List Of The Day

  • Lou Reed — Remembering the Old Crank

    Rob O'Connor at List Of The Day5 mths ago

    Rumors went up and down the intertubes until the New York Times confirmed that Lou Reed died at the age of 71. That the heavens required Reed's services came as a shocker to those who assumed Reed would live forever, as most cranky old folks usually do. Apparently, his wife Laurie Anderson softened him up just enough to be vulnerable to human frailties and sweet emotion.

    I've listed a top 25 of sorts, of songs that look over his long career and then spend most of the time going back to those early Velvet Underground albums. In fact, as you'll see, there's an entire album out there that couldn't be broken up for the sake of a silly list.

    But, for real, Lou Reed, rest in peace.

    25) "Coney Island Baby" The title track to the album of the same name, "Coney Island Baby" is that moment on record where Lou tries a little tenderness and rubs one off for the coach. Man, he liked confusing his fans. Just when you thought he had the gay life figured out, he remembers his days playing football. Like most things Lou, you wonder if it really happened. Only Butch Firbank knows.

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  • 1978 — Missed It By That Much! Top Ten Hits That Never Made It To #1!

    Rob O'Connor at List Of The Day6 mths ago

    As much as people love #1 hits, people also love to see which familiar songs didn't make it to #1. So, this list features songs from 1978 that made it into the Top 10 but never reached #1. After each artist's name, you'll see the song's peak position in the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts.

    Some here were likely #1 hits on gerrymandered charts like Top Radio Dance Hits Covered by Payola, Top Hard Rock Songs on FM AOR Stations Who Play the Same 20 Artists To Death and Mall Record Store's Top Singles with White Kids in the Suburbs.

    Let's see where this day takes us! The songs are listed chronologically as they first appeared on charts in 1978. Artists with two songs are entered by the appearance of their first hit of the year.

    25) We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions -- Queen (#4): You wouldn't know it from all the footstompin' at sports stadiums throughout the land that have 'Rocked' us over the years. If you don't sing "We Are The Champions" after winning a card game with your neighbors, you're letting them off too easy.

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  • Creepy Music For Halloween, the Creepiest Holiday Ever!

    Rob O'Connor at List Of The Day6 mths ago

    But for those of us whose musical tastes vary wildly, I thought I'd throw together a beautifully random list of names that would make your Halloween quite enjoyable and festive. There are literally hundreds of artists who could make this list. But it's important to set limits. Be sure to write in your own personal faves for Halloween in the space generously provided by the technicians here at Y! Music. We're all about the service!

    Halloween is a time for sharing. I'll let you have my candy corn if you'll give me your peanut butter cup! (Why does that sound so… dirty? )

    10) My Bloody Valentine: Sure, you could find more obvious choices like Rob Zombie or Alice Cooper or Kiss, for that matter, but not everyone likes to be hit over the head with such pandering. We get it, you're scary! I'd rather listen to Loveless at an unreasonable volume and lose what little hearing I have left. The album is like a heavily medicated maze that gets more confusing the longer you listen. I've fallen asleep to it and woken up and wondered where the hell I was. Add a black light and you will lose your mind!

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  • The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Nominees for 2014: Let Them Play

    Rob O'Connor at List Of The Day (NEW)6 mths ago

    Sitting back on the couch reading the internets while listening to an early Yes album, while having discussed the merits of Kiss' Double Platinum 'Greatest Hits' album with a friend earlier in the day -- it's a hard job but somebody has to be paid to do it -- I came across the list of nominees for the 2014 Rock and Roll of Fame and, lo and behold, look who made the list! (My listening to the Dream Academy doesn't seem to have helped them at all.)

    Never before have I seen a list of potentials where I didn't get a bit queasy with at least half the potentials. I guess that's what happens when the Red Hot Chili Peppers are already in.

    To be eligible, artists must have released their first single or album in 1988 or earlier. This year, the Nirvana boys are the only act to be nominated in their first year of eligibility.

    While it's my belief that everyone should be admitted to the Hall of Fame because Rock 'n' Roll is not an elitist music, I understand the game being played and I offer up my choices 16-1.

    Your opinions may vary, though I have no idea why.

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  • 1978 – The World of Music 35 Years Ago!

    Rob O'Connor at List Of The Day (NEW)6 mths ago

    I'm sure I've covered this year long ago when it was likely only 30 years ago. But it isn't like anyone wants to go looking for those lists. I know I don't. Not when I can fudge the whole concept into not albums, not #1 singles, but both! Yep, when it comes to innovation, I'm your guy!

    Whether or not 1978 was actually a good year is purely subjective. Unlike, say 1966, which is generally considered to be about the best year ever. Or maybe that's 1969. If only someone as astute as Mark Twain were alive to give us his perspective.

