I remember a time when if you scratched your album, all it would do is skip. Or if you bought it on a hot summer day and ran a few more errands before heading home, you ran the risk of the album melting and warping into something unplayable. Or, if you drop it on just the right surface, it would actually break.
I remember audio and video cassettes. Leave one of them too close to a magnet, and WHAMO! I had one actually destroyed in a store as I was buying it because the cashier passed it over the same security demagnitizer that the used for the books. Thankfully, they took the return given the situation.
I remember all of this while I set aside my copy of Green Lantern Emerald Knights, a DVD I just recently tried to rewatch, only to be thwarted by a few persistent motes of dust that I just can’t seem to blow off of it.
I know it’s not possible to get everything, but is it possible for iTunes to at least get some of the music I listen to?
Don’t get me wrong, I love iTunes, and I love my iPod. Having a jeep with a radio that gets only three stations, and none of them are NPR pretty much demands that I get an iPod for the car (I think Congress passed the law earlier this year that I get one). Naturally, me being the relative cheap skate that I am I got the shuffle. That, and it was more than enough for me.
Then I started ripping my CDs so that I could build my playlists. Sure I was never going to listen to 6 plus hours of music while driving, but I didn’t care. I wouldn’t be forced to listen to the 2 radio stations that think the Black-Eyed Peas are the greatest band since the Beatles, or that one that doesn’t realize that Evanescence isn’t a pop band. I had my iPod and I could listen to anything. If I wanted to listen to all Evanescence, I could. If I wanted to laugh, I could load my shuffle up with George Carlin, Monty Python and Stephen Wright. If I wanted to listen to Finnish opera metal, then load it up.
Yes, that’s right, Finnish opera metal. Don’t knock it until you give it a listen. And frankly, it was the only really good thing about Alone In The Dark.
Anyhow, once I got comfortable with the shuffle, and comfortable with iTunes (even buying a whole bunch of stuff from the store), I decided it was time to share my musical interests. I mean, there had to be someone else out there who would listen to Debbie Gibson, Evanescence and bagpipes in the same sitting. Anyone???
So I shrink down one of my playlists from my 100 songs to a more manageable 50, the top fifty, of course. And I sent it off (It’s called Top 50 – May, is you’re curious). And watched as my top 50 became my top 18. And not even the top 18 either, I Can’t Hold Back by Survivor was #50 (and slipping 7 spots on my top 100).
So, out of 50 songs, 32 did not make the list because iTunes Music Store doesn’t sell those songs. Some I can understand. There really isn’t much of a market for the Doctor Who theme song, and Dante Hicks yelling I’m not even supposed to be here today! from the Clerks soundtrack may be a bit of a stretch. But what about Evanescence? They had a major hit with Bring Me To Life (#1 on my list… and still #1), yet there is no listing for Evanescence in iTunes. NONE! No Bring Me To Life, no My Immortal, not even the Daredevil and Elektra soundtracks, both of which feature songs by the band. Not even Chicago’s Along Comes A Woman is available, and that’s over 20 years old.
So, here it is, the complete top 50 for the month of May, as played by me on iTunes and my iPod.
Bring Me To Life/Evanescence
Batman Beyond Main Title/Kristopher Carter
Doctor Who – Theme
Dante’s Lament/Clerks soundtrack
Randal & Dante On Sex/Clerks Soundtrack
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones/Clerks Soundtrack
Broken/Seether Feat. Amy Lee
Angel Opening Title Theme/Darling Violetta
Volcano Girls/Veruca Salt
Jay’s Chant/Clerks Soundtrack
The Tick (Animated Series) Theme
Somebody Help Me (Theme from “Tru Calling”)/Full Blown Rose
Wish I Had an Angel/Nightwish (e.p.)
Red Tape/Agent Provocateur (Underworld score)
The Deal (No Deal)/”Chess” soundtrack
Stacy’s Mom/Fountains of Wayne
Losing Grip/Avril Lavigne
Cyber Savvy/Ben Affleck & Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Soundtrack)
Along Comes A Woman/Chicago
James Bond Theme (Bond Vs. Oakenfold)/David Arnold Featuring Paul Oakenfold
My Immortal [Band Version]/Evanescence
Peaches/The Presidents Of The United States Of America
My Happy Ending/Avril Lavigne
Girl All The Bad Guys Want/Bowling For Soup
Social Event Of The Season/Clerks Soundtrack
Absurd/Fluke (Sin City Soundtrack)
Affair of the Heart/Rick Springfield
1985/Bowling For Soup
James Bond Theme/David Arnold
Crime Story (Runaway)/Del Shannon
A Bunch Of Muppets/Clerks Soundtrack
I Like To Expand My Horizons/Clerks Soundtrack
Toccata & Fuge D-Moll BWV 565 (Arr. Mike Batt)/J. S. Bach/Vanessa Mae(Violin)
Extreme Ways/Moby (Bourne Supremacy Soundtrack)
Spanish Inquisition Revisited/Monty Python
Wish I Had An Angel/Nightwish
Rock of Life/Rick Springfield
I Can’t Hold Back/Survivor