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DethMaiden
03-13-2008, 06:30 PM
This was an online history assignment, I'm just reposting. Here's my list:

King Crimson- "21st Century Schizoid Man", from In the Court of the Crimson King (1969): This song is basically everything right about progressive rock music: near-dissonant instrumentation, unconventional song structure, odd time signatures, inhuman playing, and that classic saxophone/guitar interplay. If you want to know what prog rock should sound like, start here.

Black Sabbath- "Black Sabbath", from Black Sabbath (1970): In Tony Iommi's heavy-handed chords and Ozzy Osbourne's trembling "What is this that stands before me?", Black Sabbath all but invented the genre of heavy metal within a minute of starting their debut album. Not quite the best Sabbath song (that'd be "War Pigs"), but utterly necessary for the development of the genre.

Pink Floyd- "Echoes", from Meddle (1971): At 23:29, this song is not for the faint of heart, but should you choose to venture into its labyrinthine depths, grab a big pair of Bose headphones, fire up the lava lamp, and prepare for the greatest psychedelic journey you will ever take. You won't regret it.

Van Der Graaf Generator- "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers", from Pawn Hearts (1971): This is another twenty-minute-plus song, and it moves through every possible emotion (and instrument) you could name in that time, all sung over by eccentric VDGG frontman Peter Hamill's uncanny range and vocabulary-enhancing lyrics. An epic if ever there was one.

Genesis- "Supper's Ready", from Foxtrot (1972): You may have noticed a pattern: I love progressive rock, particularly of the early 70s variety. Look no further than this song (my favorite song of all time) to see why. I stumbled upon this song in 8th grade when I thought Genesis was Phil Collins' pop band and was stunned by the band's musicianship, Peter Gabriel's lyrics, and the utter length of the song (another twenty-plus song, this). Truly a masterpiece of the genre.

Jethro Tull- "Thick As A Brick", from Thick As A Brick (1972): Last twenty minute song, I promise! (Although, if you include both sides of the vinyl, this is a forty-five minute song.) Anyhow, this is proof that the flute is one of the greatest instruments ever created. Hilarious sidenote: Ian Anderson wrote a long prog song to be ironic and poke fun at bands who made a habit of it, and accidentally created one of the best long prog songs ever written.

Rush- "Xanadu", from A Farewell to Kings (1977): While many people have trouble getting past Geddy Lee's voice, these people are idiots. This song, lyrically based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Kubla Khan", brings in all of the elements that make Rush one of my favorite bands: the commanding bass lines, the full-bodied chord-driven guitar work, the synthesizer strains, and above all, the unusual and brilliant percussion of Neil Peart. Simply perfect.

The Clash- "London Calling", from London Calling (1979): This song was my original introduction to punk music, and has stood the test of time for me as a fan of the genre. Great lyrics, great punk attitude, and one of the best bass/guitar beats of all time drives this apocalyptic ditty into the upper echelon of punk music, British or otherwise.

Dead Kennedys- "Halloween", from Plastic Surgery Disasters (1982): Jello Biafra is perhaps the only person in so-called show biz whose politics are almost always right. No matter who he calls out or parodies in his punk rock diatribes, he's absolutely correct. "Halloween" is no exception, and sees Biafra laying an ingenius commentary about social regulations over acid-washed chords and a punchy bass line.

Iron Maiden- "Hallowed Be Thy Name", from The Number of the Beast (1982): In 6th grade, I listened to awful music. Just awful, awful music. In the summer before 7th grade, I first heard Iron Maiden, and sold all my old CDs, replacing them with Eddie & Co.'s entire discography. Maiden are still my favorite band, and this song (the pinnacle of heavy metal achievement, in my humble opinion) is the emotional high water mark of the first album of theirs I ever heard.

Queensr˙che- "I Don't Believe in Love", from Operation: Mindcrime (1988): While this is an album mostly dripping with politically-charged anti-Reagan lyrics (which are brilliant, albeit just shy of Jello Biafra's lyrics), "I Don't Believe in Love" takes a moment to stop bashing the Christian Right and start bashing the foolish emotion that we all have succumbed to at one time or another. This song is my official pick-me-up when I get bummed out thanks to the fairer sex.

Collin Raye- "Little Rock", from Extremes (1994): A surprising choice, perhaps: a status quo, mid-90s country song by a singer who doesn't even write his own material. I chose this song because my family bought this album on cassette when it came out back when I was four and played the living hell out of it until I eventually bought the CD just this past summer. This album, and this song in particular, is childhood innocence incarnate, and the memories I've had with it are irreplaceable.

At the Gates- "Blinded By Fear", from Slaughter of the Soul (1995): This was the first death metal song I ever heard, and is symbolic of my eventual fearlessness in exploring new genres. I bought this album after hearing "Blinded By Fear" back in junior high, and it remains one of my ten or so favorite metal albums of all time.

Johnny Cash- "Hurt", from American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002): Johnny Cash is a true-blue American legend, and one of my heroes. Therefore, it seems a little odd to choose a song that he didn't even write to represent him on the list. But the raw emotion and fragility of his life at the time of the recording (he died in 2004) makes this his finest moment, I feel.

Mastodon- "Workhorse", from Remission (2002): Mastodon are the finest band in heavy metal today, and though they only have three full-length releases out, I think history will look back at them as one of the genre's stalwarts. This song is fairly removed from their more recent work, but still has the classic Mastodon elements (not to mention some of their best lyrics), and a driving beat that makes you feel like the song's titular character.

