I Am Astonished and Somewhat Terrified of the Results of Tonight’s Experiment

A quote form Sir Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan) upon introduction to Thomas Edison’s recording machine:

. . . For myself, I can only say that I am astonished and somewhat terrified at the results of this evening’s experiment — astonished at the wonderful power you have developed, and terrified at the thought that so much hideous and bad music may be put on record forever.

Was he referring to this week’s edition of the random 10?  Read on…

Random 10:

  • The Perfect Drug – Nine Inch NailsLost Highway Soundtrack
  • One Love – ProdigyMusic for the Jilted Generation
  • Insatiable (Two) – … Trail of DeadThe Century of Self
  • Growing Into You – Soul AsylumGrave Dancers Union
  • Happiness in Slavery – Nine Inch NailsBroken
  • Paper Tiger – SpoonKill the Moonlight
  • Bullet in the Head – Rage Against the Machine(self-titled)
  • Hard Row – Black KeysThickfreakness
  • Celebration Day – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III
  • Endlessly Making an End of Things – Yellow SwansAt All Ends

That song could only fit in as the last song on a list.

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7 thoughts on “I Am Astonished and Somewhat Terrified of the Results of Tonight’s Experiment

  1. Hmm. Zep III & IV. Now someone needs to step up with something from Houses of the Holy. V.

    1. “Whipping Boy” Shearwater / Winged Life
    2. “Glad Girls” Guided By Voices / Isolation Drills
    3. “On Time” Soledad Brothers / Voice Of Treason
    4. “Almost Crimes” Broken Social Scene / You Forgot it in People
    5. “Almost Home” Hem / Funnel Cloud
    6. “Priest’s Knees” Destroyer / Destroyer’s Rubies
    7. “If That’s Alright” Uncle Tupelo / Still Feel Gone
    8. “The Battle Of Evermore” Led Zeppelin / IV
    9. “Skinny Love” Bon Iver / For Emma, Forever Ago
    10. “The Wanderer” Dion / 24 Original Classics
    bonus: “Back Burner” Ida / I Know About You

    • Almost Cut My Hair – CSN&Y

      I’m surprised Zeppelin doesn’t show up on my lists more often. Seems like I have a lot of their albums.

  2. First 10 thumbs-up tracks off Pandora, full mix:

    “Elevator Love Letter” – Stars, Heart
    “The Girls Next Door” – Pat Metheny, We Live Here
    “What Was Wrong” – Storyhill, Dovetail
    “Young Boy” – Paul McCartney, Flaming Pie
    “Indian Summer” – Manic Street, Send Away the Tigers
    “Sorry About Your Irony” – El Ten Eleven, El Ten Eleven
    “When the Heart Rules the Mind” – GTR, King Biscuit Flower Hour (Live)*
    “Blue Ridge Laughing (Live)” – Carbon Leaf, 5 Alive!
    “Little Boy” – Andy White, Andy White
    “Secret Journey” – The Police, Ghost in the Machine

    * I was a this concert (Wiltern Theater, LA, 1986); I especially liked the opening act – Steve Howe and Steve Hackett performing acoustic solos and duets

    • Combining 2, 4, and 9 I’d add:

      Same Boy You’ve Always Known – White Stripes
      When Girls Telephone Boys – Deftones

  3. Dang, no help with Zep, but someone needed to get Nirvana out there for Mak.

    1. Jagged – Old 97’s
    2. Send For Me – Nat King Cole
    3. Stay Away – Nirvana
    4. Evidence – Thelonious Monk
    5. Daughter – Pearl Jam
    6. Gone – The Wedding Present
    7. O, Dana – Big Star
    8. The Comedians – Roy Orbison
    9. Song For Patty – Sammy Walker
    10. It’s Never That Easy Though, Is It – Los Campesinos!

    Bonus: Country Boy – Johnny Cash

    • You covered my lack of Nirvana, E-6 covered your lack of GBV, I covered E-6’s lack of Rage Against the Machine.

      We make a great team!

  4. Eels – “Fresh Feeling” Scrubs Soundtrack
    Carl Douglas – “Kung-Fu Fighting” Pure Funk
    The Ramones – “Bonzo Goes To Bitburg” Mania
    Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – “In Your Eyes [Acoustic]” Live From Mars
    Coldplay – “A Message” X&Y
    Tenacious D – “The Road” Tenacious D
    Louis XIV – “Finding Out True Love Is Blind” MVP Baseball 2005
    Coldplay – “Death And All His Friends” Viva La Vida
    Feist – “Brandy Alexander” The Reminder
    Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – “Pleasure And Pain” Live From Mars

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