The Last Ten Songs to Play on My Launch Radio Station

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  • Steely Dan - Android Warehouse
  • Antony and the Johnsons - You Are My Sister
  • The Velvet Underground - Beginning to See the Light
  • Spoon - I Turn My Camera On
  • Yo La Tengo - Shadows
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Refugee
  • Goldfrapp - Ooh La La (Tieschwarz Mix)
  • The Specials - Stereotype
  • The Pixies - Debaser
  • M.I.A. - Fire Fire
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Wow, I haven't updated this in some time, eh?

Hmmm, we do have stuff in common, what's the name of your launchcast station ? You can find mine looking up for "cramoukji" on launch.com...

My station is 'thelesterbangs'. I have been going through the artists alphabetically and rating albums, which explains the large number of 'A' and 'B' artists above!

I will have to check out your station; thanks for the information!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hmm, I saw you chose a strategy in launchcast of rating a whole of albums and not rating artists... not a bad idea, I guess

I don't feel confident rating artists. I think about if I rated Blur back when only Leisure was out; I might have hit 'Never Play This Artist' and never thought to have revisited it, and that would have been a shame. Albums don't change or develop, so I feel better rating those...

I might rate songs as well after a bit.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

if you haven't done it yet, don't hesitate to switch to the 100-point rating instead of the star rating, it's much more flexible...

I tried that system for awhile, but truth be told, I stink at rating on a 100 point scale. I find the four stars flexible enough for me.

My simple mind just can't conceive of rating on such a huge scale. Heck, I can barely count that high!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

By the way, if you request at a random time, I will update this once every work day...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Byrds, Afghan Whigs, Clash and Beautiful South are all highly ranked on my station as well :)

Do you mind if I ask what country you post from? If it is America, I think you may be about the only other The Beautiful South fan on these shores!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Nah, I'm in continental Europe, myself...

I had a feeling... The Beautiful South, despite how well their best-of sold in Europe, is pretty much unknown in America.

But then so is Supergrass...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Man, you listened to Jennifer Lopez today... go wash your ears!!! LOL

Yeah, that was one of those, "Launch radio thinks you'll like...."

Launch radio was wrong.

"One of these things is not like the others / One of these things just doesn't belong." Sing along!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hey, I got the periodic e-mail from Allmusic.com, and apparently they like the new J.Lo joint--so don't hate!

Johnny Waco

Of course, this doesn't mean I would listen to it;)

They played another Jennifer Lopez (I just refuse to use her nickname) tune later in the day, and I liked it much better than the earlier one.

For what that's worth. A cent at least, I reckon.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Draft Morning by the Byrds is one of my very favorite byrd tracks but then again Notorious Byrd Bros. is my absolute favorite byrd album and I like the Byrds I like them yes I do ooh ooh

The Byrds are a terrific band. They have many fervent fans on this site.

And yeah, Notorious is a corker of an album...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hey just want to chime in that I am a big Beautiful South Fan and I live on this side of the Atlantic.

I have been listening to them since "Welcome to the Beautiful South" came out.

I don't think I have ever listeed to a complete Jennifer Lopez song. Does that show my age or my choice of Radio Stations?

I should've known. You personally should raise everybody's faith in American music listeners.

As for hearing Lopez songs, is that an 'either/or' choice? ;) Nah, I don't really listen to the radio at all (hence this list!), so I don't hear too many of them myself.

Perhaps that's another reason why you personally should raise...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Cool, Andrew Bird Rocks.

I enjoyed the song, though it was probably my first exposure to the artist. I should seek out more, eh?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I like How Indiscreet a lot.

I will dig further when time allows. Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Hmmm.. Mrs. Robinson. What a wonderful song, what a wonderful movie.

Agreed. I hadn't even rated Simon & Garfunkel yet, so Launch must be improving on guessing my taste!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

well, rating genres and artists could also help launchcast make better choices for you... though the machine did play some horrible nu-metal whatever stuff from Muddle of Pudd or Savila and it claimed it was "recommended for you"... and once in a while it tries to recommend me commercial gangsta rap like 50 Cent or guys I don't even know just because I have rated Cypress Hill...

