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Beady Eye’s Debut Album: Different Gear, Still Speeding

Beady Eye’s debut album is out this week. It’s called Different Gear, Still Speeding.

Who is Beady Eye? Basically it’s Oasis without Noel Gallagher (who wrote most of their songs.) The lineup includes Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell, and Gem Archer. Liam being the only original Oasis member from the good old days of the ’90s remaining.

Bell and Archer had been core members of Oasis for about a decade up until the band’s breakup in 2009. They made contributions to the last three Oasis studio albums; 2002′s Heathen Chemistry, 2005′s Don’t Believe the Truth, and 2008′s Dig Out Your Soul.

I haven’t heard the new album yet so I have no opinion to offer on the music at the moment, but I plan on checking it out today.

The Vatican’s Top 10 Albums

The Vatican came out with a list of 10 recommended albums that is not altogether terrible (although there are some unusual choices.) Here it is:

#1 The Beatles – Revolver

The “hip” selection for #1 Beatles album. It’s not my #1, but most hipsters seem to think it’s the pinnacle of The Beatles output. I suppose the Pope will be wearing skinny jeans soon.

#2 David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name

I had never even heard of this album before. It was Crosby’s first solo album, released in 1971. Continue reading “The Vatican’s Top 10 Albums” »

Liam Gallagher Starting A New Band

Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher is starting a new band with the other members of Oasis (Gem Archer, Andy Bell, & Zak Starkey) with the exception of lead songwriter and guitarist Noel Gallagher (that’s Liam’s brother who quit the band in August.)

Liam had said that the band would not be named Oasis (although he had not chosen a new name yet) but recently he has said that they may decide to stick with the Oasis name. Continue reading “Liam Gallagher Starting A New Band” »

Top Ten Underrated Bands of the Past 20 Years

First let me define what I mean by “rated” (because without doing that, “underrated” doesn’t mean much.) I’m talking specifically about the “ratings” of people in the US because some of these bands are actually quite highly rated in the UK (The Stone Roses & Oasis being obvious examples.) I’m talking about a combination of lack of critical acclaim and lack of commercial success in the US compared to what I think they should have.

The bands are listed alphabetically, because that’s how I get down.

AKRON/FAMILY

I prefer Akron/Family’s debut album over anything Animal Collective has released. I know this puts me in the minority, but that’s exactly what I’m talking about! People aren’t giving this band it’s due. They are fantastic live too. Akron/Family has never made it in the Billboard 200 and while their music has received a reasonable amount of critical acclaim, it’s not been that much in comparison to quite a few bands I believe they are superior to.

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Story Of Oasis Break-Up

I don’t have much to add to this, but I thought it was amusing and that I should pass it along here: Eyewitness account of the fight that broke-up Oasis.

I should mention, I’m not one of those hipster Oasis haters, I like Oasis (and not not just Definitely Maybe & Morning Glory.) One of the things I’ve always liked about them is the full out “rock n roll” attitude that they had and you can’t get much more rock n roll then the story of this fight between the Gallagher brothers. It seems like a fitting way for the band to end.

I wonder what Liam will keep himself busy with these days? Noel is apparently working on a debut solo album (which he was already working on before this happened.)

Noel Gallagher Quits Oasis?

According to this message on the official Oasis website Noel Gallagher has quit Oasis following an “altercation” with his brother Liam Gallagher (the band’s lead singer) prior to a concert (which was then canceled) in Paris last night.

He wrote the following: “”It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”

Noel has been the principle songwriter & guitarist (as well as the singer of some of their songs) since 1994′s Definitely Maybe through 2008′s Dig Out Your Soul.

On recent albums other members of the band (especially Liam) have had songwriting credits but Noel wrote every song but one on 1994′s Definitely Maybe, 1995′s (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, 1997′s Be Here Now, and 1998′s The Masterplan (which was a collection of non-album tracks.) The one exception? A cover of “I Am The Walrus” by The Beatles (included on The Masterplan.) Continue reading “Noel Gallagher Quits Oasis?” »

Most Popular ’90s Songs Based On Last.FM Listeners

It’s almost been a full decade since the ’90s ended which means ’90s nostalgia ought begin kicking into high gear sometime soon.

Here’s my bit to get that started. A look at the 10 most popular songs from the ’90s based on most Last.FM listeners over the past week.

