New changes to the posting system from here on out. From now on, we will be posting the prompts (or at least the topics) the day before the post goes up. This way, everyone can prepare their lists and ready for some good discussion!
OK, so I chose this topic because they’re one of my favorite bands/groups/artists ever. But there’s a reason for that, right? If any rap artist deserves more recognition for their underrated work it’s the Beasties. I am friends with a large variety of people who consider themselves die-hard hip-hop fans. And yet, none (that I know of) can name more than a handful of Beastie Boy songs. It’s a shame and a travesty; in a lot of ways, these guys created modern hip-hop and even modern rap. Their snarky, bombastic, fuck-the-man attitudes and innovative delivery, lyrics, and production set the tone for nearly ever subsequent artist in their genres. Their music has withstood the test of 20 years and there is little doubt it will continue to grow better with age. In short, The Beastie Boys are one of the greatest rap/hip-hop groups ever.
Really, this list is 99% taste. Obviously someone who doesn't like Coldplay would hate seeing Yellow live (and yes, I've seen that song live. I'll give it a 5/10), just as someone who despised Neil Young (who I have not seen) would hate to see him live. But still, there are some songs that everyone who sees live music on a regular basis cannot deny shine through. Tonight I witnessed a band I've been dying to see for quite a long time (Surfer Blood) and man, oh man, were they fantastic. Even in a venue with terrible sound (The Summit, Columbus, OH) they showed they really knew their stuff and had a special sound. This post isn't just about the top 5, it's about the stories that go with them. So lets hear your why your songs are there, and what made them special to begin with.
Also, note that it's ROCK. We'll do a rap list later.
And…without further ado, I present my top 5 live rock songs: