Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A facebook meme for people with my obsession

This 20-questions list was apparently developed by Nicole Williams. I saw it on Brian Chung's wall on Facebook and really liked it (duh), so I copyied it (with a couple of minor modifications).

“Get to know your iPod”

1. How many songs are on your iPod?

2. Choose the first artist on your iPod that begins with an M. Who is it?
M (song: “Pop Muzik” from 1979)

3. Which artist has the weirdest sound?
Mergen Mongush (Mongolian throat singing)

4. Which artist has the most inappropriate lyrics?
Half of my rap collection (Basehead, DMX, Juvenile, Mystikal, …) plus one awkwardly inappropriate song by Patti Smith

5. What song on your iPod would you call the best love song (in your own opinion, and by your own standards)?
“I Only Have Eyes For You” by The Flamingos (1959)

6. Which song are you most likely to be unable to help dancing too, even though you clearly cannot and should not dance?
Lots of ‘em – most recently: “Blind” by Hercules And Love Affair

7. Do you have anything on your iPod that is not actually music (e.g., book-on-MP3, comedians, podcasts, etc.), and if so what is it?
No, but I have a couple of audio books in iTunes on my desktop

8. Which band has the strangest name?
I dunno - I guess Neutral Milk Hotel, although that name seems pretty normal to me now. The most awkward is: ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead (or “AYWKUBTTOD” for…uh… short)

9. What song/album/artist would you call your guilty pleasure (I’m talking the kind of music you would never, EVER want your friends to find out about, i.e. Celine Dion and that whiney Titanic song)?
I’m not ashamed of any of it. I love Britney Spears. (I do NOT have any Celine Dion, however.)

10. Check your Top 25 Most Played songs on your iPod or on iTunes. Which song have you listened to most and how many times?
“A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend (28 times)

10. On your top 25 list, which song is 13th?
Tie: “Keep The Car Running” by Arcade Fire and “Head Over Heels” by The Go-Go’s (17 times each)

10. Press shuffle on your iPod. What’s the first thing that comes up?
“My Dear Persephone” by The Mooney Suzuki

10. Did you notice that this is the fourth Question 10?

11. Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever taken your iPod?
Friedrichshafen, Germany

12. Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever left your iPod (in or out of the house)?
Hidden pocket in gym bag – couldn’t find it for a week

13. Do you have any songs on your iPod that are sung in a different language?
Tons (Spanish is most common, followed closely by Portuguese, but just about every region of the globe is represented)

14. What song/artist makes you sad?
None of it makes me sad, but there are things I like to listen to when I’m sad – Césaria Évora, for example

15. Check your Genres list. Which genre has the most artists?
Rock, of course (13,151 songs). Classical has the fewest (7 songs).

16. What is the very last song/album that you loaded onto your iPod or iTunes?
Dennis Wilson, Pacific Ocean Blue (1977)

17. What is your favorite artist?
I will say John Coltrane, but I’m not sure I would stick with that answer if asked again tomorrow

18. Scroll through your playlists and pick the one with the oddest name. What types of songs are on it? What is the first song in the list?
“Surfer Suicide” – I named it after a headline from a two-second Inside Edition promo on TV. (“Surfer suicide – today at 4 on Inside Edition!”) It contains a bunch of punkish songs from 1987-1990, some of which have to do with surfing or the ocean, but most by coincidence. The first song is “Stop” by Jane’s Addiction.

19. If you could choose only five albums to listen to for the rest of your life, what would they be?
I would kill myself. But the albums would be: John Coltrane, Giant Steps; Nas, Illmatic; Radiohead, The Bends; The Rolling Stones, Exile On Main Street; Led Zeppelin, Houses Of The Holy (with “The Crunge” edited out). No, seriously, I would kill myself.

20. What is your least favorite song on your iPod and why is it there?
“Feel” by Robbie Williams. Because Carmen Scheiblich tried to get me to sing it karaoke style in front of customers in Berlin, and I had no idea what the heck it was. There’s a reason this guy’s not popular in America! Anyway, she gave me the CD, so I keep the one song on my iPod as a reminder. (Bad song, fun night.)

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