A few music things...

First, I was bummed to see in the paper, that Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, died in a hotel. He was 61. And, he really smoked on some of the best Hendrix tunes (listen to Manic Depression and Fire).

I'll have to ask our fellow writer Jay A Sanford about him. He had told me some stories about Noel Redding, the bassist, years ago.

And, I saw that Rolling Stone did a list of the top 100 singers. Now, usually the lists they do have lots of problems.

When Q Magazine (a much better publication in England), compiled a list, it had the best and worst singers, which was a lot more fun. And it was a pretty good list. Here's who Rolling Stone has (and my comments after each name)

100 Mary J. Blige...not the biggest fan of her music, but she deserves to be here. It's nice having contemporary people on the list. Great voice, though. ..................................................................

99 Steven Tyler....I'm like early Aerosmith. Toys in the Attic is one of the best albums ever. Maybe he'd be higher on a list of "best lips" in rock...................................................................................

98 Stevie Nicks...great voice, but I just don't like her solo stuff. With Fleetwood Mac, amazing. I've heard Gold Dust Woman a million times, and could hear it a million more.

97 Joe Cocker...this guy has great ballads, but I'm not the biggest fan of his voice (or his stage presence). I do think it's funny that his ballad "You Are So Beautiful" is played at so many weddings. When if you listen to the words...he's saying "You are so beautiful, to me". So...she could be ugly to other people, but hey...the groom things your hot, so that's all that matters.

96 B.B. King...I guess having a living blues legend on the list isn't so bad...but he's known more for Lucille than his voice.

95 Patti LaBelle. Known more for her hair than her voice.

94 Karen Carpenter. Known more for her eating disorder than her singing. But she did have a great voice. Lame songs, though.

93 Annie Lennox. I hated the Eurythmics, but love her solo stuff. Great voice, horrible hair.

92 Morrissey. Good voice, great songwriter. Not all that versatile, though. It's always just dark stuff with this dude.

91 Levon Helm. Nice choice...The Band is amazing.

90 The Everly Brothers. Wait...are both Phil and Don on the list together?

89 Solomon Burke. This big guy is so underrated. I bought an autographed guitar of his for $500 years ago. He's amazing, and I'm glad he's on the list.

88 Willie Nelson. How this guy is on the list is just bizarre. He's a great songwriter, but what a horrible voice. It sounds so much better to hear Elvis sing his hit "Always on my Mind".

87 Don Henley. Good voice. But the big Lebowski said it best about the Eagles (although, have to admit, they do actually have some great songs).

86 Art Garfunkel. The better voice of the duo, but Simon wrote those amazing tunes. Just look at his solo career.

85 Sam Moore...Sam and Dave are great, but not sure I'd have him on this list.

84 Darlene Love...I'm not sure who this is!!

83 Patti Smith. I'm a huge fan. Horses is one of the best albums of the 70s. But, she doesn't have a great voice. She has great poems, great energy...not a great voice.

82 Tom Waits. Wow...the former National City dude is a great songwriter, but the voice is hard to take. I think I've listened to that fishtrombone CD maybe twice in my life. Not even sure why I bought it.

81 John Lee Hooker. I'm not the biggest blues fan, but I love JLH. Crawling King Snake, One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer...and of course, Boom Boom. But, best vocalist. Well, okay. He is at 81.

80 Frankie Valli. I thought Jersey Boys was overrated, but not Valli as a vocalist. I'm not sure why he's not higher up on the list.

79 Mariah Carey. She has the best voice, with the worst songs, of anyone I've ever heard in my life.

78 Sly Stone. This legendary recluse is talented. I'm just not a big fan.

77 Merle Haggard. I don't know enough about this Okie...and I'm not a country music fan.

76 Steve Perry. Sure, many of his songs are cheesy, but he has the pipes (and the cheesy mustache). Definately deserves to be on the list.

75 Iggy Pop. The Godfather of Punk...he should be in the rock n roll hall of fame. I have no problem with him here on the list. I'm a huge Stooges fan.

74 James Taylor. I absolutely hate his voice. Great songwriter, I just don't like his singing.

73 Dolly Parton. Uh...mmmm. Not sure how I feel about this. Great songwriter. She's versatile, and can do country, pop, bluegrass. I like Jack White doing her songs better than her.

72 John Fogerty. I love CCR. I love his swamp soundin' voice. His solo career, to me, is horrid. He's never done a solo tune I've liked, but I can't get enough of that CCR (again, just like Leboski).

71 Toots Hibbert. Who is this? This isn't the person from Toots/Maytall? Did I ever spell that correctly?

70 Gregg Allman. I like his keyboards better than his voice. I do love his singing on "I Am No Angel", but....I dunno. He's far enough down on the list that I can't really complain.

69 Ronnie Spector. How is she not farther up on the list?

68 Wilson Pickett. And Wilson, too. How cool was it listening to his songs in The Committments?

67 Jerry Lee Lewis. Great honky-tonk piano. Great songs. He's a legend, so he's gotta be on the list. This is a good a place as any. 66 Thom Yorke. I think Radiohead is overrated by the critics, but I have a few CDs. They're great. And when he sings ballads, he sounds just like the Bread singer (can't remember his name, Gates, or something...David Gates maybe)

65 David Ruffin. Not the biggest fan.

64 Axl Rose. Okay, if it's a list of the biggest douche bags in rock, have him on the list. Biggest bandana, or goofiest hair style, sure. But for best vocalist, he shouldn't be on a list of the top 1,000.

63 Dion. Not sure why this doo-woop, New Yorker isn't in the top 15. He's amazing. My friend met him at Humphrey's, and said he was a jerk. But hey...that's not what this list is about.

62 Lou Reed. He has some great songs, and his voice works for them. But, it just doesn't seem right to have him on this list.

61 Roger Daltrey. Rog would be #1 if it was the best screamers in music history. I dig his singing voice, but I lean more towards those classic rockers.

60 Björk. I didn't hear that funky album she did a few years back, with only her voice and a weird, throaty style of singing. I didn't care for The Sugarcubes, but like her solo stuff. Possibly, Maybe is one of my favorite songs of all-time. And Oh So Quiet, would surely make the list of best videos of all-time.

59 Rod Stewart. His raspy vocals, and his popular CDs of the standards, assures his place on the list. My guilty pleasure is his disco era stuff. I hate to admit I like it.

58 Christina Aguilera. I'm not a fan. And, I don't want to get sued by saying what list she should be on.

57 Eric Bourdon. The Animals is one of my favorite 60s bands. That bluesy, working class rock he did was great. Sure, his stuff with War (Spill the Wine) is fun, but nothing beats those old Animals tracks.

56 Mavis Staples. Perfect place for her.

55 Paul Rodgers. Perfect place for him. He was great with Bad Company and The Firm, but he's showing his limitations as a vocalist by fronting Queen (although, following Freddie is a tough act).

54 Luther Vandross. Why isn't he higher? I don't love his songs, but that voice....

53 Muddy Waters. I like his harmonica player James Cotton, more thhan I like him. But hey, it's a blues legend. Rolling Stone probably just put him on this list for credibility.

52 Brian Wilson. Nice choice.

51 Gladys Knight. I could see her being higher up the list.

50 Bonnie Raitt. She is the most overrated of all. She gets all these props for her slide guitar playing (which is good, but nothing special). As a singer...geez. Listen to her first hit (a cover of Runaway). It's horrible!

49 Donny Hathaway. Uh...who is this? Is this the Hathaway mentioned in the Amy Winehouse tune?

48 Buddy Holly. He was the first to write and produce his own stuff. I'm a huge fan.

47 Jim Morrison. The Doors are my favorite band ever. And, Morrison is actually a versatile singer. He can scream, sing ballads...but Rolling Stone has never cared for him.

46 Patsy Cline. Not a huge fan, but she deserves to be here. Best use of one of her songs, was The Simpsons. Homer gets locked up in an insane asylum, and when Marge calls to see how he is, she's put on hold. It's an elevator musak version of "Crazy".

