Songs You Should Listen To Part One

I've decided that since Music is my first love, I'm going to keep a running journal of songs you should be listening to. Since I have such a huge music collection and diverse tastes in music, it only makes sense to do this installments whenever I feel like it, but probably weekly. I hope you'll take the time to check out some of the deserving songs I post each week!

Alice in Chains, circa 1993
Alice in Chains, circa 1993 | Source

Alice in Chains "Nutshell"

This song, originally off of their amazing acoustic EP, Jar of Flies (Columbia, 1994), is so melancholy and beautiful. The lyrics are about the media's obsession with the vocalist (the late Layne Staley) and, even though I generally scoff at celebrities being annoyed by their celebrity (and even though the rumors regarding Staley's drug use were ultimately true-- he died of an overdose in 2003.), the eloquence and passion in his voice is incredible and Alice in Chains remains one of the most underrated bands of the 90's. Although they're still going strong with a new singer, they recently lost original bassist Mike Starr to an overdose. This song is sad and beautiful. I've included the live version here.

"We chase misprinted lies. We chase the path of time."

Toad the Wet Sprocket, "Fly From Heaven"

Toad the Wet Sprocket was one of the premier folk/alternative acts of the 90's and, quite frankly, I could have picked any number of songs from monster hits like Walk on the Ocean and All I Want to Something's Always Wrong and When Will We Fall Down . But, you've probably heard these songs so I decided to include the opening track to my favorite Toad The Wet Sprocket album, Dulcinea (Atlantic 1994), Fly From Heaven . Like most Toad songs, the lyrics are powerful and poetic and they tell a good story, this one seemingly about a frriend or family member who has gone and joined a cult.

"Like water through my Hands, You'd give him any ending. But if he's all you say, would he fly from heaven, into this world again."

Thursday, "Understanding in a Car Crash"

Philadelphia, Pa's Thursday is one of the premier screamo bands and they're still making quality records. The record that introduced me to the genre and remains with me the most if Full Collapse (2001, victory) and the song that kicks the most ass on that record is the super intense Understanding in a Car Crash. Geoff Rickley's typically slightly off pitch vocals (he is nicknamed Tone Geoff), the cymbal happy drums and schizophrenic guitars cannot be ignored. Neither can this song.

"The broken watch you gave me turns into a compass"

MIghty Mighty Bosstones, "Hell of a Hat"

Boston's preeminent skacore band, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones wrote catchy, politically charged agressive ska punk songs, and put on one hell of a good live show. 1994's Question the Answers remains one of my favorite albums of all time, in any genre and the highlight of that album is this one, Hell of a Hat, which is about the silliness of gangster fashion. it comtains some f bombs but they're so catchy and creatively done, you don't really notice, and if you do, you don't care. I don't mind cussing if it's done well and is not gratuitous. The video attached is edited..

"That's a hell of a hat that you're wearing, it goes really well with the earring."

Peter Gabriel, "Solsbury Hill"

This is the first song played after my wife and I got married, during the recessional. That's all I need to say about it.


"I just had to trust my imagination, my heart going boom boom boom."

The mullet will return, this I promise you
The mullet will return, this I promise you | Source

Hall and Oates, "Private Eyes."

Sticking with my wedding theme, this was our first dance. It's on youtube, if you really wanna see it. We have a cute little dance to do. Plus no one does blue eyed soul quite like Hall and Oates. If I had to pick only one band to listen to for the rest of my life, Hall and Oates might be an option. This is a just a fun 80's dance song, and it's a little creepy.

"Private eyes are watching you, they see your every move."

The White Stripes, "We are Gonna be Friends"

I'm going to get this out there. I HATE the White Stripes. They are annoying and kitchy and obnoxious. That being said, Jack White is a great musician and as such, he should be able to write a good song. He does that here, and this song will always make me smile because it opens the film Napoleon Dynamite (MTV films, 2003). It's about going to school and making friends. Who doesn't like that? You will never hear me praise White Stripes again, so enjoy the novelty. I couldn't find the original Napoleon Dynamite starting, so I used this one. Enjoy!


"Teacher thinks that I sound funny, but she likes the way you sing."

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Living Sacrifice, "Reborn Empowered"

They began in Florida as a true death metal band and released two fairly successful albums in this genre (Living Sacrifice and Nonexistent ) before original vocalist, DJ left the band to go do a very un-death metal thing and move to Africa to work at an orphanage. Bruce Fitshugh (guitarist) moved to vocals and rhythm guitar and band transformed into a more commercial thrash sound. On 1997's Reborn (Tooth and Nail), they explode with crunchy guitars, insanely powerful and intricate drums and brilliant cookie cutter vocals. This song is still in favorite rotation for me and proved to me at their reunion tour in 2009, that they can still rock the hell out of the younger bands.

They also have a guy named Lance and no one named Sven or Thor and they all have short hair and drink tea. Yet, they remain very metal.

"Given new life, boldness engulfs my every word."

Big Wreck, "That Song"

I did a blog about Big Wreck as a band you've probably never heard before. If you have, you know how great they were. If you haven't, click the video link below and you will. They were a fantastic prog/hard rock band based out of Boston. In Loving memory Of... is a top 25 album, for me and That Song is my personal favorite off the record, though I could have chosen any of them and been okay. Singer Ian Thornley sounds something like Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) and has gone on to a successful solo career.


"You Love My whisper but did you hear me scream at the top of my lungs?"


