Random 10

When I am king, you will be first against the wall

Over the Rhine, "Poughkeepsie"
Dire Straits, "Brothers in Arms"
Radiohead, "Paranoid Android"
Chet Baker, "I Fall in Love too Easily"
Bob Mould, "If I Can't Change Your Mind"
Sinead O'Connor, "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance"
Prince, "When Doves Cry"
Texas, "Why Believe in You"
Smashing Pumpkins, "1979"
The Frogs, "Dr. Albert Provaloni"

(The "rain down" interlude in "Paranoid Android" — from about 3:34 until about 5:36 — is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. Ever.)

  • bananie

    amen, fred.
    /puts in earphones, closes eyes, remembers again…

  • howard

    I’m putting Paranoid Android on as I surf, just to refresh myself.
    And I’m glad to see the good doctor turn up on someone’s list these days — do you know if he still has “16 pairs of hands and feet” — and more importantly, do you know where I can locate a copy of Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! these days?

  • Ray

    Have you heard the Pyramid Song, from Amnesiac?

  • twig

    Yeah, what Ray said. Pyramid Song is amazing. The only thing that can top Radiohead is Radiohead.

  • Thlayli

    How can you just leave me standing
    Alone in a world that’s so cold
    Maybe I’m just too demanding….
    Speaking of “demanding”: today is Friday….

  • http://www.thesmedleylog.com/archives/366 the smedley log

    Friday Random Ten XXV (sleep comes like a drug)

    Not much time, so I might have actually skipped through the second half of longer tracks. Still, its random, I swear. (Other examples of randomocity: Andrea, Ben, Fred, Luna, Mac, Marisa)
    1. In Gods Country – U2 (The Joshua Tree)
    2. Up …

  • Sparticus

    They played that live at Glastonbury 1997 it started to rain at exactly the moment thom yorke started singing ‘rain down’. Oh to have gone.

  • Mary

    That cascading, echoing electric Spanish guitar part (I don’t know how else to describe it) that first appears around one minute in reminds me a lot of “Persian Love” by Holger Czukay, another achingly beautiful bit of prog rock, and I don’t consider myself a prog-rock person. And yes, I generally stop everything for the “rain down” section. The Queen-esque vocal harmonies alone (and I was never much a of a fan of Queen in their heyday, although I’ve grown to appreciate them now) are stunning.
    And speaking of dumbass musical opinions, I know none of you will ever believe me, but Clay Aiken, of all people, does a credible version of “When Doves Cry” live.


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