Feel Bad For You – April 2015

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This month’s Feel Bad For You goes commercial & multi-media, love ‘em or hate ‘em you can’t avoid them.  Thanks to Amy for putting things together and Popa Tunes for the artwork.

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1. “Send me on My Way”
Rusted Root
When I Woke (1994)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: This song is the inspiration for this theme. When I first heard in in 1994 I thought it was the Talking Heads. Now I hear it every damn day on Enterprise car rental ads. I wonder if it’s gotten more air time from Enterprise than it ever did from radio play back in the 90s.

2. “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays”
Buzzcocks
Singles Going Steady (1979)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: As soon as I got the theme for a song in a commercial I had an idea about what I was going to choose. So I decided to send in my pick right away vs. over-thinking it and freezing up on my pick (choosing just one song a month is HARD!). Also, when is a Buzzcocks song on a mixtape a bad thing?
Edit: Nothing says the Buzzcocks like the AARP (2007 video)!

3. “You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record)”
Dead or Alive
Youthquake (1985)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Catchy, if dated. But who saw the 1985 video and thought, “Gosh I wish I knew where to find a family fun park”? Butlins 2010 advert pushed the nostalgia button with parents…who also remembered androgynous lead singer Pete Burns’s cross-dressing solo career. Course it was all an act, and by 2010 Pete was a Dad. No idea if Butlins paid in park passes.
Edit: For those of us who don’t know, Butlins is a “is a chain of large holiday camps in the United Kingdom.” Yes, I had to google it. :P

4. “Pink Moon”
Nick Drake
Fruit Tree (1986)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This Nick Drake song is the first that came to mind when Amy mentioned the theme. The only time a commercial turned me on to an artist.
Edit: Totally agree with Boogie Studio on this one. I saw the commercial in 1999 and I had to know who the artist was. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t this commercial basically give a second life to Nick Drake’s music? Unlike most of these submissions, the ad is actually very good.

5. “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)”
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
Decca Records Single (1949)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Nothing immediately came to mind for the theme, so I cheated and googled a list of songs used in commercials. I heard this one recently on a big-band era broadcast and smiled, so it jumped out at me to include. Apparently it was in a Mercedes commercial during the 2000 Olympics. I thought about using the Todd Snider cover, but I like the original…
Edit: The only video I could find was a ska version, but I think it’s the right one. Todd Snider didn’t write this song? Huh.



6. “Theme from Harry’s Game”
Clannad
Magical Ring (1983)
Submitted by: April
Comments: When the subject of songs used in commercials comes up, this is always the song I think of first. Hearing this song in some car commercial in the ’90s was the first time I remember stopping and thinking, “I need to know what that song is,” during a commercial. It must have been a strange boost for Clannad – the Irish group that spawned Enya and her ubiquitous “Orinoco Flow” – who had written the song back in the ’80s for a television mini-series set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. I’m betting the commercial sold more copies of Clannad albums than it did of whatever vehicle it had been advertising (it’s telling that I can’t recall what vehicle it was).
Edit: Googled and found it was in a Volkswagen commercial in 1992 to coincide with the movie Patriot Games, where Jack Ryan kicks some IRA ass and Sean Bean’s character dies. Man, Volkswagen is ahead of the curve on advertising music! Couldn’t find the video though.

7. “The Snake”
Al Wilson
Searching for the Dolphins (1968) and too many compilations to mention including, The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter (2012), Paul Weller’s Vinyl Classics Vol.2 (2001) and the recent Move on Up – the Best of Northern Soul (2015)
@simon2307
Comments: Great theme deserves the greatest Northern Soul track ever and one of my all-time favourite songs – get dancing.
The good – when an Ad revives a great tune (my pick this month).
The bad – when a great track is butchered to fit the Ad narrative.

The ugly – when the great track is paired to a crap product (back to my pick this month).

