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List of the Moment, Volume No. 14

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The List of the Moment Volume 14. This has been a rough, as many of you know, couple of weeks for me and I do apologize, though this may or may not be the forum. I have never kept secrets from my fellow Blogcritics, so why start now?

I’ve had two weeks of terrible deadlines that have put far too much pressure on me and, being an epileptic, this has led to awful seizures (of the kind neither you nor I wish to discuss nor go into; suffice to say that they were bad enough that we all have been worried about some permanancy, and thank goodness, see no such signs. One does not seek pity, only gladness.

Epilepsy can be a tough disease and much stigmatized. I recommend reading my article called Here, Wear This Stigma”, which is right here on Blogcritics if you’re looking to see some place where I’m coming from. If not, hey, who cares, let’s get cranking with the music… because like you, I too have better things to do with my time than sit about reading about illness and things of this nature. Life goes on and we move with it.

Cheers, and enjoy,


“I Want Your Hands On Me” by Sinead O’Connor – A chant-like, dervish of a song, this is pure perfection. I don’t think there is much to say about this one other than it is perfect as it is, which is why this week it tops the The List. I need not quote the lyrics, for you can easily listen or look them up (a quick taste: put ‘em on put ‘em on put ‘em on put ‘em on me…. I can see her spinning about to this one. In some ways, this reminds me of more recent work by Sia or especially Lamb.

“Keep Gettin’ It On” by Marvin Gaye – which I actually prefer to “Let’s Get it On,” perhaps because of all that it naturally implies, but regardless, this song appeals to me a great deal. Someone mentioned in a previous list in the comments section “Sexual Healing” and the alternate version by Shaggy which I’d like to acknowledge here as being among one of the best covers I’ve heard in a while of any song, and just when you thought “Sexual Healing” couldn’t get any better. “Keep Gettin’ It On” is like a cover of “Let’s Get it On” only sung by the same artist – but reads like a cover regardless. It has all the elements of the original in place, that are repeated at the right intervals. The opening and lead-in are part of what makes this song what it is – an excellent homage to the first piece, if not a piece that surpasses in this writer’s view.

“Out of Reach” by Gabrielle – this was perfect in the film Bridget Jones and used at exactly the right moment, when she is leaving the Darcy’s Ruby Wedding after her horrendous toast but regardless this is pretty and lilting song and worth noting. Gabrielle may or may not be big here (of this I’m not sure, I don’t keep tabs on these things) but this song is worth a listen and was certain appropriate in context.

“Speak Like a Child” by The Style Council – there are many great The Style Council and Paul Weller and Paul Weller solo, and especially old Jam songs to get up and dance our around to but this is one of the best. It may at first glance be nonsensical, but brings with it a sense of play that perhaps we lose all too often in our every day. Crank this one. Speaking like a child could perhaps be the best thing you could ever do to bring back the life in into your life…

“Brass In Pocket” by the Pretenders – how you can not love the attitude of this song and this British rock band? This song is packed chock-full every cubic meter of attitude and yet manages to pull it off. Scarlett Johansson did a pretty great rendition of it in her pink wig and dancing it up with the karaoke machine in Lost in Translation when she appropriately and confidently showed us, or Bill Murray anyway, her “side-step.” Chrissie Hynde has always been cool with her shaggy dog hair-cut and her tight leather and she always will be. “Brass in Pocket” has become one of her trademark songs (this along with “Back on the Chain Gang” – another great song perhaps for another list.) Unfortunately, the band has seen many drug-related deaths over the years and a head-spinning change in band members, with Chrissie remaining the one constant, which has had to have taken a toll both professionally and personally. The Pretenders formed in 1978 at the very, very close of the British punk movement with Chrissie moving officially from writer (as she has started out) to singer and band member, and thus, The Pretenders were born.

“Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba – poor Chumbwamba, for “Tubthumping” was their only really big success and number one hit, despite the fact that they had been around for quite a while before that and trying and trying putting themselves out there for the world to see. Does everyone have a memory or a whole time period of their lives associated with “Tubthumping”? I know that I do… the space of a few months one summer is associated with this one song and I remember it well. The UK group took the States by storm and seemed to come out of nowhere, when in fact they had been around for quite a while and were originally called “The Mirror Boys.”

“Ironic” by Alanis Morissette – was yet another of song that became a sort of anthem for a time the way this Canadian singer’s song “You Oughta Know” did as well. (Though “Ironic” has a far happier spin on it in some ways, albeit ironic). The thing is, for as much as we can disparage these songs, they are of the time and when we think of the time or that time in our lives – the nineties in this case, then it’s difficult not to associate the music with the period or a certain time and place. “Ironic” ends, ironically, on a rather hopeful note… which seems to make sense. Since those days, Morissette has changed her tune and is has been penning tunes like “Thank You” which are far lighter, and are good – I don’t doubt that she has talent. To do so would just be pissy. She has talent. We may not like her particular brand of talent, but it’s there regardless. Lyrics in full, just because:

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
Isn’t it ironic… don’t you think?

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures

Mr. play it safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
Well isn’t this nice…
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think?

Repeat chorus

Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face

A traffic jam when you’re already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think?
A little too ironic… and yeah I really do think…

Repeat chorus

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out.

“With or Without You” by U2 – was the first song I ever heard by U2, I remember that much and I was still pretty young and I remember it really struck me being all into new wave at the time. It is but one of the songs that put U2 on the map. To be sure it got a great deal of attention from the right target generation. Since then, Bono has managed to somehow stay on top, even if his Italian sucks and he can’t count to four in it. But then, who among us is not without flaw when one considers the incredible feats that U2 and constantly be-speckled singer Bono have accomplished? Founded in 1976, the group has been going strong since then and trace their roots back to Dublin, Ireland with much of their music based on the situation in Northern Ireland such as “Sunday Bloody Sunday” (a big hit for U2). The album The Joshua Tree was considered their breakthrough album and has the song “With or Without You.”

“It Ain’t Me Babe” by Bob Dylan – Ah, the gentle and not so gentle brush-off of Suze Rotolo; I suppose he was trying to be gentle here, but it still comes across as a bit rough because you can feel (if you are a woman perhaps that’s the key) the other side of the coin. Or perhaps you can imagine, I don’t know.

I find the line —

    “I’m not the one you want babe,
    I will only let you down.”

to be among the most interesting of the song. It is Dylan at his most self-deprecating and yet self-serving at the same time. Suze Rotolo, for those who don’t know, was one of Dylan’s first girlfriends and the girl who appears with him on the cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. This song (“It Ain’t Me Babe”) appears on Another Side of Bob Dylan. Suze appeared with Bob on Freewheelin in 1963. Dylan and Rotolo parted company in 1964 when it became clear that Dylan was officially seeing Joan Baez (whom he had been seeing for a while before, unbeknownst to Suze). Yet Dylan preferred to leave things hanging until the women sorted things out amongst themselves (and they usually did) over him – a fact he seems to have liked, one thinks, otherwise why do it, or in the very least, he was afraid to make any real decisions. So it was that the Rotolo era ended and the Baez era began, a career move (and certainly one that had a certain amount of affection no doubt as well) that would send Dylan straight to the top faster than perhaps he might have otherwise gone. Clearly though, “It Ain’t Me, Babe” is a self-serving song written by a man who just could not make decisions and who wrote songs, one imagines, only after the fact. A few lyrics before we sign off:

    I’m not the one you want, babe,
    I will only let you down.
    You say you’re lookin’ for someone
    Who will promise never to part,
    Someone to close his eyes for you,
    Someone to close his heart,
    Someone who will die for you an’ more,
    But it ain’t me, babe,
    No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe,
    It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe.

    Go melt back into the night, babe,
    Everything inside is made of stone.
    There’s nothing in here moving
    An’ anyway I’m not alone.
    You say you’re looking for someone
    Who’ll pick you up each time you fall,
    To gather flowers constantly
    An’ to come each time you call,
    A lover for your life an’ nothing more,
    But it ain’t me, babe,
    No, no, no, it ain’t me, babe,
    It ain’t me you’re lookin’ for, babe.

