I’ve begun making my way through The Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It’s a fairly awesome selection of completely inoffensive tunes mostly ranging through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s… with a few songs from other varying decades. But only 3 songs from the aughts made the list. THREE! Assuming immediately these have got to be some incredible songs to be in a league with big boys like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Johnny Cash. One of those songs is Outkast’s Hey Ya… respectable, I think. The other two… are Eminem songs.
Really. And they’re not even the best Eminem songs either. They’re Lose Yourself and Stan (which is barely a song). WTF, Rolling Stone, wtf.
It’s not that I expected much from Rolling Stone, not these days. But damn, that’s just disrespectful to the artists that monopolize the list. Tsk tsk. The only white rabbit that belongs on this list is of the Jefferson Airplane variety, or is it just me? Now I don’t plan on skipping any songs while I listen to this compilation and I’m up to track 55 on my third day of listening (which I only do in my car). But perhaps that will change, maybe.
When I was a teenager I was a bit obsessed with the electropop group Figurine. I’ve always been heartbroken when recalling their final words to their fans in their last album, The Heartfelt, “Don’t cry, we’ll be back soon”. But they weren’t! It left me on the edge of my seat waiting for something that evidently was never coming. They lied to me! Bastards. A few years back Jimmy Tamborello (brains behind the operation of Figurine, Dntel and The Postal Service) released a solo album under the pseudonym James Figurine. I was elated, I thought it was the return I was waiting for… sadly it was garbage. I pretended it didn’t happen. But tonight while compiling a mix for my niece (she’s thirteen and I’ve been throwing together the most awesome 13 songs from each year of her life for her) I began listening to Dntel and my thoughts wondered over to Figurine, so I checked wikipedia to see if they were up to anything. When a miracle happened… THEY CAME BACK!!! Well… not really. But I did discover an EP that I hadn’t known of, Discard. It was released in Autumn of 2002, which means they did in fact come back… all those years of being heartbroken. Jeez. What an awesome find.
P.S. I know Reconfigurine technically came out after The Heartfelt… but that was a remix album… that shit don’t count.
P.P.S. I know it’s been a while and I owe you a shit ton of stories, don’t worry… I’m saving them for you, and man are they good.