And for fun

8. “I’ve Been Everywhere”
Hayes Carll
Bootleg from Cheatham Street Warehouse, November 30, 2006
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Choice Hotels took liberties with Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” as part of an ad campaign. Hayes Carll also put a spin on the timeless song. Big difference is I’m always inclined to listen to more Hayes, but rarely moved to stay at a Comfort Inn.

9. “Another Girl, Another Planet” (used in an ad for Vodaphone in 2006)
The Only Ones
The Only Ones (1978)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Peter Perrett, lead guitarist for The Only Ones, wrote this refreshing pop song. Lyrics include “I always flirt with death – I could kill, but I don’t care about it- I can face your threats – Stand up tall and scream and shout about it — I think I’m on another world with you, I’m on another planet with you.” So not a terribly serious song, but it takes the emotional impact of young love pretty seriously. Must have had some impact on Paul Westerberg, which leads us to this ‘Mats cover version…

10. “Another Girl, Another Planet”
The Replacements
Shit, Shower & Shave (1989 bootleg)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Killer live version recorded in Bristol, Connecticut, on 31 August, 1989. Until this month, this was the only version I’d ever heard. The ‘Mats bring rock credibility to this song, along with a dose of intense insanity that makes the lyrics more real and heartfelt. And I love the way Westerberg pegs on “Planet” at the end.

Bonus: Misty Miller – Another Girl Another Planet – Beat Surrender

11. “Ooh La La”
Faces
Ooh La La (1973)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Mitsubishi used this in commercials for their 2001 Galant. When this album came out in ’73 I wore it out, constantly playing it, and it’s still one of my favorite albums and this is one of my favorite songs… It was Ronnie Wood, not Rod Stewart or Ronnie Lane, who sang the lead vocal for this song. Lane and Stewart were at odds at the time. Stewart did not think the song was up to his standards although both he and Lane recorded lead vocals for it. Their producer suggested Wood give it a try, and that’s the version that was used for the album, which was Faces last studio album. Lane left the group after Ooh La La was released and The Faces disbanded after their 1974 tour. This song was used in the final scene of the 1998 movie Rushmore. It was also used in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Without a Paddle.

12. “White Room”
Cream
Wheels of Fire (1968)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: In 2000, Apple Computer used this in commercials for their white iMacs which is strange as it’s about depression and hopelessness, but the setting is an empty apartment, I guess with your iMac. As a wee lad I had this 45 in my treasured collection the B side was “Those Were the Days.” It is now in the possession of one of my boys. It was released as a single after Cream had broken up.

13. “Bohemian Like You”
The Dandy Warhols
Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Used in a 2001 Vodafone commercial and chosen purely because that fact is plastered all over the cover via a sticker.
Edit: This is the only video where you have to watch a commercial to see a commercial. Thanks Vodafone! I seem to remember from the documentary Dig! that this commercial made The Dandy Warhols super popular in the UK.

14. “Grounds for Divorce”
Elbow
The Seldom Seen Kid (2008)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: Elbow’s crowning achievement, both song and album. And that guitar riff!
Edit: (Per Wikipedia) “Grounds for Divorce” was also featured in the 8th episode for the 5th season, and promos for the 6th season of the American TV-show House MD.

15. “A Chicken with It’s Head Cut Off”
Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (1999)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: I vaguely remember this and had my aging-brain’s thoughts confirmed by the lovely internet which is clearly never wrong. I’m not sure why JC Penney’s would go this way for an ad campaign, but that’s probably why I’m not in advertising. I’m guessing the executive who OKed this is not in advertising either. Incredibly catchy song (as most Magnetic Fields songs are), just not one to inspire shopping.
Edit: It’s a 2013 “Back to School” video, but I can’t find it.

16. “Underwear”
Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (1999)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: While looking to confirm my thoughts that the other Magnetic Fields song was indeed in a commercial, I also stumbled upon learning that this song was used for a 2009 Puma campaign. Why a footwear company would choose a song called “Underwear” to sell shoes is beyond me.
Edit: Found this one! And it’s another video where you have to watch a commercial to see a commercial. Thanks PUMA!