Wow, talk about a cop-out. One can’t help but think that perhaps Rotolo got the better end of the stick in the deal. That when all is said and done, yes, Dylan was right after all, he would have “only let (her) down…” He’s done a good job of proving thus so far, much as we love him.

Thanks, as ever, for tuning in, and for your patience this time around,


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  • Scott Butki

    Hi Sadi. Long time no chat. You can reach me via
    my myspace page. You have to look at the site because there’s a hidden compliment there thanks to your tip about king missle.

    i’ll read over your list later.

  • Steve

    Well, Sadi, you have a few faves of mine on your list (as usual!!).

    Loved the Sinead O’Connor tune back in tha day, I have her first album on tape, plus a ‘best of’ on CD. Strange gal, but a wonderful voice.

    My favorite Gabrielle tune is one of her smaller UK hits, “Should I Stay…?” from 2000, I have about 13 of her songs in my collection.

    I love that Chumbawumba tune (despite the fact that it is a dumb drinking song lol), kinda reminds me some of Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Dive” tune from 1999. Chumba… did have a Top 10 UK follow-up called “Amnesia” before disappearing from the charts once again.

    I was never a huge fan of the Pretenders when I was a teen, but some of their songs have grown on me over the years. “2000 Miles” (1983) and “Hymn To Her” (1986) are faves of mine by them.

    Your choice, Sadi, would be one of my top 3 fave Style Council tunes, along with “Long Hot Summer” (1983) and “It Didn’t Matter” (1987), with “Shout To The Top” a close 4th.

    That U2 song you mention would be in my top 5 fave U2 songs, I think, Sadi, “The Unforgettable Fire” (1984, which preceded “With Or…”) is my all-time fave of theirs.

    Alanis is a fave of my niece’s, she started in Canada in 1991, and had 2 albums before “Jagged Little Pill” came out in 1995. I liked a few of her later songs (“Thank You”, “Uninvited”) but not a huge fan.

    I had no idea that Dylan and Baez were an item at one time! I guess you knew Hynde and Kerr (from Simple Minds) were married in the 1980’s for a while, huh?

  • Sadi!

    great to have you and the List back, and glad, of course, that you are feeling better! *hugzz*

    Great List…..U2 is one of my favorite bands of all time, and “With or Without You” is such an awesome song…the whole album is, really, but that one certainly stands out.

    I like Sinead O’Connor, I loved her like in ’88 before she really went nuts!

    The Pretenders’ “Brass in Pocket”….all I can say is I LOVE it. I hear it at work all the time, we play a lot of ’80s stuff in the restaurant where I work, and I can’t help but think “what a cool f-ing song!”

    And finally…Alanis…..*sigh* I can’t say much more than I love her. She’s got such a beautiful voice, and her lyrics are sheer poetry. “Ironic” is a good song and I love it, but it’s not in my top 10 favorites of her catalogue of music. She has so many great ones, I’m not sure I could rank them, even. Have you heard the version on her Acoustic CD?? It’s much better than the original. The maturity in her voice adds depth to the entire album.

  • Hey Scott B ~ what is your MySpace URL – i don’t know how that works so can you post it here for me please? that would be great if you could – i’d love to see what you have… thanks.. : )

  • Scott Butki

    my myspace

    As for the list, my favorite u2 song is Sweetest thing and silver and gold.

