First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to check out my new 311 site! I have put MANY hours of hard work into this project, and I truly hope you enjoy the time you spend here. It is my goal to introduce fans to new information, songs, videos, articles, and more that you may never have discovered elsewhere. I also hope that this site serves as a vehicle for hardcore fans to get to know one another through the discussions that will take place via the blog posts. I met a lot of great new people through 311tribute.com, and I hope to get to know even more of you through 311paradise.com!
WHO RUNS THIS SITE?
Hi! My name is Alyssa and I live in Madison, WI, originally from a small town called Slinger (also in Wisconsin). I had the luxury of growing up on both a lake and a farm, which provided me with an exciting childhood as well as a lasting appreciation for the outdoors. I recently lived in California for about 2 1/2 years (having returned last fall). It was a dream of mine to live there since my junior year in high school, and I am so glad I made it come true! However, I am very happy to be back in the Midwest, and have grown to appreciate Wisconsin a lot more after living on the west coast.
I have been a music lover for as long as I can remember. I loved learning the recorder in elementary school, I begged for a keyboard when I was 10, and couldn’t wait to join band once I entered middle school. But beyond learning instruments, I had a strong interest in the popular music my parents played around the house while I was growing up. From a very young age, I grew to love the music of bands such as Def Leppard, Boston, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Talking Heads, all ’80s music, and even classical.
In middle school, I was obsessed with learning about new alternative music on MTV, and watched the network religiously. I got into bands like Weezer, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Toadies, Beastie Boys, and Alice in Chains. Throughout my high school years, I was into No Doubt, Sublime, Fiona Apple, Everclear, Third Eye Blind, Save Ferris, and also had a strong renewed interest in Led Zeppelin. I already knew that writing was my greatest strength, and realized my passion for music – thus, my ultimate dream was to become a music journalist and write for Rolling Stone.
However, I started college with the intention to study neuroscience/pre-med because I also thought I really wanted to be a psychiatrist. But during orientation, when I realized how many difficult chemistry and biology classes were involved, I didn’t think I could do it. Luckily, I had a back-up plan: I was also considering majoring in music, with hopes to become a band teacher. I had signed up to be in the Wind Symphony at UW-Whitewater, but didn’t find out until a day before auditions that a successful audition was required to make the band! I apparently didn’t do well enough at the audition, and didn’t make the Wind Symphony. I took that as a sign, and gave up on that idea; I figured it wasn’t meant to be. I still kind of regret not pursuing a music major, but feel like it’s too late to go back now. =(
Needless to say, I was incredibly confused during my freshman year as to what my major should be. Then one day, as I was getting ready to leave my English 101 class, the professor came to me and asked if I was an English major. I said “no.” She said she thought that I was an excellent writer, and that I should consider it. I quickly realized that it made sense, as writing was always my strongest natural talent. Looking back, some of the most rewarding and memorable times of my college career were those that I spent in her office, working through my essays one-on-one. I was in love with the writing process, and even wrote lengthy papers dissecting the lyrics of Fiona Apple. It was great!
I continued to discover much more music in college, including Elliott Smith, 311, Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, Incubus, etc. I ended up double-majoring in Journalism, and graduated with Honors from UW-Madison (go Badgers!). I continued to live in Madison until 2009, mainly working, spending time with friends, and traveling every summer starting in 2004 to attend numerous 311 shows. Post-college, I got really into The Smiths, Morrissey, The Shins, Ween, Built To Spill, and more. I am still discovering new music all the time, with some recent favorites including Pepper, The Dirty Heads, The B Foundation, etc.
My career path has basically led me to mid-level management positions in marketing, though I still long for the opportunity to realize my dream of becoming a professional music journalist. I hate to admit it, but I think fear has ultimately prevented me from following my dream; fear of not making enough money in that profession, fear of being judged, etc. So I took the “safe” route and have held “regular” jobs in marketing and communications instead. Luckily, I got a taste of what it would be like to be a music journalist in 2008-2009 when I wrote a few articles for the music news site consequenceofsound.net. You can view the articles I wrote HERE.
One reason I enjoy working on this site is it provides me with an outlet to write about 311 from many different angles. It is a mixture of news reporting, opinion pieces, autobiographical stories, and more. It also allows me to turn a passion into something tangible and useful for other people who share the same interest. Again, I really hope the site offers you something new and unique in the world of 311, and please let me know if there is anything else you would like to see on the site, or if you have suggestions for improvment. Thanks for stopping by! -Alyssa
HOW DID YOU GET INTO 311?
