Songs You Should Listen To Part Six

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Sponge, "Plowed"

Sponge is one of the most underrated bands of the 1990's and Rotting Pinata (1994, Work )is an equally underrated album. This might be due to singer Vinnie Dombrowski's vocal similarities to The Stone Temple Pilot's Scott Weiland. Nonetheless, this post-grunge band wrote a ton of great songs with soaring guitars, anthemic drums and more hooks then pirate convention. The album was named after a statement by gross shock rocker G.G. Allin who claimed he would commit suicide while on tour. After this suicide, he wanted his corpse shown at the remainder of the shows on the schedule. He then wanted the fans to be able to throw objects at his deceased body. The band joked that if he did, the corpse would be like a "rotting pinata."


"To see wide open with a head that's broken/Hang a life on a tragedy/Plow me under the ground that covers the message that is the seed"

Bayside, "Devotion and Desire"

Sadly, what introduced me to Bayside initially was the death of drummer John "Beatz" Holohan while on tour in Wyoming. Bayside is basically a punk band with an emo-ish vibe and incredible musicianship. Guitarist John O'Shea is one of my favorites and he rips the solo in this song. Drummer Beatz grew up playing Hip hop in New York City and this hip hop influence is evident throughout this self titled album (2005, Victory). it's what sets this band apart. Bayside has gone on to release several albums, but none capture the raw intensity and urgency as this one does. Plus, they're named after Bayside High School, you know, the school where Zach Morris, A.C. Slater, Screech, Kelly, Jessie and Lisa all attended. It's a nice nod top my childhood and a nice nod to rock n roll.


"My mouth's shooting blanks/Situation's unbearable./I've gotten vulnerable/Now anyone is free to waltz right in/My temple's been invaded/and there's nobody guarding it."

Oasis, "Wonderwall"

Oasis was one of those great British bands that were made all the greater by their vices and angst. Brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher were known for their bouts of fisticuffs and one especially memorable moment had vocalist Liam storm away back stage, refuse to go on stage, get wicked drunk int he balcony and heckle the band while Noel took over lead vocal duties. They were a Heavily Beatles influenced brit rock band that, despite the simmering rage (or maybe because of) between the two brothers, created many smooth and tender ballads and classic late 90's anthems. Wonderwall , off of 1995's (What's the Story Morning) Glory? (Creation) is their best known and most timeless song. If you've heard it, chances are you love it. if you haven't heard it, listen and then love it.


"Backbeat the word is on the street/That the fire in your heart is out/I'm sure you've heard it all before/But you never really had a doubt"

Dr. Dre Feat. Eminem, "Forgot About Dre"

After doing NWA and The Chronic (Death Row, 1992) Andrea Romelle Young, aka Dr. Dre, moved his talents from behind the mic to the studio. He returned in 2001 with 2001 (Aftermath) with an album reminded the world that he was still here and he was till the toughest mother f*cker in show biz. This is the second song I've done in this series that features Eminem and, once again, his presence is an amazing contrast to the deep, rough voice of Dre. This song is a testament to Dr Dre's staying power and a reminder that he didn't go anyway. In fact, he helped shaped the genre of gangsta rap both on and off the stage. With this song, he makes sure that you don't forget!


"Who you think brought you the o' G's/Eazy-E's Ice Cube's and D.O.C's and Snoop D O double G's/And a group that said muthaf*ck the police/Gave you a tape full of dope beats/To bump when stroll through in your hood"

K's Choice, "I'm not an Addict"

it's odd. I hadn't heard this song in years yet for the past two weeks it's been stuck in my head. I remember really liking this song when it came out. Turns out I still do. They're from Antwerp, which is cool. They're still playing, which is cool. Sarah Bettens sounds like a breathy blues singer from the 30's with a rock n roll attitude, which is cool. The song is about denial, which is cool. The song came out in 1996, so right in the middle of high school for me, which is cool and, of course, the song is cool. Which is cool.

"It's not a habit, it's cool, I feel alive/If you don't have it you're on the other side/I'm not an addict (maybe that's a lie)."

