Best band acronym ever! I was uninitiated until the hits came and I never got sick of ’em. Saw them at two of the best triple bills ever, both at SDSU: OAT with the Donnas and No Knife and opening for Weezer with Tenacious D at Cox Arena. All six of them were great and JEW even had Rachel Haden playing some keys to boot. Fun nights.
50. JIMMY EAT WORLD 49. Bleed American 34. Sweetness 19. The Middle (01) 49. A Praise Chorus (02) 11. Pain 08. Get It Faster (04) 37. Big Casino (07) 83. Always Be (08) 19. My Best Theory (10) 519 points/9 songs
It was refreshing to know I could still go that nuts for a band. Introduced to me by famed DJ Glen Hammarstrom on a mix cd, I wore out their first EP and saw them at the Casbah before the album came out. The crowd was frantic plus the guys were nice and obviously happy, drunk and excited to be on the rise. The next time they came through town, they played 4th & B and Julian lost his voice. It was still amazing and since enough people complained, they came back and did it again for ticketholders. Rookie Card was up for the opening slot which would’ve been amazing of course but would we have had the guts to play our Petty/Last Night mashup (link below)? Probably not. Years later, I saw them pull off an arena show at UCSD and still manage to churn out good singles every few years.
49. THE STROKES 28. Last Nite (01) 33. Soma 17. Someday 7. Hard To Explain (02) 23. 12:51 (03) 58. Reptilia (04) 25. Juice Box (05) 22. Under The Cover of Darkness (11) 523/8
They have always been and always will be the poor man’s Ghoulspoon.
48. KORN 37. Blind (95) 18. A.d.i.d.a.s. (97) 29. Got The Life (98) 19. Falling Away From Me 7. Freak On A Leash (99) 46. Make Me Bad (00) 56. Thoughtless 46. Here To Stay (02) 71. Word Up (03) 68. Evolution (07) 523/10
Why so low? Well, because the station didn’t play them for a very long time. Halloran tried to convince me otherwise recently but I reminded him that no songs off the first two records made their countdowns and they would’ve had they been playing them. He was sure they played “Fight”. I was sure they didn’t. Then just a couple of weeks ago, Muckley finds that someone had posted 70 minutes of Halloran on the air at 91X in 1987 (link in comments) and what does he play? “Fight” followed by another Licensed To Ill track followed by him talking about how he hopes he doesn’t get fired for playing it followed by a fake conversation between him and the program director trying to convince him that the station SHOULD be playing ’em. I guess we were both right. Of course, Halloran also recently posted a Mike Diamond interview where he gives Halloran credit for being the first DJ in the country to really play the Beasties (“Cookie Puss”) and even had them play Detroit when they hadn’t really even done live rapping. Maybe they’ll both share the links in the comments since I can’t find either of them now.
My friends played the first album relentlessly in high school, so much that I grew to hate it but when Paul’s Boutique came out I was ALL IN. Got to see them in ’91 at the Hollywood Palladium when they hadn’t played in forever and it was pandemonium. Didn’t get to see them on Check Your Head but did on every tour from then on. Two nights of Lollapalooza at Shoreline, Ill Communication near LA when I’d opted to see the Stone Roses the night they played Oakland, the first Tibetan Freedom concert and Cox Arena twice. Always amazing. Even MORE respect once Geezer started doing Beasties in their act. I’m Adrock of course. Jewish Adams represent! RIP MCA.
47. BEASTIE BOYS 55. So What Cha Want (92) 44. Sureshot 30. Sabotage (94) 65. Remote Control 27. Body Movin’ 1. Intergalactic (98) 27. Alive (99) 81. In a World Gone Mad (03) 63. Triple Trouble 41. Ch-Check It Out (04) 55. Make Some Noise (11) 523/11
I’d never really heard them until they came to M-Theory wanting to do an instore when I was putting together their acoustic nights. They couldn’t have been nicer and with a cool little organ, came off poppy in an almost Ben Folds 5 way. We definitely didn’t realize how popular they were. The store filled up quick so there were a couple of hundred people watching or listening out on the sidewalk. Pretty sure the cops showed up. It was probably the biggest night the store ever had. I was kinda surprised to hear their big rawk anthems years later. My girlfriend’s daughter is apparently liking it when they come on the radio these days. Maybe someday they’ll let my grandpa’s band Geezer play their annual Bro-Am benefit, seeing as they closed it a few years ago with Sean Sean Thomas O’Donnell leading them in “Surf Wax America”.
46. SWITCHFOOT 21. Meant To Live (03) 89. This is Your Life 29. Dare You To Move (04) 75. Stars (05) 69. Oh! Gravity (06) 38. Mess of Me (09) 87. Bullet Soul 72. Mess Of Me 5. The Sound (10) 20. Dark Horses (11) 52. Afterlife, 19. Dark Horses (12) 528/12
It all started when I went to Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival for the first last Posies hometown show but was late to see Terry Picknell’s friends play the Croc after. He insisted on buying me their first album and, upon first listen, I was the first Def Cab fan in San Diego. When they finally made it down to the Casbah, only three of us showed up so they all danced with us to Sunset Valley. After dragging my friend Melissa to that first show here, she moved back to Philly and when the band came through, Walla told her about their friends Revolutionary Hydra. She looked ’em up, started emailing with the singer and the next thing I knew, I was singing at their wedding.