Peter Gabriel- "Signal to Noise", from Up (2002): The ex-Genesis frontman and WOMAD mastermind puts together what may be the most unique song he has ever composed here, with guest vocals from traditional Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali-Khan replacing instrumental solos, and climaxing with an emotional chorus played on cello. This beautiful piece dabbles in world music, electronica, and classic Peter Gabriel prog, and is probably the high point of his storied solo career.

Porcupine Tree- "Trains", from In Absentia (2002): If Mastodon are the finest modern metal band, Porcupine Tree are by far the finest modern prog band. "Trains" is somewhat simplistic compared to the bulk of their material, but the delicate pairing of Steven Wilson's acoustic guitar and bare vocal, paired with excellent lyrics and unbelievable handclap passage makes it undoubtedly their best song.

Clutch- "10001110101", from Robot Hive/Exodus (2005): Clutch were probably the most difficult band on this list to pick a song for, due in no small part to their incomparable consistency. They have never put out a bad record, and have hardly put out a bad song over their seventeen-year career. "10001110101" is classic Clutch: highly cerebral lyrics, whiskey-soaked vocals, Skynyrd-on-acid riffing, driving drums and bass, and prominent Hammond organ. An instant classic.

The Decemberists- "The Island", from The Crane Wife (2006): Thirty-two years later, Jethro Tull create a worthy sequel to "Thick As A Brick" and release it under the pseudonym of The Decemberists! But seriously, the mellotron, acoustic melodies, heavily accented vocal, and penchant for high drama make this one of the best songs of the decade by one of the most talented bands on the planet.

Kenoma- "1913", from Split with Mouth of the Architect (2006): This is easily the most personal song on the list for me, as a friend of the Dayton instrumental quartet's bass player and videographer/director/editor for the video for the song. This song showed me that it doesn't take lyrics for a song to tell a story, and the Great Dayton Flood is beautifully, heart-breakingly recreated in an eight-minute wordless journey into the hearts of the people that rebuilt our community nearly one hundred years ago.

JRA
03-13-2008, 06:37 PM
AC/DC: Big Balls

I'll think of 19 more later.

DethMaiden
03-13-2008, 06:39 PM
AC/DC: Big Balls

I'll think of 19 more later.

:D That is my favorite AC/DC song.

powerslave_85
03-13-2008, 06:41 PM
Are we talking songs that describe our personality/outlook on life, or songs that define our taste in music? I'm a bit confused.

DethMaiden
03-13-2008, 06:42 PM
Are we talking songs that describe our personality/outlook on life, or songs that define our taste in music? I'm a bit confused.

Sort of an amalgamation. It was a very vague assignment. I kinda did a sampling of both, leaning towards tastes.

powerslave_85
03-13-2008, 06:43 PM
I see. This could be tough. I'll give it some thought and try to come up with a list later.

Div
03-13-2008, 08:28 PM
im confused too, you seem to just be listing your favorite songs and describing what makes them great. (*also i wouldnt rank echoes so high up, that long boring part with the whale noises really takes away from the rest of the song)


edit: *oh i see you ranked them by year, nvm

powerslave_85
03-13-2008, 08:37 PM
Okay, here we go. These aren't in any kind of order or anything.

Against Me!- "Cliche Guevara"
It's admittedly hard to find a solid modern punk band, but I knew I'd discovered something great as soon as I heard this song. In addition to the wonderfully clever title, this song packs an emotional punch that gets to me everytime, and it's especially powerful in a live setting, with dozens of people pressed up against the stage screaming every single word (I got goosebumps just writing that). Where most punks regard "hope" as a four letter word, this song is brimming with it.

Alkaline Trio- "You've Got So Far To Go"
Alkaline Trio are almost two bands in one: Guitarist Matt Skiba's songs are usually clever and sarcastic, with a little bit of dark humor. Bassist Dan Andriano's tunes, however, are as ernest and emotional as you're likely to find, and "You've Got So Far To Go" is a perfect example. I'd go so far as to say that it's my favorite love song ever: Dan's mournful voice and the wonderful lyrics make it romantic without being sappy.

Bad Religion- "I Wanna Conquer the World"
Ever since I heard this on a Punk-O-Rama compliation in high school, I've regarded it as an example of the perfect punk rock song. Before then, I didn't think that punk could be aggressive and melodic and catchy at the same time. Greg Graffin's extensive vocabulary and lightning-fast delivery and the surprisingly awesome guitar solo both help make this song great, as well. Since then, I've found other Bad Religion songs that I would regard as slightly better, but it's still in my top 10.

Broadway Calls- "Call It Off"
This song just came out last year, but as soon as I heard it I knew that this band was for real, and that they'd be going places. Again, it's a pefect example of how passion and an infectious chorus can combine into a knockout combination, and if you ask me, they represent the future of punk music.

Bruce Springsteen- "Thunder Road"
In my opinion, no discussion of the greatest songwriters is complete without mentioning The Boss. This is a song that I remember from my childhood, but one that I also appreciate as an adult. Springsteen can paint a picture of city life like no one else, and the combination of piano and harmonica in the intro combine and build to a triumphant climax that flawlessly captures the desperate feeling of "If I wanna be someone, I need to get the hell out of this town."

The Clash- "Rudie Can't Fail"
This song has everything that makes London Calling my favorite album of all time. It's very catchy, and the melding of different genres is a microcasm of what this album is all about. There isn't much else I can say about it, other than it's perfect.

Dead Kennedys- "Funland At the Beach"
Some people may think this is an odd choice, as it's not the most famous, most inspired, or most clever song that DK ever produced. After all, it's about someone sabotaging a rollercoaster and thereby killing a bunch of people. But as soon as I heard Jello Biafra gleefully shouting "Crushed little kids, crushed little kids, crushed little kids adorn the boardwalk!!" I started laughing my ass off, and it was in that moment that I knew that this band was just right for me. I don't think it's a stretch to say that my twisted sense of humor is at least a little influenced by this song.

