There are so many songs that I would love to just strip verses from and just leave instrumentals and choruses. "Change Clothes" and "Superstar Part 1" for example. I actually like those songs but the music and the choruses make them for me. Is it possible to buy something like that?
Spoke N' Heard is just about my favorite show, probably because I so rarely watch TV and it's all fresh to me. Fab 5 Freddy was on one tonight. I love him! Videos were my lifeblood at one point. I remember so well watching Video Music Box on Channel 31 and the early days of Yo! MTV Raps. Seeing him reminded me when I was a kid, trailing after my uncle with his giant boombox. Listening to Nice and Smooth and Heavy D and Chubb Rock and Salt N' Pepa and BBD. Putting the posters from Right On on my wall. Those are good memories. I snickered though when he said that 2003 was one of the weakest years in hip hop he's ever seen. I really had forgotten how much I like MTV2. Also funny was Questlove saying about the Roots: "A rap group that's gone 13 years without a dance hit is kinda suspect."
The Christmas season reminded me that I basically have four songs I never get tired of hearing: TLC's "Sleigh Ride," Bing Crosby/David Bowie's "Little Drummer Boy," Nat King Cole's version of "The Christmas Song," and Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad." And definitely Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means To Me" too, but that's due to Old Navy subliminal marketing more than anything.
My absolute favorite album bought on my recent buying frenzy is Prefuse 73 Extinguished. It's so utterly fantastic. Truthfully, I didn't like One Word Extinguisher on my first listens. I played it on my show (*sniff*) and everything, but I didn't have to run out and get it or become instantly obsessed like I was with Vocal Studies or even '92 vs. '02. Now, I've reassessed One Word and I like it too. It's quite the Mama's Gun situation...with a new album instead of a chance video viewing changing my mind.
As a part of my end of the year mental roundup, I was remembering that an unfinished thing bugging me is the unwritten interview I did with Alex. One day, we sat in my room in the Cake House For Midgets sitting in front of my headset mic and it ended up being this half hour conversation about music and inspiration. I've gotta write it up. Maybe I'll even post it.
Damn, I want the Chili Peppers Greatest Hits album really badly. The only problem with watching a lot of music shows are the music infomercials. You hear all the songs you like and think "hmm...I should get that...or at least download it." That's why I'm currently blasting Bob Seger's "Strut."