« Dayton Daily News Article | Main | Music Selection 11/17 »

November 15, 2004

Musical Selection and a Livejournalistic Moment

First, the music selection for today: "In Time" by Kelly Hogan. Great voice.

Second, I'm gonna get all LiveJournal on ya (not that there's anything wrong with that -- some of my best friends have LiveJournals!) and do one of those random "follow the leader" things -- which I'm also doing today on By The Way. To wit:

1. Open up the music player on your computer (if you have one -- the music player, I mean. Clearly you have a computer, because otherwise you couldn't read this).

2. Set it to play your entire music collection.

3. Hit the "shuffle" command.

4. Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time for total musical honesty. You can put the list in the comment thread, or write it up in your blog or Journal and then post a link in the comments.

Here's my list:

1. "Grey Matter" -- Oingo Boingo
2. "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" -- Radiohead
3. "Live-In Skin" -- Foo Fighters
4. "On Golden Beams" -- Jack DeJohnette
5. "Watson & Crick" -- Michael Manring
6. "Long Line of Cars" -- Cake
7. "Man of Constant Sorrow" -- Rod Stewart
8. "Cruel" -- Tori Amos
9. "Wholly Holy" -- Marvin Gaye
10. "Don't Go Away" -- Oasis

And another 10, just for fun:

11. "Girl of My Best Friend" -- Bryan Ferry
12. "Young" -- Nickel Creek
13. "Tainted Love" -- Soft Cell
14. "Nothing Wrong With You" -- Finn Brothers
15. "Hero of the Day" -- Metallica
16. "Who Wants to Live Forever" -- Queen
17. "Small Town" -- John Mellencamp
18. "Cry, Cry, Cry" -- Johnny Cash
19. "Gabriel (MJ Cole Mix)" -- Lamb
20. "I X Love" -- Charlie Mingus

What's your random shuffle?

Posted by john at November 15, 2004 10:39 AM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Musical Selection and a Livejournalistic Moment:

» What's Your Shuffle? from FuzzyCo
Via Whatever... "1. Open up the music player on your computer (if you have one -- the music player, I... [Read More]

Tracked on November 15, 2004 12:41 PM

» What's Your Shuffle? from A Few Good Memes
Via FuzzyCo (which was via Whatever...) "1. Open up the music player on your computer (if you have one -- the music player, I mean. Clearly you have a computer, because otherwise you couldn't read this). 2. Set it to... [Read More]

Tracked on November 16, 2004 11:38 AM

» What's Your Shuffle? from A Few Good Memes
Via FuzzyCo (which was via Whatever...) "1. Open up the music player on your computer (if you have one -- the music player, I mean. Clearly you have a computer, because otherwise you couldn't read this). 2. Set it to... [Read More]

Tracked on November 16, 2004 11:40 AM

» random shuffle from metamanda>>weblog
Because I'm a slacker, I was reading john scalzi's blog, which I haven't in a while, instead of doing my huge stack of reading. He suggested posting 10 songs from your random shuffle. My 10 are a little strange, and reflect the fact that I tend to pick... [Read More]

Tracked on November 26, 2004 01:12 AM

» random shuffle from metamanda>>weblog
Because I'm a slacker, I was reading john scalzi's blog, which I haven't in a while, instead of doing my huge stack of reading. He suggested posting 10 songs from your random shuffle. My 10 are a little strange, and reflect the fact that I tend to pick... [Read More]

Tracked on November 26, 2004 02:18 AM


Tripp | November 15, 2004 11:08 AM

"Winterwood" - Don Mclean
"Lords of Thunder" - Rhapsody
"Way Out" - Unjust
"American Pie" - Don Mclean
"Were not Sorry (Reprise) - Urinetown - John Cullum
"Room 5" - Unjust
"Trolls in the Dark" - Rhapsody
"Warrior of Ice" - Rhapsody
"Myron" - Unjust
"Maid of Honor" - 3rd Degree

Julie | November 15, 2004 11:30 AM

I am SO uncool. And, looking again at the list, I'm quite possibly schizophrenic.

Here 'tis:

Double Dutch Bus -- Gap Band;
Blood and Fire -- Indigo Girls;
Cherry, Cherry -- Neil Diamond;
Wayne -- Chantal Kreviazuk;
The Greek Song -- Rufus Wainwright;
Brandy -- Looking Glass;
Get Gone -- Fiona Apple;
Anniversary Song -- Eva Cassidy;
The Ladder -- Paula Cole;
Your Day Will Come -- Cousteau

No laughing. Don't hate.

Anonymous | November 15, 2004 11:35 AM

"Body Count Anthem" - Body Count

"Kooler Than Jesus (Electric Messiah Mix) - My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult

"Don't Come Around Here No More" - Tom Petty

"Lorelei" - Cocteau Twins

"Believe" - Cher

"Rocket Queen" - Guns 'n Roses

"Nothing Else Matters" - Apoptygma Berzerk

"Detonation Boulevard" - Sisters of Mercy

"Long Cool Woman (in a Black Dress)" - The Hollies

"Happy Jack" - The Who

Richard Campbell | November 15, 2004 11:36 AM

Huh. The comment preview does not display linebreaks in the same way as the final comment. That is, linebreaks are not shown in the preview but do show up in the end.