Green Day- "Geek Stink Breath"
Green Day were probably my first big musical obsession. When I bought this album in elementary school, I actually wore out my cassette copy. All of the sudden, I wanted to dye my hair green, buy some Chuck Taylors, and play a guitar that was covered in stickers. It may sound odd to say that Green Day have "riffs," but the riff in this song is brilliant, with its pulsing, angry energy. This is still one of my favorite albums of all time, and this is my favorite song from it.

Hot Water Music- "It's Hard To Know"
It's unlikely that you'll ever hear your philosophy on life spelled out in one song, but for me it's contained in a mere 6 words in this one: "Live your heart and never follow."

Iron Maiden- "Aces High"
Ah, this is where it all began. When a friend of mine handed me a cassette of Powerslave back in my freshman year of high school, I was a little bit hesitant. The first song was weird, and it went against everything I knew about metal at that point: Big, chunky riffs were replaced by melodic, intertwining guitar lines, and instead of a low growl or a tune-less shout like James Hetfield, the singer sounded almost like he belonged in an opera. My skepticism faded because, as a WWII history buff, I loved the lyrics about aerial combat, so I went on to listen to the entire album. The rest, as they say, is history.

Jawbreaker- "Kiss The Bottle"
Like "You've Got So Far To Go," this is another amazing love song, if a bit more depressing than the former. I especially love the line "So I lean on you sometimes, just to see you're still there." Jawbreaker sure can be a downer sometimes, but this song is so great that you'll barely notice.

Lemuria- "Rough Draft"
This is another very recent song, but one that has lyrics that I can really relate to. I think everyone sometimes feels like they put their own feelings aside to benefit others: "I'm an altruist, oh fuck, just this once can I root for the home team?" Musically, it's just as good, with Sheena Ozzella's melodic voice ringing out over the crashing guitars.

Nine Inch Nails- "March of the Pigs"
If you look up "aggression" in the dictionary, you'll find this song listed. Lots of bands try to sound angry, but Trent Reznor's venomous scream of "STEP RIGHT UP! MARCH!! PUSH!! CRAWL RIGHT UP ON YOUR KNEES!!" to start the song makes everyone else sound pathetic.

Propagandhi- "America's Army (Die Jugend Marschiert)"
It takes balls to start a song off with a recording of a Hitler Youth song, but Propagandhi don't really care who they piss off (the song following this one is a blistering mockery of the head of Fat Wreck Chords, which they're signed to). Propagandhi are without a doubt the smartest political band around, and they prove it with this song. It's an extremely clever and absolutely scathing indictment of the US Army's decision to sponsor a video game, America's Army, to use as a recruitment tool and basically show kids that war is just an awesome video game! Told through the perspective of the developer of the game (who is justifying himself to a tour group), it describes the game as a "trojan horse you living idiots paid for, and actually helped roll into your own kids' rooms." Ouch. The way I described it may sound confusing, but check out the lyrics and it'll make more sense. Long story short, this is musical political commentary at its finest.

Sleater-Kinney- "Dig Me Out"
When most people think of female vocalists, they think of soft, non-threatening artists like Sheryl Crow or Norah Jones. But Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney is on a mission to bitch-slap that notion right out of your head with this blazing opening track of the 1997 album of the same name. This song has everything that I adore about this band: the incendiary, feedback-drenched guitar riff, driving rhythm, and of course Corin's banshee-like wail. God, I fucking love this band.

Tegan & Sara- "Nineteen"
On an album full of melancholy relationship songs, "Nineteen" is by far the most devastating. It's a tale of young, naive infatuation, which, of course, ends in heartbreak. The way Tegan sings "Love you, you were all mine, love me, I was yours, right? I was yours, right?" cuts me down to the bone everytime I hear it. If you're getting over a breakup, this is not the song to listen to, unless you want to be reduced to a quivering, sobbing mess.

Metallica- "Four Horsemen"
IMO, the most perfect thrash song ever.

Slayer- "Angel of Death"
I know that this may be a controversial choice because of the song's subject matter, but its musical impact on me was undeniable. Even though I listened to stuff like Megadeth and Metallica in high school, nothing prepared me for the onslaught that I recieved when I picked up this album for the first time. The horrifying lyrics and the sheer insanity and brutality of the music changed the way I looked at metal forever. Even if the lyrics are of debatable taste, the fact remains that, musically, it's metal at its finest.

Opeth- "The Leper Affinity"
My 9th grade science teacher, who also got me into Maiden and 80's punk, sent me a burned copy of Blackwater Park shortly after I graduated high school, and said it would be right up my alley. This was my first exposure to extreme metal and death metal-style vocals, and although my initial reaction was skeptical, I soon took a liking to the complex song structures and intricate guitar playing. I probably wouldn't be into metal as much as I am now without this album and this song.

The Bouncing Souls- "True Believers"
As I got ready to graduate college a few months ago, I felt like this song really characterized how I felt about the friendships I made and the experiences I had, both good and bad: "I've met some people along the way, some of them split, some of them stayed, some of them walk, some walk on by, got a few friends I'll love till I die. From all these people I tried to learn, some of them shined, some of them burned, some of them rise, some of them fall, for good or bad I know them all." Amen to that. The fact that it's a rowdy and catchy sing along doesn't hurt, either.

zgodt
03-14-2008, 04:37 AM
I would also think that a list of songs that "define you" should, more than just being groovy songs, say something about who you are.