17. “Dueling Banjos”
Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell
Dueling Banjos: From The Original Soundtrack Deliverance (1972)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Saw this used in a Kentucky Fried Panda Express commercial for PORK RIBS. WTF?

18. “Gigantic”
Pixies
Surfer Rosa (1988)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: 26 years after its release and less than a year after Kim Deal left the band, the Pixies’ “Gigantic” was co-opted by Apple to promote the iPhone 5S, thus verifying the sentiment that the band’s 2004 return was all about the money.

19. “Love Sick”
Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind (1997)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Remember our collective “What the fuck?” when Bob Dylan started shilling for Victoria’s Secret in 2004? It’s not like he needs the money. Maybe he was trying to introduce his music to a younger audience? Whatever. Bob works in mysterious ways.

20. “The Thanks I Get”
Wilco
A bonus internet download to purchasers of Sky Blue Sky (2007) and also on the box set Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Wilco licensed half of Sky Blue Sky for advertising by Volkswagen. At the time I was somewhat offended that Wilco sold out (and equally offended that Sky Blue Sky sucked), but, unlike the Dylan and Buzzcocks fiascoes above, I can actually see Jeff Tweedy driving a Volkswagen.

Bonus! I thought of this one after I uploaded the mix and didn’t feel like re-uploading it.

“Revolution”
The Beatles
The Beatles: 1967-1970 (1973)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: The hard rock version was released as the B-side of the “Hey Jude,” as opposed to the slower and experimental versions (“Revolution 1″ and “9”) on the white album. See below for the download. From Wikipedia:

In 1987, “Revolution” became the first Beatles recording to be licensed for use in a television commercial. Nike paid $500,000 for the right to use the song for one year, split between recording owner Capitol-EMI and song publisher ATV Music Publishing (owned by Michael Jackson). Commercials using the song started airing in March 1987.

The three surviving Beatles, through their record company Apple, filed a lawsuit in July 1987 objecting to Nike’s use of the song. The suit was aimed at Nike, its advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, and Capitol-EMI Records. Capitol-EMI said the lawsuit was groundless because they had licensed the use of “Revolution” with the “active support and encouragement of Yoko Ono Lennon, a shareholder and director of Apple.” Ono had expressed approval when the commercial was released, saying the commercial “is making John’s music accessible to a new generation.”

The “Revolution” lawsuit and others involving the Beatles and EMI were settled out of court in November 1989, with the terms kept secret. The financial website TheStreet.com included the Nike “Revolution” advertisement campaign in its list of the 100 key business events of the 20th century, as it helped “commodify dissent.”


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Feel Bad For You – March 2015

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Here’s this months FBFY selection for your aural delectation.
Thanks to Annie for the artwork & Amy for putting things together.

1. “Magnet”
Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent Blues (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Editor’s Note: Phil submitted this track but I lost the comments. D’oh!

2. “Bomb Disneyland”
The Fat White Family
Champagne Holocaust (2014)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Saw The Fat White Family live for the first time last week and was blown away by the mix of hazy motorik rhythms, queasy 60s psychedelia and crazy frontman histrionics. They finished with this track which was like the Stooges crossed with Heath Ledger’s Joker…awesome.

3. “Rockin’ With Peggy”
L.C. Robinson
House Cleanin’ Blues (1974)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Some kick-ass instrumental blues from the mid-70s.

4. “Hurry Up And Wait”
Ben Miller Band
New West / Normaltown Records 2015 Spring Sampler (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Some recent kick-ass ‘Ozark Stomp’ from a guy who’s been getting some ‘airtime’ on various podcasts.

5. “Ramblin’ Ways”
American Aquarium
Wolves (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This slinky, slappy groove feels new and familiar at the same time. I used to think this was about life on the road, but it’s really about sincere devotion. Could have been a song by Two Cow Garage, but it ain’t. I want to move to where this is on the radio.

