life.

  4. I put Kent's up there too. And for the record, I love three of these four songs as well. The obvious exception being the MBV soung. I do not get that band.

  5. I don't think I've ever really listened to them, I'm going to add them to my "Give a listen and be disappointed" list

  6. I'd like to apologize for picking a song kind of out of step with the rest. I like every one else's songs a lot so far. I'm sure when Wendy gets back, I'll like hers too. Kent, many people worship MBV. Of course lots of people worship the Grateful Dead, but lots of fancy music critic types worship MBV. Maybe listen to my selection while not watching the odd dancing of Belinda Butcher in the video. I think she's dreamy, but her dancing is not the best.

  7. From Wendy: Truly not sure if I could pick one, and I'm so out of music most of the time I'm sure my choice would be dumb. Right now, my favorite is any song played by Bright Eyes during that concert in DC last Saturday where I got to see Jude totally rock out. That was awesome. Otherwise, perhaps The Bleeding Heart Show or lots of stuff by The New Pornographers. Or Radiohead's Fake Plastic Trees (commercial, but I do love it so).