Strange Brouhaha

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

It's Mind Hump Day

Here's the Wednesday Mind Hump from BDI.

Favorite rock band? Rush. I can't think of a band I like better on an overall basis. There are probably individual musicians and songs and albums that I like more than any single piece of Rush, but considered as a whole, "there is none higher." I'm fairly certain they're the only band I've seen in concert more than once (other than Sticky Fingers).

Favorite 80s song? Maaaaaaaaaan...I don't know! If you put a gun to my head and made me pick one, I'd probably pick Prince's "1999," but shoot, YOU try picking just ONE song out of even this small subset of 80s songs.

Favorite bassist? Geddy Lee of Rush. Honorable mention to Eugene Wright from the Brubeck Quartet, Jimmy Garrison from the Coltrane Quartet, and Scott LaFaro, who worked with, among many others, both Bill Evans and Ornette Coleman (talk about polar opposites!).

Favorite male singer? Wow, this is tough. I can't think of a male singer whose work I would, say, pick out of a pile of records and listen to solely because he was singing. I could say Prince, for example, but I don't like Prince solely for his singing. The last male singer I said "wow!" about, to be honest, was Rod Stewart on his first Great American Songbook album.

Favorite female singer? I really like Natalie Merchant's voice, but I'm not sure I'd hang the "favorite" tag on her. Judy Garland. Norah Jones. But really, I have the same problem here that I have with the male singers. The last female singer to really wow me was Kristy Cates in "Wicked".

Favorite Beatle? Paul. His music is the most accessible. Props to Harrison's guitar tone, though. Does "tone" count as a Beatle?

Favorite song for singing along? "Black Water" by The Doobie Brothers. "Seven Bridges Road" by The Eagles. "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller. Assuming we're talking about singing along to the radio.


  • Favorite rock band: GNR, I guess. Yeah, they went down in bloat, but for one brief moment, they rewrote the book. Can't take that away from them.

    Favorite 80s song: I'm going to split the crown between "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" by Eurythmics and "Strangelove" by Depeche Mode. They expressed the fatalism, cynicism, and prescient gloom of the 80s with a knowing nod and wink, and they reveal the understated dark glamour of a decade which has unfortunately become associated its excesses (I give you rainbow eyeshadow).

    Bassist: I know nothing about bassists.

    Male singer: Josh Groban sings purty. But Boy George, on songs like "Il Adore" and "Unfinished Business," not only has a lovely voice but a point of view as an artist that can't be denied.

    Female singer: Annie Lennox has always stood out for me as a woman who's not playing the usual games, and I really like that. Judy Garland, definitely. k.d. lang.

    Favorite Beatle: Paul.

    Song for singing along: I don't sing along.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:31 PM  

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