Cavan Terrill | November 15, 2004 11:40 AM

1. "Revolve" - Nine Days
2. "I Don't Want To Know" - The Donnas
3. "More Than A Feeling" - Boston
4. "Symbolistic White Walls" - Matthew Good
5. "Welcome To Paradise" - Green Day
6. "I Alone" - Live
7. "Lost It" - The Hippos
8. "Hit Rock Bottom" - The Dandy Warhols
9. "I Can't Be With You" - The Cranberries
10. "Ordinary" - Train

Dave | November 15, 2004 11:51 AM

"The Guitar Man" -- Cake
"Homeward Bound Angel" -- Blue Rodeo
"Everything Must Go!" -- The Weakerthans
"Clark Gable" -- Postal Service
"Daktari" -- 10,000 Maniacs
"The Decision To Turn Around" -- James Horner (from the Perfect Storm soundtrack)
"The Secret Marriage" -- Sting
"Mountains Win Again" -- Blues Traveler
"Fight The Power" -- Barenaked Ladies
"Trick Candles" -- Zykos

I'm glad The Weakerthans showed up there, since I've been pimping them so much...

And I'm having linebreaks too. We'll see if this looks better in the post than in Preview.

Dave | November 15, 2004 11:52 AM

Yeah, it did. Looks like Preview doesn't want to preview line breaks.

rob | November 15, 2004 12:30 PM

1. Twilight Singers - "Papillon"

2. Beastie Boys - "Get It Together"

3. Hunter Sykes Duo - "Never Let Me Go"

4. Limp Bizkit - "Nookie"

5. U2 - "Bullet The Blue Sky"

6. Ministry - "New World Order"

7. Stereolab - "French Disco"

8. OutKast - "Knowing"

9. Tenacious D - "My Biznitch Is The Shiznit"

10. Cibo Matto - "About a Girl (Nirvana cover)"

Nicole | November 15, 2004 12:37 PM

"Age of Innocence", Smashing Pumpkins
"You Don't Own Me", Rasputina
"Nutopia", Meg Lee Chin
"Bodyrock", Moby
"I'm Your Boogeyman", White Zombie
"Message in a Bottle", Police
"Life During Wartime (Live)", Talking Heads
"Find My Baby", Moby
(Okay, I have literally hundreds of non-Moby songs on my stupid iPod. I don't know why it randomly picked two Moby songs.)
"My War", Henry Rollins
"End of the World As We Know It," R.E.M.

I've got stuff on my iPod that's potentially much more humiliating than this list, but I'm quitting while I'm ahead.

Fuzzy | November 15, 2004 12:44 PM

Here's my list: http://www.fuzzyco.com/news/archives/001058.html

P.S. I tried to sign in with my TypeKey sign-in on this comment and TypeKey gave me the error "The site you're trying to comment on has not signed up for this feature. Please inform the site owner."

Jill Smith | November 15, 2004 12:45 PM

Hm. Interesting.


Publius | November 15, 2004 12:52 PM

This is why I don't shuffle my entire music collection...

1. "Train Don't Leave"--Richard Thompson
2. "Bus Stop"--The Hollies
3. "Stop, Do Not Go On"--from 'The Gospel at Colonus'
4. "Crosstown Traffic"--Jimi Hendrix
5. "Sisters of Mercy", performed by Sting & the Chieftains
6. "25 Minutes to Go"--Johnny Cash
7. "Look Higher Up"--Katie Henry
8. "Civilization"--Danny Kaye
9. "Irresistible"--The Corrs
10. "This Jesus Must Die"--from 'JC Superstar'

Ellen | November 15, 2004 01:24 PM

Girlyman - "Young James Dean (live 12-7-03)"
Verve Pipe - "Gotta Move On"
Pirates of the Caribbean - "Walk the Plank"
Something ELse - "DiDiDi"
Kyo - "Dernière danse"
Utada Hikaru - "Distance"
Something Corporate - "The Runaway"
Athenaeum - "Comfort (acoustic)"
Flashbulb Diary - "Television"
Fountainhead - "Mistaken"

Only 7/10 in English!

Joe Rybicki | November 15, 2004 02:01 PM

1. "Ice" - Aina
2. "68" - Jawbox
3. "Break" - Fugazi (I swear I'm not this punk rock)
4. "I Know What I Know" - Paul Simon (ahh, there we go)
5. "Red" - Belly
6. "Know Your Onion!" - The Shins
7. "Laura Laurent" - Bright Eyes
8. "Refused on Temple St." - Isadore
9. "Believe It" - New Model Army
10. "Black Wind, Fire and Steel" - Manowar (YES!!)

To be fair, though, this is my selection at work, which isn't quite as, erm, eclectic as what I've got at home.


Dave Munger | November 15, 2004 02:16 PM

1. Telling Stories - Tracy Chapman
2. Fourth Movement, Symphony 25 - Mozart
3. Uniform Grey - Sarah Harmer
4. Devotion - Tracy Chapman
5. This is the end, huh - Doug and Bob McKenzie
6. III cis dur (whatever that is--it's from "The Well-Tempered Clavier) - Bach
7. Carry That Weight - Beatles
8. Something - Beatles
9. Ida Red - Asleep at the Wheel
10. X 3-moll (another Bach WTC thingy)

FYI, mac users, you can make a Smart Playlist to generate your random list without actually playing the songs (I at least couldn't figure out how to display the regular playlist in random order).

There are so many repeats because I hardly have any music on this computer. I very rarely listen to music on my computer and I don't have an iPod or anything. However, we do have a dedicated music server in the LR that is gradually being loaded with all our CDs, so that list would actually be more indicative of what I listen to; I'm just too lazy to walk in there and do the assignment there.

John Scalzi | November 15, 2004 02:34 PM


Jeff | November 15, 2004 02:36 PM

Commentary on each track at http://www.livejournal.com/users

James, "One of the Three"
Foo Fighters, "February Stars"
Pet Shop Boys, "Where the Streets Have No Name/Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
Morrissey, "Everyday is Like Sunday"
REM, "Binky the Doormat"
Digi Valley, "Deeper Love"
U2, "Love is Blindness"
The Time, "The Bird"
The Clash, "Lover's Rock"
Pearl Jam, "Low Light"

Jeff | November 15, 2004 02:38 PM

Er, that last URL should be http://www.livejournal.com/users/okapi_jeff. Not sure what happened there. :)

Brian Greenberg | November 15, 2004 02:59 PM

Oh, come on - don't you folks have kids?

