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.


The Ramones – Cartoons

Posted in Music, Random by jukeboxparables on March 20, 2009

Ok so I stumbled on some epic Ramones cartoons and especially a site called ladroncomix Here’s a collection of the artists work as well as a few others found on the net.






This last one is not by ladroncomix.

The Ramones! – Coming to Australia… Err?

Posted in Music by jukeboxparables on March 20, 2009

I’m so torn over this. I don’t know what to do. Marky Ramone, drummer of 3part deceased band the Ramones is bringing his current band Blitzkrieg! on tour to Australia. They’re fronted by Michale Graves (ex-Misfits) and wait for it… they’re going to be playing Ramones songs.

Frankly this can’t be good. It’d be like Dave Grohl reforming Nirvana with…. Axl Rose on vocals. I’m just wondering how much of a butcher job it’s going to be. Do I dare consider going to see the sole surviving member of the Ramones and jump around to essentially what is a Ramones cover band?

08 April The Corner Hotel VIC
09 April Manning Bar – Sydney University NSW
11 April Club Capitol WA
13 April Governor Hindmarsh Hotel SA
14 April Step Inn QLD

I need to think long and hard about this. I suppose it could be worth a look see. It might be a fun night out and they might actually do a good job / pay tribute to them in the right way. Then again It could be like watching a car crash in slow motion.

I suppose either way there’s some pay-off. Hmmmm the Ramones are one of my favourite bands mainly because sometimes its great to take a break from deep layered music and put on something that’s fun and lighthearted. Considered one of the classic 3 original punk bands of the original punk era, they have since been tagged with the ‘simple 3-chord progression fast and loud’ approach to song writing. I actually see a bit more to them, I find myself comparing their song writing to classic 50’s and 60’s Pop/Rock’n’Roll/Swing. You can hear it in the rhythms and some of the vocal melodies and ranges. For example listen to Joey doing his thing in the following clip; Of course you have to be able to hear that through the actual aforementioned short-fast-loud 3chord simple song change-ups! More on this sometime soon.

EDIT:: I should probably state Tommy is of course still alive. Marky did spend most time at the helm of the sticks though.