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.

8. "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution" - The Black Crowes
If the brothers Robinson every played this at Constitution Hall it would be, like, totally meta.

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.

By David Malitz |  April 11, 2008; 5:58 PM ET Two-Minute Man
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thanks for the memories David. i think this weekly posting actually has had an impact on the Globe's playlist.

they recently set up a listener survey and i partook in it. what songs did i say i hated? let's see...KT Tunstill got a big "YOU SUCK" as did those "Paralyzer" dudes and Sarah McLahlan. If i want to listen to KT or Sarah, i'll tune to Wash 97.1 thank you very much!

anyway, my point is that the Globe is getting better slowly but surely. or maybe i'm just playing the role of victim in an abusive relationship where i endure the crappiness of hearing "Hey Oh, Snow" for the 1,000,000th time just so i can hear those precious non-mainstream Clash or Pretenders songs they sometimes reward us with...

Posted by: around | April 14, 2008 10:31 AM

I still love Semisonic, going to the Birchmere tonight just to see Dan Wilson (he's opening for Kathleen Edwards).

Posted by: Hemisphire | April 14, 2008 11:38 AM

Pretty good list this week. IMO, nothing that really makes one want to go running for the hills. It is unfortunate that they don't play more Clash, but a lot of their best stuff isn't so radio friendly, especially to a station that shys away from most songs containing profanity.

Posted by: EricS | April 14, 2008 1:02 PM

The Green Day song should drop to #6. Otherwise, well done, and an appropriate farewell to the TMM.

Posted by: SSMD | April 14, 2008 2:58 PM

Tristan Prettyman is pretty hot. I got to interview her for my college paper a few years ago, she's got that effortless cool thing going on.

Posted by: U street girl | April 18, 2008 10:41 AM

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