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My picks for the Top-5 songs played by WBER in 2012 , as whittled down from this pool of songs. If interested, you can view my selection process at this Google Doc. (131 songs down to 22, down to 11, down to 6, down to 5.)
Not a great year overall - far too many synthesizers and drum machines and whiny boys trying to sing like girls. There’s a place for all of that, but now that it’s become mainstream I no longer wish to hear any of it. It’s everywhere and it’s killing me. Thankfully there were some old faithfuls to fall back on.
The Shins - Simple Song (listen on spotify)#1 with a bullet. Never a doubt in my mind about this one. The album as a whole was slightly disappointing, but this song is perfect - particularly the melodies. 
Ben Folds Five - Do It Anyway (listen on spotify) Strip away everything other than Ben’s piano performance and this would still be good enough for #2. Add everything else back in and there was no competition. The 10+ year hiatus didn’t diminish the incredible chemistry that these three guys share. 
Soulsavers - Take Me Back Home (listen on spotify) Wow. Well, this one sorta snuck up on me. That’s about all I can say. Beautiful song. 
The Tragically Hip - At Transformation (listen on spotify) I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least one song in my top 5 that truly rocks… and it came from a somewhat unlikely source. Thanks, Canada! 
Feist - The Bad In Each Other (listen on spotify) Her voice just hits me right where it counts, and the production on this song is mesmerizing. 

My picks for the Top-5 songs played by WBER in 2012 , as whittled down from this pool of songs. If interested, you can view my selection process at this Google Doc. (131 songs down to 22, down to 11, down to 6, down to 5.)

Not a great year overall - far too many synthesizers and drum machines and whiny boys trying to sing like girls. There’s a place for all of that, but now that it’s become mainstream I no longer wish to hear any of it. It’s everywhere and it’s killing me. Thankfully there were some old faithfuls to fall back on.

  1. The Shins - Simple Song (listen on spotify)
    #1 with a bullet. Never a doubt in my mind about this one. The album as a whole was slightly disappointing, but this song is perfect - particularly the melodies. 
  2. Ben Folds Five - Do It Anyway (listen on spotify)
    Strip away everything other than Ben’s piano performance and this would still be good enough for #2. Add everything else back in and there was no competition. The 10+ year hiatus didn’t diminish the incredible chemistry that these three guys share. 
  3. Soulsavers - Take Me Back Home (listen on spotify)
    Wow. Well, this one sorta snuck up on me. That’s about all I can say. Beautiful song. 
  4. The Tragically Hip - At Transformation (listen on spotify)
    I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least one song in my top 5 that truly rocks… and it came from a somewhat unlikely source. Thanks, Canada! 
  5. Feist - The Bad In Each Other (listen on spotify)
    Her voice just hits me right where it counts, and the production on this song is mesmerizing. 

Track:
Political Science

Artist:
Randy Newman

Album:
Sail Away

Randy Newman - Political Science

An appropriate song for today.



 

No one likes us, I don’t know why
We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try 
But all around even our old friends put us down 
Lets drop the big one and see what happens 

We give them money, but are they grateful? 
No, they’re spiteful and they’re hateful 
They don’t respect us, so let’s surprise them 
We’ll drop the big one and pulverize them 

Asia’s crowded and Europe’s too old 
Africa is far too hot and Canada’s too cold  
And South America stole our name  
Let’s drop the big one 
There’ll be no one left to blame us 

We’ll save Australia 
Don’t wanna hurt no kangaroo 
We’ll build an All American amusement park there 
They got surfin too 

Boom goes London and boom Paris
More room for you and more room for me 
And every city the whole world round 
Will just be another American town
Oh how peaceful it will be  
We’ll set everybody free 
You’ll wear a Japanese kimono 
And there’ll be Italian shoes for me  

They all hate us anyhow  
So lets drop the big one now 
Let’s drop the big one now