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  1. 906. ‘Schism’, Tool (2001) Influenced by: Larks’ Tongues in Aspic • King Crimson (1973) Influence on: Question! • System of a Down (2005) Covered by: The String Tribute to Tool (2001) Other key tracks: Sober (1993) • Intolerance (1993) Ænema (1996) • Parabola (2001) • Lateralus (2001) There were two albums I bought when I was younger – I guess around 15 or 16 – that I was not ‘ready’ for when I bought them. That is not to suggest that they were some shift in the music world that I couldn’t handle, more that someone who had largely just lis
  2. Same here. It feels a weird choice.
  3. 901. ‘New York City Cops’, The Strokes (2001) I was never as big a fan of The Strokes as I was of some of the other ‘The…’ bands, but I guess I could see the appeal. There was a rawness about the vocals in particular that was appealing, whilst there was also an energy to the music they pumped out as a band. I feel the book missed a trick by not including ‘Last Night’, though this seems to have primarily made it as it was dropped from the US version after 9/11. Casablancas’ vocal style is one I’ve always liked enough, but I could imagine it is an acquired taste for man
  4. 896. ‘Clandestino’, Manu Chao (2001) A word that means illegal immigrants, ‘Clandestino’ the album saw Chao mix Latin flavours with a rock and roll style as he talked about love, the sun, marijuana, and more socially valuable, the plight the aforementioned immigrants. To me, the song isn’t anything special, though it does represent the broader social importance of some acts in the wider canon of world music. The album sold over five million copies, so it enabled Chao to be heard further and wider than ever before. Props. 897. ‘Iag Bari’, Fanfa
  5. 891. ‘Feel Good Hit of the Summer’, Queens of the Stone Age (2000) Influenced by: Apathy • Subhumans (1985) Influence on: Feel Good Hit of the Summer Part 2 • Atmosphere (2009) Covered by: Yourcodenameis: Milo (2007) Other key track: Regular John (1998) • Avon (1998) • Monsters in the Parasol (2000) This song never did as much for me as ‘Lost Art of Keeping a Secret’; this album never did as much for me as ‘Songs for the Deaf’. This seems to get here as much for the lyrical content/lack of lyrics and how it announced QOTSA to the wid
  6. 886. ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’, Avalanches (2000) Influenced by: Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain • DJ Shadow (1996) Influence on: Non-Stop Party Now • Girl Talk (2003) Other key tracks: Rock City (1997) • Since I Left You (2000) • A Different Feeling (2000) • Pablo’s Cruise (2000) • Electricity (2000) • Avalanche Rock (2000) Considering they left out ‘Since I Left You’, I knew this was either going to be a song I knew really well but had no idea it was this, or it was a deep cut just to be contrary from what was a more obvious choice. However, as soon as
  7. 881. ‘I Try’, Macy Gray (1999) Influenced by: Baby, I Love You • Aretha Franklin (1967) Influence on: Trouble Sleeping • Corinne Bailey Rae (2006) Covered by: The Girlfriends (2000) • Andrew Tinker (2007) • Ben Taylor (2008) For me, Macy Gray is all about whether you like her distinctive voice or not. Whilst I know in my heart of hearts this is a good song, I’m just not really a fan of her muted raspy style. In some ways, I’m pleased that someone who sung in a manner that was very much not the norm for popular music at the time had such success wi
  8. 876. ‘Surfacing’, Slipknot (1999) Slipknot are a massive ‘your mileage may vary’ group, and it is likely that if you don’t like them, very little is going to change your mind. It is hard to argue about their influence though, both positive and negative – they have pretty much created a whole identity around being a fan of their music. I actually quite like the odd Slipknot song, but this very much sounds like the type of thing that sounds cool when you are 13 and think you want to be a rebel, only to grow up and feel a bit embarrassed by it all. Even from the same albu
  9. Fixed the last post and left it at 7 songs, so here is 3: 873. ‘Bok Espok’, Kepa Junkera (1998) Kepa Junkera is apparently a big name in Basque music, with this album in particular an attempt to showcase how Basque music can sit amongst the styles of other cultures. For this song in particular, he performed alongside the Swedish group Hedningarna for a bit of a what sound like a funky, accordion-led jam. It isn’t really the type of music I’d go back to, but this is four and a half minutes that is hard not to enjoy to some extent. 874. ‘Sa
  10. I'll just blame sleep deprivation and fix it tomorrow. Cheers for pointing it out.
  11. 866. ‘Doo Wop (That Thing)’, Lauryn Hill (1998) Influenced by: Together Let’s Find Love • The 5th Dimension (1971) Influence on: Video • India.Arie (2001) Covered by: Devendra Banhart (2006) • Amy Winehouse (2007) • Rihanna (2008) Lauryn Hill is another person who I’ve come out of this project with a new found respect for in terms of their musical talent. It isn’t necessarily like I ignored it before, but having some focused time to listen to songs she was involved with has really highlighted to me how good her vocal delivery is, whether she is sing
  12. Fixed the missing songs and the numbering. I wrote some in advance, though forgot I had when I came to posting and did five more. Explains the mistake.
  13. Man, sorry. Will add later as it is on my external hard drive at the moment. 856. 'Simarik', Tarkan (1997) You read the words ‘The Prince of Pop’ and ‘Turkish media’ in close proximity and you get at least vaguely interested as to what this might sound like. Almost immediately it is clear that this will be better known to most as ‘Kiss Kiss’ by Holly Valance (or possibly Stella Soleil’s version if you are American). It showcases just how important a soundbyte or flourish within a song can be. It is ultimately catchy, but it is the sound of the kiss at the end of
  14. 851. ‘Breakdown’, Mariah Carey (1997) Influenced by: Tha Crossroads • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (1996) Influence on: Lil Love • Bone Thugs-n-Harmony featuring Mariah Carey and Bow Wow (2007) Other key tracks: Emotions (1991) • Fantasy (1995) • Honey (1997) I’ve never been much of a Mariah fan, as I’ve never been a big fan of the breathless note-jumping nature of her vocals. I get that there is a level of skill there and that it appeals to some, it just does nothing for me. This was a song I was unfamiliar with, one about her marriage breakdown and some
  15. 846. ‘On & On’, Erykah Badu (1996) Influenced by: Fine and Mellow • Billie Holiday (1939) Influence on: A Long Walk • Jill Scott (2002) Other key tracks: Otherside of the Game (1996) • Next Lifetime (1996) • 4 Leaf Clover (1996) • Appletree (1996) • No Love (1996) • Sometimes . . . (1996) • Bag Lady (2000) • Soldier (2008) • Honey (2008) I’ve never seen an ‘Other Key Tracks’ list as long as this one, which probably speaks to Badu’s enduring involvement in the music industry. However, I can’t say for definite that I’ve ever heard anything by
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