Monday, October 30, 2006

hey tell me that there's more to life than just what I can see...


Well, at least one of these guys didn't shoot a captive bear. Brooks & Dunn are the quintessential country duo churning out nine hit studio albums since 1991 by combining honky tonk coolness like in "Hard Workin' Man" and epic ballads like "The Long Goodbye". With Hillbilly Deluxe, the pair continued the success rekindled with the Red Dirt Road album. For rabid fans of their music, it'll be a big success. For everyone else, it's touch and go.

Hillbilly Deluxe starts off innocuously with the lead single "Play Something Country", a corny white bread-neck slogan song that only is listenable because B&D sell it well enough. It's the usual name-dropping urban-bashing swill that would've been lost save for the infectious beat and Ronnie Dunn's voice. This and the next bunch of tunes retread a lot of material already gone over and over on previous albums, and for once sounds it. Well done, but nothing new. At least until the solemn dirge "Believe", which is a great inspiring song about death and peoples' faith. Following that is the good remake of Nicolette Larson's "Building Bridges" with Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill singing backup. The remainder of the album is as passable as the first, though it contain the two best nuggets from the album, the heartbreak ballad "I May Never Get Over You" and the male-diva powerhouse "Again". One sad note is how little Kix Brooks is represented on this album, with Dunn's songs dominating the album. Otherwise, an ok, if not notable, addition to their catalog.

Grade: C+
Best Cuts:
"Again", "I May Never Get Over You"
Weakest Links: "One More Roll Of The Dice", "It Ain't Me If It Ain't You"

Hillbilly Deluxe hit #3 pop albums and #1 on the country albums chart.
"Play Something Country" hit #1 country and #37 pop.
"Believe" made #8 country and #60 pop.
"Building Bridges" made #4 country and #66 pop.

You can pick up Hillbilly Deluxe at sites like here and here.

You can listen to the song "Again" by clicking here to download (rightclick to bring up in another window).

And here's the video for their single "Believe"...

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The secrets I have kept, the nights I haven't slept, I've laughed until I've wept...


I loves me some Trisha Yearwood. She's got to be one of the most consistently good female singers in country music. Though not having the superstar career of a Faith or a Shania, she didn't fizzle out quickly (I'm looking at you, Gretchen) but has built up a classy body of work through the last fifteen years. From "Down On My Knees" to "On A Bus To St. Cloud" to "I'd Still Love You More", Trisha has songs that may not have been chart champs, but have a timeless quality about them that defies dating.

On her tenth studio album (including a Christmas disc), Jasper County, Yearwood eschews the sheen from her last couple albums for a more down-home country feel. Starting out with both barrels on with the best track on the album, "Who Invented The Wheel", a bluesy scorned-woman powerhouse of a song (actually outdoing it's writer Anthony T. Smith's version). She mixes up the requisite swingers ("Pistol", "It's Alright"), twosteps ("River Of You", "Baby Don't You Let Go"), and ballads (the first single, the understated "Georgia Rain", and the ugly-duckling anthem "Standing Out In A Crowd"). Everything here is really low-key and subtle, though there are highlights in the aforementionned "Who Invented The Wheel", the melancholy "Trying To Love You", the funky Bonnie Raitt-like "Sweet Love", and the soaring waltz "Try Me". It's reassuring that her romance and marriage to Garth Brooks hasn't redirected her muse of portraying a woman at time of crisis or hurt. Even an early-90's style fast step of "Gimme The Good Stuff" makes its way on here.

Jasper County may not be the strongest album in Yearwood's career (I'd give Hearts In Armor that distinction), but in a time where country albums are often 4 singles surrounded by hack, it's a refreshing add to a great career.

(The album was rereleased with the track "Love Will Always Win" with Garth Brooks, which pales besides previous efforts with him. Whether you get the album with or without is your call.)

Grade: B-
Best Cuts:
"Who Invented The Wheel", "Trying To Love You", "Try Me"

Jasper County hit #4 pop albums and #1 country albums.
"Georgia Rain" hit #15 country and #78 pop.
"Trying To Love You" made #52 country and #28 adult contemporary.
"Love Will Always Win" made #23 country.

You can pick up Jasper County at sites like here and here.

You can listen to the track "Who Invented The Wheel" by going here (right click to bring up in a new window).

And here you can watch the video for "Georgia Rain" below.

Twostepcub music chart for 10-24-06....


Sorry again for being so late, blogger's really been acting up lately. Here's my tunes for this week. As always, you can click on the name of the artist to bring up their webpage (rightclick to bring up in another window). This week Snow Patrol reaches the top spot, and leaving the chart are songs by Danielle Peck, Audioslave, and L.E.X.. Big moves are coming from Kenny Chesney, Sun, Helena Paparizou and My Chemical Romance. Cheers!