If I had more time these days I'd put together a list; I like these kinds of assignments. My list would include:

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - Flaming Lips
Space Oddity - David Bowie
Willing to Fight - Ani Difranco
Come on Up to the House - Tom Waits
Children of the Damned - Iron Maiden

It would take a while to explain why, though. And I'd have to think about the rest. Maybe I'll have time for it in July.

DethMaiden
03-14-2008, 05:12 AM
See, I thought it was more to "define us" as people as well, but our teacher posted his example list, and most of the songs were justified as being there with sentences like "This song as a really good chorus" and "The solo here is just awesome." So I think he kinda went back on his word :eyes:

DethMaiden
03-14-2008, 05:22 AM
Slayer- "Angel of Death"
I know that this may be a controversial choice because of the song's subject matter, but its musical impact on me was undeniable. Even though I listened to stuff like Megadeth and Metallica in high school, nothing prepared me for the onslaught that I recieved when I picked up this album for the first time. The horrifying lyrics and the sheer insanity and brutality of the music changed the way I looked at metal forever. Even if the lyrics are of debatable taste, the fact remains that, musically, it's metal at its finest.

Opeth- "The Leper Affinity"
My 9th grade science teacher, who also got me into Maiden and 80's punk, sent me a burned copy of Blackwater Park shortly after I graduated high school, and said it would be right up my alley. This was my first exposure to extreme metal and death metal-style vocals, and although my initial reaction was skeptical, I soon took a liking to the complex song structures and intricate guitar playing. I probably wouldn't be into metal as much as I am now without this album and this song.


I very nearly included both of these songs. :fist:

ravenheart
03-14-2008, 05:38 AM
I and my staff have always had "Soundtrack of my life" in our profiles on my sites. We only did 11 songs, so I'll think of another 9 later, but mine is:

‘Life In Black’ by Fight
‘Raven Heart’ by W.A.S.P.
‘Electric Head Pt 1: The Agony’ by White Zombie
‘Disciple’ by Slayer
‘Brutal Planet’ by Alice Cooper
‘Immune’ by The Duke
‘Don’t Wait For Me’ by Thunder
‘Soul Bleed’ by Damageplan
‘Quicksand Jesus’ by Skid Row
‘Can’t Change Me’ by Chris Cornell
‘Estranged’ by Guns N’ Roses
‘Serenity’ by Arena

JRA
03-14-2008, 11:57 AM
I and my staff have always had "Soundtrack of my life" in our profiles on my sites. We only did 11 songs, so I'll think of another 9 later, but mine is:

‘Raven Heart’ by W.A.S.P.



So THAT's where you got your name from.

Maiden33
03-15-2008, 01:20 PM
So THAT's where you got your name from.

Way to be slow, I've assumed that from almost the beginning. ;)

JRA
03-15-2008, 02:03 PM
Way to be slow, I've assumed that from almost the beginning. ;)

http://content.ytmnd.com/content/b/e/1/be1df05eb094665453130337e288411b.jpg

...for not paying attention to anything WASP did after Crimson Idol that is. :D

JRA
03-15-2008, 03:00 PM
Right then, here's mine (no order).

Public Enemy- Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos: Being imprisoned because you don't want to fight a war, plotting and executing your escape and then going out with a bang (ready to bang out) by being rescued by your posse composed of a radical Asiatic, his militants and a nut job with a clock around his neck. That rules.

Metallica- Fight Fire With Fire: People talk a lot of shit about Metallica these days, which is understandable. But if I ever hear the words "Fight Fire With Fire sucks" I'm going to prison for "murder with a sewer cover." The first thrash song I've ever heard. Not to mention the greatest heavy metal guitar tone ever. It's not about just crunch, but there's also an atmosphere you need to invoke, which this does perfectly. A gay orgy sex video of the band could leak onto the internet and I would still never get sick of this song.

Bob Marley- Buffalo Soldier: Bob Marley was probably the first "real" artist that I got into. My dad introduced me to him. I usually paid no attention to the music he listened to but he basically made me give this a chance, and thank God for that. It's taken me many years to figure out what Bob Marley is saying in any of his songs, but the ironic musing that a kidnapped slave from Jamaica is now fighting a Civil war for his captors sure is entertaining.

Fun Fact: The "Wo-yo-yo" part has the exact same melody as the Banana Splits theme song. :eyes:


Rush- One Little Victory: I know I always ejaculate over La Villa Strangiato of Finding My Way, but that was earned over many listening sessions and actually playing the songs. But before that when I first sat down at a friends computer to give Rush a try, I wasn't really sure what to expect (and some extremely gay poses of Geddy Lee I had seen in a book before didn't help). I press play on a "Track 1" and I get knocked the fuck sideways by an insane double bass beat with some snare drums in. Enter a riff sounding straight from a Motorhead album. I think "Rush plays metal? Why didn't anyone tell me this?!" Now obviosuly they don't but this track certainly sounded heavy as fuck.

Deep Purple- Child In Time: Who knew that one could turn the endeavor of rock & roll vocals on its ear with simple 3 note spurts?

Megadeth- Tornado Of Souls: The first time I heard Holy Wars, I was like "Meh, this is ok." The first time I heard Hangar 18, I was like "Meh, this is ok, but that solo is kinda long." The first time I heard this, I perked the fuck up and stood at attention. This is the exact moment when people started using the mundane term "power-thrash." Never has stuff like guitar technicalities and harmonics sounded so good. It's also a reason why whenever somebody says that Megadeth died after Peace Sells I look at them like they have penises for eyes.

