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Thirty Questions about Music

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1. The Flying Club Cup - Beirut
1. Your favourite song.


Beirut - Elephant Gun

Almost an impossible question, the answer for me would change from week to week. Over time even my absolute favourites can become stale, and then there are songs which only work depending on your mood. I'll go with Elephant Gun because it is a great song filled with happiness and humour, despite the thinly veiled sense of hopelessness that runs through the lyrics. It's also stood the test of time over repeated listens, too.
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2. You, You're a History in Rust - Do Make Say Think
2. A song from your favourite band/artist.


Do Make Say Think - A With Living

Do Make Say Think have long been my favourite band and they're my most listened to artist according to Last.fm. Despite being renowned for purely instrumental music, this was their first song to contain lyrics and I was instantly impressed with the result. It's long, but it's the ultimate chill-out tune. Seeing them play this song live was one of the highlights of my life.
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3. Tyrannosaurus Hives - The Hives
3. A song that makes you happy.


The Hives - No Pun Intended

I like songs that start like a punch in the face.
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4. Tony Takitani - Ryuitchi Sakamoto
4. A song that makes you sad.


Ryuichi Sakamoto - DNA

This is quite literally the saddest song I've ever heard. After watching the film, the song becomes even more depressing. It is a song of solitude.
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5. Agaetis Byrjun - Sigur Ros
5. A song that reminds you of someone.


Sigur Ros - Staralfur

This song reminds me of my ex-girlfriend. I watched The Life Aquatic with her and it instantly became one of my favourite films. The use of this song in the film is quite amazing. After that scene, she admitted to crying when she saw Sigur Ros play live, then seemed embarrassed by the fact, but I thought it was the most adorable thing ever.
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6. Relationship of Command - At the Drive-In
6. A song that reminds you of a place.


At The Drive In - One Armed Scissor

One Armed Scissor is pretty much an anthem of my youth. I didn't have much of a life until I left school at 16, and during that time we all started hanging around at the only local club that would let us in and serve us beer at that age. I went every fortnight for two years solid and this song emerged as one of the staples that all of us liked and danced to together. This song reminds me of that dingy squalid Working Man's Club and the freakshows who frequented it.
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7. Smash - Offspring
7. A song that reminds you of an event.


The Offspring - Not The One

This song reminds me of the 9/11 terror attacks in America. I remember getting on my school bus after college and wondering why the radio was playing, before trying to drown it out with my own music. When I took my headphones off to listen to the commotion I was absolutely bamboozled by the story. Suddenly I felt a real worry that my generation would now have to put up with a war and I felt a real fear that the carefree style of life I'd enjoyed to this point would come to an end. The lyrics were also profoundly relevant.
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8. Dylan - Bob Dylan
8. A song that you know all of the words to.


Bob Dylan - Hurricane

No mean feat, there are plenty of words in it. But it's difficult not to learn them when it's such an interesting story.

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9. The Battle of Los Angeles - Rage Against The Machine
9. A song that you can dance to.


Rage Against The Machine - Guerilla Radio

'Dance' is a strong word, but I've torn it up to this track on numerous occasions in any place I've been lucky enough to hear it played.
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10. The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place - Explosions In The Sky
10. A song that makes you sleepy.


Explosions In The Sky - The Only Moment We Were Alone

Easily, I used to play EITS albums on repeat when I was trying to sleep at university.

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11. I Like to Score - Moby
11. A song from a movie you love.


Moby - God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters

A perfect end to the film Heat.
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12. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
12. A song from your favourite male vocalist.


Nat King Cole - O Holy Night

Nobody knows it, but I'm a big fan of Nat. If everyone had his voice the world would be a better place.

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13. Ys - Joanna Newsom
13. A song from your favourite female vocalist.




Joanna Newsom - Emily

An acquired taste.
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14. Illmatic - Nas
14. A song that nobody would expect you to love.


Nas - Represent

I generally have nothing but disdain for modern hip-hop, and don't hold much sympathy for old school stuff either, but this song gets me every time.