As I just explained above, I have been into music since I can remember. I have been very drawn to numerous bands throughout the years, but I have never gravitated to one band as intensely as I have toward 311. If you don’t already know me, you may be wondering how I got SO into 311?! I know that when I meet a 311 fan for the first time, one of the first questions I ask is: “so how did you get into them?” I am always extremely interested in learning about how other people first discovered the band and their music, and when/how they got hooked….or, more accurately, how they became obsessed! Haha. I am going to share my story below, but I want to hear yours as well! Each month I am going to interview one fan for the ALL ACCESS PASS feature, wherein he or she will have the chance to tell their 311 story. I can’t wait!
It all started in 1995 or 1996, when I first saw the “Don’t Stay Home” video on MTV. I clearly remember standing in the living room, watching it on TV and thinking to myself, I really like this song, and these guys’ style! I still remember watching Nick in that furry Eskimo jacket!
But, unfortunately…I didn’t do anything about my interest in 311. (Actually, I think I recorded the video on our VCR – I went through a phase where I recorded a bunch of music videos that I liked in the mid-90′s). For some reason I will never be able to explain, I didn’t go out and buy the CD (which I will forever regret).
Not too long after, I saw the ”Down” and “All Mixed Up” videos on MTV. Again, I really liked both songs, but for some reason, I never went out and bought the CDs!…which I still find really strange, because I was buying CDs very regularly in 7th grade already. The first CDs I got were Weezer’s self-titled Blue album, Green Day’s Dookie, and Stone Temple Pilots’ Purple. I still wonder to this day why I never got a 311 CD back then, but I guess everything happens for a reason!
My next 311 memory is seeing the “Transistor” video on MTV, and a few years later, the ”Come Original” video. I REALLY liked ”Come Original,” especially, and also recorded that video with the VCR. But again, I cannot explain why I didn’t go out and buy any of the albums! It is really frustrating thinking about how many years I missed out on by not buying the albums when they came out in the 90′s.
Then, in the summer of 2001, I heard “You Wouldn’t Believe” on the radio while driving to Slinger from Madison one day. Again, I really liked the song, and although I didn’t go out and buy the album, it wasn’t long before I would FINALLY purchase my first 311 record!
Sometime that summer, I found myself in a used CD store on State Street in Madison that I often frequented. As I was aimlessly browsing through the discs, I stumbled upon the 311 section. I picked up the self-titled Blue album, looked at the tracklisting on the back and thought to myself, “I know a couple songs on here…I might as well buy this one.” So I bought it, and was on my way. I think I listened to it one time (only the hits that I knew) and set it aside.
Later that summer, everything changed. My friend Dusty (from high school) and I took a trip down to Chicago to see Radiohead. As we were driving, Dusty (who was a HUGE 311 fan in high school – I never understood it!) was looking through my CDs and said “you have a 311 CD?!” and immediately put it in. That was the drive that changed my life FOREVER. As Dusty sang along to every word of every song on that album, his energy and excitement was contagious and I became intensely drawn to the music and lyrics. It has always been easier for me to get into music when I see a friend truly enjoying it, and that was definitely the case with the 311 Blue album that day. I will never forget how I felt as the attraction first started – I knew this was something really special and I immediately wanted to discover more.
I quickly purchased Transistor from the same used record store, and was instantly in love with that album. I was pretty much obsessed with both Blue and Transistor by the end of the summer, and decided to look on Ticketmaster to see if 311 was playing any shows any time soon. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that they were coming to Madison in September! I was so excited that I immediately called my friend Clint from high school to let him know (Dusty’s best friend, who was also obsessed with 311 in high school). He, of course, already knew about the show, and was already going (I was not dialed in to the 311 community at ALL yet). I went to the show and remember being very excited about the number of Transistor songs that were played.
