One thing that’s become clear with my iPod listening habits is that the age of the mp3 ruins a big chunk of the listening experience. When I listen to an album I have a lot more…. let’s say, patience.
Here’s how I enjoy a good album: I’ll listen to the filler songs. The filler songs are part of the experience. And they make the Great Songs better. And the order is important. One song will end and I’ll know which song comes next and I’ll get excited. The next song’s beginning feels like a continuation of the previous. The previous song would be incomplete if it weren’t followed by the next song. Indeed if I hear a song on the radio that’s from an album I own, when it ends I feel disoriented because the Next Song doesn’t come. Or, when I listen to a song from a “Greatest Hits” album, it feels really messed up because the “wrong” song comes next.
I’m a fan of the Album.
The mp3 has not only destroyed the entire Album experience but it’s even changed my taste as well. Songs that ordinarily I’d enjoy as part of the album, I end up skipping on the iPod. I skip a lot of songs. It’s almost like I don’t actually like most songs except as part of this or that album. So what do I end up listening to? The songs I stick with, and don’t skip, tend to be extra something. Extra hooky, extra fast, extra heavy, extra catchy.
If it doesn’t have that extra-something, I just skip it. Impatient.
Maybe it’s because I mostly listen to the iPod when walking somewhere, moving, commuting. It’s not a “sit at home and put music on in the background” type of thing. In any event here’s what the iPod says are my top 10 most-listened (according to a comment I found somewhere, iPods count the # listens by how many times you got to the end of the song, so if you listen to 90% of the song and then skip, it doesn’t count. So these numbers are somewhat flawed, but good enough).
I’ve added lyrics if they’re cool, videos if I can find ‘em.
Obviously I really like Sloan, it seems. The Sloan songs below come from about 3 different albums. But there are many, many albums I have on my iPod that aren’t represented below.
I guess I skip all their songs.
1. “Now That You Are Gone”, by The Mr. T Experience
I shifted gears
I faced my fears
I cried some tears
I did a lot of heroin
it took so long
but now I’m moving on
now that you are gone
2. “I’m Not A Kid Anymore”, Sloan
3. “I Love A Long Goodbye”, Sloan
4. “HFXNSHC”, Sloan
5. “Dreaming Of You”, Sloan
6. “An Idea For A Movie”, The Vandals
7. “I’m A Dick”, The Muffs
8. “Up-A-Ways”, Tim Rogers and the Twin Set
9. “She All Right”, Dr. Frank
She can pick a pony she can shake and bake a chicken leg
she’s, like, smoking and sitting on a powder keg
so I’m out standing in the fog
calling for her cat while I’m walking her dog
peel her bark, feel her bite
she my baby, she all right
10. “I’m In Love With What’s-Her-Name”, Dr. Frank
Each day and night I thank the lord above
for sending me a what’s-her-name to love
and what’s-her-name can’t get enough
when we do those things
and especially when we do that stuff
11. “Mess Around”, Redd Kross
12. “Teen Competition”, Redd Kross
13. “Kiss The Goat”, Redd Kross
14. “Right Or Wrong”, Sloan
15. “Set In Motion”, Sloan
16. “Correspondence”, Tim Rogers
17. “Things Gonna Get Ugly”, Tim Rogers
18. “James the Second”, Tim Rogers
19. “Fucked-Up Girl”, The Vandals
20. “Carmelita”, Warren Zevon
Well, I’m sittin’ here playing solitaire
With my pearl-handled deck
The county won’t give me no more methadone
And they cut off your welfare check
Carmelita hold me tighter
I think I’m sinking down
And I’m all strung out on heroin
On the outskirts of town
21. “Tapin’ Up My Heart”, The Mr. T Experience
What we have is difficult to explain
it’s equal parts of boredom joy and pain
it’s delicate like an angel’s wings
based on trust and a couple of other things
22. “Crush Me”, The Muffs
23. “Honeymoon”, The Muffs
24. “Pretty Please Me”, Redd Kross
25. “You Lied Again”, Redd Kross