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April 30, 2010: Armageddon by Alkaline Trio

I heard this song while I was playing Tony Hawk's Underground and it drew to my attention to like this song.

April 29, 2010: My Dick by Mickey Avalon

I nominated this song for two reasons: number one because it's my birthday and number two, the really important reason, because it empowers me. Even though people might think it crude, there's an underlying message about the potency of self love and self respect in this song that goes far beyond that. It's awesome guy jam!

Preferred Date: April 29, 2010

April 28, 2010: Starstrukk by 3OH!3

I want to nominate this song because it is a really funny song and it lifts my spirits when I hear it. So I want to make other people happy, too. ;)

Preferred Date: April 28, 2010 (My birthday)

April 27, 2010: Demonology and Heartache by Atreyu

This is my absolute favorite song of all time. It's so deep. It reminds me of this relationship I have with this girl. I really love her, but I kind of ruined what I had with her before it began. Now she's in a relationship with another guy that she doesn't really even want to be with. I feel like I could save her if she would just let me.

Preferred Date: April 27, 2010

April 26, 2010: Mordred's Song by Blind Guardian

  • Nominated by Falk.
Personally I think it's the best song from the band. The lyrics explain, in a deep and poignant way, the relationship between a father who is the King, and a damned son, whom fate forced to be what he didn't want to be.

Preferred Date: April 26, 2010

April 25, 2010: The Guns Of Brixton by Die Toten Hosen

Epic cover of The Clashs song The Guns Of Brixton. The unplugged version makes this sond far more impressive. Campinos voice is simply incredible singing you can crush us, you can bruise us, yeah even shoot us. Nice, critical song. No wonder they made a Single-Release.

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April 24, 2010: Susie Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival

The first song to break Creedence into the Top 40 was their only hit not written by John Fogerty. With its bouncy beat and some great music, I'm not surprised the single reached as high as it did.

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April 23, 2010: I Put A Spell On You by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence never recorded many cover versions during their life span, but I think this is one of their best. They managed to take the Screamin' Jay Hawkins song and make it their own.

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April 22, 2010: Little Room by The White Stripes

yet another very nice White-Stripes-Song, about someone sitting in his little room and dreaming of fame. Jack's showing his pure cynism in this short, but funny masterpiece. "Little Room" perfectly fits in the genre of Garage as well as on the mile-stone master-piece-album "White Blood Cells".

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April 21, 2010: Mi Par D'udir Ancora by Enrico Caruso

This is a very very beautiful aria, taken from The Pearl Fishers interpreted by one of the world's best tenors ever. The strong, slighty melancholic, primary romantic expression/impression of Enrico Caruso's voice is just overwhelming. A masterpiece of opera. The romantic, strongly allegoric lyrics are beautiful either, in Italian as in English.

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April 20, 2010: Youth Of The Nation by P.O.D.

Almost everyone knows the famous refrain line "We are, we are, (we are) the youth of the nation" and sings it along P.O.D.'s song with that catchy melody. But hardly anyone seems to know what this song is about: Referring to the horrible school shootings at Columbine High School and Santana High school it has a very touching background and reminds us of these tragedies. "Youth Of The Nation" was nominated for the Grammy Award 2003 (Best Hard Rock Performance), and the impressive video was nominated for the MTV Music Award 2002.

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Preferred Date: April 20, 2010 (Anniversary of Columbine High School massacre, Tuesday as 1999)

April 19, 2010: Polaroids Of Polar Bears by Alexisonfire

An very impressive expressive song by Alexisonfire. There are several opinions about the meaning of the song - soe people say it's about bipolar disorder, others say it's about artists exploiting their childhood for mainstream-songs -, for me it is someone describing his emotional condition after being left by his big love. There are several puns in the lyric which makes it that awesome. The musical interpretation gives you quite the feeling to be inside the content.

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April 18, 2010: Barracuda by Heart

From pre-grunge Seattle came this hard rock number of Heart's, which has one of the coolest riffs of all time, and one of the most abrupt endings. Nancy Wilson can shred a guitar like no other woman I've heard, and her sister Ann can belt out a tune.

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April 17, 2010: Badlands by Bruce Springsteen

This song was nominated to pay tribute to Danny Federici who passed away two years ago.

Preferred Date: April 17, 2010 (Danny Federici's death anniversary)

April 16, 2010: Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band

This song was nominated to pay tribute to the VA Tech students who were killed in a massacre.

