It's All Good

When people ask me what kind of music I like, I say I like good music. I tell them about Sturgeon's Law, and how I like the 10% that isn't crud.

In deciding how to reply to your excellent collection, "One Good Return," I decided to create this compendium of music -- taken from many genres -- that is, in my opinion, "all good."

{Cover art found by Charlotte.}

It's All Good - DISC 1
1. Windows '95 Startup Sound / Brian Eno
Rumor has it he did this on a Mac.
2. The Preacher & the Bear / Andy Griffith
The first record I ever bought with my own money was by Andy Griffith, and he's stayed a favorite of mine.
3. Mad Dogs and Englishmen / Noel Coward
This is a personal favorite of Tom Lehrer's.
4. F.U.N. Song / Sponge Bob & Plankton
The influence of Orson Wells will be with us always.
5. White and Nerdy / "Weird Al" Yankovic
My new anthem.
rap / hip-hop
6. It Was a Good Day / Ice Cube
Another point of view.
7. Buffalo Gals / Malcolm McLaren
Couldn't get this out of my head after I heard it on Soul Train.
8. Weapon of Choice / Fat Boy Slim
The video with Christopher Walken is good too -- it's on YouTube.
9. Famous and Dandy (Like Amos and Andy) / The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
I remember when this song was the flavor of the month on MTV.
10. Jam / Michael Jackson
The best thing he ever did, if'n you ask me.
11. The Playboy Mansion / U2
Sly lyrics. (Note tie-in with last song.)
12. Gone / U2
Another rock anthem! Yay!
13. 29 Palms / Robert Plant
This was really big on high desert radio for a while.
14. Hey Jealousy / Gin Blossoms
Drunken idiots need love too.
15. 1985 / Bowling for Soup
I was feeling old before you were born, kid.
16. Feel Good Inc. / Gorillaz
These guys just might be the Next Big Thing.
17. Dani California / Red Hot Chili Peppers
I heard some Seattle DJ trashing the Peppers, and I though, "Aw..." (Then again, I lived in the L.A. basin fot 12 years, and it changed me.)
18. Don't Nobody Move / Tony Powers
God bless "Night Flight" and the weird stuff they played.
19. Destinations of the Sun / Mason Williams
Still kicking.
It's All Good - DISC 2
1. Aero Dynamik / Kraftwerk
This live version from the MTV Europe Video Awards 2003 knocked my socks off -- I played it over and over for a while. (Again, see YouTube for the vid.)
2. Little Fluffy Clouds / The Orb
I was crushing on this (actually 3 remixes) in 1993.
3. Sigourney Weaver Y El Lobo / Balboa
Classic Nortec. (If you don't know what that is, ask Wikipedia.)
4. Nixon's Spirit / Paul Oakenfold
Up and coming techno guy samples William Burroughs.
new wave
5. Love's Shadow / The Fashion
Hard to find single from obscure '80s group that haunted me.
6. Nowhere Girl / B-Movie
See number 5.
7. Saved By Zero / The Fixx
See number 5.
8. Shoot That Poison Arrow / ABC
See number 5.
9. Alone Again Or / The Damned
The lead singer from "Depeche Mode" said these guys inspired him to become a musician.
10. Bedbugs and Ballyhoo / Echo and the Bunnymen
One of the great unsung bands.
11. Waiting For the Great Leap Forward / Billy Bragg
Socialism as fashion statement.
12. It'll Chew You Up and Spit You Out / Concrete Blonde
This song still haunts me. I think it inspired the lead singer to move to 29 Palms.
13. Jim Morrison's Grave / Steve Taylor
I saw this only once on MTV. Turns out he's a Christian rocker. (Video YouTube etc.)
14. Funkopolis / Die Warsaw
Six months after I taped this on 120 Minutes I was going through old VHS tapes looking for it.
15. Eye of Fatima, Pt. 1 / Camper Van Beethoven
Dixie went to high school with their lead singer.
16. Dig for Fire / Pixies
Righteous guitar work for an alternative band.
17. Crooked Teeth / Death Cab for Cutie
Any band named after a Bonzo Dog band song that was in the video Magical Mystery Tour can't be all bad.
18. Que` Onda Guero / Beck
Dixie and Charlotte like this one.
It's All Good - DISC 3
1. Cities In Dust / Siouxsie and the Banshees
We trot this one out every Halloween.
2. The Killing Moon / Echo and the Bunnymen
This would be the Ultimate Goth Group if it weren't for the name...
3. Du Hast / Rammstein
Those Germans can out-Goth anybody.
4. Fast Freight / The Kingston Trio
A crowd pleaser.
5. Sleeping Satellite (acoustic) / Tasmin Archer
Lyrics about the moon race.
6. Silent All These Years / Tori Amos
The new Joni Mitchell? No.
7. Kiko and the Lavender Moon / Los Lobos
See disk 2 number 14.
8. You Never Even Called Me By My Name / David Allan Cole
The ultimate Country & Western song.
9. It Only Hurts When I Cry / Dwight Yokum
L.A. not Nashville.
10. Nothin' Better To Do / LeAnn Rimes
Blues-inspired country.
11. Orion's Sky / Green Mountain Grass
My nephew, Laura's boy Jesse, sings this.
12. Flop Eared Mule / Bonnie Russell and the Russell Family
I fell in love with hammered dulcimer at Calico Ghost Town.
13. Monument / Gene Parsons
Bob Solotar used to play this. Found it on vinyl on eBay.
14. Daphne / Django Reinhardt
15. Out of Nowhere / Coleman Hawkins and His All Star Jam Band
See number 14.
16. Miserlou / Dick Dale and the Del-Tones
Ultra-smooth surf guitar, from a CD I bought at Starbuck's.
17. Apache / Jorgen Ingmann
See number 16.
18. Pipeline / The Chantays
See number 16.
classic rock
19. The Door Into Summer / The Monkees
I think these guys are at least as good as the B-52s, who also couldn't play their instruments at the beginning.
20. Everything That Touches You / The Association
While any freshman philosophy major could spot the ontological fallacy in the statement "Everything is love," it sure sounds good.
21. Something In the Air / Thunderclap Newman
Another rock anthem! Yay!
22. The End / The Beatles
Those are some mighty good musicians there, Chauncey.
23. Life Song / Mason Williams
A final Alan-ism.