Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Response to "Your 4 and 20 Songs That Last 4 Minutes and 20 Seconds Long, List"

Wherein with much shorter descriptions because the ibuprofen is kicking in and I should try going back to sleep

See Your 4 and 20 Songs That Last 4 Minutes and 20 Seconds Long, List.

I have 29 songs so all 29 go on the list. And I'm not bothering looking up youtube links.

  1. Adjosio Omonie, Zap Mama. Ok song from their weakest album.

  2. Arkansas Traveler, Michelle Shocked. Sort of a throwaway track with some excellent mandolin, fiddle, and banjo playing spliced with some country jokes. Makes me smile. One of my favorite albums from the 90s.

  3. Beneath The Damage And The Dust (Acoustic Version), Peter Himmelman. Don't think I've heard this before and probably won't listen to it again.

  4. Bernstein: Candide - Act 1: Dear Boy. I need to find a less operatic version of Candide.

  5. Christmas Comes but Once a Year, Charles Brown. Such a light, skating touch on the piano.

  6. Couchmal, CC Adcock. Serviceable honky tonk rock. I'd probably love this live in a bar playing pool.

  7. Diamonds And Pearls, Prince. What he said.

  8. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying, Rickie Lee Jones. What he said about "Diamonds and Pearls" applies here as well.

  9. Donna And Blitzen, Badly Drawn Boy. Modern classic Christmas song from the "About a Boy" soundtrack.

  10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jimmy Smith. This song should only be played on a Hammond organ.

  11. Honey Tree, Trip Shakespeare. Trippy.

  12. In the Raw, Whitefield Brothers. Track this album down, it is some badasssss funk.

  13. J'm'en Fous Pas Mal, Edith Piaf. Sometimes the French get something right.

  14. Lobachevsky, Tom Lehrer. Something about Danny Kaye and mathematics.

  15. The Memory Of Trees, Enya. I think we were given this for the birth of The Child because it is so soothing and peaceful. Unfortunately, the birthing process is anything but soothing. We went louder and less peaceful.

  16. Messiah, Brenda Kahn. From her last album, "Hunger." Another album (and song) I give my fullest recommendations to. She says: Hunger is a stripped down collection of songs, many inspired by the sudden and tragic death of Jeff Buckley. Koch would not release the album without another American label backing it, so I kept the release independent and stateside.

  17. Not My Slave, Oingo Boingo. Totally fun, head-bopping song. Lyrics probably go the opposite direction, some day I should listen to them.

  18. Oh Marianne, Peter Wolf. Life is a dead end street...maybe I don't want to listen to this at 3am.

  19. Pissing in the Wind, Badly Drawn Boy. Another beautiful and depressing song.

  20. Party in Senegal, The Wallets. Pretty good example of Max Ray's sax work. I remember there being some amount of anticipation when it was released that Alan Toussaint was producing this album. Unfortunately, it's kinda lackluster (despite a collection of excellent songs) and didn't approach the energy of their live shows.

  21. Red Shoes, Barbra Streisand. Disco Barbra.

  22. Red Shoes [Live], Tom Waits. Get this man a throat lozenge. I love me some waits, but this sounds like a failed effort at Tuvan throat singing.

  23. Road To Emmaus, Rickie Lee Jones. Instrumental from "The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard." I haven't given this album the play it needs. First impression is there's a lot of cool stuff going on.

  24. Round Midnight, Linda Ronstadt. Not a huge fan of jazz standards Ronstadt.

  25. Solsbury Hill, Peter Gabriel. Nice song.
  26. Southernizing the Whitehouse, Hans Petersen. From the Jimmy Carter parody album.
  27. Spacelab Girls From Huntsville, Paul Cebar. Slow and bluesy swing. Paul Cebar is one of the country's greatest musicians.

  28. Three Friends, Levellers. Boring. Actually, strip out the vocals and there's some good layers hiding in the background.

  29. (You Sure Make Me) Feel, The Wallets. One of the best examples of their controlled chaos sound that you can almost dance to. There's the Ornette Coleman sax, the dual/dueling xylophones, all driven hard by the percussion and held together by the bass. Definitely hear the connection of Steve Kramer having been in James Chance and the Contortions.


Blogger BTDGreg said...

This is interesting. I should try it out.

4:20 is a good song length (but about twenty seconds too long).

4/22/2009 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger XWL said...

Interesting list, 4:20 is a strange length, longer than the old school pop songs that traditionally fit radio air (and 45rpm singles), and shorter than the longer form songs that dominated the 'album era'.

I did go a bit link crazy in my post, if one were inclined to actually follow each link, watch each video, and read each wiki entry, you'd waste a good 2 hours of your life, and that's sober time, if you tried to do it in a '420' frame of mind, you are looking at a good 4-5 hours at least.

4/22/2009 11:42:00 PM  

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