I just chose the time when I most need to be doing other things.
Well, here goes nothing, folks. You know the drill: top 50, where I found them, first song, song that inspired love, favourite song.
50. Billy Talent
Discovered: because my mother likes them
First: River Below
Loved: River Below
Favourite: Standing In The Rain
Discovered: when I stole my friend Dave's entire music collection
First: Short Skirt/Long Jacket
Loved: Long Line Of Cars
Favourite: Arco Arena
48. Big Heavy Stuff
Discovered: through this fabulous website
First: Wide Eyed & Open
Loved: One Day in Your Life Gone
Favourite: One Day in Your Life Gone
47. The Fray
Discovered: this girl I like gave me a song on a mix CD.
First: How to Save a Life
Loved: How to Save a Life
Favourite: Little House
46. Porcupine Tree
Discovered: don't completely remember, want to say it was a recommendation from him
Loved: The Sound of Muzak
45. A Perfect Circle
Discovered: widely known association with Tool, I suppose
First: The Package
Loved: 3 Libras
Favourite: 3 Libras
Discovered: my friends in middle school listened to them
First: Empty Apartment
Loved: Way Away
Discovered: they were on the Shrek soundtrack
First: My Beloved Monster
Loved: I Need Some Sleep
Favourite: I Need Some Sleep
Discovered: my mother bought their CDs back in the day
First: Radio Song
Loved: Losing My Religion
Favourite: Star Me Kitten
Discovered: I covered a song of theirs in a band (called El Gusto
with the future keyboardist of This Day & Age
and The Reign Of Kindo
First: Starting Line
Loved: Starting Line
Favourite: Straight Jackets
40. Death Cab for Cutie
Discovered: the same band that played an Adelaide
song also played one by these guys.
First: Passenger Seat
Loved: Passenger Seat
Favourite Title and Registration
Discovered: my childhood friends... let's call them the Moose Caboose... the ones that listened to Yellowcard
also listened to this band.
First: We Still Kill The Old Way
Loved: Goodbye Tonight
Favourite: I Don't Know
38. Our Lady Peace
Discovered: an aunt of mine gave me Gravity
for Christmas one year
First: All For You
Loved: Sell My Soul
37. John Mayer
Discovered: at this point, my mother was more up on modern music than I was, she had Room for Squares
First: No Such Thing
Loved: No Such Thing
Discovered: a one-time co-worker of mine called Frank the Contractor, a mid-thirties or so bicycling enthusiast, lent me his external hard drive, which contained this among other musical gems
35. The Fall of Troy
Discovered: they were headlining a tour containing the best band ever
Favourite: The Holy Tape
(actually The Hol[ ]y Tape, but that messes up the tags.)
34. Love Outside Andromeda
Discovered: this fabulous website, saw the name and laughed long and introspectively
First: Andy Warhol
Loved: Something White & Sigmund
33. Youngblood Brass Band
Discovered: a percussionist friend of mine in high school wanted to assemble a similar group; alas, it was never to be
Loved: dead man stomping
Favourite: Round One
32. Regina Spektor
Discovered: recommended by a friend from a musical we were both in last year who has the same exact musical taste as me
First: On the Radio
Loved: On the Radio
Discovered: my mother's been playing this fine group for me since I was born
First: (as if I remember? I'm guessing) Dreamline
Loved: Ghost of a Chance
30. Stone Temple Pilots
Discovered: the radio... I'm a 90s child.
Loved: Sour Girl
Favourite: Sour Girl
29. Jonatha Brooke
Discovered: from the collection of Frank the Contractor
First: How Deep Is Your Love?
Loved: How Deep Is Your Love?
Favourite: Because I Told You So
Discovered: thanks to this place
First: Like Paper Cuts
Favourite: Snow Brigade
27. Eddi Reader
Discovered: from the mixed-up files of Frank the Contractor.
First: Wonderful Lie
Loved: Wonderful Lie
Favourite: Prodigal Daughter
26. Gatsby's American Dream
Discovered: my bff Dave sent me a song of theirs
First: Your Only Escape
Favourite: The Guilt Engine
Heh... alright, that's half. In fact, if you're reading this... and I really have no idea why anyone would read this, this is more for my own reference than anything... then I'd say don't bother with the first half, as I don't listen to some of those artists anymore. Plus, you're wasting time inefficiently. Now, writing one of these, that is quality time wasting.
25. They Might Be Giants
Discovered: they had a song on a Dr. Demento novelty song collection, which my father owns.
First: Particle Man
Loved: Experimental Film
Favourite: Doctor Worm
24. Ken Stringfellow
Discovered: the same aunt who introduced me to Our Lady Peace gave me Touched
for a birthday.
First: Down Like Me
Loved: Spanish Waltz
Favourite: Find Yourself Alone
23. Starlight Mints
Discovered: on my 17th birthday, on a mix CD from the coolest kid in my school.
First: Black Cat
Loved: Black Cat
22. Frank Zappa
Discovered: through various parental figures. My father used to play in a Frank Zappa cover band.
Favourite: Echidna's Arf (Of You)
Discovered: a friend in my chemistry class would wear a shirt with a Tool logo to school ever day. When I inquired, I was given a copy of Lateralus
, which was a sort of musical awakening for me. Up to that point, my music listening was basically controlled by what my parents listened to. But at that point I didn't even know music like this existed.
First: The Grudge
Loved: The Grudge
Favourite: The Patient
Discovered: I covered Brightest
in a band.