45 Kurt Cobain. Nirvana is great. Those three CDs are amazing. And, his voice did have a blend of that painful, sorrowful touch which was needed in some songs, and the grunge yelling.

44 Bobby "Blue" Bland. I love his stuff with BB King. Not the biggest fan of his voice.

43 George Jones. I don't know enough about his catalog.

42 Joni Mitchell. Great voice, great songwriter (and great artist...she did the CSN&Y cover for Deja Vu). I'm not the biggest fan of her songs, though.

41 Chuck Berry. Sure, he's a legend. The first guy to do rock n roll (in my opinion...some argue Bill Haley, Ike Turner, but this was the first). But when every song sounds the same...

40 Curtis Mayfield. He should be in the top 20.

39 Jeff Buckley. Great songwriter, but not the greatest vocalist, in m opinion.

38 Elton John. Who doesn't love Reg?

37 Neil Young. Wow. Why do they do this? Just to create controversy? Great songwriter. I mean, Harvast, what an album. Heck, he has about 2 or 3 other albums that would make the list of best albums of all time. But that voice is dreadful. I mean, I love Sugar Mountain. It's great. But listen to his singing. Why would he be on this list?

36 Bruce Springsteen. Not a big fan. For every song of his I like, there are 5 that I hate.

35 Dusty Sprinfield. Did they put her here, because her name is similar to Bruce Springsteen? Why is she not higher up?

34 Whitney Houston. Great voice, I just don't dig the songs.

33 Steve Winwood. I absolutely hate his voice, which made it hard for me to like the Spencer Davis Group (he started with them when he was 15). I do love Blind Faith (wish they would've done more), and for some reason, I dig Traffic, despite his horrendous vocals. His solo stuff in the 80s won a lot of Grammy's. I'm not sure why.

32 Bono. Good place for him. I would put him on the list of "worst stage names," though.

31 Howlin' Wolf. I only know a handful of his songs.

30 Prince. Good place for him. He can do ballads, immitate JB, and rock or funk out.

29 Nina Simone. Great place for her.

28 Janis Joplin. Sure, she could belt out the blues, but...it's hard for me to take her in large doses. A few songs I love...Ball and Chain, Summertime, Down on Me....But I jump to change the channel when I hear Piece of My Heart.

27 Hank Williams. Great songs, and a country legend. I prefer Hank Williams III.

26 Jackie Wilson. Everyone in the music industry loves him. He has a few tunes I like. I prefer Jackie Wilson Says, by Van Morrison, to anything by Jackie himself.

25 Michael Jackson. No problem with this. Obviously he'd be #1 on the list of weirdest singers.

24 Van Morrison. Just saw him at the Hollywood Bowl. I'll be writing about that in a future Crasher column. One of my all-time favs. Moondance is such an amazing album (critics like Astral Weeks better, not sure why). And that early bluesy stuff he did with Them (Mystic Eyes, Gloria, Here Comes the Night, Baby Please Don't Go)...this guy rules!

23 David Bowie. Very interesting singer, great variety of songs...no problem with him here.

22 Etta James. I've heard she's horrible in concert now...but they're picking by the songs on the albums. And nobody would have a problem with her here, based on that.

21 Johnny Cash. As a vocalist, not very versatile. And a lot of people can immitate him easily. But we all love the songs.

20 Smokey Robinson. He's got a great voice, but I just hate his songs. He sings way too high for me. A friend of mine saw him in concert, and said he started signing so high in some songs, you couldn't even hear the lyrics.

19 Bob Marley. Every song sounds the same. And I'm not into Reggae. Maybe if I was in Jamaica, but...

18 Freddie Mercury. Not sure why he isn't in the Top 5. Maybe that goofy mustache knocks him down a few pegs, I dunno. I mean, aside from all the songs you know, he did a damn opera album that got raved reviews (Barcelona).

17 Tina Turner. Nice legs. Nice wig. Okay songs.

16 Mick Jagger. The early stuff is amazing. After Sticky Fingers, it just went down hill.

15 Robert Plant. I love Led Zep. But many people find him hard to take as a vocalist (much the way they do the Rush singer). But listen to those ballads...Tangerine, Thank You; the blues songs, Since I've Been Loving You...oh hell, I can't list all their great songs. I'd be here all night.

