The Two-Minute Man, Episode 20: Final Edition
We've reached the end of the line for the Two-Minute Man. It was a good run, but if I hear that Jack Johnson song one more time ... well, I might actually start to like it. We'll give it a final send-off when I break out the Excel spreadsheet for a statistical breakdown, which was really the main inspiration from the beginning.
1. "Gimme Shelter" - The Rolling Stones
And so we come full circle. The song that took the top spot back in Week 1 is also on top in the final week. Is it the best of the 200 songs? That will be revealed next week.
2. "When I Come Around" - Green Day
Have I told you about the time that I was tackled on MTV by Tre Cool while the rest of Green Day and Matt Pinfield looked on and laughed? True story.
3. "Rock the Casbah" - The Clash
4. "Take Me to the River" - Talking Heads
These two songs are a good representation of why I'm giving up on this Globe thing. They are fine songs, but can't they deviate from the norm just a bit to give us something else? They sure do it with Petty. (Yes, I've heard "London Calling" and "Psycho Killer," but still.)
5. "Kashmir" - Led Zeppelin
I came into this Two-Minute Man venture with preconceived biases against two pantheon bands I knew I'd hear a lot - Zeppelin and the Police. I've determined that Zeppelin is still not my thing but I can enjoy it in one-song doses. Maybe even two-song doses. No budging on the Police/Sting, though. Total twerp. (Sorry, had to get one last Sting dig in there.)
6. "Hard Sun" - Eddie Vedder
To respond a bit to some comments in the Kurt Cobain post from a few days ago, I'm not saying that Eddie Vedder wasn't into Fugazi or didn't have punk credentials. But the public perception, right or wrong, was that Cobain was legit, Vedder was less so. And that clearly bothered him and he has spent much of the last 15 years trying to reverse that.
7. "Closing Time" - Semisonic
Remember when I got "Addicted to Love" stuck in my head for three weeks? Every time I hear this song I fear the same thing will happen.
9. "Madly" - Tristan Prettyman
Little known fact: Tristan Prettyman is actually a kinda foxy woman. Who knew?
10. "Can't Stop" - The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Must stop. Can't take. Any more. Chili Peppers. Goodbye. Two-Minute Man.
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