Dr. Milton von Fünkdoctorspock, July 11, 2006
Since music discussions are more interesting when absolute, I won’t hesitate to call The Kinks the most underrated band of all time. You know how people talk about how Brian Wilson always aspired to rival the Beatles and came oh, so close? I would argue that much of The Kinks’ catalog reaches that pantheon. Talk about living in the shadows….
2. Smashing Pumpkins, “Blank Page (Live)”
Musically, the Adore tour is the best show I’ve ever seen, and this song (appropriately played as the encore) might have been the best. That album came alive live. They should’ve called that shit Frankenstein! This is nine minutes of crescendo, and crescendo was where the Pumpkins were Vikings.
3. The New Pornographers, “Testament to Youth in Verse”
More porn! This song has everything there is to like about pornos: surprising, catchy twists that make me want to jump out my chair, shake my hips, sing along and come in some poor young vixen’s face.
4. Radiohead, “No Surprises (Live)”
Speaking of absolutes, there is nary a band in the land with talent remotely approaching that of the ‘head’s. Better yet, the live show is jaw-droppingly up to task.
5. Belle & Sebastian, “Ease Your Feet in the Sea”
Who are Belle and Sebastian? There aren’t band members named that, right? Did you know that Coheed & Cambria are the names of the two main characters in the story the albums by the band of the same name tell? True. They’re also writing a book telling the story. I predict at some point Coheed and/or Cambria slay a dragon.
6. Frank Sinatra, “It Was a Very Good Year”
Can you comprehend how much ass Frankles got? If you can, you’re either:
b.) bedridden with disease
He was a superstar and he was mobbed up. Also, his songs are really great, which makes me okay with his success.
7. Wilco, “Spiders (Kidsmoke) (Live)”
It’s a veritable inthemixapalooza with all these live tracks. Another absolute: I am Trying to Break Your Heart is the best rockumentary of all time.
8. Reservoir Dogs Sdtrk, “Coconut”
What was the guy who sang this song doing drinking girl drinks? “The lime in the coconut”? No thanks, man, I’ll take a beer. Now watch this.
9. Calla, “Alacran”
When Pitchfork runs a Calla review, I never understand why it’s the fourth or fifth album listed and only gets a paragraph or two. Whack. Calla = truth.
10. Dizzee Rascal, “Seems 2 Be”
See last week’s entry. Did he really spell “to” with the number or is that someone’s squirrely CDDB interpretation? I’ll bet people with vanity license plates were more adept at text messaging than us normals when texting first splashed. “Sweet! I already know how 2 tlk lk tht! LOL!!!”