14 Al Green. Rev Al. In movies, people always have the guy play Marvin Gay or Vandross, when the seduction is about to take place. I would suggest the Call Me album by Green. Best shout out: Adam Ant singing "Pretending that you're Al Green" in "Good Two Shoes."

13 Roy Orbison. Great voice. Nobody would deny that. It's hard to imagine him not cracking the Top 10, but here he is, at lucky 13.

12 Little Richard. One of the first screamers in rock. You get points for that.

11 Paul McCartney. Sir Paul was a huge Little Richard fan (and covered a few of his songs nicely). It's funny that he got one ahead of him (and many ahead of his favorite singer, Buddy Holly; many don't realize, Paul owns most of the Holly catalog, too).

10 James Brown. He's a one trick pony. I'd have him at #82 on this list.

09 Stevie Wonder. I wonder how he got up so high on this list. Maybe at #38.

08 Otis Redding. I've read that people really needed to see him live to appreciate him. In Bill Graham (concert promoter, not religious figure), he tells stories about him live, and what it did to the women. He has a great compilation with about 20 songs, I highly recommend it. Especially if you're only familiar with Sittin on the Dock of the Bay.

07 Bob Dylan. Do I really need to explain how stupid a choice this is? Sure, Blood on the Tracks is one of my all time favorite albums. Blonde on Blonde is okay. But he's a horrible vocalist, that's an amazing songwriter. This is a list of "best singers".

06 Marvin Gaye. Great place for him. He had one helluva voice.

05 John Lennon. Great songwriter, good voice. Maybe he should be at #45. I say that, and the Beatles are one of my favorite bands.

04 Sam Cooke. Great place for him. I love Cooke. I think his ballads (You Send Me, Bring it on Home), are among the best in music history. One of my pieces of music memorabilia includes a contract of his. I cherish that.

03 Elvis Presley. Who can argue with the king? Millions of Elvis fans can't be wrong.

02 Ray Charles. For best singers, I'd say Ray should be down farther.

01 Aretha Franklin. I only own her Greatest Hits. Now I feel guilty. Great voice...hell, she's the queen of soul. But I'd have her down at about 15.

Those are my opinions, of Rolling Stones opinion. Up yours.

I mean, what are yours?

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cardig Nov. 14, 2008 @ 2:12 p.m.

If this list is supposed to be BEST SINGERS period, and not a specific genre, then...

Missing from the list....

Barry Manilow Neil Diamond Luther Vandross Nat King Cole

None of them are my favorite, but how can you exclude them, and have Axel Rose. What a whiny voice, surprised they didn't add Getty Lee too. I also agree with you, Neil Young is a tough sell on this list.

Mariah Carey should be way higher. 5+ octaves and ranked #79, come on. You should try her Christmas songs next month...they are not so bad Josh.

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antigeekess Nov. 14, 2008 @ 10:47 p.m.

Don't think I saw Chris Isaak on there. He's a pretty darn good singer, for pop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXmlJQN5Pm8

In a similar vein, but more country -- there's the great Lyle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEzJilWhURs

"Marvin Gay or Vandross, when the seduction is about to take place"... White boy, please. Two words: Barry White.

And, this isn't the BEST example of Barry's singing, per se. But it's my favorite song of his (thanks to Ally McBeal), AND LUCIANO PAVAROTTI IS SINGING IT WITH HIM, IN ITALIAN!!!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL0WFcygdWY

I guess it also goes without saying that Andrea Bocelli wouldn't make it to the pages of Rolling Stone.

"39 Jeff Buckley. Great songwriter, but not the greatest vocalist, in m opinion."

Jeff had a minimum three octave range. Some say four. One of the greatest ever -- perhaps the original "emo." For the peanut gallery, here's Mojo Pin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duJQrCxBuQw&feature=related

(Nice example of his coloratura/flexibility, but Corpus Christi might be a better example of his range.)

