the spirit of the beehive (victor erice, 1973)
shameless, season 9

music friday: 2004

Franz Ferdinand, "Take Me Out". Some of the comments on the video, which is of a live performance: "When the crowd sings the know you made it" ... "this crowd is so good It makes me want to cry" ... "The video does not do justice to how amazing this was live".

Kanye West, "Jesus Walks". Video, from Dave Chappelle's Block Party, one of the best movies of 2005. So good I'm willing to ignore the fact that the picture is reversed.

Kelly Clarkson, "Since U Been Gone". Clarkson won the very first American Idol.

Arcade Fire, "Rebellion (Lies)". For many years, I wondered if I loved Arcade Fire. Eventually, I realized I just loved this song.

Loretta Lynn, "Portland, Oregon". 72 years old in 2004. It's pretty impressive when you're the oldest artist on a list that includes Willie Nelson.

Usher, "Yeah!" I always forget that this isn't a Lil Jon song.

Willie Nelson, "Midnight Rider". Only 71 years old in 2004. We saw Willie in concert that year ... not sure, but he might be the oldest headliner I ever saw.

Gwen Stefani, "Hollaback Girl". In an interview that year, Courtney Love said, "I'm not interested in being the cheerleader. I’m not interested in being Gwen Stefani."

Prince, "Cinnamon Girl". The New York Post called the video the most tasteless ever.

Green Day, "American Idiot". Feels ten years past their prime, but that's just me.

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What a great snapshot of the early decade. Interesting to think who on the list can still turn out crowds like they did then and who plays to smaller ones now.

Steven Rubio

The closer I get to the present day in these lists, the more distanced I become ... it happens when you get old. One way I've tracked this in my mind is by noting to myself how many artists on each list I saw live. I keep waiting for the year when the answer is zero ... haven't gotten there yet. But I'm getting closer ... of the two people on this list I've seen, one is dead and the other is 85 years old. One other thing I noticed about this list: I know all of the songs quite well. Didn't have a single one of those "OK here it is but I don't know it" songs.


You're better than me. I'm generally lost after 1998 or so. Like, I know the folks above, but only really know the chorus (or less) from the new ones.

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