Thursday, June 29, 2006

Old Man River....

(courtesy CNN)

Thankfully the flooding here isn't as bad as originally anticipated. However, it's quite a reminder that the whole "Global Warming is just an opinion" spin is a load of crap. By the way I was just in that parking lot in Easton PA on Friday. Scary.

And the girl in the corner, let no one ignore her, cuz she thinks she's the passionate one...



I love this band. In the 70's beyond your Led Zep's and your Who's, there were a ton of everyman rock bands out there. Sweet combined the theatricality of Queen with the pop sensabilities of band like the Raspberries. Hugely successful in England, the band had a respectable string of hits in America as well. However, unlike other bands that have been anthologized over and over again, Sweet's legacy usually is a track on a "best of the 70's" collection hawked on overnight TV. Captiol Records issued The Best Of Sweet as par of their budget "Ten Best" series. It's got most of their biggest hits (except "Little Willy", which was on another label), and doesn't have a bad moment.

Worth the price of admission alone is the 7 minute version of "Love Is Like Oxygen", which is the pinnacle of power-pop. The song evolves from a simple chorus chant and goes into prog-rock territory. Also standing out is "Ballroom Blitz", sounding like an outtake from "Rocky Horror Picture Show" 2 years before the movie even came out. "Action" and "Fox On The Run" are great car songs in the Cheap Trick vein. Everything on here sounds like it could've been released this year.

Hopefully a better compilation having more songs from their English releases will come out in the future, but in the meantime this won't dissappoint.

Happy Gay-Veggie Pride!

Shirt says "I Eat Girls Who Don't Eat Meat". Awesome. (And I'm not even a veggie myself)

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

TDS clip of the week...

The awesome video-blog Crooks & Liars has up this great Stewart clip about attorney general Alberto Gonzales overhyping an anti-terrorism sting. Check out the reporters questions at the end. Priceless. And why again did anyone confirm this sycophant to be the head law enforcement officer in the nation?

Twostepcub's Music Chart for 06-27-06

Here's my faves for the week...you can link to any artist by clickin' on the name...

LW TW Song
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2 1. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
6 2. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
1 3. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson
4 4. When The Stars Go Blue - Tim McGraw
3 5. SOS - Rihanna
10 6. The World - Brad Paisley
7 7. Every Time I Hear Your Name - Keith Anderson
9 8. Life Ain't Always Beautiful - Gary Allan
19 9. The One That Got Away - Natasha Bedingfield
8 10. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
16 11. High - James Blunt
14 12. Say Somethin' - Mariah Carey
5 13. Settle For A Slowdown - Dierks Bentley
21 14. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins
15 15. Savin' Me - Nickelback
18 16. Faster Kill Pussycat - Oakenfold f/Brittany Murphy
13 17. Size Matters (Someday) - Joe Nichols
12 18. Suffer Well - Depeche Mode
20 19. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town
29 20. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey
11 21. Stupid Girls - Pink
28 22. Down In Mississippi - Sugarland
22 23. Bad Day - Daniel Powter
24 24. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
36 25. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
17 26. Something's Gotta Give - LeAnn Rimes
27 27. Upside Down - Jack Johnson
23 28. Afterglow - INXS
30 29. Summertime - Kenny Chesney
34 30. A Little Too Late - Toby Keith
40 31. Get Together - Madonna
37 32. Why Why Why - Billy Currington
39 33. Tracking Treasure Down - Gabriel & Dresden
35 34. Kiss The Sky - Danielle Bollinger
26 35. The Wings (Brokeback Mountain Theme) - Gustavo Santaolalla
45 36. Move Along - All-American Rejects
38 37. Juicy - Better Than Ezra
54 38. Make A Move On Me - Joey Negro
42 39. Hands Up To Heaven - Heaven 17
41 40. Raindrops - Stunt
25 41. Why - Jason Aldean
65 42. It's Over - DJ Mike Cruz w/Joi Cardwell & Georgie Porgie
33 43. Kiss You - iio
44 44. Me & My Gang - Rascal Flatts
48 45. Stay With You - Goo Goo Dolls
32 46. Be Without You - Mary J. Blige
31 47. I Want More (Cling On To Me) - Amuka
43 48. So Special - Judge Jules
56 49. Steady As She Goes - Raconteurs
52 50. Hate Me - Blue October
59 51. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers
53 52. The Real Thing - Bo Bice
74 53. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama
61 54. Miss Murder - AFI
55 55. Don't Forget To Remember Me - Carrie Underwood
49 56. Ever The Same - Rob Thomas
57 57. For You I Will (Confidence) - Teddy Geiger
58 58. I Can't Unlove You - Kenny Rogers
75 59. Say I - Christina Milian w/Young Jeezy
68 60. The Adventure - Angels & Airwaves
47 61. The Lucky One - Faith Hill
62 62. How 'Bout You - Eric Church
73 63. Falling Apart - Lovemakers
64 64. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
67 65. Last Day Of My Life - Phil Vassar
91 66. World Hold On (Children Of The Sky) - Bob Sinclar w/Steve Edwards
46 67. I Got You - Craig Morgan
51 68. Who Says You Can't Go Home - Bon Jovi w/Jennifer Nettles
70 69. Control Myself - LL Cool J w/Jennifer Lopez
66 70. Waiting - Taxi Doll
50 71. You're Beautiful - James Blunt
72 72. All Messed Up - Breaking Benjamin
79 73. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira w/Wyclef Jean
90 74. Instigator - Kaci Brown
85 75. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy
Debut 76. Is It Any Wonder - Keane
Debut 77. Fade Away - Sarah Atereth
Debut 78. Fashionista - Jimmy James
63 79. Rapture Riders - Blondie vs. The Doors
80 80. A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me - Fall Out Boy
Debut 81. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner
Debut 82. I Am Not My Hair - India.Arie
96 83. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts
69 84. Ooh La La - Goldfrapp
86 85. You Know How To Love Me - Lori Jenaire
76 86. Again & Again - Jewel
95 87. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting
88 88. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks
93 89. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor w/Holly Brook
Debut 90. Diamonds - Los Lonely Boys
Debut 91. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn w/Vince Gill & Sheryl Crow
92 92. Vicarious - Tool
94 93. On Again Tonight - Trent Willmon
71 94. It Makes A Difference - Kim English
97 95. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney
60 96. If I Were You - Hoobastank
98 97. Fire - Ferry Corsten
83 98. Always On Your Side - Sheryl Crow & Sting
Debut 99. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck
Debut 100. You Are Here - Needtobreathe

Monday, June 26, 2006

Single Life...June 26, 2006

Hey folks, just back from Pride in New York, so I'm late in doing this, but here's my singles for the week.