I was pretty consumed with those albums for a while, until I purchased a used copy of Soundsystem and a new copy of From Chaos sometime in 2002 or 2003 (I can’t remember exactly when I bought these). It wasn’t until 2003 that I saw another 311 show in Milwaukee in the summer, and traveled for the first time out of state to Illinois for a show in the fall of 2003. It was around this time that I became OBSESSED with “Sever.” I love telling the story about “Sever,” so I will sum it up here very quickly: that fall (my super-senior year of college – 2003), I was driving back and forth from Whitewater to Madison for school. I clearly remember listening to Soundsystem for the first time in the car one day, and was in love with “Sever” the very first time I heard it. But, since the CD was from a used record store, track 8 was scratched, of course! So, for the longest time, I could only listen to the first 40 seconds or so of “Sever,” and I was SO angry. I just wanted so badly to hear the rest of the song – it was such a tease! This was before YouTube and all that other online stuff, so I didn’t really have any other way to hear the rest of the song at the time. Then, after weeks of torture, one day the full song magically played, and I was so happy! Hearing the entire song was so fulfilling, and I was absolutely ecstatic with what I [finally] heard. I think the fact that I was left in such suspense for so long played a part in my eventual undying love for the song, so I guess it all worked out. It is still my all-time favorite 311 song to this day. =D
I picked up Evolver and Grassroots near the end of 2003, as well as the DVD release of Enlarged to Show Detail 2. When I found out about 311 Day 2004, I couldn’t believe it! I didn’t know anything about 311 Day, what it was, or what was supposed to happen, but I made plans to go with some friends from high school (including Clint and Dusty). Needless to say, it was amazing, but I quickly realized there was still more to learn about 311 (I was still clueless about many of the b-sides). About a month later, I finally got the Music album for my birthday, and my 311 collection was complete. Later that year, I would discover what 311 touring was all about, and started traveling to shows. Check out the My Tour section for recaps on all the shows I have attended!
In the fall of 2005, I got very involved in the 311 bulletin board (as salsa_81) which changed my life as a 311 fan forever. I met countless fellow fans who became almost instant friends, and finally had tons of people to go to shows with who shared my love for the band. I also came up with the idea for/started 311tribute.com that year, though I didn’t really invest in it until about 2008. I started traveling extensively for shows in 2006, and established a circuit of venues nationwide that I looked forward to visiting each summer.
2009 was a big year for me, as far as 311 is concerned. 311tribute.com was in full swing, with numerous active daily users/contributors. Also, I completed my goal of seeing seven consecutive shows in nine days on the summer tour. I attended a total of 21 shows that year alone! Also, I was interviewed by the Omaha newspaper for a 311 article that was published in November of that year. Perhaps the highlight of the year, however, was having the chance to interview Nick Hexum for an article I wrote for ConsequenceOfSound.net. It was very surreal to speak to Nick over the phone and ask him anything I wished, and was an experience I will never forget. The article also turned out pretty good, too. =D
Then, in early 2010, I was one of six finalists selected to be a guest correspondent for MTV to cover 311 Day 2010. Unfortunately, I did not win, but I still had a great time hosting my own 311tribute.com fan party at Mandalay Bay. And, of course, I had an amazing time at the 311 Day concert. Unfortunately, once I moved to California in the spring of 2010, I was not able to do as much traveling for shows as usual (I missed the 2010 and 2011 fall tours completely!), but I was very lucky to have attended the Caribbean cruises in 2011 and 2012.
To date, I have seen 311 a total of 96 times, including five 311 Day concert celebrations. I must say, I never expected my love for one band to turn in to such a huge part of my life; but, at the same time, I can’t imagine what life would be like without all the people I have met because of 311, all the traveling I have done to see their shows, and all the happiness and clarity their music has brought me over the years.
It has been a long, rewarding journey, and I hope to capture a great deal of it through this website. One thing I’ve learned is that there is always more and more to discover about this band, and you can never know it all! I hope this site offers something new and useful to you as you continue to discover 311 and the magic of their music. =D
WHY “311 PARADISE?”
As many of you may know, I used to run the fan site 311tribute.com. When I moved to California in 2010, I was very busy trying to start a new life out there and stopped updating the site for a long time. When I went to renew the domain in the summer of 2012, with hopes of reviving the site, I found that I had waited too long and someone else had purchased it. I was pretty upset at first, as that site was my “baby” that I had spent hundreds of hours building. But I quickly realized it would be a good thing to start completely fresh, including a new name.
I thought that coming up with a name would be a fun and easy task, and I was excited about the challenge of coming up with creative ideas. I hoped I might be able to come up with something even better than “311tribute.”
Well, it turned out to be a little trickier than I thought to come up with the PERFECT name. I wanted it to be something original, catchy, and meaningful – and something that I had a personal connection with. I came up with a list of about 50 ideas, but the few that I really liked were either already taken or seemed a little too generic.
