30 Jun 2004 11:52 pm

A double post on this last day of June, to make up for my sparse postings this month, this time, taken from the Top 25 songs on my iPod:

  1. Big Wreck – That Song
  2. Wallflowers – 6th Avenue Heartache
  3. Everclear – Santa Monica
  4. The Darkness – I Believe in a Thing Called Love
  5. 54.40 – Radio Luv Song
  6. The Minibosses – Super Mario Bros. 2
  7. Andrew W.K. – Ready to Die
  8. Yoko Kanno – Tank!
  9. Tal Bachman – She’s So High
  10. Richard Cheese – Gin & Juice (Snoop Doggy Dogg)
  11. The Darkness – Get Your Hands Off My Woman
  12. Orbital – bagpipe style
  13. L’Arc~en~Ciel – Neo Universe
  14. Stan Bush – The Touch
  15. Nirvana – Lounge Act
  16. Buffy TVS – let me rest in peace
  17. Maaya Sakamoto – Hemisphere
  18. Paul Westerberg – Waiting for Somebody
  19. Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Strong
  20. The Minibosses – Megaman 2
  21. Andrew W.K. – Party Hard
  22. Fluke – Atom Bomb
  23. Mike Post – Quantum Leap Main Title
  24. Alabama 3 – Woke Up This Morning {Theme from ‘The Sopranos’}
  25. Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey

It’s a bit different from the last time I did a Top 25 (-ish) song listing; I’d hazard that the summer heat and nostalgia make up the prime reasons for this change.


  1. Big Wreck was a great Canadian band specializing in catchy guitar riffs and memorable lyrics, with “That Song” being a great example of these, being a paen to music and memories.
  2. The Darkness make me believe that the glam-rock of the Eighties is back in full force, and it’s freakin’ stylish. I’m not sure if it’s irony-induced nostalgia, or the pure brash energetic catchiness of their tunes that get me, but any band who use the phrase “Get your hands off my woman, motherfucker!” gets my attention.
  3. The Minibosses do guitar-rock covers of classic 8-bit video game tunes; and they’ve got good range, from their jazzy Super Mario Bros. 2 to their ten-minute-long Megaman 2 super-crunchy power rawk-opera. And they’re going to be at the Penny Arcade Expo (along with MC Frontalot and Optimus Rhyme). Rawk!
  4. Yoko Kanno‘s “Tank!” (with The Seatbelts) was the theme to Cowboy Bebop, a series that interlaced Kanno’s jazz stylings with hyper-cool anime.
  5. I love and fear Richard Cheese‘s lounge covers of popular music. This one, as the title states, goes over Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice”, and is surprisingly good late-night driving music.
  6. Orbital‘s electronic rythms have been some of my particular favorites, ever since the use of “Halcyon (On and On)” in the movie Hackers. “Bagpipe Style” gets points for sheer driving brashness.
  7. You can’t have grown up as a geek in the Eighties without having seen Transformers: The Movie, and Stan Bush’s two standout works — “Dare” and “The Touch” are indelibly linked to this movie in my brain. “Dare” is definately an Eighties tune, but is so ridiculously optimistic and enjoyable you’d have to be a total curmudgeon to dismiss it.
  8. “Let Me Rest in Peace” was Spike’s rock-ballad to Buffy in the seminal musical Buffy episode “Once More, With Feeling“. It’s out now, part of the Season Six collection, too.
  9. Maaya Sakamoto sang the theme to Escaflowne, and here she does the overwhelmingly catchy theme to RahXephon, an Evangelion-esque anime with strong musical inspiration (its subtitle was “Tune the World”)
  10. According to the iPod, I’ve listened to Andrew W.K.‘s “Party Hard” thirty-one times since I added it three weeks ago. It’s such a good, high-energy, boisterously-good-fun summer driving tune that I can’t help but peel out of work every day listening to it.
  11. So, it turns out that Season 1 of Quantum Leap is now available on DVD, which is probably why I’ve been listening to the theme song for this show. I can’t explain it otherwise, because, honestly, it’s just not that good of a song, though it is memorable-by-association.
  12. On the other hand, Alabama 3’s “Woke Up This Morning” is a damn good themesong for a damn good series. I definately need to watch more episodes of The Sopranos
  13. You can’t really have summer night driving music without “Brass Monkey”. I think that’s a bylaw here in Richmond for all Asian male drivers between the ages of 18 – 30.

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