6. “No Good”
Banditos
Banditos (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Quiver with me, I came across this band on a reverbnation excursion a while back and was mesmerized, and was excited to hear Bloodshot Records picked them up recently after seeing them at SXSW. Their debut self-titled releases on May 12th. Pre-order on Bandcamp. The members of the band first met playing in various punk and rock ‘n’ roll projects around Birmingham at D.I.Y., all-ages venues. In 2010, singer/guitarist Corey Parsons and singer/banjo player Stephen Pierce began busking around town and were soon asked to perform at their favorite local bar. Without a full band they invited friends Randy Wade (drums), Jeffrey Salter (guitar), and Mary Beth Richardson (vocals) to join them.

7. “Don’t Look That Way”
Shelly Poole
Hard Time For the Dreamer (2005)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: A recent English discovery. Nice slow burner torch song. What is this hold FBFY has over me?

8. “Nissim”
The Gaslamp Killer
Breakthrough (2012)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: I’ve been playing a lot of GTA V lately.

9. “Unspoken Thing”
David Corley
Available Light (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments One of my favourite releases so far this year. Has a nice John Murry-like desperation to it along with an excellent lazy country shuffle.

10. “Dogs of Lust”
The The
Dusk (1993)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: Winter was a bitch; let’s skip spring altogether and go right to sultry summer nights full of booze and sexual urgings.

11. “Jesus Built My Hotrod”
Ministry
Psalm 69 (1992)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Kicking it old school. I’m realizing this song is older than some of the kids I manage. Plus if this is up on my iTunes at work, it will not raise eyebrows from the church crowd. Hehehehe. I’m old.

12. “Light Enough to Travel”
The Be Good Tanyas
Blue Horse (2001)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Just can’t get this song out my head the last few days, my favourite track from TBGT.

13. “Awkward”
Fidlar
Awkward (Single) (2013)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: SPRING, kind of. It’s more of a muddy mess. At least the ice has melted, aside from a random pile of gross snow you might find in a parking lot (but that’s more in a days drive, not in my actual town). Anyway. Everything is muddy, it looks gross but there’s hope. Time change has happened, everyone is groggy and feels weird this week….but man oh man it’s so awesome. Does this explain anything about my song choice? Who knows?

14. “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
J. Mascis
Fade Into You 7″ (2014)
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: Fantastic acoustic cover of a classic.

15. “Chains Off Me”
Delta Routine
You and Your Lion (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer

16. “Chank-A-Chank”
The Big Happy
The Big Happy (2006)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: Submitted in memory of Nashville drumming and alt-country institution, Billy Block, who lost his courageous battle with cancer on March 11. The Big Happy was a short-lived band he had with Billy on drums, wife Jill Block on guitars-bass-vocals, Tom Mason on guitar, and his wife Pru Clearwater on vocals and guitar. R.I.P. Mr. Nashville.

17. “Meet a Changing World”
Smug Brothers
Woodpecker Paradise (2015)
Submitted By: @CaptainsDead

18. “Born in the USA” (Bruce Srpingsteen Cover)
Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires
Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A (2014)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Isbell turns this Springsteen classic into a totally different song by playing it in a minor key, but it’s Shires’s violin that makes the song completely haunting. Take that Ronald Reagan. This record was made in honor of the 30th anniversary of Born in the U.S.A. Congratulations, you are old.

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Feel Bad For You – February 2015

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Here’s this months FBFY special, to celebrate the years shortest month you get 49 tracks that all clock in at under two minutes and there are some killer songs this month, dive right in.

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1. “An Arrow in the Gale”
Magnolia Electric Co.
Josephine (2009)
Submitted By: @captainsdead

2. “Your Name is Wild”
Guided By Voices
Under the Bushes, Under the Stars (1996)
Submitted By: @captainsdead

3. “Calinda”
The Louisiana Honeydrippers
Bayou Bluegrass (1960)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Mandatory Cajun song to make the old ladies mad. I should get bonus points for song being exactly 2 mins.