I thought of the name 311paradise.com early on, but dismissed it, thinking it was too generic, plain, and, well…borderline cheesy. But, the more I thought about it, it made perfect sense, for reasons I will explain below. I surveyed about 10 close friends to see what they thought of the name, and the response was surprisingly positive…so I decided to go for it!
I chose the name “311paradise.com” for a number of reasons. First, it is very similar in nature to my previous site, 311tribute.com, in that both are 311 song titles that also encapsulate what the site is ultimately about. 311tribute.com not only paid respect to the excellent 311 song “Tribute,” but the site also served as a tribute to the band and fans. I aimed to provide what hardcore fans couldn’t find elsewhere, and what they would find interesting; my goal was to enhance the fan experience as much as possible, which in turn [hopefully] provided the band with a few more informed and excitable followers.
Similarly, 311paradise.com not only pays homage to the exceptional song “Paradise,” but also describes what I hope fans find this site to be: a 311 “paradise” of sorts, where both new and hardcore fans alike will come to find news, audio, video, and other content that keeps them listening, watching or reading for hours. I hope that all fans, old and new, eventually find themselves immersed in the site, and keep coming back for more! Welcome to 311paradise.com…where you can get lost in all things 311, 24/7!
Even though the above reasoning may seem like a good enough explanation for why I chose this name, I needed to make sure I had a true personal connection to the name for this project. Thinking about “Paradise” as a song made me realize that not only have the lyrics always stood out to me as being particularly solid and meaningful, but more importantly, I have actually had a few pretty significant moments hearing the song live that I will never forget.
The first time I had a special experience with the song was in the summer of 2006. That was the first summer I traveled pretty extensively cross-country for 311 shows, seeing a total of nine shows that tour. In 2004 and 2005 I had started traveling somewhat, but still attended only a handful of primarily Midwest (and Vegas!) shows each summer.
I made a number of memorable trips for shows in 2006, but one of the most significant journeys took place the first weekend of August. On Friday, August 4, my friends Dan and Glen and I attended the 311 show at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati. The following day, we headed to Cleveland for the show at Tower City Amphitheater. On Sunday, August 6, we traveled to Indianapolis for the show at The Lawn at White River State Park. This was the first time I had the opportunity to see three consecutive shows in a row, and it was definitely a special experience!
By the third day, we almost began to feel as if we were a part of the tour, since we had been to all the same places as the band, traveled the same routes, witnessed all the shows and spoke to the band and crew before and/or after. It was cool to get a feel for what it might be like to be on tour, traveling from city to city and seeing all the production that went into putting on the shows night after night.
I remember we got to the venue pretty early on Sunday, and were standing around near where the busses were parked – but we couldn’t walk over to them, as they were in a fenced-in area. I remember at one point we saw Tim walk from the bus to the food trailer to get dinner, and he was nice enough to acknowledge us and wave, and say “Hey!” It’s funny how little things like that can mean so much to a fan, and we could only hope that he somehow recognized us from being at the shows the past two nights.
The show in Indianapolis started oddly early; it was still pretty much completely light out when 311 took the stage and opened with “All Mixed Up.” Up until that point, I had never seen them open a show with that song, and it felt a little out of place and surprising. The whole beginning of the show had an unusual, almost surreal vibe because it was still so light out, and it just felt very different from any other show I had been to up to that point.
The most poignant memory I have of that concert is when they played “Paradise.” I can still picture in my mind and feel in my heart the emotion that the song instilled in me that night. As I watched the performance of the song, I became mesmerized by the music and lyrics, feeling as if I finally understood exactly what it was that they were trying to say. Every word suddenly made sense in a new and deeper way, and I couldn’t take my eyes off of Nick as he sang “I can’t forget you, and our version of paradise…”
As the song continued to build, I felt the energy of the music, the words, and the presence of everyone at the show around me. Everything about the moment felt so real, true, and right, as I, for the first time, realized “this is OUR version of paradise”…following this band, having the privilege of experiencing the music live, in person, with so many other people who feel the same way. I felt as if this was all that I needed, that this was where I was meant to be, and that this is what ultimately makes me happiest. It was the first time I really felt like a part of the 311 “movement” and was determined to see them as much as possible from that day forward. That scene will forever be preserved in my mind…I wish I would have taken a picture of my view at that moment!
