The Two-Minute Man, Episode 7: Even Christmas Doesn't Excuse the Chipmunks Edition
Hey, I never thought that Steely Dan would claim the top spot on one of these lists either. But in a relatively weak field, "Reeling in the Years" takes top prize, barely beating out Daltrey and Townshend, who get points docked for making a mockery out of the song's most memorable line.
1. "Reeling in the Years" - Steely Dan
Apparently the solo in this tune is Jimmy Page's favorite of all time and it's hard to argue with that. Someone in the comments section for the video linked above said that in concert these days that solo is played by on sax. Which would be a brutal injustice. Anyone have any insights there? And is it just me or did Thin Lizzy take some inspiration from this tune?
2. "My Generation" - The Who
Yeah, it's pretty classic, sure. But it doesn't hold a candle to the version done by the Zimmers! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY
3. "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" - Cake
You always know a Cake song when you hear it. It will be a little funky, there will be a pretty-to-very killer guitar riff and some bizarre spoken-word vocals from John McCrea. It's a formula that has worked well for them. More than a decade after "The Distance," the band is still playing large concert halls.
4. "You'll Be Coming Down" - Bruce Springsteen
Bruce sounds kind of tired on this one, but I like when he sounds that way. You know who doesn't sound tired here? Max Weinberg. His snare cracks are monstrous. I suppose Brendan O'Brien deserves some of the credit for that, as well, but it's more fun to say good things about Max.
5. "Under the Milky Way" - The Church
This is what alternative radio sounded like before Nirvana. Pleasant enough, but I do miss the distortion.
6. "Buffalo Soldier" - Bob Marley
I don't have much to say about this song but I'll offer up this hypothesis: If throwing a party in college, Bob Marley is the most agreeable soundtrack, with the Beastie Boys coming in a close second.
7. "Christmas" - The Who
Of all the Christmas-related tunes I could have caught on Christmas morning, this one was pretty welcome. It could have been - and was - plenty worse, as evidenced by the cellar dweller on this list.
8. "Stay (Wasting Time)" - Dave Matthews Band
True or false - Dave Matthews Band will still be selling out amphitheaters every summer in 2017? I'll have to go with "true," as long as Dave doesn't get that "artistic" itch to do something other than play the same ol' hits for the same ol' folk.
9. "Daughters" - John Mayer
Even John Mayer himself is pretty embarrassed by this song, as he pleaded with his label not to release it as a single. He lost that battle but won a Song of the Year Grammy for his troubles. Which bodes well for "Hey There Delilah" in February, I suppose.
10. "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" - The Chipmunks
If you ever wonder why some Jewish people get grumpy around Christmas, it's because 1) we don't get any presents and 2) we have to endure an entire month of hearing songs like this on the radio.
By David Malitz |
December 28, 2007; 5:51 PM ET
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