A music meme, stolen from Travis Oct 15, 2008

Set your music thingy to shuffle, and take down the first 40 songs (artist + title).  (Note: I skipped untagged tracks, and ones that are not music.)

  1. Rebekah - Cardboard Boxes
  2. Beatles - Helter Skelter
  3. Liquid Tension Experiment - Freedom of Speech (live)
  4. Green Jelly - Green Jelly Theme Song
  5. They Might Be Giants - A Self Called Nowhere
  6. Yes - Machine Messiah
  7. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone?
  8. Smile.DK - Boys
  9. Soular System - If At First You Don't Succeed
  10. Bruce Springsteen - Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
  11. Beatnik Turtle - My Way Or The Highway (Theme from Brawl)
  12. Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle
  13. Angele Dubeau & La Pieta - Antique Airs and Dances, Suite #1: Gaglianda
  14. Jethro Tull - Steel Monkey
  15. Ian Anderson - Panama Freighter
  16. King Crimson - The Howler
  17. Extreme - Song for Love
  18. Queen - Friends Will Be Friends
  19. Yes - Be The One
  20. Tel Aviv - Securities
  21. Johnny Fortune - Soul Surfer
  22. Apollo 100 - Joy
  23. Heart - Kick it Out
  24. Marillion - Gazpacho
  25. Ian and Sylvia - Short Grass
  26. Eagles - Lyin' Eyes
  27. Battlefield Band - The Dear Green Place
  28. Liquid Tension Experiment - Kindred Spirits
  29. Ramases - Dying Swan Year 2000
  30. Doc Watson - Blue Railroad Train
  31. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - A Time and a Place
  32. David Bowie - Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
  33. Blackmore's Night - 25 Years
  34. Beatles - With A Little Help From My Friends
  35. Weavers - The Peekskill Story
  36. Jim's Big Ego - Bon Nuit Tree
  37. They Might Be Giants - XTC vs. Adam Ant
  38. Napoleon Blown Aparts - Good Night (to the Good Kings)
  39. Styx - The Grand Finale
  40. Eagles - Best of My Love


  1. Which song do you prefer, #1 or #40? #40, but I don't love either of them

  2. Have you ever listened to #12 continuously on repeat? Probably so.  At least, it seems like a song I might have done that with, since I like it a lot.

  3. What album is #26 from? I have no idea what album it's originally from, but I have it on a greatest hits compilation.

  4. What do you think about the artist who did #15? He's definitely one of my favorites, both with and without Jethro Tull.

  5. Is #19 one of your favorite songs? Nope.  It's not even from one of my favorite Yes albums.

  6. Who does #38 remind you of? Nobody in particular.  It does remind me of "4 Bad LARPs in 40 Bad Minutes," which is the reason I ended up getting that album - to use it on the soundtrack.

  7. Does #20 have better lyrics or music? I haven't a clue.  This is one of the songs I got from my brother Sam on a mix CD, and I tend to like about 50% of those, and the other ones stay around in my library but don't get too much attention.  This is one of the latter half.

  8. Do any of your friends like #3? Yep.  In fact, I got it from my friend Jon, who introduced me to LTE.

  9. Is #33 from a movie soundtrack? No.

  10. Is #18 overplayed on the radio? Yes.  God, yes.

  11. What does #21 remind you of? It's a surf guitar track.  I used to love the Beach Boys when I was in middle school, so this kind of takes me back there, even though it's not a Beach Boys song.

  12. Which song do you prefer, #5 or #22? #5.  "Joy" is a fun track, but I wouldn't really call it a good song.  John Henry, the album #5 is from, is probably my favorite TMBG album - I really don't hate any track on it, and "A Self Called Nowhere" is one of the better ones.

  13. What album is #17 from? Pornograffiti, the only Extreme album I have.

  14. When did you first hear #39? When I went on my Styx kick senior year, I think.

  15. When did you first hear #7? My brother Sam got me into Ted Leo through one of the aforementioned mix CDs.  I ended up buying the album shortly after that.

  16. What genre is #8? Eurodance.  I have it because it's on one of the Dance Dance Revolution soundtracks, which is actually where I get most of my Eurodance tracks.

  17. Do any of your friends like #14? Maybe Jon.  I think I'm mostly alone in my group of friends in being a Tull fan, and Crest of a Knave is pretty hardcore-Tull-fan material.

  18. What color does #4 remind you of? Green, duh. :)

  19. Have you ever blasted #11 on your stereo? Nah.  I'm a big fan of this album in theory, but I think the execution is not actually so great.

  20. What genre is #37? I think I have it filed under "Geek Pop," where I keep all my TMBG.  But it's more of an XTC style parody, really.

  21. Can you play #13 on any instrument? With practice, I could probably play the cello part.

  22. What is your favorite lyric from #30? "Gimme back them good old days, and let me ramble down the line."

  23. What is your favorite lyric from #23? "They said she got loose on the night she was born / Cranking it up in a school zone."

  24. Would you recommend #24 to your friends? Not really.  I'd recommend Marillion to my friends for sure, but Afraid of Sunlight is not a good beginner album.

  25. Is #2 a good song to dance to? If not for the Charles Manson associations, I'd say yeah.

  26. Do you ever hear #16 on the radio? King Crimson on the radio?  You must be joking.

  27. Is #32 more of a “nighttime” or “daytime” song? Probably a "daytime" song - I tend to think most Bowie is.

  28. Does #36 have any special meaning to you? To me, no, but there's a cool story behind it, which I learned from the band's web site.  The song was written by a group of campers in a workshop that Jim Infantino held up there, and then was set to music afterwards by the band.  The lyrics are about the camp.

  29. Do any of your friends like #31? Matt probably does, he's a big ELP fan.

  30. Is #25 a fast or slow song? Neither, really, it's a medium-tempo folk song.

  31. Is #35 a happy or sad song? Sad, but it's more like angry, really.

  32. What is one of your favorite lyrics from #9? "Maybe there's a monkey on your back / And you don't want him there."

  33. Is #34 better to listen to alone or with friends? With a little help from my friends, of course!

  34. When did you first hear #27? In my parents' minivan, in Maine.  We'd bought the album while on vacation there.

  35. Name 3 other songs by the artist who did #29: This is going to be hard to do off the top of my head.  I can definitely think of "Hello Mister" and I think he did one called "Jesus Come Back".  They're all pretty nuts, and he only did 2 albums, and I only have one of them.

  36. Do you know all the words to #6? Nope.  In fact, I don't know a single one.

  37. Does #28 have better lyrics or music? It ain't got no lyrics!

  38. What album is #10 from? I have no idea - I got it from Jon Nusholtz to play at his wedding dance, which I DJed.

  39. How did you learn about the artist who does #32? Not really sure - probably from my dad, who mostly introduced me to music.  I've definitely been aware of David Bowie for longer than I can remember.

  40. Are you embarrassed to have/like #5? What about #16? I'm definitely not embarrassed about #5.  I don't particularly love #16, but it's on a King Crimson album that I generally think is pretty good, so I guess I'm not too embarrassed about it either.