ThisWeek Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (2)
2. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (8)
3. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (1)
4. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (6)
5. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (7)
6. When You Were Young - The Killers (10)
7. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (3)
8. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (16)
9. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (9)
10. How To Save A Life - The Fray (11)
11. Move Along - All-American Rejects (4)
12. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls (12)
13. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (5)
14. Far Away - Nickelback (17)
15. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (15)
16. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (13)
17. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (14)
18. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (19)
19. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (22)
20. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (24)
21. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (25)
22. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (23)
23. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (27)
24. I'm With Stupid - Pet Shop Boys (20)
25. Turn It Up - Paris Hilton (26)
26. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (30)
27. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (28)
28. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (36)
29. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (18)
30. Call On Me - Janet Jackson f/Nelly (31)
31. Deja Vu - Beyonce f/Jay-Z (37)
32. Be Still - Kaskade (45)
33. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (21)
34. Is It Love? - iio (42)
35. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (54)
36. Want To - Sugarland (47)
37. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (32)
38. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (34)
39. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (49)
40. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (39)
41. Gone - Sun (64)
42. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (43)
43. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (29)
44. Boston - Augustana (48)
45. Love You - Jack Ingram (46)
46. Give It Away - George Strait (40)
47. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (33)
48. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (53)
49. I Call It Love - Lionel Richie (50)
50. Shine - Luther Vandross (62)
51. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance (79)
52. My Number One - Helena Paparizou (90)
53. Unfaithful - Rihanna (44)
54. Through Glass - Stone Sour (69)
55. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (67)
56. Chelsea - Stefy (63)
57. Good Day - Jewel (58)
58. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (60)
59. One Night Only - Deena Jones & The Dreams (59)
60. It's Too Late - Dirty South vs. Evermore (71)
61. Move In My Direction - Bananarama (65)
62. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (38)
63. Common Ground - Dave Aude & Tall Paul f/Sisely Treasure (81)
64. Here (In Your Arms) - Hellogoodbye (72)
65. Cut - Plumb (66)
66. What A Feeling - DJ Peter Luts & Dominico (68)
67. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (75)
68. Fly Me Away - Goldfrapp (73)
69. When The Stars Go Blue - Tim McGraw (70)
70. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (80)
71. The Glamorous Life - T-Funk f/Inaya Day (61)
72. Movin' On - Dynamix f/Jason Walker (56)
73. Free Your Mind - Ohsha Kai (57)
74. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (55)
75. Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes f/Black Eyed Peas (74)
76. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (85)
77. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (35)
78. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (41)
79. Knights Of Cydonia - Muse (84)
80. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - Jet (DEBUT)
81. Lost - Roger Sanchez (52)
82. Sensitivity - Shape:UK (DEBUT)
83. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (83)
84. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (87)
85. I Loved Her First - Heartland (86)
86. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (88)
87. Crash Here Tonight - Toby Keith (97)
88. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (77)
89. Miss Murder - AFI (51)
90. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas (98)
91. Mountains - Lonestar (95)
92. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (78)
93. A Good Man - Emerson Drive (94)
94. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (89)
95. Jump - Madonna (DEBUT)
96. Love Don't Let Me Go (Walking Away) - David Guetta vs. The Egg (DEBUT)
97. I Can't Hate You Anymore - Nick Lachey (DBEUT)
98. Let Love In - Goo Goo Dolls (DEBUT)
99. Some People Change - Montgomery Gentry (100)
100. U & Ur Hand - Pink (DEBUT)

Sunday youtube madness....

Hey, More pilfering inspiration from other websites, this time from Gay Men Rule. Really funny but thoughtful video.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Once upon a time, I was your little rooster, but now I'm just one of your cocks...

Yeah, there'll be Cher, cockroaches, and Keith Richards after the apocalypse. And with A Bigger Bang, the Rolling Stones 25th studio album if i'm counting right (not counting compilations or live albums), Mick, Keith, et. al are getting the usual "this is the best album in years" hype that's been thrown to every over-50 artist that's churned out an album lately. (heck, over-40 if you count Morrissey). Given the Stones' longevity but scattershot output, does this set cut the mustard (or cut the cheese)? Well it depends on what you're looking for.

This set is definitely Keith's album, with guitar riff after guitar riff throughout the 16 songs on here, from the somewhat-familiar chug of "Rough Justice" to his second vocal lead on the album, the slinky "Infamy". In fact the first three songs are sparse, guitar-driven numbers that recall the Tattoo You album ("Justice", "Let Me Down Slow", and "It Won't Take Long"). Up next is "Rain Falls Down", a cock-funk number that would fit into the Some Girls era. Then "Streets Of Love" reminds me almost of Black And Blue era melancholy of songs like "Fool To Cry". "Back Of My Hand" bring back the blues even of Exile On Main Street. In fact most of the album seems like a tribute to the sounds of years gone past with only "She Saw Me Coming" the dud I guess representing the mid-eighties/late seventies period of "Shattered" and "Hot Stuff" and such. "Biggest Mistake" brings back a faster "Waiting on a Friend" vibe, and surprisingly Keith puts down the sweetest moment of the album, "This Place Is Empty", where his war-torn voice carries the song like no one can, and yes that includes Mick.

But from that moment we get kicked back into high gear with more riff-o-rama, with "Oh No, Not You Again" a rockin' bitchfest, and "Dangerous Beauty" slinking along. "Laughing Nearly Died" slow down the pace a little, before the "buzz track" of the album, "Sweet Neocon", a thinly if at all disguised slam on Bush/Rice/Cheney/Rumsfeld and the rest of the administration. It's refreshing for even the royalty of rock groups to chime in again this republican craziness. After a couple toss-off rockers, Keith comes back with the strangely paced closer "Infamy" (a pun title for "In For Me").

Musically this album is top-notch with then band and backup players in prime form. Though the lyrics are mostly catty cliches at times, and don't stay on the mind past play, I think the point is more the mood than the content. And for that the Stones' are on track. A Bigger Bang won't eclipse Let It Bleed or Aftermath in your collection, but will fit quite nicely beside Tattoo You and Some Girls.

Grade:B-
Best Cuts:
"Sweet Neocon", "Oh No Not You Again"
Weakest Link: "She Saw Me Coming"

A Bigger Bang hit #3 pop albums and #2 in the UK.
"Rough Justice" hit #25 rock and #15 in the UK as a flipside to "Streets Of Love".
"Rain Falls Down" made #21 dance club and #33 in the UK.
"Streets Of Love" made #15 in the UK.
"Biggest Mistake" hit #51 in the UK.
"Oh No Not You Again" hit #34 rock.

