My iPod #22: Blink-182 – All the Small Things

Well… shit. Late for two days in a row? I’m sorry. Almost half past nine GMT too? Oh damn.

I apologise. I went out with my friends to Leicester Square today. One of them turned 18 on Wednesday, so we celebrated by going to the cinema, watching ‘Side Effects’ starring Jude Law and Rooney Mara, stuffing our faces at ‘Planet Hollywood’ and finally watching a dance act outside Picadilly Circus Station whilst making fun out of them.

‘Side Effects’ was good. It kinda dragged on for a bit, but I do recommend it for fans of Jude Law and those into psychiatric stuff.

‘All the Small Theeengs’, as sung by Tom DeLonge, was released as the second single from their ‘breakthrough’ album ‘Enema of the State’.

I can’t really say much, I’ve heard it for years and years, you’ve probably all heard it for years and years. Jedward then butchered it a few years ago, but no one cares about them anymore so don’t even try and look for that cover.

It’s just a love song really, it was made to be a song for the radio, and for good reason. Who can’t resist singing to the ‘Na-na, na-na, na-na, na-nanana’ chorus, or just generally making out during the song. You can’t stop that. It’s just instinct. It’s a very nice song, you can’t be angry whilst listening it.

If you want a girlfriend you could probably just play this song for her, then she’s allllll yours. Guaranteed. Coming from someone who doesn’t have one right here.

Mark Hoppus met his wife during the making of the video for the song, so that’s saying something right?

Until next time.

Jamie.

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My iPod #21: The Used – All That I’ve Got

Hi everybody. I’m a bit late, I’m sorry. I’m on my iPod right now, my mum wouldn’t get off the computer, but it’s fine. I may have to make this quick, the battery’s running out.
‘In Love and Death’ is some album. It’s not regularly considered to be something of a concept album, but it could easily, seeing as it is about those two themes. Written during a particularly miserable period for Bert McCracken, it can sound really happy in some parts and downright pissed off and depressing in others.
‘All That I’ve Got’ first came into my life through a friend of my sister. Her friends must have sent her the song through MSN or something, but I can’t remember if sis liked it or not. I used to watch Kerrang! too, and it showed ten seconds of their new single at the time ‘I Caught Fire’ when it advertised the new videos that were the ‘ones to watch’. However, I wasn’t really interested, I don’t think I liked the look of make up on lead singers so I didn’t really bother listening to the song.
Coming after ‘Let It Bleed’ on the album, ‘All That I’ve Got’ is quite a sad song 😦 You wouldn’t think it listening to the lyrics or the actual music. According to Wikipedia, it was written after the lead singer’s pet died, and it’s never great when that happens.
I think the song describes any person in a situation when a loved one has died. It’s shown on soap operas all the time. There’s a character whose dad or brother has passed away. A friend asks “Are you ok?”, and the person answers, “Yeah, sure, why wouldn’t I be? Haha.” Then you see them crying in their pillow when they go to bed.
The narrator of the song does the same thing, and putting on the strong, ‘I don’t give a shit’ facade is the only thing he has from making himself look like a pussy in front of other people.
To anyone who has had that experience, it’s alright to feel sad. It’s never happened to me before so I don’t want to sound patronising. Whoever has left will always be with you, in your head and in your heart.
Until next time.
Jamie.

My iPod #20: Sum 41 – All She’s Got

Hi again.

No single this time. Just a standard album track on the album ‘All Killer No Filler’, the debut album by Sum 41, released in 2001.

I may have only been six when the album came around, and pop punk was still big around then. Blink-182 were still riding on their success with their then new album ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket”, Green Day were still pretty relevant with “Warning” being released the year before.

I may have been young yes, but ‘Fat Lip’ and ‘In Too Deep’ were pretty popular in the UK, so I heard those two many a time.

I downloaded ‘All Killer’ back in 2009. I don’t really know why though, I just started to download albums around that time, and I guess I wanted some songs on my old iPod Nano.

‘All She’s Got’ is the third last song on the album, but it segues into the next song ‘Heart Attack’ which also fades into the final song ‘Pain for Pleasure.’ I like when songs fade into one another, I think it’s cool.

It’s hard to describe Sum 41’s music. Music isn’t something to be described, but to be listened and admired. It’s punky, but it’s not angry punk. It’s more of a rebellious, youth, stick a finger in the air at the authorities kind of punk. You couldn’t really imagine any other band singing it except for Sum 41. There’s something about Deryck Whibley’s voice that just can’t be matched by anyone. It’s not that he’s an amazing singer or anything, but he captures the ’emotion’, if that’s the correct word, in each song.