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15. Remain in Light - Talking Heads
15. A song that describes you


Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime

I used to eulogise a lot about how lucky I was in life, everything seemed to just fall into place for me. I don't feel so lucky these days so those songs I once considered theme tunes don't really strike a chord with me any more.

This song, however, remains extremely poignant. Two lines in particular: "Well, how did I get here?" and "My God, what have I done!" ring profound.

I often wonder how I got to where I am today, seemingly with very little effort. I'm ridiculously overqualified with a decent job, yet I've never applied for anything in my life and I've never even take the time to consider anything else. I'm coasting. Which leads me to asking the second question, what have I done?. Is this really what I want to be doing? If so, why do I feel so empty?
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16. Homework - Daft Punk
16. A song that you used to love, but now hate.


Daft Punk - Around The World

Hate is a strong word, and while the beat to this tune remains pretty infectious, I couldn't care less if I never heard it again due to the sheer amount of times it has been played in my life. To be honest, the same could be said for most of the follow up album, Discovery.
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17. In Rainbows - Radiohead
17. A song from an artist you wish more people liked.


Radiohead - Reckoner

I struggled with this question, as I honestly don't care whether other people enjoy what I listen to or not. I picked Radiohead, not because they need any more fans, but because I'm so sick of validating my appreciation for their music. Plus, if more of my friends listened to them, maybe I'd have someone to go to their gigs with.
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18. Tarot Sport - Fuck Buttons
18. A song from an album you wish more people liked.


Fuck Buttons - Flight of the Feathered Serpent

As above, this question was difficult to answer. I wish more people had heard this album so that when I tell people I like 'electronic' music, I mean this kind of thing, not Tiesto :/
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19. Ecophony Rinne - Geinoh Yamashirogumi
19. A song from your favourite album.


Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Dark Slumber

I've already cheated with so many songs from my favourite albums already listed here, so I will throw this in as a complete change of pace. I scoped these guys out after listening to the Akira soundtrack on repeat for many months. This album is relatively short, but each of the four tracks is an amazing experience. Of all of their work, I resonated with this album the most as it sounded more like a natural extension of the Akira soundtrack.
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20. † (Cross) - Justice_V
19. A song you listen to when you're angry.


Justice - Waters of Nazareth

Nobody tears it up like Justice, their music is just full of rage. The live versions I've heard of this song sound like robots kicking the hell out of each other. I once destroyed a set of headphones by playing this song with the volume set too loud, double dose of anger right there!
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21. Lost Horizons - Lemon Jelly
21. A song you listen to when you're happy.


Lemon Jelly - Space Walk

This song is just so innocent. It's also based on the first space walk ever conducted by a human being. Thinking about the elation involved in such a feat is just about enough to punch through my layers of defeat and pessimism.
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22. The Malady of Elegance - Goldmund
22. A song you listen to when you're sad.


Goldmund - Threnody

Yep, I could pretty much do myself in to this song.
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23. The Doors - The Doors
23. A song that you want to play at your wedding.


The Doors - The End


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24. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
24. A song you want to pay at your funeral.


The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter

Your funeral song is never about a song you actually like from your own music collection, it's about trying to appease as many people in the congregation as possible. This might just about mix appeasement with appreciation from the dead man.

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25. Ideas Above Our Station - Hundred Reasons
25. A song that makes you laugh.


Hundred Reasons - I'll Find You

No doubt about it, Hundred Reasons suck big time. But for some reason, I had this song on my computer and it was about 3000 decibels louder than all my other songs, regardless of the external volume of my speakers. Cue some hilarious moments when my playlist would be cycling through Random and this song would be selected to follow a string of peaceful melodies, only to blow me through the back wall with its wall of noise. A running joke in all three of my university households. Apologies for the video, I have no idea.
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26. Final Fantasy VII OST - Video Game Soundtrack,Nobuo Uematsu
26. A song that you can play on an instrument.


Nobou Uematsu - Cosmo Canyon

Yikes, talk about clutching at straws. As you can see, not one iota of musical ability or talent runs through my veins. By the way, I can only play like one line.

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27. Dvorák: Symphony No. 9
27. A song that you wish you had written.