I hate to rate genres because frankly I love all genres, and rating artists always seems to end poorly for me. "If you like Dylan, you'll love tunes from Dylan..."

I guess rating albums is the path I must take.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Have you heard Miles' A Tribute to Jack Johnson, his follow up to Bitches Brew? It's also jazz-rock, but a little less abstract. I prefer it actually.

Johnny Waco

I've only heard that album in bits and pieces, track by track, but I've liked what I've heard. I need to pick up some more Miles, so I'll put that one on my shopping list. Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Wow, what caused this sudden surge of rap on the station?

Not that there's a problem with that...I've been listening to a lot myself. As a matter of fact, I'm listening to The Game's album right now. It's not bad, and if you're looking for some pretty darned good mainstream rap, I would highly recommend it.

PS: I love "Mine's Not a High Horse"...terribly underrated track on a great album.

I think the station finally played a rap song I liked; I rated it highly, so more followed. The station initially had more problems guessing my taste in this genre, but it has improved greatly.

Too bad they don't play most OutKast... :(

I'll check into The Game; I've heard a few tunes, but I have not seriously dived into them yet.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Did you like the Cafe Tacuba song?, i believe its one of their best.

Yes, I enjoyed it very much.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ugh, Baby Bash. New Year's Eve 2003 I went to a Houston Rockets game, and Baby Bash was supposed to do a post-game concert. He came out at halftime with some other guy (something like Frankie J?) and gave a little taste of what was to come. The two kept resorting to the lame technique of winning over the crowd by praising whatever city they are in: "Whazzup H-Town!" Needless to say, we left immediately after the game...

Johnny Waco

I try to give the new songs that pop onto my Launch radio a fair shake - heck, I had sat through the Natalie tune - but bad, bland rap just doesn't sit well with me. At least he wasn't trying to give a shout-out to T-Town or anything... :)

"Tulsey-Town, how's it hanging?" One of those sentences I bet have never been typed before in the history of the universe...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Really? With that burgeoning "Tul-Bomb" sound blasting from all the lowriders down here in the Dirty South, I figured you'd be getting all sorts of shout-outs!

When I was in high school I attended a Newsboys concert (who I was "psyched" for), and they elicited arena-shaking roars when one of them in his Aussie accent said, "When we go back to Australia, everyone asks us what's our favorite city in America. We always say, HOUSTON!!!!" Hmmm, is it cynical of me to question the honesty of this?

Johnny Waco

"Silent Lucidity"? I didn't know your tastes ran that direction...

Johnny Waco (who loves all "Q" bands...)

They don't...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (who had no idea you were a fan of Queer for Girls and their lone album, Android Sex and Cartoon Drugs... ;) )

Man, I have always loved Queer for Girls! I remember playing them on youth group trips as a teen; somehow the youth pastor never seemed too happy about it.

But come on, you know what they say: once you go android, all others are void...

Johnny Waco (enjoying some animated PCP)

Ah, those teen years...

...which for you, apparently, included the year 2002, you hot sexy young thang!

I bet your youth pastor couldn't keep a leash on you!

Some dig droids, some dig noids, especially those folks who have a fetish for pizza.

Besides, bots are hots.

No, I don't understand it either...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (must be time for his meds...)

I was truly in the know back when I was in a teen; I don't mean their sterile sell-out "official" debut. I mean the rough demos and underground cassettes that were floating around ten years ago! They were so much rawer then, and not so uppity: they still called androids robots, damnit!

Robots are bon mots, but machines are queens, of which I dream...ahh, laquered seams and shiny beams.

Johnny Waco (Hot, bothered, and sketching out some pharmaceuticals...)

Weren't they called Experimenting with Girls back then? That early stuff rawked! Then, of course, they had to sell out. They even released their first album on compact disc! Commercial huzzies.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs (Would you like to try some of mine? They taste like cherry.)

I love Friends with P.

Great stuff!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Ah, I like Carole King. Very warm and understated.

