My 500 Favorite Songs At 50

Well, well, well. The big day has finally arrived. My date of birth, 9/11/69 was 50 years ago today.

Anyone that knows me knows I’ve had a serious music listening habit my entire life. I’m rock and roll right through to my soul. Months ago I decided I was going to compile a list of my favorite songs and reveal them on this day. No individual rankings (my head would implode), just the top 500.

You might think I made some great choices. You’ll likely to gag on a few as well. That’s fine, I can and will defend them all. Making this list was a fun but arduous process. Many difficult decisions were made. I tried to find songs that really stuck in my consciousness, regardless of how old the song is or what my age was when I first heard the song. What defines a favorite to me? It could be a lot of things. The entirety of the lyrics or just one line. Every second of the music or a small moment of complete brilliance. A favorite could be connected to a memory. A favorite might just have that melodic staying power. The kind that you hum when nor even listening to the song.

A few observations about the choices and decision process. Some of my favorite genres are underrepresented. That’s probably because I like a lot of the music as a whole and not specific stand out tracks. Also, enough time has not passed to properly digest and evaluate what might be my absolute favorites. That doesn’t mean that an older song is a better song. There are a countless amount of songs that I thought were ass kicking hot stuff that don’t come anywhere near being a favorite song today.

I’m surprised at how any outliers made the list. Outliers being single songs from artists I do not necessarily care about outside of that particular song. I was also surprised at how many bands I really like that did not have a single song make this cut. I could have a detailed conversation about everything on this list. There’s also a few hundred more songs I wish I could have included. These choices were tough to make.

This list is filled with groovy, messy, melodic, aggressive, passionate, soulful, fuzzy, funky, spaced out, distorted, weird, contradictory songs, I’ve got time for it all.

So, here it is. My big list. My 500 favorite songs, listed in alphabetical order both by artist and song.

 

The Top 500

(in alphabetical order by artist)

Baby, Please Don’t Go – AC/DC
It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll) – AC/DC
Ride On – AC/DC

Combination – Aerosmith
Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith

Going To Town – The Afghan Whigs

Is It My Body? – Alice Cooper

Again – Alice In Chains
No Excuses – Alice In Chains

Alabaster – All Them Witches
The Death Of Coyote Woman – All Them Witches

Dreams – The Allman Brothers
Midnight Rider – The Allman Brothers
Morning Dew – The Allman Brothers

Don’t Bring Me Down – The Animals
It’s My Life – The Animals

Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
R U Mine? – Arctic Monkeys

Faustian Bargain – Astrosoniq

Kiss The Sun – The Atomic Bitchwax

Transparent – Awesome Color

Third Eye Surgery – Baby Woodrose

Burnin’ Sky – Bad Company

Baby Blue – Badfinger
Just A Chance – Badfinger

The Line Between – Baroness

Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys

Intergalactic – The Beastie Boys
Sabotage – The Beastie Boys

Glass Onion – The Beatles
Hey Bulldog – The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles

Paper Tiger – Beck

Livin’ Alone – Bizi Gara

Army Of Me – Björk

Low Desert Punk – Brant Bjork
Punk Rock Guilt – Brant Bjork

Black Grease – The Black Angels
Young Men Dead – The Black Angels

Gone – The Black Crowes
Wiser Time – The Black Crowes

Funeral Bell – Black Label Society
House Of Doom – Black Label Society

Don’t Run Our Hearts Around – Black Mountain
Voices – Black Mountain
Wucan – Black Mountain

Thanks Anyways – Black Nasa

Supernaut – Black Sabbath
Symptom Of The Universe – Black Sabbath
War Pigs – Black Sabbath

Chill Out – Black Uhuru

Mouthful Of Cavities – Blind Melon
Sleepyhouse – Blind Melon

Burnin’ For You – Blue Öyster Cult

There’s No Other Way – Blur

Up All Night – The Boomtown Rats

More Than A Feeling – Boston

Golden Years – David Bowie

The Letter – The Box Tops

Needle & Thread – Brad

Vacuum Boots – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Whatever Hippie Bitch – The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Mother Popcorn – James Brown
Super Bad – James Brown

Bluebird – Buffalo Springfield
Mr. Soul – Buffalo Springfield

Goin’ Against Your Mind – Built To Spill

Spill The Wine – Eric Burdon & War

Going Down South – R.L. Burnside

Eight Miles High – The Byrds

Stop – Camille Lil’ Bob

Honey Child What Can I Do – Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

On The Road Again – Canned Heat

Zig Zag Wanderer – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Electricity – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

All Mixed Up – The Cars
Bye Bye Love – The Cars
Candy-O – The Cars
Let’s Go – The Cars

My Beautiful Friend – The Charlatans
Sproston Green – The Charlatans

What’d I Say, Pt. 1 & 2 – Ray Charles

Surrender – Cheap Trick

I Cannot Stop You – The Cherry Slush

Good Times – Chic

25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
Beginnings – Chicago
I’m A Man – Chicago

Tantalized – The Church

The Core – Eric Clapton
Mainline Florida – Eric Clapton

One More Time – The Clash
Police & Thieves – The Clash
Train In Vain – The Clash

The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff

Couldn’t Get It Right – Climax Blues Band

Army Of Bono – Clutch
The Regulator – Clutch

A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins

Mandocello – Concrete Blonde
Scene Of A Perfect Crime – Concrete Blonde

Shipwreck – Chris Connelly

Good Shit – Cornershop

Clean My Wounds – Corrosion Of Conformity

A Common Disaster – Cowboy Junkies

The Things You Do To Me – Robert Cray

Badge – Cream
SWLABR – Cream

Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Run Through The Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Naturally High – The Cult
Love Removal Machine – The Cult
She Sells Sanctuary  – The Cult