You can pick up A Bigger Bang at sites like here and here.

To hear the Ashley Beedle Remix of "Rain Fall Down", click here to download (rightclick to bring in a new window).

And here's the video for the single "Streets Of Fire"...

Fuck blogger....

I had written a lovely little diatribe about the lastest Rolling Stones album, but in sending it in, blogger crashed and I lost it all. Rather than retyping it tonight, I'll try another time (i gave it a B-, by the way) and in the meantime in celebration of New Jersey's ruling (which I'm not sure if its a good or bad thing as yet) and total thanks to Crooks & Liars for originally posting it, here's Jon Stewart in perfect glory about the subject.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Twostepcub's Music Chart for 10-17-06....

Hey folks...sorry for the light posting, I'm heading to Nashville tonight for the IGRA gay rodeo convention. But here's my music tunes for the week, sorry for the lack of links this time. I'll put them back next week... This week Corinne Bailey Rae takes the top spot, and big moves are made by James Blunt, Carrie Underwood, and Luther Vandross. Saying goodbye are songs by Nickelback, Little Big Town, Bananarama and Madonna. Yee-haw!

This Week Song/Artist (Last Week In Parentheses)
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1. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (2)
2. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (4)
3. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (1)
4. Move Along - All-American Rejects (5)
5. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (3)
6. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (8)
7. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (9)
8. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (14)
9. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (10)
10. When You Were Young - The Killers (12)
11. How To Save A Life - The Fray (11)
12. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls (13)
13. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (7)
14. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (6)
15. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (15)
16. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (20)
17. Far Away - Nickelback (18)
18. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (16)
19. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (26)
20. I'm Not Stupid - Pet Shop Boys (21)
21. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (17)
22. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (38)
23. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (27)
24. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (33)
25. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (29)
26. Turn It Up - Paris Hilton (32)
27. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (37)
28. Steady As She Goes - Raconteurs (28)
29. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (25)
30. Here We Go Again - OK Go (40)
31. Call On Me - Janet Jackson & Nelly (39)
32. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (24)
33. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (30)
34. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (35)
35. Leave The Pieces - Wreckers (22)
36. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (54)
37. Deja Vu- Beyonce f/Jay-Z (48)
38. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (23)
39. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (34)
40. Give It Away - George Strait (41)
41. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (19)
42. Is It Love? - iio (50)
43. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (44)
44. Unfaithful - Rihanna (31)
45. Be Still - Kaskade (57)
46. Love You - James Ingram (51)
47. Want To - Sugarland (58)
48. Boston - Augustana (53)
49. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (60)
50. I Call It Love - Lionel Richie (55)
51. Miss Murder - AFI (42)
52. Lost - Roger Sanchez (45)
53. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (56)
54. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (61)
55. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (43)
56. Movin' On - Dynamix f/Jason Walker (46)
57. Free Your Mind - Ohsha Kai (49)
58. Good Day - Jewel (59)
59. One Night Only - Deena Jones & The Dreams (67)
60. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (64)
61. The Glamorous Life - T-Funk f/Inaya Day (47)
62. Shine - Luther Vandross (79)
63. Chelsea - Stefy (70)
64. Gone - Sun (85)
65. Move In My Direction - Bananarama (69)
66. Cut - Plumb (68)
67. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (71)
68. What A Feeling - DJ Peter Luts & Dominico (72)
69. Through Glass - Stone Sour (80)
70. When The Stars Go Blue - Tim McGraw (75)
71. It's Too Late - Dirty South vs. Evermore (87)
72. Here (In Your Arms) - Hellogoodbye (93)
73. Fly Me Away - Goldfrapp (83)
74. Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes f/Black Eyed Peas (74)
75. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (96)
76. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (36)
77. If You're Goin' Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (52)
78. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (63)
79. Welcome To The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance (DEBUT)
80. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (89)
81. Common Ground - Dave Aude & Tall Paul f/Sisely Treasure (DEBUT)
82. Let Me Hear The Music - L.E.X. f/Niki Haris (62)
83. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (84)
84. Knights Of Cyndonia - Muse (92)
85. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (97)
86. I Loved Her First - Heartland (88)
87. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (91)
88. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (90)
89. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (76)
90. My Number One - Helena Paparizou (DEBUT)
91. I Feel For You - THe John Kano Project f/Gia 7 (66)
92. Somebody - Richard "Humpty" Vission f/Stranger Days (82)
93. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Nocha) - India (73)
94. A Good Man - Emerson Drive (98)
95. Mountains - Lonestar (99)
96. Original Fire - Audioslave (65)
97. Crash Here Tonight - Toby Keith (DEBUT)
98. Streetcorner Symphony - Rob Thomas (DEBUT)
99. These Walls - Teddy Geiger (DEBUT)
100. Some People Change - Montgomery Gentry (DEBUT)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Happy Coming Out Day!


As much as there's craziness in this world, it does seem this day gets easier and easier for people, and that make me smile.

'nuff said.

Hi-ho silver away part two....

I am so still trying to wake up in this picture (I wasn't supposed to be there till 1230pm, but t got changed to 11am cuz of the weather). this is before we headed out. I'm still happy as a clam, though.
This is one of the last pictures i took before i dropped my camera. After we got it back I decided to just leave it on my beltstrap.

By the way our organization, the Liberty Gay Rodeo Association, does a trail ride on the first Sunday of every month. Click here for more information.

Douchebag of Liberty series, Arizona edition...

