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Random Eleven – Volume 2

December 9, 2005

A glutton for punishment, Your Montag feels compelled— despite promises that last week’s effort was the first and last —to again partake in the Friday Musical Audit, popularized by Norbizness.

The premise?

Fire up the jukebox, don’t skip over anything, and take the first eleven that pop up.

Ok, simple enough. We’ll try anything once. Here is the first second— and quite possibly last installment of the Friday Musical Audit here at The Stump. [Unless we can get Fehlleistungen to cook one up some Friday…]

  1. Frank Black Francis – Nimrod’s Son – 6.5/10
    Just acoustic guitar and a wailing voice, recorded in a friend’s apartment on a portable tape recorder as a sort of story-board for the Pixies to work from in the studio. All of these off disk one of the Frank Black Francis set are pretty cool. Very basic, very raw. On this track you can hear a telephone ringing in the background.
  2. Robert Johnson – Cross Road Blues (Take 2) – 9.0
    This is the song. This is the guy. The blues legend that “Lightning Boy” Eugene Martone (Ralph Macchio) was so obsessed with in the movie Crossroads. And rightly so. These blues classics are simply acoustic guitar and wailing voice, recorded back in the day on primitive equipment. All of these on The Complete Recordings Robert Johnson Box Set are very very cool.
  3. Chemical Brothers – Setting Sun – 3.0/10
    Not sure why the embarrassment that this one came up, but there is shame here. The Chemical Brothers featuring one of them Gallagher Brothers of England’s most annoying band, Oasis . . . That’s all I have to say about that.
  4. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Coffee Shop – 5.0/10
    One Your Montag should probably be ashamed of, but is not. Is there no other human being that likes the One hot Minute album? Dave Navarro on guitar makes for a different brand of Chili Peppers. And does this brand of Chili Peppers not kick ass? This song isn’t the best one on there; but a decent effort.
  5. Radiohead – 2 +2 = 5 (The Lukewarm) – 7.5/10
    Ahhhh, Radiohead.
  6. Bad Religion – Automatic Man – 7.5/10
    How can you not like Bad Religion? Superb punk rock. This ditty’s about the shortsightedness of disregarding the importance of sustainability and wrecking the environment. But it’s about that in a rockin’ way.
  7. Beastie Boys – Triple Trouble – 5.5/10
    Gets extra credit for the Sugar Hill gang sample. The Beasties pay tribute to the old school on this one.
  8. Curve – Falling Free (Aphex Twin Remix) – 6.0/10
    This isn’t so much a Curve song as it is an Aphex Twin song. It’s good. (If you like that sort of thing.)
  9. Curve – Zoo – 6.0/10
    What are the odds of that? That an actual Curve song would follow a Curve remix. Let’s see, the odds of hearing the remix at random are 1/2626, so the odds of hearing it in one of the first 10 slots of the Audit are actually 10/2626. The odds of just hearing any Curve song are 24/2626. So the odds of hearing a Curve song directly after the Aphex Twin remix in the Musical Audit are . . . What do you do? Multiply? . . . Something like 1/2867. I could be wrong. I have next to no actual knowledge of probability. Just enough to get that the Heart of Gold’s infinite improbability drive in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is funny. . . Oh, yeah. The song is pretty ok.
  10. The Cure – Seventeen Seconds – 8.0/10
    The Cure, and Smack Ramen Noodles, were my only sustenance during my college years. The album to which this song is the title track is a good one, from near the beginning when their tunes were all basic and shit. Montag likes.
  11. Nine Inch Nails – The Becoming – 8.5/10
    In my mind there is an entire thesis on how this song is about Darth Vader. Click “more” down below to see the lyrics. Tell me if they aren’t a dead on ringer for Darth Vader; (maybe we can get Vader to comment on this.) Important: remember that “Annie” is short for Anakin; and, replace the repeated lines at the end of the song: “It won’t give up it wants me dead – Goddamn this noise inside my head” with what Your Delusional Montag thought they were for the longest time: Old Kenobi wants me dead – Goddamn this voice inside my head” and you’ve got a bulletproof allegory for Vader. (The only logical refutation of this thesis worth considering is that Trent Reznor may not be as completely helpless a Star Wars geek as I am.

Bonus #12: Sevendust – Speak – This song rocks.

Once again, no Tremendous Fucking. Free downloads here! Masterful lyrics!

That’s a 6.6/10 average which only barely beats last weeks 6.4/10.

[Press “more” to see the lyrics to song #11.] —

The Becoming — Nine Inch Nails

I beat my machine it’s a part of me it’s inside of me
I’m stuck in this dream it’s changing me I am becoming
The me that you know he had some second thoughts
He’s covered with scabs and he is broken and sore
The me that you know he doesn’t come around much
That part of me isn’t here anymore

All pain disappears it’s the nature of my circuitry
Drowns out all I hear no escape from this my new consciousness
That me that you know he used to have feelings
But the blood has stopped pumping and he is left to decay
The me that you know is now made up of wires
And even when I’m right with you I’m so far away
I can try to get away but I’ve strapped myself in
I can try to scratch away the sound in my ears
I can see it killing away all of my bad parts
I don’t want to listen but it’s all too clear

Hiding backwards inside of me I feel so unafraid
Annie, hold a little tighter I might just slip away

It won’t give up it wants me dead
Goddamn this noise inside my head

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