Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Top 5 Really Shitty Yet Ultimately Awesome Chick Songs

So, tonight, it's 1:47am, and I'm curled up in bed eating candy corn, watching chick flicks. I just finished Whip It, now I'm halfway through He's Just Not That Into You, and next I think I might watch 10 Things I Hate About You. Any judgement? I don't give a shit. And so here is my list of Top 5 Chick Songs. PS - I'm completely aware that these songs are balls. Absolute balls.

5. "Supermodel" - JILL SOBULE

This is entirely my opinion, remember. In fact there may be chicks out there that don't know this song - at least, anyone that hasn't seen a film from the 90s. There is a time and a place for chick flick songs: in isolated circumstances, this song can either be really shit or really rad. In the car on the way to work? Fuck off, Jill Sobule. In the lounge after 2 shots and a vodka tonic? FUCK YEAH, JILL SOBULE!

4. "Livin' on a Prayer" - BON JOVI

This song usually kicks off a party night, but I don't know a single male that actually likes this song. I know, sure, guys will be like, "yeah I like Bon Jovi, it's a good song, whatever", but seriously, do you actually like the song? If you're making a compilation CD to listen to in your car, do you put this one on it? Or is this song reservered solely for when you're having a party and you're hoping a girl will get on your table and sing this song, loudly and badly? Hence, chick song.

3. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" - DEF LEPPARD

I KNOOOOW this is Def Leppard, the heavy metal pub rock English legends, but there is no denying that this song is played primarily while hot chicks in cowboy boots are dancing on a bar pouring shots of bourbon into the mouths of semi-attractive business men. And it's never good bourbon, either. But the song itself is pretty good.

2. "Just a Girl" - NO DOUBT

What happened to Gwen Stefani? At first she was a pretty good poster girl for pop rock, and No Doubt put out a couple of good songs... from that one album... But then she became this pop princess, strutting around in her clothes, singing about being a hollaback girl. I mean, what the fuck is a hollaback girl? What happened? Ignoring all of that, however, this song is acceptable.

1. "Bad Reputation" - JOAN JETT

Joan Jett is like a gateway drug. A gateway rocker, if you will. I started listening to her when I was 15 (probably this song, in fact, and if I'm completely honest it's probably because I heard it on movies like 10 Things) and it opened up my world to other chick rockers. I was in a band from age 15 through 17, lead singer and bassist, and I idolised chicks like Joan Jett, Brody Dalle, Morgan Lander etc. And now that I'm older and wiser, I know that bands The Distillers and Kittie are... kinda shit. But Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers have always been good.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Top 5 80s Bands

A friend of mine, James, and I were having a discussion the other day over a couple drinks about 80s music. He seems to like and enjoy all of it, whereas I have a very specific taste for the 80s. He then asked me to name some bands I liked from the 80s, and, embarrassingly, I couldn't - because I didn't know what bands started when and who could be classified as "80s". So, off the top of my head, without knowing if these are actually bands from the 80s, also without knowing if there are other bands that I love more, but don't know they're from the 80s, here are my top five 80s bands.

5. Genesis

Sure, Genesis actually started in the 70s, but they got their mainstream success in the 80s, and their music is deliciously 80s, so I'm calling them 80s. I don't know what it is about Phil Collins, but he's got charisma and I've got a bit of a musical crush on him. All of their songs so easily slot in as background music in a pub or at a party, and enough people will know the words well enough to sing along and make dicks out of themselves.

4. Tears for Fears

I've got a bit of a soft spot for love songs with beautiful lyrics, and also, men with bad hair. I like a lot of Tears for Fears songs, and a lot of them I liked without even knowing that they sang them. They have a genuinely 80s sound - you can imagine them playing at the prom in a Molly Ringwald movie - but they are also almost timeless, in that I am pretty sure "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" played at my prom.

3. The Cure

(Actual music video is here, I suggest you watch it instead because it is much better. Robert Smith is such a sweet wee thing, and he kind of looks like my friend's ex)

I like The Cure. I liked their early years. I liked their gothic stuff. I liked it when they started to go a little pop. I just like The Cure. And I like that they occasionally sing about cats.

2. Pixies

This is my favourite Pixies song, but strangely it isn't on my favourite Pixies album (Surfer Rosa, if you're asking). Anyway, I like the Pixies because their sound was always interesting - they had their own take on alternative rock, in my opinion, and they portrayed it in even more different takes. I mean, listening to "Broken Face" followed by "Where Is My Mind?" followed by "Buick Is Red" followed by "Gigantic" followed by "Caribou"... you'd think you were listening to entirely different bands, if it weren't for Black Francis' distinguishable voice.

