Top 5: Bands. (Part 1)

I really, really enjoyed writing the last ‘Top 5’ post I did, so I’ve decided to give a Bands Top 5 a go. I do feel that it needs to be said upfront and outright, these are my personal favorite bands. Across all genres, this is a list of bands that I just never want to not be able to listen to. (You try writing that sentence without using a double negative!!) I don’t so much care if you don’t like them or you think they were not the basis for all music, this is my list, go make your own if you care so damn much!

Mindless Self Indulgence–It’s actually a really good thing that I mentioned that this list is across genres as this band just by itself doesn’t fit into a single category. They are a bit rock, a bit hip hop with some electronic influenced music slipped in…and their sound is a bit on the insane side. I’ve been a fan since I was about 14 and here’s that story cos I want to tell it:

When I was younger, my mom lived in like another city and my dad ran an auto parts store which meant he was there, well pretty much all hours of the day. I had to come across new CD’s in…creative ways. I lived in a suburb that didn’t have public transport and the nearest place to buy non-edited CD’s was Best Buy, like over 5 miles away from my house. I had a friend who went there every Tuesday though and would send him with my 20-30$ in allowance money each week and he would bring me back CD’s. Easy Peasy. One day, he brought me back “System of a Down” System of a Down and “Make Yourself” by Incubus. The third CD he brought in was not for me. It was called “Frankenstein Girls will Seem Strangely Sexy” and it was by this band called Mindless Self Indulgence. Not only was this CD that he purchased with my money not for me (I was pretty OK with him buying one for himself every other week or so out of my cash), I wasn’t even allowed to listen to it. His theory being that if someone like me who liked nu-metal and classic rock liked the band they would become mainstream and thusly, no longer “cool”. (Seriously? Don’t bands release music so that people can hear it?!) Although he did let the perky blonde cheerleader in our home room listen to a song called “Clarissa”. Hey man, I watched Clarissa Explains it All…BIG FAN! However, I decided it was what it was and I gave up on trying to convince him I was not so mainstream that it would destroy his favorite underground band.

Until he switched schools the next year and the third friend in our little group decided that he didn’t give a fuck and wanted me to hear this band. I fell in love. They were the anthem of angst ridden teenager with more than a dash of manic energy. I have purchased nearly every CD they have ever put out, even the imports and remixes. Only one I never got was “Despierta Los Ninos”….too expensive for my broke ass in every record store I’ve seen it in. Even had an original copy of “Tight”….until my entire CD collection got stolen along with pretty much everything else I owned that I put into storage when I got to LA.

This is also the only band that I have ever gone out of my way to see them perform live. Generally, if a show isn’t happening within about 25 miles of where ever I am, I’m not going to see it. I am notoriously horrible about taking care of my cars properly and that translates into not trusting them to drive very far. But for MSi, I’ve made it a rule to go to any show that is under 5 hours away. I’ve only gotten to use this rule once, but hey….I couldn’t travel to Oklahoma City when my uncle was on his deathbed. I borrowed someone else’s car on the pretense of a lie to be able to go see them there.

Yeah, this one went on way too long, going to try and be more concise for the next few. I love music. Really, I do. Could keep this one going for hours. In fact, I think I may just do that. We’ll call all of that rambling “Part 1”. Ta for now though!

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Top 5: Movies

So I’m sitting here waiting for the interminably slow Internet connex I’m dealing with tonight to load “Chasing Amy”, and it occurred to me whilst in the silence and after a few decent bong rips, to write a post detailing my Top 5 flicks. I have notoriously limited knowledge of movies, my tastes being shaped mostly by my parents taste in films and haven’t seen…well, most of the shit that my peers have. My dad loved action flicks and westerns, my mom loved horror movies and weepy chick flicks, it was what it was…and I got some weird combination of a love for all of the above. Anyway, I grew up a teensy bit. Started watching things for myself and fell in lurve with the flicks below. I can watch these movies over and over again and discover something new every time. So yeah, enough rambling, here is the list…yay!!

Chasing Amy–This was the first Kevin Smith movie I saw..when I had no clue who Kevin Smith was. It introduced me to Jason Lee and showed me a much different side to that Armageddon dude. Also, Joey Lauren Adams could make me go gay and I am not a fan of eating the vag.

The movie is full of heart and even Affleck himself was always searching out another script from Kevin that hit as hard as this one. All around quality and passes the “watching over at any given time” test with flying fucking colors.

The Tao of Steve–This flick is..well…the dude version of a chick flick. It stars Donal Logue as an unexpected Casanova of sorts in a gorgeous desert-y setting. He’s fat, (but a Fat Fatist.), underemployed, and smokes way too much pot..yet, he has a way of bedding increasingly hot chicks thanks to figuring out that all you really have to do is be a ‘Steve’ (as in McQueen).

If you haven’t seen this, but you have seen dear Donal in something & liked him, GO WATCH THIS NOW! The post will still be here when you get back. Pinky swear.

Serpico–I saw this as a kid at my uncles ranch, and remember being in love with Serpico’s dog. Then I saw this a an adult and saw a harrowing tale of a man who just wants to do right by his city.

I’ve been prone to leaving this one on repeat in the DVD player and just flipping to it when I can’t find anything on television for weeks on end. It’s bad how much I heart this movie.

Dazed and Confused–A movie that makes me jealous of my parents growing up in Texas in the late 70’s. So there’s that…..

High Fidelity–The movie adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel of the same name influenced my life a lot….take for example my entire blurb in my senior yearbook:

“Valedictorian–CheekyMF plans to work in a record store.”

In all fairness, I was misquoted by a 7th grader while already being late to class, I said I planned to own a record store. OWN. Big difference. Super happy that kid didn’t grow up to become a journalist and is instead a secretary at an oil and gas company.

The essence still remains the same although I did realize fairly quickly that the times they were a changing and the new century marked the end of the music industry as we knew it, so I settled for my first job being at a…umm…big blue electronics retailer selling cd’s for a supervisor who is a guitarist for some wicked awesome prog rock band. Zesty Buy or something like that. Anyway…even to this day with this Top 5 flicks list the movie still shades my world with it’s influence.

So there you have it…I’m slowly working my way through the past sixty or so years of cinema to see all of these masterpieces that I seem to have missed out on; but…well…this is what I managed to end up loving without having to scour Netflix, Hulu, or Crackle.