This is the playlist I put together for this months Frankenmix challenge.
The challenge was this: Imagine you're stuck on a desert island (for the rest of your life). There are fifteen songs you can listen to, ever again. What songs would you want them to be?
1. Something Corporate - Konstantine
I think Dann would go with me on this one. This is a nine-and-a-half minute piano ballad that breaks my heart every time I listen to it. It's incredible, and if it isn't in your collection it should be.
2. Rise Against - Diaspora (Prayer Of The Refugee)
This is another incredible tune. Raw, angry, politically charged and (most importantly) fast and loud, this is Rise Against at their best. Rawk!
3. Foo Fighters - Everlong
This is one of those songs that doesn't need an explanation - there's a few of those in this list. Dave Grohl is one of the many music gods I pray to, and this is my favourite song by the Fooies. When I saw the guys live, this song was stripped back to Mr. Grohl and an acoustic guitar, and having seen that version I'd listen to that just as happily as the original.
4. Taking Back Sunday - One-Eighty By Summer
Adam from Taking Back Sunday is one of the best lyricists doing his thing at the moment, and this song is a triumph in that respect.
5. Alexisonfire - .44 Calibre Love Letter
Oh yes. Excellent and eclectic, these dirty Canadian hardcore masters are essential listening in my books. This track has a slow-burning guitar intro that lasts like for like a minute and a half, and this song is worth it just for that.
6. Story Of The Year - "Is This My Fate?" He Asked Them
This is a massive anti-homophobic rant put together by my favourite lads from St. Louis. I reckon I'd want to have this song on a desert island for two reasons: 1) It's a great piece of angular hardcore that has booms, crashes and breakdowns in all the right places and 2) It'd be nice to be reminded that someone, somewhere in the world gives a shit about homophobia. The lyrics are here if anyone wants to have read (which you should).
7. John Mayer - 83
I could've chosen any Mayer tune and happily listened to it forever and ever. This is a cut of his first full-length Room For Squares, and it centres around him recalling his childhood in comparison to the world he now inhabits. It's tops.
8. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Who wouldn't want to play air guitar on a deserted island?
9. Muse - Stockholm Syndrome
This is one of my all-time favourite tunes. Muse are an incredible band (if you read my Big Day Out review, you'd know all about it) and this song has the best guitar riff ever written to open it.
10. Tool - The Pot
Maynard James Keenan is a fuckwad, but that doesn't stop this from being the best song on 10,000 Days (along with Rosetta Stoned) and one of the best songs the Tool lads have put their names to.
11. Fall Out Boy - Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy?
Oh, FOB. Love of my pop-punked, scene-oriented life. This song of Take This To Your Grave made me fall in love with them, and the love affair has continued across to other albums and swell in fanbase due to excess filthy teenage whores.
12. Deftones - Knfe Party
This is a great piece of nu-metal by one of the only bands who are still making it look cool. A great song off of a great record.
13. Pearl Jam - Even Flow
It's Pearl Jam. 'Nuff said.
14. Parkway Drive - Picture Perfect Pathetic
These Byron Bay hardcore masters are technically amazing and the album that this track is lifted from (Killing With A Smile) was the best album of 2005 by a looooooooong way. With a live show that will tear your head of to match, it makes these guys one of the most important bands in the local scene right now.
15. The Living End - Pictures In The Mirror
Best. Australian. Band. Ever. I picked this song because the first time I saw these guys they opened their set with this.