Christmas 2014, Pt.6

Here’s a huge Christmas thank you to our good friend Sarca, who awesomely sent me this Big Shiny Tunes 2 CD in the mail! I’d recently reviewed Big Shiny Tunes 1, and everyone said this second edition was awesome too, and now here it is! Wahoo! I owned this ages ago, way back in the day, but it’s been long gone from my collection, probably victim of a puge. I’m so glad it’s back! Thanks heaps, Sarca!

Prodigy’s Breathe (here in edited form) isn’t exactly my type of music, generally, but I cannot deny that this song was everywhere for a long time. Blur’s Song 2 is far more familiar to me, and you all know I love shouting Woohoo as often as I can! Third Eye Blind’s Semi-Charmed Life was another huge song at the time, and hearing it now reminded me why. That doot doot doot… part is infectious. And speaking of getting stuck in your head, Smash Mouth’s Walkin’ On The Sun, despite being one I tired of, honestly, is still a total earworm.

And the hits keep coming. Sugar Ray (f. Super Cat) doing Fly and Bran Van 3000’s Drinking in L.A.were both on radio and video ad nauseum and deservedly so. I still sing Marilyn Manson’s Beautiful People whenever I’m somewhere and I see the hottentots running amuck and thinking they’re better than everyone else. Turn it up and shout along! I did!

I love Holly McNarland, and this song of hers Numb was huge. I should review the time I heard (but didn’t see) her in concert. I always thought that Bush’s song Swallowed fell shorter of the energy of the tunes on Sixteen Stone, but hearing it now I can see where they were going with it. It still totally sounds like them, and now I think I was unfair to this one, at the time. Matchbox 20’s Push isanother huge one from the period. I might have put it higher in the mix, maybe after Third Eye Blind. But yet again, nobody asked me.

Collective Soul ws always a band that confused me. They had absolutely monstrous guitar riff parts, and then the rest would be this soft pop… I always wanted them to just let themselves go with it and let it rip completely, just once… But they wrote absolutely memorable songs, and Precious Declaration is certainly proof of that. Tea Party was huge around then, too, and while I have always preferred their first record to any other they did, the hits from the others are great. Here we get Temptation, and it’s slinky and menacing awesome. This version is an edit version, and a Tom Lord-Alge Mix. I’m sure you know the differences between this and the album version already.

I might have packed Chemical Brothers’ Block Rockin’ Beats together with the Prodigy in the mix… maybe move Prodigy down here next to this one and let Blur open the disc. See? Call me, people! I’ll tell you! And, same as Prodigy, the electro-thing really isn’t for me, but this was another inescapable tune. Shifting gears without a clutch after that, we get the brilliant Wide Mouth Mason’s My Old Self. I really wish this band had been huge huge huge and everywhere. So good. I should write about the time I followed their condom bus on my way to work one day…

radiohead’s Paranoid Android is a classic. I had bought OK Computer at the HMV out by UW in Waterloo and fell in love immediately. “When I am king, you will be first against the wall…” indeed! Haha. I still play that record quite regularly. Age Of Electric’s Remote Control is another big one from that time, and makes total sense in this mix. Great tune. And finally it’s Stone Temple Pilots’ Lady Picture Show.  Why they included this one instead of Big Bang Baby, I’ll never know. Still, it’s a decent mid-tempo tune and not a bad way to end the disc.

In Sum:

Oh man, what a trip down memory lane. Thanks heaps for this gift, Sarca!!


Posted on December 23, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. That second Collective Soul record was pretty good throughout …..but the rest of there stuff I agree with Ya! Good power riffs than pop sap! Don’t mix!


  2. Man does this bring back memories. I was big into that Holly McNarland song too. In fact I gave it a listen again a couple months ago and I still like it.

    As for that Tea Party remix — I need to check if I have it myself. I know the long instrumental intro is edited out.


  3. 🙂
    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! It really is a decent comp…from Much Music, too!


    • I really did like this one, you’re absolutely right it’s totally strong. I might’ve left out the Prodigy and Chemical Brothers, but I know I know you gotta please lots of people, not just those who agree with me!

      Much had a patch there in the 90s where they got a lot of things right. Alas, it would not last.

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