  • Hey Steve – gosh, i am going to try to address all of your comments but will no doubt miss a few so you’ll have to mention again to catch me up…

    we agree on the style council – Long Hot Summer is one of my favorite songs of all time… i think it made The List last summer (bien sur) appropriately, and so i couldn’t use it again and Shout to the Top too.. there are just so many great one’s to choose from… plus there are The Jam days as well…

    As for Gabrielle.. i don’t know their/her/them to well, just a few songs so you’ll have to turn me onto the best of the best so that i can download; now you know i like that one song a lot, what would you suggest next or next TWO that i download in same vein? any ideas? let me know…

    about dylan and baaz – yup… dylan was never good at break-ups so he just did these sort of overlaps … he was with suze when he met baez and they just sort of ‘found out’ about each other. It Ain’t Me Babe was likely written after the fact, but certainly not something that Dylan would have presented as a break-up or any obvious sign, at least, not to my knowledge. In fact, the way Sara (his wife) met Joan Baez was after his motorcycle accident in 1966 when Baez went to be with him in the hospital and the two basically met over his hospital bed or so the story goes… i’m not sure if it’s quite so literal but it’s something along those lines… pretty amazing when you think about it, tho Baez seems to have retained a pretty good sense of humor about it all if you saw the Scorsece documentary she took it all in stride… quite funny to her in any case… good for her, tant mieux right – so much the better…

    2000 Miles by the Pretenders is a great song ~ we agree on that; i like the Pretenders and though not a huge huge fan, there are some songs i do like a great deal, like Brass in Pocket which i just though was done so well by Johannssen in Lost in Translation (even if you hated the film, her Karaoke version was great)with that pink wig and all…

    More… can’t remember rest right now… will get back to you later; must get other work done.

    Thanks for you patience with this…. all – and for keeping up the Sadi checks… ; ) That helped keep my spirit up…

  • Hey Scott B – what album is that on (U2 song) and also, thanks for MySpace link.. am off to check it out right now… (zoommmmm)

  • hey Chantal —

    thanks for all good wishes and ((((xoxox)))) back at ya, kiddo… been rough coupla weeks… but no complaints… sort of ironic in a way, but won’t get into that… just funny i got so sick after last lists; that would happen after that; serves me right; don’t tempt the gods!

    Brass in Pocket, yes, a great song.

    We agree about Alanis – she is far better acoustic than studio…her voice is allowed to really shine and is not as over-produced…i prefer a lot of bands this way (unplugged, that is)…and so have a lot of unplugged CDs in my collection. Should do a list of just unplugged only…

    With or Without You is from their true breakthrough album which is why i think it stands out so much… i mean, you could pick other songs that you like from other albums and i think they are great great songs, like One, which i simply love, but at the same time, it was not a break through for them. I chose this song b/c it was a breakthrough for them.

    As i’ve said to all here, thx. for your patience and support while i was sick. that means everything and apologies for this…you’ve all been great… thx. for that…

    i’m glad you like this list.. i tried to put something here for everyone; hard to; did you like the Sinead pick or no? Just curious..

  • Scott Butki

    I think they were both b-sides but you can get
    them on eps or such.

    The link should be showing as live on this post. Let’s see if it works.

  • Steve

    Sadi, if you go to http://www.allmusic.com, and punch in Gabrielle’s name you will find her “Dreams Come True – Greatest Hits Vol. 1” (2001) in her Discography under Compilations. You can hear 30 second snippets of her 11 hits plus 3 ‘new’ songs. I don’t have any of her albums so all I know of her is on that album.

    Glad to have you back Sadi.

  • Steve

    Re. “Sweetest Thing” and “Silver & Gold”, the former was redone for their “1980-1990 Best Of…” (although I have heard some say the original was better but haven’t heard it myself) and the latter was on the “Rattle & Hum” album.

  • Steve

    Re. U2, I guess that was their North American debut (1987) as the superstars they are today, though they did have top ten UK hits in 1983 (“New Year’s Day”) and 1984 (“Pride In The Name Of Love”, which was actually bigger than “With Or…” in the UK).

  • Scott Butki

    There are a couple versions of Sweetest thing and silver and gold. They do good live versions of the latter. I also really like their live version of Maggies Farm.
    But I haven’t been able to stand listening to u2 much since zoo tv when i think they started to believe their own hype.

  • Scott Butki

    The reason I mentioned my my space page was that I picked King Missle’s song about God being cool as my song choice. I was introduced to the song by one of your earlier lists. (I’ve been going back and commenting and downloading songs from your earlier lists.)