"Dance of the Hours" from La Gioconda- Amilcare Conchielli (Fantasia)
"Belle" - Cast of Beauty and the Beast
"This is the Time" - Billy Joel
"See Ya" - Carole & Paula (that's right, the Magic Garden - gotta problem with that?)
"Canto Alla Vita" - Josh Grobin
"Bad Case of Loving You" - Robert Palmer
"Everyday" - Bon Jovi
"The People in Your Neighborhood" - Sesame Street
"New York Groove" - Ace Frehley
"Undecided Blues" - Tony Bennett

Usually, I listen to my "No Kids or Classical" playlist when I'm not with the kids. Even though it wasn't part of the question, here's 10 random songs from that list (more indicative of my musical tastes, I think, although with several hundred Billy Joel songs in there, it's amazing there wasn't at least one in the first ten):

"Have I Told You Lately" - Rod Stewart
"Will You Still Love Me?" - Chicago
"Bobby Jean" - Bruce Springsteen
"She's Not You" - Elvis Presley
"There Are Worse Things I Could Do" - Stockard Channing (Grease)
"Three Times a Lady" - Lionel Richie
"Downtown Train" - Bruce Springsteen
"I See Your Smile" - Gloria Estefan
"Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Billy Joel & Elton John (Live)
"Hound Dog" - Elvis Presley

Jeff Porten | November 15, 2004 03:28 PM

No, we don't have kids.

I wasn't going to humiliate myself, but seeing as how Brian's already gone.... Let me preface, my musical tastes? They just suck.

But it appears that random selections can work in my favor:

Say Goodbye to Hollywood / Billy Joel
Walk of Life / Dire Straits
Don't Be Cruel / Cheap Trick
I Hate The Beach Boys / Bobs
And So It Goes / Billy Joel
Larger Than Life / Backstreet Boys
All the Things She Said / Tatu
Ash Hash / Moxy Früvous
Song of Leaving / Grey Eye Glances
An Innocent Man / Billy Joel

Billy Joel heaviness is about as anomalous as his absence was in Brian's....

Ian Mathers | November 15, 2004 03:34 PM


Byron | November 15, 2004 04:09 PM

I had to skip one 'cause I honestly don't know what it is---it just says "Track 12" and the friend who gave me the mix disc has since forgotten.

"Stitch" - Apoptygma Bezerk

"Gentle Death" - Excessive Force

"Mood Indigo/Hot & Bothered/Creole Love Call" - Duke Ellington

"I'm Deranged" - David Bowie

"My Little Shirtwaist Fire" - Rasputina

"En Garde!" - Project Pitchfork

"Eirigh Suas A Stoirin" - Maire Brennan

"Aria" - Delerium (feat. The Medieval Babes)

"'S fagaim mo bhaile" - Enya

"Big Stripey Lie" - Kate Bush

Normally, I use "Party Mix Mode," which may not be using the same selection method as straight-up Shuffle. So, in the interests of comparison (and because its easy to look at the next ten songs in the list), I give you another 10:

"Make It Rain" - Tom Waits (I was wondering when he'd show up, its not like there's a shortage of his songs in there)

"Fantasies" - Funkervogt


"Why Go?" - Faithless

"All I Want" - Offspring

"In Rythmus Bleiben" - Front 242

"Western Dream" - New Model Army

"I Am The Rain" - Assemblage 23

"On The Tweek Again" - Primus

Hmmm, preview doesn't display the line breaks? I hope this doesn't look awful.

Byron | November 15, 2004 04:15 PM

Whoops, thats only 9. After Primus I'm apparently going to get "Good Luck" by the Basement Jaxx (feat. Lisa Kekaula).

mdhatter | November 15, 2004 05:51 PM

A Sorta Fairytale - Tori Amos
Sweet Jane - Jesus & Mary Chain
Smoke - Ben Folds Five
Bjork - Violently Happy (vs. Depeche Mode Remix)
Times Like These (Acoustic) - Foo Fighters
Five Years - David Bowie
Take This Job and Shove It - Dead Kennedys
Bombs Over Bagdad (Rock Remix) - Outkast f/ RATM
coin operated boy - dresden dolls
The Man With 100 Cells - Stereolab

Not bad, really.

zwol | November 15, 2004 07:25 PM

  1. They Might Be Giants, "Space Suit" (Apollo 18)
  2. Van Halen, "Why Can't This Be Love" (Right Here, Right Now (live album))
  3. Was (Not Was), "Anything Can Happen" (What Up, Dog?)
  4. Brother, "The Crow" (This Way Up (live album))
  5. Guster, "Either Way" (Lost and Gone Forever)
  6. Tom Waits, "Bad Liver and a Broken Heart" (Small Change)
  7. Lou Reed, "Cremation" (Magic and Loss)
  8. Depeche Mode, "Higher Love" (Songs of Faith and Devotion)
  9. They Might Be Giants, "Cowtown" (Lincoln)
  10. Buena Vista Social Club, "Pueblo Nuevo" (Buena Vista Social Club)

The only track I wanted to hit "skip" on was the Van Halen.

Henry | November 15, 2004 09:16 PM

Tom Waits - Cold Water
Nirvana - Lake of Fire (Meat Puppets cover)
On Air Library - ex's and ho's oh's
Jawbreaker - Jinx Removing
Pennywise - Same in the End (Sublime cover)
Marvin Gaye - You're a special part of me (of all the Marvin Gaye songs it could have picked...)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Plain Gold Ring (live)
NOFX - Shower Days
Danny Elfman - "Jack and Sally Montage" from Nightmare
Tom Waits - Pony

Double the Tom Waits wasn't that surprising. I have close to all his albums. Considering Barry Manilow is in my collection somewhere, I came out pretty well, I think.