1. UB40

There's always a very special place in my heart for UB40. It's that kind of music that everyone knows, everyone loves, everyone wants to hear and will be forever. It's kind of impressive that they managed to keep that sound going for as long as they did - it's hard to please everyone forever, you know? Yeah.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Top 5 Song Choices in Film (well, films that I like)

Not musical numbers, but song choices. Before you read this, you should not read this, because you will disagree with it. I'm pretty sure that even I will disagree with this list once I've finished writing it, but right now, these were the best song choices I could think of in some of my favourite films. So lezgo!

5. The ear-cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs (song: "Stuck in the Middle With You" - Stealers Wheel)

I think Michael Madsen (Mr. Blonde) plays an asshole better than he plays anything. I love how he dances and sings along to this song, a happy little clam, while he's torturing this poor guy whom he knows is innocent. It's definitely not a song that you would expect to hear while being tortured, and that's why it's so great - the juxtaposition of the horrible ordeal and the "Dylanesque, pop, bubble-gum favourite from April 1974" is a masterpiece.

4. The printer scene in Office Space (song: "Still" - Geto Boys)

(The original Office Space clip has been removed from YouTube due to infringement. This is from the Family Guy episode, "I Dream of Jesus")

Possibly the best thing about this scene is that each of these dudes are so... white. They're so white. And they're putting a beat down on a printer. Yes, I know that technically Samir is not white, but you know and I know and we know that that's not what I'm saying. I'm saying that they're crackers. Honkies. And they're listening. To Geto Boys. But it's an excellent scene because you could imagine them in a dark alley and the printer being some douche that owed them money. There's anger in their eyes, and this is the kind of song that would be playing in that scene. It's wonderful.

3. The copious amounts of ganja scene in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (song: "Police and Thieves" - Junior Murvin)

I don't think I've ever seen anyone look as peaceful as when Jay is walking through those luscious green plants, smoking a blunt and listening to this song. I like this scene, mainly because they could have used a more mainstream reggae-stoner song, perhaps one that everyone was expecting, maybe some Bob Marley, maybe some Chaka Demus, but instead they used the one and only good song that this guy recorded, back in '76 - quite likely an artist unbeknownst to those watching this movie in 1998, then BAM! Junior Murvin releases his new single. A very sneaky exchange.

2. The final scene in Fight Club (song: "Where Is My Mind?" - Pixies)

The Narrator and Marla Singer end the movie holding hands and watching the destruction of the world around them to a song called "Where Is My Mind?" The song is a very pretty, very peaceful one, and with this scene it is almost romantic - the two share in the end of the world, how is that not romantic? I remember I read a Rolling Stone magazine once that did the Top 100 Musical Moments in Film, and this was one of them - Black Francis said that he was watching the movie and then suddenly his song came on, but he didn't recognise it because it was so unexpected at such a pivotal moment. Or something. Don't quote me on that, it was about 7 years ago that I read this.

1. The "Gutterballs" dream sequence in The Big Lebowski (song: "Just Dropped In" - Kenny Rogers)

It was very tough for me to pick between this song and the other dream sequence, with the Bob Dylan song, and the flying through space, but ultimately, this scene is much better. The song itself is about taking LSD, so how could you go wrong? I just love how so quickly, you can see the scene taking place - suddenly, you're in a dream - then again, you're running down the middle of the road and getting mugs thrown at your face. Just like an acid trip. Perfect placement, perfect song.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Top 10 Deceased Musicians

This has been the hardest list I've had to write so far, and you may be thinking "oh, come on, you've only written five", but the truth is that actually, I write these lists in my head, all the time. I'll be walking down the street, and think, 'top five songs that I heard from Scrubs!' 'Top five songs that I've heard in the last 3 months!' 'Top five songs starting with the letter S!' But only sometimes do I write them up. But, this has been the first time that I've had options leftover, so for this reason, I've made my first Top 10.


It is very difficult not to fall in love with Bradley Nowell. I've been doing it whenever I hear Sublime for 10 years. The musically talented stoner is kind of a unicorn in my eyes, I guess.