01 – Oasis – “Wonderwall” – 15,882 Listeners

Way ahead of the second most listened to Oasis song, “Don’t Look Back in Anger” which is the song right after “Wonderwall” on the band’s 1995 album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? “Champagne Supernova,” “Live Forever,” & “Morning Glory” round out the Oasis top five, all of which are from the ’90s.

02 – Radiohead – “Karma Police” – 15,764

From 1997′s OK Computer which will be represented on this list again below.

03 – Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – 14,415

The opening track on 1991′s Nevermind. Holy crap, this song is 18 years old.

04 – Nirvana – “Come as You Are” – 14,150

The third track on Nevermind.

05 – Michael Jackson – “Black or White” – 14,130

From 1991′s Dangerous. Prior to his death this track wasn’t in the top 10. And if I had done this list right after his death it would have been #1. MJ mania is starting to slow down on Last.FM, after four weeks at #1 the charts, he was down to #2 last week and he’s down to #4 this week.

06 – Radiohead – “Creep” – 13,720

From 1993′s Pablo Honey, definitely my least favorite Radiohead album.

07 – Radiohead – “Paranoid Android” – 13,501

The second song from OK Computer on the list.

08 – Metallica – “Nothing Else Matters” – 12,192

From Metallica’s 1991 self-titled release known as The Black Album which has sold over 15 million copies in the US.

09 – Metallica – “Enter Sandman” – 11,746

Also from The Black Album. It’s also the 4th song in the top ten from 1991.

10 – Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Californication” – 11,325

The title track from their 1999 album.

Songs More Than 10 Years Old On Last.FM’s Top 100 Tracks

Every week Last.FM has a new top 500 tracks chart (ranked by the amount of different listeners each song had during the last 7 days.) It’s amazing to me how little the rankings seem to change week to week and how the same older songs seem to be in the list every week.

That’s what this post is about, those songs that are over 10 years old that are in this weeks top 100 tracks (I didn’t want to look through all 500.) And if they’re in this weeks top 100, they were probably in it last week. I’ll include last week’s ranking to give you an idea of what I’m talking about.

Band – “Song” – #Top 500 Ranking

Radiohead – “Karma Police” #15 (#11 last week.)

Really this has never been among my very favorite Radiohead songs. Yeah, it’s great but… Well anyway. Isn’t this amazing? #15 most listened to track last week? “Karma Police” came out 12 years ago.

Oasis – “Wonderwall” – “#17 (#10 last week.)

Notice the big drops from last week for this song and “Karma Police” ? I think that’s mostly because of the new Green Day album which has a lot of tracks towards the top of the charts. “Wonderwall” has been really high on this chart almost every week I’ve looked at it over the last few years.

I actually quite dig Oasis (yes, that’s right) so I think it’s a bit of a shame that so many people (in America anyway) just think of them as the “Wonderwall” band. It is a classic track (although well past played out for me) and it’s interesting to see it’s staying power. This song is 14 years old now. Holy shit that makes me feel crazy old or maybe even old crazy.

Radiohead – “Creep” – #31 (actually it only shows “last week” for the top 20 tracks.)

17 years old. I’m past feeling old I guess. But it’s pretty ridiculous in 2009 after all of the great albums Radiohead has released that this is still their second most listened to song. The good part is there are a lot more Radiohead songs in the top 100, mostly from In Rainbows.

Radiohead – “Paranoid Android” – #35

Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” – #36

I wonder what this sounds like to teenagers today? I mean what does a 14 year old hear when they hear this song? This sort of stuff trips me out man. Any teenagers out there please tell me what you think of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”?

Nirvana – “Come as You Are” – #37

Metallica – “Nothing Else Matters” – #56

The Black Album came out in 1991 so it ties “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for oldest song on the top 100, so far.

Radiohead – “No Surprises” – #74

The third OK Computer track to make the list. Pretty good album eh?

Led Zeppelin – “Stairway To Heaven” – #75

How about 38 years old? IV came out in 1971.

Metallica – “Enter Sandman” – #80

Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here” – #83

Title track from the album by the same name which was released in 1975.

Nirvana – “Lithium” – #84

Some timeless “quiet / loud” stuff here.

