Songs You Should Listen To Part Seven

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, "What I Am"

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians brought us this hippie folk art rock throw back in the late 80's and, even though to listen to it now the immaturity of the music and lyrics is evident, it still has a charm and appeal that will have even the casual listener singing along. The song, of course, is an angst ridden, radio friendly "fuck you" to conformity to feminine stereotypes and the groove is laid back and subtle. It's quirky and delightful and is rendered as a classic by the auto-wah guitar solo and ever so slightly off pitch vocal delivery. I'd bet that you've heard song before, but I'd also venture a guess that you've forgotten about it. Until now.

"Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box/Religion is the smile on a dog."

Echo and the Bunnymen, "Under the Killing Moon"

Ian McCulloch (presumably Echo) and his Bunnymen created terrific post punk/new wave tunes with all the flair, arrogance and snottiness of any good British rock band of the era. this song gained new life with Richard Kelly's break out 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko (which also introduced those of us who hadn't seem October Sky , to the perpetually boyish Jake Gillenhaal), introducing a whole new generation of angsty teens and snooty hipsters to the brilliance of British rock bands by bands not named the Cure. This is a terrific and timeless song an is used spectacularly in the film. I've included that version below.

"Fate/Up against your will/Through the thick and thin/He will wait until/You give yourself to him."

smoking makes you look cooler, kids.
smoking makes you look cooler, kids.

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, "Follow the Lights"

Ryan Adams, also known as the former Mr. Mandy Moore, has been creating genre jumping tunes since at least 2000. Impossible to pigeonhole, he is equally comfortable performing alt folk, alt country, rock n roll and simple ballads. This tune, a collaboration with his band The Cardinals, has a wonderfully soothing quality and reminds me in many ways of a masculine version of Tracy Chapman's brilliantly and painfully beautiful Fast Car . I like the ascending guitar riff, the smooth vocal delivery and the barely there percussion arrangement. I always repeat this song when it comes on my music player.

"If every second here is true/Our love is strong enough to guide the way and we'll walk through/Hands inside of hands, hearts inside of hearts/Like eyes closed, side by side and through."

I'm not as hipster as these glasses suggest.
I'm not as hipster as these glasses suggest.

Mayer Hawthorne, "The Walk"

I won't pretend I know who Mayer Hawthorne is and, am therefore, superior to you. I just discovered him during a performance on the Conan . I loved the sweetly smoothly 70's soul vibe of the tune, and his velvet voice (and, listen closely for a killer baseline). He's also a rapper, DJ, arranger, audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist. His appreciation for and ability to perform such a diversity of tunes makes him a must have in every record (do people still have those)/mp3 collection. Plus, the video is a take on the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie flick, Mr and Mrs Smith . Enjoy!

"Well your looks had me putty in your hand now/But I took just as much as I can stand now/And you can walk your long legs baby right out of my life."

Muse, "Thoughts of a Dying Athiest"

I've heard Muse referred to as the greatest live band in modern rock. I don't know if that's true, but they're certainly one of the best bands now, or ever (Side note, I seem to be having an unintentional Brit rock theme going with this installment). This song has a super catchy hook but the lyrics are downright terrifying if you take the time to listen to them. The base and drums are insistent and driving and the guitar's high jangle almost contradict the lyrical content. Do yourself a favor, if you haven't already, and buy Absolution , the album this appears on. It's got everything from driving rock n roll to slow and plodding (in a good way) ballads.

"I know the moment's near/and there's nothing we can do/look through a faithless eye/"are you afraid to die?"

Anberlin, "A Day Late"

Florida's Anberlin was one of the first bands to really utilize social networks to build a following, getting signed and recording their first full length album less than three months after forming, due in large part to their massive Myspace following. During their career, Anberlin was one of the most consistent bands making music and really offer no surprises and very little musical growth... and that's a good thing. This song has some bitter connotations for me based on my ex wife, but, it's still a great song with an undeniable hook that you will probably be singing tomorrow. There straight ahead rock is infectious.

"But thoughts they change and times they rearrange i don't know who you are anymore/loves come and go and this i know i'm not who you recall anymore/but i must confess you're so much more then i remember."

The Cure, "Pictures of You"

The Cure are the undisputed kings of mopey, goth, lounge, Brit rock with a hint of pop and no where does this sensibility shine then with the ultimate "missing you because you're far away" song, Pictures of You. Not only is this the Cure's masterpiece, it comes off the equally masterful Disintegration. Robert Smith has one of the most distinct voices in all of rock and the Cure, as one of the longest lasting bands from the early Brit goth scene, have evolved into one of the best band's in history. This song is a must have.

"Remembering you fallen into my arms/Crying for the death of your heart/You were stone white, so delicate lost in the cold/You were always so lost in the dark."

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Radiohead, "Paranoid Android"

Radiohead has always been a little weird, but I liked them better before they got super duper weird-- before the stopped writing actual songs and just did loud noise experiments. This song and video are great. Still the best work they've done, all these years later. Not much else to say, so, I'll let Thom Yorke and Co. do the talking. Enjoy this one. It's fun.