Iron Maiden- The Trooper: There are many Maiden songs I love, but this is one that regular comes up in my inner jukebox. I can just be walking alot, not even having listened to Maiden, or anything for that matter during the day, and I'll just randomly start singing the intro riff...followed by the rest of the song. Also, I always get a smile on my face when guitar players who aren't necessarily into metal tell me how awesome the guitar parts on here are.

Ozzy Osbourne- Crazy Train: I was just cruising around town with my Uncle listening to some classic rock station when THIS came on. I had actually previously bought Ozzy's "The Ultimate Sin" but it didn't exactly make me a fanatic. I heard that riff and I asked my Uncle "WHO THE FUCK IS THIS?" and he replied "Ozzy." I thought he was fucking with me because of my aforementioned purchase, but nope it was Ozzy. I went out and bought Blizzard Of Ozz and it turned me into an Ozzy fanatic that would drive my parents insane (pun intended) for years. :lol:

Judas Priest- Genocide (the live version from Unleashed In The East): Reflects my hopes for humanity. Especially the ones that cause Fergie and 50 Cent albums to be in the Billboard charts for more than 2 weeks in a row. This song is proof that it doesn't take studio albums to hone your musical skill, it takes gelling as a live band as well. I must admit that I heard the live version first, but when I hearing it in the studio, there's not as much conviction. Well, and essential song parts are missing and its too slow.

James Brown- I Got You (I Feel Good): My parents tastes in music could not be more different. My Dad was into a lot of blues music, but my mom was into a bunch of 50's and 60's teenybopper music. That being said this song stuck out from her repetoire, primarily because it was so easy to sing note for note. The trumpet hook is especially fun. This was one of those songs which I had no idea who the artist was, and it wasn't till years later that I was nonchalantly doing some James Brown research, when lo-and-behold, a song from my childhood!

Helloween- Victim Of Fate: Best. Post-NWOBHM. Song. Ever.

Slayer- Chemical Warfare: Before there was Angel Of Death, there was Chemical Warfare. Actually fuck that, this song doesn't relinquish anything to anyone. This song is just a giant beast of riffage. That intro riff is literally the experience of creeping up to the top of a rollercoaster, and then when that first snare drum hits, all necks snap loose. Insanely fucking heavy. When a song was written strictly for an EP for God knows wahtever purpose and is still worshipped live to this day, you know have something special.

Van Halen- I'm The One: It doesn't say it in the history books, but I guarantee it was this song that won the approval of Van Halen by metalheads. Sure they thought the singles Ain't Talkin Bout Love and Running With The Devil were fun, but when they heard this, they would whip into a death frenzy. Also can't forget the band showing character with that vocal breakdown near the end.

Jimi Hendrix- Bold As Love: The best guitar solo there ever was before Freebird reared its head.

Lynyrd Skynyrd- Free Bird: What's cool is the guitar nuances that you heard in the beginning are trickling taste of what is to come. I hate the fact that its now a heckling term. Why should 7 minutes of the best guitar playing ever be used to give someone on stage a hard time? Mantra of the moron my ass. They should institute a "No Freebird" policy at concerts like they do with Stairway To Heaven at guitar stores.

Eric B. & Rakim- Lyrics Of Fury: Ever wonder why I make such a fuss about Rakim? It'll make perfect sense after you hear this. Hip-hop in general will too.

AC/DC- Big Balls: "Some balls are held for charity And some for fancy dress But when they're held for pleasure They're the balls that I like best, My balls are always bouncing, To the left and to the right, It's my belief that my big balls, Should be held every night... and I'm just itching to tell you about them. Oh we have such wonderful fun! Seafood cocktail, crabs, shmegma, syphillis, AIDS, genital warts..." Okay, I made that last part up.

The Who- Won't Get Fooled Again: Keith Moon has always been known as a wacky improv drummer, but here his parts managed to sound precise and mandatory, even though he probably was making them up on the spot. Its also not very often where you come across a rock song who's highlight is a lengthy keyboard break, but hey, there's a first time for everything!

Johnny Cash- (Ghost) Riders In The Sky: Another Johnny Cash song that wasn't written by Johnny Cash. Truth be told its the instrumentation of this remake that makes it so special. It also drastically expands what could have been done with country music. Cash's voice is merely a nice touch, but I wouldn't want to hear this song without it!

Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here: I've always thought of Pink Floyd as what Radiohead wish they could be. But Radiohead never sounded this good. Ironically, this is one of the few Pink Floyd songs without a guitar solo, but hey, that just proves that you don't always need one to win hearts!

ravenheart
03-15-2008, 04:06 PM
http://content.ytmnd.com/content/b/e/1/be1df05eb094665453130337e288411b.jpg

...for not paying attention to anything WASP did after Crimson Idol that is. :D

Denied.

ADD
03-23-2008, 05:20 PM
Sweet thread, I'll try to come up with mine but it'll be really tough.

Div
03-23-2008, 05:32 PM
Ozzy Osbourne- Crazy Train: I was just cruising around town with my Uncle listening to some classic rock station when THIS came on. I had actually previously bought Ozzy's "The Ultimate Sin" but it didn't exactly make me a fanatic. I heard that riff and I asked my Uncle "WHO THE FUCK IS THIS?" and he replied "Ozzy." I thought he was fucking with me because of my aforementioned purchase, but nope it was Ozzy. I went out and bought Blizzard Of Ozz and it turned me into an Ozzy fanatic that would drive my parents insane (pun intended) for years. :lol:


Ugh, thats gotta be one of the most overrated songs of all time. It's got a cool intro part for sure, but after that.... :hecho: which says alot about the general population's attention span.

