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29. Zwan – The Number Of The Beast

Some days you wake up wondering how many straight punches to the face you can unflinchingly take before your instinct kicks in and you crumble to the floor like a sack of anemic tomatoes. Then you get all confused trying to figure out which option hurts a whole lot less and you’d probably sink in the armchair, desperately holding on to a cigarette. At that time you’d be well advised to play this track; the fact that it is a cover of an Iron Maiden classic only adds to the cruelty of life that Zwan’s version briefly soothes.

28. Super Furry Animals – The Man Don’t Give A Fuck

I sometimes wonder if I scourge the web for bands with ridiculous monikers and force myself to appreciate their music. Rhys, Bunford, Pryce, Ciaran and Ieuan (Super Furry Animals) laugh uproariously at such contrived pop psychology with this amazing track released on Out Spaced, a collection of their B-sides and rarities. It even boasts of a grand chorus that samples Steely Dan’s Showbiz Kids. One of those precious moments during the Nineties when quasi-juvenility lent itself to a mean artistic streak. Isn’t it remarkable how everybody takes any side but that of the censorship board? Makes me want to have faith in humanity and stuff.

27. Belleruche – It’ll Come

Belleruche lovingly evolves Nineties blue-eyed soul into something funkier and far more soulful. In 2007 Kathrin deBoer, Ricky Fabulous and DJ Modest put out possibly the best album in their label Tru Thoughts’ brief history. You should go out of way to pick up their album – Turntable Soul Music. Matter of fact send them an email or give them a shout-out on Facebook and tell them how awesome they are. I bet they’d be all “ah shucks, thanks…do you want a free CD?” but you should refuse and pay for it anyway.

26. Tricky & Martina Topley Bird – Hell Is Around The Corner

The coolness of Tricky’s deeply breathed poetry has found an irresistible bedmate in Martina Bird’s sweaty and sultry cooing. Go back to when Don Henley paired up with Patty Smyth in 1992 to sing about how sometimes love just isn’t enough. Remember how unholy and irritating that was? This has the exact opposite effect. Great video too.

25. Solace – Mother Godzilla (Download)

Just so you know, New Mexico-based MeteorCity Records is home to plenty of great stoner rock bands. Now, Solace comprises a bunch of unruly guys from Jersey Shore who pay proper respect to the almighty riff. Their sound is gargantuan with downtuned rhythm sections exploding like heavy metal shrapnel over fiery solos. Mother Godzilla, from the ultra cool Destroysall (A Tribute To Godzilla) album, wakes from its fuzzy slumber around the 1:15 min mark and launches itself into a superlative free metal jam that haunts as much as it rocks.

24. Broken Bells – Mall and Misery

Broken Bells is all that and then some. The talents of Brian J. Burton a.k.a Danger Mouse and James Mercer (The Shins) mix like green candles and decent sex. Dueling vocals effortlessly, one sulky and the other cherubic, drip through a bubbling canvas of warm snares and quirky electronics on this track; and once again, my minions, we stand a good chance of getting our ears wetted by sticky sweet pop goodness.

23. Dead Can Dance – Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove (Live in Hague)

Singer/composer Lisa Gerrard and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Perry were the purveyors of neo-classical medieval pop exotica that caused the wind chill to bite through a large chunk of underground goth clubs during the Nineties. In this 2005 live version of a Dead Can Dance classic, Brendan and Lisa revisit those incredible double reed instruments, tripped-out percussion arrangements and ethereal vocals that reach such heights it’s a wonder how Enya could sleep at night knowing she was making more money than these guys.

22. Soulfly & Tom Araya – Terrorist

If I was a super villain with access to thousands of vicious flying monkeys, I’d watch them wreak havoc on the general populace while listening to this. Max Cavalera and Tom Araya were once Ares and Hephaestus of the thrash metal scene and they have proudly shown it off in Soulfly’s Primitive album. They shred their throats dry over Roy Mayorga’s apocalyptic percussion blasts and frenzied four-stringed riffing to create an atmosphere so brutal that the least you should do after the track ends is watch a Kim Ki-Duk film. Fly, my monkeys, fly.

21. Air – Playground Love

Air’s possibly one of the underrated electronic duos out there; problem being when they’re ordinary, they sound truly horrendous, but when in form they sound like a distant male cousin of Cocteau Twins with a voracious appetite for trespassing uncommon grounds in the electronica genre. They were in spectacular form during the recording for the Virgin Suicides’ soundtrack and it shows in this moody gem with its sleepy-eyed saxophone licks coaxing us to beg for more. You can move on to Cherry Blossom Girl and Alone In Kyoto after this.

20. The Deftones & Maynard James Keenan – Passenger

Barring the ferocity of My Own Summer, The Deftones never sounded as compelling as they did on the 2001 album – White Pony. This had so many fantastic tunes that picking just of the lot should rightfully be both insidious and misleading…if it weren’t for Maynard James Keenan absolutely tearing the goddam roof off with a jaw dropping vocal performance on this , of course. “Ahhhhhhhh I’m your passsssengerrrrr”.

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dead_can_danceSome say that the obsession that Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry have had for instruments that have faded away with ancient cultures is the reason why they are collectively known as Dead Can Dance. Their music defies all the descriptions available for today’s genres. They are eclectic with a certain degree of austerity in the way they craft mesmerizing rhythms. Having started off their respective careers under the legendary 4AD Records label, some of Dead Can Dance’s earlier material drifted nervously between gothic pop and post-punk rock. Later on, they adopted a seemingly less cautious approach by going all out in their efforts to strangulate all signs of normalcy in their music. The result was both breathtaking and vulnerable; sort of like cherubic dementia. Born in one of the multi-ethnic suburbs of Melbourne, Lisa Gerrad has been one of Australia’s best-kept secrets since 1981. With influences from various countries, tribes, manuscripts and even bands like Bauhaus, Silent Stream of Godless Elegy and Cocteau Twins, her haunting and sometimes soaring vocals mesh beautifully with the eerie soundscapes created by multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Brendan Perry. Released in 1981, their self-titled debut created quite the buzz. In 1985, their sophomore album – Spleen and Ideal – adopted a more ethereal twist and kept the post-punk influences out of the mix. Incidentally, the lyrics of the songs in this particular album were based on the writings of controversial writers Charles Baudelaire and Thomas de Quincey.

lotus_eaters_dead_can_danceWith Air Supply and Phil Collins ruling roost for most of that part of the decade, Dead Can Dance’s first two albums forced music fraternities all over to conjure up the spirit of Jimmi and ask themselves, “Are we truly experienced?” Six albums, two compilations and 14 movie soundtracks later, Gerrard and Perry still weren’t done answering the question. Having worked up a voracious appetite for change, much like Radiohead, they remained deeply committed to chopping and changing their sound. Even the environment wasn’t spared as Brendan Perry moved back to Ireland and bought a 150-year-old church to record their final album – Spiritchaser. Strangely enough, there was a strong presence of African tribal influences in the music they created for this album, as opposed to the Middle-Eastern rhythms that were known to permeate their previous efforts.

By 1997, the duo separated to pursue their respective solo careers and well, called it quits.

Despite being vastly experimental, their sounds are no less accessible than that of Pink Floyd. And much like Pink Floyd, there is a particular way of getting closer to their music. I would recommend that you start off by listening to Arabian Gothic, The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove and then finally, Desert Song. And if you don’t like, any of them…don’t go any further, it seems that the dead are not in favour of dancing for you.


Dead Can Dance – The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove

Dead Can Dance – Desert Song


Dead Can Dance – Arabian Gothic


Dead Can Dance’s Awake

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