Thursday, 7 April 2011

30 Day Song Challenge

I decided to do one of those 30 days song challenges which I’ve seen pop up on Facebook, Twitter and various blogs. However, no sooner had I made the decision did I also remember the disaster that was the 365 project of 2011 – it didn’t happen. Despite having the time off work to make sure I posted a song for the next week or so, I know me well enough to know I’d forget to do a day and then abandon the whole thing. So, still wanting to do this, I was somewhat stuck. Then, when searching for the complete list, I stumbled across a blog where the writer was exactly like me – wanted to do it but knew they’d forget. They solved the issue by doing it all on one blog post. I liked this idea and therefore have decided to shamelessly rip it off. I can’t even credit the blog or the writer because I can’t find it again. Anyway – Each song will have a link (either YouTube or Spotify) and a little blurb.

Day 01 - Your favourite song - Metallica - Master of Puppets

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPWlzBsJfxA

The video I’ve chosen is one of Metallica playing the song live at Rock AM Ring 2008. This is my favourite song because I still get goose bumps hearing it live and it was one of the first Metallica songs I ever heard.

Day 02 - Your least favourite song - The Killers - Mr Brightside

http://bit.ly/5eCORF

Everyone has their reasons for not liking bands and songs. I have my reasons for not liking this. It reminds me of a very low time in life.

Day 03 - A song that makes you happy - Men Without Hats - Safety Dance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7movKfyTBII

I could have used this song so many times throughout the course of this list. The video is very strange but also very funny. This reminds me of an awesome scene in Scrubs http://youtu.be/7-bIhCBSrzU and it’s just a good song.

Day 04 - A song that makes you sad - Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven

http://youtu.be/7g2IlaDLVLo

This is an amazing song, but it makes me sad because it reminds me of people that I’ve lost. It is one of those which I would listen to so much more if it didn’t make me feel sad. Everyone who I know who has seen this song performed live has said that no-one in the room wasn’t crying at the end of it, and I think that really says something about the emotion in this song.

Day 05 - A song that reminds you of someone - Steriogram - Walkie Talkie Man

http://youtu.be/I7UvbwCjXUk


This reminds me of Rock AM Ring 2008, and the look on Dave’s face when Steriogram started playing this as he knew this song but didn’t know it was them (I think that is right).

Day 06 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere - Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

http://youtu.be/1wMRuZ88O1U

This reminds me of the Rage Against The Machine victory party in Finsbury Park, London. That was a cool day and the atmosphere was just electric

Day 07 - A song that reminds you of a certain event - Europe - The Final Countdown

http://youtu.be/AyggY_R3jU8

This reminds me of Sonisphere 2010. There were so many great moments from this festival and I could have chosen many songs to fill this space, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd react to a song the way that crowd reacted to The Final Countdown. It was amazing and they were awesome live.

Day 08 - A song that you know all the words to - Nine Inch Nails - Starfuckers Inc

http://youtu.be/AgZla9LETtI


I remember when I first went to go see NIN; I maybe knew 10 of their songs, possibly less. But I remember thinking those songs were amazing and at the time, this was my favourite NIN song. It isn’t now but it’s still pretty damn good. I miss NIN live

Day 09 - A song that you can dance to - Prodigy – Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix)

http://youtu.be/BKXKWBcaV3A

I have no idea how many times I have danced to this song but it is a lot. Ah alcohol, my old companion. Anyway, this is a genius song but there were a lot that could have gone in this place, mainly from Pendulum or Prodigy

Day 10 - A song that makes you fall asleep - Crosby, Still, Nash & Young - Our House

http://youtu.be/bUADeRYIwW0

This makes me think of Only Fools and Horses. But I have also fallen asleep while listening to this before. Hey, it’s a really good easy listening song!

Day 11 - A song from your favourite band - Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls

http://youtu.be/bg92QpjRcJk

I couldn’t put Master of Puppets again, and when pushed for a 2nd favourite Metallica song, it is very tough. However listening to this made me remember all over again how good this song is. It might not always be no.2 for me, but it would definitely make my top 5 Metallica songs every time.

Day 12 - A song from a band you hate - Wicked Wisdom - Bleed All Over Me

http://bit.ly/ejEUvV

Download 2006 was the first festival I went to. I wanted Download 2005 to be that one but hey, we can’t go back in time so that’s a missed chance. Anyway, walked into the arena and didn’t really know any of the bands that were on, so headed towards main stage when Wicked Wisdom were on... http://youtu.be/GMSzdgz2ZLs

Day 13 - A song that is a guilty pleasure - Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA

http://youtu.be/M11SvDtPBhA


If ever there was a definition of a guilty pleasure, I’d imagine this being it. Still, Miley Cyrus’s music is damn catchy.

Day 14 - A song that no one would expect you to love - Notorious BIG (Feat Nelly, P.Diddy, Avery Storm, Jagged Edge) - Nasty Girl

http://youtu.be/vlmxZfKAynk

This is catchy as all hell. I have no idea how I stumbled across this song but it is pretty damn awesome. I don’t talk much about my liking of rap/hip-hop music but I do like some. This is one of the ones I do like.

Day 15 - A song that describes you - Weird Al - Fat

http://youtu.be/t2mU6USTBRE

Who said having low self esteem can’t be funny? I really couldn’t think of anything for this, and then as if like magic, this came on shuffle. It seemed too perfect. Speaking of which, I’m hungry...