    Anyway I only have like four comments on my page but one of them is from the band thanking me for picking their song.
    So that’s cool.

    Plus I just like that people will hear that song and go ok does this mean he’s religious, blasphemous or what?

    Speaking of which how about a list of songs about God? Dear God would definitely be high on the list.

    I’m thinking of doing a list some time of the song – and the various covers of it – I put a spell on you. And if you don’t know that one then you have to turn in your music journalist badge.

    Speaking of which I’d be honored if you’d take a look at my piece about music journalism.

  • Scott – will check out the My Space link being live now and all – glad to take a look at your piece on music journalism but need a few days to catch up if you can spare them.. i’m totally swamped with work now since i was behind a bit… ya know how it goes… but i’ll catch up…

  • Steve, thanks for Allmusic link – will check out Gabrille’s stuff over there…under Dreams Come True… if any specific songs, do recommend… i’d be curious…

  • Steve

    Sadi, my faves of Gabrielle’s are –
    “Should I Stay” (UK#13/2000)
    “Dreams” (UK#1/1993)
    “Going Nowhere” (UK#9/1993)
    “Rise” (samples “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan)(UK#1/2000)
    “Walk On By” (UK#7/1997) (yes, the one originally done by Dionne Warwick)
    “When A Woman” (UK#6/2000)

  • Scott Butki

    Take your time.

  • Hey Scott ~ will be there tomorrow after i get back from the studio… so, sometime in the late afternoon — am looking forward to it!!! can’t wait to check it out… : ) I’m really glad the column is turning people onto new music – that’s what i’ve been hoping for and also bringing back old music as well that has been forgotten so a mixture of both, some weeks more than the less… but either is fine…

    looking foward and speak soon,


  • Scott B., heya ~~ i saw King Missile on your MySpace site – nice site, btw — and thanks for the mention… i’m glad you like the song that much; it’s good to turn people onto new music.. ; )

  • Scott Butki

    Thanks. What other songs of theirs should I check out?

  • scott: pick up The Way To Salvation. you can’t go wrong with “The Story of Willy” and, one of my favorite song titles, “The Boy Who Ate Lasagna And Could Jump Over A Chruch”.

  • Scott Butki

    I’ll check it out. Thanks for the tip

  • Steve

    Hey, Sadi, have you checked out the Gabrielle tunes yet?

  • yeah, Scott, you’re Welcome – do check it out….

    and you’re most welcome…. not a problem at all… ; )

  • hey Steve:

    hadn’t had a chance to download yet, but will try to today; been insanely busy trying to get podcast script done so must finish that up today or my Editor will literally kill me… but i’ll get that done and then will download the songs you suggest.,. should be able to find the… hey, do you know the title or who sings that song that goes, ” you had a bad day…” blah blah blah… i know it’s poppy and popular (over probably) but i like it anyhow, tho why i don’t know, just a song of the moment i suppose but any how, i’m trying to sort out who does it and the name of it and figured if anyone knows it it’s you or chantal….

    ta ev…

  • Steve

    Hey, Sadi, was just checking out someone else’s list (early 00’s) and I discovered that Sia (a former ‘listee’ of yours) had worked with Zero 7, and I do have their “Destiny” tune that was featured in the 2002 film “Blue Crush” (about the girl surfers, did you see it?). So at least now I can say I know what Sia sounds like! I wasn’t crazy about the lyrics to the “Destiny” song, but the music was nice enough.

  • Steve

    Sadi, “Bad Day” is by a Canadian named Daniel Powter and can be found on his self-titled 2005 debut album.

  • Steve – am downloading right now – thanks a lot!!! we’ll see if it comes through… thanks a ton… silly pop but am in the mood. Rather reminds me of of Thank You by Dido for some reason… okay, back to work for me…

  • Steve

    Cool, Sadi.

  • Steve

    Hey, Sadi, any idea when the next list is going to be?

