1. "Come On Home" - Franz Ferdinand. If ever there were a song written in search of a Quentin Tarrantino soundtrack. 6/10.
2. "Pink Houses" - John Mellancamp. I won't change hit the skip track button, but if I start listening in mid-song, I'm not rewinding, either. Meh. 4/10.
3. "My Immortal (Band Version) - Evanescence. What? What?!? I like this band, screw you. Though this particular song (which you have to have the CD and then download this 'free' version and then go through a whole rigamarole) was perhaps more trouble then it was worth to get into the White Plastic Box of Muscial Goodness. But it's here now and nothing you can do will change that. A defiant 8/10.
4. "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp" - Led Zeppelin. One of my 10 favorite songs of all time. Incidentally, also a song that demonstrates why Zep is head and shoulders above most other 'Hard' bands - yes they "rock", but these guys were just better at music. By a lot. 10/10.
5. "Eighteen Hammers" - Taj Mahal. How many people write a part in a blues song for a tuba? How many of those can actually pull it off? (My guess is 'Taj' and that's all for both...) 7/10.
6. "Ramblin' On My Mind" - Robert Johnson. Something almost ghost-like about the main slide-riff of this bad boy. I may have mentioned it somewhere around here before, but Clapton's solo performance of this to open "VH1's Concert of the Century" a few years back is "the one that got away" as far as my recordings of musical performances goes. If anyone out there has a copy, I'll pay you 1, maybe even 2 $ for it. 10/10.
7. "Simple Kind of Man" - Lynard Skynard. Not quite the pinnacle of the "good song ruined by use in crap commercials" genre - that would be Seger's "Like A Rock" - but right up there. 8/10.
8. "Machinehead" - Bush. For being a bunch of poseur Brit-wannabe-be-Seattle-grungers, these guys don't totally suck. Even Klosterman begrudingly acknoledges that "6Teen Stone" is a listenable album - though "listenable" from Chuck is sort of like describing a whine as "quaffable, though hardly transcendant." 7/10.
9. "My Son Calls Another Man Daddy" - Hank Williams. The orignal Hank, not the "ready for some football" wanker with the C. Everett Koop beard and aviator shades. The joke about playing country music backwords, you get your girl, your truck and you dog back, etc...5/10.
10. "Check Yo Self" - Ice Cube. This song is just so good, I have to post some lyrics and leave you with that - (plus the use of "The Message" instrumental...it's like a jungle sometimes and makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under...) actually, no I'm not, because they're pretty filthy upon reflection. Not "Wait" filthy, but filthy... 9/10.
7.4 avg. Boo-yeah.