Thursday, May 6, 2010

Disgruntled Monkey's Top 30 Songs

A long time ago in a country far away three people came together to do a podcast on their top ten songs. Excited by the idea I sent my top ten in. The podcast episode turned out to be awesome and lit a fire under my butt. So before I begin I would like to thank Bill, Chris and Mel for getting me to do this post. Your work on OTC always brightens my day and in this case inspired me to write.

Now the warm fuzzies are over onto the harsh horrid reality of the world. Well not really but time to get to the list. I've expanded the list from the show and made it my top 30, not only that I've made sure I've written a bit on the top ten and ordered them. So without further ado here is the list.

30 - Escape, Craig Armstrong, Plunkett & Macleane Soundtrack
29 - Ashes to Ashes, Faith No More, Album of the Year
28 - Together, Samael, Eternal
27 - Hey Man Nice Shot, Filter, Short Bus
26 - Almost Again, Strapping Young Lad, The New Black
25 - Come to Daddy (Pappy Mix), Aphex Twin, Come to Daddy
24 - Halcyon, Orbital, Halcyon
23 - Burn the Witch, Queens of the Stone Age, Lullabies to Paralyze
22 - Journey to the Line, Hans Zimmer, The Thin Red Line Soundtrack
21 - The Surface of the Sun, John Murphy, Sunshine Soundtrack
20 - 3 Steps, Moby, Southland Tales Soundtrack
19 - Mad World, Roland Orzabal, Donnie Darko Soundtrack
18 - Who You Were, Jamin Winans, Ink Soundtrack
17 - Teardrop, Massive Attack, Mezzanine
16 - Wicked Games, Chris Isaak, Heart Shaped World
15 - Aeons, The Presets, Apocalypso
14 - Do the Evolution, Pearl Jam, Yield
13 - Push It, Static X, Wisconsin Death Trip
12 - Knights of Cydonia, Muse, Black Holes & Revelations
11 - Empty Walls, Serj Tankian, Elect the Dead

10 - Half Light, Low, The Mothman Prophecies Soundtrack

Well it's a depressing song which I do like but it's also rather catchy which is weird. I first heard the song on the Mothman DVD where they had the film clip as an extra. It took me 4 years to actually get the song but I would put the disc in just to listen to the song.

09 - In the House - In a Heartbeat, John Murphy, 28 Days Later OST

This movie is a pretty haunting and tense piece of work, and like the movie the soundtrack mirrors both. We have lonely dreamscapes followed by nerve racking crescendos. This song however stands out for me. It has a slow build that highlights the tension of the scene it's from and yet there is an underlining beat that is the culmination of a relationship from the movie. I always find it smart when the story is told through the music.

08 - Hotta, Sky, Sky Anthology

Sky was a British instrumental group that specialised in fusing a variety of musical styles including light rock, progressive rock, classical and jazz. This song in particular has a lot of sentimental attachment. I can remember drives with my parents especially my mother and always asking if we can put Sky on. Every member has perfected their instrument individually and has come together to be able to play around with the music they love. Personally I think Hotta is their best song and truly emphasises what the band is all about.

07 - Hurt, Johnny Cash, The Man Comes Around

Johnny Cash is just awesome. I have nothing but time for his work but this cover just moves me to tears. In his hands the songs takes on a different meaning and a very sad one at that.

06 - Silent Hill, Akira Yamaoka, Silent Hill OST

This song is all about atmosphere. When the first few chords are played you know that you're in for a spooky ride. There is reason why the music of Silent Hill is strongly remembered along with the game.

05 - Atlas, Battles, Mirrored

When it comes to singing I'm very very picky. And probably from the list you've noticed that I prefer soundtracks to standard songs especially in my top 30. However Battles is unique, there are no lyrics but there is vocal which is used to create noise to blend in with the instruments. It's hard to explain so just try and find this song and listen.

04 - Death is the Road to the Awe, Clint Mansell, The Fountain OST

The reason the movie got under my skin was really due to the soundtrack, without it I doubt the movie would have hit me as hard. This particular song is the done for the crescendo of the movie and it's all build up. It even has several false ends and just gets larger. Truly an awesome song.

03 - Where is My Mind?, The Pixies, Surfer Rosa

For a song that was supposed to be based on a scuba diving experience it sure kicks a lot of ass. I was introduced to the song thanks to Fight Club but still it quickly became a favourite of mine and was a song that I would constantly sing to myself while I attended university. It's also a question I ask myself all the time.

02 - Mercy Seat, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tender Prey

I liked Nick Cave but this is the song that blew me away. I'm a fan of dark, depressing songs and a song about a man heading to the electric chair fits that pretty well. I've yet to hear the Johnny Cash version but I don't think it will beat this. There is something about Nick Cave's voice that just draws me in every time.

01 - Kara Remembers, Bear McCreary, Battlestar Galcatica S4 OST

Hearing Chris from OTC talk about this song was rather funny but true. It's hard cause it is so instrumental to the scene that uses this song. However take it away from the show and you're left with a song that tells a story without the need of words. It's very layered and really builds to a huge finish. It's a song that has stuck with me after one listen, it's one where I can close my eyes and imagine a scene from a movie and most importantly it's a song I can listen to over and over again without getting bored.


  1. Woah... I never thought I'd actually meet somebody else who listens to Outside the Cinema. That OTC Live episode was indeed awesome and I got a lot of new songs out of it which I am now enjoying on my iPhone.

    Solid list you got there, I'll be sure to check out a couple of these songs that I'm not so familiar with. Cheers!

  2. The OTC Nation is bigger than you could imagine. Mwhahahaha. I'm not sure why I laughed but it felt appropriate.

    But this list was all about spreading music and it's nice to see you want to check out a few of the songs on the list.