Day 16 - A song that you used to love but now hate - Head Automatica - Beating Hearts Baby

http://youtu.be/zINlfg0aGqw

If I was doing this in 2005, this would be the song I’d choose for “Song I’d Dance To” but as its 2011 and its been played so much the very thought of it makes me want to cleanse my ears with barbed wire, I think it’s fitting that it goes here.

Day 17 - A song that you hear often on the radio - Meredith Brooks – Bitch

http://youtu.be/bv4q4Kk0Qr0


I listen to Radio 2 at work, and every so often this makes the week’s playlist so it gets played quite a lot. I like this song so when that happens, I’m pleased. Radio 2 generally plays pretty good music, but this is a standout good song for me.

Day 18 - A song that you wish you heard on the radio - Stone Sour - Made of Scars

http://youtu.be/_tmxCRRmNhM

Probably my favourite song by one of my favourite bands. I’d like to hear this on the radio more. In fact anything by Stone Sour wouldn’t be objected to.

Day 19 - A song from your favourite album - Nine Inch Nails – Heresy

http://youtu.be/6DmGJrrLCQE

Having thought about it, I’d say The Downward Spiral is probably my favourite album in its entirety, and this is probably my favourite song from it.

Day 20 - A song that you listen to when you’re angry - Slipknot – Surfacing

http://youtu.be/lBf1Y1XzWkI

How could it be anything other than this? Fuck it all, fuck this world, fuck everything that you stand for...etc.

Day 21 - A song that you listen to when you’re happy - Nirvana – Lithium

http://youtu.be/pkcJEvMcnEg

This is just a good song which has an upbeat feel to it. Whether I’ve completely misinterpreted that I don’t know, but that’s what I get out of it.

Day 22 - A song that you listen to when you’re sad - Ginger - Only a Problem

http://youtu.be/sLGcosxs0N0

I listen to this song when I’m feeling blue for a number of reasons, but the main one is that no matter what is happening in your life, it is only a problem. There is a solution to all problems and when you look at it that way, then anything is only a problem. And this makes me feel better about stuff that gets me down. Usually this is the first song on when I’m getting in from work these days!

Day 23 - A song that you want to play at your wedding - Volbeat - I Only Want To Be With You

http://youtu.be/Ts19Nn-xyGs

Having gone through a whole heap of emotional songs to put here, I ended up with a cover song. This version is awesome and the original is also damn good. Why not!

Day 24 - A song that you want to play at your funeral - 3 Doors Down - Here Without You

http://youtu.be/kPBzTxZQG5Q

I first heard this song when it was used in a tribute video to Eddie Guerrero. Eddie was one of my favourite wrestlers and I was very upset (like many other fans) when he died, especially as he had got his life back on track, having wrestled with demons for a long time. Anyway, I heard this song set to the clips of Eddie and it made it all real. This song is about losing someone, and this is what I’d choose as a song for my funeral.

Day 25 - A song that makes you laugh - The Lancashire Hotpots - He's Turned Emo

http://youtu.be/92Th-FA1ezI

This is just amazing, especially when set to Lego

Day 26 - A song that you can play on an instrument - Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water

http://youtu.be/9f7LwuVF8Oo

Who can’t play this song?! I could have used a lot more that I used to be able to play but I haven’t seriously picked a guitar up in a long time. Still, it was either this or Survivor – Eye of the Tiger.

Day 27 - A song that you wish you could play - The Wildhearts - Caffeine Bomb


http://youtu.be/SDvMSBfFpP8

I love the riff in this song, and the two times I have seen it live, I have loved it then. There are so many Wildhearts songs I’d love to be able to play myself but this is the top of that list. A close second is Vanilla Radio.

Day 28 - A song that makes you feel guilty - Limp Bizkit - Rollin'

http://youtu.be/RYnFIRc0k6E

I love this song, especially when inebriated. When I saw them at Sonisphere 2009, it was great. However it makes me feel guilty as I had a very bad mindset when I was 13/14. I wanted nothing more than to be accepted by people who I now see were utter cunts. I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s ever been in that situation. Anyway, long story short – I disliked anything to do with what was perceived as “grunger” music. I’d never heard any of it; I just hated it because these people did. I lost a very close friend at the time due to my pig-headedness at this time. I’ve since buried the hatchet with this person but I acted like a complete cunt. This song in particular makes me feel guilty about the whole ordeal because not long after the whole incident went down, Limp Bizkit released Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water – and I actually listened to it and liked it. My genuine reaction was that liking it was a bad thing. I realised very quickly that it wasn’t and I got into other bands, some of whom are represented on this list. But the damage was done with that person. Like I said, we have buried the past, but I was a right arsehole and despite liking this song, I do feel very guilty. (Slight essay there but no matter).

Day 29 - A song from your childhood - The Real Thing - You To Me Are Everything

http://youtu.be/yT1iDKkZNYU

I remember this always being on the radio in the car when going anywhere with my parents when I was young. I also remember them playing a gig at Portsmouth Guildhall which was awesome. Well, that bit was, there was another act (I think called Shalamar) who was alright...but I slept through the rest! Hey, I was only 8 (or something like that).

Day 30 - Your favourite song at this time last year - Rammstein - Waidmanns Heil


http://youtu.be/VP4qVnFP5KA

Rammstein released this album either at the tail end of 2009, or in 2010. I don’t remember now but what I remember is 2010 being the year I finally saw Rammstein live. This song stands out in my mind as being awesome. I would also like to stress that I have no idea what this video is, but it contains the best quality version of the song so I chose it.

That’s all 30 days complete. That was fun, and I got to listen to a great deal of awesome music while writing it.

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