24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 23: “Bad”


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour.

23. “Bad” by U2

I couldn’t get through the day without posting a U2 song, even though I’ve never been a huge fan.  This song about heroin addicts in Dublin is a powerful example of their early work in the 1980s

 

Ten Favorite Songs of 1991 (x 2)


1991.  The year everything changed.  The year I graduated from high school.  The year I moved from Connecticut to Virginia.  The year I started college.  The year I turned 18. The year I went to my first rock concert (Fishbone, with Primus opening).  The year of Out of Time and Nevermind, and suddenly music that had been relegated as “college rock” and “alternative” was everywhere.

I’m going to get a little crazy and list 20 great songs from 1991.  And if you find that indulgent, well, I could probably list more.

Clare’s Scarf  – John & Mary

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Crazy – Seal

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Dónal agus Mórag –  Altan

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Everybody Plays the Fool – Aaron Neville

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Fight The Youth – Fishbone

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Gett Off  – Prince

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Groovy Train – The Farm

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Gypsy Woman –  Crystal Waters

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In Bloom – Nirvana

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Justified and Ancient (Stand by the JAMS) – The KLF featuring Tammy Wynette

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Kill Your Television – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin

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Kiss Them For Me – Siouxsie and the Banshees

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Move Any Mountain – The Shamen

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Only Shallow – My Bloody Valentine

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A Roller Skating Jam Named “Saturdays” – De La Soul

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Sax and Violins – Talking Heads

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3 Strange Days – School Of Fish

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Until The End Of The World – U2

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Walking in Memphis – Marc Cohn

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Wicked Game – Chris Isaak

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And a handful of shameful, guilty pleasures from 1991:

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It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over – Lenny Kravitz

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I Touch Myself – Divinyls

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Life Is a Highway – Tom Cochrane

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Right Here, Right Now – Jesus Jones

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Sadeness (Part I) – Enigma

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Unbelievable – EMF

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Are there any songs left?  Let me know in the comments.

Favorite Songs of 1983


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1983.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

This is another year where I remember the music well, especially the music I heard that summer in the car on my family’s Friday night outings to Lake Quassy amusement park in Connecticut.

Ashokan Farewell – Evan Stover, Jay Ungar, Matt Glaser, Molly Mason & Russ Barenberg

Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes

Cruel Summer – Bananarama

Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant

Let The Music Play – Shannon

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

Shipbuilding – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) – Eurythmics

White Lines – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

And my song of shame for 1983 is Never Gonna Let You Go by Sergio Mendes

No wonder why people hate the music of the 80s <shudder>.

Nevertheless, you probably have a favorite song or two from 1983.  Let me know in the comments.

Favorite Songs of 1980


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1980.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

The Eighties begin.  It’s the decade where my childhood memories of music come into clear focus.  A lot of people say that there was no good music in the Eighties, but I’ve got 100 songs coming up that will prove them wrong.

Academy Fight Song – Mission Of Burma

Another Nail In My Heart – Squeeze

Do Nothing –  The Specials

Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen

I Will Follow – U2

Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division

Mirror In The Bathroom – The English Beat

Once in a Lifetime – Talking Heads

Three Minute Hero – The Selecter

What I Like About You – The Romantics

And my song of shame for 1980 is Funky Town by Lipps Inc.