A Top 20 Hottest 100 1993-2012

Rather than spout frustration on Twitter, I felt it better to collect some songs I feel are worthy to place in the Top 20 (no particular ranking):

  • Hoppípolla – Sigur Rós
  • Down by the Water – PJ Harvey
  • Monsters – Something for Kate
  • Déjenme Llorar – Carla Morrison
  • Beauty and Danger – The Killjoys
  • Kong Foo Sing – Regurgitator
  • Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos
  • One Armed Scissor – At The Drive-In
  • How to Make Gravy – Paul Kelly
  • Johnny Mathis’ Feet – American Music Club
  • Dancing On My Own – Robyn
  • Black Amour – Barry Adamson
  • Jumpers – Sleater-Kinney
  • Evolve – Ani DiFranco
  • You and Me Song – The Wannadies
  • Tick Tick Boom – The Hives
  • It Takes More – Ms. Dynamite
  • Greg! The Stop Sign – TISM
  • Not Ready to Make Nice – Dixie Chicks
  • Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

So there it is …. thoughts??

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a Saturday Night Guest Playlist for Rage – Draft No.01

[Updated November 22nd 2012 to remove Embedded YouTube links which were slowing down page load]

Peter Gabriel – Digging In The Dirt
Always great … great video too … did not choose too many below for the video (BTW)

Jon Wayne – Texas Funeral
Seemed like a good place to start … these guys are fun…

Ween – Push th’ Little Daisies
Had novelty value at the time … but they were an awesome band of clever songwriters…

They Might be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
As above …

Malcolm McLaren – Buffalo Gals
This was the first introduction to hip hop for many Aussie suburban kids…

Public Enemy – Don’t Believe The Hype
If you do not own “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” … you should…

N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
I have the cassette tape somewhere … my Mother did not know I bought it…

George Clinton – Paint The White House Black
Still on of my favourite albums ever … and artists…

H.E.A.L. (Human Education Against Lies) – Heal Yourself
Hip Hop / Rap working together for the Community …

Digital Undergound “Humpty Dance”
Not so serious or Gangster or credible … just bloody fun…

Queen Latifah – Latifah’s Had It Up 2 Here
One of the best MCs of the time … Ice T is not the only one to have “evolved”…

MC Lyte – Cha Cha Cha
First solo female rapper to release a full album…

Stetsasonic “Talkin All That Jazz”
The start of so much in Hip Hop & Rap …

De La Soul – Me Myself & I
Prince Paul from Stetsasonic produced all of their early to middle career stuff…

Gang Starr – Step in the Arena
Alternative sound of Brooklyn from before he went really Jazzy…amazing MC…

Sound Unlimited – One More For The City
Early Aussie Hip Hop … some called them soft or sellout … but hey look at 360 now…

1200 Techniques – Where Ur At
Great DJ … these local guys went “on hiatus” way too soon…

The Herd – Under Pressure
More awesome local hip hop…

Hole _ Doll Parts
Crazy bitch … had some talent buried deep down that she let out a few times…

Ani DeFranco – Evolve
Proof that you can make your own Music Industry … great song craft and individual playing style too…

John Prine – The Sins Of Memphisto
Brilliant song from an American folk music legend…

Do Re Mi – Man Overboard (1985)
She was a star from the beginning…

Deborah Conway – Alive & Brilliant
And this is what she turned into … I saw a lot of Deborah Conway solo gigs in the 90’s

Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer
Brilliant singer songwriter … cannot wait for her 2012 CD to be released later in the month…

Laurie Anderson – Language is a Virus
More art and genius … her Music makes me switch off and think deep at the same time…

Kraftwerk – Tanzmusik (1973)
The start of so much in modern electronic music…rare early footage … always musical…

Philip Glass – Koyaanisqatsi
See Reggio’s Qatsi trilogy of films if you have not already…

Thomas Dolby – One Of Our Submarines
My entry point into electronic music as a teen was his Golden Age Of Wireless album…

LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
IN my mind Thomas Dolby carved a path for artists like this to thrive… him & others…

The Go-Betweens – Karen
One of my most loved songs by them … could not find a video…

TISM – Thunderbirds are coming out
Great live band, fun band … was almost slapped by the lead singer’s cock at one of their gigs once…

Gerling – Dust Me Selecta
Always loved this track & the band…

Young Disciples – Apparently Nothin’
Carleen Anderson has a voice like no one else … sublime…

Directions in Groove – Two Way Dreamtime
Saw them live at their second ever (what became a residency) Kinselas gig early in their careers … brilliant live…

Jill Scott – “A Long Walk”
Deep and rich in voice and soul…

Clouds “Hieronymus”
More of the next set of songs are the local sounds of my Youth and early Adult life…

