Daniel’s five tracks of the moment

I started writing a list of my five favourite songs of the moment about a fortnight ago, but only got as far as three tracks. Then the “five songs” meme arrived, and Kathy tagged me, so here we go, I’m jumping on the bandwagon.

List five songs that you are currently digging – it doesn’t matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying right now. Post these instructions and the five songs (with artist) in your blog. Then tag five people to see what they’re listening to.

(Links for artists are to their official sites; song links are to the lyrics for that song.)

Billy Bragg: Waiting for the great leap forwardsSo join the struggle while you may / The revolution is just a t-shirt away. Very clever dense lyrics, with so much in them, especially identifying with anybody involved in activism. But also the music is beautifully put together, the way it builds to a crescendo at the end.

Ben Harper: Homeless childThere is no night / and there is no day / it is all / one shade of gray. Dunno what instruments they’re using, but very cool sounds. One of the live music shows on the ABC recently used this as their theme song; can’t remember which one though.

Ocean Colour Scene: Mechanical WonderOh machines make our lives today / and I like them the best / But the mechanical thunder is just a noise in my head. I love this song, not only for the music, but also because the lyrics reflect a strong view of mine: that cars are fun and (mostly) convenient to drive, but they’re causing untold damage to our environment. Curiously, the record company made a video clip based on just the song title, which turned it into a kid building a robot version of himself to win at soccer. And actually, I could pick a dozen songs from OCS’s best-of album.

Bob Marley: ExodusOpen your eyes and look within / Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?. Great stuff. One of my favourite reggae tracks, the music just grooves on and on at the end. When I eventually get a sound system with a nice big sub-woofer, this’ll be first in the queue.

Gorillaz: 19-2000There’s a monkey in the jungle … caught up in the conflict between his brain and his tail. The whole imagery of the monkey just amuses me no end.

Hmm, why is it that three of my five start with B?

Who’s next for this? I’ll tag Tony, Andrew, Doug, Brian (maybe it’ll prompt him to update his blog) and Andy. Hmm, all blokes, but I’m having trouble finding people not already tagged.

Anybody else want to nominate some fave tracks of the moment? Leave a trackback or comment.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

5 replies on “Daniel’s five tracks of the moment”

I’m too much of a techo semi-literate for trackback; but I’ve written up six tracks (yes I know it should have been five!) and I’ll post ’em a little later in the week.

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