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Sunny Day Real Estate, "Diary"

One of the original 90s' emo bands, Sunny Day Real Estate has broken up and reunited several times. Their debut album, Diary ( Sub Pop 1992) lists the band as being broken up, but they have gone on to release three other studio albums and a live album. They also played a new tune on their reunion tour, so who knows what the future holds. Singer Jeremy Enigk has released four solo records and Drummer William Goldsmith and bassist Nate Mendel went on to become millionaires in the Foo Fighters. Don't let the emo tag scare you, this band is great, this song is great.


"Trust in me. Throw myself into your door."

I hope I've helped you find some new songs for your Zune or IPOD. Until we meet again, enjoy!

Thanks for Reading.

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How many of these songs had you heard before today?

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Which of these songs did you like the best?

  • Nutshell
  • Fly From Heaven
  • Understanding in a Car Crash
  • Hell of a Hat
  • Solsbury Hill
  • Private Eyes
  • We're Gonna Be Friends
  • Reborn Empowered
  • That Song
  • In Circles
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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Marcy! I think that's the problem with iPhones and iPods. Sometimes u just need to pop in the physical music to really know who you're listening to! Thanks for stopping by!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 3 years ago from Planet Earth

I wish I knew music as well as you do! Pop-culture music, that is. I'm afflicted with the tendency to forget who the artists are, so it can take me forever to really know who I like to pop into my CD slot to load onto the iPhone! Super great hub!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much, Spartucus. Big Wreck was a great band though, now that Chad Kroger has his hands on them, I fear the worst...


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spartucusjones 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

Give you props for including Big Wreck. They did fairly well here in Canada and I seen them live a number of years back.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Jeanine, thanks a lot. I have no complaints with your comment :-)


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Wow, you picked some of my favorite people for this hub. I absolutely love Toad the Wet Sprocket and have all of their albums. I also love Peter Gabrial and Alice In Chains. There is also a special place in my heart for the song, "Private Eyes" by Hall & Oates. :-) Voted up and awesome!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

such a good tune, audra.. a timeless classic.... when your itunes gift card runs out, feel free to use my amazon links :-) Thanks again for reading!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

Peter Gabriel's, "Solsbury Hill" is my favorite song ever!!! I got an itunes gift card that may get redeemed real fast after reading your music series! Voted up and shared indeed!!!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

all broken links in this hub have been fixed


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks, Express. I can't complain with either of those choices!


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Express10 4 years ago from East Coast

I have always liked Toad but my favorite is Hall & Oates.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Till. I grew up int he 80's and my parents in the 50's and 60's, so they'd probly tell the same stories as you. i kind feel like an old fart because I don't put any music really from newer artists. probly because most of them suck. Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

This is a great update for me. You know from my hubs I like music as well. I grew up in the 50's and 60's then had kids through the 80's and 90's so I've heard a range of music. The performers were not new to me but many of the songs were. You always pick good topics and provide really good info! Voted up and interesting.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ya. Even if it gets cancelled after a couple episodes, i think it'll be worth watching.


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

I did see that! If its HALF as funny as the movie it'll be gold!!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

LOL @ Lapse. You see the cartoon Fox is putting out? original cast of Napoleon Dynamite. Animated


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

Deb: What are you drawing?

Napoleon: A liger.

Deb: What's a liger?

Napoleon: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks winsome. I love sharing music. Hope you find some new tunes!


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Amazing I haven't heard most of these. Thanks for putting them together. =:)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Nutshell seems to be a populr choice among my readers. It's a really beautiful song, so it's understandable.

Thanks for the info on the link, Molo. I've fixed it. you should check out the song now!

Thanks for stopping by, Miss Olive


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molometer 5 years ago

Loved the "nutshell" hadn't heard that one before.

In fact there were 5 tracks that I never heard before. Thanks for sharing them with us.

One video said it had a broken link? "big wreck" just thought you ought to know.

Peter Gabriel is amazing isn't he.

Great hub voted up useful and interesting.


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

Give me a lighter to hold up! How in the world did I ever miss "Nutshell"? This video went perfect with my lunch break, coffee and drizzly classroom window. Thanks! Bookmarking to return later.....nice hub

voted up and awesome


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

sue, thanks for stopping by. Hopefully you had a chance to check out some of the artists you were unfamiliar with and discovered some new music!


Sueswan 5 years ago

I am not familiar with most of the artists.

I do like Hall and Oates, "Private Eyes" and Peter Gabriel, "Solsbury Hill."


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Hey ya'll. Just published part two: http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Ten-Songs-You-Sh...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks sunshine. I'm actually surprised more people aren't familiar with Solsbury Hill.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

I heard Private Eyes many, many times but that's it for me. Looking forward to Part 2!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you for all the kind words. The next list will have even more variety, with everything from hip hop to metal. I hope you're come by and visit again and I hope you'll take the time to check out some of these artists and songs. Thanks for the comments and votes! I appreciate you all!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Awesome videos and hub.......enjoyed it !


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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I'm going to be honest, I've only listened to Hall and Oates, but I totally think it's awesome that song was your first dance! That's beyond cool, that song makes me happy and slightly leery and I was even more excited when Psych did a spoof a couple of seasons ago. Cool Hub!


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vmartinezwilson 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

I've got a soft spot for the White Stripes.


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Fullerman5000 5 years ago from Louisiana, USA

I love Nutshell from AIC. One of the greatest bands ever. That album is so great as well. I will have to check out the other songs on this list. i only reconizged a few. great hub, voted up and awesome.


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AmaTainted 5 years ago from Texas

enjoyed the music. couldnt pick a fav... thanks for the work you did! voted UP and gave kudos.


jenubouka 5 years ago

Awesome picks here, I really value a music lover that has a wide variety of interest. Some of these I have not heard for quite some time, look forward to the next list.

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