When I used to review Web sites for a living, I often had to critique people's personal sites. Most included a section called "my favorite albums," or the like. Without fail, I would rake them over the coals.
That was over six years ago, and I've earned a living creating and doing tangible things online since then. One thing I've learned is that the point of a personal site IS to list things like "my favorite songs." (As long as it looks good--and no, that's NOT subjective. If you have no design skills, get someone who does to do it for you, the end, goodbye.) It's supposed to be a combination portfolio/bio/ultimate ego trip. Like saying whatever you want about yourself to a therapist for an hour every week, but a whole lot cheaper and much more creatively fulfilling.
I've had Sylvester for a couple of months now, and its STILL absolutely one of the best toys I've ever had. If you love music, you have to get an iPod--trust me on this.
- Freeek -- George Michael
This is my ABSOLUTE favorite song of the moment. I like everything about it--the way it sounds and what it says. Actually, I can only understand about half of what it says, but any song whose major line is "I'll be your sexual freeek," is okay by me.
- Your Disco Needs You (Casino Mix) -- Kylie
- Love and Happiness -- Al Green
Toward the end of the song Al sings, "Makes you wanna dance, love and happiness." But I always expect him to say "Makes you wanna dance, stick rabbits down your pants." Is anyone else waiting for him to sing that?
- TVC 15 -- David Bowie
- Over, Under, Sideways, Down --The Yardbirds
- Silence Is Golden -- Garbage
There are many reasons why I love Shirley Manson, but I recently saw Garbage's "Behind the Music," and she makes ME look secure. And happy. Her lyrics are just so cynical and depressing, you can't help but love 'em!
- Alone Together -- The Strokes
I definitely think The Strokes are okay, but can't see where this big "they're the greatest band to come down the pike since The Beatles" hoopla is really warranted.
- Kids (Bass Remix) -- Kylie & Robbie Williams
- Puttin on the Ritz -- Taco
I still love this song, but can't help laughing when I hear it, especially now.
- Drive My Car -- The Beatles
- 2003 -- Nina Gordon
- She Was Hot -- The Rolling Stones
- Space Truckin -- Deep Purple
- I'm Just a Jitterbug -- Ella Fitzgerald
This is from the early period when Ella was singing with Chick Webb's orchestra, and I love just about all the stuff she during that era.
- Shake Your BonBon (Fernando Garibay Remix) -- Ricky Martin
- When I Fall in Love -- Rick Astley
Since I tend to be the classic fool for love despite efforts to the contrary, this is one of my very favorite songs. And as heretical as it sounds, I think Rick Astley actually sings it better than Nat King Cole.
- Desfinado -- George Michael & Bebel Gilberto
- Too Much, Too Little, Too Late -- Johnny Mathis & Denise Wiliams
- All Alone Am I -- Brenda Lee
The electric harpischord makes this Brenda Lee song especially groovy.
- My Own Way -- The Rembrandts
- I'm Only Sleeping -- The Vines
- Evil Number One -- Jimmy Eat World
I LOVE these guys, and I don't say that about a lot of the newer bands today.
- Rescue Me -- Fontella Bass
- Outside Chance -- The Turtles
- Boogie Fever -- The Sylvers
- Lipstick and Leather -- Y & T
Around 1984 someone actually dedicated this song to me once after we played some dive/club; I never found out who. But even today I still think it's a really bitchin' song. Pray for me.
- Personal Jesus (Stomp Mix) -- Depeche Mode
There's a spoken part in the middle of this song, and in this version it's in German, which makes it even more of a hoot. The thing is, this song has a really pretty melody even though the title's kind of stupid.
- Downtown -- The Killer Barbies
I can't believe this fab song wasn't more of a hit in America. I guess you can only be in the Top Ten here if you're a whiny, boring white boy playing a tired old acoustic guitar.
- Selfish -- Michael Penn
I've liked all of Michael Penn's CDs, and this song is one of my faves.
- The Go-Gos Minimix
- Happy House -- Siouxsee and The Banshees
"Here in the happy house, we're happy here, in this happy house." What more can you say? "Kaleidoscope" is my favorite Siouxsee album.
- Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) -- Meredith Brooks
- Bossa Nova Baby -- Elvis Presley
I can't believe no one's ever redone this song; it's a classic.
- Teenage Riot -- The Ataris
- Can't Get You Out of My Head (Q's Unlocked Alternative Mix) -- Kylie
I have about ten different mixes of this song and am still deciding on a favorite. This is definitely one of the contenders.
- These Boots Are Made for Walking -- Geri Halliwell