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  • Questions About My Top 50

    16 May 2009, 15:50

    1. How did you get into 29? Johnny Cash
    I heard "Walk the Line" on WFUV while learning to drive in a rainstorm and downloaded the Sun singles collection shortly thereafter.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? Thursday
    "Understanding in a Car Crash."

    3. What's your favorite lyric by 33? My Bloody Valentine
    In the song "Sueisfine," where the title phrase slowly morphs into "suicide."

    4. How did you get into 49? Black Sabbath
    My guitar teacher tried to teach me the title song on a dark, stormy night.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? Beck
    Five, they're all great.

    6. What is your favorite song by 50? My Chemical Romance
    "Welcome to the Black Parade."

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? Of Montreal
    I guess "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" isn't the happiest song in the world.

    8. What is your favorite song by 15? R.E.M.
    "Imitation of Life."

    9. What is your favorite song by 5? Neutral Milk Hotel
    "Two-Headed Boy."

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? Animal Collective
    "The Purple Bottle."

    11. What is the worst song by 40? Don't think I could say.

    12. What is your favorite song by 10? Okkervil River
    "Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe."

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30? U2
    I guess a lot my adolescence was spent discovering them, particularly their 90's "Berlin" stuff like Achtung Baby and Zooropa.

    14. What is your favorite song by 38? Judas Priest
    "Hell Bent For Leather"

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? Kamelot
    "Center of the Universe."

    16. Is there a song by 25 that makes you sad? Conor Oberst
    "Lenders in the Temple" is not about happy things.

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? Radiohead
    Karma Police.

    18. What's your favorite lyric by 11? Coheed and Cambria
    "Don't let them scare you." "Devil in Jersey City."

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1? Bright Eyes
    I guess Conor Oberst, but I'd love to meet someone who likes Mike Mogis or Nate Walcott more.

    20. Is there a song by 14 that makes you happy? Iron Maiden
    I become quite giddy when listening to anything from Killers on a grey day.

    21. What is a good memory involving 27? David Dondero
    The first time I heard "The Living and the Dead" and "I Had to Get Back East" in the car with Darrin Bradbury and Steve Carter.

    22. What is your favorite song by 16? Dan Scarpa
    Ooo, tough one. "Tragedy!" Just kidding. I guess lately I enjoy "Diary of the Dead," but there's a lot.

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47? The Byrds
    Probably "Mr. Tambourine Man" or "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

    24. What is your favorite album by 18? The Decemberists
    Picaresque

    25. What is your favorite song by 21? Brian Eno
    1/1

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26? Nick Drake
    "River Man."

    27. What is your favorite album by 3? Bob Dylan
    I guess of all time would still have to be Blood on the Tracks.

    28. What is you favorite song by 2? Tom Waits
    "Dirt in the Ground."

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32? The Who
    Maybe "Happy Jack?"

    30. What is your favorite song by 8? Thrice
    "Come All You Weary."

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live? Charles Bronson
    Never, though that would be nuts.

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy? The Pixies
    "Debaser."

    33. How did you get into 12? Le Rug
    I was friends with Ray Weiss when he was in the Medics, and discovered that he had a new band. I proceeded to download Bleenex from iTunes (the last time I had to pay for a Le Rug record).

    34. What is the worst song by 45? Arcade Fire
    Can't think of a particularly bad song by them, but I sometimes wish "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations" were two songs, as they kind of lose something together as they are on the album.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34? Brand New
    Probably something like "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" or "Mixtape."

    36. What is the first song you ever heard by 48? Austin Hennelly
    "Courage," live with a full band consisting of Rick Warren, and Tom Warren and Trevor Collins of Peculiar Piano Riffs. Quite moving.

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live? The Duke of Stash
    Hundreds, maybe thousands of times.

    38. What is you favorite song by 36? The Mountain Goats
    "This Year."

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28? Minus the Bear
    Something from They Make Beer Commercials Like This.

    40. What is you favorite album by 7? Darrin Brabdury
    Springtime Choir

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy? David Bowie
    Whenever "Ziggy Stardust" comes on, I become ecstatic.

    42. What is your favorite album by 41? Miles Davis
    Bitches Brew

    43. What is your favorite song by 24? Modest Mouse
    3rd Planet

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46? Pantera
    Driving around yelling "RESPECT. WALK. ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? NO WAY PUNK!"

    45. What is your favorite song by 35? The Velvet Underground
    "Sweet Jane."

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy? Bruce Springsteen
    "For You" off the top of my head right now, but many others.

    47. What is your favorite album by 4? The Beatles
    Rubber Soul or Revolver.

    48. Who is a favorite member of 37? The Good Life
    Tim Kasher, but much like Bright Eyes I'd love to meet someone who likes the other members more.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43? System of a Down
    "Chop Suey!"

    50. What is your favorite song by 20? Pink Floyd
    "Lucifer Sam."