Trace Adkins
- "Swing" Trace's first single from his upcoming album. Before I heard it I swore it was gonna be about Texas swing. But no, it's a novelty ditty about "striking out" with pick-up lines at a bar. It's really cute, considering how dopey it could've been. Of course, Trace's sexy baritone doesn't hurt, either.

Claudja Barry - "I Will Stand" It's great to have Claudja, a veteran of the early 80s dancefloor, back in action with this inspirational song. I got it at buy.com which I didn't even realize did downloads. While you won't really recognize the singer, Warren Rigg & Tony Moran do their usual pop-trance spin on the tune. Not bad, not great, but not bad. Maybe I'm on self-help-dance-song overload. On The other hand...

Mary J. Blige
with U2 - "One" On the risk of being stoned, is there really a reason for this? I mean, the original, from Acthung Baby, a song that really grew on me through the years, really didn't cry out for a remake, let alone an American Idol-style cheesefest that this is. Maybe this would be a semi-cool idea in concert, but on record, it just screams marketing. And Bono has just turned into Elton John without the bad hair. I love Mary J. Blige. I love U2. But on the same slant, I love Alfredo sauce and I love brownies. But not together. Double-ick.

The Fray - "How To Save A Life" Going for the second single from the underdog smash, "Over My Head (Cable Car)", this Denver band doesn't stray far from the formula, which is a pretty safe bet. It reminds me if Joe Jackson would be doing Train's songs. It's not at catchy as "Over My Head", but ok nonetheless.

LeAnn Rimes - "And It Feels Like" One of the country-pop crossover siren triumverate (along with Shania Twain and Faith Hill), Rimes felt the backlash from country radio (stupid as they are), which virtually ignored her last album, Twisted Angel. And like Faith, who came back with penance with the back-to-roots Fireflies, Rimes had great success with her next album This Woman, which produced 3 top-10 country songs: "Nothin' Bout Love Makes Sense" (#5), "Probably Wouldnt Be This Way" (#3), and "Something's Gotta Give" (#2). So to not take any chances, Rimes' record label is releasing her next pop-flavored disc as yet only overseas, where such musical "indiscretions" are welcomed. The first single from Whatever We Wanna, "And It Feels Like" is a by-the-numbers soft-rock number in the Celine-Faith mold. However, Rimes' voice is amazing as always, and the tune thankfully doesn't drift too far into melodramatics. The album version on the CD single is much preferable to the remix, which hurries up the beats to try to double-time the verses. It sounds pretty incongrous to the original intent of the song, and seems like her vocals are trying to catch up to the throbbing beat. Also included is an edit of the dance version of "I Need You" her hit from Twisted Angel. It too suffers a little from the double-timing, though not as much. (Also included on the CD import single is the video, apparently borrowing the set from Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back To Me Now")

Dannii Minogue - "So Under Pressure" Kylie's little sister has an impressive career, though like her sibling hasn't been given a good break in America as yet. This summer Dannii puts out her second hits collection, The Hits and Beyond, in England. The third new single from the CD, "So Under Pressure", notched up another top-20 UK hit. Very trendy, though not as infectious as the material from her amazing Neon Nights album. My fave from the assorted remixes is the "Riff & Rays" version, which throws a proto-newwave element in the mix. Also on the import CD is the video, which seems like a "very special" episode of Fear Factor with Dannii cavorting with albino snakes and bugs.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Great essay about the Marriage Amendment...

(Above courtesy the Atlantic Online)

Courtesy of Hank Steuver of the Washington Post.

Amendment: Congress shall recognize no votes or opinions about the sanctity and preservation of marriage from its members who have been divorced and/or remarried while their first spouses are still alive. (To say nothing of those who are married while not-so-secretly fucking someone on their staff.)

Click the link to read more...

Another man without a woman, dropped like a tool no longer required...


This is probably the best case in the "albums that I like where I hate the single" category. Pete Townshend's solo output has been pretty spotty, between odds-and ends collections like Scoop
or niche projects like the Iron Man musical. White City fits in with the niche recordings, meant to accompany a short film by Richard Lowenstein. The album provided Townshend with his last gasp of pop commercial success, with the #26 pop hit "Face The Face".

Now I don't know why, but that song kills me. I don't mean kills me in a good, overwhelmed, way; it's more of a "I threw up a little in my mouth" sort of way. Maybe I just don't get it. I mean here is a lyric.

We've got to fool the fools
and plan the plans
We must rule the rules
got to stand the stands
We must fight the fight
and fall the falls
we must light the light
and call the calls
We must race the race
so we can face the face


Wow. What the hell is that supposed to mean? And then he starts shouting "New York, Chicago, London, Glasgow"! Huh? Was there some sort catastrophe in 1985 that I missed that could produce this? This is "We Built This City" awful. ("We Built This City" rule - it's the worst song ever put out not just because it's bad but because it was made by people who should know better.) What's even more puzzling is the rest of the album is not bad at all. Opener "Give Blood" is a simple but driving anti-war piece. Townshend also touches on pop ("Brilliant Blues") and tropical ("Hiding Out") musical themes. "White City Fighting", co-written with Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour, best exemplifies the album's portrait of underclass London, in which White City is a neighborhood. The highlight is "Crashing By Design", a study of a man's despair in losing his family carried along by what seems like the rock version of the Peanuts theme. Only a the end, with the confusing "Come To Mama", do things get muddled again. White City is pretty satisfying for mid-80's rock, as long as I can skip over "Face the Face".

Grade: C+
Best Cuts: "Crashing By Design"
Weakest Links: "Face The Face", "Come To Mama"

Stupid animal trick story of the day....


