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  • People's Favorite Songs V

    29 oct. 2007, 2h11m

    Even if you've only known Katie Kelly for a few hours, you will surely be informed at some point that her favorite song is "Africa" by Toto. As a DJ, it's good that her favorite song fits in nicely with the 80's dance party portion of the evening, as she will undoubtedly request it (that, or Billy Joel, usually both) at some point.

    I presume Katie's love for "Africa" doesn't necessarily reflect a love for the band Toto itself, but it's a band worth mentioning: "Africa" is the closing track on Toto IV, the groups' commercial and artistic peak, an album which pretty much swept up every rock and pop category at the 1982 Grammy awards. The band itself is comprised mostly of sons of LA session rock legends, most of whom initially started out as and continue to work on big name projects to this day.

    Other fun Toto facts:
    - scored the soundtrack to the 1984 motion picture "Dune"
    - Members of Toto were musicians on Michael Jackson's Thriller album.
    - Grammy-winning hit song "Rosanna", written by guitarist Steve Lukather, was about his girlfriend at the time, movie star Rosanna Arquette.


    Africa
    IV

    Toto
  • People's Favorite Songs IV

    20 août 2007, 5h38m

    Philip and I both share an affinity for what is probably one of the greatest four seconds in recorded music. It is the last track on the superb 1992 stoner metal classic, "Blues for the Red Sun" by Kyuss. Simply titled "Yeah", it is a bold excursion into the depths of what is possible when an artist has a true moment of clarity while the tape is rolling. Be forewarned, your life will be forever altered upon hearing this stroke of pure musical power.

    Yeah
    Blues for the Red Sun
  • People's Favorite Songs III

    14 jui. 2007, 8h02m

    Good friend and former housemate Sarah J. is a big fan of the Wu-Tang Clan banger "Gravel Pit" (aka "The Dinosaur Song"), one of the best tracks off of their pretty decent 2000 release The W.

    And as Sarah would tell you, what makes this song exponentially better is it's mind-blowing video. Directed by noted hip-hop video director Joseph Kahn, it has to be the only music video in history to feature dinosaurs AND an epic ninja fight.

    Not just one dinosaur, but several species. There's definitely a brontosaurus, T. Rex, and a pterodactyl in there. And then, towards the end of the video, for whatever reason, just breaks into a massive ninja fight.

    Also note the amusing nod to Ol' Dirty, who was incarcerated during the recording of this album, as they cut to a shot of a prehistoric jail cell during one of his few recorded lines on the entire album.

    Any song that can get down with a dinosaur dance party AND score a ninja fight is easily a stone classic.

    Gravel Pit



  • People's Favorite Songs II

    13 jui. 2007, 19h21m

    One of Pauly's favorite songs of all-time is Morphine's "Thursday", off the amazing Cure For Pain LP.

    The lyrics are a beautiful little narrative about a guy who meets up at a bar with a married woman every thursday for some beers, pool, and sex in the motel across the street. Then one day, they take it back to her house, at which point the jealous husband learns of their indiscretion, and the relationship ends.

    This song was running through my head last night as I made out with a married woman in my car. A thursday night, as it were.

    Thursday

  • People's Favorite Songs I

    12 jui. 2007, 18h44m

    My uncle's favorite song is Ted Nugent's "Wango Tango". What makes it even more special, is that it's probably the greatest song about masturbation ever put to tape. I spun this recently at my cousin's wedding, and promptly joined in the ensuing dance party, allowing me to cross off "have a dance party to Ted Nugent's 'Wango Tango'" from the "stuff to do before I die" list.

    On those nights you just need to hang out at the crib, crack a cold case of PBR or High Life or Schaefer with your buds, and blast some righteous rock n' roll, The Nuge's best-of, "Great Gonzos", will fit the soundtrack nicely. Featuring other bangers such as "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang", "Motor City Madman"; and the classics such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold", this is one of the ultimate gettin-s**tfaced-on-cheap-beer albums of all time. Don't be a snob. The Nuge will do you no wrong.

    Wango Tango