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Your daily dose of Vitamin C

18 May

If you don’t want scurvy, just listen to the following songs:

“Orange Juice” – EarlWolf

“Orange Pineapple Juice” – Common

“Orange Crush” – R.E.M.

“Tangerine” – Big Boi

“Citrus” – The Hold Steady

Now that you’re feeling right, come back tomorrow for some real content.

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We don’t need no stinkin’ words

15 Aug

Sorry for being truant this week. I’ve been trying to kick some ass at work so that I can have a three-day weekend to enjoy my trip to Louisville to see My Morning Jacket. Mission accomplished. Back to blogging.

Earlier this week, the Onion AV Club posted a great list of instrumental songs. Here’s the link. In case you don’t feel like reading their explanation, staffers selected the top 29 songs by artists who typically don’t produce tracks without lyrics (yet somehow Pink Floyd made it on the list).

I really enjoyed their rundown, so much so that it inspired me to compile my own list of instrumentals. I didn’t stick to their criteria – this is simply a list of my favorite wordless tunes, regardless of artist. However, I did make a point not to include any songs from the AV Club list. You know, just to keep things fresh.

10. “New Orleans Instrumental No. 1” – R.E.M.

9. “Speed of Life” – David Bowie

8. “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 2” – The Flaming Lips

7. “Flying” – The Beatles

6. “Pow” – Beastie Boys

5. “Fuckin’ in the Bushes” – Oasis

4. “Meeting in the Aisle” – Radiohead

3. “One of These Days” – Pink Floyd

2. “Ocean” – John Butler Trio

1. “Maggot Brain” – Funkadelic

Top five songs named after desserts

9 Aug

I think the list of songs named after deserts would be much shorter. And less delicious. Fork and spoon drumroll please…

5. “Savoy Truffle” – The Beatles

Been on a White Album kick lately. This is a goofy Harrison song (a la Piggies), but it’s worth a listen occasionally.

4. “Sex and Candy” – Marcy Playground

Is it OK to like this song? Disco lemonade is so refreshing.

3. “Peaches and Cream” – John Butler Trio

Although this song doesn’t necessarily showcase it, John Butler is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever seen. This is a poignant song, made slightly less poignant by the revelation that Butler named his daugher Banjo.

2. “Custard Pie” – Led Zeppelin

As this rocking tune makes abundantly clear, Robert Plant loved pastries. Especially underage pastries.

1. “Magic Pie” – Oasis

Only on trivial lists like this should you find Oasis ranked ahead of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin. But I gotta admit, Be Here Now is incredibly underrated, and “Magic Pie” is one of the best songs on the disc.

Top five songs named after geometric shapes

7 Aug

Amidst all the concerts, there is still time for lists…

5. “Pink Triangle” – Weezer

4. “Turn A Square” – The Shins

3. “Spin The Black Circle” – Pearl Jam

2. “Perfect Circle” – R.E.M.

1. “Pyramid Song” – Radiohead

Top five songs named after seafood

18 Jul

In honor of the $50 gift certificate to Red Lobster I recently received, I present to you…another pointless list (Told you I was back).

5. “Crab” – Weezer 

4. “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” – Radiohead

3. “Octopus’s Garden” – The Beatles

2. “Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box” – Radiohead

1. “Rock Lobster” – The B-52’s

Top five songs named after insects

7 May

I’ve been overworked lately, which means my blogging time has been non-existent the past two days. I have several ideas for posts this week, so make patience your virtue. My next few days don’t look quite so depressing.

I’ve got another list for you in the mean time. In terms of sonic quality, it might be the best one yet.

Now for a lesson in entomology, spiked with musicology.

5. “Dragonfly Pie” – Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

4. “Army Ants” – Stone Temple Pilots

3. “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” – Wilco

2. “Red Mosquito” – Pearl Jam

1. “I Would Hurt A Fly” – Built To Spill

Top five songs named after fruits

2 May

I’m pretty fuzzy at the moment, which means I’m not exactly capable of providing you with thoughtful essays about Grand Theft Auto IV or The Vogue tonight. What I can do is supply you with a bunch of YouTube videos. Without further ado or explanation, here is my list of the top five songs named after fruits, perhaps the most underrated food group of all.

5. ” Peaches” – Presidents of the United States of America

4. “Banana Co.” – Radiohead

3. “The Lemon Song” – Led Zeppelin

2. “Strawberry Fields Forever” – The Beatles

1. “Tangerine” – Led Zeppelin

It’s worth noting that two of these ace songs come courtesy of Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant was truly the king of “food-as-sex” metaphors. If you don’t believe me, listen to the Zeppelin B-side, “Young Cherries with Juicy Melons.”

It can be found on the band’s rarities collection, Euphemisms Are Always Funny Regardless of Context.