By July 30, 2007

Your musical biography?

Okay, here’s the challenge:

You are sending out a space probe, with the hopes that it will one day encounter intelligent life. Like the Voyager Golden Record, the idea is that you must convey significant aspects of yourself or your life’s history on one disc. Since this isn’t the 70s, we’re going to use a single 80 minute CD as our medium.

You can either select songs that describe you, or describe your history/upbringing, or both. For my part, I selected songs that described my personality. Here’s the list, in no particular order:

  • N.E.R.D. and Zero 7 – Provider
    Name says it all, but this track is about a guy who does whatever he needs to to pay the bills.
  • Rage Against the Machine – Year of the Boomerang
    What goes around comes around — I remember listening to this in college almost every day right before an English course where we conducted a peer-review on the weekly papers we wrote.
  • DJ Shadow – Building Steam With a Grain of Salt
    Sometimes you have to make something from nothing, or rather, as the point of this song, pull together something big from chaos.
  • Cirrus – No Pressure
    Everybody wants to sing along, but they never have my kind of blues.” A great tune when I just want to sing to myself alone in the car.
  • Disturbed – Land of Confusion
    Yeah fuckers, I know the original is by Genesis, and that Phil Collins is supposed to be lame, but it was a great song when it came out and it’s even better with Disturbed’s hard edge. News flash: the world is fatally askew, and sometimes realizing there isn’t anything I can do about it keeps me from flying off the handle.
  • Anthrax – Antisocial
    Well, it’s Anthrax. And it’s about being … antisocial. v0v
  • Linkin Park – In the End
    Sometimes things fall apart no matter what you try to do. At least take it gracefully.
  • Juno Reactor – Guardian Angel
    Madonna once said that the problem with techno music is that it doesn’t have a soul. Some groups, like Juno Reactor, defy that convention.
  • Guns N Roses – Rocket Queen
    After listening to this song a billion times over the years, I’m still not entirely sure what it’s about. I am sure, however, that the first two lines really resonate with me. So it’s on the list.
  • Public Enemy – War at 33 1/3
    PE has a ton of great songs (including “Bring the Noise,” also included), but this one track epitomizes Chuck D’s blistering vocals — both in speed and in spirit — along with PE’s overarching aural assault.
  • Rage Against the Machine – Pistol Grip Pump
    I don’t know what to say on this one. I just get a guttural feeling from this song.
  • Limp Bizkit – Break Stuff
    If you’ve ever seen me bonk my head on an open refrigerator door or struggle with something mechanical, you know exactly why this song is here.
  • Korn – Faget
    Fantastic song off of Korn’s first album about someone who’s different and has had enough of being picked on. It’s a soundtrack for vengeance.
  • Lamb – Gabriel
    You can’t be a toughguy all the time. Or even most of the time. This song makes me want to cry every time I hear it.
  • Anthrax and Public Enemy – Bring the Noise
    At a time when the only other rock-rap cross over was the comedic “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith and Run DMC, Bring the Noise demonstrated five white guys could throw down with one of hip hop’s baddest ensembles.
  • Rob Base – It Takes Two
    I can’t help but join in any time this song comes on.

So, what would be on your Golden CD? You don’t have to give reasons if you don’t want to, just try to fit everything within 80 minutes. Have fun!

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