aka, Jade doesn't do any work when she's the only one in the office.
1. Immigrant Song - destroyed by Karen O
I'm a bit of a sad case and I'm a big Zepplin fan (when I was in primary school, I called a local radio station to request D'Yer Mak'r - they played it. Score. Love a good dad joke / sad pun) and I've never liked Karen O / The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In fact, their very moniker shits me to tears.
That said, the music on this track is killer, but the whole thing is ruined by her horrible voice.
2. Linoleum - Tweaker
Ok, I've been reading Paul's blog forever and I've never bothered to check out tweaker. This song is pretty swoonworthy. Am I alone in getting a bit of a Scott Weiland channelling moody, 80s future-industrial? Anyway, A+, would recommend, check out more of their stuff.
3. Growing Up - Peter Gabriel
You know, I am not a Peter Gabriel fan. In fact, I'm the antithesis of a Peter Gabriel fan, that song with the digging in the dirt and the bugs crawling and the sheer utter twattery of sledgehammer? Yeah, NOT a fan.
I like the slow burn on this one, but Gabriel is just so boring. Is he counting ducks? Without the bassline, well, he would have put me to sleep.
4. Madame X - Robbie Robertson
Buzzword for this mixtape: Haunting.
I haven't seen the film, but the opening of this track sounds SO familiar to me, like someone smashed up The Bee Gee's How Deep is Your Love and Sealed with a Kiss by anyone by Jason Donovan.
5. Pleasant Smell - 12 Rounds
No. Just no. Aural assault at 7 in the morning.
6. Banged & Blown Through - Saul Williams
I'll be honest, you nearly lost me at 'slam poet'.
I take issue with your use of the word 'rap', unless this track is an anomaly on the album, but I dig, I dig. Frankly, his voice is horrible and I think he needs to maybe take a lesson or two in things like... well.. tone and pitch, but yeah, really thought provoking. Very strongly Reznored, but it really adds something powerful in this instance (in every instance).
7. On the Wing - How to Destroy Angels
Ok, so I get the impression that Atticus Rose is to the Rez what Warren Ellis is to Nick Cave, no?
This chick doesn't seem to have a powerful enough voice to not be entirely swamped by the music, but it's not bad.
8. Heartbeats - Sono Io
I'll admit that I thought this one was going to be a dirty sexy version of the Jose Gonzales song.
It's not, so I'll contain my disappointment.
I find the vocals really compelling, and find it a bit surprising that he's an Italian, because he definitely sings with a mad brit tone. Me likey.
9. No Fair Fights - Prick
I think I must be overtired, because I can only hear David Bowie in this one. But, like, David Bowie doing spoken word for 7/8ths of a song and then David Bowie doing Trent Reznor karaoke for the rest.
10. Victory - Puff Daddy et al
LOL. Where you at?
Nah, I don't hate it. Completely misogynistic, but I can get over that. When they get a bit overexcitied, I just remember the classic Luda lyric: 'watch out for my medallions, my diamonds are reckless, feels like a midget is hanging from my necklace' and then I laugh. A lot.
Oh Luda, you so crazy.
11. I'm Afraid of Americans - David Bowie
I'm just putting it out there that I don't like David Bowie (other than as the Goblin King, but that shouldn't need clarification).
Actually, so far this is the first song that I recognise, so it must have been EVERYWHERE at the time.
Don't hate it.
12. Chip Away - Jane's Addiction
I saw Jane's Addiction in my formative years, life changer, and this version isn't so different from the ridgy didge. Certainly, that marching band drumming is wonderfully familiar. Definitely see the electronic influence, but it's funny, because I had always thought of NIN being influenced by JA, rather than the other way around.
You didn't write this one up, but I'm guessing there's more of a connection than them touring together?
13. The Reflecting God - Marilyn Manson
I just...nah. Can't get beyond the try-hardiness.
Although... does he round it out by shouting 'shoo, shoo, shoo, motherfucker'?
14. Passive - A Perfect Circle
I actually love this song, I've always loved this song.
No one ever gives James Iha any credit, so I'm going to put that out there. I really like Tool, I think I've mentioned that here before, but this just seems like it fits seamlessly into their cattle dog.
15. Forgotten - TV on the Radio
Nice background noise.
16. Shit Stories - Trent Reznor
Yeah, sorry, don't have time for ten minutes of poop stories right now.
All in all, the album feels really cohesive with that underlying dirty drum / synthy goodness that is such a Reznor trademark.
A few of these songs will find their way into my permanent rotation, so cheers for that.