I honestly don't understand certain media and public adoration for John McCain. Sure he served nobly in Vietnam, but something apparently has fucked up his brain, where someone's implanted a short-circuiting "Manchurian Candidate" chip in him. He is by all means middle-of-the-road, with his whack-job views on choice, HIV, gay, and separation of church & state issues firmly plant him in the holy roller category, which pretty much goes with the republican/evangelical hypocrisy path, since he started fucking around on his wife after she had a car accident. He continuingly provides a "good cop to bad cop" shield to cover for all the signing statements Bush has made on the "torture" law and other laws. And now this genius who looks like Paul Simon with a glandular problem has the balls to hawl himself around the TV news shows blaming Bill Clinton for North Korea's current nuclear program. Click here to go to Crooks & Liars (right click to bring in a different window) to watch McCain blame an administration that ended 6 years ago and where no nuclear program was started for causing this current failure of current foreign policy. That's like blaming Theodore Roosevelt for Hitler.
As Josh Marshall at talkingpointsmemo puts out,

"Failure" =1994-2002 -- Era of Clinton 'Agreed Framework': No plutonium production. All existing plutonium under international inspection. No bomb.

"Success" = 2002-2006 -- Bush Policy Era: Active plutonium production. No international inspections of plutonium stocks. Nuclear warhead detonated.

Face it. They ditched an imperfect but working policy. They replaced it with nothing. Now North Korea is a nuclear state.

Facts hurt. So do nukes.

I don't know if he's continuing his role as Rove/Bush/Cheney's lapdog because he's a) blackmailed over something, b) brainwished like he was in Vietnam, or c) under the delusion that he still has a shot at being president in '08. Either way the "Straight Talk Express" is nothing but a broken Lionel set.

And by the way nothing says things more than the picture above, his stupid-ass retardo grin while thousands of people were stranded and dying in New Orleans during Katrina. Fuck Him.

Coming soon in my "Douchebags of Liberty series", Condaleeza Rice and Rudy Guiliani....

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Twostepcub's Music chart for 10-10-06...

Hey boys and girls, it's that time again, my tunes for the week...as per the drill you can click on the name of the highlighted artists to bring up their webpage (you can rightclick to bring it up in anew window, I wish blogger would have an easier way for this) so you can find out more about them, hear some tunes, sometimes see some videos. This week Panic At The Disco is still at #1 for the second week, with the top 10 staying relatively inert. There's big moves by songs by James Blunt, OK Go, and Stefy, while tunes by Kim English, Pink, and Conjure One leave the chart. And who'da thunk Bananarama has two songs on here. Cheers...

ThisWeek Song/Title (last week position in parentheses)
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1. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (1)
2. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (3)
3. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (2)
4. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (6)
5. Move Along - All-American Rejects (5)
6. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (4)
7. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (7)
8. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (8)
9. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (9)
10. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (10)
11. How To Save A Life - The Fray (14)
12. When You Were Young - The Killers (19)
13. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls (17)
14. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (24)
15. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (16)
16. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (18)
17. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (12)
18. Far Away - Nickelback (20)
19. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (15)
20. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (28)
21. I'm With Stupid - Pet Shop Boys (25)
22. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (11)
23. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (13)
24. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (22)
25. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (21)
26. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (30)
27. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (29)
28. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (26)
29. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (35)
30. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (31)
31. Unfaithful - Rihanna (23)
32. Turn It Up - Paris Hilton (36)
33. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (42)
34. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (32)
35. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (45)
36. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (37)
37. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (46)
38. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (52)
39. Call On Me - Janet Jackson f/Nelly (41)
40. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (54)
41. Give It Away - George Strait (49)
42. Miss Murder - AFI (34)
43. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Seconds To Mars (33)
44. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (48)
45. Lost - Roger Sanchez (27)
46. Movin' On - Dynamix f/Jason Walker (39)
47. The Glamorous Life - T-Funk f/Inaya Day (47)
48. Deja Vu - Beyonce f/Jay-Z (56)
49. Free Your Mind - Ohsha Kai (50)
50. Is It Love? - iio (63)
51. Love You - Jack Ingram (53)
52. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (38)
53. Boston - Augustana (55)
54. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (61)
55. I Call It Love - Lionel Richie (57)
56. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (59)
57. Be Still - Kaskade (67)
58. Want To - Sugarland (69)
59. Good Day - Jewel (64)
60. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (68)
61. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (65)
62. Let Me Hear The Music - L.E.X. f/Niki Haris (40)
63. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (44)
64. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (70)
65. Original Fire - Audioslave (43)
66. I Feel For You - The John Kano Project f/Gia 7 (58)
67. One Night Only - Deena Jones & The Dreams (77)
68. Cut - Plumb (74)
69. Move In My Direction - Bananarama (87)
70. Chelsea - Stefy (96)
71. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (85)
72. What A Feeling - DJ Peter Luts & Dominico (83)
73. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche) - India (62)
74. Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes f/Black Eyed Peas (75)
75. When The Stars Go Blue - Tim McGraw (88)
76. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (51)
77. Savin' Me - Nickelback (60)
78. Feels Just Like It Should - Pat Green (66)
79. Shine - Luther Vandross (DEBUT)
80. Through Glass - Stone Sour (91)
81. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town (73)
82. Somebody - Richard "Humpty" Vission f/Stranger Days (82)
83. Fly Me Away - Goldfrapp (89)
84. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (84)
85. Gone - Sun (DEBUT)
86. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama (71)
87. It's Too Late - Dirty South vs. Evermore (DEBUT)
88. I Loved Her First - Heartland (90)
89. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (94)
90. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (92)
91. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (93)
92. Knights Of Cydonia - Muse (100)
93. Here (In Your Arms) - Hellogoodbye (DEBUT)
94. Stars Are Blind - Paris Hilton (78)
95. Get Together - Madonna (72)
96. Too Little Too Late - JoJo (DEBUT)
97. She's Everything - Brad Paisley (DEBUT)
98. A Good Man - Emerson Drive (99)
99. Mountains - Lonestar (DEBUT)
100. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor f/Holly Brook (98)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Watch the way I navigate hahahaha....