Geoff | November 15, 2004 11:02 PM

"I Can't Get Behind That" - William Shatner
"Psycho Killer" - The Bobs
"Relax" - Lounge Against the Machine
"The Hawkman Cometh" - MC Hawking
"Crazy Train" - Lounge Brigade
"Killed by Death" - Motorhead
"Don't Cry For Me Argentina" - Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
"Bohemian Rhapsody" - The Braids
"Pretty in Pink" - Automatic 7
"La Vie En Rose" - Cyndi Lauper

Going over my full list, it seems that the only non-covers I have are some MC Hawking & Motorhead albums.

Scott | November 15, 2004 11:53 PM

I feel so barbaric.

I still primarily use CDs. I know! Can you believe it?!? I'm not even 27 yet, and I'm already stuck with a nostalgia-tech!

If I were home, and (I hated myself (a lot)), I would play the equivalent game, where I take all of my CDs and throw them up in the air towards the middle of my room and then flip them all around until mixed, then grab the first 10

However, I don't hate myself that much (and I'm not at home anyway).

Darkhawk | November 16, 2004 12:32 AM

Starting with what's playing at this instant:

"The Way I Live My Life", by Iris, off Disconnect
"Lily was Here (DNA Remix)", Candy Dulfer, off Saxuality
"Games without Frontiers", Peter Gabriel, off Shaking the Tree
"Teach your Children", CS&N, So Far
"Stage," Live, Throwing Copper
"Question," Moody Blues, Greatest Hits
"Luck of the Draw", Bonnie Raitt, Luck of the Draw
"Desperado", the Eagles, Desperado
"No Spill Blood", Oingo Boingo, Farewell concert
"Atum 2", Michael Atherton, Ankh -- Sounds of Ancient Egypt

About par for the course. Short on the harder stuff. When I put my music on random, I mean random.

Uncle Chachi | November 16, 2004 12:48 AM

1. Aesop Rock - "Attention Span" ft. Cannibal Ox

2. Eric John - "Cliffs of Dover"

3. Faith No More - "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"

4. Pink Floyd - "Corporal Clegg"

5. Pink Floyd - "Echoes"

6. Ween - "The H.I.V. Song"

7. The Canadian Brass - "Passacaglia and Fugue
for organ..."

8. Will Oldham - "New Partner"

9. The Haunted - "All Against All"

10. The Pogues - "The Body of an American"

Djscman | November 16, 2004 02:19 AM

Alice in Chains - Them Bones
Prince - 1999
W. A. Mozart - Nozze de Figaro - Sull'Aria
Filter & Crystal Method - Can't You Trip Like I Do
Garbage - Stupid Girl
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun
Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
The Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Phish - Sabotage (live Beastie Boys cover)
G. Love & Special Sauce - Cold Beverages

(and if we were to go an extra 10)
Cracker - Eurotrash Girl
Apocalyptica - Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Garbage - Queer
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Jamiroquai - The Kids
Beastie Boys - Instant Death
Talking Heads - And She Was
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
Alice in Chains - Rotten Apple

All of these are, of course, archival copies, for fair use, etc., etc.

Mary | November 16, 2004 02:39 AM

The iPod shuffle yields:

Too Many - Al Green
Perfect Day - Clay Aiken
Lucas With The Lid Off - Lucas
When It Rains It Really Pours - Elvis Presley
Englishman In New York - Sting
Favours - Delgados
Hollow Little Reign - Supergrass
Tangled And Wild - Oh Susanna
TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB
Any Sense Of Time - The Inbreds

Tyler | November 16, 2004 06:29 AM

Deep breath. In. Out. Okay, I'm ready.

1. Men At Work, "Underground"
2. Stina Nordenstam, "Little Star"
3. Thievery Corporation, "The Hong Kong Triad"
4. Counting Crows, "Round Here (live from Converse Sampler)"
5. Travis, "Paperclips"
6. Dead Can Dance, "Severance"
7. Franz Schubert, "Entr'acte No. 1 from Rosamunde"
8. Ben Sellon, "I'll Thank These Stars"
9. Damien Jurardo & Gathered in Sound, "Like Titanic"
10. Mr. Lif, "Post Mortem (feat. El-P, Jean Grae, Akrobatik)"

And now since everyone is doing it and I'm a sucker for peer pressure--the second ten.

11. Galactic, "Funky Bird."
12. Damien Jurardo & Gathered in Song, "Dancing"
13. Buena Vista Social Club, "Amor de Loca Juventud"
14. The Sanshin Cafe Orchestra/Kenji Yano, "Moderate Wind"
15. Afro Celf Sound System, "Hypnotica"
16. Looper, "Quiet and Small"
17. BT, "Never Gonna Come Back Down"
18. Prince, "Jughead"
19. Diapaswing, "Video Killed the Radio Star"
20. Foo Fighters, "Learn to Fly"

I don't think I embarassed myself. Much. I hope.

Dave | November 16, 2004 08:32 AM

Must... compile... data...

5 - Billy Joel (incl. w/ Elton John)
4 - Foo Fighters
4 - Tom Waits
3 - Elvis Presley
3 - Rhapsody
3 - Sting (incl. w/ Chieftains, not incl. Police)
3 - Unjust

33 bands mentioned twice.

3 of the Billy Joel mentions are due to Jeff Porten. All Rhapsody and Unjust mentions are due to Tripp. Dude, you have to rip some more music!