JRA
03-24-2008, 04:46 AM
Ugh, thats gotta be one of the most overrated songs of all time. It's got a cool intro part for sure, but after that.... :hecho: which says alot about the general population's attention span.

If it weren't for that song, I probably never would have gotten into metal, and you wouldn't be cracking up everytime you saw "Dragon" energy drink.;)

Div
03-24-2008, 07:26 PM
I never see anyone with Dragon energy drinks, all I see is Monster. I try to think of something to mock that with, but it's just not as funny.

JRA
03-24-2008, 07:39 PM
I never see anyone with Dragon energy drinks, all I see is Monster. I try to think of something to mock that with, but it's just not as funny.

Whatever the drink was that made you think "Sperm-dragon."

rjturtle9
03-25-2008, 08:02 PM
ok here goes nothing. i'm only putting one song per band cause if not, this list will be mostly maiden, metallica, and slayer songs.

1. Wait and Bleed - SlipKnot
now most of u are gonna say "slipknot???? :wtf:" but they, i like this song. this was the band that got me into metal. this was the song that got me into this band. i still ask myself the same question over and over again, if this band wasn't mtx mototrax (video game), would i have ever gotten into metal? probably, but it wouldn't have been the same.

2. Through the Fire and the Flames - DragonForce
another band that most of u won't like. now i'm not one of those people that only like this song because of the fact that it's on guitar hero, nor is it the only song i listen to from the band. it is in fact the first song i heard from the band. this is how it all began. my friend was talking to his friend about a new band on the scene that were gonna play ozzfest, and how they have the best guitar duo out right now. he mentions some crazy japanese guy who can play at the speed of light. i didn't really care at first. then i spent christmas in vegas, where i was watching a music video channel. this song came on and the rest is history...

3. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns n' Roses
Great song! i had always listened to welcome to the jungle, but this is the song that got me into GnR. Classic power ballad. I've over played it, but it still never gets old.

4. Aces High - Iron Maiden
My Favorite band!!!!! this song made me into a maiden fan. i had always had the essiental iron maiden album, but never listened to it that much. mainly because me playing thps4 and hearng the number of the beast played over and over again kinda got boring. but then my ipod got fucked up. so my friend puts all his music in there. that included almost all of the maiden albums. like i said before, the rest is history...

5. Faithfully - Journey:light:
Seriously. can u think of a better power ballad??????? when u hear this song, u can't help but cry :bawling: lol jk

6. Rock n Roll all Night - KISS
i saw this band when i was very little. like 12 i think. wasn't the band that got me into metal, but man did i enjoy this song. i was a kiss fan at a young age!

7. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
same as the kiss one, but i didn't see him live. loved the song, but wasn't a metalhead yet.

8. Enemy of God - Kreator
My favorite song ever. the power, the energy, the anger!!!! that mixed in with my hatred for christianity (for all of u who are christians, 2 bad lol) this song proved to be my anthem. let me cleaar things up right now though. i ain't a satanist! well yeah i know that there are more anti-christian songs out there that are more anit-christian then this, but there's something about this song that i love. :rocker:

9. Breaking the Habbit - Linkin Park
Another band u won' like lol this was the first band that i liked. this is my favorite song from them. they may not be my favorite band, especially after their newest album haha but i like this and besides slipknot, this band is the most important band in my transformation to metalheadism.

10. Ressurection - Chimaira
at my first metal show, a little band named chimaira opened up. i did not know who the hell they were but after this set, i knew that this band wasn't ur ordinary opening band.

11. Quasi Putrefaction - ChthoniC
i knew about this band a little before there apperance on ozzfest and i've never heard anything like them. their use of the hena instrument was a very new experiance and this song remains to be one of my favorite all time songs. they are also one of my favorite bands so yeah, i fucken love them. plus in my opinion, doris is the hottest chick in metal:lovedup:

12. When I'm Gone - Eminem
I know, it's not a metal song. but music wise i'm 10% rap. nowadays rap sucks lol so i tend to listen to older rap. but the one "newer" rapper that i love is eminem. He has talent. plus i love his song writing abilities. his music has gotten me through hard times and still does. he's a musical genious that everyone should atleast respect.

13. Tornado of Souls - Megadeth
i forgot who else put this one on theirs but the way they discribed it was just the way i see it so just look at his because i'm to lazy to type it all :lol:

14. Fade to Black - Metallica
Favorite metallica song and it's on my favorite album of all time Ride the Lightning.there came a time in my life where i was kinda hating it. this song got me through it. i look back at it as it described exactly how i felt and i thank this song for helping me out. this song shows that music can infact be medicine.

15. No Boundarise - Michael Angelo Batio
this song live is the master of all guitar solos. micheal angelo batio is my guitar idol and when i saw this song live, something changed in me. it was like i just saw an angel lol well yeah this song kicks ass

16. Cemetery Gates - Pantera
long after Dimebags death, he is still prasied. this is a good example why.

17. Killing in the Name Of - Rage Against the Machine
When i first heard this band, i thought to myself, this is exactly how i feel. they have my attitude. i have their additude! plus the guitar sound is wicked!!!!!!!! i love this band!!!!

18. Raining Blood - Slayer
the song that got me into this band. it's a classic. may not be my favorite song from them, but it's one hell of a why to get introduced to a band. all hail slayer :rocker:

19. Panama - Van Halen
the chorus is so catchy it's not even funny. song that got me into Van Halen. the one thing i don't like is the video. Can it get anymore hair metal???

20. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
great song. try listening to this song one day with an inscent stick burning and a lava lamp, plasma lamp, and water fountian with a lamp runing. greatest feeling ever!!!! get ur lighters out people:light:

TonyD
03-25-2008, 10:19 PM
Ugh, thats gotta be one of the most overrated songs of all time. It's got a cool intro part for sure, but after that.... :hecho: which says alot about the general population's attention span.

Well other than the intro riff and the solo, its not much of a metal song, due to Randy Rhoads' leftover Quiet Riot sound. But its still a great song.

TonyD
03-26-2008, 12:02 AM
My list- not at all complete but as close as I can get it, in alphabetical order

AC/DC - TNT
Nothing gets a misfit kid in middle school going like yelling 'oi' to a song that essentially means fuck off or else I'll kick your ass. My equivalent to "my first time hearing s1ipkn0t"

Alice in Chains - Would?
One of my favorite songs, I don't know why

Black Sabbath - War Pigs/Luke's Wall
Essential, with a great message. One of my first albums and still a favorite.
- Into the Void
Come up with your own explaination but I hold this one close.

CCR - Run Through the Jungle
Another Vietnam song, one that you hear subliminaly throughout your life on the radio and tv that I've began to appreciate recently

The Expendables - Keep It Up
Great stoner music, timeless story. Marley meets Maiden towards the end of it.

Judas Priest - Victim of Changes
Everybody has a moment of pure ecstacy at a show burnt into their mind.
The last rays of the sun, the empty sky, the summer breeze and "she was beautiful, she was mine...."

Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same
You can't just have one Zeppelin track, you have to have them all. But if it has to be one, this is it. Good memmories.

Mastodon - This Mortal Soil
Heavy, groovy, melodic and trippy all in one package.
- Iron Tusk
Heavy-er

Meshuggah - Future Breed Machine
For me, a song that grabs you by the balls the first time, and never gets old. It made me say "holy shit, what is this, I need to get it"

Metallica - For Whom the Bell Tolls
Some things you just don't forget. Like sitting in the passenger seat of the car in the grocery store parking lot listening to the radio. A song comes on and you say "holy shit, what is this, I need to get it"

Ozzy Osbourne - Over the Mountain
Randy Rhoads at his best and one of the first difficult solos I tackled

Pantera - I'm Broken
Classic shit. The 13 year old boys have good reason to be all over Dime's balls.

Primus - Jerry Was A Racecar Driver
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater anyone? Frank Zappa goes metal.

Rush - The Spirit of the Radio
My favorite Rush song, but its sad that the message has little meaning to anyone anymore

Slayer - Jesus Saves
Unlike Raining Blood and Angel of Death for alot of people, this one actually gets you thinking and has an effect on my religious views.

Soundgarden - 4th of July
Heavy as hell with a great melody, best Soundgarden song IMO

Strapping Young Lad - Love?
Instant classic, good memmories.

Suicidal Tendencies - Cyco Vision
Essentially "fuck bullshit" in refined musical form.

DethMaiden
03-26-2008, 07:44 AM
ok here goes nothing. i'm only putting one song per band cause if not, this list will be mostly maiden, metallica, and slayer songs.

1. Wait and Bleed - SlipKnot
now most of u are gonna say "slipknot???? :wtf:" but they, i like this song. this was the band that got me into metal. this was the song that got me into this band. i still ask myself the same question over and over again, if this band wasn't mtx mototrax (video game), would i have ever gotten into metal? probably, but it wouldn't have been the same.

2. Through the Fire and the Flames - DragonForce
another band that most of u won't like. now i'm not one of those people that only like this song because of the fact that it's on guitar hero, nor is it the only song i listen to from the band. it is in fact the first song i heard from the band. this is how it all began. my friend was talking to his friend about a new band on the scene that were gonna play ozzfest, and how they have the best guitar duo out right now. he mentions some crazy japanese guy who can play at the speed of light. i didn't really care at first. then i spent christmas in vegas, where i was watching a music video channel. this song came on and the rest is history...

3. Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns n' Roses
Great song! i had always listened to welcome to the jungle, but this is the song that got me into GnR. Classic power ballad. I've over played it, but it still never gets old.

4. Aces High - Iron Maiden
My Favorite band!!!!! this song made me into a maiden fan. i had always had the essiental iron maiden album, but never listened to it that much. mainly because me playing thps4 and hearng the number of the beast played over and over again kinda got boring. but then my ipod got fucked up. so my friend puts all his music in there. that included almost all of the maiden albums. like i said before, the rest is history...

5. Faithfully - Journey:light:
Seriously. can u think of a better power ballad??????? when u hear this song, u can't help but cry :bawling: lol jk

6. Rock n Roll all Night - KISS
i saw this band when i was very little. like 12 i think. wasn't the band that got me into metal, but man did i enjoy this song. i was a kiss fan at a young age!

7. Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
same as the kiss one, but i didn't see him live. loved the song, but wasn't a metalhead yet.

8. Enemy of God - Kreator
My favorite song ever. the power, the energy, the anger!!!! that mixed in with my hatred for christianity (for all of u who are christians, 2 bad lol) this song proved to be my anthem. let me cleaar things up right now though. i ain't a satanist! well yeah i know that there are more anti-christian songs out there that are more anit-christian then this, but there's something about this song that i love. :rocker:

9. Breaking the Habbit - Linkin Park
Another band u won' like lol this was the first band that i liked. this is my favorite song from them. they may not be my favorite band, especially after their newest album haha but i like this and besides slipknot, this band is the most important band in my transformation to metalheadism.

10. Ressurection - Chimaira
at my first metal show, a little band named chimaira opened up. i did not know who the hell they were but after this set, i knew that this band wasn't ur ordinary opening band.

