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  • Top 10 Most Listened To Albums

    27 nov. 2010, 15h06m

    1. Blind Melon - Soup (2,662)

    No surprise here. This is by far my favorite album and I've probably surpassed this number of plays offline. I got all 3 copies available of this record, too. I got the original digipak CD, the rare menu-shaped CD, and the vinyl of it (which is super rare). Best album ever IMO. I love every track, too, but if I had to pick 3 favorites they would be "Galaxie", "Walk", and "Lemonade".

    2. Sublime - Everything Under The Sun (1,289)

    This was a little surprising because I thought out of all the Sublime records the self-titled would be the most played. I guess this one landed here because I'm really fond of those acoustic jams Bradley did on here. The sound of just his voice and the guitar is amazing... very much like Shannon Hoon singing acoustic. I like all the outtakes on here, as well. My favorites are the acoustic version of "Get Out", "Marley Medley", and "Foolish Fool".

    3. Blind Melon - Blind Melon (1,262)

    Again... no surprise. Blind Melon have really become my ultimate favorite band. This one doesn't get as much play as Soup but it's neck-in-neck. Favorites on here (if I had to limit it to 3) would be "Time", "Soak the Sin", and "Tones of Home".

    4. Sublime - 40 Oz. to Freedom (878)

    When I first picked up this album (just a few years ago) it blew me away. I was more into hip-hop then and Sublime really knew how to fuse rock, reggae, hip-hop, punk, soul, or anything else into an amazing blend of music. I was a little shocked this and EUTS came ahead of the self-titled on this list but oh well. Favorites on here are "DJ's", "Badfish", and "40 Oz. to Freedom".

    5. Sublime - Sublime (718)

    Finally we get to this one. Same as 40 Oz. I got hooked when I first heard this record. Finding out about Sublime initially opened up a whole new door of music to me I'd never experienced before. Was quite sad - as is the same with Blind Melon - that this band was cut short from a tragic death. Favorite songs are "Jailhouse", "Garden Grove", and a tie between "What I Got"/"Santeria".

    6. Adam Lambert - For Your Entertainment (706)

    Now THIS was a huge shock. I know I like Adam Lambert, and some songs on this album were very addictive for me, but to make this Top 10 was crazy. I had no idea I'd listened to his songs that much!! I think Adam embodies - to me - the only male pop act out right now that can both sing and entertain to the highest level. He is the male equivalent of Lady GaGa, which is great IMO. Favorites on here are "If I Had You", "Pick U Up", and "Aftermath".

    7. Sublime - Robbin' The Hood (666)

    Wow... Sublime really rules the roost here, don't they? What's shocking about this - besides the 666 number - is that I can't really pinpoint that many songs on this record that I really like compared to Sublime's other records. I think one of the things on here that could have propelled it to this level was the skits. Those skits of that crazy old man in the mental ward are funny as hell and I probably listened to those a bit too many times. But regardless it's a good album, just not my favorite from them. My favorite tracks on here are "Greatest Hits", "STP", and "Pool Shark (acoustic)".

    8. Jimi Hendrix - The Ultimate Experience (599)

    Not a huge shock because I love Hendrix and I listen to the hits compilation more than his studio albums because the sound on it tends to be better on my PC for some reason. Favorites on here include "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)", "Purple Haze", and "Star Spangled Banner".

    9. Tech N9ne - Killer (458)

    This represents the period between 18 and 21 when I was heavy into hip-hop (especially underground hip-hop). Tech N9ne is among 3-5 rap artists that I like the most and he's got a very unique flow and a great storytelling ability in some of his songs. This is probably my 2nd favorite album from him, but because it's a double-disc it got more hits on this chart. Favorites include "Shit is Real", "I Am Everything", and "Happy Ending".

    10. Kings of Leon - Only by the Night (444)

    Biggest shock on the whole list IMO. I like some songs on this album but I don't even like the whole record! I think it's because of the 3 I like the most - "Use Somebody", "Sex on Fire" and "Closer" - that this album made it on here. Kings of Leon are by far not my favorites, I just like those 3 songs a lot I guess. XD

    In recap this list sort of looks weird to me. It's gotta be telling that aside of Adam Lambert, Kings of Leon and Tech N9ne everyone else (singing) on these records are dead. I don't know if I'm attracted to those kinds of things... I just think Bradley from Sublime, Shannon from Blind Melon and Hendrix made lasting music that extended far beyond their own lives. I feel the same way about Freddie Mercury, too. The sad truth is that a lot of the best musicians - mainly in rock 'n roll - die young.