Falling Joys – You’re in a Mess
Should have gone further in the world…

Bughouse – V For Vendetta (1989)
Go @genmaynard…

The Fauves – Dogs Are The Best People
Fun, fun, fun…

Frente – Ordinary Angels
Dug this EP out the other day, really stands up well…

Screamfeeder – Hi Cs
Great band …

Chad’s Tree: Sweet Jesus Blue Eyes 1987
And another from W.A. this time …

Jackson Code: Poison Berries 1993
Came out of Chad’s Tree … great live band in their time…

The Triffids – Wide Open Road (1986)
Still more Westerners…

Sidewinder – Titanic Days (Recovery, 1998)
More local talent that come forth & faded away…

The Hummingbirds – Word Gets Around
From the end of the Golden Age of Sydney live music … before Pokies…

Hold On – Tall Tales and True
MTV Australia … on free to air … look at Richard Wilkins … great band…

Swoop – Apple Eyes
Harmless, fun, local, funky…

Stephen Cummings – Speak With frankness
One of our best and most underrated songwriters…

Ian Moss – Tucker’s Daughter (1989)
Post Cold Chisel an amazing solo album written with Don Walker…

Don Walker “Silos”
A song smith with few equals in the world…

Died Pretty – Stoneage Cinderella (1986)
One of Sydney’s most beloved Indie bands of the 80’s & 90’s…

The Church – Almost With You (1982)
Brilliant…

Split Enz – Late Last Night (1976)
Always liked earlier Split Enz … especially when Judd was still there…

The Swingers – Counting The Beat (1981)
Phil Judd is a genius … tortured sure, but a genius none the less…

Schnell Fenster – Love-Hate Relationship
More Judd…

Together Alone by Crowded House 1993
*sobs* This song sums up why Neil Finn & Crowded House are so special …

Crazy Mary – Victoria Williams
While we are on songs that make me cry every time I listen to them (as above)…

Mother – X
This is Australian X …

X – Los Angeles
This is American X … no video, just sound…

Black Flag – TV Party
Hardcore with a soul for justice…

Rollins Band – Liar
Look where Henry ended up … this was very popular with the kids on JJJ at the time…

PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED – Flowers of Romance
What can you say…

Einsturzende Neubauten – Blume
Pure art… Yoko Ono is an amateur…

Butthole Surfers – The Lord Is A Monkey
Always has been a guilty pleasure…

Sonic Youth – Bull In The Heather
Have always been obsessed with them, in fact any Art Rock I can find…

Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills
Metal is not dumb, Metal is not evil, Metal is often clever and other things some do not expect…

Rage Against The Machine – Guerrilla Radio
Hardcore Socialism…

The Mark of Cain – Interloper
Great Adelaide band … favourites of Rollins…

L7 – Monster
They just rock … in a sludgy manner…

Sleater-Kinney – “Entertain”
Amazing to think the main guitarist is now one of the stars of Portlandia…

Sepultura – Roots Bloody Roots
Title says it all … tribal, angry, amazing…

Dimmu Borgir – Gateways
I love the musicality of this … not for everyone … amazing video too…

Agalloch – Into the Painted Grey
Not everyone’s cup of tea & hard work for some. But as an overall album this is an amazing piece of composition craft …

Oils on Water – 8. US Forces – Midnight Oil
Looking at it one way, the irony is thick…

Cocteau Twins – Bluebeard
This songs has a special meaning, not going into it here ;-)…

Ry Cooder – El U.F.O. Cayó
No video, great track from a fantastic album (Chávez Ravine)…

Neville Brothers – Sister Rosa
The album this was from (Yellow Moon) was the jumping point for me into a whole bunch of different (older American) artists … the Carter Family for one…

Lee Perry & Mad Professor – Mad Man Dubwise
Dub … you either love it or hate it…

King Tubby – Take Five 5 Dub (Declaration of Dub)
Discovering Mad Professor led me to discover the History of Dub, and to find King Tubby…

Tenores di Bitti “Mialinu Pira” – Milia vattu sa Trota
Saw these guys live at WOMADelaide in front of about fifty people … BLEW MY MIND…

Tori Amos – Silent All These Years
Which song to pick … #OhTory…

Neneh Cherry – Manchild
Raw Like Sushi does sounda little dated and of the time now, but still am amazing album…

Black Amour – Barry Adamson
Funky man, great musical artist, legend, timeless…

XTC Mayor of Simpleton
The song that really got me into XTC…

XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
As they progress though their career and mature and diversify there is still something identifiably them in all their music…

Calm & Crystal Clear – Neil Murray
From one of the best albums I have ever heard…

Wall Of Voodoo – Mexican Radio
One of my fave tunes of my teenage years…

Spinal Tap – The Majesty Of Rock
Nothing to say except for … Enjoy!!

The Killjoys – Beauty and Danger
Probably my favourite band of all time…

I could have gone a lot deeper on this, and did not really touch World Music or Jazz stuff …
Perhaps in Draft No.02 🙂
@Glebe2037

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