4. “I’m Black”
Furry Lewis
The Alabama State Troupers Road Show (1972)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: This is off a double album that is fairly horrible, but side 1 is all Furry Lewis, and the only reason worth having this album. OG rap, your new jam.

5. “Country Delight”
Country Mike
Country Mike’s Greatest Hits (1998)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: I was wrong, THIS is your new jam.

6. “Tell Her Lies and Feed Her Candy”
The Sadies
Precious Moments (1998)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: The Sadies cover Porter Wagoner. Some good advice in this song.

7. “Get Drunk”
Drag the River
Closed. (2002)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Getting drunk is awesome. In fact, it’s what I’m doing right now.

8. “Never Talking To You Again”
Hüsker Dü
Zen Arcade (1984)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Some Grant Hart Goodness. I once heard the Foo Fighters cover this song, and it was brilliant.

9. “Fried My Little Brains”
The Kills
Keep On Your Mean Side (2003)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Our favourite riff of the millennium!

10. “Somethin’ Else”
Eddie Cochran
The Best of Eddie Cochran (1988)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: For us, the best two minutes of genuine cars and girls rock’n’roll ever committed to vinyl.

11. “Midnight Wave”
Two Wounded Birds
Midnight Wave (2011)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: The sadly missed Two Wounded Birds flared briefly with their Link Wray inspired surf rock and this was their finest two minutes – in party mood, flicking up their collars and spitting out the gum.

12. “All Mods Cons”
The Jam
All Mod Cons (1978)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: …learned more from a two minute record, baby, then I ever learned in school.

13. “Jolene”
Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
Love Their Country (2006)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Much better than the White Stripes version.

14. “Little Deuce Coupe”
The Beach Boys
Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Borrowed and never gave back my dad’s copy of this.

15. “Crazy Mother Fucker From Shelby Ohio”
Tim Easton
Not Cool (2013)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: Short song, great swampy sound, underrated songwriter.

16. “Stolen The Moon”
Bob Walkenhorst
The Beginner (2003)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: From the front man of The Rainmakers. Planning to visit Kansas City? If so, you can request Bob play it on Wednesday nights at The Record Bar.

17. “Crush Your Skull”
Elvis Hitler
Disgraceland (1988)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: I wonder why this band didn’t make it.

18. “Heaven and Hell”
Willie Nelson
Phases and Stages (1974)
Submitted By: @philnorman

19. “The One After 909″
The Beatles
Complete Rooftop Recordings (1969)
Submitted by: @philnorman

20. “Catching on Fire”
They Might Be Giants
Apollo 18 (1992)
Submitted by: @philnorman

21. “She Said Yeah”
The Rolling Stones
December’s Children (and Everybody’s) (1965)
Submitted By: Trailer

22. “Selfish Lover”
Gary Floater
Who Cares (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

23. “Fragmented World”
Split Single
Fragmented World (2010)
Submitted By: Ryan(Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: One of my favorite songs from my favorite record of 2014. Just a great power pop song. Jason Narducy (leader of Split Single) has gotten plenty of attention for his bass duties in Bob Mould’s band and as a touring member of Superchunk – its about time he gets some credit for his own fantastic songs.

24. “Songs About Boats”
Chumped
Teenage Retirement (2014)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: Great 90’s sounding slice of rock and roll. There was a ton of great music that come out last year that I’m just getting around to.

25. “Walking Out on Love”
Paul Collins’ Beat
The Beat (1979)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: Power pop heaven. This is a tighter, more crisp version of a song that Collins wrote for The Nerve (and which appeared on their only album). Just a great turn it up and sing it loud type song.

26. “Mark on the Bus”
Beastie Boys
Check Your Head (1992)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Short. I ride on the bus into the city every day…. If I had a nickel for every time this album has been played, I could have retired while in college.

27. “Chromatic Death”
Stormtroopers of Death
Speak English or Die (1985)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Shorter. One of the guys from Anthrax was part of this. Not sure if they were serious or not. The lead singer did go on to found Method of Destruction and I did see a flyer for their show in Glasgow for July 2014.

