Colin Timothy Gagnon (sacredspud) wrote,
Colin Timothy Gagnon

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Seven Songs for Matt

emjay42 tagged me for this about two weeks ago, and I completely neglected to do it because I was still on an All-Zappa,-All-the-Time kick. Well, I've settled down and bit and (temporarily) set aside my frighteningly fanatical fidelity to They Might Be Giants and Frank Zappa in order to complete this meme. Coincidentally, the first three are downloadable. You even get crazily lengthy director's commentary, since that's just the sort of person I am.

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your livejournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

Jonathan Coulton -- Re: Your Brains (blog entry with MP3): This song couples Office Space with Dawn of the Dead in a marriage even more appropriate than chocolate and peanut butter. Catchy, funny, freakin' brilliant. If you're not familiar with the music of Jonathan Coulton, you definitely need to check him out.

Dondero High School Acapella Choir -- Fox On The Run/Sunshine Of Your Love (Direct MP3 download): I stumbled onto this recording completely by accident. I'd just discovered Fox on the Run by Sweet and found this while I was looking at the 365 Days Project. It's a surprisingly good cover, especially given that it's performed by a high school choir(!). Incidentally, the chorus of Fox on the Run is practically lifted from Do Ya by Electric Light Orchestra.

Bobby Prince -- Doom IIV (Torrent of MP3): If you ever traded shareware games on floppies with your friends, you probably remember the music of Bobby Prince, even though you don't know that it's his. He composed the music for Commander Keen 4-6, Doom 1 and 2, Duke Nukem 3D, Wolfenstein 3D... Doom IIV is the theme music he would have written for Doom III, had he been hired for that job. It's mischeivous and almost silly, but totally appropriate and fits right into the other two Doom soundtracks. The link here is to a poorly-seeded Bittorrent file, but it's so worth downloading.

The Cardigans -- Iron Man: Somebody mentioned this cover to me waaaay back when it was new, and I didn't bother checking it out until very recently. I'm not sure whether I love it, or whether I'm just amazed by how well it works. I would never have guessed that the band that recorded Love Fool could do justice to Sabbath.

The Beatles -- The Night Before: I don't know how to justify this one. I love The Beatles as much as any disaffected teenager, but their early work (especially the love songs) doesn't do much for me. Still, I was struck by this song when I watched the movie Help! a few nights ago. The lyrics are much cleverer than their mundane topic might suggest, but the music is so catchy, and I love the harmonies that answer the main lyric. This is one of a small handful of truly *perfect* pop songs I can think of.
Okay, so not I gotta tag seven people, huh? Well, how 'bout these: jeklnskinsgrl, ladymeg1, toastmastertom, matt_william, the_tick27, chromwolf, april_tehe. I expect this to go completely ignored by at least four of those people.
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