It’s not the best song, but it’s one that does sound like it should be placed near the end of an album. Like the sun setting down, on a beach, in California or something.

I wish that happened in England once in a while.

Until next time.

Jamie.

My iPod #19: Kanye West – All of the Lights

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‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, the fifth album by Kanye West. The one which received positive reviews from every music magazine and website you could imagine. The one with the controversial artwork. The one which had a film released along with it. The one that gave rise to memes such as ‘Yeezy taught me’, ‘No one man should have all that flour’ and ‘Let’s have a toast to the douchebags’. What made it so good?

Well, it was his first album after 808s & Heartbreak, for a start.

But real talk, it was the return of a Kanye (the rapper) that the world had never witnessed before. Remember what he did to Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs? Yeah, well no one liked him after that. Beyoncé was shocked, Pink was outraged, even the President had a few words to say about him.

So what did Kanye do? He only went into some sort of exile to Hawaii and recorded his, arguably, best work of ALL TIME. ALL TIME.

‘All of the Lights’ is preceded by its short interlude, a cello/violin and a piano play the melody of the intro. Then the main song starts, “ALL OF THE LIGHTS”, triumphant horns set up the scene, a crescendo of strings build up the mood, Rihanna sings the post-chorus, “Turn up the lights in here baby etc etc.” Then the beat kicks in, and it’s just awesome from then on.

The song kicks arse. It’s a highlight for me from the album. It’s just the rapid drums and bass, the horns, Kanye’s rhymes and delivery. It’s such an adrenaline rush, I don’t think anyone could sit calmly in a chair and bob their heads. No! You’re headbanging, you do a forward roll and you flail about when there’s no one else in the room with the lights flickering on and off. That’s what you do!

Another thing that’s great about the song is also the number of guests he gets on it. No, this song doesn’t just feature Rihanna. You’ve got Kid Cudi in the first bridge, “Getting myyyyyyyyyyyyy eh, you should go and get your oowwwwwwwwwwwwn,” Fergie-Ferg from the Black Eyed Peas in the second bridge, Alicia Keys AND Elton John at the end, and even La Roux. La Roux! How? Why? When?

The song just gives off a sense of glory. “Lights, Cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, strobe lights, street lights, ALL OF THE LIGHTS ALL OF THE LIGHTS, fast life, drug life, thug life, Roc life, every night, ALL OF THE LIGHTS.”

If you don’t have ‘MBDTF’, I suggest you get it. It is probably one of the best hip hop albums released in the last five years.

Who even likes Taylor Swift now anyway?

Until next time.

Jamie.

My iPod #18: Brakes – All Night Disco Party

This one’s for all the Catholics out there. Pope Francis all the way.

Got MTV2 to thank for this song again. You guys might not know a lot about Brakes. So I’ll probably just give you the gist.

Brakes are another British band, from Brighton this time, who formed in 2003. They released their first single, ‘Pick Up the Phone‘ (song starts at 0:21), and followed that up with the song above. Those two singles can be found on their first album ‘Give Blood’ which got quite good reviews, even from Robert Christgau and Pitchfork. They also go by the name BrakesBrakesBrakes in the US.

This song is so hypnotic. The bass groove, the descending guitar riff in the verses…. The repetition of the song title just sets a tone of anticipation, you’re walking with your mates down the street to the biggest party that has been hyped for months. You find the door, you hear the thumping music, and then you walk inside. That’s when the chorus comes in.

EAST WEST. NORTH SOUTH. LEFT RIGHT. CROQUE-MONSIEUR, CROQUE MADAME.

Yes, the chorus doesn’t make any sense at all. When I first heard the song, I thought that the lead singer was speaking in a different language/from a different country altogether. I think Brakes are known for their nonsensical lyrics, I mean listen to ‘Porcupine or Pineapple‘, or ‘Hey Hey‘ for example. Don’t let that take away from the song’s message though, who cares about anything when you’re at an awesome party? You don’t listen to the lyrics in the music, you just dance around and hopefully get some.

This song would be suitable to play at any party. At least an indie disco party anyway.

Also, for more information on a croque-monsieur and croque-madame, click here.

Until next time.

Jamie.

My iPod #17: The Offspring – All I Want

So I’m watching standard TV one day, I change it to MTV2 and then suddenly “ALL I WAAAAAAAAAAAANT YAH YAH YAH YAH YAH” and a guy falls into a pit of mud and the video ends.