Cigarette Burns – Mark Curry

Godless – The Dandy Warhols
Plan A – The Dandy Warhols

Wishing Well – Terence Trent D’Arby

Runaway Clocks – Darlahood

Let It Whip – Dazz Band

Ain’t Got Nothing (To Go Wrong) – Dead Meadow
Sleepy Silver Door – Dead Meadow

Aisha – Death In Vegas
Hands Around My Throat – Death In Vegas

Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple

Every Time You Go – The Devlins

Freedom Of Choice – Devo

Holy Diver – Dio
Rainbow In The Dark – Dio

Six Blade Knife – Dire Straits
Skateaway – Dire Straits

Stop – The Dirtbombs

I Ain’t Superstitious – Willie Dixon

Season Of The Witch – Donovan

The Changeling – The Doors
Soul Kitchen – The Doors

Right On Baby, Baby – Dramarama
Train Going Backwards – Dramarama

Wrapped In Sky – Drivin N’ Cryin

Ship To Shore – Dub Narcotic Sound System

How Can A Man With So Many Friends Feel So Alone – Eagles Of Death Metal

September – Earth Wind & Fire

Fresh Blood – Eels
Saturday Morning – Eels

The Sea Of Your Mind – Elephant Stone

From The Beginning – Emerson, Lake & Palmer

King For A Day – Faith No More
Stripsearch – Faith No More

The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat) – The Flaming Lips

Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac

Exhausted – Foo Fighters

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People

All Right Now – Free

I Fought The Law – Bobby Fuller Four

Evil Eye – Fu Manchu
Hell On Wheels – Fu Manchu

Waiting Room – Fugazi

Bonnie & Clyde – Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot

To Hell With Poverty – Gang Of Four
What We All Want – Gang Of Four

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Help You Out – The Go
Yer Stoned Italian Cowboy – The Go

Birth, School, Work, Death – The Godfathers

Detrimental – Gomer Pyle

Bring It On – Gomez
Revolutionary Kind – Gomez

Bethlehem Steel – Grant Lee Buffalo
Honey Don’t Think – Grant Lee Buffalo

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

Contact Me Now – The Grifters

Cherry Red – The Groundhogs

No Time – The Guess Who

Rocket Queen – Guns N’ Roses

Take Care Of Your Own Business – Dave Hamilton

Motherless Child – Harmonica Paul

God Fearing Man – Ben Harper

I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Running In Place – Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders

Masters Of The Universe – Hawkwind

Never Been Any Reason – Head East

Barracuda – Heart

Magic Man – Heart

No One Is Gonna Do It For You – The Hellacopters

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
Freedom – Jimi Hendrix
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix

Beneath The Damage And The Dust – Peter Himmelman

Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) – The Hombres

Bittersweet – Hoodoo Gurus

Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston

Nomads – Howlin’ Rain
Self Made Man – Howlin’ Rain

Nobody But Me – The Human Beinz

Zodiac Sign – Imperial Drag

The One Thing – INXS

Ah Leah! – Donnie Iris

Flight Of Icarus – Iron Maiden

You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love – Chris Isaak
Beautiful Homes – Chris Isaak

Look Sharp! – Joe Jackson

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

Funk #49 – The James Gang
Walk Away – The James Gang

Mountain Song – Jane’s Addiction

Sugar Ray – The Jesus And Mary Chain

Mouth Breather – The Jesus Lizard
Then Comes Dudley – The Jesus Lizard

Teacher – Jethro Tull

Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John

Afro – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Bellbottoms – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Here Come The Girls – Ernie K-Doe

Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King

Going Down – Freddie King

Morning Dew – King Loser

Over My Head – King’s X

Do It Again – The Kinks

Long Term Exit Strategy – Kinski

It’s Alright, Baby – Komeda

Demon Cleaner – Kyuss
Whitewater – Kyuss

Beg Steal Or Borrow – Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
For The Summer – Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs

Carnival – Mark Lanegan
One Hundred Days – Mark Lanegan
One Way Street – Mark Lanegan
Strange Religion – Mark Lanegan

North American Scum – LCD Soundsystem

Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin
Houses Of The Holy – Led Zeppelin
How Many More Times – Led Zeppelin
I’m Gonna Crawl – Led Zeppelin
In The Light – Led Zeppelin
Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Led Zeppelin
Over The Hills And Far Away – Led Zeppelin
Ten Years Gone – Led Zeppelin

Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot

My Black Sabbath – The Limiñanas

Transform – Jason Loewenstein

Between The Eyes – Love Battery
Fuzz Factory – Love Battery
Nehru Jacket – Love Battery

Dear Diary – Luna
Pup Tent – Luna

I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier – Mad Season
November Hotel – Mad Season

Shimmering – Maids Of Gravity
Taste – Maids Of Gravity

Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley & The Wailers

Joy & Blues – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

Let The Good Things Come – John Martyn

Dissolved Girl – Massive Attack

John Brown – Masters Of Reality
King Richard The Lion Heart – Masters Of Reality
She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On) – Masters Of Reality

Curl Of The Burl – Mastodon

Pair Of Cherry – Eric Matthews

Little Child Runnin’ Wild – Curtis Mayfield
Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield
Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield

Over And Over – MC5

Lake Of Fire – Meat Puppets
Scum – Meat Puppets

Peace Sells – Megadeth

Last Chance – John Mellencamp

A History Of Bad Men – Melvins
Honey Bucket – Melvins
Let It All Be – Melvins
Revolve – Melvins

For Whom The Bell Tolls – Metallica

Electric Feel – MGMT

Blow ‘Em Off – Monster Magnet
Negasonic Teenage Warhead – Monster Magnet

Alive & Amplified – The Mooney Suzuki

Never An Easy Way – Morcheeba

All Wrong – Morphine
Hanging On A Curtain – Morphine
I’m Free Now – Morphine

Chloe Dancer / Crown Of Thorns – Mother Love Bone

Ace Of Spades – Motörhead

Champagne & Reefer – Muddy Waters

I Have To Laugh – Mudhoney
You Got It – Mudhoney

Hair Of The Dog – Nazareth

Jump Into The Fire – Harry Nilsson

Even Deeper – Nine Inch Nails

Dive – Nirvana
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Cars – Gary Numan

Hundred Mile High City – Ocean Colour Scene

Ice Cold Daydream – Shuggie Otis

Happy With Myself – Over The Rhine

Gonna Put My Foot Down – Bill Parker

Taxman – Junior Parker

Even Flow – Pearl Jam
In Hiding – Pearl Jam
Present Tense – Pearl Jam

Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Straight Into Darkness – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Fearless – Pink Floyd
Sheep – Pink Floyd
Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd

Planet Of Sound – Pixies

Good Fortune – PJ Harvey
Working For The Man – PJ Harvey

Burning Down One Side – Robert Plant

When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What’s Still Around – The Police

Winners & Losers – Iggy Pop

Cursed Female – Porno For Pyros

Burning Love – Elvis Presley
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley

Silently Bad Minded (Remix) – Pressure Drop

My City Was Gone – The Pretenders
Mystery Achievement – The Pretenders

Loaded – Primal Scream

Girls & Boys – Prince
Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince

Tumbleweed – Puscifer

Keep Yourself Alive – Queen
You’re My Best Friend – Queen

In My Head – Queens Of The Stone Age
Mexicola – Queens Of The Stone Age
Misfit Love – Queens Of The Stone Age
The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret – Queens Of The Stone Age

Begin The Begin – R.E.M.
Feeling Gravitys Pull – R.E.M.