What I love most about Nowell is that his voice is effortless. He's just chillin', just singin', just doing whatever the fuck he wants, and he's still got sex appeal oozing from every note he jams. He knows how to work a crowd, and it's unbelievable.


It's the voice and the poetry that does it for me with this dude. He is melodic and powerful in his lyrics, and, you know, he was one of The Beatles. That's kind of tough to beat.

I quite like this song. Not only are the lyrics sweet and emotional - they have love behind them - but also, his voice sings in a truthful way that allows anyone listening to completely believe what he is singing, and that he must be singing to me.


The day this dude was killed - and I say killed, please note - was a sad day for grunge music. And for the 90s. It was a generally sad day, is what I'm saying.

This is my favourite Nirvana song. I think it best suits Cobain's voice - pained, gruff, yet also easy and calming. And singing about being locked in a heart-shaped box (fun fact, originally heart-shaped coffin) is the perfect subject matter for such a voice. It's a sound to fall asleep or fall in love to, whichever floats your boat.


His was a tough road to follow, but my god, some great music came out of it. And not just the songs he helped to create, but the ones he inspired afterwards as well are some of the greatest songs known to man.

The Piper at the Gates of Dawn is whimsical and psychedelic and amazing. The lyrics, though drug-addled, give the songs an innocence that aren't matched again, while at the same time there is a sinisterness (it is a word, I googled it) behind them as well. Not an obvious one, that's what makes it so sinister. They're sweetly creepy.


I challenge anyone to listen to Bob Marley and not want to dance a little bit. Dance, sing along, have a smoke - I promise you, no one can resist.

There is always a beauty behind Bob Marley. The music is hard to interpret the way that I usually do, because, being honest, there is nothing - NOTHING - to reggae music. It's all in the message and the voice, and this voice? This voice just sings beauty.


This guy... this guy. This guy has more sex appeal than any other man that ever existed. I'm pretty sure anyway.

There is no innocence, no beauty about Jim Morrison's voice. His voice is raw, it's power and it's passionate and it's edgy. He creates a trail of lust in every word he speaks. He's magnetic. He's magnificent.


I grew up listening to Johnny Cash; he's my dad's favourite artist and slowly became a personal favourite of mine as well.

This might be an interesting song to pick as the tribute on this list, since it's more recent, not really one of his classics and it's a cover, but it's my favourite Cash song. It's actually a traditional folk song, usually performed more upbeat than this version, and it sings as a warning to sinners that God will ultimately judge them. That's why I love this version - it's a warning that sounds like a warning. It's dark, it's vicious but it's also lyrical and melodic - despite it being the same tune over and over. Never gets old, though. Love it.


Hendrix. HENDRIX. No real need to say more.

This is yet another cover, but again, my favourite Hendrix song. A beautiful story about a man fleeing the country because he's killed his wife. And yes, I mean beautiful. Jimi's voice and the music behind it is so melodic that even a tale about adultery and murder is intricately pleasing. That is an unbelievable understatement, but those are the best words I could think of to describe him. Intricately pleasing.


We all know how I love and feel about Jeff Buckley. His voice is the perfection that his genre needs. And he's just so damn good looking.

This song is so melancholic, so debilitatingly sad and heart-wrenching, but oh, how beautiful his voice is. Every word he sings, he sings with exactly the emotion that you know he must have felt when he wrote the song, and his performances portray those same feelings, which is so important for someone to be as great an artist as he was.


Layne. Fucking. Staley. There is no secret to my love of Alice in Chains, so I may just be biased here but I will always and forever proclaim that Layne Staley is the best male vocalist in alt rock.

What I love most about his songs is the use of his voice, and how perfectly it suits the music behind it. Couldn't imagine his genre without it. This song is about a friend of Staley and guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who had recently died of a heroin overdose. The way Staley sings, you can hear his anger and sadness at the loss of his friend. It's a powerful and touching tribute, I guess, and fantastic to listen to while smoking in the middle of the day.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Top 5 Covers

I'm a fan of covers. I like to be able to compare, especially when the songs are completely different. Gives you a chance to hear each artist's interpretation of the song. I do have a bit of a problem with artists who cover songs outside of their genre (Avril Lavinge covering "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" for example), but I will relent if I think they did a good job (however, she did not).

Anyway. Top 5 Covers.