28. “Ballad of Jimi Hendrix”
Stormtroopers of Death
Speak English or Die (1985)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Shortest. Sorry. I’ll go get a mop.

29. “Little Bit of Whiskey”
Bill Morrissey
Bill Morrissey (1991)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: This is typical of his terse, beautiful compositions about the harshness of eastern seaboard life (Mark Erelli did a tribute album last year called Milltowns, which is a must for any folk collection)

30. “Better Not Wake The Baby”
The Decemberists
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Colin Meloy being deceptively flippant again. Probably had cabin fever.

31. “I Wanna Lose Control”
Paul Westerberg/Deathray
Open Season (OST) (2006)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: My first thought for under 2 minute songs was the Ramones, and I think this channels them well. Continues my ‘cabin fever is a bitch’ theme.

32. “Skilly Bom Billy Flop”
The Imperial Rooster
Cluckaphony (2013)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Nobody packs an under two minute wallop quite like the late, great Imperial Rooster.

33. “Up”
The Renaldo The Ensemble
Why Are You (2009)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: The Renaldo The Ensemble can get you up in just a few seconds.

34. “Smoke (La Vie En Fumer)”
The Tubes
Infomercial – How To Become Tubular (1999)​
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: “Your life is smoke and the world is my ashtray.” Fee Waybill lets us know it’s okay to be uncomfortable in a rock club.

35. “Helter Skelter”
The Bobs
Best of The Bobs: 20 Songs From 20 Years (2003)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This cover version conveys the drama carried out in the lyric, while playing a game with the music that ignores rules, convention, and common sense. It’s perfect.

36. “Country Song 2″
Lizzie Huffman
Lizzie Huffman & Her Brother Band (2010)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Yes, we can tell she’s lying, but we won’t hold that against her. She’s sweet, and her nervousness makes her even more appealing.

37. “The Imposter”
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Get Happy (1980)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

38. “Another Green World”
Brian Eno
Another Green World (1975)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

39. “Alison’s Starting to Happen”
The Lemonheads
It’s a Shame About Ray (1992)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

40. “I’m in Love with a Girl”
Big Star
#1 Record/Radio City (1992)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This song epitomizes all that I love about pop music.

41. “I Missed the Point”
Neko Case
Blacklisted [Bonus Track] (2003)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I love Neko’s voice and also wanted a song that would reference my love of country influences.

42. “Broken Face”
Pixies
Surfer Rosa (1988)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was into a lot of 80s/90s alternative music and Pixies are a favorite.

43. “Somebody Kill Me”
Adam Sandler
The Wedding Singer [Original Soundtrack] (1998)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Bonus humor track. While listening to my 600+ tracks that are less than 2:00 minutes, this popped up. It still makes me laugh out loud.

44. “All”
Descendents
All (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

45. “No, All!”
Descendents
All (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

46. “Short Songs”
Dead Kennedys
Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

47. “You’re Hurting”
Cars Can Be Blue
Doubly Unbeatable (2008)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: So, what’s a FBFY Feb mixtape without a bitter anti-love song? AND under 2 minutes. 2 birds.

48. “Weirdo”
Masked Intruder
M.I. (2014)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: I’ve really gotten into these guys over the past year. Check ‘em out, they have some awesome videos too. “I don’t wanna be alone tonight” is an adorable 8 bit favorite.

49. “Feeling Called Love”
Wire
Pink Flag (2006)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments I mean, it’s Wire…and a love song…and under 2 minutes. C’mon.

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Feel Bad For 2014

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Following the tradition of previous years your favourite nafarious cyber music collective start the Feel Bad For You year looking backwards, so here’s our take of 2014.

Thank to all taking part and especially to Rockstar Aimz for curating, Trailer for the artwork and RomeoSidVicious for the server space and the mixtape widget.



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1. “Sing Along”
Robert Ellis
The Lights From The Chemical Plant
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Non-Sturgill entry, heard this one early in 2014 and it kept me stompin’ my arches flat all year (still does).