    It did feel weird for me transitioning from Sublime to Blind Melon so quickly in terms of how much I was obsessed with each right when I discovered them. They share a lot of similarities in their respective stories and both Bradley/Shannon were amazing front men. The thing that's different about BM, and why they seem to have stuck a lot more in me than Sublime, is that the songs are so complex beyond words or music. It's a spirit... it's music that makes your soul feel something. Not that Sublime doesn't, but this band (BM) is way more effective to me as a listener. I've probably known of or about Blind Melon past "No Rain" only for about 2-3 years, but in that time I've heard their songs over 5,000+ times and none of the songs have gotten worn out to me. I think this is the 1 band that will stick with me through and through, and I hate to pick a band like that and say "I'm sticking with this one" but it just seems I have anyway. Bottom line: this list is a mash-up of all the things I've liked the most in the past 3 years and Blind Melon seems to be the one thing that has remained consistent in that time period. BM FUCKING ROCKS!!!
  • Blind Melon - "St. Andrew's Fall" Analyzed as a Short Story

    30 avr. 2010, 14h18m

    I recently had an extra credit assignment for an English class at my college. The instructor asked us to interpret a song as a short story for one of the options on the assignment. Being a huge Blind Melon fan, I saw this as an opportunity to showcase one of their best songs. This is what I came up with...

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    The song St. Andrew's Fall by Blind Melon, a 90's rock band, exemplifies every element of a good short story in about four minutes. Loosely based on true events of a suicide the band witnessed during a 1993 tour, the song studies the mind of a mentally unstable person at their breaking point. Here is how the song plays out as a short story, connecting each element of the dramatic structure to a portion of this amazing tune.

    One thing this band always relied on was poetic lyrics. His words may be few, but the underlying message of what lead vocalist Shannon Hoon sang about could rarely be comprehended fully from just one listen of a Blind Melon song. This track is no exception. When talking about exposition, you can point to the first couple of verses of the song. Since it is based upon one person and the theme of suicide, hearing this individual's views on daily life can be interpreted as background information. Take a look at the lyrics for the first verse:

    Big stretch, not much sleep, I got a couple of palm trees on each side of my cheeks
    And it's a bright blue Saturday, with the rummage selling the rubbish to me

    But if I could buy the sky, that's hanging over this bed of mine
    If I could climb these vines, and maybe see what you're seeing
    If you were standing on the corner staring straight in the eyes of Jesus Christ


    While you never get a name, sex, age or race attached to the main character, you do get a sense of how they feel about their life. Sunny days and palm trees are things people often associate with happiness, yet this character seems lost and hopeless. They are wishing to see the same happiness that others see from daily life. This theme continues in the second verse of the song, simultaneously creating more background (exposition) and the rising action of the story. To me, the initial view of this person's depression is the exposition, and the further emphasis on it - as well as the consideration of suicide as a result to his/her problems - is the rising action. Notice how both of these elements are present in the lyrics below:

    One porch, one dog, and one cockroach… only one way to be
    I got sewage fruit and it's growing out back from roots, but I don't know if they belong to me

    But if I could buy the sky, that's hanging over this bed of mine
    If I could climb these vines, and maybe see what you're seeing
    Sitting at the edge of this here building, twenty stories below


    At this point we are reaching the climax, which is the decision of this individual to commit suicide. Whether the 50-second instrumentation of a person falling twenty stories is part of that climax or - quite ironically - "falling action" is debatable. Otherwise, the falling action would be the moments after the impact of the body to the ground. On a side note, the music that accompanies the leap and progressive fall of this person is a fantastic piece of tape. The instruments get faster with each few levels of the building the person falls past. By the time the body hits the ground, the music has erupted from a slow start to a violent, furious end. All the while Shannon's haunting vocals spiral around the instruments, repeating the phrase "twenty stories below" from the end of the second verse.

    The dénouement is actually the rest of the song. Speaking as the soul / ghost of this person after their death, Hoon sings a haunting third verse that summarizes these events:

    I can't tell you, how many ways I've sit and viewed my life today, but
    I can tell you, I don't think that I could find an easy way
    So if I see you, walking hand-in-hand-in-hand with a three-armed man, you know I'll understand
    But you should've been in my shoes yesterday
    You should’ve been in my shoes yesterday


    This verse admits the person’s failure to adapt to life. Being in their shoes yesterday refers to how depressed this person became on their last day alive, and what drove them to the act of a violent death. The last couple lines, which can seem like nonsense at first, deal with this character's thoughts on how suicide relates to the afterlife. This person assumes anyone that commits suicide automatically goes to hell. What they are pointing out by referencing walking with a three-armed man is that if this person saw you in hell, where they presumably are at this point, they would understand why you chose the same actions to arrive there. However, assuming you would not choose suicide or view it as any choice for a person, the character wants you to look at how depressed they were right before death. By understanding how severe depression can get and how quickly it can lead to such an event, it is easier to understand how a person like this can consider - and act out - suicide.

    The only difference between this song and a short story is that that this band was working with limited time and space restraints. They also chose to act out parts of the story with music rather than with words. Overall this song is amazing; it comes complete with a nice melody, poetic lyrics and a musical reenactment of a twenty story suicide jump. What more could you ask for in terms of entertainment? I feel it could have been crafted from – or into - a short story, in the vein of Stephen King or Joyce Carol Oates.