Lucky called this one California Lowball. The character of this music is much how I picture Lucky...fun, likeable, and not offensive in any way.
---Me, too, but maybe slightly offensive. ;)
Leroy - Good Time
This is a party song...the kind that if everyone knew the words, they'd drunkenly sing along.
---The song lives up to its title. Godd thing it wasn't called "Mutilated Donkey Butts."
Kings of Leon - The Bucket List
Good follow up to the first track.
---British pop? I thought these guys were from Nashville. Great track either way.
Roy Ayers - Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Ah, this song is as smooth as Billy Dee Williams pitching Colt .45. I like the 70's soul feel to this. If this were in a blaxploitation film, it would be the background music while the hero is driving around the ghetto trying to wrestle with his inner demons.
---This song doesn't do much because it doesn't need to do much. Cool and a half.
Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels
I always liked Tears for Fears back in their hey-day. Right before they became famous, a kid from my school called me to ask if I wanted to go see them at a small venue in downtown Detroit. Since I'd never heard of them and didn't want to spend the $13 on a band that might suck, I said no. He begged and begged me to go and I'll always remember that he said they were going to be bigger than the Beatles.
I found out 15 years later that he's gay, and ever since then I've wondered if that's why he wanted me to go with him so badly.
---My first concert was Blackfoot in Asheville, NC. I was 8. I went with my parents, but it counts because we were on the floor. Early preparation for later moshpits. Anyway, I can listen to this song anytime, anywhere.
Fountains of Wayne - Stacy's Mom
---Fun track that still sounds good. But The Rembrandts did the Friends theme song, not these guys.
The Specials - Ghost Town
Another song I always liked from the MTV era.
---Nice trompet work, mon.
The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
This is a good use of sampling but it reminds me of some Mr. Scruff songs you can only listen to infrequently or the novelty wears off.
---Sweet track. I love this kind of stuff when it's done well. Like here.
The Coral - Dreaming of You
This song sounds entertaining at first, but then tires out quickly...kind of like the TV show you discovered it on.
---I like the singers voice, and the song is pleasant enough.
The Eels - Fresh Feeling
Hey, Lucky...at the end of the credits did they have an ad for the background music?
---This is The Eels? I've heard this a lot and never knew. The Eels are good, just ask mmyers.
Melissa Williamson - You're Not Here
This song was a little to melodramatic and overproduced for my tastes.
---Her voice sounds familiar, and the ending guitar part sounds like "New Year's Day" by U2.
Avenged Sevenfold - A Little Piece of Heaven
This has so many Oingo Boingo/Danny Elfman cues in it I can't mention them all. A lot of this tune reminds me of Nasty Habits, though.
---Decide if you want to be silly or serious. Then come back. Still might grow on me, though.
KoRn - Word Up!
YES! I can't wait to bust this out at my next sexy party.
--Ha, sexy party! Saw that episode of Family Guy tonight. On a sour note, I don't think KoRn did anything unique or unusual with this besides play it. I'll take the original any time.
Cynthia Harrel - Snake Eater
I agree with the spy noir comparison--I was thinking it was a Connery era Bond film reject.
---Damn it, I was going to say it was a Bond spoof. Even so, it's pretty damn good.
Mike Doughty - 27 Jennifers
This might be my favorite track on this disc. I am still a big fan of Soul Coughing, but I've found Doughty's solo stuff kind of boring. This could easily pass for a Soul Coughing song.
---I like the idea of this song more than the song itself. Sort of how I feel about Soul Coughing overall.
Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4
More 80's Choad concert trivia here. Chicago was the first band I saw in concert (besides the Beach Boys, but I was with my parents, so that doesn't count). In this case, my sister's friend backed out at the last minute, so she dragged me along and made me pay for my ticket. I think the only Chicago song I knew then was Saturday In The Park because my sister played it all the time. I didn't really enjoy the show all that much and because of that, I was always leery when somebody tried to get me to pay for a concert for a band I'd never heard of, like Tears for Fears.
I probably heard this song a few years later when I got more into music, and I've always liked it.
---I've heard this song about 25 x 6 x 4 times over the years. It's decent enough, but I've never been a big Chicago fan. And I'm really glad none of my girlfriends (or secretly gay boy friends) tried to take me to see them in the 80s. Ugh.
Andrew Bird - Tables and Chairs
There's nothing wrong with this song, but it doesn't do much for me.
---This one is fun. If you like it, then you probably liked TheGov's track by William D. Drake.
Braincells & Snappleman - Scrambled Eggman
U2 - It's a Beautiful Day
Because of this song, I can't say, "It's a beautiful day," without mocking Bono. I watched an episode of Iconoclasts earlier today where Michael Stipe and Mario Battali went to a U2 show together and they showed those two old queens, one fat, one bald, dancing and singing along to this tune. It really ruined it.
---Just when we thought U2 had joined the choir invisible, they released "Beautiful Day" and made Bono relevant again. Bastards! It is a damn fine song, though.