Gilligan | November 16, 2004 08:45 AM

Here goes...
First batch of ten:

"Ich Bin Ein Auslander" - Pop Will Eat Itself
"Darling" - Zorak (from 'Space Ghost's Surf & Turf' album)
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" - Mariah Carey
"Porno Creep" - Korn
"Crackerman" - Stone Temple Pilots
"Always You and I" - 98°
"Crazy" - K-Ci & JoJo
"Come and Get Some of This" - House of Pain
"Get Myself Arrested" - Gomez
"The Anchor Song" - Björk

And here's the next ten:

"My Fault" - Eminem
"Not Sorry" - The Cranberries
"Am I Going Crazy" - Korn
"Gay Hairdresser skit" - Jerky Boys
"Sometimes I Feel" - Hootie & the Blowfish
"Sell My Soul" - Our Lady Peace
"If He Tries Anything" - Ani DiFranco
"Put a Lid on It" - Squirrel Nut Zippers
"Rollin'" - Limp Bizkit
"Voice of the Voiceless" - Rage Against the Machine

Not very flattering, but there you have it.

Brandon | November 16, 2004 09:47 AM


Dave Munger | November 16, 2004 10:11 AM

All right Scalzi, you've successfully badgered me into doing the exercise using the more authoritative living room computer. However, in the true spirit of slackerdom, I am doing it remotely by pulling up the LR playlist on my laptop.

1. Overture: calm sea and prosperous voyage - Mendelssohn
2. Everyday I write the book - Elvis Costello
3. Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters
4. Darkness Now - Gerry O'Beirne
5. It's OK - Tracy Chapman
6. Andante cantebile con varazione - Beethoven (Piano trio)
7. Concerto in F minor - Telleman
8. Adelaide's Lament - Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls)
9. Whistle While You Work - Snow White (Yes, I'm a parent)
10. Before You Accuse Me - Eric Clapton

I'd have to say this is amazingly indicative of what I actually listen to on a regular basis. One thing this exercise has pointed out to me is the problem with the "song-artist-album" method most MP3 players use to catalog songs. It works great for standard rock/pop albums, but for classical it's a mess.

Chad Orzel | November 16, 2004 10:20 AM

Shameless self-promotion:


Tripp | November 16, 2004 10:53 AM


"Dude, you have to rip some more music!"

Sorry to skew the results, but in all fairness, this came from my work PC and not my complete collection. At work I mostly tend towards the pump you up stuff (thanks for John's recommendations) to keep myself going. So I've probably ripped maybe 8 CDs or so for work. Can't clutter the workstation too much.

Jason Dufair | November 16, 2004 11:42 AM

Sorry to have pinged twice. Great "thread"

TadCaustic | November 16, 2004 12:18 PM

1. Cherry Oh Baby - Eric Donaldson
2. Tiger - Abba
3. Tonight We Fly - The Divine Comedy
4. Touch Me All Over - Labelle
5. Wonderwall - Oasis
6. Just Push Play - Aerosmith
7. The Instrument of Pain - Stew
8. Autumn: Adagio Molto - Vivaldi, as played by Gil Shaham and Orpheus
9. Take Me With U - Prince
10. The Last Remaining Light - Audioslave

Anonymous | November 16, 2004 12:36 PM

Gilligan -

"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" - Mariah Carey

Is it any good? I can't imagine she does a better job than Phil Collins...

Nina | November 16, 2004 01:06 PM

"To Zucchabar," Gladiator soundtrack
"A Night in Tunisia," Ella Fitzgerald
"Unforgettable," Nat King Cole
"Calling Home," Noa
"Solidify," Sheryl Crow
"My Way," Frank Sinatra
"Get Over Yourself," SHeDAISY
"China Grove," Doobie Brothers
"Good Morning Starshine," Oliver
"There is Nothin' Like a Dame," South Pacific

And again:

"Airbag," Radiohead
"The American and Florence / Nobody's Side," Chess
"Million Tears," Kasey Chambers
"Country Road," James Taylor
"Here Comes the Sun," Beatles
"Beauty and the Beast," Beauty and the Beast
"I Wanna Fall in Love," Lila McCann
"Hungry Eyes," Eric Carmen
"Canyonnero," The Simpsons
"An American Girl," Trisha Yearwood

(Whistles.) This is why I let other people pick the music for my parties.

Matthew Carroll | November 16, 2004 02:06 PM

Prototype - Outkast
In the Midnight Hour - The Commitments Soundtrack (Andrew Strong)
Sunday Morning - The Velvet Underground
36-24-36 - Violent Femmes
Parakeet - Skavoovie & the Epitones
Liar - The Cranberries
Kiss Off [Live] - Violent Femmes
Sleeping in the Flowers - They Might Be Giants
Always on My Mind - Phantom Planet
Four Seasons [Track 5] - Salzburguer Kammerorchester

John Cooper | November 16, 2004 02:56 PM

Isla de Encanta - The Pixies
The Staggering Genius - Superdrag
Wash Us Away - Ian Hunter
Break My Body - The Pixies
Shiny Cage - The Dukes of Stratosphere
Memphis, Egypt - The Mekons
Connection - Elastica
Sweetness and Light - Lush
Sustain - Steve Wynn
Blue - Ken Nordine

Anonymous | November 16, 2004 03:26 PM

Sisters of Mercy--Temple of Love (Extended Version)
Jay-Z and Danger Mouse--Public Service Announcement
Chemical Brothers--Orange Wedge
Men Without Hats--I Got The Message
The Pogues--Wild Cats of Kilkenny
Pink Floyd--High Hopes
Pink Floyd--Lost For Words
Johnny Rivers--Memphis
Marillion--He Knows You Know

I feel that Pink Floyd is overrepresented in this list, but no cheating is no cheating...

