December 6th, 2004

Beach ball

Musical variety and Band Aid 20.

I am a U2 fanatic and all of you know that. Look at my current music and you will see that the vast majority of the time, it is U2. If I am listening to a song at any given time, it is safe to assume that it is U2 or in some way related to the band. Therefore, it is not a surprise that earlier today, Kate questioned my ability to design a playlist with variety. Or something like that. Regardless of whatever she said, I took it as a challenge to design a playlist with variety and without any songs played by U2.

Guess what? I did it. 193 songs. I'm too cool for round numbers, or something like that. 193 songs, and I could have included more if I had felt like it. What's more, I am going to prove it to you. I doubt anyone is remotely interested in actually reading this playlist, but I am posting it as proof of my ability to listen to a selection of non-U2 music. Recognise its existence, realise I'm not such a complete nutcase (or send me to a padded cell, I really don't mind which option you select), and ... finish this sentence for me.

(For the record, a playlist with the greatest variety would involve a quality mix of live performances from each U2 era. I drool at the thought.)

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I actually uploaded one song from that list, a song I love from my childhood: Split Enz - History Never Repeats. I say it's one of the best songs to have ever been made by a New Zealand band, but I am more than a little biased as this song holds a special spot in my musical heart. As a young child, I remember this song was often played on the radio while I was lying in bed, going to sleep (considering the lyrics, it seems both apt and ironic). Quite nice memories, really.

One problem is that once I compiled that playlist, I decided I would start from a random point and first went looking for U2 (wow, clever), and then when I got going, I started to get bored. No other music seems to do the same thing for me as U2's music. Don't get me wrong, I still enjoy the playlist, but it's not U2. I'd prefer to listen to one of my playlists of bootlegs than to this.

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  • Current Music
    'History Never Repeats' by Split Enz