Priceless picture. Kinda like the 6 year old told to kiss his aunt. I know the Merchant Marine grad in the picture is excited, and has every right to be, but reading the article does bring a parallel to mind.
Mr. Whitney's sister, who works in an advertising office, had designed T-shirts for the 15 family members who attended the ceremony. Mr. Whitney's many difficulties in reaching graduation were emblazoned on the front of the shirt: 4,872 demerits ("painful"); four and a half years on academic restriction ("wounding"); two visits to the committee that weighs student expulsions ("agonizing"); two reprieves from the admiral ("necessary"); and six years of school with only an undergraduate degree to show for it ("humbling").

The back of the shirt, which bore a photograph of the midshipman and the American flag, celebrated his crowning achievement: "Passing all licensing exams, first try: Priceless."

4872 demerits? Is that normal? Though looking at it at least one of the people in this picture had to work for where he is.

(courtesy NY Times)

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

With every move he makes, another chance he takes, odds are he won't see tomorrow...


There are some music artists which despite their success, have been stunningly underrepresented in CD form. One of them is Johnny Rivers [link doesn't work in Firefox] blue-eyed soul singer from New York by way of Louisiana. Rivers racked up 9 top-ten songs between 1964 and 1977, mostly on the Imperial label. However, the only compilation that had all these songs, Rhino Records' Anthology, is for reasons unknown to me out of print. I picked up this cheapie set at a used record store. Put out by Capitol records, who has the rights to the Imperial cuts, Greatest Hits boils down most of Rivers' career to 10 songs. Half of them are live from the Whiskey A Go-Go in West Hollywood, though 4 of them were singles that were the live version. "Memphis" and "Maybelline" are adequate remakes of Chuck Berry songs, but by no way overshadow the originals. Then come two blues remakes, Leadbelly's "Midnight Special" and Willie Dixon's "Seventh Son", which up the ante in Ricky Nelson-meets-the-early Beatles sort of way. "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" puts the Pete Seeger tune in a hepcat light. Rivers' best known song, "Secret Agent Man", is here in a live version. It would have been much better to have had the original version, but this is nonetheless is good performance. In the late 60's Johnny Rivers took a much more traditional soul turn, putting out the great self-composed "Poor Side Of Town" as well as remaking Motown in "Baby I Need Your Loving" and "Tracks Of My Tears". While in my opinion "Poor Side Of Town" is his best moment, the two Motown songs like the Berry remakes are good but not as good as the originals. Finally comes the "Rockin' Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu" from 1972, which seems ripe for mixing with Melanie's "Brand New Key".

What's sorely missing besides the original of "Secret Agent Man" is early single "Mountain Of Love" and his smash from the soft-rock 70s "Swayin' To The Music (Slow Dancin')". Everything on this CD is great to listen to, and for me it was a find at $3.99, but I'm telling you to try to find Rivers' Anthology at either a used shop or half.com for a more satisfying picture.

Grade: B-
Best Cuts: "The Poor Side Of Town"

Shameless Blog Plug Of The Week, Part Deux...


I mainly wanted to blog about music here, but I admit I'm quite a bit of a news junkie. The best thing about political blogs is the ability to reference and share sources from hundreds of news organizations that no one has time to follow independently. Also, the bloggers themselves are often experts in their field, whether it be journalism, economics, law, or activism.

AmericaBlog is a great site to get the latest "dish" on the current events, whether it's the government's crazy foreign policy or the goverment's crazy domestic policy (you get my drift). Led by John Aravosis, journalist in his own right as well as political insider, this site puts through all you need to know, with John's appropriate snark on the matter. Famous for persuing the Jeff Gannon hookergate scandal, as well as boycotting "Dr." Laura, John and his compadres Joe, Rob and Cliff break down the machinations of power in easy to understand bits.

Go. Learn.
Out.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Twostepcub's Music Chart for 06-20-06

Here's my faves for the week...I've included links to all the artists so you can listen on their site..