Doug S | November 16, 2004 04:27 PM

1. Duende - Ana Torroja y Miguel Bose
2. Hey Ya - Outkast
3. Honey White - Morphine
4. Everlong (Acoustic KROQ Mix) - Foo Fighters
5. Interstate Love Songe - Stone Temple Pilots
6. Estrechez de Corazón - Los Prisioneros
7. Big Boys - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
8. Yer Devil - americans
9. To The End - Blur
10. Boulevard01 - St. Germain

Randy | November 16, 2004 04:58 PM

Prince When Doves Cry
Hall & Oates Method of Modern Love
BOb Seger Turn The Page
Kool Moe Dee Wild Wild West
Jimmy Buffett Son of A Son of A Sailor
BB King Cross My Heart
Run DMC Walk This Way
Europe THe Final COuntdown
Yes Roundabout
Tim Wilson King of England (Comedy bit)

rayyy | November 16, 2004 06:47 PM

Neat. I learned how to do the "party shuffle":

She Has No Time - Keane
I Need A Man - Grace Jones
Slow Hand - The Pointer Sisters
Primitive - Annie Lennox
Clair De Lune - Debussy
Young Offender - Pet Shop Boys
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
Columbia - Jan Hammer
Politik - Coldplay
Meditation Five-Tibetan Monastic Chanting - Various Artists

Listening to that last one now. Creepy. Not sure where it came from. Compilation filler? Sounds like those devilish messages you got by playing a 45 backwards. My phone rings while listening - friend's wife is looking for my wife. My wife out. Made polite lah-di-da smalltalk anyway. Realized, (too late) devil music still playing in background!

Oh bother!

Bill Blum | November 16, 2004 08:22 PM

1. 'O Fortuna', from Carmina Burana ( Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra )
2. Fields of Fire, Big Country
3. Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
4. Coin Operated Boy, Dresden Dolls
5. Sirius/Eye in the Sky, Alan Parsons Project
6. Manhattan Project, Rush
7. Something about You, Level 42
8. Funk #49, The James Gang
9. Dante's Lament, Clerks Soundtrack
10. Personal Jesus, Depeche Mode

Andrew Wade | November 16, 2004 09:17 PM

Set Me Free -- www.mohankumars.com
Never Be Rude to an Arab -- Monty Python
Let Me Learn To Lie -- The JLDJ
Toreador Song -- Adelaide Symphony/Jose Serebri
Sunset on Big River(inst.) -- J Dustin Sommers
Troublemaker -- All night bakery
Mean Ol Frisco -- Skeeter Truck
Baardenlied -- Kabouter Plop
Storm Dancing -- Stuart Welwood
Feel the Evil -- Kim Justice

Uncle Chachi | November 17, 2004 12:11 AM

Hey! John Cooper!
We've got 3 artist matches. Let's be Scalzi-pals!

Uncle Chachi | November 17, 2004 12:12 AM

Crap, nevermind. In my excitement about finding a potential e-Scalzi i-Pal, I misread the lines. It was the poster below you. Hope I didn't get your hopes up.

diddidit | November 17, 2004 07:32 AM

OK, iTunes party shuffle reveals:

1. The Farmer, Wicked Tinkers
2. Drowsy Maggie Set, Emerald Rose
3. Sailing with the Captain (Album Cut), Dust Rhinos
4. The Great Gate of Kiev, Moussorgsky
5. The Palace of Kashchai, Stravinsky
6. Horo Ghoid Thu Nighean, Mary Jane Lamond
7. Come Home, The Buccaneers
8. The Nutcracker Suite - Dance Of The Mirlitons, Tchaikovsky
9. The Long Way Home, Rawlins Cross
10. Lake of Dreams, dBrown
11. Deaf Shepherd, artist unknown
12. Reels - Otter's Nest, Emerald Rose
13. Swan Lake Suite - Dance Of The Swans, Tchaikovsky
14. Swan Lake Suite - Andante Con Troppo; Allegro Moderato, Tchaikovsky
15. Hats Off to Beer, The Black Velvet Band
16. Midnight Ulster Ride, The Black Velvet Band
17. The Nutcracker Suite - Chinese Dance, Tchaikovsky
18. The Drunken Piper, Natalie MacMaster
19. Only If, Enya
20. Fora La Soglia Attinse, Luciano Pavarotti

But generally I listen to Radio Paradise.


DavidBlumgart | November 17, 2004 09:20 AM

"Some old sad bastard music" to quote one of my favorite movies:

Cowboy Junkies - Sweet Jane

Lyle Lovett - L.A. County

Bob Dylan - Just Like a Woman

Dougie Maclean - Feel So Near

Townes Van Zandt - Cocaine Blues

John Renbourne and Stefan Grossman - Cocaine Blues

BeauSoleil - La Valse De BeauSoleil

Loreena Mckennitt - Between the Shadows

Grateful Dead - Quinn the Eskimo

Spirit - I Got a Line on You

Samira | November 17, 2004 09:45 AM

"The Show Must Go On" - Queen
"If I Ever Lose My Faith" - Sting
"Drown" - Stuard Davis
"Bed Bed Bed" - They Might Be Giants
"Dreadnaught" - Boiled in Lead
"The Soul's Electric" - Oysterband
"What I Know" - Chris & Johnny
"Ordinary Man" - Tim Malloys
"Little Brother" - Oysterband
"Pedestal" - Astronaut Wife

