Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Top Five Jonathan Coulton songs

Last Saturday night, I thought it would amuse my niece to play Jonathan Coulton's "Creepy Doll" song for her. It's a morbid little track with a dissonant, music box feel, and lyrics like "There's a creepy doll, that always follows you; It's got a ruined eye, that's always open."
But the song apparently freaked the seven year old out and she insisted on sleeping with the light on. Whoops.

In honor of that, I asked my two friends who I knew were fans of his work, Jeff and Merrill, what their Top Five Favourite Jonathan Coulton Songs would be.

After much consideration, my own list would look something like this:
1. Skullcrusher Mountain
2. Space Doggity
3. Code Monkey
4. First of May
5. I'm Your Moon

This was a real challenge. I was able to come up with ten fairly easily, but it was a real challenge to whittle that down to five. Songs like Still Alive," "The Town Crotch," "Screwed," and even "Re: Your Brains," which introduced me to JoCo ended up off the top.

Tyranist, however, said it was easy to narrow his list down to five. It's taken me three or four days to do it. And even then, I'm thinking my list will change in the next couple of weeks, depending on what lyric I notice or tune I find myself humming or mood I'm in.

Tyranist's list was:
1. Famous Blue Raincoat (I know Leonard Cohen wrote it, and I don't care)
2. Re: Your Brains
3. Code Monkey
4. Creepy Doll
5. Ikea

Merrill's list, however, was a little more up my alley. It was:
1. Code Monkey
2. Skullcrusher Mountain
3. Chiron Beta Prime
4. Re: Your Brains
5. The Presidents
6. I'm Your Moon
7. I Feel Fantastic
8. Mandlebrot Set
9. The Future Soon
10. Creepy Doll
11. Better
12. The Town Crotch
13. Big Bad World One
14. Ikea
15. Kenesaw Mountain Landis (Sorry I just couldn't stop at five...)

Jonathan Coulton's stuff is really, really good, and often knowing the context of a song (or getting the geeky and/or nerdy references) vastly improves the enjoyment of those blissful three and a half minutes.

Rish "Uncle of the Year" Outfield

P.S. What's with all the screaming?

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