Preferred Date: April 16, 2010 (3rd anniversary of the VA Tech massacre)

April 15, 2010: Journey To The Center Of The Mind by The Amboy Dukes

My interest in The Amboy Dukes was piqued after learning Ted Nugent had been the group's lead guitarist. And although Nugent later had his own successful solo career, this was the Dukes' only Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. With its catchy beat and an awesome solo from the Nuge, it's a great psychedelic rock song from the late 1960s.

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April 14, 2010: Tales Of Brave Ulysses by Cream

With a guitar riff inspired by "Summer In The City" and lyrics inspired by Homer's Odyssey, it was the first collaboration between Eric Clapton and Australian artist Martin Sharp. It was also Clapton's first use of the wah-wah pedal, released before Jimi Hendrix's "Burning Of The Midnight Lamp". It's one of many popular tracks from Disraeli Gears.

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April 13, 2010: Still Unbroken by Lynyrd Skynyrd

The first single released from God + Guns gained exposure from its use as the official theme song of WWE's 2009 Breaking Point pay-per-view. It's a hard-rocking song, and while Johnny Van Zant can never truly replace his brother Ronnie, he does the best with what he's got.

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April 12, 2010: Come Sail Away by Styx

I think I first discovered this song because of Eric Cartman's obsession with it on "South Park". It was a major hit for Styx, reaching #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and would become their closing number in their live sets. It can still rock, even 30 years later.

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April 11, 2010: When The Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin

With John Bonham's pounding drum beat, Jimmy Page's driving guitar, and Robert Plant's wailing harmonica, it was an awesome way to end Led Zeppelin IV. And because of how it was recorded in the studio, the band only played it a few times live during their 1975 United States tour. And while I'm not the biggest Zep fan, it's definitely one of my favorite tracks.

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April 10, 2010: Presence Of The Lord by Blind Faith

Written about finding Hurtwood Edge, his home in Surrey, it was the first song Eric Clapton wrote entirely by himself. Starting off quite calmly, it builds up to Clapton's explosive wah-wah guitar solo. This is probably my favorite song from Blind Faith after "Can't Find My Way Home".

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April 09, 2010: Letters From The Sky by Civil Twilight

This song was nominated to pay tribute to Harper's Island. The song was used during when John Wakefield killed Cal, and Chloe committed suicide.

Preferred Date: April 9, 2010 (First anniversary of Harper's Island)

April 08, 2010: Long As I Can See The Light by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Released as a double-A side with "Lookin' Out My Back Door", it's an emotional end to Cosmo's Factory. And John Fogerty proves himself to be a competent saxophone player, as well.

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April 07, 2010: I 2 I by Tevin Campbell

This song was nominated to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the DisneyToon film, "A Goofy Movie".

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Preferred Date: April 7, 2010

April 06, 2010: Up Around The Bend by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Opening with John Fogerty's high-pitched guitar riff, it's about as un-swamp rockish as you can imagine. The song was still a major hit, reaching #4 in the United States, and #3 in the United Kingdom. It's a great Creedence song.

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April 05, 2010: A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request by Steve Goodman

A. Bartlett Giamatti wrote of baseball, "It is designed to break your heart," and this 1981 release is the most heartbreaking song about baseball I know. It's even more heartbreaking if you know some of the backstory of singer-songwriter Steve Goodman (passed away from leukemia in 1984, shortly after his beloved Chicago Cubs made it to the postseason for the first time in decades) and of the Cubs themselves (haven't won the league championship since 1945, haven't won the World Series since 1908, even with expanded playoffs having given them even more of a chance in recent years).

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Preferred Date: April 5, 2010 (Opening Day of the 2010 Major League Baseball season)

April 04, 2010: Turn The Page by Metallica

Recorded after Lars Ulrich heard the original song while crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, it stayed at #1 on the Mainstream Rock Track chart for eleven weeks. The slide guitar that replaces the saxophone solos can still rock hard, even ten years later.

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April 03, 2010: After Hours by We Are Scientists

I heard this song while I was playing Tony Hawk: Ride and it drew to my attention to like this song.

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April 02, 2010: Target -Akai Shougeki by 和田光司

This song was nominated for the 10th anniversary of Digimon Adventure 02.

Preferred Date: April 2, 2010 (10th anniversary of Digimon Adventure 02)

April 01, 2010: I Want You (She's So Heavy) by The Beatles

I think this is probably the most progressive rock sounding song from The Beatles' catalogue. With its unusual structure and distinctive cut-off chord at the end, it was an interesting way to end side one of Abbey Road. But it's still a popular cut in Beatles lore.

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