And since the list seemed a little light on ladies, & girl singers are my special area of interest, I've definitely got some suggestions there, too.

The best I've ever heard: The eternal Eva Cassidy (folk, mostly.) Here she is live, but already sick - just a few months before her death from cancer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUwTdqPkluY

Best living Jazz chenteuse, hands down? The incomparable, exquisite Miss Jane Monheit:

This next lady's not "hot." She's not commercial. She's just one of the best singers alive today. And her version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is even better than Jeff Buckley's. (Which is even better than Rufus Wainwright's): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTv9m8c6hnw

Best current rocker chick by a country mile, just split up from the best girl band ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_hgVm...

But back in the day NOBODY could touch Ann Wilson of Heart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JhlC5OLXUo&feature=related

For world music -- especially Celtic -- it's Loreena McKennitt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b1aRtAXEZA

And finally, the best female soul singer most people have never heard of is half of the best duo most people have never heard of. (They do have a STRONG cult following, for quite a while now.) Her guitar-player husband's no slouch, either:

BTW, any guys out there play guitar just like that and can't sing a note? Call me. :)

Okay, I lied. There's one more. "To grow on," so to speak. She's just turned 20, & lives in a small village in Sweden. Her name is Elina, and most of the world hasn't heard of her yet.

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Josh Board Nov. 15, 2008 @ 12:29 a.m.

Well cardig, ya missed Luther sneaking in at #54. Whenever I say "Luther" I think of the character in The Sting, not the singer.

I like funny Christmas songs, like the Kinks singing Father Christmas, or The Waitresses, or Eagles bluesy song about being alone for Christmas. The funniest thing is when Jews like Neil Diamond do a Christmas album. What is up with that?

Anti...great call on Chris Isaak. Amazing voice (and nice videos...hehehehehehe). He sounds like Roy Orbison, looks like Elvis. Why is he not more famous?

Speaking of lots of octives, Captain Beefheart supposedly had a 4 or 5 octive range. Not saying he deserves to be on the list, though.

I'll take Jeff's dad Tim Buckley over him. And, on the subject of 60s singgers, where's the love for Mama Cass? She had some major pipes. And, the singer from Fairport Convention (most probably know her from her duet with Zep in Battle of Evermore).

Barry White??? Anti, please. That's so cliche, a woman would laugh her way out of the room if you tried to play that during the seduction. It would be like that scene in Election when the guy plays the Commodores (hey, where's Lionel Ritchie on the list?) Three Times a Lady. Reese Witherspoon kind of looks at him like he's crazy.

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antigeekess Nov. 15, 2008 @ 3:57 p.m.

TIM over JEFF? Nuts. I've got one of Tim's CDs as well, and although he & his son certainly LOOKED almost identical, & Tim was an enjoyable enough singer, Jeff kicks his butt. I noticed Jeff was at #10 on Q's list. Much more appropriate.

"Barry White??? Anti, please. That's so cliche, a woman would laugh her way out of the room if you tried to play that during the seduction."

This one would laugh if you played Marvin, Luther OR Barry. Or Teddy Pendergrass, for that matter.

But not as much as if you played Sade.

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Josh Board Nov. 17, 2008 @ 2:30 a.m.

Oh, I agree. Sade has such a wonderful voice. Her songs are usually to "smooth jazz" for me. Sweetest Taboo is such a great tune.

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Russ Lewis Nov. 17, 2008 @ 3:59 a.m.

Josh, Tim Buckley is still one of the undiscovered treasures of the '60s -- WHY? Jeff had everything Dad had except talent. Both had the voice and the looks, but only Dad could actually write a great song. Shame, 'cause I wanted to like Jeff Buckley. I just never could.

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Russ Lewis Nov. 17, 2008 @ 4:06 a.m.

Anti, what Tim Buckley album do you have? There's Tim Buckley and there's Tim Buckley. He did radically different albums throughout his career. If you made the mistake of starting with "Starsailor" or "Lorca," you're in for some of the toughest listening you'll ever hear. I'd recommend trying "Tim Buckley" or "Goodbye and Hello," two albums of astonishing maturity and beauty, especially considering that the first (his debut) was recorded when he was 19.