LW TW Song
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1 1. Walk Away - Kelly Clarkson
2 2. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
3 3. SOS - Rihanna
5 4. When The Stars Go Blue - Tim McGraw
4 5. Settle For A Slowdown - Dierks Bentley
9 6. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
8 7. Every Time I Hear Your Name - Keith Anderson
6 8. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
10 9. Life Ain't Always Beautiful - Gary Allan
11 10. The World - Brad Paisley
7 11. Stupid Girls - Pink
13 12. Suffer Well - Depeche Mode
14 13. Size Matters (Someday) - Joe Nichols
19 14. Say Somethin' - Mariah Carey with Snoop Dogg
15 15. Savin' Me - Nickelback
22 16. High - James Blunt
18 17. Something's Gotta Give - LeAnn Rimes
26 18. Faster Kill Pussycat - Oakenfold with Brittany Murphy
31 19. The One That Got Away - Natasha Bedingfield
21 20. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town
23 21. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins
16 22. Bad Day - Daniel Powter
24 23. Afterglow - INXS
20 24. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
12 25. Why - Jason Aldean
17 26. The Wings (Brokeback Mountain Theme) - Gustavo Santaolalla
25 27. Upside Down - Jack Johnson
33 28. Down In Mississippi (Up To No Good) - Sugarland
35 29. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey
32 30. Summertime - Kenny Chesney
28 31. I Want More (Cling On To Me) - Amuka
27 32. Be Without You - Mary J. Blige
29 33. Kiss You - iio
38 34. A Little Too Late - Toby Keith
36 35. Kiss The Sky - Danielle Bollinger
46 36. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
50 37. Why Why Why - Billy Currington
40 38. Juicy - Better Than Ezra
56 39. Tracking Treasure Down - Gabriel & Dresden
77 40. Get Together - Madonna
44 41. Raindrops - Stunt
52 42. Hands Up To Heaven - Heaven 17
39 43. So Special - Judge Jules
48 44. Me & My Gang - Rascal Flatts
51 45. Move Along - All-American Rejects
42 46. I Got You - Craig Morgan
34 47. The Lucky One - Faith Hill
49 48. Stay With You - Goo Goo Dolls
43 49. Ever The Same - Rob Thomas
37 50. You're Beautiful - James Blunt
30 51. Who Says You Can't Go Home - Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles
57 52. Hate Me - Blue October
55 53. The Real Thing - Bo Bice
78 54. Make A Move On Me - Joey Negro
59 55. Don't Forget To Remember Me - Carrie Underwood
63 56. Steady As She Goes - Raconteurs
58 57. For You I Will (Confidence) - Teddy Geiger
61 58. I Can't Unlove You - Kenny Rogers
70 59. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers
45 60. If I Were You - Hoobastank
68 61. Miss Murder - AFI
64 62. How 'Bout You - Eric Church
47 63. Rapture Riders - Blondie vs. The Doors
65 64. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
91 65. It's Over - DJ Mike Cruz with Joi Cardwell & Georgie Porgie
62 66. Waiting - Taxi Doll
69 67. Last Day Of My Life - Phil Vassar
76 68. The Adventure - Angels & Airwaves
53 69. Ooh La La - Goldfrapp
72 70. Control Myself - LL Cool J with Jennifer Lopez
41 71. It Makes A Difference - Kim English
73 72. All Messed Up - Breaking Benjamin
84 73. Falling Apart - Lovemakers
90 74. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama
97 75. Say I - Christina Milian with Young Jeezy
71 76. Again & Again - Jewel
60 77. Love Will Find A Way - Vernessa Mitchell
75 78. Making Memories Of Us - Keith Urban
88 79. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira with Wyclef Jean
86 80. A Little Less Sixteen Candles A Little More Touch Me - Fall Out Boy
66 81. World Wide Suicide - Pearl Jam
80 82. The Seashores Of Old Mexico - George Strait
81 83. Always On Your Side - Sheryl Crow & Sting
85 84. Scar - Missy Higgins
Debut 85. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy
87 86. You Know How To Love Me - Lori Jenaire
54 87. Wherever You Are - Jack Ingram
74 88. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks
67 89. Talk - Coldplay
Debut 90. Instigator - Kaci Brown
Debut 91. World Hold On - Bob Sinclar with Steve Edwards
92 92. Vicarious - Tool
Debut 93. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor with Holly Brook
95 94. On Again Tonight - Trent Willmon
100 95. The Riddle - Five For Fighting
96 96. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts
99 97. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney
Debut 98. Fire - Ferry Corsten
Debut 99. Give Myself To You - Train
89 100. Give Me Your Love - Carl Cox with Hannah Robinson

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Man That Could Save The Democratic Party...

Anyone wondering how the Democrats should respond to the smear campaign that Karl "Turdblossom" Rove has started should just listen to this interview with John Murtha on "Meet The Press" (courtesy of Thinkprogress). This is how you talk tough. God if we could have at least 5 more of him in Congress. (I mean besides Feingold) Just for the quote

"He’s in New Hampshire. He’s making a political speech. He’s sitting in his air-conditioned office on his big, fat backside, saying stay the course. That’s not a plan. I don’t know what his military experience is, but that’s a political statement. This is a policy difference between me and the White House. I disagree completely with what he’s saying."

alone.

Single Life...June 17, 2006

Well, here's the second week of me blogging over the singles I've downloaded or bought this past week. I-Tunes is great for the rock stuff, and for Dance Music I can't recommend PerfectBeat highly enough. Definitely worth checking out.

Five For Fighting - "The Riddle" Well it took long enough for I-Tunes to put this out. Though when I heard it at first, I couldn't tell between this and their previous hit "100 Years". However, the song does hold up to repeated listenings as an inspirational rock song that doesn't plain-out suck. Doesn't disappoint anybody who likes their (actually HIS) previous work, as well as the other Ben Folds/James Blunt/John Mayer/etc etc. crowd.

Snow Patrol - "Chasing Cars" I bought this even knowing I'd be getting the album when it came out eventually. That's how much faith I have in this new English band. Great shoegazing rock from the Coldplay/Keane camp.

Augustana - "Boston" Man this week is all about the piano rock, isn't it? This song's more is the thoughtful heartbreak variety. Not bad. Not distinctive but not bad. If you like the above groups, give it a try.

Staind - "Everything Changes" I think Staind have taken over for Creed and Nickelback in the "band critics love to hate" category. I'm not as jaded as that, though this song isn't exactly a breath of fresh air, it delivers for the audience it's going for (which I think are particularly 15 -year-olds). It sounds almost like a 1990's retro power-ballad, like a Bad English song that wasn't released.

Dolce - "I Will" I got the John Rizzo Club Version on I-Tunes. Pretty good song, not a floor-filling anthem, but enjoyable inspirational vocals from Dolce and bouncy thumping all about.

Christina Aguilera
- "Ain't No Other Man" Single of the week. No questions asked. The original version has a great summer funky vibe (courtesy of the great sample, I'm trying to figure out what it is). You know you've got something when it sounds unlike anything else out on pop radio in a good way (for in a bad way, reference "Dirrty"). The "FND Discofied Edit" puts a spacey groove over the beat, and forgoes the usual thumping beat for a fresh break for the dancefloor.

Bob Sinclar featuring Steve Edwards
- "World Hold On (Axwell Remix)" Another bubbly-pop-funk-exercise that could easily been continued from George Michael's "Outside" in beat, though not in spirit. Nice soulful vocals from Edwards, in a jazz-reggae kind of delivery. And from France as yet! Something dancy from France that doesn't sound like it was made by a robot (not that there's anything wrong with that, but...)

finally...

Natasha Bedingfield - "The One That Got Away" (Wamdue Pop Rocks Remix) I thought she'd never release this for retail. Finally at least I-Tunes has it, though only in the shorter radio edit. Great song, as is the rest of her album, and the mix doesn't intrude or overpower the melody. Very cool, though my favorite mix, the Valentin Mix, should be released as well.

Love was out to get me, that's the way it seemed disappointment haunted all my dreams...


Before there were the Pussycat Dolls, N Sync, and the Backstreet Boys, came the uber-prefab band, the Monkees. Meant as a marketing drop for a TV show based on an American-ized version of the Beatles, the "Monkees" as a musical force actually are far more gifted than would be expected. Well, maybe not so, considering the forces that be did the job right by commissioning some of the best songwriters and studio musicians around, as well as having talent emerge from the members themselves.