This sure as hell ain't Josie & The Pussycats. Gorillaz has grown from a sideproject from Britpop royalty Damon Albarn to being bigger and more influential then anything his band has done before. If "their" (their being relative, this is really Albarn's show with guests flowing in and out) first self-titled album was a darkly funky experience geared to those who can discern the difference between "comic book" and "graphic novel", their/his second venture, Demon Days, is a full-blown realization of the concept act as well as the concept album.

In the course of 14 songs we're blown through an apocolyptic ruin where four "characters", 2D (the most "Albarn-ish" one), Murdoch, Noodle, and Russell Hobbs venture through isolation ("Last Living Souls") and lawlessness ("Kids With Guns") with a combo of backbeat and Lou Reed-like deadpan delivery. Things pick up a little (well, beatwise, though not in happiness) with the beatnik-on-heroin of "O Green World", and the funky and violent "Dirty Harry", a sequel of sorts to their last album's "Clint Eastwood", strutting a children's chorus over an old-school technofunk beat, like if Afrika Bambaataa himself with presiding over a devilish wake.

Then of course is the sucker punch of the set, the addictive groove of "Feel Good Inc.", one of the most different big hits of the year, pairing Albarn's Britpop influence in a dark backdrop against the un-flowerpower norm of De La Soul in support. Seemingly two whole songs meshed together, it works to being even better than the sum of its parts. From there "El Manana" continues the retro-yet-futuristic (almost like old-Depeche) navelgazing, which bleeds into the neo-blues romp "Every Planet We Reach Is Dead". "November Has Come" really portends the future, giving us a glance at what would become Gnarls Barkley, with Danger Mouse producing the album and MF Doom (Cee-Lo) rapping on the track. The tracks start getting trippier, with the rap exercise "All Alone", the thumping toss-off riff-rocker "White Light", and the dancy "DARE", with Albarn falsettoing with female backup and Shaun Ryder of Happy Mondays and more recently alcoholic sop fame throwing rants like a guy about to be thrown out of the pub. Then talk about trippy we get a spokenword track from Dennis Hopper on "Fire Comes Out Of The Monkey's Head", a title right outta Apocolypse Now. Closing the album are actually two melancholy but optimistic tracks, the bouncy intro "Don't Get Lost In Heaven" going into the closer "Demon Days", bringing back the choir to drive the point of "carrying on after the ruin" home.

If you're lucky enough to have the "Special Edition" version of Demon Days, you're given a toss-off B-side "The Swagga", but as well as the video and makings-of of "Feel Good Inc." as well as some interactive features that really reinforce the visual aspect that enhances the music so much. I wish the proposed movie of this would've been carried out on here. Even so, as a work of music itself, Demon Days is one of the most innovative albums of last year, and hopefully a harbinger of a continued career of this "sideproject".

Grade: B-
Best Cuts:
"Feel Good Inc.", "Dare"
Weakest Link: "White Light"

Demon Days hit #6 on the pop album chart & #1 on the electronic album chart.
"Feel Good Inc." hit #14 pop, #18 adult top 40, #1 modern rock, #4 dance radio, & #2 in the UK.
"Dare" made #87 pop, dance club play #4, #8 modern rock, #4 dance radio, & #1 in the UK.
"Dirty Harry" hit #6 in the UK.
"Kids With Guns/El Manana" made #27 in the UK.

To buy Demon Days, you can go to sites like here and here.


And here's the awesomely beautiful video for the single "El Manana" below.

My ex, the TV star....

Sam, the ex, was on HGTV's "Cash In The Attic" tonight. It's really kinda creepy watching someone you know so well be like tv-handled for reality-show consumption. But he and Rob were great troopers. And I knew he couldn't part with the old Spidey.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Wake up in the morning with a head like whatya done...

I know I can't get enough of this song, so I wanted to share the You-tube love. Here's the Scissor Sisters (who I'm so majorly bummed I can't see live) performing "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" live on English TV. They hit #1 with it. Woohoo!

RS500 #92 - You know you love me baby still you tell me maybe someday well I'll be blue...


I think there's two camps of 50s white rock afficianados - those that think that Elvis was the most innovative influence on early rock-n-roll, and those that think just the same of Buddy Holly, and the two rarely meet. Where Elvis was the raw emotion of rock-n-roll, Holly brought craftsmanship and innovation to song structure to the game. The 2-CD set Gold attempts to prove the Holly side of the equation, bringing you 50 songs from Holly and the Crickets, a way bigger collection than the album that made #92 on Rolling Stone's "500 best albums of all time", 20 Golden Greats. While that album has most of his charting US singles (which Gold has all of) it only has one song missing from Gold - the remake of "Bo Diddley". Now of course it isn't missed - Holly's could never possible either eclipse or transform Bo's classic - but in it's stead are a more indepth set of album cuts and stray singles. However the collection's track order can cause some fatigue for the casual listener, since the first 13 songs were tracks cut before his "breakout" success, which is the eternal "That'll Be The Day". Not that these songs are bad (well, "Love Me" and "Rock Around With Ollie Vee" are expendable) but nothing stands out save for the possibly-about-a-prostitute ditty "Midnight Shift". There's also Holly's version of Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", which did make top-10 in the UK after his death. But after "That'll Be The Day" is pure magic. Holly was one of the first artists in rock to actually have strong album cuts, like the classics "Everyday" , "Not Fade Away" and "It's So Easy". All the big songs are here, with "Oh Boy" and "Peggy Sue" closing out disc 1 and "Maybe Baby", "Rave On" and "Think It Over" highlighting the tail end of Holly's musical legacy. There's also nuggets like "Raining In My Heart" and "Cryin' Wishing Hoping", bringing out Holly's tender frail side to contrast Elvis' lothario side. There is a lot of songs that do sound repetitive when put all together, and for the person who wants just a snapshot look at Buddy Holly, you're better off with a smaller collection like the new Definitive Collection or the old Greatest Hits (1996) sets.
With those you get all the cream, but anyone wanting to delve deeper into Holly's work (and life, since the liner notes are fantastic) are rewarding for plunking down the dough to pick up Gold.
And
by the way I'm in the Elvis camp.


