30 Day Song Challenge
21 7.9 01. Rattus Norvegicus - The Stranglers
Day 1 - My Favourite Song: Down In the Sewer
A masterpiece of composition. Simple but meaningful lyrics contrasts with the complex beauty of the music. Dave Greenfield's Keyboard finale never gets boring. The best ending of a song ever.
22 8.1 02. Three Words - Cheryl Cole_III
Day 2 - My Least Favourite Song: Fight For This Love
Cheryl Cole, the most over-rated woman on this planet in terms of appearence and talent. Aside from the fact I don't see her shrew face for the supposed beauty it holds, her music makes me want to slash my own wrists. Formulaic pop, written by some poor, unknown writer who is forced to churn out God-awful music so that it sells. Cheryl doesn't write the songs. This is evident in the context of her life-she didn't "Fight for her love" with footballer Ashley Cole-so the lyrics actually mean nothing to her. The computer probably does most of the work on her voice in the studio and she never sings live. This song isn't actually Cheryl Cole at all when you look at it like that. No input on her part, except her twig like body and wasp-chewing face used to sell it. She and her greedy record company extorts the money from the idiot masses who actually swallow this tripe. Pointless bitch. For you Americans out there, watch out. Simon Cowell is heading you way with Chezza in tow. Just warning you guys across the pond now, music and TV is going to get a lot worse.
221 7.9 03. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Pink Floyd
Day 3 - A Song That Makes Me Happy: Astronomy Domine
This song is so beautiful and energetic, it never fails to make me happy. Pink Floyd's best song in my opinion.
550 6.8 04. Nimrod - Green Day
Day 4 - A Song That Makes Me Sad: Redundant
Reminds me of my first year at secondary school, my first girlfriend, my first break up. Also reminds me about how fast time goes. The lyrics themselves are solemn. A great song, even if it does make me a bit sad.
119 7.3 05. Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
Day 5 - A Song That Reminds You of Someone: California Girls
This song reminds me of my ex. Her music taste differed wildly from mine and I always thought this was somewhat endearing. Now I can't hear songs from awful, over-rated artists such as Katy Perry without being reminded of her.
1 8 06. Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup - We No Speak America... - Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup
Day 6 - A Song That Reminds Me of Somewhere: Speak No Americano
Reminds me of my 2010 holiday in Turkey. Probably my favourite holiday out of all my family trips. The Turkish bars and clubs were obsessed with this song. My Grandad died whilst we were on holiday too and with this comes the memory of him.
2 10 07. Fire Dances - Killing Joke
Day 7 - A Song That Reminds Me of an Event: Me or You
I got this album around the time I was training for my Black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Me or You is one of my favourite tracks off this album and now it reminds me of passing my Black belt grading.
975 7.1 08. Dookie - Green Day
Day 8 - A Song That I Know All of the Words To: Longview
When I was younger, Green Day were my favourite band. I still hold them in high regard (no matter what some people say). At one point I knew the words to the lyrics of almost all of Green Day's main songs and even today, I can remember a lot of them off by heart.
47 5.8 09. THE E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) - The Black Eyed Peas
Day 9 - A Song I Can Dance To: I Gotta Feeling
I'm by no means a Black Eyed Peas fan but this song is a fantastic party anthem. Even at parties where I wish I am somewhere else, this song helps me battle through the night.
233 7.8 010. Meat Is Murder - The Smiths
Day 10 - A Song I Fall Asleep To: How Soon is Now
This isn't to say that this masterpiece is boring. In fact it is one of my favourite Smiths songs. However, if ever I can't sleep, I stick this on repeat and I'm soon asleep in no time.
8 7.8 011. The Raven - The Stranglers
Day 11 - A Song From My Favourite Band: Don't Bring Harry
My favourite band are of course seminal Punk group The Stranglers.
Don't Bring Harry is my favourite track off their best album The Raven. One of the most beautiful songs ever written, JJ Burnel's heartfelt lyrics and solemn singing style makes this song perfect.
2 10 012. Underdog Alma Mater - Forever the Sickest Kids
Day 12 - A Song From a Band I Hate: Woah
Forever The Shittest Kids are the worst band in this God-forsaken generation of teeny-pop 'rock'. Not only do they choose a stupid name for their band, they choose stupid song names too, as evident with the incredibly imaginative and thought provoking 'Woah'. Lyrics? You guessed it, mostly consists of 'woah', sung by a high-pitched strong American accent, drowned out with the constant drone of guitars that do nothing to further the composition of the song. You can never hear the bass, there is supposedly a keyboardist, although you never detect him and there is no distinction between lead and rhythm guitars. All just pointless, unimaginative and unecessary noise. Fuck, just fuck off you stupid fucking disgraces to music. Pieces of shit.
4 4 013. Free Wired - Far East Movement
Day 13 - A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure: Like a G6
When I was a 13/14 years old, I used to campaign about how awful club and dance music is. Now I appreciate the enjoyment that can sometimes be gained from such songs. Like a G6 is catchy and I have grown to like it since my friend insists on playing it all the time I visit his.
73 7.7 014. Loud - Rihanna
Day 14 - A Song That No One Would Expect Me to Like:
Only Girl in the World
I used to hate Rihanna and all of her awful pop and R&B tracks. Whilst I still dislike much of her songs, especially those from early in her career, this is a song I actually like. Her most powerful vocals, catchy and hey, she's hot.