Johnny Waco

Carole is sorta lumped together with James Taylor in my mind. They are not terribly consistent, but both have at least one classic album (Tapestry and Sweet Baby James) and several great songs scattered among otherwise mediocre discs. Carole certainly has the better track record of the two, but they each have some good compilations to accompany their classic album...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I should have made that clear: I was indeed referring to Tapestry and not to any other album. I have absolutely no use whatsoever for James Taylor. Echh!

Johnny Waco (who apologizes if Mr. Taylor frequents listology under an alias)

Ah, no love for the sweet baby? Not even for the song Fire and Rain, which I confess to luvin'?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I admit it - I skipped the Teddy Pendergrass tune...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Truth be told, "Spanish Bombs" is my favorite song on London Calling, which pretty much means it's my favorite Clash song period. Man I could really go for a London Calling fix right about now, but I'm at my parents' house for a week or so and I don't have it with me. Isn't that how it always goes?

Johnny Waco

It is a terrific song. I honestly don't know what my fave from London Calling is. It is probably a boring choice, but I've always loved Train in Vain, so maybe that would be it...

From the debut, however, I adore Complete Control.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

There's not a bad song on London Calling as far as I'm concerned, and "Spanish Bombs" and "Train in Vain" are certainly two of the best. However, my heart belongs to "Death or Glory" for its fierce guitar work, bizarre message, and the line "He who f**ks nuns will later join the church."

My favorite on the debut is probably "I Fought the Law", but if you're talking about a Clash-penned tune, that's a real toughie. Maybe "Janie Jones"... but I dunno.

I was confused - I Fought The Law and Complete Control on the debut album ? Neither are on my original vinyl English version, bought when it was first released in 1977, so I did a complarison between my original vinyl version with my CD version:

On my CD but not on the vinyl version:
clash city rockers (a later single)
(white man) in hammersmith palais (a later single)
I fought the law (a later single)
jail guitar doors

On my vinyl version but not on my CD:
deny
cheat
protex blue
48 hours

The biggest omission from the CD I would say is vinyl track 'Deny'.

My favourite from the vinyl version is Janie Jones, and from the CD it musr be Complete Control.

From London Calling my favourite is: Death Or Glory or Rudie Can't Fail (too hard to chose)

You must have the American version of the CD. The UK version still has the same tracklist as your vinyl, methinks.

Good spot.

There's the answer. When the debut arrived in the US, the record companies treated it like they did the early Beatles releases; some of the album tracks were chopped in favor of non-album singles.

If you ever want to get fans debating, ask a group which one is better. My money goes for the US, as I love the added singles, but many certainly differ...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I just did a comparison between my vinyl and CD versions of Sandinista! (also bought when first released), but they are both have identical tracklistings.

I agree with you - the US release is better. It seems to me that adding a few stronger tracks, which the singles uaually are, and omitting a fewe of the least favoured songs is a pretty good strategy. However, had it been my choice I would have left 'Deny' in and omitted 'Jail Guitar Doors'.

"Beyond Belief"? I prefer the Petra version myself...

;)

Johnny Waco

That's just because you.

are.

Armed and Dangerous!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Just thought I would mention to you (and anyone else who might care) that the Canadian Launch site has not played a single ad for me since I started using that about a month and a half ago. I assume that this would be the same for anyone using the site and is not just some quirk of my account.

Very interesting. I splurged for the ad-free, higher-resolution version several months ago, but if the Canadian site is still so generous when renewal time rolls round, I will have to consider...

Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

You bastard, you only do this to rub it in because I can't listen to my launchcast radio anymore at work and I was 50-or so ratings away from becoming the ultimate rating master yahoo radio guru, grrrrrrrr gggrrrrrrr

You can't listen to Launch tunes at work? Yuch! You have my sympathy...

Once upon a time, I kept this list updated once a day or so, but I think I am averaging about once a month nowadays.

My, it does help the work day slide by a bit smoother.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

So, what I did is I went to a cheap electro shop downtown, I bought a pair of computer speakers, I plugged them in my office's PC and now I come to work with my own CD's... been keeping track of every single one of them CD's I brought to work in this here list, mate