Metallica – “One” – #99

Radiohead, Metallica, and Nirvana dominate this list with at least three songs each (4 for Radiohead) with Oasis, Pink Floyd, & Led Zeppelin each getting one track in there.

Curious about where some other “classic” songs rank among the top 500 played tracks? Here’s some more interesting older songs I’ve picked out of the top 500 (these are not *all* of the older songs in the rest of the top 500 just some that I picked out.)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge” – #132

Blur – “Song 2″ – #138

Pink Floyd – “Money” – #147

Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody” – #150

Oasis – “Don’t Look Back In Anger” – #152

Ah yes, they’re not just “Wonderwall” … OK, but what about something not from Morning Glory?

The Beatles – “Let It Be” – #158

This is the top ranking Beatles song, but even though they are only #158 on the most played tracks list, they still do extremely well on the most played artists list (#3 this week below just Coldplay & Radiohead) because they have so many popular songs. There’s a lot less separation between the Beatles songs than there is for most other bands where there’s a few songs that are far above the others.

They have 12 songs in the top 500. Which is actually not a top 500 list at all, it’s a list of 420. Yes, 420?

Bob Dylan – “Like a Rolling Stone” – #212

The Doors – “Light My Fire” – #297

Pink Floyd – “Us and Them” – #322

Michael Jackson – “Billy Jean” – #345

Oasis – “Champagne Supernova” – #351

Guns N’ Roses – “Paradise City” – #409

Top 20 ’90s Artists On Last.FM

As a follow up to the 60s/70s post, these are the top 10 artists who made their debut in the 1990s according to the Last.FM top artist charts.

I think this is interesting as it gives an idea of which bands from the ’90s have continued to remain relevant to music listeners and which ones have faded (those absent from this list.)

To be included on this list a band had to have released a debut album by 1997, by doing this I’m trying to exclude bands like Muse who while they technically debuted in the 90s didn’t become well known until the 2000s. Similarly the cut off for being considered ’90s rather than ’80s is that their debut album was released 1988 or later. The best example of why this is important is Nirvana who released their debut album (Bleach) in 1989 but I don’t think anyone in their right mind would consider Nirvana an ’80s band.

#1 Radiohead
#2 Nirvana
#3 Oasis
#4 Foo Fighters
#5 Green Day
#6 Placebo
#7 Daft Punk
#8 The Prodigy
#9 Nine Inch Nails
#10 Beck
#11 The Offspring
#12 Incubus
#13 Weezer
#14 Pearl Jam
#15 Rage Against the Machine
#16 Modest Mouse
#17 Moby
#18 Rammstein
#19 Marilyn Manson
#20 Massive Attack

Questionable Inclusions:

Incubus: They didn’t really become well known until 2000 but they did actually release three albums in the 1990s beginning with 1995′s Fungus Amongus.

Modest Mouse: They’re another band that didn’t really become well known until the 2000s but they were around during the ’90s and their debut album came out in 1996.

Notable Omissions:

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: They are a questionable one as they didn’t become really well known until the 1990s but they had released four albums in the 1980s beginning with 1984′s self titled debut. If I had included them they would have been #2 above Nirvana.

U2: They were big in the ’90s but they were also big in the ’80s. I was trying to focus this list on bands that debuted in the ’90s. They would have been below Nirvana and above Oasis if included.

Britney Spears: Her debut came out in 1999 so it missed the cut off by one year. Disturbingly enough she would have been #9.

Eminem: He did release an album 1996 but no one outside of Detroit knew about it really. His big debut came out in 1999 so I figure he just missed the cut. He would have been in at #20 if I had included him.

Nope, They Didn’t Make The Cut:

Korn, Blur, Blink 182, Limp Bizkit, The Cranberries, The Verve, Garbage, Cake, Counting Crows, and Dave Matthews Band didn’t make the cut.

Sorry Billy Corgan:

The Smashing Pumpkins probably would have made the cut except that they are being tagged as both The Smashing Pumpkins and plain Smashing Pumpkins which messes up their charting.

Fun With Microsoft’s Songsmith

Microsoft has a program out now called Songsmith that creates music to go along with whatever vocal you sing into it. Some folks have had some fun with this by playing the vocal tracks of well known songs into the program to see what kind of music it would create for those songs. Check these out:

“Wonderwall” – Oasis

“Roxanne” – The Police

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