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.
- Supreme -- Robbie Williams
I'm so glad Stephen introduced me to Robbie Williams, because he's great and I love this song.
- Call Me -- Union Underground
I was a little worried when I heard the rather low key, sort of "jazz-type" intro to this version of my favorite Blondie song, but once they get into it this version TOTALLY kicks ass.
- I Hate My Generation -- Cracker
Hey Cracker, I hate your freakin' generation too!
- One Girl Revolution (Remix) -- Superchic[k]
- You Thought -- The Go Gos
- >Don't Call Me Baby (Disco Babes from Outer Space Mix) -- Madison Avenue
- I Love America -- Patrick Juvet
Not that it's all that different from any other disco song, but some of these lyrics are an absolute hoot: "Disco music, is funky music, that you can share..." They don't write 'em like that anymore! (Thank God.)
- Undecided -- Ella Fitzgerald
- I Hope I Never -- Split Enz
- One of the best "you dumped me and are a heinous, foul person" songs ever. And I'm a total sucker for those.
- The More I See You -- Peter Allen
Poor talented, dead Peter; he thought he'd get Judy by marrying Liza. NOT! This is an incredibly pretty song, and I think this is the definitive version.
- Tomorrow Never Knows - Sheryl Crowe
Possibly the most excellent "modern" James Bond movie theme song there is.
- Julia -- Chocolate Genius
This is a very interesting version of The Beatles' "Julia," and I really didn't think I'd like it. But it grows on you.
- The Man I Love -- Kate Bush
I've always loved this song, but I think Kate Bush sings it better than anyone else I've heard do it.
- Can't Get You Out of My Flawless (EiTiBi White Label Remix) -- Kylie Minogue/The Ones
A combo of Kylie's "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and The Ones' "Flawless."
- Reality (Miss Thunderpussy Remix) -- FutureShock
- Now That It's Over -- Everlast
- I'll Be Loving You Always -- George Michael with Mary J. Blige
- I'll Be Seeing You -- Frank Sinatra (w/Tommy Dorsey)
My favorite version of this song, which is one of my all-time favorites.
- Somethin' Stupid -- Nicole Kidman/Robbie Williams
This is so fabulous, I can't begin to describe just how fabulous it really is. When I played it for Stephen he couldn't even guess who it was. And he agreed it was so much better than the Frank & Nancy original (but then, what wouldn't be?).
- Hard Love -- Shaun Cassidy
Just shut up. I like the song, okay?
- Impressed -- Charlie Sexton
Considering how much press this album got in 1985 or whenever it came out, and how damn good it was, I can't believe Charlie Sexton is basically nowhere today.
- Drop Dead Gorgeous -- Aerosmith
- Under My Thumb -- Social Distortion
- Complicated -- Muzzle
- Mr. Sandman -- Gob
You have to be fairly into rock to really appreciate the sheer brilliance of this version of The Chordettes, "Mr. Sandman." The arrangement is great, but then at the end they seamlessly segue into the beginning of Metallica's "Enter Sandman."
- P.S. We'll Call You When We Get There -- The Juliana Theory
- Fever -- Starsailor
They can get a little too whiney sometimes, but the Starsailor songs I DO like, I like a lot.
- Writing to Reach You -- Travis
- Another Night -- Jason Donovan
- Don't Tell Me (Thunderpuss Hands-Over-Mouth Anthem) -- Madonna
- Get This Party Started (DJT Remix) -- Pink
I love the line, "I'll be burnin' rubber, you'll be kissin' my ass."
- He Loves You Not (Hex Hector Club Mix) -- Dream
- Have I The Right -- The Honeycombs
One of the most underrated bands and songs from the British Invasion.
- Give Her a Gun -- Echobelly
- Sad But True/American Bad Ass -- Metallica/Kid Rock
Metallica AND Kid Rock in one song--what more could you ask for?