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antigeekess Nov. 17, 2008 @ 5:16 p.m.

"happy sad," russl.

Didn't grab me the one time I played it. I'll give it another listen.

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antigeekess Nov. 17, 2008 @ 6:19 p.m.

Okay, russl - so I re-listened to "Happy Sad." Couldn't find the Happy part. Although interesting and obviously the product of considerable talent, I also find it too obviously dated (largely due to the ever-present marimba), and just too consistently morose for my tastes. This kind of consistent, depressed wallowing (much like Tori Amos) just kinda gets on my nerves.

And I also read a bit on Tim Buckley's website. You're obviously an 'early' Buckley fan, no? The two you DON'T like were the later ones, which the artist himself identified with more strongly, it seems. There's some mention of him getting a bit pissed off with fans wanting to hear the earlier material, which was more "commercial," compared with what he did later (Lorca & Starsailor which sound altogether more interesting).

Lee Underwood, Tim's guitarist, who spoke at his funeral, called Starsailor Tim's "Magnum Opus." And writer David Browne -- who interviewed Jeff -- had this to say:

"I did ask him a few questions about his family and upbringing; the topic was unavoidable. He expressed disdain for the way his absentee father had run his career but admired some of his albums, particularly Starsailor, the wild-eyed 1971 tapestry many considered Tim's masterpiece."

So, I'm thinking maybe I should check out Starsailor.

;)

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Russ Lewis Nov. 17, 2008 @ 9:02 p.m.

Good luck finding "Starsailor." It's impossibly out of print, and it'll cost you big bucks on eBay, but I can run off a copy if you want to get in touch.

Yes, it is his magnum opus. That doesn't mean people like it though. There's one track that anticipated Diamanda Galas by a good 15 years, and the rest combines weird time signatures and five-octave vocal freakouts; not for the unadventurous. (It also contains the lovely "Song to the Siren," made famous in the mid-1980s by This Mortal Coil and used more recently in a perfume commercial.) This album and "Lorca" are the most experimental records you'll ever hear in rock, jazz, or folk. His first two are much more art-folk-rock in the manner of the day, when rock had become something to take seriously. And in its way, "Goodbye and Hello" is an accomplishment too.

"Happy Sad" is his transition album between folk and jazz; "Strange Feelin'" is a direct steal from "All Blues." If that song, "Sing a Song for You," and "Buzzin' Fly" don't grab you, then forget it. You tried. Listen to those again and see. "Buzzin' Fly" goes down real easy, and I can't imagine a better song for putting the moods on some chick. "Happy" isn't the word for it; more like serene and content. (This is Julian Cope's all-time favorite album, by the way.)

His first two albums are available as a twofer, and you won't have to spend stupid money on eBay to find them. David Browne's twin-bio of Tim and Jeff is a good read, incidentally. The way the two, father and son, both died tragically, needlessly, and at approximately the same age is one of the eeriest coincidences in rock, comparable to Jan Berry's 1966 car accident.

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antigeekess Nov. 17, 2008 @ 10:58 p.m.

Russl,

Thanks for making me aware of Diamanda Galas. I can't say that I'll spend a lot of time in the future listening to her (listening to the third one from her on YouTube right now), but just knowing she's out there puts a smirk on my face, and there's only one thing that does that -- the smell of PUNK. I'm familiar with some folks you might call "country punk," but never a JAZZ punk. She & people like her are like Van Gogh, or chocolate chocolate chunk ice cream -- just a little too rich/intense to indulge in on a daily basis. Kinda belongs in the category of Yma Sumac, I'd say. I don't listen to her CD every day either.

I do love "Song to the Siren." Here's Tim doing it live, in case you haven't seen it:

But I have to say, I like this version better. It's the first one that came up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE_cZIDh62g&feature=related

I'm a little confused by it, though. Who the hell is it?

Listening to Lorca right now. Yup, it's weird all right. But still dated due to the organ (doing the same schtick the marimba was doing in Happy Sad). I never like that kind of stuff.