Live, "Selling the Drama"

I've heard Live referred to as a cerebral band. This seems accurate. They arrived during the heyday of the grunge scene, but they're music is not grunge. They get lumped in with hard rock but, while they're music is certainly intense, they are not. they are perhaps a true alternative band. They're sophomore effort, Throwing Copper (1994, Radioactive) was produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads and is one of the best albums to come out in the 90's and was easily the best album that Live ever put out. (in fact, don't waste your time with their final album Songs From Black Mountain. It was a giant hunk of crap). This song, like the rest f the album, offer deep, mystical lyrics, nice hooks, driving bass riffs and insistent guitars. It's just a fantastic song from a fantastic band and a fantastic album.


"And to Christ: a cross/And to me: a chair/I will sit and earn the ransom from up here"

Pantera, "Walk"

What's lost in the tragic murder of Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, who was murdered on stage by a deranged fan on December 8th, 2004, is just how frickin heavy Pantera was. Walk, off of Pantera's best and heaviest release, A Vulgar Display of Power (1992, Stco) has Pantera's typically abrasive thrash metal sounds, but is also seen as one of the purveyors of the groove metal sound. Walk is a heavy, fist pumping, wave your devil horns in the air, growl, get out your aggression type of song and is my number one song for curing a bad mood, or for wanting to get in a fight, or for wanting to drink shots and beer and then fight. "Are you talkin' to me?"


"Is there no standard anymore?/What it takes, who I am, where I've been/Belong/You can't be something you're not/Be yourself, by yourself/Stay away from me/A lesson learned in life/Known from the dawn of time"

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The Prayer Chain, "Bendy Line"

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you probably haven't heard the Prayer Chain and, if you have, you're probably a super awesome person. The Prayer Chain was one of the most original Christian alternative bands of the 90's. Many call them "the epitome of the Christian underground." Their creative angst ridden tunes were truly unique and the relationships between the band members and the band to the record labels and industry was tumultuous at best. Mercury (1995, Reunion) was their undisputed masterpiece and it has been said that you can hear the band breaking up on this record, which they did, shortly after it's release. The album as a whole is organic and earthy, moody and ethereal. It's also brilliant. Bendy Line was very controversial when it came out as it depicts the vocalist Tim Taber's desire to make love to his wife. it's beautifully lustful, like the rest of the album. My favorite song off of one of my favorite albums. Ever.

"Beg me please to claw/your summer salty warm grassy skin/should I ever hurt you badly/take your medicine, we'll make amends"

Chiodos, "Is It Progression if a Cannibal Uses a Fork?"

Chiodos is just a really cool band that writers really cool and intense songs with funny titles. They have two vocalists, or least used to before the face of the band, Craig Owens left the group in 2009. This song opens opens Bone Palace Ballet (Equal Vision, 2007) and really sets the stage with it's intense, hook laden, aggression. If you like heavy music that still has a melody, Chiodos is the band for you. If I was to create heavier music, I would want to rip off Chiodos.


"out of tune this tale of terror/the slow tolling of the funeral bell/I want to know whats going on in that/pretty little head of yours/everyday is a bone palace ballet"

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Mana, "En El Muelle De San Blas"

Mana is one of the biggest rock bands in Mexico. They've released about 6 billion albums and they're still making passionate and engaging rock n roll. Even though they sing in Spanish, their music can appeal to all. Singer Fher sounds like a cross between Sammy Hagar and Sting and the music is just good straight ahead rock n roll. This tune tells the story of a woman waiting for her love to return from an ocean journey, waiting for him on the wharf every night. he never shows up. The video tells the story, but so does the heartfelt felt way it's sung and performed. I saw this band in concert in Las Vegas. i was the only white person there :0)

"Sola, sola, en el olvido/Sola, sola con su espĂ­ritu/Sola, sola con su amor el mar/Sola, en el muelle de San Blas"

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How Many of These Songs Have You Heard?

  • 10 (I'm Impressed!)
  • 9
  • 2
  • 7
  • 6
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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
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Which of These Songs Is Your Favorite?

  • Plowed
  • Devition and Desire
  • Wonderwall
  • Stll Dre
  • Not an Addict
  • Selling The Drama
  • Walk
  • Bendy Line
  • Is it Progression if a Cannibal Uses a Fork?
  • En El Muelle De San Blas
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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Jeannie. It's a 90's heavy list.... which I'm okay with, as a child of the 90's :-)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

"Plowed" by Sponge is such a great songs. They were a really awesome band. I am also a fan of K's Choice and Live. Great list and voted up!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

hey ya'll. part seven is out now... http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Songs-You-Should...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

ana, I have to admit, I like Lady gaga, but maybe we can trade her old lady role model, Madonna. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment!