I was so moved by the experience, and it was such a turning point in my journey as a 311 fan, that I requested via the 311 bulletin board the following summer that they play “Paradise” again at the same venue in Indianapolis. I posted my story about how the song had such a major impact on me the year before at that particular place, and crossed my fingers in hopes that Nick or P-Nut would see the post and consider putting “Paradise” on the setlist.
To my surprise, they did play “Paradise” again at The Lawn at White River State Park on August 6, 2007 – EXACTLY one year after I had heard it there the previous summer! It was an amazing experience, and I was so grateful that they fulfilled my request! Also, as it turns out, “Paradise” was #6 on BOTH SETLISTS, both years in a row. It seems like too much of a coincidence to ignore!
The next time the song “Paradise” was played under special circumstances (as far as I am concerned!) was at 311 Day 2008. I couldn’t believe it when they closed the 311 Day show with that song. It was such a perfect ending to a truly epic show, and I think it said a lot about the band and how much they value what they do as musicians. It was surprising that they ended the show with a “softer” song, instead of the usual “Feels So Good” or “Fuck The Bullshit,” but I think it was a very mature and fitting choice. Before they started to play the song, Nick actually said, “Nights like this…it’s our version of ‘Paradise.’” I secretly hoped that my post the previous summer might have sparked the idea for this statement and/or for playing the song. Either way, I think it is awesome to know that both the band AND the fans feel the same way about the live show experience. In fact, I can’t really ask for anything more than knowing that they find just as much joy and pleasure in sharing their music with us as we feel on the receiving end.
While they played “Paradise,” I found a guy in the crowd who was nice enough to let me sit on his shoulders so that I could see perfectly and connect with the band. What a nice person to sacrifice his view for mine! I will always be grateful for that. You can actually spot me near the end of the song on Tim’s side in The Road to 311 Day 2008 DVD. I will never forget the last few verses of the song, perched above the crowd with a perfect panoramic view of the stage and the entire arena. As the song came to an end and loads of confetti floated down from the rafters, it felt like a dream! I looked around the arena and realized that for all of us there, this was “our version of paradise” – a truly magical moment.
Just when I thought I’d seen it all, “Paradise” was played at perhaps the most beautiful place I’d ever been – on the beach of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas during the 311 Caribbean Cruise in 2012! The whole setlist was perfect for the island/beach vibe, but the highlight of the show for me was definitely when they played “Paradise.” Luckily, I did manage to capture most of the song on video!
As “Paradise” was played, I made sure to take in every sight and sound possible in order to never forget that moment. I looked around me as the sun shone across the beautiful island, and stood in awe at the band in front of the amazing pirate ship stage backdrop. And when I looked behind me, and saw all the fans in the sparkling blue water, I knew that this was IT – this was THE ultimate version of our PARADISE! As a 311 fan, I could not envision a more perfect, ideal moment; this was certainly the ultimate 311 experience, what many of us had dreamt about for years. And there we all were, on this fantasy private island…with 311 playing just for US! It was so surreal that I almost couldn’t believe it was actually happening. A few years ago, if someone would have told me I was going to go on a cruise with 311 and see them play on a private island like that…I would have never believed it.
At this point in time, I’m really not sure how that “version of paradise” can ever be topped. I did make sure to feel and appreciate that moment for all that it was, because I knew I’d never be back in that dreamland spot again. It is such a beautiful memory because it also makes me feel so happy and proud of the band for making it this far after so many years of hard work. I wonder if they ever imagined they’d be taking their own cruises and playing on an island back when they first had dreams of making it big in the 80’s. I’m very happy that I got to share that moment with them, and can honestly say that one of my wildest dreams has come true; and I hope theirs have, too.