Grade: B+
Best Cuts:
"That'll Be The Day", "Everyday", "It's So Easy", "Crying Waiting Hoping"
Weakest Links: "Rock Around With Ollie Vee", "Love Me"

Buddy Holly's Gold did not chart.
"Brown Eyed Handsome Man" hit #3 in the UK.
"That'll Be The Day" hit #1 pop, #2 R&B, and #1 in the UK.
"Listen To Me" hit #16 in the UK.
"Oh Boy" made #10 pop, #13 R&B, and #3 in the UK.
"Peggy Sue" made #3 pop, #2 R&B, and #6 in the UK.
"Maybe Baby" hit #17 pop, #4 R&B, and #4 in the UK.
"You're So Square (Baby I Dont Care)" hit #12 in the UK.
"Rave On" made #37 pop, and #5 in the UK.
"Fool's Paradise" made #58 pop.
"Think It Over" hit #27 pop, and #11 in the UK.
"Early In The Morning" hit #32 pop and #17 in the UK.
"Heartbeat" hit #82 pop and #30 in the UK.
"Wishing" hit #10 in the UK.
"Love's Made A Fool Of You" made #26 in the UK.
"Reminiscing" made #17 in the UK.
"True Love Ways" made #25 in the UK.
"It Doesn't Matter Anymore" hit #13 pop and #1 in the UK.
"Raining In My Heart" hit #88 pop.
"Peggy Sue Got Married" made #13 in the UK.
"Learning The Game" made #36 in the UK.
"What To Do" hit #34 in the UK.

You can find Buddy Holly's Gold at sites like here and here.

To download a sample of Holly's classic "It's So Easy" more popularly done by Linda Ronstadt, click here to download (rightclick to bring up in a new window)

and here's an old TV appearance of Holly and the Crickets singing "That'll Be The Day".

I need a man, no one psychotic or Republican...


Now that we have our Will And Grace, Brokeback Mountain, and Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, it's easily to forget the period where there were no mass marketing of gay culture that there is today. And as recently as the 90s, the biggest chunk of gay-produced gay media came in the form of books and music. I used to go down to Giovanni's Room in Philly and A Different Light in New York to pick up cassette from gay and lesbian underground musicians such as Romanosky & Phillips, Phranc, and Cris Williamson. Primo among them is the genius that is Michael Callen. Before his death from AIDS in 1993 at the age of 38 (coincidently my age now), he had provided us with two classic solo albums (Purple Heart and the 2-CD Legacy which by all means find if you can) as well as one studio and one live album with his a cappella group the Flirtations.

Live: Out On The Road was recorded in Toronto in 1991, and captured the group at their peak. Consisting of Callen, Jon Arterton, Aurelio Font, Jimmy Rutland, and Cliff Townsend, each singer gets a time to shine on the 17 songs here. There's a mix of bastardized pop songs like "Mr. Sandman" and "Johnny Angel", camp exercises like "Donda Esta Delores" and Julie Brown's "The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun", and gay-empowerment songs like "Living In Wartime" and "Everything Possible". This array makes a much more audience-friendly listen, and translates to CD perfectly. Of course the highlights are the most emotional songs here, like the inspiring "Secret Of Life", the angry but still scared "Living In Wartime", the PC-lullaby "Everything Possible", and the way underrated Labi Siffre song "Something Inside So Strong". The group even makes room for "Biko", combining songs by Peter Gabriel and lesbian vocal group Sweet Honey In The Rock to honor the fallen African anti-apartheid hero.

I've had this on tape since it came out in 1992. Recently coming across the CD by wild chance at the Princeton Record exchange, and listening to it 14 years after the fact, it brings just as much laughter and tears as when I first heard it. By all means for anybody wanting a taste of real gay music, find Live: Out On The Road. And prepare to be blown away. Honest.

Grade: A
Best Cuts:
"Secret Of Life", "Something Inside So Strong", "Everything Possible"
Weakest Links: none

You can find a copy of Live: Out On The Road at places like here and here.

To listen to the Flirtations' very hilarious version of "Mr. Sandman" you can click to download here (right click to bring in new window)

and here's Michael Callen with two other Flirtations, Jon Arterton and also-passed T.J. Myers singing "Where The Boys Are" in 1990 at Symphony Space. Behold.

Saturday night Youtube madness the Flirtations "What's Good About Goodbye"

No reason for this, other that I love this song. I was searching for the gay a capella group the Flirtations, and founds clips for the Northern soul group "The Flirtations". I would love to know if this was shot in Edinburgh, since it reminds me of the damaged church in the royal grounds there.

Our love caught up in the middle I cry just a little when I think of letting go...