Since their heyday, the band's been compiled seemingly yearly by different record companies to cash in on the nostaglia circuit. I got Rhino's Greatest Hits collection because #1) it was 4$ at the used CD shop and #2) it had all of their hit singles on one collection from the 60's to the 80's (missing only a couple minor singles from the 70s). As an history of the band this CD serves it's purpose, for the later singles like "That Was Then, This Is Now" and "Heart And Soul" are pretty much ignored on later compilations. But listening wise is it worth it? Well in a word, not quite.

I'm not ashamed to say that some of the best sunny-pop singles of the 60's are contained here, such as "Last Train To Clarksville" (by Boyce and Hart), "I'm A Believer" (by Neil Diamond), And "Daydream Believer" (by John Stewart), which clearly were written as Beatles knockoffs but transcend that with hooks that just stick in your brain as well as an earnest vocal from either Davy Jones or Mickey Dolenz. Just as enjoyable are the bouncy make-up number "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" and the Four-Tops tribute "Valleri". Even on lesser singles like the trippy "Words" (which proves the Monkees' can work as a functioning band playing their own instruments) and the British-invasion-style tune "I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone" the CD is quite enjoyable. However, there are major unlistenable parts, most namely the two "reunion" singles, which sound really dated and dinner-theatre dull, as well as "Randy Scouse Git", which I guess would possibly sound better if not only I were English but also would know what a "Scouse Git" would be... but since they were all pretty decent charting singles ("Randy" hitting #2 in the UK under the name "Alternate Title") it makes sense including them on a Greatest Hits CD.

All in all picking up this CD as opposed to any other Monkees' CD won't be a find unless you're really interested in getting all their hits. However, for their best, any of their other collections that include the big singles would be just as good.


Grade: B
Best Cuts: "Last Train To Clarksville", "I'm A Believer", "Daydream Believer", "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You", "Valleri"
Weakest Links: "Heart & Soul", "That Was Then, This Is Now", "Randy Scouse Git"

Saturday, June 17, 2006

The second time around...

After a long day at work, I plopped down on the sofa and by chance caught the documentary "The Fog Of War" on the History Channel. Wow. If you haven't seen it you definitely should (click here to watch the movie or here to buy it). There is NO way you cannot pull inferences on what happened in Vietnam to what is happening in Iraq.




Question: Why is this country always dragged into horrible periods by crazy politicians from Texas?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

When I'm lost at sea, I hear your voice and it carries me....


Well here's part two in my "I can do better away from my band" file, Belinda Carlisle. Formerly with bad-girls-who-play-good-girl-music band The Go-Go's, Carlisle switched gears in the late 80s to become a more adult, yet bubbly pop singer. After an initial album on her old band's label, I.R.S., with a top 10 hit "Mad About You", she changed over to MCA with one big hit album, Heaven On Earth, with had 3 out of 4 singles hit the top 10. Following releases had diminishing returns in America, but amazingly greater success abroad, like in England.

Her Greatest Hits
concentrates on Carlisle's American success, having all nine of her Hot 100 singles among the 13 cuts here, along with 3 cuts that hit the UK chart. The greatest draw here is including three songs from her first album Belinda, the breezy "Mad About You" (which doesn't stray too far from the Go-Go's sound) , the throwback girl-group pastiche "I Feel The Magic", and the forgettable "Gotta Get To You". From platinum-selling Heaven On Earth comes her trademark single "Heaven Is A Place On Earth", "I Get Weak", and "Circle In The Sand" which are likeable albeit milquetoast in an Amy Grant sort of way. Unfortunately, the fourth single, a remake of Cream's "I Feel Free" into a soccer-mom anthem, is a disaster. Although Carlisle's next two albums weren't as successful, they provide much better songs to this collection. Runaway Horses, which did make #37 on the pop albums chart and went gold, is notable for having George Harrison guest-star on guitar on "Leave The Light On" (though I really couldn't tell), but also includes the yearning "Vision Of You" (a minor UK hit) and "Summer Rain" the best song on here, woefully only hitting the top 30 here and in England. "Summer Rain" sounds like the most successful fusion of Belinda's Go-Go freshness with her solo maturity (and sounds like a BeeGees production from the One era, in a good way). Finally, from her underrated Live Your Life Be Free album Belinda had success in England, hitting the UK album chart at #7 bolstered by great singles like the anthemic title song (sample on a dance song by Live Element a few years ago) and "Do You Feel Like I Feel", both with booming choruses, and the pensive tour-ballad "Half The World" (about missing your loved one on the road). The collection doesn't delves much further into her later success abroad, not having British Top Ten Songs like "We Want The Same Thing" from the Runaway album or songs released after this collection like "In Too Deep" and "Always Breaking My Heart". However shelling out the price for an import collection with these songs deprives you of any that include anything from the original Belinda album. So until that arrives, your best bet is to find this collection which won't disappoint any American fan of Carlisle.

Grade: B
Best Cuts: "Summer Rain", "Live Your Life Be Free"
Weakest Links: "Gonna Get To You", "I Feel Free"

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

You were waiting there swimming through apologies...


When Berlin were in their heyday, basically the most common thing said about them is "oh, that's the band with the chick with the bad dye job". I mean come on, what was with that half and half thing she wore? Who told her that looked good? Well at least it made it easier to tell them apart from Missing Persons.

The band's career really arced with three albums, Pleasure Victim, Love Life, and Count Three And Pray. The Best Of Berlin 1979-1988 picks out 12 songs from these 3 albums to provide a surprisingly consistent good listen from the band. Considering how much of a different tack each album had (which is expected since different band lineups contributed), the music meshes pretty well. Pleasure Victim was a classic primitive new wave album, with eerie mood pieces like the best song on here, "The Metro", "Sex (I'm A)", and "Masquerade", all very German-sounding and synthesizer-driven. Love Life was more neo-romantic, appropriate after the phenomenon that was Duran Duran, with more pop-sounding and emotional songs like "No More Words", "Now It's My Turn", and "For All Tomorrow's Lies" (this song being the weakest link here). Lead Singer Terri Nunn's voice is put more as a belter than a siren. Count Three And Pray basically was a disjointed pop-rock cash-in on the smash song "Take My Breath Away", which sounds much better in retrospect without hearing it 20 times a day, with competent but non-exceptional songs such as "Like Flames", "You Don't Know" (a top 40 song in England) and "Will I Ever Understand You". Also included are two new songs, "Blowin' Sky High" and "Matter Of Time", which are OK even though they don't outshine the older material here.