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Ana Teixeira 4 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

Pantera..... LOVE ITTTTTTTTT! I wonder If God would bring Dimebag Darrell back if we gave him lady gaga! xD


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

you're welcome, mentalist and I appreciate the musical terminology and you are indeed correct. i try to write these hubs with as many layman terms as possible, to attract as many readers as possible, but you're free to comment in whatever fashion you choose :-) Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you found some music to enjoy!


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Mentalist acer 4 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Thank you for turning me on to "Not An Addict" PDXK...This lyric with driven escalating minor scale melody reflects that moving upward in life is possible but in an,at least,unexpected way.;-))


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

veronica, spend as much time as you want on my page!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Heck yeah for putting Chiodos on the list!

Another great list. Who needs spotify & pandora when we have your hubs? ;)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you for enjoying Mathira!


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mathira 4 years ago from chennai

Good selection of songs.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ya. Mana puts on one hell of a show, even if you don't speak Spanish. I can understand most of it, but can't speak it very well. Thanks for stopping by. Boy, that pie chart is cool looking. I'm glad HubPages added that!


jenubouka 4 years ago

Man I find it rare to know anyone that knows about sponge, I remember when I bought the first album..drawing a blank on the title, but my roommates were intrigued with the group..

I knew all but two of the groups, and got to see Mana live front row at the Gorge with Santana, now that was a show.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Gypsy, it's such a good song. I love reminding people about it.

Lapse, I understand the time thing. totally. Thanks for stopping by again.

Der, Mana is great. Fantastic live, too. I may have enough of these HUBS soon to compile a greatest hits selection :-) Thanks for reading and commenting!


Derdriu 4 years ago

PDXKaraokeGuy, What a concise, informative, useful summary of songs 51 to 60 which we should listen to! In particular, I appreciate your succinct references to each band's members and claim to fame as well as a hallmark quote. The only band I know is "Mana," whose lead guitarist and drummer are world-class. In fact, I probably know all their music. Lucky you that you got to a live performance.

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Derdriu


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

Looked at some others. Wish I had more time. Let me check out another...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for reminding me of Oasis I had all but forgotten them and I do like Wonderwall. I always sit and work at my comp and listen to Offshore Music Radio from England and hear a lot of the oldies but goodies and also quite a lot I had long forgot.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Lapse, I feel there's something here for everyone. I always try to be diverse in these hubs. Have you checked out the others?

Tammy, I'm pleased that you enjoyed this. I remember being shocked when i heard about Dimebag. it was so surreal and unheard of.It was crazy about K's Choice. I hadn't heard them for years, but the song was always stuck in my head. Sort of like Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is one of your best music hubs yet!

RIP Dimebag Darrell.. I am glad you added the tribute.

Live was one of the greatest bands ever.. Throwing Copper was magic! Selling the drama is excellent too..

My favorite song on your list is K's Choice, Not an Addict. I have had 2 Paradise Choice CD's that I wore out entirely. I love to sing to them for Karaoke..

Thank you for such a wonderful hub. I have some songs to download!!


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

Definitely more genres I'm not a regular listener of in this one. The ones aemillervb mentioned are the only ones I know, ha! The Sponge and Oasis songs are complete classics.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

ae, I'm glad you enjoyed this and I'm glad you're rocking out. I am too,a actually, because I only have a little juice left on my ,p3 player and I need it for a final :-) Thanks for reading and commenting!


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aemillervb 4 years ago from Virginia

PDX - Thanks for refreshing my memoey on these great bands! I am on the hunt for some Sponge now :) I saw both Sponge and Oasis at a small local venue in my area. Can't forget "Walk" by Pantera. Love it! I am rocking out to your hub!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Linda. The two that have votes so far as remarkably similar in color


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

PDX you amaze me with the eclectic songs that you select for your music hubs! I know of Live, Oasis and Dr Dre's song which was the one that got my vote...any song featuring Em would be my favorite:)

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