"Ambition makes you look pretty ugly/Kicking and squealing, Gucci little piggy"

Five Iron Frenzy, "Handbook for the Sellout"

Haling from Denver, Colorado, Five Iron frenzy was my favorite ska core band. They've recently reunited and they are a MUST SEE live band. Even though they're extremely silly and irreverent at times, vocalist Reece Roper is a friggin empathetic genius, commenting on everything from Native American mistreatment to gay bashing to Columbine (which happened just blocks from where the band practiced) to the struggles of being a poor rock n roll band. I've seen them live dozens of times and have tons of pictures I need to post of them on stage and of them and I hanging out. I'm not a big ska fan any more and you don't need to be either to enjoy this tune.

"You found them first, it made you stand apart, you know?/But then everyone jumped on the same bandwagon/Making you an average Joe/A lemming for the mediocre/You were just a plain old joker, status quo."

This band is best experienced live

He is Legend, "The Seduction"

Puppets. Loud, chaotic rock n roll. Puppets. Music for those only with healthy hearts. I give you, "The Seduction" by He is Legend.

"Hung from a wrecking ball/to see your fashion show/I think you know me well."

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

hey ya'll... after two months, Part 8 is ready...

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Amber, thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoy this. let me know what you think of the rest of the tunes!

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amberld 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

Love Echo and the Bunnymen and the Cure, just started hearing "The Walk" on the radio and love it, too. Will have to check out the rest of the music!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Jeannie. Thanks for reading. Let me know how you like the other tunes. They're all good. trust me

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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I love Edie Brickell and Echo and the Bunnymen. I will have to check out some of the other artists on this list. Voted up and shared! :-)

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Coolmon, thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed this! Please read and vote on the others as well, as I'm going to be putting together a greatest hits collection for number ten!

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Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Edie Brickell is one of my favorites, I like "What I Am" and other songs from her; I Enjoyed reading your article.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Thanks TS. I appreciate your reads and your kind comments!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Tammy, Gary Jules version of that song is great.. better then the original. The songs for 8 are picked and ready, I just need to finish putting the hub together. also be sure to vote, as I intend to put together a "greatest hits"

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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Contemplating. Giving two thumbs up. I am in awe of the transcendence. Influenced by Who's Going to Hell, and for How Long?, which I read prior to this, I ponder transition. Yet, unable to judge, only to observe, I am thankful for the exposure to the many genre. Reflecting on nephews and nieces I wonder what there choice is and why? Then I think of the choices for music I make with my hubs giving thought to what audience am I seeking vs. which audience is hungry. Thank you for the lesson. I am but a grasshopper wishing to snatch the pebble from your hand.

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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Great suggestions. I love "What I Am." I haven't heard that one in MANY years. I also love just about any thing from Radiohead. That is some of the best chill music. I haven't heard the one from Donnie Darko, but I love Mad World by Gary Jules from this movie. Well done! I am already looking to number 8.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Thanks Scribble. I appreciate the visit. I'm glad you liked Meyer Hawthorne

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

You're very welcome, Credence!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Teylina, you're welcome. You need to get caught up on the other six before eight gets posted. Thanks and have fun!

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i scribble 5 years ago

I love The Walk. It seems so familiar, at first I thought from the intro that it was a remade 70's hit. But then it wasn't. I remember What I Am. I heard it somewhere recently. Nice selection.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

"What I am" is the one that I seem to remember the best from the time. Thanks for sharing the good times, Cred2

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Teylina 5 years ago

I got more catching up to do than I thought!! Thanks for the info.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Thank you, Alexander, for stopping by!

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

You re awesome! Amazing collection. Great!

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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

Fantastic work! Great collection here. You re good!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Thanks drtruth. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I look forward to reading your hub. Please let me know when it's done! Thanks for stopping by!

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Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Great, great Hub PDXKaraokeGuy. As an old rocker myself, I just loved this and appreciate the detail you put into this. Just love Ryan Adams and it is amazing how many groups out there have been forgotten. Such as, anybody remember the ORIGINAL Outlaws...from Miami Beach ?, that was me and my cousins. We used to open for the Byrds, Dave Clark 5 just to mention a few. Like most, never made it big although my lead guitarist went on to the Byrds to replace Eric Clapton for a while. Ah but now just a couple of crumbled 45s somewhere in storage nobody ever heard of such as "Lonely Man" and no residuals. I am writing a Hub on this soon. Oh but the memories, they are good. Thanks for the Hub. I voted UP, useful, awesome and interesting. Great job. Lee Outlaw

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Alecia, I'd forgotten that she was Missus Simon. She may be a one hit wonder, but she's still making music. I hope you take the time to listen and enjoy!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Thanks Veronica. Glad I could introduce and reintroduce you to some nice tunes :-)

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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I like your suggestions and the diversity of them, Justin. I really only know Muse's "Starlight" but I think they sound just as good as any other alt rock outfit. And I'm surprised Edie Brickell was a one hit wonder, especially since she's Paul Simon's wife. Great hub, I'll have to look into these tunes!

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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

Another great one! I like this one best thus far, as there are a few artists that I haven't heard of, and a couple (He is Legend & Muse) that I hadn't listened to in a while!

Well done! Up & Awesome!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Thanhks, Flash. I appreciate that!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska Author

Linda, I haven't had much time to put these together but I'm sure I'll keep doing them :-) Nice to be missed!

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flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

There should be a button for entertaining

That video by Radiohead really amused me.

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Oh how I've missed this series! I am very happy to see Edie Brickell as the first one listed! Ryan Adams...good pick!! A great list of songs and artists. UP/Awesome/Rock on!

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