Actually, Happy Sad sounds to me more like a soundtrack for a film set in the 60s than anything else. "Buzzin' Fly" is perfectly pleasant boy/girl hippie music.

And here he is, looking amazingly like his son, doing "Sing a Song for You":

Some really nice songs. However, I still prefer the younger Buckley. "Grace" will always be in my top five albums.

But I went ahead & got Starsailor (on cassette). $9.99 on eBay with a big $2.75 for shipping.

BOOYAH! ;)

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Russ Lewis Nov. 18, 2008 @ 12:18 a.m.

The first "Song to the Siren" you mention is from The Monkees -- the same episode that featured Frank Zappa. (Look that one up on YouToob.) Heck, I saw that one when it first aired. The second one -- who the hell is it? It's Tim Buckley. It's the Starsailor version.

Oh well. Lots of people think Grace is a great album. It has one great song ("Hallelujah"), and even that was written by someone else. The singer was tragic and beautiful and had a great voice and killer cheekbones, but other than that I don't get it. I think it's mostly a chick thing. And I gotta say, if you spent ten dollars for ANY cassette, you REALLY got rooked. But at least you'll hear it. You certainly are adventurous to seek it out after all the caveats I issued. It would be interesting to hear your reaction.

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Russ Lewis Nov. 18, 2008 @ 9:12 a.m.

Anti, you might want to check out John Zorn and Naked City. Zorn is equally influenced by John Coltrane and Napalm Death.

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Josh Board Nov. 19, 2008 @ 1:43 a.m.

I loved reading this. You two going back and forth, and all the music mentioned. I would've loved to hear what other musicians people thought should have been on or off the list. Damn music lovers. What a lazy lot, sitting there, smoking a J, and not getting into the fray.

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Josh Board Nov. 21, 2008 @ 2:04 a.m.

I just read this article in Rolling Stone. A really good read, even though the list is a bit insane. They had all these famous musicians doing the ballots, which was cool. Although they admit, they didn't just use their top 20 picks. They also threw two under the bus: They said how lame it was that Courtney Love and James Blunt, both picked themselves (with Blunt listing himself as #1 of the best singers).

They also talked about weird things, like Art Garfunkel having really nice handwriting. Not sure why that is even relevant to the article.

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inactive Nov. 22, 2008 @ 5:35 p.m.

Darleen Love- you probably would know her better for playing Danny Glover's wife in the Lethal Weapon movies

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NachoDaddy Nov. 22, 2008 @ 10:03 p.m.

Once, a woman I was dating commented on how big Steven Tyler's daughter's lips were. When I said, "Yea," I leaned into the word a little too hard. My arm was slapped.

The vocals that Axl Rose are known for were done in pieces in the studio. He could not maintain them for an entire concert. This is why he should not be on the list.

Blunt voting for himself? This is why hcwd.com coined the term, "bluntbag."

Mariah Carrey -- One of the best Christmas albums I've ever heard. She does this Silent Night/O Holy Night combo that gets me every time. (Fine. Here's my Man Card (tm).)

Smokey Robinson -- in attempts to change your mind, "Crusin" is one of my all time favorite songs.

Sam Cooke -- I've Been Lovin' You

Van Morrison -- Into The Mystic

Mostly, I should print this article. I really know music, and there's so much for me to learn here.

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Josh Board Nov. 23, 2008 @ 7:02 p.m.

brian...you rock! thanks so much for posting that. I remember, as a senior in high school when Lethal Weapon came out, reading that she was a singer. And I didn't know then who she was. I want to hear some of her stuff now.

I saw a guy with a Toots and the Maytalls shirt, and I want to hear them, too.

Like I said, nacho. Mariah has a great voice, and if she uses it properly (like the Xmas song you mentioned), it's beautiful.

When Greg Lake (emerson, lake, and palmer) does his Christmas song, I lose it every time. He just sings it so beautifully.

And Van Morrison...wow, what great ballads. In the Stone article, John Lee Hooker had said it's his "favorite white soul singer".

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