Wh-what.

I should probably start from the very beginning. Everyone knows ‘Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)‘ right? If you have heard this song, even a clip of it in the shop or an advert or what not, this is the band who made that song.

I probably knew that song when I was, like 4. It got to number one in the UK for about a week, and I think I liked it and I remember my sister singing it too. Of course then I didn’t know who it was by, but the counting in Spanish and ‘Give it to me baby, UH-HUH UH-HUHs’ were too catchy. I barely like it anymore, it’s really cheesy for me anyway. I haven’t got it on my iPod.

My cousin bought me The Offspring’s Greatest Hits compilation for Christmas 2005, but that was because I knew that songs like ‘Hit That’, ‘Original Prankster’ and ‘Can’t Repeat’ were on there, so I didn’t pay as much attention to ‘All I Want’.

I would probably talk more about how I got to like The Offspring. But that will probably in the blog for ‘Hit That’ when I come to it. Maybe next year. Or 2015.

In regards to ‘All I Want’, that split second of the ending of the video left me really puzzled. I never listened to ‘All I Want’ before so I went onto YouTube. The comments below were mostly along the lines of ‘Yeah, this song rocks’ to ‘Yeah, Crazy Taxi’ to which I thought, ‘OK… back to the video.’

The song is very quick. It’s on their album ‘Ixnay on the Hombre‘ released in 1997 and was released as the first single from it. It’s a fast, punchy, all-up-in-your-face punk song about breaking free, fuck the system, ‘I DON’T WANNA BE CONTROLLED, ‘SALL I WAAAAAAAANNT.’

Dexter Holland singing ‘Want’ in the chorus probably takes up half the song, but it’s a hell of a chorus. You just feel like running down a corridor screaming that shit.

The video is something else too. It’s pretty funny, you get the band performing the song in a house with different colour effects, a guy pushing women over, stepping in some weird shit on the ground, running past policemen on pogo sticks and random clips of a guy with sunglasses and a mask over his face whilst playing the piano. It’s crazy. It’s cool. IT’S ALLLLL I WAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNT. YAH YAH YAH YAH YAH.

Until next time.

Jamie.

My iPod #16: Radiohead – All I Need

‘In Rainbows’ was the long awaited Radiohead album that was released as a download, pay-as-much-as-you-want in 2007.

I’m not a great fan of the band, in comparison to other crazy Radiohead fans, I am nothing – I might have already said this in my ‘Airbag‘ blog.

So when ‘In Rainbows’ way back when, I didn’t really see the fuss about it. I thought it was cool that people could pay whatever they wanted like 1p or £100, most fans paid nothing anyway, which resulted in many complaints about how companies don’t get enough money for their stuff being released or whatever. Apparently, pre-release sales were more profitable than the total money from sales of ‘Hail to the Thief.’ So they must have done something right from changing their selling tactics.

I have to admit too that as an album, I still haven’t given ‘In Rainbows’ a chance. I’ve never sat down and fully listened to the whole package. I should do. I really should. Most fans like it more than ‘Hail to the Thief’ and I think that ‘HTTT’ is a very good album, so what could go wrong?

The songs on my iPod from this album are not those I liked upon listening to the album once I received it for Christmas 2007. ‘Jigsaw Falling into Place’ played repeatedly on MTV2 and I liked that song and the video too, no matter how weird the cameras were. The song would be the first I would hear from ‘In Rainbows’.

I first properly paid attention to ‘All I Need’ when MTV2, again, dedicated five minutes of its schedule to advertise its EXIT campaign. The ‘advert’ was basically a music video for ‘All I Need’, which you can watch by clicking these two words.

Still, I didn’t think much of it.

Listening to it many times after though, I realised that the song is great. Quite calming actually. You’re provided with a smooth, soothing vocal by Thom Yorke with a steady backbeat by Phil Selway and a strong bassline by Colin Greenwood. The lyrics come off kinda stalkerish, ‘I am all the days, that you choose to ignore’, ‘You are all I need. You’re alll I neeeeeeeed.’ You probably wouldn’t recognise this, because the instrumentation is very calming. It’s like slowly sinking into a beanbag when you begin to sleep in it. But then, the song picks up and there are thrashing cymbal crashes, a chorus of piano and, overall, a real build in tension of atmosphere with Thom singing ‘It’s all right, it’s allll riiiiiiiight!’ And just when you think the song is going to climax, it ends.

It’s a magical song. I really need to listen to ‘In Rainbows’. Fully though, not just the singles.

Until next time.

Jamie.