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Well, I will be the first to put up an in-depth review of one of Frank's mixes. As I said before, only a couple songs didn't appeal to me, but they were still good for background music between good songs.
- Queen- "Who Wants To Live Forever" I've always been a big fan of Queen. I remember hearing Bohemian Rhapsody while watching the first Wayne's World movie, asking about the song, and then listening to every song I could find by Queen afterwards. This is a song I hadn't heard before, and I fell in love with it. It's a lot slower and loftier than their other songs, but Freddie Mercury rocks the **** out of the vocals in it.
- Ben Kweller- "Penny on the Train Track" I had to listen to this one a couple times before it really got me. Each time I caught a little more of the lyrics and that's what really got me. The music is cool, but this is one of those songs where the lyrics combined with the music really make it good. Cut one out and all you have is something so-so. I like songs like that because it takes talent in my opinion to create two elements that compliment each other so well.
- Mama Cass Elliot- "Make Your Own Kind of Music" I'll admit, I was skeptical about this one. I grew up listening to music from that era, but the light, folksy stuff never really grew on me. (I grit my teeth every time "Me and Bobby McGhee" comes on the radio...) But I gave this one a chance and it was pretty good. It's not something I think I would want to hear on a regular basis, but it's a fun song and it's probably going to go on my playlist of songs for when I'm in a bad mood, because it really picks you up.
- Catch 22- "Kristina She Don't Know I Exist" This was one of the 'meh' songs. It had a nice beat and a catchy tune, but it was too repetitive. With repetitious songs they have to be just right or they start to bug me after about a minute.
- Harvey Danger- "Happiness Writes White" This song was interesting, to say the least. Every time I listen to it, I can't remember how it goes afterwards but I remember that I really liked it. That being said, I can't really say why I like it, but I do.
- Linkin Park- "Hands Held High" I really wish they'd play this on the radio instead of that stupid "Bleed Out" song. This one is better written, incredibly deep, and more than worth the time it takes to listen to it all the way through. The lyrics really spoke to me, which is something I have to hand to Linkin Park because before I just liked them because I thought their music had a good sound.
- Scissor Sisters- "Kiss You Off" Yes, Frank, it does sound like a gay disco revival, but as someone who has the soundtracks to Rent and The Phantom of the Opera (movie and stage production) on his computer, a gay disco song fits in just fine. I like it. I think it's a great song. The name sounds like something a punk or emo band would have, but the sound is much better than any emo butt-rock could ever be.
- Big D & The Kids Table- "Voice Alone" You went out on a limb, but you made the grade with this song. I love most ska I listen to, and this is no exception. My dad turned me on to ska with a cd by Fighting Gravity (then called Boy O Boy, but they changed their name when they signed a deal because there was already a band with that name on a label), and this kind of reminds me of them. It was similar enough to what I like to make me want to hear more, but different enough to keep me interested once I got into it.
- The Offspring- "Dirty Magic" I like anything and everything I've ever heard by the Offspring. 'Nuff said.
- Potshot- "Time" This was a weird song, but a good weird. A lot of Japanese music imported here is crazy techno crap that gets boring after the first thirty seconds, but this was a nice surprise.
- Bad Religion- "Epiphany" I also like everything and anything I've ever heard by Bad Religion. This is no exception.
- Gogol Bordello- "Not A Crime" I can't say I didn't dislike this song, but I didn't dislike it entirely. It had a good beat, I liked the music, but the same lyrics repeated over and over got on my nerves after a while. I would like it a lot better with the vocals removed.
- Metallica- "Fade to Black" I can't say I've been a fan of Metallica for very long, but I will say that I at least liked St. Anger. I can't fault them for wanting to do something different, and I think it was pretty good. However, their old stuff, like this song, does have more of the hardcore kick and I think that's what really made a lot of fans lose heart with St. Anger.
- Protest the Hero- "Turn Soonest To The Sea" Yes, BF, I want a copy of the album. I love the complex ballads that are so prevalent in classic rock but so hard to find in music these days, and to know there's a band that can write and play like that nowadays is great news.
- Rhapsody of Fire- "Heart of the Darklands" This song is being added to my "Game Night" playlist. It's got the mood for the background music of a D&D game, especially for any sort of high tension setting. It'll probably also be added to the music I listen to while I'm writing my stories to help me get into the scene.
- DragonForce- "Through the Fire and Flames" I had heard of DragonForce before, but had never heard any of their songs until now. Like Rhapsody of Fire, they are going on my D&D and writing lists. I was listening to it on the way home from work today, and I kept thinking of the episode of Metalocalypse where Swissgard was doing a music video sequence and battling dragons with his guitar. Except that in my mind he was playing DragonForce instead of his DethKlok riffs.
It was such a waste of everyone’s time and money that even the Tokyo stadium’s **** robots apologized– something they were programmed specifically never to do.