All and All The Best Of Berlin 1979-1988 is a good listen considering the hit-or-miss nature of many of the new-wave bands of that time. The CD gives you almost everything a casual fan could really want from them (though unfortunately missing the ubiquitous "Dancing In Berlin", why would they miss that of all things) and by mixing the chronology up, don't lag until the very last song.

Berlin showed up in the VH1 car-accident-like show Bands Reunited to reunite for one concert. I was intrigued to dig up that guitarist Dave Diamond, who now works at an aviation school in California, put out a gay-country album, Qowboy, that I would love to hear. And Dave is quite the hunky bear as well...

Grade: B
Best Cuts: "The Metro", "No More Words", "Sex (I'm A)"
Weakest Link: "For All Tomorrow's Lies"

Lobotomy in motion....


OK crazy new item of the day....At today's news conference Bush joshes with LA Times' Peter Wallsten about wearing sunglasses while asking him a question (to see the video go to Crooks & Liars or Wonkette). Wallsten, it turns out, is legally blind. That is the stupidest f-ing thing I've ever seen. I mean, it's been said "aww but Bush didn't know he was blind" and "Wallsten didn't take offense", but who cares? What kind of F-Tard does this! I mean you see someone with sunglasses at a restaurant, do you go up to them and ask to take them off? Has Bush ever met a blind person in his life? Does he have to wear a t-shirt with BLIND written on it or a guide dog sitting next to him? God he's friggin' pathetic.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

This is what 2 men who've never seen war look like...

Classic. Looks like a outtake from "1941". This is Tony Snow and Dan Bartlett on the plane to Iraq with Bush.

Round 2...Twostepcubchart for 06-12-06

Here's my fave mp3 songs for the week.

LW TW Song
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3 1. Walk Away- Kelly Clarkson
2 2. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
1 3. SOS - Rihanna
5 4. Settle For A Slowdown - Dierks Bentley
8 5. When The Stars Go Blue - Tim McGraw
6 6. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield
4 7. Stupid Girls - Pink
9 8. Every Time I Hear Your Name - Keith Anderson
11 9. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
10 10. Life Ain't Always Beautiful - Gary Allan
12 11. The World - Brad Paisley
7 12. Why - Jason Aldean
15 13. Suffer Well - Depeche Mode
14 14. Size Matters (Someday) - Joe Nichols
17 15. Savin' Me - Nickelback
16 16. Bad Day - Daniel Powter
13 17. The Wings (Brokeback Mountain Theme) - Gustavo Santaolalla
18 18. Something's Gotta Give - LeAnn Rimes
26 19. Say Somethin' - Mariah Carey w/Snoop Dogg
20 20. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray
23 21. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town
30 22. High - James Blunt
28 23. If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows) - Rodney Atkins
25 24. Afterglow - INXS
22 25. Upside Down - Jack Johnson
35 26. Faster Kill Pussycat - Oakenfold w/Brittany Murphy
19 27. Be Without You - Mary J. Blige
29 28. I Want More (Cling On To Me) - Amuka
24 29. Kiss You - iio
21 30. Who Says You Can't Go Home - Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles
58 31. The One That Got Away - Natasha Bedingfield
36 32. Summertime - Kenny Chesney
37 33. Down In Mississippi (Up To No Good) - Sugarland
27 34. The Lucky One - Faith Hill
47 35. What's Left Of Me - Nick Lachey
39 36. Kiss The Sky - Danielle Bollinger
31 37. You're Beautiful - James Blunt
48 38. A Little Too Late - Toby Keith
40 39. So Special - Judge Jules
45 40. Juicy - Better Than Ezra
34 41. It Makes A Difference - Kim English
38 42. I Got You - Craig Morgan
41 43. Ever The Same - Rob Thomas
49 44. Raindrops - Stunt
42 45. If I Were You - Hoobastank
76 46. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
43 47. Rapture Riders - Blondie vs. The Doors
54 48. Me & My Gang - Rascal Flatts
52 49. Stay With You - Goo Goo Dolls
55 50. Why Why Why - Billy Currington
59 51. Move Along - All-American Rejects
65 52. Hands Up To Heaven - Heaven 17
44 53. Ooh La La - Goldfrapp
33 54. Wherever You Are - Jack Ingram
62 55. The Real Thing - Bo Bice
80 56. Tracking Treasure Down - Gabriel & Dresden
69 57. Hate Me - Blue October
60 58. For You I Will (Confidence) - Teddy Geiger
71 59. Don't Forget To Remember Me - Carrie Underwood
46 60. Love Will Find A Way - Vernessa Mitchell
67 61. I Can't Unlove You - Kenny Rogers
57 62. Waiting - Taxi
78 63. Steady As She Goes - Raconteurs
68 64. How 'Bout You - Eric Church
81 65. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
50 66. World Wide Suicide - Pearl Jam
32 67. Talk - Coldplay
85 68. Miss Murder - AFI
72 69. The Last Day In My Life - Phil Vassar
91 70. Leave The Pieces - Wreckers
61 71. Again & Again - Jewel
77 72. Control Myself - LL Cool J with Jennifer Lopez
74 73. All Messed Up - Breaking Benjamin
53 74. Not Ready To Make Nice - Dixie Chicks
70 75. Making Memories For Us - Keith Urban
83 76. The Adventure - Angels & Airwaves
Debut 77. Get Together - Madonna
Debut 78. Make A Move On Me - Joey Negro
63 79. Girl Next Door - Saving Jane
73 80. The Seashores Of Old Mexico - George Strait
75 81. Always On Your Side - Sheryl Crow & Sting
64 82. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom & Suicide... - Panic At The Disco
84 83. Incredible - Shape:UK
94 84. Falling Apart - Lovemakers
86 85. Scar - Missy Higgins
89 86. A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me - Fall Out Boy
87 87. You Know How To Love Me - Lori Jenaire
90 88. Hips Don't Lie - Shakira with Wyclef Jean
51 89. Give Me Your Love - Carl Cox with Hannah Robinson
95 90. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama
Debut 91. It's Over - DJ Mike Cruz with Joi Cardwell & Georgie Porgie
92 92. Vicarious - Tool
56 93. Stars Above Us - Saint Etienne
88 94. Right Here - Staind
97 95. On Again Tonight - Trent Willmon
66 96. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts
Debut 97. Say I - Christina Milian with Young Jeezy
98 98. Beep - Pussycat Dolls
Debut 99. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney
Debut 100. The Riddle - Five For Fighting

