The Two-Minute Man, Episode 11: Predicting the Future Edition
Just yesterday I listed the Doors and the Police as two bands that were missing from the first 100 songs but would certainly be heard from soon. And who did I hear this morning? That's right, the Doors and the Police. No, I won't tell you my Super Bowl prediction.
1. "Champagne Supernova" - Oasis
Oasis has officially become my favorite band to hear on the Globe. I gave this song the ultimate stamp of approval by sitting in the car listening to the over-the-top guitar theatrics (Paul Weller!) even though I was already back in my parking spot. I sure hope "Live Forever" makes an appearance soon.
2. "Wish You Were Here" - Pink Floyd
The best Pink Floyd song? I say so, but that's coming from someone who isn't really into Floyd. I prefer Sleepy Floyd.
3. "Love Shack" - B-52's
You're what? No, seriously, you're what? To this day I have no idea what Kate Pierson is saying. Well, I just Googled it, so now I know. I didn't think she was saying actual words, but I guess I was wrong. I posit that this song is its generation's "Shout."
4. "Can't Stand Losing You" - The Police
One of the better Police tunes since it's punchy, catchy and there's even a bit of bitter humor. Humor about suicide, but still. Here's Vampire Weekend's "A-Punk", for comparison's sake. I hear plenty of similarities.
5. "She Drives Me Crazy" - Fine Young Cannibals
You know how archaeologists uncover ancient artifacts and figure out, with relative ease, what era it comes from? I feel like this is one of those songs that you can listen to for about 20-30 seconds and be like, "Ah, yes, 1989." Dolly Parton's covering this one on her upcoming album and I just don't know what to think about that.
6. "Sultans of Swing" - Dire Straits
You think Mark Knopfler ever leaves phone messages as Bob Dylan? They're buddies, so I think he could get away with it. That's probably how Dylan ended up "agreeing" to appear in that Victoria's Secret ad. Good prank, Knopfler!
7. "Runaway Train" - Soul Asylum
Back in 1993 I saw a Spin Doctors/Soul Asylum/Screaming Trees show at Merriweather. Who would have thought back then that Screaming Trees would go on to have the most success from that point on?
8. "Love Her Madly" - The Doors
We keep threatening to start this "Please Explain to Me" thing and the Doors would be near the top of my list. I guess Jim Morrison would need most of the explaining, though. I kind of dig the weird, bluesy circus music the rest of the band made but the whole Jim Morrison thing is completely lost on me.
9. "No Rain" - Blind Melon
This is the first repeat? When it was featured in the premiere edition of 2MM I said, "...only mildly irritating if heard once every four years. Sort of like James Carville." Well, two months ain't four years. Grating.
10. "You're the World to Me" - David Gray
I would like to see an intergender, adult-alternative tag-team wrestling match between David Gray and Sheryl Crow vs. John Mayer and Joan Osborne. It would be for charity, and it would at least keep them from playing music for a little while.
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