2. “Southern Grammar”
Hiss Golden Messenger
Lateness of Dancers
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Easily my favorite album of the year, and my iTunes play count confirms it. This track just gets better with each listen. “Let’s just be simple, for a little while.” Album runner-up: Amy Ray, Goodnight Tender. Album released-late-but-still-great: D’Angelo, Black Messiah.

3. “Ain’t That Easy”
D’Angelo and The Vanguard
Black Messiah
Submitted By: Hoosier Buddy
Comments: Sure the intro sounds like a spaceship starting in a funk garage, but this song only gets better. Check the first two lines: “Take a toke of smoke from me as you dream inside, Let your days slip away come with me and ride.” I will ride in this spaceship anytime. Is that an alien probe, or are you just happy to see me?

4. “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”
Old 97’s
Most Messed Up
Submitted By: @Mando_Lines
Comments: Rhett Miller sings about being in a rock band for a long time.

5. “Right Time”
Nikki Lane
All or Nothin’
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: It would have been easy to pick a track off the latest Old 97’s release from this year, but I chose this instead. She was the opening act for the Old 97’s when they came through Phoenix and she played an amazing set — and with great energy and stage presence. Nice old school sound.

6. “Kim”
Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: Just making sure a song from an artist on my album cover made the comp.

7. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (Supremes cover)
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: 2014 get out of my life and let me sleep at night. Be a man, whoa oh ho ah.

8. “I Won’t Slip Up”
The Delines
Colfax
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Fell in love with this track from the very first listen a year ago, the album is a real gem and one I know I’ll still be playing for many years to come.

9. “Old Vinyl and Innocence”
Two Mule Blues
Old Vinyl and Innocence
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: A multi-year Couch By Couchwest veteran band. One that blows up stuff with the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains as a backdrop. With a song about Gram Parsons. Oh yeaaahhh, my iTunes listen count continues to rise for this one.

10. “Dreams To Tell”
The Bones of J.R. Jones
Dark was the Yearling
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’ve been singing praises for The Bones of J.R. Jones all year. I’ve already submitted two songs to FBFY and here’s a third. I’ve found myself returning to his music over and over in 2014.

11. “Brushed The Dust Off (Lean Into The Wind)”
Miss Shevaugh & Yuma Wray
Lean Into The Wind
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: I can’t look back on 2014 without a nod to Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, my favorite album of the year, their intimate wedding shared with all of CXCW, being able to catch them live at the bus stop cafe with @magearwig, and a year of wonderful twitter interaction with Erin, Chris, Ben and Derek these folks are a beacon of what musicians should be like. Erin’s vocals are as close as I get to a spiritual experience. When the going gets tough this song gets me going.

12. “Making Breakfast”
Twin Peaks
Wild Onions
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: Classic garage rock delivered with a hooky harmonica part and Stones-at-their-down-n-dirtiest swagger.

13. “Windows”
Angel Olsen
Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: This gal just might beat Cat Power at her own game. Love this voice. And that build up near the end? Forget about it.

14. “Boscombe Armistice”
Blue Rose Code
The Ballads Of Peckham Rye
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: From the moment I heard the pedal steel opening on this song I fell in love with it.

15. “My Mama’s Dead”
Dream Police
Hypnotized
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: In my head this is a follow up to Hendrix’s classic “Hey Joe.” Except my head has been split in two by the sheer brutal, pneumatic force of this song, a snarling, distorted beast of a tune that is as brilliantly grim and unforgiving as the title suggests. Are we the only ones who think the Dream Police are a far more enjoyable listen than alter-egos The Men?

16. “Just One of the Guys”
Jenny Lewis
The Voyager
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Great song from an otherwise mediocre album.

17. “Bad Self Portraits”
Lake Street Dive
Bad Self Portraits
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: Great song by this Boston band which frequently got me through my long commute to work.

18. “Shut In”
Strand of Oaks
Heal
Submitted By: Captains Dead
Comments: Tough to pick my favorite from 2014, but this entire album is tremendous.

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