Endless Loop: I Stay Away

aliceinchainsHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“I Stay Away” by Alice In Chains

Endless Loop: September

cranesHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“September” by Cranes

Try as I might, I just can’t seem to get anyone to jump on the Cranes bandwagon with me.  And that’s a damn shame, because the British shoegaze band churned out a whole mess of stellar pop during their early/mid 90’s heyday.  Most complaints are generally lodged against the vocal stylings of Alison Shaw, a kind of childlike, high-pitched coo.  I’ll admit, it’s a lot to take in at first.  But repeated listening yields great reward.  She sounds like no one else.  Her voice fascinates me.

The Joup Friday Album: Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits

saturdaymorningSomething I don’t really see much of anymore are compilation tribute albums, those sonic testaments of inspiration and capital assembled together from a who’s who of whatever the kids are listening to and assorted old stalwarts to craft a quick and profitable loving homage to one of our respected audio forebears.  I don’t mean to sound snarky.  I’m not too good for these cash ins, as my old CD collection is proof to, but it seems like they used to be all over the place, lauding such artists as Depeche Mode, or Joy Division, or Led Zeppelin, or The Carpenters, but have now faded into relative obscurity with so much other 90’s detritus.

Endless Loop: Tommib

squarepusherHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Tommib” by Squarepusher

Endless Loop: Leave Me Alone

spyHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Leave Me Alone” by Spy

Have you ever had one of those albums that you are the utmost champion of?  A record that you try to push on your friends and family as something, if not essential, then at the very least a wonderful listen to and while away an hour or so?  A record that for whatever reason (generally a lack of promotion) doesn’t seem to receive the attention or the acclaim that you know it is worthy of?

Endless Loop: Bust A Move

youngmcHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Bust A Move” by Young MC

Somewhere in the inner recesses of my brain, there still exists a 10-year old version of myself, running freely among all the neurons and synapses, reading and drawing comics, playing Nintendo games, studying about sharks, and probably wondering why I haven’t gotten a group of kids together to play a mean game of wall-ball.  He’s always there, even when I pay him no attention, palling around with the surlier teenage version of me and waiting to react at the slightest notion of nostalgia.

Endless Loop: Apache

bongobandHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Apache” by The Incredible Bongo Band

It’s one of those things that sounds like a total joke at first.  Or, maybe it was honestly done, a silly, yet earnest and sincere piece or art that just seems ridiculous in hindsight, now that years have lapsed by and hearts and souls have grown jaded.  Oh, maybe it falls into some kind of pit of irony, sustenance for the hordes of snark-fueled cretins.

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