As you can see, “Paradise” has been quite a special song for me over the years, so I found it fitting to name this project after a song that has provided me with some very memorable moments. But beyond everything I have already discussed, I can’t fail to mention how valuable and significant the lyrics of this song are! It is always a good Use of Time to read over these lyrics and take a little something away with you:
Everything you do it comes back to you
Whatever it may be
If it isn’t one thing rest assured that something
Will come back and pay you for your deed
A shortcut’s a self defeating means, if you cannot do it clean
You’ll never reach your reward
And when the day is done what you receive is the sum
Of what you took out from what you put in
Times deep in a dream seems a veiled realm
Shadows what I think and feel is real
Times in our tribe feel the vibe when we thrive
We have no fear of death and no fear of life
I can’t forget you and our version of paradise
I can’t forget you and our version of paradise
Everything you do it comes back to you
Whatever it may be
What you did as a devil or what you did as an angel
The favor returns itself somehow
If you take my money I’ll buy you a drink and you’ll see
That no one rides for free
Afraid of what I said then your mind is stricken
I’m wearin’ my heart sleeveless and I’m always up for kickin’
This my favorite city pity everywhere the enemy
From the beginning serious history
Nothing’s ever given no one rides for free
From the beginning’s radiant energy I know
Music’s what I need to keep my sanity
I say we fear no evolution stand up musical revolution
Follow me now when I say we can never stop and we never give
Cuz this is how we breathe and live
Some of them whine and some of them bitch
They cannot do it we never switch
We do it for ourselves we do it for you
If you don’t like it well I hope you do
I’ve got to be honest
I’ve got to be honest
I can’t forget you and our version of paradise
I can’t forget you and our version of paradise
UPDATE: I saw “Paradise” performed in San Diego on August 25, 2012, and, once again, it was number 6 on the setlist! It was really cool that they played “Paradise” at that show, because I had just decided on the name for this website not too long before. It just reassured me that I had made the right decision. =D
I of course hadn’t seen “Paradise” since the island show on the cruise, so it was a little strange to see it again in a “normal” venue/show environment. Standing on the hard, dirty concrete in the amphitheatre, in a dark sea of unsuspecting people, something just didn’t feel right; where was the sun, the blue water, the sand in my toes, the electricity and magic in the salty ocean air?! It was as if the song was no longer meant for “average” shows anymore, and it would never be the same!
While the song played, it dawned on me that I was one of (most likely) only a few people in that venue who’d had the privilege of seeing that song performed in TRUE “paradise!” I smiled as visions of that beautiful day on the island filled my mind, and I felt the magic of the cruise come alive inside my heart.
Although it felt a bit different experiencing the song in a “normal” show environment once again, it will never lose its innate ability to enchant and captivate me. As I watched the performance of “Paradise” in San Diego that night, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and fulfillment. I felt so lucky to have had the opportunity to take part in this incredible journey with 311 for so many years, and have traveled so far and so long with them that nothing will ever compare to those memories. 311 has ultimately been my version of “paradise” for many years now, and I will never be able to thank them enough for the immeasurable amount of joy they have brought into my life.
UPDATE #2: 311 played “Paradise” as the first song of the encore at Red Rocks this summer (2013)! It was definitely a special treat at such an amazing venue, and a nice touch to close out my 95th show. =D
THE END…ENJOY THE SITE!
Oh…and my top five 311 songs, just in case you were wondering…
4. Long for the Flowers
And…my top 30 albums of all time, just because I feel like listing them…
311 – 311
311 – Transistor
Bryan Adams – So Far So Good
Alice In Chains – Jar Of Flies
Fiona Apple – Tidal
Better Than Ezra – Greatest Hits
The B Foundation – Trouble Standing
Built To Spill – Ancient Melodies Of The Future
Melissa Etheridge – Yes I Am
Everclear – Sparkle and Fade
Billy Idol – The Very Best Of Billy Idol
Led Zeppelin – In Through The Out Door
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
Morrissey – Your Arsenal
No Doubt – No Doubt
Pepper – No Shame
The Pixies – Doolittle
Radiohead – O.K. Computer
The Shins – Oh, Inverted World
The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
Elliott Smith – Elliott Smith
Elliott Smith – Figure 8
The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs
The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come
Talking Heads – Sand In The Vaseline: Popular Favorites
Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
Toadies – Rubberneck
Weezer – Weezer
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
And, finally…an attempt at listing my top 20 favorite songs, ever…
311 – “Lucky”
311 – “Sever”
Fiona Apple – “The Way Things Are”
Built To Spill – “Trimmed And Burning”
Everclear – “The Twistinside”
Billy Idol – “Eyes Without A Face”
Led Zeppelin – “All My Love”
Morrissey – “Seasick, Yet Still Docked”
No Doubt – “Magic’s In The Makeup”
Pepper – “Back Home”
The Shins – “Caring Is Creepy”
The Smashing Pumpkins – “In The Arms Of Sleep”
Elliott Smith – “Can’t Make A Sound”
Elliott Smith – “St. Ides Heaven”
The Smiths – “Asleep”
Spacehog – “In The Meantime”
Sting – “Fortress Around Your Heart”
Talking Heads – “Sax And Violins”
Talking Heads – “This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)”
Tears For Fears – “The Working Hour”