1 0 015. We Are the League - Anti-Nowhere League
Day 15 - A Song That Describes Me: I Hate People
It's true, I hate the masses. For me, people have to prove they aren't arseholes before I truly trust them, rather than prove that they arseholes after I have already made the effort to let them into my life. I'm generally an angry, cynical bastard (as much of my friends know) and this song sums me up pretty well.
998 7.2 016. Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
Day 16 - A Song I used to Like but Now Hate: In the End
I used to like this song along with some other Linkin Park stuff. Now I see the error of my ways. Linkin Park are possibly the most over-rated band in the world.
"Dude, they're revolutionary. Rap and rock, man. Rap and rock!"
Firstly, that is a shit mix. Secondly, Slipknot, amongst others, got there first and found a better balance. Linkin Park fail at mixing these two styles. Chester Whatshisface doesn't know whether to sing or scream, half of their songs sound the same and almost all the time, it is the sound of heavily strummed guitars with no real tune drowning out the bass, needless bashing on the drums and annoying keyboard/synthesiser effects. Get the fuck out.
156 7.8 017. The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga
Day 17 - A Song You Always Hear on the Radio: Bad Romance
...and almost any other Lady Gaga single. You cannot escape this woman. Now, whilst I don't see why she gets a lot of critiscism (even if her songs are all pretty similar), I do think she is too highly publiscised, maybe for the wrong reasons (meat dress anyone?). At least her songs are interesting and have decent lyrics.
208 8.3 018. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
Day 18 - A Song you Wish You Would Hear on the Radio: Monkey Man
More classic Rock & Roll on the radio, please. Monkey Man is one of my personal favourite from the Stones. If this, or any other great Stones song came on the radio, it would make my day. The same for Pink Floyd, The Beatles etc. Enough of the Lady Gagas out there.
863 8.2 019. The Beatles [The White Album] - The Beatles
Day 19 - A Song From My Favourite Album: Helter Skelter
Revolutionary song. Loud, chaotic but still with a detectable tune (something lost amongst rock failures nowadays). Helter Skelter is a masterpiece, along with the entire album which, in my opinion, is The Beatles' magnum opus.
73 8.5 020. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys
Day 20 - A Song I Listen to when I'm Angry: I Kill Children
Classic, raw Dead Kennedys perfection. If I'm angry, this tune in all of its passionate rage, makes me smile simply due to its slightly comedic attitude to the pricks in this would. 'I've been butt-fucked one too many ways' and other such lyrics should be savoured.
3 7 021. The Best of Baccara - Baccara
Day 21 - A Song I Listen to When I'm Happy: Yes sir, I Can Boogie
Boarderline guilty pleasure, this is a great song to listen to if you're in a good mood. Even if you're not, it will soon get you there. I can always rely on this song to keep my spirits high.
701 8.3 022. Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Day 22 - A Song I Listen to When I'm Sad: Michelle
...and any other song on this album. The start to my New year wasn't the best. I fell out with my friend, had an argument with my ex (after which we haven't spoken properly for nearly 2 months), amongst general other irritants. This album helped me get through it. Their lyrics all seemed so apt, especially McCartney's You Won't See Me.
160 8.3 023. Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath
Day 23 - A Song to Play at My Wedding: Laguna Sunrise
Black Sabbath, pioneers of heavy metal, could write fantastically wonderful insturmentals of the most soothing calibre. Laguna Sunrise is perfect wedding material. Also perfect funeral material but y'know, either way works.
205 8.3 024. Master of Reality - Black Sabbath
Day 24 - A Song to Plat at My Funeral: Solitude
Slow, moving and meaningful. Ozzy's best vocals, he is almost unrecognisable. I'd love this one to be played at my funeral.
35 8.6 025. Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem
Day 25 - A Song That Makes Me Laugh: Fack
First time I heard this song, I was in the car with my father. Awkward, which made it all the more funny. I was laughing so much it became silent. Crude but hey, that's what it is meant to be and it does the job.
132 8.4 026. Substance - Joy Division
Day 26 - A Song I can Play on an Instrument: Digital
I can play this one on bass. Great song, great fun to play. Relatively simple but a fantastic riff nonetheless.
1 0 027. Honey - Ohio Players
Day 27 - A Song You Wish You Could Play: Love Rollercoaster
Sounds fairly simple and because I'm only an amature, self-taught bassist, this is still a difficult one to master, especially when it gets going. Great rhythm, I just wish I could bust it out on my own bass.
1368 7.9 028. Nevermind - Nirvana
Day 28 - A Song That Makes Me Feel Guilty: Lithium
Some of the lyrics in this song reflect my attitude towards my most recent relationship before it went wrong.
'I can't wait to meet you there
and I don't care'
At the start of the relationship, admittedly I had my doubts about it. It all happened quite fast and it took me by surprise. In fact it took most of my friend-cirlce by surprise as well. Well, when my attitude began to change, it was too late. Now it's just bitter and unresolved.
17 6.7 029. Busted - Busted
Day 29 - A Song From My Childhood: Year 3000
Busted, for what it's worth, aren't actually a bad band. I loved them as a child. They were even my first concert. Year 3000 wasn't my favourite song of theirs. Most of those can be found on their follow up album A Present For Everyone but this was one of their major singles and one to be appreciated for all of its cheesy humour.
447 8.2 030. Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
Day 30 - My Favourite Song Last Year: Strawberry Fields Forever
Still one of my favourite songs, Strawberry Fields Forever was my favourite Beatles tune around the time I started listening to them and this hasn't changed. Without a doubt, this is my all time favourite song from The Fab Four.
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