    25) Van Halen -- Van Halen: It was a little weird in the 1980s when this band called The Meatmen used to parody David Lee Roth and Van Halen. Why? Are you not aware that they're already doing it? Or you thought they really were like jogging alongside Satan and asking his career advice? That's so 1930s!

    24) Brian Eno -- Music For Airports: Just as sometimes it's better not to say anything than to say what's on your mind, sometimes it's better not to play the notes or to employ a drummer just to keep the unions happy. Be free.

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  • 25 Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Singers Who Could Only Sing Rock ‘n’ Roll!

    Rob O'Connor at List Of The Day (NEW)7 mths ago

    This is not a list of the 25 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Singers. That list would include many of the people here but would also add stylists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Brian Wilson, Eric Burdon, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding…who have handled a variety of styles with similar authority.

    The people listed below would be folksingers or the most radical of bluesmen in another age. Or they might not make it anywhere. They are in no way bad singers, though a large portion of the melisma-conditioned public would disagree.

    Wondering where someone like Billy Corgan, Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis or Henry Rollins might be? They would better qualify for a list of the Worst Rock 'n' Roll Singers Who Struggle To Sing Rock 'n' Roll.

    25) Nick Cave: Nick Cave is lots o' fun and truly manic when he screams and does his demented voodoo-blues-preacher-howl, but when he sings ballads he warbles on notes so horribly he sounds like Peter Brady singing "Time To Change." There's a reason the Birthday Party were a swell batch of blare and a good part of it had to with young, earnest Nick Cave ruining his vocal cords! Thanks, Nick!

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  • 30 Reasons Why The Clash Were Pretty Darn Good

    Rob O'Connor at List Of The Day7 mths ago

    This week of September 11 and beyond will be temporarily known as Year 1 A.C. -- After Clash. Or so fans, record label folks and other ‘boosters’ of the group would like you to believe. Remember, this was once the group marketed as ‘The Only Band That Matters.’ They were also a band whose first album wasn’t released in the US until two years after its official UK release (with many tracks switched out) for being too raw for US listeners, who -- to be fair -- were busy assimilating the finer points of Yacht Rock at the time.

    Thus, in the end, the marketing ‘overreach’ likely turned off as many midwestern listeners, who preferred modesty to hype (unless your name was Led Zeppelin, then by all means take a look at my girlfriend, she’s the only one I got...). Those who stuck by these Super-British Rockers and listened past their abrasive British accents -- why can’t they all be like that charming Rod Stewart lad? -- discovered a band that turned out quite excellent.

    Though, technically, the band broke up sometime after the now fully-denied Cut the Crap album, history now teaches us that Combat Rock was their real sayonara and that we were all fans of the group since the import-only days.

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  • 13 Ways Old People Are Keeping The Music Industry Alive!

    Rob O'Connor at List Of The Day (NEW)7 mths ago

    Since young people don't pay for anything, since according to these non-rent-paying individuals all music should be free and musicians should subsist on good wishes, back slaps and help from their parents, it's up to the old folks to release music that their parents actually pay for. Veteran musicians have quaint fans who like to own cardboard, paper and shiny objects.

    Just looking out there you'll see a random assortment of stuff that is clearly not aimed at 20-somethings, but at people who have that cushy corner office job that says "Heck, yeah, I can afford somewhere between $12 and $400 to take some tunes home with me. Sure, I can do that."

    Of course the music business could likely make more money if they'd just not charge $17 for an album that everyone can rip for pennies. But I'm not here to tell Kanye's label how to run their business. (Though, seriously, a see-thru case with nothing but sample clearances as the artwork?)

    Thirteen sounds like a lucky number. Let's look at what old people are up to!

    13) Jethro Tull -- Benefit (Collector's Edition):

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  • The Fall Tour Schedule For 2013!

    Rob O'Connor at List Of The Day (NEW)7 mths ago

    Just because summer’s over and the time is now officially wrong for dancing in the streets doesn’t mean the party stops! In most cases, it means the party goes indoors! For those who love climate-controlled atmospheres, this news couldn’t be better!

    Here are some of the excellent, most anticipated shows available as people in the colder climes begin winterizing their homes and people in California cry because they have to wear a jacket in the evening!

    Las Vegas is jammed with people like Rod Stewart and Shania Twain who’d prefer you travel to them. The Dixie Chicks will stay in Canada! And The Eagles never go away!

    15) Chris Cornell – Songbook Tour:

    Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell brings his folkie guitar along for an acoustic tour that will feature selections from his solo catalog as well as those from his old band, including specially-arranged tunes from Soundgarden’s 2012 album King Animal, their first in over 16 years. Canada, California, New England and New Jersey feature prominently on the schedule.

    14) Barenaked Ladies – Last Summer On Earth Tour:

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