5. "The Chauffeur" - DEFTONES (originally DURAN DURAN)

I'm not a Duran Duran fan. I can't think of a single one of their other songs, but for some reason I knew this one. It's interesting, I think, it has a peculiar sound, a strange sort of sex appeal, and personally I think the lyrics are beautiful. Then I discovered Deftones had covered the song, now I can't listen to the original anymore. Chino has the voice that this song needed, he's got his sensual style that Deftones thrive with - the song is dirtier, it's rougher and it's got an edge that clashes in a perfect way with the lyrics that are still astoundingly beautiful.

4. "The Man Who Sold The World" - NIRVANA (originally DAVID BOWIE)

Whereas these two, Bowie and Nirvana, I am a great fan. My favourite difference between the two songs is that in Bowie's version, he sounds like he's singing with effort, though Cobain just sings the words like it's no big thing. Their voices are so different and play a major part in changing the tone of the song, while the music itself doesn't have maaaany differences between them. Maybe I just like the Nirvana version because I've watched Unplugged in New York so many times. It's an epic performance.

3. "I Will Survive" - CAKE (originally GLORIA GAYNOR)

Hate the original of this song, for no real reason other than I have heard it so many times, but the Cake version is just cool. McRea's deep voice, kinda twangy, also his backspacing and sprechgesang makes the song a lot more listenable and interesting, while at the same time the bass line is always funky and the guitar solos give an edge to a song that, initially, was about some fat bitch that can't keep a man. An EDGE, is what I'm saying.

**Special mention: "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" - CAKE (originally "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás" - OSVALDO FARRES)**

2. "All Along the Watchtower" - JIMI HENDRIX (originally BOB DYLAN)

These are like two different songs, and it's almost a mistake to compare them. I love the intricacies to every piece of Hendrix's music - you can listen to his songs over and over for years and still notice new things you hadn't heard before - whereas, I find, with Dylan, you know his songs and you love them forever, but you know them backwards and forwards and there's nothing new to discover about them. That's why I love this cover - you have the original, known and loved, and the cover, always with something new to teach.

1. "Hallelujah" - JEFF BUCKLEY (originally LEONARD COHEN)

I find the main difference in the interpretation of these two versions is the use of Buckley's and Cohen's voices. Leonard Cohen has the dark, gravelly, aged voice that gives the song more of a lived-life vibe. Jeff Buckley's voice is soft, not really 'innocent' but inquisitive and curious, which gives the song an innocent tone, I guess. I, personally, prefer Jeff Buckley's version above all other versions, including Cohen's original. Just my opinion. Feel free to get pissed off about it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Top 5 Female Vocalists

I'm a bit of an addict when it comes to talking about music. Too many of my friends get stuck driving somewhere with me, a song comes on, the volume goes up, and I start prattling off random facts about the singer, the bassist, the band as a whole, what the song's about, which member wrote it, why they wrote it, when they wrote it, the backlash that came after they wrote it... Anyway. I'm a bit of an addict when it comes to talking about music. I also find it very therapeutic to write, so it is for these reasons that I'm writing my second entry in one day. Within 20 minutes of each other. I find that a little sad, to be honest. So uh, yeah. Top 5 Female Vocalists.

5. Juliette Lewis

It could just be because I am completely infatuated with this woman, but Juliette Lewis has a voice to fall in love with. Well, if you like girl punk, anyway. It's dry, it's soft, it's flexible, and she does whatever she wants with it. In fact, I'm going to post two songs so you can compare.

"Death of a Whore" has the pop punk element of J.a.t.L that we all know and love, with her brash and pretty much off-key verses, slipping into an innocent-sounding and still off-key chorus, ending with screamed expletives before a childlike prayer to god. Aaaaand then there's "Come Rain or Come Shine". Imagine sitting in a jazz bar. You're sipping whiskey, you're wearing a suit. Maybe a fedora. She's wearing a beautiful dress and singing this song. There is no possible way that you could listen to her, and NOT want to take her home afterwards. It's just going to happen.

4. Amy Winehouse

Okay, so she's a bit of a train wreck, she's ugly as sin and I'm pretty sure that if you get within 2 feet of her you'll catch the clap. But this chick can sing.

I had a very judgemental view of Amy Winehouse before I really listened to her stuff, simply from the way she was painted in the media, but I bought an album and listened to it over and over, determined to find out why she was so popular, and I found the reason: because she's talented. Simple truth. Even her live songs are unbelievable; she has a real voice, suited perfectly to the music she sings and even though sometimes her lyrics are ambiguous and don't seem to make sense (what does Roger Moore have to do with being torn down...?) they are, for the most part, sensitive and well written. Alarmingly so for a crack addict.

3. Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls)

My love affair with Dresden Dolls was a whirlwind romance, starting the moment I heard this song.

What I love about Amanda's voice is how well it fits her genre. Caberet punk is severely underrated. Couldn't really imagine Dresden Dolls performing with a voice like Juliette's, and can't imagine Amanda's voice paired with any other type of music. They suit each other. They found each other.

2. Grace Slick (of Jefferson Airplane)

Too many reasons to love Grace Slick. For one, her name is Grace Slick. It just oozes sex appeal. Her lyrics are inspired and witty, her vocals are intense and she's ... she's fucking amazing, alright? She just is. She's GRACE. SLICK.

1. Patti Smith

I have a mega crush on Patti Smith. She's not particularly talented, let's be honest. But she's a poet, she's an artist. She's got a mesmerizing, scintillating personality which shines through her words. Her songs are an adventure. And she's a kick-ass woman.

Top 5 Side One, Track Ones

A friend of mine, Ryan, and I quite often have the discussion of Vinyl Vs. CDs. He's got an impressive vinyl collection, but I'm always the advocate for CDs. It's not that I don't love vinyl, because I do - there's nothing quite like the sound that an original LP makes - but I guess I'm just cheap. Can't afford to buy records, also I don't have a record player. Something that Ryan pointed out to me, though, was that the best thing about listening to records is that you have to listen to them start to finish, the way they were meant to be played. Personally, I hate listening to things on 'shuffle'. Unless it's a greatest hits or a compilation, you should never disrupt the original order of an album. It's just not done. That was a very off-topic ramble.

So uh, my favourite book is High Fidelity, and anyone who has read the book or seen the movie would probably have figured this out already. Anyway, as an homage, here (would be) my Top 5 Side One, Track Ones (if I listened to vinyl). As it is, it's just Top 5 Track Ones.

5. "Them Bones" - ALICE IN CHAINS (from the album Dirt)

The first song of an album is all about making a good first impression. Start off strong, make the listener want to keep listening. "Them Bones" opens with Layne Staley's harsh vocals, a chromatic guitar riff (played in 7/4 meter sig, except in the chorus, very ballsy). The song perfectly prepares the listener for what the whole album is gonna be: emotionally heavy, drug addled, hard rock and awesomeness.

4. "From Out of Nowhere" - FAITH NO MORE (from the album The Real Thing)

This was the first song that FNM released with Mike Patton on vocals, and it is a perfect sneak attack on the fans, just to let them know what they can expect from this dude. From the start, this song is all rise. Starts off high, the middle is high, it ends high, and then it eases right on in to "Epic", which is another fantastic song that again gives the listener a whole new taste of Patton's talents. Good God, I love Mike Patton.

3. "Burnout" - GREEN DAY (from the album Dookie)

Say what you want about Green Day, but for 1994 Bay Area punk, Dookie was a great album. Starting with Tré Cool's sharp hits on a snare and followed up by Billie Joe's pop-punk voice, revelling in his declaration that he doesn't care anymore, "Burnout" is a fine anthem for deadbeats everywhere, and sets the tone for the rest of the album - their highest selling record to date. A sweet revenge against all their fans who had been hitting back at them for 'selling out' by moving to a major label (after releasing 3 EPs and 1 studio album with their independent label, Lookout!). Of course, now they'd have to do a hell of a lot more to convince us that they haven't sold out.

2. "My Own Summer (Shove It) - DEFTONES (from the album Around the Fur)

Some bands pop up more than others in my Top 5 lists, and it's simply for this reason: I LOVE Deftones. I LOVE Alice in Chains. I LOVE Jeff Buckley. I could probably put one of each of their songs in every single one of my Top 5 lists, but sometimes I choose not to, just to shake things up. But there is no avoiding this song. "My Own Summer" is just ... awesome. Perfection. It's total badass. Around the Fur is one of my favourite albums of all time, and the hard, melancholic, melodic way that the album begins is one of the many reasons it makes it onto that list.

