The Two-Minute Man, Episode 10: Best Single Album Band? Edition
Weasel owed me after last week's debacle and he came through. Lots of the usual suspects, but that's usually for the best on this station. Stay tuned next week for a John Hollinger-esque statistical breakdown of the first 100 songs featured in the Two-Minute Man. It will be nerdtastic.
1. "American Girl" - Tom Petty
With this song Petty took the lead as Most Played Artist through the first 100 songs of Two-Minute Man. (I'm serious about that statistical breakdown. I've got an Excel spreadsheet and everything.) Those backing vocals in the chorus still freak me out a bit, but that's the only thing resembling a complaint that I can make. Your life will be better if you listen to this song once per day.
2. "There She Goes" - The La's
The "best one album band" debate is a fun one even if it gets dicey with some details. (Is "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" a proper album? What about those albums credited to Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers?) No matter what the official critera, the La's need to be prominently involved in the discussion. This is a great single but might not even rank in the top five songs on the band's lone album. And let's just pretend that Sixpence the Richer cover version never happened.
3. "Street Fighting Man" - The Rolling Stones
Sometimes there's nothing to say about awesome Rolling Stones songs except, "Man, this is an awesome Rolling Stones song."
4. "Lady Madonna" - The Beatles
McCartney Bounce Report Card: "Penny Lane" - A. "Good Day Sunshine" - B+ "Lady Madonna" - B. "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" - D. "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" - F-minus.
5. "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" - R.E.M.
One of my first "real" concerts was R.E.M. at the Cap Centre on the "Green" tour. During this song there was some video montage playing on a giant screen behind the band. Stipe "forgot" the lyrics at one point and the video just happened to stop at the same moment. What a coincidence, right? Maybe that's when my disillusionment with music started.
6. "Pictures of You" - The Cure
There's a line I use when talking about certain bands and the Cure is a perfect example. It goes like this: "I like the Cure, but if you like them, you probably like them more than I do."
7. "Pride (In the Name of Love)" - U2
You know in the "Rattle and Hum" version of this song when Bono goes, "For the Reverend Martin Luther King - sing"? I always get embarrassed when I hear that, for some reason.
8. "Everybody Knows" - Ryan Adams
I haven't come close to keeping up with Adams and his out-of-control prolificacy, so I could be off here. But if it all sounds like this I don't really get the point. It's a perfectly pleasing if wholly run-of-the-mill roots rock ditty - but is there any need to release four albums a year of this kind of stuff?
9. "Big Log" - Robert Plant
I can think of two things that the title could be a euphemism for and I'm not sure which one is worse.
10. "Blurry" - Puddle of Mudd
This must have been a mistake. Right?
By David Malitz |
January 18, 2008; 4:13 PM ET
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