Thursday, September 25, 2008

iPod Memmmmmories...

I'm committed to my iPod.  iPods.  I rushed to get one when they were first released in Australia.  Then in 2006 I upgraded to one with a larger memory - 60GB.  And a month ago I did it again, swapping that one for a glorious new 160GB iPod (before Apple discontinued them and cut back to iPods with no more than 120GB).
So I'm up to number 3, but before I passed my 2nd one on (to a deserving ebayer), I had to pause and take a little look into it's past.  Such as noting that the first song I'd uploaded onto it was Jack Johnson's Staple It Together, loaded up back on 8 April 2006.
And then there were the most listened to tracks.
For my 1st iPod, I think the most listened to song was Madonna's Hung Up (catchy track that one).
Now, here's what got played most on iPod number 2, no matter how embarrassing.  It's a pretty gay list, in both senses of the word.  I obviously like to get a bit of an aural sugar rush when listening to music on the way to work.
I was pleased to see a number of Australian & NZ artists made it on there (Crowded House, Cut Copy, The Whitlams, Maria Dallas, The Sleepy Jackson, some woman named Kylie), which is very patriotic of me.
A couple of artists got multiple songs on this list, which says something about my general fondness for them - Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Belle & Sebastian, and Scissor Sisters.
I'm only embarrassed by one track here, and I defend that song by saying the video clip featured Christina Applegate at a roller disco, which is enough justification for almost anything:
22 plays:  George Michael - An Easier Affair
18 plays:  Welcome to the 60's, from Hairspray
16 plays:  Keane - Crystal Ball
15 plays:  Gloria Gaynor - If You Want It Do It Yourself;  & Pet Shop Boys - Minimal
14 plays:  Amy Winehouse - Back To Black;  & Robbie Williams - Lovelight
13 plays:  Coco Freeman w. U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For;  Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair (it had Christina Applegate at a roller disco, so shut up);  The Killers - Bones;  Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'
12 plays:  Nina Simone - O-O-Oh Child (Nickodemus Remix)
11 plays:  ABBA - If It Wasn't For The Night;  Basement Jaxx - Hush Boy;  Crowded House - Even A Child;  Cut Copy - Hears On Fire;  Duffy - Stepping Stone;  Jamiroquai - Runaway;  Sugababes - Red Dress
10 plays:  Amy Winehouse - Tears Dry On Their Own;  Belle & Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue;  Honey Cone - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show;  Maria Dallas - Ambush;  Razorlight - America;  Scissor Sisters - Paul McCartney;  Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?
9 plays:  Amy Winehouse - Love is a Losing Game;  Bananarama - Look On The Floor/Hypnotic Tango;  Belle & Sebastian - We Are The Sleepyheads;  Belle & Sebastian - To Be Myself Completely;  Beyonce - Irreplaceable;  Diana Ross & The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love (Readymade Re-Edit);  Electronic - Getting Away With It;  Kylie Minogue - In My Arms; Madonna - Dance 2night;  Matthew Sweet - Sick Of Myself;  Nina Simone - Ain't Got No/I Got Life (Groovefinder Remix);  Robyn - Be Mine!;  Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin' (Linus Loves Vocal Edit);  Scissor Sisters - The Other Side;  The Sleepy Jackson - God Lead Your Soul;  The Whitlams - Keep The Light On

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ultimate SoulParty playlist

Two months ago I helped with a social club function at work and got to make pizza and hook my iPod up to the soundsystem with a specially chosen 'Soul Party' playlist.  I was very happy with it, so want to keep the list for posterity:
Al Green - Gotta Be More (Take Me Higher)
Al Green - I Want To Hold Your Hand
Al Wilson - The Snake
Ann Peebles - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
Aretha Franklin - The House That Jack Built
Barry White - Never, Never, Gonna Give You Up
Benny Spellman - Fortune Teller
Betty Wright - Is It You Girl?
Betty Wright - Shoorah! Shoorah!
Bill Withers - Lean On Me
Black Ivory - Mainline
Bobby Humphrey - Baby Don't You Know
Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street
Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street (demo version)
Bobby Womack - Daylight
Bobby Womack -What You Gonna Do (When Your Love Is Gone)
Brown Sugar - Don't Tie Me Down
Carla Thomas - B-A-B-Y
Chairman of the Board - Give Me Just A Little More Time
Chanson - Don't Hold Back
Curtis Mayfield - Freddy's Dead
David Porter - Help
Diana Ross & The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love (Readymade Re-Edit)
Eloise Laws - Love Factory
Etta James - In The Basement, Part One
Fontella Bass - Hold On This Time
Fontella Bass - Oh, No, Not My Baby
Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Since I've Lost You
Glass House - Giving Up The Ring
Gloria Gaynor - (If You Want It) Do It Yourself
Honey Cone - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
Honey Cone - The Day I Found Myself
Honey Cone - Want Ads
The Hypnotics - Beware of the Stranger
Irma Thomas - Lady Marmalade
Isaac Hayes - Walk On By
The Jones Girls - If You Don't Start Nothing
Lee McDonald - We've Only Just Begun
Linda Clifford - Don't Give Up
Little Milton - Grits Ain't Groceries
Martha Reeves - Second Chance
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Nowhere To Run
Marvin Gaye - Keep Gettin' It On
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On (Paul Simpson & Miles Dalto MPG Groove Mix)
Marvin Gaye - The World Is Rated X
Maxine Nightingale - Love Hit Me
McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
Michael Jackson with the Jackson Five - I Want You Back (Z Trip Remix)
Millie Jackson - My Heart Took A Licking (But It Kept On Ticking)
Nina Simone - The Look Of Love (Madison Park vs Lenny B Remix)
Odyssey - Going Back To My Roots
Odyssey - Inside Out
The O'Jays - Back Stabbers
The O'Jays - For The Love Of Money
Otis Redding - Satisfaction
Pat Lundy - Party Music
Pat Lundy - Work Song
Randy Crawford - Street Life
Rose Royce - I'm Going Down
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?
Solomon Burke - What'd I Say
The Soul Children - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Speedometer - Work It Out
The Staple Singers - Let's Do It Again
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours (DJ Smash Essential Funk Mix)
Sylvia Striplin - Give Me Your Love
Tamiko Jones - Touch Me Baby
Teddy Pendergrass  - Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose
The Temptations - Ball Of Confusion
The Three Sounds - As
The Whispers - It's A Love Thing
Womack & Womack - Teardrops