Forgotten Five-Stars

After I got my new iPod I assigned myself the fun (though tedious) task of taking all of my CDs that wouldn’t fit on my first iPod and putting them on my computer since my new iPod held 3x as much music. This meant putting on a lot of albums that weren’t really in the front of my head and that, quite often, I hadn’t listened to since high school or college.

All in all, it ended up being 2270 songs = 8.5 days of music.

While I definitely increased the amount of “filler” songs on my iPod/computer, there were definitely some gems among the bunch. Although I haven’t had a chance to come close to listening to all of them, so far I have rated (and I don’t rate all songs I listen to — maybe only 1/3 or 1/2 of them) 208 songs. Of those 208, 22 have been rated with five stars, which means I absolutely love them.

I wanted to share those five-star songs (ordered alphabetically by artist):

  • “Super-Connected” by Belly from the album King
  • “King” by Belly from the album King
  • “Dancing Gold” by Belly from the Slow Dust EP
  • “Dusted” by Belly from the album Star
  • “Resigned” by Blur from the album Modern Life Is Rubbish
  • “Does This Hurt?” by the Boo Radleys from the album Everything’s Alright Forever
  • “Saints” (live version) by the Breeders from the Live in Stockholm EP (this one sort of doesn’t count since the original version, from Last Splash has always been a five-star song)
  • “Hallo Spaceboy” by David Bowie from Outside
  • “Stem/Long Stem/Transmission 2” by DJ Shadow from Entroducing…
  • “Popcorn” by Gershon Kingsley from At Home With the Groovebox (a groovebox-created cover of the original ’70s hit)
  • “Tick Tock” by the Kelley Deal 6000 from Go to the Sugar Altar
  • “Mr. Goodnight” by the Kelley Deal 6000 from Go to the Sugar Altar
  • “If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next” by the Manic Street Preachers from This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours
  • “South Side” by Moby from the “South Side” single (the version featuring Gwen Stefani)
  • “Aneurysm” by Nirvana from Incesticide
  • “Much Ado About Nothing Left” by Orbital from The Altogether
  • “Special K” by Placebo from Black Market Music
  • “Allergic (To Thoughts of Mother Earth)” by Placebo from Without You I’m Nothing
  • “Every You Every Me” by Placebo from Without You I’m Nothing
  • “New Patterns” by Q-Burns Abstract Message from Feng Shui
  • “Tegan” by Sing-Sing from The Joy of Sing-Sing
  • “Say Goodbye” by the Throwing Muses from The Real Ramona

Of all those, I have to say that the real “lost treasure” was “King” by Belly. I always knew that “Super-Connected” was a great song, but I forgot how much I loved “King.” It’s too bad that King (the album) tanked so bad and the group broke up.

Stuff like this is what I wanted a 60GB iPod for. I love rediscovering music I may have forgotten about. If all I had was my old 20G, I wouldn’t have gone through my old CDs and I wouldn’t have remembered how much I missed some of these songs.

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