Level – The Raconteurs
Old Enough – The Raconteurs

Just – Radiohead
Separator – Radiohead
Subterranean Homesick Alien – Radiohead

People Of The Sun – Rage Against The Machine

I Just Want To Celebrate – Rare Earth

Round & Round – Ratt

Every Little Twist – Red Fang

Within Your Reach – The Replacements

400 Bucks – Reverend Horton Heat

Really Wanted You – Emitt Rhodes

Leave Them All Behind – Ride

Only Good For Conversation – Rodriguez

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – The Rolling Stones
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) – The Rolling Stones
Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones
Stray Cat Blues – The Rolling Stones
Time Waits For No One – The Rolling Stones
Ventilator Blues – The Rolling Stones

You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt

Out Of The Blue – Roxy Music

Hello It’s Me – Todd Rundgren

Tom Sawyer – Rush

Just For Kicks – Salem’s Pot

I Thank You – Sam & Dave

Santa Maria Street – Sand Rubies

Lowdown – Boz Scaggs

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scott-Heron

Dollar Bill – Screaming Trees
Make My Mind – Screaming Trees
Too Far Away – Screaming Trees
Winter Song – Screaming Trees

Sorry – Sebadoh

Green Belly – Ty Segall
You Say All The Nice Things – Ty Segall

Learn & Burn – The Sheepdogs

Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd

How Do You Sleep? – The Sights

Dragonaut – Sleep

Maui Tears – Sleepy Sun

Underwhelmed – Sloan

Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone

Drown – Smashing Pumpkins
I Am One – Smashing Pumpkins
Rhinoceros – Smashing Pumpkins

Rock Anthem For The Retarded Teenage Hipster Population – Smile

Dancing Barefoot – Patti Smith Group

Blues Before & After – The Smithereens

Bad Luck – Social Distortion

Drunken Butterfly – Sonic Youth
Pink Steam – Sonic Youth
Sunday – Sonic Youth

Formaldehyde – Sons Of Elvis

Soul Brothers Testify – Soul Senders

Dusty – Soundgarden
Jesus Christ Pose – Soundgarden
Searching With My Good Eye Closed – Soundgarden

No Fence Around Me – Joe South

Love Left Us Strangers – Space Needle

Rubber Connection – Speedball Baby

I’ll Be Around – The Spinners

I Think I’m In Love – Spiritualized

Don’t You Evah – Spoon
Nobody Gets Me But You – Spoon

Twenty Five Miles – Edwin Starr

It Don’t Come Easy – Ringo Starr

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Steam

Do It Again – Steely Dan

Do For The Others – Stephen Stills

The Window – The Steve Miller Band

Fools Gold – The Stone Roses

Atlanta – Stone Temple Pilots
Hello, It’s Late – Stone Temple Pilots

Down On The Street – The Stooges
Loose – The Stooges

Rosechild – Stress

Charlotte Rose – The Suede Brothers

A Good Idea – Sugar

Green-Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf

The Man Don’t Give A Fuck – Super Furry Animals
The Roman Road – Super Furry Animals
Slow Life – Super Furry Animals

Run – Supergrass

You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes

Giving It Back – Matthew Sweet
Ugly Truth Rock – Matthew Sweet

Goodnight – Sweet Apple

A Change Is Gonna Come – Swervedriver
Duel – Swervedriver
Never Lose That Feeling / Never Learn – Swervedriver

Explosive Mouth – T. Rex
The Motivator – T. Rex
The Slider – T. Rex

Chevrolet – Taj Mahal

Life’s What You Make It – Talk Talk

Crosseyed & Painless – Talking Heads

Apocalypse Dreams – Tame Impala
Lucidity – Tame Impala

Marquee Moon – Television

Times Of Trouble – Temple Of The Dog

I Can’t Get Next To You – The Temptations
(I Know) I’m Losing You – The Temptations

Slow Emotion Replay – The The

Encrypted Bounce – Thee Oh Sees
Sticky Hulks – Thee Oh Sees

Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed – Thin Lizzy

One – Three Dog Night

Time Machine – Thumlock

City Of Hate -The Toadies

God Hates A Coward – Tomahawk

Vicarious – Tool

Gonna Get Ya – Pete Townshend

Christiansands – Tricky

Motivation – Tripping Daisy

Bridge Of Sighs – Robin Trower

Monte Gargano -Truckfighters

Writing Notes – Jen Trynin

She’s A Beauty – The Tubes

New Health Rock – TV On The Radio
Wear You Out – TV On The Radio

Flashback – The Twilight Singers w/ Mark Lanegan
Papillon – The Twilight Singers

Dirty Day – U2
New Year’s Day – U2
Surrender – U2

Last Night / Tomorrow – Urge Overkill
Sister Havana – Urge Overkill

Mean Street – Van Halen
Where Have All The Good Times Gone? – Van Halen

Oh Sweet Nothing – The Velvet Underground
Rock & Roll – The Velvet Underground

Catching The Butterfly – The Verve
Lucky Man – The Verve

Air Bud – Kurt Vile

Amnesia – The Vines

Lesson No.1 – Viva Voce

Snow Angel Summer – Voyager One

The Changingman – Paul Weller
Sunflower – Paul Weller
Shadow Of The Sun – Paul Weller

Icky Thump – The White Stripes
The Hardest Button To Button – The White Stripes

Thunder Kiss ’65 – White Zombie

Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White

Big Sky Country – Chris Whitley
Kick The Stones – Chris Whitley
Know – Chris Whitley

The Seeker – The Who
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

At Least That’s What You Said – Wilco
Heavy Metal Drummer – Wilco

Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

A Girl Like You – The Wolfgang Press

Superstition – Stevie Wonder
You Haven’t Done Nothin’ – Stevie Wonder

Contact – Wooden Shjips
Golden Flower – Wooden Shjips

Rumble – Link Wray

Heart Full Of Soul – The Yardbirds
Shapes Of Things – The Yardbirds

Roundabout – Yes

Cinnamon Girl – Neil Young
Cowgirl In The Sand – Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young
Old Man – Neil Young

