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nostalgia playlists.

so hieu got me on this kick of creating some youtube playlists of music that i either listened to passionately or had some strong representation for me in my youth. the general premise is that we had better music back then, or at least that there was more variety in what was considered "mainstream" or at least underground mainstream music (by which i mean may-have-not-played-regularly-during-the-day-but-was-regularly-on-special-shows-like-120-minutes-or-headbanger's-ball-mainstream music), and that it's worth sharing to an audience who aren't aware that this stuff existed and might care to.

i've created four playlists so far, and plan on creating some more to represent other cateogries i haven't covered yet (rap, rock/prog rock) as well as expanding some of the categories i already have in place. for those that are interested in what i've done so far - here's the sort of stuff i listened to growing up. Note that the categories are rough (e.g. Ministry in the 'metal' section) and that i tried to pick the particularly personally meaningful music/videos or the music/videos i feel have a striking video or audio presentation (e,g, 'The Blade' is not one of FLA's strongest songs, but it was the first video i ever saw with seizure inducing video effects).

comments are welcome and encouraged. hope you enjoy.

electronic/industial 1:

  1. What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) - Information Society
  2. Mindphaser - Front Line Assembly
  3. True Faith - New Order
  4. My Kingdom - Future Sound of London
  5. Blume - Einsturzende Neubauten (i actually never heard this song before i found it on youtube, but none of the stuff from the albums i listened to in high school have music videos)
  6. Life is Life - Laibach
  7. Walking Away - Information Society
  8. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
  9. The Blade - Front Line Assembly
  10. We Have Explosive - Future Sound of London

120 minutes 1:

This list is organized roughly by volume, loudest to quietest

  1. Seattle - Public Image Limited
  2. Cuts You Up - Peter Murphy
  3. Born of Frustration - James
  4. Lovecats - The Cure
  5. Rusty Cage - Soundgarden
  6. Beds are Burning - Midnight Oil
  7. This Corrosion - Sisters of Mercy
  8. Disappointed - Public Image Limited
  9. Birthday - The Sugarcubes
  10. Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before - The Smiths

Metal 1:

  1. Hangar 18 - Megadeth
  2. Raining Blood - Slayer
  3. Mouth for War - Pantera
  4. Bring the Noise - Anthrax and Public Enemy
  5. Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck - Prong
  6. Cult of Personality - Living Colour
  7. Signs of Discontent - Candiria
  8. Trial By Fire - Testament
  9. Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry
  10. Got the Time? - Anthrax

fantastically weird:

  1. Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
  2. Push Th' Little Daisies - Ween
  3. Fish Heads - Barnes and Barnes
  4. Don't Let's Start - They Might Be Giants
  5. Martin Scorsese - King Missile
  6. Bedrock Anthem - Weird Al
  7. The Bubblemen are Coming - Love and Rockets
  8. It's a Wonderful Life - Fishbone
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  10. -

i hate ending posts with an LJ-cut, so... how about those red wings?

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May. 18th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
devo is pretty fantastic. i haven't decided which video of theirs i'm going to use. it's not going to be 'whip it'.

Kraftwerk is something i've only listened to a little bit of. i know that they were the big reason why industrial music became mainstream at all, but the first band i ever listened to and thus latched on to for that was FLA and their alter-egos of Delerium and Intemrix. I listened to a couple of albums by Kraftwerk in retrospect after that, but they faded into obscurity for me, being of the sort like John Cage (or maybe more accurately La Monte Young) whose influence i know much more than i actually know his music in and of itself.
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May. 18th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
again, my era of listening to the alternative scene was after the joy division years. the only joy division song i really know is the one that the lead singer wrote as his suicide song. i forget the name of it, but i remember the video very well. aside from that, my knowledge of joy division is pretty null. same, really, with peter murphy/love and rockets versus bauhaus.

the idea of electronic music being sci-fi based feels like a stigma that was sort of around at the time, but i also think that the music i have posted on that list and some of the other stuff sets itself apart from that to a degree. I don't really cosnider InSoc as being sci-fi related as much as just dance music that was more akin to the white man's answer to hip hop. The FLA/KMFDM/Skinny Puppy etc. stuff just felt angry to me, the electronic version of heavy metal. New Order/Depeche Mode etc. was the elctronic music version of alternative rock. so i associate them more with their close musical hybrid counterparts than i do the idea that they belong to a partiuclar genre of tv/literature whatever like sci-fi.

contrasted with kraftwerk. kraftwerk is historic in the same way that the early music of young/reich/glass/riley is historic in the context of minimalist music. post minimalist music is much much different than its roots, an evolved hybrid, and i feel that the electronic stuff from my list is similarly a hybrid.

and in a way that helps, because the newer stuff helps give me the ideas that the kraftwerk can be associated with what it is that electronic music became versus what it is that people associated it with up to that point, which works itself in kraftwerk's favor.

if that makes sense. i'm typing fast and not thinking about it because i'm at work and just wanted to be sure i got this thought down.
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May. 18th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
i know you love metallica, man, but quite frankly i don't like them all that much.

Well, i'll qualify that. '...And Justice for All' is a decent album and all of their stuff from before that was okay (the tracks that i've heard), but i was going for official videos on these lists as opposed to fan made or live performances, and the only video they made from that time period was "One". I don't think anything after that is really worth nostalgia except maybe "The Unforgiven" and that got tainted when they decided to make a sequel song that was horrible.
May. 18th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
it's been a real treat listening to all this music i've never come across before. but yeah, good music is not as explicitly mainstream as it was back a while ago.
May. 19th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
^ fucking truth.

I might do something like this thanks to you you crazy Mendel
May. 19th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
please do. always interested to see what other people are into. :)
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