John C. | November 17, 2004 10:38 AM


1. "Happiness" - From Stephen Sondheim's Passion
2 - "Let Down" - Radiohead, OK Computer
3 - "Opera in Temple Street" - From Tan Dun's Symphony 1997 (Heaven Earth Mankind)
4 - "The Abduction" - From Howard Shore's Silence of the Lambd score
5 - "The End of All Things" - From Howard Shore's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Score
6 - "Country Medley" - U2 (from an Unplugged U2 bootleg)
7 - "Variation IX" - Brahms
8 - "Stand Inside Your Love" - Smashing Pumpkins, MACHINA/The Machines of God
9 - "Un Rancho Nas Nuevens" - Antonio Carlos Jobim
10 - "Peppermint Patty" - George Winston, Linus & Lucy: The Music of Vince Guraldi
11 - "Play Guitar" - John Mellencamp, Uh-Uh
12 - "Playboy to a Man" - Elvis Costello, Might Like a Rose
13 - "Satelite of Love (Danny Saber Remix)" - Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack
14 - "She Gonna Come Home Wit' Me" - from Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella
15 - "Respectable Street" - XTC, Upsy Daisy Assortment
16 - "High Fidelity" - Elvis Costello, Get Happy!
17 - "Star Dust" Louis Armstrong
18 - "The Death Star/The Stormtroopers" John Williams, from the Star Wars score
19 - "Gypsy Eyes" - Jimi Hendrix, The Essential Jimi Hendrix
20 - "Ill Scherzo" - Mahler's Symphony #5


dave munger | November 17, 2004 12:13 PM

For all the folks using the iTunes party shuffle to generate your lists, you should know that it's not always completely random -- it depends on the settings you make at the bottom. It defaults to preferring some songs you've played recently.

For a truly random iTunes list, you need to use "smart playlists," or just select your library and play the songs in "shuffle" mode (it won't actually shuffle your playlist, but it will play the songs in random order [you can just fast forward if a truly appalling song comes up])

JamesG | November 17, 2004 03:07 PM

Ok, my first results are:

1. Concrete Blonde –Walking in London

2. Tenacious D- The Greatest Song in the World

3. Imperial Teen- Lipstick

4. Transplants-California Babylon

5. Sex pistols/Madonna- Ray of Gob

6. Ligabue – Eri Bellissima

7. Machines of Loving Grace-Butterfly wings

8. Tutto Cugino- L’Italiano

9. Sister’s of Mercy- Vision Thing

10. Dean Martin-Kick in the head (seems really out of place in this list)

Then a second time gave me:

1. Leaves-Crazy

2. Depeche Mode-Personal Jesus

3. Blood Hound Gang-Boom

4. Folk Implosion-Natural One

5. Southern Culture on the Skids-Walk Like a Camel

6. Echo and the Bunnymen-It’s Alright

7. Seether-Hang On

8. Beta Band-She’s the One

9. Revis-Caught in the Rain

10. They Might Be Giants-Istanbul

Bruce Baugh | November 17, 2004 07:44 PM

1. "Voices Inside My Head", the Police, Message In A Box

2. Prelude from Cello Suite #1, Alex De Grassi, The Bach Variations

3. "Med. Lab", James Horner, Aliens: The Deluxe Edition

4. "Sweet Lullaby", Deep Forest, World Mix

5. "Memories Can't Wait", the Talking Heads, Sand in the Vaseline

6. "Not Your God", Chihiro Onitsuka, Sugar High

7. "The Wall", Kansas, Box Set

8. "Maximus", Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard, Gladiator

9. "Exhibit 13", Blue Man Group, The Complex

10. "The American and Florence/Nobody's Side", Andersson, Rice, and Ulvaeus, Chess

Pat | November 17, 2004 09:28 PM

O.K. Let's give it a spin..

1."Blood Satisfaction" The Wolfgang Press
2."Big Bad Moon" Joe Satriani
3."Flashpoint" Tom Scott
4."Book Of Days" Enya
5."Jack Ruby" Paul Metsa
6."Leave It" Yes
7."La Brea fan Dtuath" Clannad
(That's the group that did the music for the
cable Robin Hood series in the '80s)
8."Mazin'" Tom Scott
9."Record Lady" Lyle Lovett
10."Trip Hoppin'" Aerosmith

Quigey Quagmire | November 18, 2004 05:53 PM

"Slum Dungeon" Love Tractor
"Davy the fat Boy" Randy Newman
"Broken Things" David Byrne
"Allegro con Brio" Beethoven
"N'dawsile" Cheikh Lo
"I am ... I said" Neil Diamond
"Kirschenessen" Pole
"Excitement" (demo) Television
"Cross-Eyed and Painless" (live 8.3.83) Talking Heads
"Live Wire" AC/DC
"Simple Things" Zero

Q | November 18, 2004 09:35 PM

Funny Funny - The Sweet
Armaggedon It - Def Leppard
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon - Urge Overkill
True Colors - Eva Cassidy
Sweet Dreams - Patsy Cline
Yellow Submarine - Beatles
Excuse Me Mr. - No Doubt
Killing Me Softly With His Song - The Fugees
In Spite of Ourselves - John Prine/Iris DeMent
Fat Bottom Girls - Queen

Quite an odd mix...

Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little | November 19, 2004 04:27 PM

Do you know how long it took me to figure out how to do this painlessly with Windows Media Player? (Please, no snide remarks about using "painlessly" in the same sentence with WMP - I've already thought them all to myself.) Let's just say it took more than five minutes. That's far too long for something this simple. Here's what I finally did:

1. Go to "Media Library."

2. Click "Playlists", then "New Auto Playlist".

3. Click on one of them "Click here to add criteria" and choose "file type" from the resulting drop-down menu. You want a series of criteria that look like this:

File Type Is MP3
File Type Is WMA


And then there you go.

I forget what my list of ten was, but it involved among other things Tori Amos, Geddy Lee both solo and as a member of Rush, Gaelic Storm, Slainte, and the female barbershop quartet Ambiance. Best listened to on headphones feeding out of laptop stowed in backtpack whilst driving around Boulder at 1:00 AM.

Ab_Normal | November 19, 2004 07:26 PM

Courtesy of the shuffle option of my Rio Karma:

The Art of Noise -- Opus For Four
Faith No More -- Evidence
Rush -- Red Lenses
The Moody Blues -- Have You Heard
Pink Floyd -- In The Flesh
Devo -- The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band -- A Few Good Men
Combustible Edison -- Bewitched
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy -- Jumpin' Jack
Pink Floyd -- The Dogs of War

It's missing some techo/rave, but otherwise it's pretty representative.