The late 80s was the last hurrah for the mature-pop wonders before Nirvana and gangsta rap threw all that into "elevatormusicland". One of the other casualties of this is the idea of black singers as adult contemporary singers. Either you had to be "street" or white. No inbetween. A shame, since it spells doom not only for singers but for songwriters, one of whom is Brenda Russell. Best known for #1) writing "Get Here" which became insanely popular for singer Oleta Adams during the whole Desert Storm thing even with the line "cross the desert like an Arab man", and #2) having a top 10 song of her own, "Piano In The Dark" with Joe Esposito (the member of the group Brooklyn Dreams that wasn't Mr. Donna Summer). 1992's Greatest Hits of course includes these two songs, as well as eight other breezy, unassuming, cafe-pumping tunes.

Starting with "Piano In the Dark", which is still just as cool as when it first was out, it the highlight out of the box. However coming close behind is the uplifting "So Good So Right", a perfect slow jam for the wee hours (see Joemygod's blurb on "Morning Music"). Definitely afterglow music. Oddly enough though, right next comes "Kiss Me With The Wind", where producer Narada Michael Walden (of Aretha's "Freeway Of Love" fame) gets his Stock Aitken Waterman (of Bananarama/Kylie Fame) groove on. Somehow the faux-disco doesnt fit next to such a good screw song like "So Good So Right". Then we're jolted right back with Russell's original version of "Get Here", as well as her version of her composition for the bomb Donna Summer single "Dinner With Gershwin". The rest of the album consists of lite-jazz moves, even pulling out David Sanborn for "Le Restaurant". All in all, Greatest Hits is half inspired and half well performed but noneventful background music. It does miss a couple minor singles ("gonna Do My Best To Love You" and "Gravity") if you're looking for all the hits. It's probably best to enjoy the great singles "Piano in the Dark" and "So Good So Right" if you can find them individually or on a compilation, and "Get Here" from Oleta Adams (I love me some Oleta).

Grade: C+
Best Cuts:
"So Good So Right", "Piano In the Dark"
Weakest Link: "Justice In Truth" "Way Back When"

Brenda Russell
's Greatest Hits did not chart.
"Piano In The Dark" hit #6 pop, #3 adult contemporary, #8 R&B, and #23 in the UK.
"So Good, So Right" hit #30 pop, #15 R&B.
"Get Here" made #37 R&B.
"Stop Running Away" made #34 R&B.
"Way Back When" hit #42 R&B.
"Le Restaurant" hit #93 R&B.

You can pick up Brenda Russell's Greatest Hits at places like here and here.


And here's the video for her biggest hit "Piano In The Dark"


The end of an era....


Oh my god. After 45 years of business, Tower Records is being liquidated. In financial trouble for quite a while, the company that bought them in bankruptcy auction has announced that they're gonna start out-of-business sales tomorrow. In the age of "big box stores" like Best Buy, Circuit City and discount cutthroats like Walmart and Target, Tower was the biggest and the best of the remaining "content-only" music/video chains left. As my ex Sam can tell ya, I've spent many a day combing through their bins to find some obscure CD or import single. I used to call the store on 4th and Broadway in New York "church". Like "Sam, I'll be back I need to go to church". It seemed to be the last bastion of balance between a big store and the mom-and-pop stores. Such a shame. Hopefully there'll be a way to get back catalog stuff liek you can at this store. I don't picture Best Buy carrying every one of James Browns CDs .

This one I'll get over, stone cold sober...


R.I.D.E. is the third album from bar-band-cum-semi-successful-country-act Trick Pony. Trick Pony started out as a couple of session hacks (hippie-looking Ira Dean and suave-looking Keith Burns) with (peppy-looking) singer Heidi Newfield doing a competent but way watered-down version of "saloon country". (hmm... Ira, Heidi, overcompensation, much?) I mean from their website alone is this statement of purpose:

Trick Pony, America's most energetic, hard working, and orneriest barroom rockin', buttkickin' hard-core honky-tonk band, will look you straight in the eye and lay down its new album R.I.D.E.

Butt-kicking? Ornery? Can you imagine Johnny Cash describing himself this way? In the immortal words of sage Whitney, "Hell to the no!" Ornery is what you call your cow. You can more say music to play in steakhouse chain restaurants who want to seem edgy without upsetting the blue-plates or soccer-moms. Their first two albums consisted basically of one OK faux-alcoholic single ("Pour Me" and "On A Mission") surrounded by material that could have been stuck onto a soundtrack. And in this aspect R.I.D.E. doesn't disappoint, giving your bar-song ("Ain't Wasting Good Whiskey On You"), your fodder, and one ringer remake single (Bonnie Tyler's "It's A Heartache"). However this album is more homogenous then even the last two. Besides the three singles ("...Heartache", "...Whiskey..", and "The Bride") there's a couple listenable tunes, the swing "What's Not To Love" and the by-the-numbers ballad "When I Fall". Otherwise, forgettable cliche-ridden white-breadneck country all around. Mind you this is well produced and performed, so if you like have an aunt or something that eats at the country buffet but still has a Harley Davidson T-Shirt she got from the restaurant 8 years ago to get a birthday present for, this may be the album for you.
Grade: D+
Best Cuts:
"What's Not To Love", "When I Fall"
Worst cuts: "Hillbilly Rock", "Once A Cowboy"
R.I.D.E. hit #4 on the country album and #20 on the pop album chart.
"The Bride" hit #27 on the country chart.
"It's A Heartache" hit #22 on the country chart.
"Ain't Wasting Good Whiskey On You" hit #42 on the country chart.
You can buy Trick Pony's R.I.D.E. by clicking here or here.

Here's their video for "The Bride"..



And here's the video for one of their older songs, "Pour Me".


Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Twostepcub's music chart for 10-03-06...

Hey boys and girls, it's that time again. As usual you can click the name of the highlighted artist to go to their webpage (you can right-click to bring up in a new window) so you can find out more about the artist, listen to their music, watch videos, yadda yadda yadda. This week sees Panic At The Disco taking over the top spot, with songs by Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Shakira, Nick Lachey and Kelly Clarkson leaving the chart (first time in a long while with no Kelly Clarkson song on here). Big moves are made by Evanescence, Scissor Sisters, and Kaskade. And Tim McGraw's back with an old song and a new one, while Rascal Flatts is back in the top 10 for the second time with the same song. Cheers!

ThisWeek Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
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1. I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic At The Disco (2)
2. Ain't No Other Man - Christina Aguilera (1)
3. Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae (3)
4. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley (4)
5. Move Along - All-American Rejects (5)
6. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol (10)
7. Would You Go With Me - Josh Turner (7)
8. Every Mile A Memory - Dierks Bentley (11)
9. What Hurts The Most - Rascal Flatts (12)
10. Waiting For The World To Change - John Mayer (13)
11. Leave The Pieces - The Wreckers (6)
12. Is It Any Wonder? - Keane (9)
13. Sunshine & Summertime - Faith Hill (8)
14. How To Save A Life - The Fray (18)
15. Brand New Girlfriend - Steve Holy (15)
16. Mama's Room - Under The Influence Of Giants (19)
17. Buttons - Pussycat Dolls f/Snoop Dogg (21)
18. A Public Affair - Jessica Simpson (20)
19. When You Were Young - The Killers (23)
20. Far Away - Nickelback (22)
21. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall (16)
22. Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado (14)
23. Unfaithful - Rihanna (17)
24. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence (35)
25. I'm With Stupid - Pet Shop Boys (30)
26. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs (24)
27. Lost - Roger Sanchez (27)
28. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters (46)
29. The Riddle (You & I) - Five For Fighting (31)
30. Like Red On A Rose - Alan Jackson (34)
31. Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace (33)
32. Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray (32)
33. The Kill (Bury Me) - 30 Minutes To Mars (28)
34. Miss Murder - AFI (29)
35. Once In A Lifetime - Keith Urban (43)
36. Turn It Up - Paris Hilton (42)
37. Finding A Good Man - Danielle Peck (38)
38. If You're Going Through Hell - Rodney Atkins (25)
39. Movin' On - Dynamix f/Jason Walker (39)
40. Let Me Hear The Music - L.E.X. f/Niki Haris (40)
41. Call On Me - Janet Jackson f/Nelly (45)
42. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall (53)
43. Original Fire - Audioslave (37)
44. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers (26)
45. Building Bridges - Brooks & Dunn f/Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill (49)
46. Tell Me Baby - Red Hot Chili Peppers (61)
47. The Glamorous Life - T-Funk f/Inaya Day (48)
48. Life Is A Highway - Rascal Flatts (50)
49. Give It Away - George Strait (52)
50. Free Your Mind - Ohsha Kai (55)
51. Unwritten - Natasha Bedingfield (44)
52. Goodbye My Lover - James Blunt (64)
53. Love You - Jack Ingram (57)
54. Here It Goes Again - OK Go (69)
55. Boston - Augustana (58)
56. Deja Vu - Beyonce f/Jay-Z (70)
57. I Call It Love - Lionel Richie (68)
58. I Feel For You - The John Kano Project f/Gia 7 (59)
59. Nothing Left To Lose - Mat Kearney (60)
60. Savin' Me - Nickelback (36)
61. Before He Cheats - Carrie Underwood (75)
62. Just For One Night (Solamente Una Noche) - India (56)
63. Is It Love - iio (84)
64. Good Day - Jewel (74)
65. You Save Me - Kenny Chesney (71)
66. Feels Just Like It Should - Pat Green (67)
67. Be Still - Kaskade (93)
68. My Wish - Rascal Flatts (97)
69. Want To - Sugarland (88)
70. Sexyback - Justin Timberlake (78)
71. Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango) - Bananarama (51)
72. Get Together - Madonna (54)
73. Bring It On Home - Little Big Town (41)
74. Cut - Plumb (87)
75. Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes f/Black Eyed Peas (83)
76. Hate Me - Blue October (63)
77. One Night Only - Deena Jones & The Dreams (DEBUT)
78. Stars Are Blind - Paris Hilton (73)
79. He's A Pirate - Hans Zimmer (66)
80. C'est La Vie - Kim English (65)
81. Face The Music - Conjure One (62)
82. Somebody - Richard "Humpty" Vission f/Stranger Days (82)
83. What A Feeling - DJ Peter Luts f/Dominico (94)
84. Lips Of An Angel - Hinder (86)
85. Can't Let Go - Landon Pigg (96)
86. Who Knew - Pink (47)
87. Move In My Direction - Bananarama (DEBUT)
88. When The Stars Go Blue - Tim McGraw (REENTRY)
89. Fly Me Away - Goldfrapp (DEBUT)
90. I Loved Her First - Heartland (92)
91. Through Glass - Stone Sour (100)
92. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw (DEBUT)
93. The Diary Of Jane - Breaking Benjamin (DEBUT)
94. Amarillo Sky - Jason Aldean (DEBUT)
95. 8th of November - Big & Rich (95)
96. Chelsea - Stefy (DEBUT)
97. Diamonds - Los Lonely Boys (72)
98. Where'd You Go - Fort Minor f/Holly Brook (98)
99. A Good Man - Emerson Drive (DEBUT)
100. Knights Of Cydonia - Muse (DEBUT)