Endless Loop: Nothing Compares 2 U

sineadoconnorHave 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.

“Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor

Sinead O’Connor played a very vivid role in my pre-adolescent, pop-cultural memory bank, a massive hit single, a memorable video to accompany it, a live (totally overblown) TV scandal, and…you know…she was a girl with a shaved head. (I was eleven! What do you want?!) The artist was everywhere, on the radio and MTV, invading the whole spectrum of pop culture and media, even getting parodied on the after-school cartoon show, Tiny Toons Adventures.

The Joup Friday Album: The Noisettes – Three Moods of the Noisettes

NoisettesListening to The Noisettes, it would be easy to dismiss them as another Alabama Shakes-wannabe act … except The Noisettes pre-date the Shakes by six years — and the band formed on a different continent.

Which is why, listening to the group’s 2004 EP, “Three Moods of the Noisettes,” it raises the question why listeners weren’t ready to embrace that retro sound in 2004, but just a mere two years later, press and public alike were enamored by Amy Winehouse, and then in 2009, fell over themselves in their collective (and justifiable) love for Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard. It certainly wasn’t because Noisettes singer/bassist Shingai Shoniwa wasn’t talented — in fact, USA Today called her “incendiary” in one 2006 article. And it wasn’t because they weren’t homegrown; Winehouse was also from London.

Endless Loop: Dry the Rain

betabandHave 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.

“Dry the Rain” by The Beta Band

Endless Loop: My Death

scottwalkerHave 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.

“My Death” by Scott Walker

Endless Loop: Little Trouble Girl

sonicyouthHave 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.

“Little Trouble Girl” by Sonic Youth

Endless Loop: I’m Broken

panteraHave 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’m Broken” by Pantera

I grew up in Texas. It was only a matter of time before I got around to Pantera.

Endless Loop: This Corrosion

sistersofmercyHave 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.

“This Corrosion” by Sisters of Mercy

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