Gilligan | November 21, 2004 06:02 PM

To the 'Anonymous' poster that asked about the Mariah Carey version of "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)", I can't personally say that it's any better or worse than the version that Phil Collins did, just different. As a side note, one odd quirk that I did notice was that both version are 3:25 long. Coincidence, you decide...

Anonymous | November 22, 2004 09:36 PM

The space aliens that used those Russian mind control devices to embed the tune were just
very consistent folks is all. (Move along now, nothing to see here . . .)

Tor Kristensen | November 23, 2004 11:41 AM

Alors C'Est Ça Le Rap? by J-L
02.17AM by Blue Foundation
ETO - Nous, S'est Le Son by DJ Quick
Losing Hope by Jack Johnson
I Spy by DJ Wally
Limelighters Featuring Camp LO by Aesop Rock
Gigapet Epiphany by Company FLow
Steppers Delight by Ripslyme
Bam Boogie by Bent Fabric
Day After Tomorrow by Tom Waits

Dave Wechsler | November 29, 2004 11:05 PM

"Are You Afraid To Die" The Louvin Brothers (Satan Is Real)
"I'm A Wheel" Wilco (A Ghost Is Born)
"Houpava" Sum Svistu (Tancirna)
"The Ballad of John Banvard" Piñataland (Live at WFMU)
"Latino Loco" Nelson Padron (Diggin The Crates)
"Regrets" Ben Folds Five (The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner)
"Ash Wednesday" Shivaree (I Oughtta Give You A Shot In The Head for Making Me Live in this Dump)
"Hammers Stitting Still" Br. Danielson (Brother is to Son)
"Lenco No Pescoco" Wilson Batista (Bresil Choro - Samba - Frevo 1914-1945)
"Pez" Café Tacuba (Re)
This one turned out pretty well. Even has one of my songs on there. There only one I don't like so much is the Wilco song, not 'cause Wilco is an embarassing band to like, but that last album that this song is taken from is a real snoozer. In the interest of full disclosure I did edit out the Itrip station that the randomization pulled up, but that was good since Cafe Tacuba was #11 and I was happy to have them on the list.


Molly | December 4, 2004 01:09 PM


1. I don't know, I never wrote it down, it is only #12. something with pianos, maybe Rachel's?
2. My student singing a Tibetan folktale
3. "It's so hard to be a saint in the city" David Bowie
4. "Acetate 20" Johnny Pinkhouse
5. "Shoot" Sonic Youth
6. "Prove it" Television
7. "Primitive (The Way I treat you)" Ambulance ltd.
8. "Swap Meet" Nirvana
9. "Honestly?" American Football
10. "Tell me somethin" Charizma & Peanut butter Wolf

Allen | December 22, 2004 02:55 PM

Guess one can tell, I'm somewhat of an older fellow!

Back To St. Louis - James Cotton
Soul Man - Ramsey Lewis
Teach Me Tonight - Dinah Washington
Walkin' After Midnight - Patsy Cline
Hava Nagila - Dick Dale
Last Train To Clarksville - Cassandra Wilson
Lo Sceicco Bianco - Nino Rota
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
Sweet Virginia - Rolling Stones

Brent | January 7, 2005 11:46 PM

Here's mine:

We have one middle aged dad, a twenty year old and two 14 year olds so here goes...

Animals - We Got to Get Out of This Place.

Mungo Jerry - In the Summertime.

Operation Ivy - Take Warning.

Moody Blues - English Sunset.

Shania Twain - Breathless.

Springfields - Silver Thread and Golden Needles.

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven.

Duke Ellington and John Coltrane - Angelica.

Nickelback - Window Shopping.

Carly Simon and James Taylor - Mockingbird.

kim scheele | September 17, 2005 05:32 AM

I would just love to hear Iris Dement and John prine sing In Spite of our selves Please?

Bottfeld | May 24, 2006 01:20 PM

the line Duns in california was the last line of which of the James Gang songs.

Anonymous | June 11, 2006 08:48 AM

1.If Only - The Kooks
2.Fly me to the moon - Bobby Darin
3.Time Awaits - The Kooks
4.Lay, Lady, Lay - Bob Dylan
5.In my place - Coldplay
6.I miss you - Blink 182
7.Under the thumb - Amy Studt
8.Caroline, yes - Kaiser Chiefs
9.Knockin' on heaven's door - Bob Dylan
10.Bedshaped - Keane
OMG!!! I have such crapped up music taste!
Actually, I don't really, I just look like it from this list. Please don't judge me on this list, I have about six hundred songs, these are some of the worst ones. (Excluding Bob Dylan and The Kooks of course)

Semety | September 10, 2006 02:44 PM

1. Johnny Cash - Devil Went Back to Georgia
2. Jay & the Americans - She Cried
3. Mamas & Papas - California Dreamin'
4. Madonna - This Used to be my Playground
5. ABBA - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
6. Daniel Lavoie - Les Grandes Personnes Sont Comme Ca
7. Me (clarinet) - When I'm Sixty-Four
8. Irish Rovers - The Biplane Evermore
9. Johnny Tillotson - Poetry in Motion
10. Irish Rovers - Snoopy vs the Red Baron

livvy | November 13, 2006 10:05 AM

[deleted for not being nearly as funny as the author clearly thought it was -- JS]

Post a comment.

Comments are moderated to stop spam; if your comment goes into moderation, it may take a couple of hours to be released. Please read this for my comment moderation policies.
Preview will not show paragraph breaks. Trust me, they're there.
The proprietor generally responds to commenters in kind. If you're polite, he'll be polite. If you're a jackass, he'll be a jackass. If you are ignorant, he may correct you.
When in doubt, read the comment thread rules.

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)