Friday, June 09, 2006

Shameless blog plug of the week

I've gotten inspiration to do this little corner of the internet from a whole bunch of other blugs and webpages that I follow religiously. There's some that are political, some that are about music. I figured I'd give a quickie promo for a blog a week I think is a great read.




For the inital plug I figured I'd start with a laugh. The Rude Pundit takes the current news item of the day, usually political, and basically takes it out to the local seedy porn theater. You've just got to experience it for yourself. Just for titles like "Why Ann Coulter Is A C*&t Part 2609 of an Endless Series" alone it's worth it. Definitely cheers me up at work during the day.

And now you can get his album on I-Tunes. VERY sweet.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Single life.... June 8, 2006

I've been writing about the albums I've been listening to, but I also get a lot of good things from download sites, mostly I-Tunes, but also places like Beatport and Play-It-Tonight. I figured I'd start a string about the songs, since it's more current stuff..

Jimmy James - Fashionista
It took this long to have a successor to RuPaul? Real well-done dance novelty, should be the theme for the next season of Project Runway. Listen to this walking down the street thinking you're Karen Walker.

Madonna - Get Together (Danny Howells & Rick Trevor Kinkyfunk Mix)
I really thought she was gonna release "Jump" next, so much for my instinct. Typical thumping "let's trick" song, not bad, but not especially distinctive. The remix is growing on me more than the original.

Los Lonely Boys - Diamonds
They've only had 2 singles before this, but they ("Heaven" and "More Than Love") were everywhere. This is a good breezy country-rock song, sung with a lot of soul, a good dark horse single.

Needtobreathe - You Are Here
Southern neo-rock, in the 3 Doors Down meets Coldplay sort of way (their debut is produced by Keane's producer). OK, not a totally memorable song, but promising for the album for those who like their emo a little more butch. Speaking of....

Keane - Is It Any Wonder
I was a huge fan of their first album, and the new single doesn't disappoint. Definitely proves you can rock on a piano driven track these days. Love lost sounds pretty inspiring. Definitely my favorite of the bunch.

India.Arie - I Am Not My Hair (WiggedOut Radio Edit)
REALLY cool groove, with her take on the "I am beautiful" road she has taken before. I wish I-Tunes would offer the full-length mix, but this is good enough for the meantime.

Sarah Atereth - Fade Away (Mike Rizzo / Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Remixes)
I bought two mixes of this great dance song from upcoming singer/dancer Atereth. Mike Rizzo's mix is poppy and spacey, while the Moran/Rigg mix is thumpier and more dark.

Lori Jenaire - You Know How To Love Me
Finally this came in from PerfectBeat. Fits well in the "you do me good" category (could this be the "fuck-buddy" category?) Has the Mike Cruz remix, which is in the pop vein, and Friscia & Lamboy's mix for the harder edged sound. Great restrained voice, not a peak-hour anthem, but a cool song nonetheless.


ok that's it for now before Blogger becomes bloggone again.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

You say I'm so crazy coming home intoxicated...


There's many a man that are known more for themselves than for their music. Rick James didn't start out that way, but he sure ended up that way. His seminal music output pretty much ended after 1985, and since then Motown's been issuing CD after CD of his hits, going from the two-disc Anthology to this collection, part of the apparently 2943 part "millennium Collection" series of greatest hits. Most of those grind an artist down to 12 songs, this goes further coming in with only 10 tracks. However for a person just casually interested in James this has everything you've probably heard from him. And of course that usually means "Super Freak", which is basically now more an institution than a song at this point. A song that originally only hit #16 on the pop chart, not only is it ageless, it survived it's sample on MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" (the only other song I can think to survive this well is Chic's "Good Times" on Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight"). Between that and "Give It To Me Baby", from the same original album, Street Songs, James provided the funk strong enough to console those mourning the death of disco. Between the two of them, the best bass lines since Bernard Edwards and paving the way for the likes of the Gap Band, Dazz Band, Midnight Star and the like. These two songs form the cornerstone of this set.

Also included are all James' other top-40 songs, including the discofied "You & I" (which actually charted higher than "Super Freak" did), "Cold Blooded" (a sparser rewrite of "Super Freak"), and the infectious "17". In fact, "17" is scary just for the reason that it's got to be the funkiest song about statutory rape I think I've ever heard, almost to the point of exoneration. Of course looking in hindsight, it should've sent major warning sirens on his later exploits.

Rounding out the collection is a mix of lesser hits, including "Dance Wit' Me" and "Big Time" from his disco period, which actually hold up the best, and songs like "Mary Jane" and "Bustin' Out" from the funkier side, which are OK jams but more in the homage-to-James Brown vein. "Mary Jane" is noteworthy on how blatant in drug referencing he could be while still getting played on the radio. "Ebony Eyes", his duet with Smokey Robinson, is interesting in the way of having such different vocalists collaborating, but as a song I'm still figuring if they're singing to someone else or each other.

If you're into the funk and the disco, you won't go wrong buying any of the bigger collections. For that matter, Street Songs is a consistently great album as well. But millennium Collection doesn't disappoint for giving a great car ride of tunes. And look for Vol 2. which has his best songs as a producer of acts like Teena Marie, Val Young, and the Mary Jane Girls.