Time Of The Season – The Zombies

Just Got Paid – ZZ Top
Precious & Grace – ZZ Top
Sheik – ZZ Top

You’re Gonna Miss Me – The 13th Floor Elevators

 

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The Top 500

(in alphabetical order by song)

Ace Of Spades – Motörhead
Afro – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Again – Alice In Chains
Ah Leah! – Donnie Iris
Ain’t Got Nothing (To Go Wrong) – Dead Meadow
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Air Bud – Kurt Vile
Aisha – Death In Vegas
Alabaster – All Them Witches
Alive & Amplified – The Mooney Suzuki
All Along The Watchtower – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
All Mixed Up – The Cars
All Right Now – Free
All Wrong – Morphine
Amnesia – The Vines
Apocalypse Dreams – Tame Impala
Army Of Bono – Clutch
Army Of Me – Bjork
At Least That’s What You Said – Wilco
Atlanta – Stone Temple Pilots

Baby Blue – Badfinger
Baby, Please Don’t Go – AC/DC
Bad Luck – Social Distortion
Badge – Cream
Barracuda – Heart
Beautiful Homes – Chris Isaak
Beg Steal Or Borrow – Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
Begin The Begin – R.E.M.
Beginnings – Chicago
Bellbottoms – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Beneath The Damage And The Dust – Peter Himmelman
Bethlehem Steel – Grant Lee Buffalo
Between The Eyes – Love Battery
Big Sky Country – Chris Whitley
Birth, School, Work, Death – The Godfathers
Bittersweet – Hoodoo Gurus
Black Grease – The Black Angels
Blow ‘Em Off – Monster Magnet
Blue On Black – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Bluebird – Buffalo Springfield
Blues Before & After – The Smithereens
Bonnie & Clyde – Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot
Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King
Bridge Of Sighs – Robin Trower
Bring It On – Gomez
Burnin’ For You – Blue Öyster Cult
Burnin’ Sky – Bad Company
Burning Down One Side – Robert Plant
Burning Love – Elvis Presley
Bye Bye Love – The Cars

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – The Rolling Stones
Candy-O – The Cars
Carnival – Mark Lanegan
Cars – Gary Numan
Catching The Butterfly – The Verve
Champagne & Reefer – Muddy Waters
A Change Is Gonna Come – Swervedriver
The Changeling – The Doors
The Changingman – Paul Weller
Charlotte Rose – The Suede Brothers
Cherry Red – The Groundhogs
Chevrolet – Taj Mahal
Chill Out – Black Uhuru
Chloe Dancer / Crown Of Thorns – Mother Love Bone
Christiansands – Tricky
Cigarette Burns – Mark Curry
Cinnamon Girl – Neil Young
City Of Hate – The Toadies
Clean My Wounds – Corrosion Of Conformity
Combination – Aerosmith
A Common Disaster – Cowboy Junkies
Contact – Wooden Shjips
Contact Me Now – The Grifters
The Core – Eric Clapton
Couldn’t Get It Right – Climax Blues Band
Cowgirl In The Sand – Neil Young
Crosseyed & Painless – Talking Heads
Curl Of The Burl – Mastodon
Cursed Female – Porno For Pyros

Dancing Barefoot – Patti Smith Group
Dear Diary – Luna
The Death Of Coyote Woman – All Them Witches
Demon Cleaner – Kyuss
Detrimental – Gomer Pyle
Dirty Day – U2
Dissolved Girl – Massive Attack
Dive – Nirvana
Do For The Others – Stephen Stills
Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
Do It Again – The Kinks
Do It Again – Steely Dan
Dollar Bill – Screaming Trees
Don’t Bring Me Down – The Animals
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston
Don’t Run Our Hearts Around – Black Mountain
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
Don’t You Evah – Spoon
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) – The Rolling Stones
Down On The Street – The Stooges
Dragonaut – Sleep
Dreams – The Allman Brothers
Drown – Smashing Pumpkins
Drunken Butterfly – Sonic Youth
Duel – Swervedriver
Dusty – Soundgarden

Eight Miles High – The Byrds
Electric Feel – MGMT
Electricity – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Encrypted Bounce – Thee Oh Sees
Even Deeper – Nine Inch Nails
Even Flow – Pearl Jam
Every Little Twist – Red Fang
Every Time You Go – The Devlins
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young
Evil Eye – Fu Manchu
Exhausted – Foo Fighters
Explosive Mouth – T. Rex

Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone
Faustian Bargain – Astrosoniq
Fearless – Pink Floyd
Feel Alright – Steve Earle
Feeling Gravitys Pull – R.E.M.
Flashback – The Twilight Singers (featuring Mark Lanegan)
Flight Of Icarus – Iron Maiden
Fools Gold – The Stone Roses
For The Summer – Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
For Whom The Bell Tolls -Metallica
Formaldehyde – Sons Of Elvis
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Freedom – Jimi Hendrix
Freedom Of Choice – Devo
Fresh Blood – Eels
From The Beginning – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Funeral Bell – Black Label Society
Funk #49 – James Gang
Fuzz Factory – Love Battery

Get Up Stand Up – Bob Marley & The Wailers
Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones
A Girl Like You – Edwin Collins
A Girl Like You – The Wolfgang Press
Girls & Boys – Prince
Giving It Back – Matthew Sweet
Glass Onion – The Beatles
God Fearing Man – Ben Harper
God Hates A Coward – Tomahawk
Godless – The Dandy Warhols
Goin’ Against Your Mind – Built To Spill
Going Down – Freddie King
Going Down South – R.L. Burnside
Going To Town – The Afghan Whigs
Gold Dust Woman – Fleetwood Mac
Golden Flower – Wooden Shjips
Golden Years – David Bowie
Gone – The Black Crowes
Gonna Get Ya – Pete Townshend
Gonna Put My Foot Down – Bill Parker
Good Fortune – PJ Harvey
Good Shit – Cornershop
Good Times – Chic
Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin
Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
Goodnight – Sweet Apple
Green Belly – Ty Segall
Green-Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf

Hair Of The Dog – Nazareth
Hands Around My Throat – Death In Vegas
Hanging On A Curtain – Morphine
Happy With Myself – Over The Rhine
The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
The Hardest Button To Button – The White Stripes
Heart Full Of Soul – The Yardbirds
Heavy Metal Drummer – Wilco
Hell On Wheels – Fu Manchu
Hello It’s Late – Stone Temple Pilots
Hello It’s Me – Todd Rundgren
Help You Out – The Go
Here Come The Girls – Ernie K-Doe
Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Hey Bulldog – The Beatles
A History Of Bad Men – Melvins
Holy Diver – Dio
Honey Bucket – Melvins
Honey Child What Can I Do – Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
Honey Don’t Think – Grant Lee Buffalo
House Of Doom – Black Label Society
Houses Of The Holy – Led Zeppelin
How Can A Man With So Many Friends Feel So Alone – Eagles Of Death Metal
How Do You Sleep? – The Sights
How Many More Times – Led Zeppelin
Hundred Mile High City – Ocean Colour Scene

I Ain’t Superstitious – Willie Dixon
I Am One – Smashing Pumpkins
I Can’t Get Next To You – The Temptations
I Cannot Stop You – The Cherry Slush
I Fought The Law – Bobby Fuller Four
I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier – Mad Season
I Have To Laugh – Mudhoney
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
I Just Want To Celebrate – Rare Earth
(I Know) I’m Losing You – The Temptations
I Put A Spell On You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
I Thank You – Sam & Dave
I Think I’m In Love – Spiritualized
I’ll Be Around – The Spinners
I’m A Man – Chicago
I’m Free Now – Morphine
I’m Gonna Crawl – Led Zeppelin
Ice Cold Daydream – Shuggie Otis
Icky Thump – The White Stripes
In Hiding – Pearl Jam
In My Head – Queens Of The Stone Age
In The Light – Led Zeppelin
Intergalactic – The Beastie Boys
Is It My Body? – Alice Cooper
It Don’t Come Easy – Ringo Starr
It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll) – AC/DC
It’s Alright, Baby – Komeda
It’s My Life – The Animals

Jesus Christ Pose – Soundgarden
John Brown – Masters Of Reality
Johnny The Fox Meets Jimmy The Weed – Thin Lizzy
Joy & Blues – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
Jump Into The Fire – Harry Nilsson
Just – Radiohead
Just A Chance – Badfinger
Just For Kicks – Salem’s Pot
Just Got Paid – ZZ Top

Keep Yourself Alive – Queen
Kick The Stones – Chris Whitley
King For A Day – Faith No More
King Richard The Lion Heart – Masters Of Reality
Kiss The Sun – The Atomic Bitchwax
Know – Chris Whitley

Lake Of Fire – Meat Puppets
Last Chance – John Mellencamp
Last Night / Tomorrow – Urge Overkill
Learn & Burn – The Sheepdogs
Leave Them All Behind – Ride
Lesson No.1 – Viva Voce
Let It All Be – Melvins
Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) – The Hombres
Let It Whip – Dazz Band
Let The Good Things Come – John Martyn
Let’s Go – The Cars
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
The Letter – The Box Tops
Level – The Raconteurs
Life’s What You Make It – Talk Talk
The Line Between – Baroness
Little Child Runnin’ Wild – Curtis Mayfield
Livin’ Alone – Bizi Gara
Loaded – Primal Scream
Long Term Exit Strategy – Kinski
Look Sharp! – Joe Jackson
Loose – The Stooges
The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret – Queens Of The Stone Age
Love Left Us Strangers – Space Needle
Love Removal Machine – The Cult
Low Desert Punk – Brant Bjork
Lowdown – Boz Scaggs
Lucidity – Tame Impala
Lucky Man – The Verve

Magic Man – Heart
Mainline Florida – Eric Clapton
Make My Mind – Screaming Trees
The Man Don’t Give A Fuck – Super Furry Animals
Mandocello – Concrete Blonde
Marquee Moon – Television
Masters Of The Universe – Hawkwind
Maui Tears – Sleepy Sun
Mean Street – Van Halen
Mexicola – Queens Of The Stone Age
Midnight Rider – The Allman Brothers
Misfit Love – Queens Of The Stone Age
Monte Gargano – Truckfighters
More Than A Feeling – Boston
Morning Dew – The Allman Brothers
Morning Dew – King Loser
Mother Popcorn – James Brown
Motherless Child – Harmonica Paul
Motivation – Tripping Daisy
The Motivator – T. Rex
Mountain Song – Jane’s Addiction
Mouth Breather – The Jesus Lizard
Mouthful Of Cavities – Blind Melon
Move On Up – Curtis Mayfield
Mr. Soul – Buffalo Springfield
My Beautiful Friend – The Charlatans
My Black Sabbath – The Limiñanas
My City Was Gone – The Pretenders
Mystery Achievement – The Pretenders

Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Steam
Naturally High – The Cult
Needle & Thread – Brad
Negasonic Teenage Warhead – Monster Magnet
Nehru Jacket – Love Battery
Never An Easy Way – Morcheeba
Never Been Any Reason – Head East
Never Lose That Feeling / Never Learn – Swervedriver
New Health Rock – TV On The Radio
New Year’s Day – U2
No Excuses – Alice In Chains
No Fence Around Me – Joe South
No One Is Gonna Do It For You – The Hellacopters
No Time – The Guess Who
Nobody But Me – The Human Beinz
Nobody Gets Me But You – Spoon
Nobody’s Fault But Mine – Led Zeppelin
Nomads – Howlin’ Rain
North American Scum – LCD Soundsystem
November Hotel – Mad Season

Oh Sweet Nothing – The Velvet Underground
Old Enough – The Raconteurs
Old Man – Neil Young
On The Road Again – Canned Heat
One – Three Dog Night
One Hundred Days – Mark Lanegan
One More Time – The Clash
The One Thing – INXS
One Way Street – Mark Lanegan
Only Good For Conversation – Rodriguez
Out Of The Blue – Roxy Music
Over And Over – MC5
Over My Head – King’s X
Over The Hills And Far Away – Led Zeppelin

Pair Of Cherry – Eric Matthews
Paper Tiger – Beck
Papillon – The Twilight Singers
Peace Sells – Megadeth
People Of The Sun – Rage Against The Machine
Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
Pink Steam – Sonic Youth
Plan A – The Dandy Warhols
Planet Of Sound – Pixies
Police & Thieves – The Clash
Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White
Precious & Grace – ZZ Top
Present Tense – Pearl Jam
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
Punk Rock Guilt – Brant Bjork
Pup Tent – Luna
Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield

R U Mine? – Arctic Monkeys
Rainbow In The Dark – Dio
Really Wanted You – Emitt Rhodes
The Regulator – Clutch
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scott-Heron
Revolutionary Kind – Gomez
Revolve – Melvins
Rhinoceros – Smashing Pumpkins
Ride On – AC/DC
Right On Baby, Baby – Dramarama
Rock And Roll – The Velvet Underground
Rock Anthem For The Retarded Teenage Hipster Population – Smile
Rocket Queen – Guns N’ Roses
The Roman Road – Super Furry Animals
Rosechild – Stress
Round & Round – Ratt
Roundabout – Yes
Rubber Connection – Speedball Baby
Rumble – Link Wray
Run – Supergrass
Run Through The Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Runaway Clocks – Darlahood
Running In Place – Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders

Sabotage – The Beastie Boys
Santa Maria Street – Sand Rubies
Saturday Morning – Eels
Scene Of A Perfect Crime – Concrete Blonde
Scum – Meat Puppets
The Sea Of Your Mind – Elephant Stone
Searching With My Good Eye Closed – Soundgarden
Season Of The Witch – Donovan
The Seeker – The Who
Self Made Man – Howlin’ Rain
Separator – Radiohead
September – Earth Wind & Fire
Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Shadow Of The Sun – Paul Weller
Shapes Of Things – The Yardbirds
She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On) – Masters Of Reality
She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
She’s A Beauty – The Tubes
Sheep – Pink Floyd
Sheik – ZZ Top
Shimmering – Maids Of Gravity
Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd
Shipwreck – Chris Connelly
Sign ‘O’ The Times – Prince
Silently Bad Minded (Remix) – Pressure Drop
Sister Havana – Urge Overkill
Six Blade Knife – Dire Straits
Skateaway – Dire Straits
Sleepy Silver Door – Dead Meadow
Sleepyhouse – Blind Melon
The Slider – T. Rex
Slow Emotion Replay – The The
Slow Life – Super Furry Animals
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
Snow Angel Summer – Voyager One
Sorry – Sebadoh
Soul Brothers Testify – Soul Senders
Soul Kitchen – The Doors
Spill The Wine – Eric Burdon & War
Sproston Green – The Charlatans
Sticky Hulks – Thee Oh Sees
Stop – Camille Lil’ Bob
Stop – The Dirtbombs
Straight Into Darkness – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Strange Religion – Mark Lanegan
Stray Cat Blues – The Rolling Stones
Stripsearch – Faith No More
Subterranean Homesick Alien – Radiohead
Sugar Ray – The Jesus And Mary Chain
Sunday – Sonic Youth
Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot
Sunflower – Paul Weller
Super Bad – James Brown
Supernaut – Black Sabbath
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Surrender – Cheap Trick
Surrender – U2
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
Sweet Emotion – Aerosmith
SWLABR – Cream
Symptom Of The Universe -Black Sabbath

Take Care Of Your Own Business – Dave Hamilton
Tantalized – The Church
Taste – Maids Of Gravity
Taxman – Junior Parker
Teacher – Jethro Tull
Ten Years Gone – Led Zeppelin
Thanks Anyway – Black Nasa
Then Comes Dudley – The Jesus Lizard
There’s No Other Way – Blur
The Things You Do To Me – Robert Cray
Third Eye Surgery – Baby Woodrose
Thunder Kiss ’65 – White Zombie
Time Machine – Thumlock
Time Of The Season – The Zombies
Time Waits For No One – The Rolling Stones
To Hell With Poverty – Gang Of Four
Tom Sawyer – Rush
Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
Too Far Away – Screaming Trees
Train Going Backwards – Dramarama
Train In Vain – The Clash
Transform – Jason Loewenstein
Transparent – Awesome Color
Tumbleweed – Puscifer
Twenty Five Miles – Edwin Starr

Ugly Truth Rock – Matthew Sweet
Underwhelmed – Sloan
Up All Night – The Boomtown Rats

Vacuum Boots – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Ventilator Blues – The Rolling Stones
Vicarious – Tool
Voices – Black Mountain
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The W.A.N.D. (The Will Always Negates Defeat) – The Flaming Lips
Waiting Room – Fugazi
Walk Away – James Gang
War Pigs – Black Sabbath
Wear You Out – TV On The Radio
What We All Want – Gang Of Four
What’d I Say, Pt. 1 & 2 – Ray Charles
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Whatever Hippie Bitch – The Brian Jonestown Massacre
When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What’s Still Around – The Police
Where Have All The Good Times Gone? -Van Halen
Whitewater -Kyuss
The Window – The Steve Miller Band
Winners & Losers – Iggy Pop
Wiser Time – The Black Crowes
Wishing Well – Terence Trent D’Arby
Within Your Reach – The Replacements
A Woman In Love (It’s Not Me) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
Working For The Man – PJ Harvey
Wrapped In Sky – Drivin ‘N’ Cryin
Writing Notes – Jen Trynin
Wucan – Black Mountain

Yer Stoned Italian Cowboy – The Go
You Got It – Mudhoney
You Haven’t Done Nothin’ – Stevie Wonder
You Keep Me Hangin’ On – The Supremes
You Owe Me Some Kind Of Love – Chris Isaak
You Say All The Nice Things – Ty Segall
You’re Gonna Miss Me – The 13th Floor Elevators
You’re My Best Friend – Queen
You’re No Good – Linda Ronstadt
Young Men Dead – The Black Angels

Zig Zag Wanderer – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Zodiac Sign – Imperial Drag

25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
400 Bucks – Reverend Horton Heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Evil Within The Collective Mind

The evil within the collective mind of the trailer park Pharisees was on full display last night. Fasten your seatbelts and make sure you’re ready to vote. This kind of humanity (of lack of) needs to be excreted and flushed down the toilet.

Empathy is a defining characteristic of humanity. To have no empathy is to be subhuman.

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/17/742896827/trump-attacks-congresswomen-at-n-c-rally-as-crowd-chants-send-her-back

Finishing Touches

Another quick art studio update. Last week, I placed some finishing touches (AKA: trimming, numbering and signing) on a couple of new series of silkscreen prints. More prints are in development. All are for sale. Eventually through a web presence. Until then contact me directly at brett@brettcallero.com if interested in any way.

Donny & the Stooges Hits The Streets

Donny & the Stooges hits the streets. As I mentioned before, that is the name of my latest project. I posted about it here, https://brettcalleroartist.com/2019/05/30/donny-the-stooges/.

