Triple J – Hottest 100 of All Time!

Posted in Music, Random by jukeboxparables on June 14, 2009

Triple J (JJJ) Also known as Australia’s national broadcaster are holding their hottest 100 of all time music poll again. For either the fourth or fifth time depending on how you look at it. Basically every year since 1989 the station has run an end of year “What is the best song of all time poll” In where bands/songs from any era could be chosen. This ran from 1989 to 1991. Joy Division came in at #1 in ’89 and ’90 with “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit” got #1 in 1991 (Joy Division came in at #2)

In 1993 after a year off the format was changed to a year-in-review hottest 100 in-where people could vote for what they perceived as the best songs of the previous year (singles released in that year)

In 1998 as an almost 10-year Anniversary the ‘all time’ poll happened again. Nirvana – “Smells like Teen Spirit” got #1 whilst Hunters & Collectors – “Throw Your Arms Around Me” was #2.

Check out all the stats here

Anyway, besides what you may think about this poll; It is the Biggest public music poll on the planet (by votes counted) So I don’t see it as a bad thing at all, besides what the whingers out there say.

And It’s being run again, 10years since the last one!

Sure it is hard to vote; How do you vote for songs? By what you think is technically a better song? Or do you just go by what you love the most? It get’s yet more complicated when you start thinking about other people and how they’ll vote. For example; What’s the point of me voting for “INSERT_OBSCURE_SONG” because no one else is sure as hell not going to vote for it. So my vote won’t even show in the 100, I might as well vote my favourite bands hit single right? Well that’s how the line of thought goes I think.

Anyway because I’m usually all over the place musically I’ve decided not to vote in a certain way ie “only the best technical songs” rather I’m going to mix and match and here’s the way my vote is going:

*Note; You get to vote for 10songs in no order*. Get voting here; It’s open to everyone. Yes I’ve added links for viewing pleasure.

#The Beatles – Twist & Shout
#The Temptations – My Girl
#Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
#David Bowie – Life On Mars?
#Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
#Nirvana – Drain You
#Radiohead – Karma Police
#The Smiths – This Charming Man
#At The Drive-In – 198d
#Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot

Yes, Yes It’s oh so hard sometimes. Choosing Nirvana, The Ramones and Sonic Youth’s “best” song was particularly the hardest… I’ve gone with the ‘popular’ Ramones choice likewise Sonic Youth but I’ve chosen Drain You over Teen Spirit… (and a sea of others) So darn hard to decide! :s

Bands just outside the Top10 for me: The Clash, Cap’n Jazz, Gang of Four, Blur, Iggy Pop, Muse, Bloc Party. Oh what a travesty to leave them out!

Voting closes Sunday 28th June 2009 – midnight AEST.


Young at heart / Old in mind?

Posted in Random by jukeboxparables on March 25, 2009

I came to a small realisation yesterday. After posting an ad for new band members I promptly received two rather interesting replies. The ad itself wasn’t over the top, it was short and to the point and attempted to encompass the range of music my band and I are hoping to make.

The first reply came from a rather eloquent guy whose been in heaps of bands since the 80’s all of which seemed rad, the only problem being a rather large age gap (It’s only a problem because it leads to a divide in interest) The second reply was much the same. Both people also had interesting anecdotes to share about some of the bands I’d mentioned.

One was adamant that after seeing both Joy Division and Gang of Four live that GoF were all over them in the live show performance department. This was pretty amazing to hear. Imagine having seen both these bands in their original era/prime?

I thought that email was something until the next person; I asked if he was experienced/been around/in bands; he stated he is originally from the UK and had seen Joy Division and met Ian Curtis back stage after one of their shows.

Both guys we’re in their 40’s from what I can gather. And as yet we’ve received no other replies. This lead me to question if I’ve been born in the right era…. and why oh why no one (except my band mates) and certain friends share a love for good music. Or what we perceive as good music. Are we 40yr olds trapped in 20-somethings’ bodies!?

Then again, my love of music isn’t confined to one certain era/decade it spans most of them but It’s a bit of a mind bend when you realise most of the people out there who are into the same music as you are twice your age or more.

But It’s too easy to say the best music is classic stuff and not stuff happening right now. Because in a sense we pick and choose the best music from certain time periods and completely disregard all the crap that existed back then. This is why, now and always music from ‘back in the day’ will trump ‘present day’ movements. It’s only with retrospect that the bands of today will be rated as having stood the test of time.