Grade: B
Best Songs: Give It To Me Baby, Super Freak

"Wizard Of Oz" amendment defeated before it started...

Well thankfully the "Gay-Ban Marriage Amendment" (is that like Ray-Ban?) was defeated to even come up for a full vote 49-48. As much as this had no change for the 2/3's senate vote anyway this is even icing on the cake they couldn't even get it from cloture. I hope everyone's marriage can withstand this, especially given remarks like those from David Vitter, senator from Louisiana, where there's NOTHING else really going on there.

I was born a ramblin' gamblin' man....


Jon Stewart. Gotta love him. He had Bill Bennett, talk show host and gambling afficianado, on and discussed the gay marriage amendment. It was the best discussion on this topic I've ever seen or heard or read. Ever. Head on over to Crooks & Liars to watch.

Monday, June 05, 2006

All is well in the world....




Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert are back on. Yay.

Here we go...the first twostepcubchart for 6-6-6 (cue up the "Omen" music)

Ok...To start this, besides actually listening to music, I'm a little bit of a "chart nut". That means I follow the different music charts, mostly Billboard Magazine, to see how different songs and albums are doing. VERY OCD. I've been doin' it since 1982. Well I also keep a "Music Chart" playlist on my MP3 player which changes each week, so I figure I'd post it here as well. It gives an idea of my favorite songs of now, as opposed to some of the golden oldies I'll be dredging up on this blog.

LastWeek ThisWeek Title Artist
1 1 SOS Rihanna
2 2 Black Horse & The Cherry Tree KT Tunstall
3 3 Walk Away Kelly Clarkson
4 4 Stupid Girls Pink
7 5 Settle For A Slowdown Dierks Bentley
6 6 Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield
5 7 Why Jason Aldean
11 8 When The Stars Go Blue Tim McGraw
9 9 Every Time I Hear Your Name Keith Anderson
10 10 Life Ain't Always Beautiful Gary Allan
13 11 Dani California Red Hot Chili Peppers
12 12 The World Brad Paisley
8 13 The Wings (Brokeback Mountain) Gustavo Santaolalla
14 14 Someday (Size Matters) Joe Nichols
21 15 Suffer Well Depeche Mode
15 16 Bad Day Daniel Powter
23 17 Savin' Me Nickelback
19 18 Something's Gotta Give LeAnn Rimes
17 19 Be Without You Mary J. Blige
20 20 Over My Head (Cable Car) The Fray
16 21 Who Says You Can't Go Home Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles
22 22 Upside Down Jack Johnson
31 23 Bring It On Home Little Big Town
25 24 Kiss You iio
34 25 Afterglow INXS
41 26 Say Somethin' Mariah Carey with Snoop Dogg
28 27 The Lucky One Faith Hill
35 28 If You're Going Through Hell Rodney Atkins
30 29 I Want More (Cling On To Me) Amuka
49 30 High James Blunt
26 31 You're Beautiful James Blunt
18 32 Talk Coldplay
24 33 Wherever You Are James Ingram
29 34 It Makes A Difference Kim English
54 35 Faster Kill Pussycat Oakenfold with Brittany Murphy
40 36 Summertime Kenny Chesney
43 37 Down In Mississippi Sugarland
39 38 I Got You Craig Morgan
47 39 Kiss The Sky Danielle Bollinger
46 40 So Special Judge Jules
36 41 Ever The Same Rob Thomas
42 42 If I Were You Hoobastank
44 43 Rapture Riders Blondie vs. The Doors
27 44 Ooh La La Goldfrapp
50 45 Juicy Better Than Ezra
37 46 Love Will Find A Way Vernessa Mitchell
60 47 What's Left Of Me Nick Lachey
55 48 A Little Too Late Toby Keith
59 49 Raindrops Stunt
51 50 World Wide Suicide Pearl Jam
32 51 Give Me Your Love Carl Cox with Hannah Robinson
56 52 Stay With You Goo Goo Dolls
45 53 Not Ready To Make Nice Dixie Chicks
61 54 Me & My Gang Rascal Flatts
64 55 Why, Why, Why Billy Currington
38 56 Stars Above Us Saint Etienne
58 57 Waiting Taxi Doll
84 58 The One That Got Away Natasha Bedingfield
75 59 Move Along All-American Rejects
63 60 For You I Will (Confidence) Teddy Geiger
57 61 Again & Again Jewel
66 62 The Real Thing Bo Bice
52 63 Girl Next Door Saving Jane
48 64 The Only Difference Between.... Panic At The Disco
79 65 Hands Up To Heaven Heaven 17
33 66 What Hurts The Most Rascal Flatts
68 67 I Can't Unlove You Kenny Rogers
71 68 How 'Bout You Eric Church
77 69 Hate Me Blue October
62 70 Making Memories Of Us Keith Urban
78 71 Don't Forget To Remember Me Carrie Underwood
72 72 Last Day Of My Life Phil Vassar
69 73 The Seashores Of Old Mexico George Strait
76 74 All Messed Up Breaking Benjamin
70 75 Always On Your Side Sheryl Crow & Sting
Debut 76 Crazy Gnarls Barkley
81 77 Control Myself LL Cool J with Jennifer Lopez
86 78 Steady As She Goes Raconteurs
53 79 Sorry Madonna
Debut 80 Tracking Treasure Down Gabriel & Dresden
90 81 I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor Arctic Monkeys
65 82 Why Should I Believe You Jenna Drey
89 83 The Adventure Angels & Airwaves
85 84 Incredible Shape:UK
93 85 Miss Murder AFI
87 86 Scar Missy Higgins
88 87 You Know How To Love Me Lori Jenaire
83 88 Right Here Staind
95 89 A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little... Fall Out Boy
94 90 Hips Don't Lie Shakira with Wyclef Jean
Debut 91 Leave The Pieces The Wreckers
100 92 Vicarious Tool
92 93 Photograph Nickelback
Debut 94 Falling Apart Lovemakers
Debut 95 Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) Bananarama
67 96 Love And Memories O.A.R.
98 97 On Again Tonight Trent Willmon
99 98 Beep Pussycat Dolls
80 99 Fever Bette Midler
82 100 Oh Yeah Oh Six Yello