It was incredible watching it grow. More folks at the Casbah next time and the time after that, a Bumbershoot set that showed me how big they’d become in their hometown, then the Epicenter with the Dismemberment Plan, the Scene with Nada Surf and the amazing/huge Bayside show with Spoon & Mates of State. Afterwards I told Chris there was a weird point in the show where he took off his guitar and handed it to someone who took it offstage for him. “I know!” he said. “I’m still not used to it, like he’s not gonna bring it back!”
I am still not used to hearing them in restaurants and on television and such. Couldn’t have happened to nicer folks. I’m embarrassed to admit my embarrassment but after seeing them a few years back with what seemed like a million teenage girls and me, I felt a little weird wearing my old t-shirt so it’s now just for slumbering. Still, it’s the shirt I wore the first time I ever hung out with my girlfriend. I knew she was a fan and it was on top of “the stack”. Hey, it worked! Another success story. Thanks DeathCabMatchmakers.com!
45. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 39. The Sound of Settling (04) 2. Soul Meets Body (05) 43. Crooked Teeth 16. I Will Follow You Into The Dark (06) 71. Cath 45. I Will Possess Your Heart (08) 84. Grapevine Fires 15. Meet Me On the Equinox (09) 74. Meet Me On The Equinox (10) 48. Stay Young Go Dancing 3. You Are A Tourist (11) 572/11
Definitely one of the highest-ranking (pun intended) short-lived bands in the countdown. They sure packed a lot of great songs and lyrics in there. I’ve always had lots of friend fans, played with Smiths coverbands and now date a girl with all of their albums but I never went absolutely nuts for them myself. Sometimes I love their story and the fandom more than the music. Blasphemous Guitars sure has had a blast with the purists. Our Smiths medlley (Elliott/Patti/Robert/Will/Aero) is one of my favorite things we ever did. I wish there was video of that and This Charming Iron Man and the James Brown version of “Please Please Please…”.
44. THE SMITHS 66. What Difference Does It Make (84), 3. How Soon Is Now? (85) 61. Queen is Dead 29. Ask 13. Panic 3. Big Mouth Strikes Again (86), 90. Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before 55. Ask 50. Sheila take a bow 41. Unhappy Birthday 7. Girlfriend in a Coma (87) 594/11
It’s incredible how little of an opinion I can have on this band.
43. TOOL 43. Sober (93) 9. Stinkfist (96) 23. H (97) 46. Lateralus 23. Schism (01) 70. Lateralus 43. Parabola (02) 48. Vicarious 29. The Pot (06) 55. Vicarious 17. The Pot (07) 606/11
I only saw them once, at the third KROQ Xmas Acoustic show when the best moments were when people did something different. They were the only band that night that played full rock but as they started into the first song, Greg went over to an acoustic guitar on a stand, picked it up, held it up to a mic, strummed it once and put it back on the stand. A+. Geezer has played a few fun shows with local BR tribute Generator. I very slowly shuffled out with a walker and made it to center stage just in time to sing “Yah yah yah yah yah yah yah, oh yah” on “21st Digital Boy” and then slowly shuffled back off. My favorite guest spot ever.
42. BAD RELIGION 87. Stranger Than Fiction 52. 21st Century Digital Boy (94) 85. Infected (95) 67. A Walk (96) 38. New America (00) 11. The Defense 1. Sorrow (02) 21. Los Angeles Is Burning (04) 61. New Dark Ages 45. Honest Goodbye (07) 23. New Dark Ages (08) 65. New Dark Ages (09) 25. The Devil In Stitches (10) 615/13
Ah, the thinking man’s new wave band. Two of my best friends were unable to convert me into Seeds of Love fans. How could THEY sing “Kick out the Style, bring back the Jam”?! Still love that Hurtin’. They played XFest in 1993 and I stayed long enough to watch the band walk onstage and wait for a full minute for Roland to make an entrance in silence before they played. Awk-ward. I was out of there quick to go see Barenaked Ladies put on the least pretentious show I ever saw. Phew. A couple of months later, I saw Jellyfish open for them at the Universal Ampitheater and managed to miss Roland massaging his own stomach throughout their VERY current cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”, which horrified everyone I know that saw them on that tour.
41. TEARS FOR FEARS 37. Change, 6. Mad World (1983), 68. Pale Shelter, 54. Mad World (84), 23. Everybody Wants To Rule The World 16. Head Over Heels 8. Shout (85) 53. Woman in Chains 12. Sowing the Seeds of Love (89) 66. Goodnight Song 42. Break It Down Again (93) 627/11
7 YEARS IN BETWEEN HITS: BEASTIE BOYS Ch-Check It Out (04) Make Some Noise (11)
6 YEARS IN BETWEEN HITS: THE STROKES Juice Box (05) Under The Cover of Darkness (11)
5 CONSECUTIVE YEARS: The Strokes 01-05
4 CONSECUTIVE YEARS: Smiths 84-87, Korn 97-00, Switchfoot 03-06, Bad Religion 07-10, Death Cab 08-11, Switchfoot 09-12
5 SONGS IN ONE YEAR: Smiths (87)
4 SONGS IN ONE YEAR: Smiths (86)
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