Dvorak - Symphony No. 9

I chose this song because it's a classical piece that represents the skill and talent it takes to write a piece of music for dozens of instruments. I could've chosen a pop song or any guitar-band staple, but man what talent you must have to be able to write music for a whole orchestra! And what reward you must feel when you hear it performed by so many people as one.

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28. Ultravisitor - Squarepusher
28. A song that changed your music taste in some way.


Squarepusher - Ultravisitor

The albums Ultravisitor and Endtroducing are undoubtedly two that caused a massive awakening in my taste in music. Suddenly I realised that there were other instruments than guitars, and that not all electronica music was a guilty pleasure. When I first heard the eponymous first track from Ultravisitor I was amazed. It led me to ask - what if every one of his songs was actually this good? I was even more amazed that actually, he can do better.
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29. Bad - Michael Jackson
29. A song from your childhood.


Squarepusher - Ultravisitor

As Jacko is infinitely less embarrassing than Will Smith, I'll go with him. I think everyone in my age group was a fan back in his heyday, I was hooked on his music. Thanks to this video and years of practise, I can now operate jukeboxes from the other side of the bar and do the limbo forwards.
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30. Black Noise - Pantha Du Prince
30. Your favourite song from last year.


Pantha Du Prince - Stick To My Side

I am pretty terrible at keeping up with when music is released. But I definitely know that this album dropped in 2010, and I listened to this song on repeat when trying to sleep. Featuring the vocals of the dude from Animal Collective, this was always gonna be a heavy hit!
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31. In Rainbows - Radiohead
31. Your favourite live version of a song.


Radiohead - Arpeggi

Before Arpeggi became Weird Fishes on the In Rainbows album, it sounded like this. Which is really rather nice.


 

Thirty Questions about the only subject I really love.

I stole this list verbatim straight off of
the giraffe, whose own version can be found HERE.

The questions are thus:

Question 01
- Your favourite song

Question 02
- A song from your favourite band/artist

Question 03
- A song that makes you happy

Question 04
- A song that makes you sad

Question 05
- A song that reminds you of someone

Question 06
- A song that reminds of you of somewhere

Question 07
- A song that reminds you of a certain event

Question 08
- A song that you know all the words to

Question 09
- A song that you can dance to

Question 10
- A song that makes you sleepy

Question 11
- A song from a movie you love

Question 12
- A song from your favourite male vocalist

Question 13
- A song from your favourite female vocalist

Question 14
- A song that no one would expect you to love

Question 15
- A song that describes you

Question 16
- A song that you used to love but now hate

Question 17
- A song from an artist you wish more people liked

Question 18
- A song from an album you wish more people had heard

Question 19
- A song from your favourite album

Question 20
- A song that you listen to when you're angry

Question 21
- A song that you listen to when you're happy

Question 22
- A song that you listen to when you're sad

Question 23
- A song that you want to play at your wedding

Question 24
- A song that you want to play at your funeral

Question 25
- A song that makes you laugh

Question 26
- A song that you can play on an instrument

Question 27
- A song that you wish you had written

Question 28
- A song that changed your music taste in some way

Question 29
- A song from your childhood

Question 30
- Your favourite song from last year

***BONUS!***

Question 31
- Your favourite live version of a song

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Nov 7 5:43
Awesome list, my friend & glad my list inspired you to create it. This has definitely been worth the wait! Loved all your comments on here & the insight they've given me into who you are. I'll be back to give the songs here that I haven't heard yet a proper listen (especially "Once in a Lifetime" since from what you said it could describe me as well heh).

BTW, I've added a link to your list from my 30 Days lists list. :)
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Nov 7 8:50
Hell of a list!
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Dec 29 1:06
There are a lot of songs I like.... Today during lunch I was thinking to the cosmo canyon song!!!! Great :)
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Dec 29 9:33
Even if I don' t know all the bands in your list (expecially the first 2 songs)I like the idea and I want do a list like this by miself!
Posted: 8 months, 2 weeks ago at Apr 4 16:29
interesting & original list : )

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