19. Relient K
Discovered: the Moose Caboose listened to them, I liked them initially because they did a split single with the Veggie Tales
Favourite: Who I Am Hates Who I've Been
Discovered: listening since birth, again my mother's collection
Loved: Man on the Corner
Favourite: No Reply at All
17. Tally Hall
Discovered: Moose Caboose people found their hilarious, hilarious videos at www.tallyhall.com
, and subsequently fell victim to their brilliant music
First: Banana Man
Favourite: Ruler Of Everything
16. This Day & Age
Discovered: I once played in a band with their keyboardist. For serious. His name is Kelly and if you ask him who I am, he will tell you that I am the greatest bass player he has ever played with. (Maybe.)
First: always straight ahead
Loved: Of Course We've All Seen The Sun
Favourite: Of Course We've All Seen The Sun
15. Grüvis Malt
Discovered: recommended to me by the fine folks here at last.fm
First: Filling In A City
Loved: Filling In A City
Favourite: The American Trilogy (Scene 2: Joe Returns From the Front)
14. As Tall As Lions
Discovered: A girl I used to like listened to them. Isn't that how it always goes? Actually, no, judging from this list, that's how it goes in three of fifty cases.
First: Break Blossom
Loved: Break Blossom
Favourite: Ghost Of York
Discovered: the same band that covered the rest of the songs I've mentioned herein also did Summertime
Favourite: This Is The Countdown
12. Barenaked Ladies
Discovered: my friend and probably long-lost brother Dave is a fan, and before that I vaguely recall hearing them on that radio thing.
Loved: Brian Wilson
Favourite: Pinch Me
Discovered: my mother purchased Rotting Piñata when their two radio hits were enjoying their six-month stay on the charts, and as I recall, was disappointed with it. Something possessed me to pick it up again eight years later, and found that there are times when even my mother's musical taste misses something wonderful.
Alright kids, here we go! The top ten! Won't these be so much more exciting? No, they'll actually be identical in format to the first forty. But if you're this far, you might as well continue. Or you're merely skimming it, like I usually do when I happen to find myself clicked to one of these, and stopping to wonder what it is I've written in that mysterious paragraph in the middle of it. Oh - wait, is it coming? Yes, I can feel it, a logic wormhole, better keep going with my trite listing.
10. The Cure
Discovered: I grew up on [album artist=The Cure]Wish
, once again, thanks to my mother
Favourite: To Wish Impossible Things
9. Crash Test Dummies
Discovered: what I'm getting from compiling this is that my mother controls me. Or at least the music I listen to. Except now the tables are turning, I have her enjoying the likes of Porcupine Tree
, and, well, the rest of this list that she didn't play for me when I was a toddler.
First: Winter Song
Loved: God Shuffled His Feet
Favourite: When I Go Out With Artists
Discovered: a recommendation from the you-know-whos at the you-know-what-website-you're-browsing
Favourite: New Pin
7. Steely Dan
Discovered: the poor, lonely, single, solitary artist I've acquired exclusively from my father's collection that I still listen to significantly. Well, he's decidedly anti-progressive rock, so I say that's his fault.
First: Kid Charlemagne
Loved: Kid Charlemagne
Favourite: Doctor Wu
Discovered: my dear Auntie McGoodbirthdaypresents gave me Make Yourself
Favourite: The Warmth
5. Gentle Giant
Discovered: an ex-bandmate of mine from Strepitus
introduced me. Yet another 'I had no idea music like this existed' moment.
Loved: Free Hand
Favourite: In A Glass House
4. Minus the Bear
Discovered: a girl I used to like listened to them. And bollocks, number four? Maybe I should have dated her. I don't see any recommendations from girls I actually dated up here in the top ten.
First: Hey! Is That a Ninja Up There?
Loved: Hey! Is That a Ninja Up There?
Favourite: Houston, We Have Uh Oh
3. Kevin Gilbert
Discovered: that wonderful fellow Frank the Contractor - if you were smart and scrolled down to the bottom of the list, I will refer you to entry 36 - Giraffe for the full explanation
First: Goodness Gracious
Loved: Goodness Gracious
Discovered: Strepitus Brian (see 5 - Gentle Giant). This is the greatest band in existence, and the only reason they are #2 is because my #1 has released a lot more songs, and to be fair, #1 is a fairly close #2.
Discovered: if this is any testament to the power of last.fm, my #1 most listened artist was a recommendation based on my existing charts.
First: A Message to the Flat Earth Society
Loved: Manhattan Loves You
Favourite: New Moon Over Swift Water
OKAY! I'm done! So why am I still writing? Why are you still reading? This is starting to look like filler text for the back of a bag of Doritos. I guess all I can say to you right now is that if you're stalking me this much, or alternatively, bored enough to read through all of that, then you might as well check out my music! The band I played in over the summer recorded material for an as-of-yet unreleased EP, but it can all be heard at the Jovian Flame
artist page! Also, I'm writing material for a separate project, tentatively called Lavalanche
- only one song up so far, but I'm working on it. It shall be more epic than you realize, or than that one song indicates.
So I feel as though I owe you something right now. Like, your time back. Or at the least… a sonnet. So here goes with that.
We walk these worn discoveries anew,
Pretend they are our own, and overlook
The carpeting of footprints undershoe,
And claim to have assembled what we took.
There is no source or origin to blame,
From years of plagiarizing plagiarists;
For centuries existing all the same,
With not one new idea in our fists.
If every generation could begin
Precisely where the last had met its peak,
Progression would be shunned as social sin;
We like too much to think we are unique.
Perhaps it's for the best we have not rushed
To meet our end with fragile stasis crushed.
And that's my justification for doing this.