  • to be totally honest probably by friday or saturday – does that sound reasonable? i’m trying to be reasonable and not make promises i can’t keep… so that is about right for what i can do… hope that works for you all.. : )

  • Steve

    Sounds good Sadi.

  • Scott Butki

    Sadi, have you figured out my email address yet? You can get it via my my space page.

    I was just sitting in a music class, subbing for the music conductor, and reading your lists of the moment.
    I want to get that Dylan live song (it’s alright, ma) and a few others you mentioned.

    I realized I don’t think you’ve mentioned any Beautiful South or Housemartins songs but I would think you’d like them.
    Or how about the The?

  • Steve

    I’m familiar with those bands too, Scott. I’m also curious as to how Sadi feels about them.

  • Steve

    Hey, Sadi,
    Just wondering when the new List will be out. Any ideas?

  • Scott, didn’t get your email address via MySpace but wasn’t looking for it so will have to go back and check. Are you on MSN or something? or Yahoo? Anyway… to answer your questions – i know The The but i ‘m trying to remember their HUGE hit with ‘from a pair of watering eyes…” is one line… the heck is the name of that song? I can’t remember it, though it would be a good one for the list… but i cannot remember the name of it… it was Huge and i can’t seem to find it… also , i think i found the name of the new iPod commercial song… “Cubicle” by Rhinoceros, but can’t seem to find a download of it… can someone point me in the right direction. Everywhere i go, they don’t have it… so i want to be doubly sure it’s the right song before putting it on any list….

    The Dylan Song “It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” is a great song, or also known as “It’s alright ma, i’m only bleeding, ho ho ho” which comes from a live concert he gave and used that line over and over in each performance. He really was as he said, a song and dance man…. or is, i should say. He’s putting out a new album…. it should be interesting…i’m curiuos anyway… not sure of release date but dying to know…

  • Hey Steve, don’t hate me… i’m’ still getting it together and keeping a list of what i’ve already included on the list so i don’t repeat (all too easy to do), so i’m trying to keep a consistent list…. once i have finished up with that, hopefully today, then i’ll have the other part for you – the next list that is….

    cheers, = sade

  • Steve

    Re. The The, here is a list of their UK top 40 hits, not sure which one you are referring to Sadi (as you may recall, I’m not good at remembering lyrics!) –

    Heartland (UK#29/1986)
    The Beaten Generation (UK#18/1989)
    Dogs Of Lust (UK#25/1993)
    Slow Emotion Replay (UK#35/1993)
    Love Is Stronger Than Death (UK#39/1993)
    I Saw The Light (UK#31/1995)
    also a “Disinfected” EP made #17 in 1994 there.

    Can’t say I recall the iPod commercial at the moment.

    Good idea about keeping a consistent list, Sadi. Looking forward to the next one.

  • Steve

    The only 2 The The songs I have are “Infected” (1986) and “The Beaten Generation” (1989).

  • Steve ~ i remembered the name of the The The song last night and it will be on the next list – it’s called “Uncertain Smile” i believe – do you remember that one?

  • Scott Butki

    That is one of my favorite songs. There’s also a
    great extended version of that.

  • Steve

    No, I’m not Sadi, I believe it’s on their 1983 album “Soul Mining”, album version is almost 7 minutes long.

  • Steve

    oops, excuse my typo, Sadi, I meant to say ‘I’m not familiar with that one’. Just noticed after re-reading comments #41 and #43 lol.

  • all, still have not finished with list…. will let you know when it’s done… usual and so on… Scott The The should be on there, tho can’t promise….

    rock on all… ; ) sade

  • Steve

    OK, Sadi.

  • Steve

    Do you reckon the List will be ready this weekend, Sadi?

  • with utter certainty because i have it done and need to fill it out, but yes… i just need to fill out. my own fault and i apologize as ever… ; ) but sure thing. thx. for kicking me in the butt.

  • Steve

    Cool, Sadi.

  • Steve

    Hey Sadi, how’s it going with the List?

  • Steve

    Sorry, Sadi, I just found it lol.

  • great!!