11. Quasi Putrefaction - ChthoniC
i knew about this band a little before there apperance on ozzfest and i've never heard anything like them. their use of the hena instrument was a very new experiance and this song remains to be one of my favorite all time songs. they are also one of my favorite bands so yeah, i fucken love them. plus in my opinion, doris is the hottest chick in metal:lovedup:

12. When I'm Gone - Eminem
I know, it's not a metal song. but music wise i'm 10% rap. nowadays rap sucks lol so i tend to listen to older rap. but the one "newer" rapper that i love is eminem. He has talent. plus i love his song writing abilities. his music has gotten me through hard times and still does. he's a musical genious that everyone should atleast respect.

13. Tornado of Souls - Megadeth
i forgot who else put this one on theirs but the way they discribed it was just the way i see it so just look at his because i'm to lazy to type it all :lol:

14. Fade to Black - Metallica
Favorite metallica song and it's on my favorite album of all time Ride the Lightning.there came a time in my life where i was kinda hating it. this song got me through it. i look back at it as it described exactly how i felt and i thank this song for helping me out. this song shows that music can infact be medicine.

15. No Boundarise - Michael Angelo Batio
this song live is the master of all guitar solos. micheal angelo batio is my guitar idol and when i saw this song live, something changed in me. it was like i just saw an angel lol well yeah this song kicks ass

16. Cemetery Gates - Pantera
long after Dimebags death, he is still prasied. this is a good example why.

17. Killing in the Name Of - Rage Against the Machine
When i first heard this band, i thought to myself, this is exactly how i feel. they have my attitude. i have their additude! plus the guitar sound is wicked!!!!!!!! i love this band!!!!

18. Raining Blood - Slayer
the song that got me into this band. it's a classic. may not be my favorite song from them, but it's one hell of a why to get introduced to a band. all hail slayer :rocker:

19. Panama - Van Halen
the chorus is so catchy it's not even funny. song that got me into Van Halen. the one thing i don't like is the video. Can it get anymore hair metal???

20. Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers
great song. try listening to this song one day with an inscent stick burning and a lava lamp, plasma lamp, and water fountian with a lamp runing. greatest feeling ever!!!! get ur lighters out people:light:


You are so lame.

rjturtle9
03-26-2008, 09:43 AM
You are so lame.

ok... why is that

ADD
03-26-2008, 10:07 AM
You are so lame.
Succinct :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

ChildrenofSodom
03-26-2008, 11:59 AM
ok... why is that

Very funny mike.

zgodt
03-26-2008, 08:06 PM
You are so lame.

That was rude.

rjturtle9
03-26-2008, 09:02 PM
Very funny mike.

wtf my name is not mike.

and yes just because i liked some bands that u don't like in the earlier years makes me lame... ok then whatever:finger:

DethMaiden
03-27-2008, 05:49 AM
That was rude.

I didn't say it was polite. I was merely making an observation I found to be accurate.

ravenheart
03-27-2008, 05:52 AM
I didn't say it was polite. I was merely making an observation I found to be accurate.

I concur.

rjturtle9
03-27-2008, 10:18 AM
ahh just get over it lol

Maiden33
03-27-2008, 10:39 AM
You are so lame.

ZOMG CLOSEMINDED N00B!!!111!!11one!!11!

;)

DethMaiden
03-27-2008, 10:40 AM
ZOMG CLOSEMINDED N00B!!!111!!11one!!11!

;)

If my mind becomes so open that I like Slipknot, shoot me in the face.

Maiden33
03-27-2008, 10:43 AM
If my mind becomes so open that I like Slipknot, shoot me in the face.

I'd probably rather listen to Spliknot than some of the stuff you like if based solely on the music and not on the fagtastic mallcore image. But either way, surely noted and I'll start shopping for firearms this afternoon. ;)

Div
03-27-2008, 10:52 AM
If my mind becomes so open that I like Slipknot, shoot me in the face.


:agree: you gotta draw the line somewhere.

rjturtle9
03-27-2008, 11:39 AM
If my mind becomes so open that I like Slipknot, shoot me in the face.

it's not like they're my favorite band or anything. they were a gateway into metal for me. i rarely listen to them anymore. and besides, u got to give their drummer props. that guy's sick

SomewhereInTime72
03-27-2008, 11:48 AM
it's not like they're my favorite band or anything. they were a gateway into metal for me. i rarely listen to them anymore. and besides, u got to give their drummer props. that guy's sick

yeah there's like three of him

wait

Maiden33
03-27-2008, 12:01 PM
yeah there's like three of him

wait

I still can't comprehend how you could possibly feel the need for nine members. Hell, anything over 6 just seems rediculous to me.

JRA
03-27-2008, 05:20 PM
I still can't comprehend how you could possibly feel the need for nine members. Hell, anything over 6 just seems rediculous to me.

Breaking boundaries. But the paychecks must have sucked though.

Div
03-27-2008, 05:26 PM
they probably figured that the more people they add, the more chance of getting someone who can actually play their insturment.

rjturtle9
03-28-2008, 10:50 AM
I still can't comprehend how you could possibly feel the need for nine members. Hell, anything over 6 just seems rediculous to me.

yeah there's like 3 of them that hardly do anything. back up dancers maybe. aside from the main drummer and the vocalist, although his voice did suck on their last album, the rest of the band are just ehh. the guitarists are good but most of the stuff that they right is crap. the dj gots talent but i'm kinda against djs in metal. that's just me though lol

rjturtle9
03-28-2008, 10:51 AM
they probably figured that the more people they add, the more chance of getting someone who can actually play their insturment.

they found the drummer lol