1. "The Grudge" - TOOL (from the album Lateralus)

8:37 minutes of unbelievable musical genius. Now, Lateralus was not my favourite Tool album (if you're asking, it was Ænima), but "The Grudge" was their best opening song. It's strong, it's powerful, it's got Maynard (first name basis) using every element that his voice has to offer, and it's got those perfectly patented Tool lyrics that you know are some of the most profound things you've ever heard, but you've got no fucking clue what they mean. This is the perfect, PERFECT introduction that this album could possibly have.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Top 5 Songs that Make Me Happy

Today hasn't really been a good day. Just over a week ago I broke up with my boyfriend, and it made me very sad, and then today I went to work without any sleep and just broke down. So to cheer myself up, I'm going to do the list of Top 5 Songs that Make Me Happy. The Top 5 Songs that make me as calm as Homer Simpson driving his acid car. Now all I need is some acid.

5. "Come Together" - THE BEATLES

Listening to this song reminds me of this one time at my friend's place. It was a long night of heavy drinking, and we were all zoned out on the couches. One mate picked up a guitar and started playing this song. Then someone else picked up a bass, someone else picked up the rhythm and they went through the whole song start to finish without anyone saying anything, without keeping time, without lyrics, without discussing who was playing what. It was amazing.

4. "The Wine Song" - THE CAT EMPIRE

"I'm gonna die with a twinkle in my eye, 'cos I sung songs, spun stories, loved, laughed and drank wine". How can you not love a song with a message like that? My sister introduced me to this song a few years ago, and while I don't so much have a love affair with The Cat Empire, this song has made its impression. I've played it for a few of my friends as well, it's a staple in our party playlists now.

3. "Got Up This Morning" - SAGE FRANCIS feat. JOLIE HOLLAND

I only heard this song earlier this year, but it's already riding to the top of my favourites list. Quite a strange choice for me, as I'm so rarely a fan of hip hop, but this particular track kind of just spoke to me. The main bridge, "Got up this morning, didn't know right from wrong", is the way I feel every time I wake up (except it's usually afternoon for me). The choice between right and wrong, especially when you know the difference, is something I struggle with every day. "I'm talking in extremes, best this and best that / Best not regret anything said to this hell cat" is another favourite line - I find regret a fault in one's self, and the fact that I regret a lot of the things I've said or not said is disappointing. Well, I think so anyway. Others may be glad to know or not know what I'm really thinking.

2. "Girl Inform Me" - THE SHINS

I guess I can only hope to be the chick in this song. "Your clever eyes could easily disguise some backwards purpose, it's enough to make me nervous", "Your lips when we speak are the valleys and peaks of a mountain range on fire", "Unknown quotients, you must be using potions / How else could you tie my head to the sky?" I would quite like to be such an object of desire, I think.

1. "I Can't Stand the Rain" - JANIS JOPLIN

The lyrics of this song are actually kind of depressing, but I love it so much. It's kind of embarrassing how much I get into this song when it comes on in my car; even if other people are in it, it gets belted out, and I get weird looks from pedestrians. I swear to you, if ever this song comes on, I'm instantly in a better mood. But the neighbours don't usually like it.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Top 5 Bands I want to see before I die

I've always been a pretty major fan of music. It's constantly playing, and I'm constantly talking about it, and people are constantly getting sick of me spouting random facts about the song that's playing. I'm also constantly making lists and asking others to make lists -- so this is where I'm putting them now. Starting with the Top 5 Bands to see before I die, dead or alive.


First heard Deftones when I was 15. I was big on Tool at the time and I'd heard that Maynard James Keenan had done guest vocals on their White Pony album, so I went out and bought it... fell in love with it that day. After that I bought Around the Fur and fell in love even harder. They played at Big Day Out this year and I kick myself occasionally for not going. But if I'm going to see Deftones, I want to JUST see Deftones. Not Deftones with some other bands that aren't as fantastic but I still had to pay for. In the sun. Surrounded by people who smell. It's not for me.


This is kind of a given. It's got to be done. Got to be seen.


There are not enough words for me to express exactly how much I love Jeff Buckley. Ahhhh... His voice is so sombre and powerful, and his lyrics are poetic, and he looks like James Franco, and he's Jeff BUCKLEY. First heard him when I was 16, only heard 2 or 3 of his songs but they made a bit of an impression. Now he's one of my favourites. I would go so far as to say that I love him.



There is nothing quite like The Doors blaring through good speakers while lying on a couch smoking a cigarette. I imagine seeing them live would be that experience multiplied by about fourteen million. It'd be ear sex. But the good kind.


All time favourite band. I would do almost anything to see Alice in Chains with Layne Staley and Mike Starr. I would settle for William DuVall. But I would make at least 3 comparisons, and all of them would be bitter.