Monday, February 14, 2005

Diggety Dank mp3 now Styx-enhanced!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, my ultimate diggety dank mp3 now includes everybody's favorite love song, "Lady" by Styx. Also thrown in is the Diamond Head version of "Am I Evil", inserted immediately before the Metallica cover that was already in the file.

Jeff Beck - Beck's Bolero
Led Zeppelin - How Many More Times
Stooges - Ann
Stooges - Ann (sped up like a 33 rpm record on 45)
Stooges - Ann (sped up like a 33 on 78)
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Genesis - The Knife *
Deep Purple - Child in Time
Styx - Lady
Led Zeppelin - Achilles' Last Stand
Diamond Head - Am I Evil
Metallica - Am I Evil
Ravel - Bolero

(* Phil Collins pounding out the dank? Can Don Henley be far behind?)

Wanted: Examples earlier than 1968. Non-ironic examples from later than 1983.

Note: Holst's "Mars the Bringer of War" doesn't count. Any rock song with a tritone ("Black Sabbath" and "Am I Evil" come to mind) is probably inspired by Mars and many of them are indeed diggety-dank, but a remotely faithful "cover" of Mars isn't. The rythym is just too choppy and disjointed (it's in 5/8 or 7/8 or some odd time like that) to do any head-banging or fist-pounding. If you can't picture the Bohemian Rhapsody scene from Wayne's World when you listen to a song, it ain't diggety-dank no matter how hard the drummer hits the snare. Cf. Sands "Listen to the Sky" (on the UK Nuggets box set), various live Zep recordings, assorted 70's prog bands.

Comments:

There seems to be a strong correlation between diggety dankitude and Dungeon Rock.

Is "Lady" the Missing Link between Dungeon Rock and whatever that subgenre is that includes "Ride, Captain, Ride" and "Brandy, You're a Fine Girl"?
Actually, I think the real link is "Come Sail Away" by Styx, because it involves boats.