The sticker version of this image is now making it’s way around Atlanta and other cities across the country.  Here are a few photos from Atlanta.

Donny & the Stooges

Hey friends, what’s happening? I’ve got something to say. Creative people that do not like what passes for leadership today need to do something about it by making something about it. I’m not saying to make it your main creative outlet. Have it be that other creative release you do outside of your normal body of work. It should be your interesting side project These times call for us to do this. That’s what I am doing with the street art and screenprints I’ve been making. They’re like advertisements and clearly come with a finer, sharper point that my other bodies of work.

This stuff is my punk rock side project! I believe every artist needs to speak up and visually communicate as they can only do. I am compelled to do something, artists of the world need to write their protest songs. Get to work!

Mini manifesto aside, I’m posting about my latest contribution to putting my art where my mouth is. I’ve been messing around with a new idea. Planning on making many different pieces based on the concept of Donny & the Stooges. My inspiration of course is Trump and his greatest enablers. The concept combined this with the visual culture of the Stooges (later known as Iggy & the Stooges), who are of course, the legendary, groundbreaking, highly influential, ass kicking pre-punk band from Detroit that featured the one and only Jim Osterberg (AKA Iggy Pop).

Today, I noticed that my initial instagram post about this new artwork was taken off of my Instagram page. Censorship is real. Big brother (in the form of a threatened conservative) in action. Interestingly enough, I noticed this by visiting #donnyandthestooges, the post is still up there.

This screenshot shows a work in progress. As always. Stay tuned. More to come.

Backslider Nation

What is the cause of the of the degeneration of the United States of America?

My sarcastic and oversimplified answer is this. That’s what too much church and home schooling gets you. Besides, 50% of the population is below average. All of us are below average at some things and this rears its ugly head in numerous complex ways.

My analytical answer reveals many reasons for the devolution of our discourse and the degeneration of. Distrust in government post-Vietnam and the Nixon Presidency. Faith based belief systems being woven into the power structures of public policy. Fear and loathing since the terrorist attacks of 2001. Dramatic decrease in the value of nuanced critical thinking. Increased stress in all ways possible, stress is non-partisan.

Unfortunately, we may have already become Backslider Nation.

Krog Street Sticker Slaps

In Atlanta, just southeast of downtown is a little neighborhood of called Cabbagetown. In the time I’ve lived in this city, Cabbagetown has become a street art Mecca. A destination for street artists and street art appreciators alike. As I’ve mentioned before, I live in the adjacent neighborhood of Reynoldstown, but just a short walk from the epicenter of the Cabbagetown street art scene. The Krog Street Tunnel is an ever-changing visual spectacle of street art. Unlike the murals around the corner, the tunnel is intended to be tagged and layered and covered and covered and covered some more.

Shaking’ Things Up is the first sticker slap in a new (as of yet untitled) series of work. I finally have something I wanted to add to the Tunnel.

Here are some images of the results. These are just the highlights of my Krog Street sticker slaps.

 

 

 

The Kids Call Them Slaps

The kids call them slaps. Stickers. Well, when used as street art they’re are called slaps or sticker slaps. At least that’s what I’ve been told.

I went to the Krog Street Tunnel to add some slaps. Just a little of my flavor added to the constant storm of visual stimulation in this location. While there, I found a group of kids having fun and gave them some stickers to spread around other locations in Atlanta. Spontaneous assistance. It’s nice to have help when taking care of business like this.

The Zig Zag Wanderer

My entire life has been about zigging when much of my contemporary culture zagged. It’s not something I’ve always been aware of. It’s not even something I’ve always been happy about. For example, in high school, I was obsessed with fitting in yet was unable to do so no matter how desperately I tried. Turns out it wasn’t in my nature and to my great frustration, I just hadn’t yet realized this.

Over the years self-awareness and self-acceptance slowly grew from within. An unstoppable need to wander (mentally or physically) fills much of my time. My life has been spent learning to accept and embrace this revelation. I have no issue with it personally. However, professionally it’s a different story. It means that I’ve always been out of fashion. Never quite the perfect match for anything. It can still be a frustrating place to be at times. However, at this point in my life, I know who I am, The Zig Zag Wanderer.

Shakin’ Things Up

Yesterday afternoon I walked to the street art Mecca of Cabbagetown in Atlanta. I live in the area. Just two short blocks from the epicenter, the Krog Street Tunnel. It’s a crazy kitchen, but I still want to add a little of my own flavor to the stew.

I’m not finished. I’m just getting started.

I am not alone nor do I want to work alone. I want help spreading these stickers (and the future ones I make) around on a local and national level. Reach out to me via private message (or other means) if you’re interested and I’ll get some into your hands one way or another.

A New Street Art Series

It’s hard for me to work on one series of art at a time. Back and forth I go between mixed media paintings, map drawings and street art. My exhibition came together in a whirlwind and left me in a bit of a haze. Blowing out of that smoke came the need to further explore the work I have been doing in my other two primary areas of interest: map drawings and street art. Also, I am pursuing a new medium, screen printing. I am discovering fresh new energy at a time when I need it most. I am excited by the challenges of learning a new medium. Beyond that, I have started a new series of map drawings that have me excited. I also feel recharged by exploring different ways of making street art.

All of this is what led to the decision to make a series of stickers. Not unlike my mixed media paintings, this is commentary on contemporary culture. However, in the street art format, I am intentionally more sharp and direct. The first in the series is shown below.

Ken Nordine – Colors

I just learned that Ken Nordine recently passed away at 98 years old. R.I.P.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-ken-nordine-dead-0217-story.html

Who is Ken Nordine you ask? He’s the greatest voice-over artist that ever was and ever will be. He’s also from my sweet home Chicago.

He is also responsible for this amazing spoken word composition. This will be required listening for all my future Color Theory students.

 

The Importance of Design

I’ve had this dresser in my all of my bedrooms for 40 years. Why? Excellent design. The design and craftsmanship were made to last. It still looks good. It’s still as sturdy as the day my parents bought it. It was more expensive than typical kids furniture but because it was good design it became so much more. Also worth much more than its initial price.

He Was Sent to Washington to Shake Things Up

There it is – all packed together for you in one image. Millions of words will be written about this one single image. History will always remember this photograph. So many visual symbols and metaphors for the downfall of America in one place. Good ol’ Honest Abe in a frame is the cherry on top of this golden toilet sundae.

That’s right, Donald J. Trump was sent to Washington to shake things up. This is America, 2019.

Never More

I’ve gotta get something off my chest.

Bill Donohue has made a career out of judging the behavior of others. He’s disgusted me for years. Once again he is defending the indefensible. The way this man defines degrees of abuse is morally repugnant.

Look, you can believe what you want in regard to your faith. However, no one should financially support the Catholic Church ever again. The Church needs to reform or die on the vine on their own. Support should only be shown with your thoughts and prayers, not your money.

I say this to you as someone that has been educated in Catholic schools (for 16 years). I say this as someone that has personally given a bit of money to the Church over the years. Never more, never again.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2018/08/catholic-league-on-predatory-priests-its-not-rape-if-the-child-isnt-penetrated/

Live And Let Kneel

“We use that flag to sell mattresses and beer. We wear it as a swimsuit. We wrap our bald head in a bandana and stick it in our pants because we disrespect that flag everyday.”

These words from Dale Hansen (sportscaster and Vietnam veteran) echo the thought I’ve had for years on the subject of the American flag. The flag is not meant to be a product or a prop. That’s why I don’t wear anything meant to appropriate the American flag (that’s also why I don’t wear anything that appropriates military camouflage).

All this noise about kneeling or standing in the NFL is just the by product of another prop for a product. The teams were in the locker rooms during the anthem until eight years ago. In 2009, the NFL brought the players out for the anthem basically to be a prop for their product. It was a marketing strategy made in order to make the players (and the league) look more patriotic. The Department of Defense and the National Guard also payed the NFL for permission to stage on-field patriotic ceremonies to increase military recruitment.

Don’t be played by the sideshow. The first amendment IS first for a reason. Live and let kneel.

This Young Woman Has A Lot To Learn

Tomi Lahren is a big deal these days. Propped up by her good looks, she’s become a popular voice for the alt-right people and young conservative millennial. I think this young woman (and I feel old for even typing those words) has a lot to learn. A lot to learn about history. A lot to learn about human nature. A lot to learn about life. A lot to learn about so many topics. It’s a shame, she’s bright but not smart enough to know what she doesn’t comprehend.

Find out for yourself. Watch this interview with Trevor Noah (of the Daily Show) in its entirety.

http://www.cc.com/video-clips/m9ds7s/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-exclusive—tomi-lahren-extended-interview?xrs=synd_FBPAGE_20161201_692299924_The+Daily+Show_Video+with+Link&linkId=31796489

Oblivious To Infinity

My part-time occupation of culture critic keeps my mind filled most of the time. This is what I am doing whenever you’re not sure of what I’m doing. Thinking, analyzing the culture we inhabit. My mind, up and gone away, wandering round. Those that know me know this happens quite often. Even though these observations register with me on a continuous basis, I am not often compelled to write about them. That said, I wanted to share my thoughts on a moment that happened today.

This morning I walked into Criminal Records. A well-known record music and comic store in Atlanta, GA. I’ve always loved to browse record stores. Normally I take my time listening and looking around, however today I was there to power shop. Specifically, grab one brand new Black Mountain CD and go. Within the few minutes I was there, a group of friends walked into the store. I approximated that they were all 18-21 years old. One of them had a baby and was pushing a stroller. They walked past me as I headed toward the register. As they passed I heard one of them say to the other, “what are all these?” The friend replied, “you mean these? They’re albums and CDs. You’ve never seen them before?” I continued to the register without any noticeable reaction. However, internally I was in a small state of shock. Could this be possible? Could this person have never seen an album or CD before? Not even by accident? Could this person be so unaware of their surroundings? Where in Atlanta were there surroundings? How could this even be possible?

What does this mean? Does it say anything about us as a whole or is it more of an indictment of this specific person? I tend to think it’s a combination of the two. The world has changed. Specifically, the way we purchase music has changed. The physical appearance of the music we listen to has been disappearing as well. However, I’m not blaming the music industry this time. To not know what albums and CDs are is entirely another issue. An issue that is more related to a sense of obliviousness that permeates our culture more and more. This issue is about how a lack of curiosity leads to a lack of knowledge. The results are oblivious to infinity.

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Yes, Information Is Beautiful

Yes, information is beautiful. I teach a class called Visual Design Systems. In this class, we touch upon many things including semiotics and information graphics. Hard to believe I’ve never posted about the blog Information Is Beautiful (http://www.informationisbeautiful.net).

Here are just a few of the examples to be found on Information Is Beautiful. Look, see and learn, like i did.

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/common-mythconceptions-worlds-most-contagious-falsehoods/

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/good-relationtips-most-commonly-given-relationship-advice/

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/chicks-rule/

Bake Sales For Potholes

More often I hear people tell me they identify themselves as a libertarian. Like most, I can agree with many libertarian principles, especially those related to personal privacy. However, I feel libertarian dogma taken as a whole is selfish naiveté. Most people bristle whenever I mention this in discussion or debate. Often, I try to explain that overall libertarian dogma is opposed to the concept of community and the concept of nation in itself. Individual liberty over all else at all times can only be possible if you live in a world where you are alone at all times. Absolute isolation is becoming less possible every day. Therefore, libertarianism is the wrong philosophy at the wrong time, even if it were the least bit practical, which it is not.

Do you want to live in a world where you and a few neighbors hold a fundraiser to raise enough money to hire the construction company needed to fill the potholes on your street? Do you want to live in a world where the funds are debated based on how often you and your neighbors actually use the street you all live on? This is the utopia we would have if the libertarian dogma was extrapolated into reality. Libertarianism may work behind closed doors within a personal household. Beyond that, in the environment we share, the selfish naiveté of it all is exposed and looks more than a little silly to me.

At this point of the conversation, if I’m even still having one, many hedge on their strong libertarian values. Making one exception after another until they’re basically an advocate for personal privacy – just like me. Others ignore the cognitive dissidence held within their ideals and double down on the wonderful sounding notion of individual freedom over all else.

These columns do a great job expanding on my point of view. The second link even mentions a scenario quite similar to the bake sales for potholes one I’ve been using for years.
http://www.alternet.org/youre-not-boss-me-why-libertarianism-childish-sham
http://www.salon.com/2015/03/02/my_libertarian_vacation_nightmare_how_ayn_rand_ron_paul_their_groupies_were_all_debunked/