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Monday, September 26, 2005

I'm itching like a man on a fuzzy tree

iPod check in time.

As I laboured over an extremely tedious document at work this afternoon, the first 10 songs to pop up with my iPod set to "shuffle" this afternoon were.........

- > Snow Patrol - 'chased by.... I don't know what'
- > Moby - 'machete'
- > Gene - 'walking in the shallows'
- > Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules - 'mad world'
- > Joy Division - 'failures'
- > Maximo Park - 'acrobat'
- > Portishead - 'sour times'
- > New Order - 'bizarre love triangle'
- > The Ramones - 'rockaway beach'
- > Inspiral Carpets - 'sackville'

and best of all, number 11 was "All Shook Up" by the King himself.

Your turn. No cheating.


  • At 5:45 pm, Blogger red one said…

    Buy me an iPod please, someone. I still can't play.



  • At 7:19 pm, Blogger swisslet said…

    red - list 10 songs off the top of your head then. First 10 that come to mind. That'll do.


  • At 7:20 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    You don't need an iPod to play. You can put iTunes on your computer and do a random shuffle on there. You do need some MP3s on your computer though, or your shuffle will go:

    1. CV
    2. My Documents
    3. Photo of me age 5 emailed from weird uncle in Albania


  • At 7:26 pm, Blogger the urban fox said…

    1. I'll Never Be The Same - Billie Holiday
    2. Working For Vacation - Cibo Matto
    3. Nowhere Fast - The Smiths
    4. Essexmania - Luke Haines
    5. TKO - Le Tigre
    6. Ballade No. 1 in G Minor - Chopin
    7. Won't You Be My Baby, Baby - Leila
    8. Outrageous - Britney Spears
    9. Optimo - Liquid Liquid
    10. Apt. #5 - Julie Ruin

  • At 7:53 pm, Blogger HistoryGeek said…

    I'm afraid mine would be the playlist of the GreenDay concert...I'm still hoarse. And I have whiplash.

  • At 8:29 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Speaking of the Ramones. That shirt has surfaced once again on Stand By Your Statue.

  • At 4:11 am, Blogger Michael said…

    and iTunes told me, since I am too broke for an iPod...

    ->Hendershot by Les Claypool and the Holy Mackeral

    ->Old Mountain Dew by Grandpa Jones

    ->What? by A Tribe Called Quest

    ->Mr. Roboto by Styxx

    ->Don't Worry About It by N.E.R.D.

    ->Pigs on the Wing covered by Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade

    ->Carvel by John Frusciante

    ->Atlanta by Stone Temple Pilots

    ->Benny and the Jets by Elton John

    ->Blue by A Perfect Circle

  • At 8:08 am, Blogger Me said…

    How's this Swiss?

    1) Alone in Kyoto – Air
    2) Fixing A Hole – The Beatles
    3) Lovestruck – Madness
    4) To Forgive – Smashing Pumpkins
    5) The Child – Alex Gopher
    6) This Is The Place – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    7) Wind On Water – Fresh And Low
    8) Angel Interceptor – Ash
    9) Rikki – Mylo
    10) Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police
    and the lucky 11):
    Grazed Knees – Snow Patrol.

    Sure beats most of my forthcoming earworms in terms of credibility...


  • At 8:39 am, Blogger LB said…

    here we go, then.

    1. Songbird - Oasis
    2. The Way You Love Me - Faith Hill
    3. Why Don't You Love Me? - Amanda Marshall
    4. The Locomoation - Kylie
    5. Don't Let the Cold In - Clearlake
    6. Maybe - Emma Bunton
    7. Neon Wilderness - The Verve
    8. Stoppin The Love - KT Tunstall
    9. Babylon - David Gray
    10. Helicopter - Bloc Party

    Well, that's the least embarrassing selection my little toy has ever produced. phew.

    [mops brow]

  • At 10:09 am, Blogger bytheseashore said…

    A list? Can't resist...

    1. Winterlong - Pixies
    2. Prince Charming - Adam And The Ants
    3. Gordon's Revenge - The Macc Lads
    4. Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now - The Smiths
    5. I'm Only Sleeping - The Beatles
    6. Songs Of Love - The Divine Comedy
    7. Let's Dance - The Ramones
    8. Kung Fu - Ash
    9. Something I Learned Today - Husker Du
    10. Really Saying Something - Fun Boy Three and Bananarama

    Hmm. Should have resisted...

  • At 12:41 pm, Blogger John McClure said…

    Sublime to ridiculous (via downright how-the-hell-did-that-get-on-there?):

    1. The Hives - B is for Brutus
    2. Led Zeppelin - No Quarter
    3. Elton John - Candle in the Wind (Live)
    4. Radiohead - Sulk
    5. The Bees - Sunshine
    6. Corona - Rhythm of the Night
    7. Bright Eyes - At the Bottom of Everything
    8. Foo Fighters - New Way Home
    9. Muse - Apocalypse Please
    10. Sonic Youth - 100%

    After the Elton John incident, I nearly didn't dare do a lucky eleventh, but in the end I did - The Beatles - Long, Long, Long.

    Shuffle produced a new trick yesterday that I've not noticed happening before. Divine Comedy's Everybody Knows (Except You) was followed by Divine Comedy's Everybody Knows (Excpet You). I checked, but I only have one copy of that on there, so it shuffled to the same song twice in a row. What are the odds!!!

    Well, 3102 to one I suppose.

  • At 1:43 pm, Blogger Statue John said…

    Aaaaaah alright then, but first of all respect to the Les Claypool fan above - the man's a genius!

    1. Porcelain - Moby
    2. Paris Four Hundred - Mylo
    3. Stone Tape - Boomclick
    4. Molly's Chambers - Kings of Leeeeeon
    5. Long Distance - Turin Brakes
    6. There There (The Boney King of Nowhere) - Radiohead
    7. Get Busy - Sean Paul
    8. Edgehill - Groove Armada
    9. Taper Jean Girl - Kings of Leeeeeon
    10. Hurt - Johnny Cash

    In summary, not enough Kings of Leeeeeon.

  • At 3:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sweat love sedation - Little Angels
    You Spin me Round - Dead or Alive
    Heresy - Pantera
    Year 1993 - Nigo
    Sister - Lenny Kravitz
    Flowers in the window - Travis
    Ya Mama - Pharcyde
    Stereo 99 - Blue States
    Had a Dad - Jane's Addiction
    Eye of the Beholder - Metallica

    Assuming you have 3,102 songs on your ipod. The chances of getting the same song twice in a row was, i wouldve assumed 1 in 9,622,404 unless you only have 55.69 songs..or is that why i got an E for A level maths? I'll get me protractor set


  • At 4:25 pm, Blogger John McClure said…

    Des - depends whether or not there is cumulative probability at work, and in this case I don't think there is. My reckoning involved the odds being reset to 3102-1 before every click of the advance button.

    I'm willing to climb right down off that position though, given that I was thrown out of university for failing a stats module three times in a row - a fact I may have concealed from my current employer who hired me as a statistician.

  • At 4:27 pm, Blogger LB said…

    hmmm. I thought the whole idea of an iPod shuffle was that it randomly shuffled every song on there, once.

    If the Divine Comedy was only on there once, it should only have shuffled it once, then consigned it to the "done" bin and not played it again.

    Ergo, it's on the blink.

  • At 5:01 pm, Blogger John McClure said…

    LB - do you really think so, or are you just scared by the stats debate? (I know I am)

  • At 12:42 am, Blogger swisslet said…

    Apple keep the algorithim for this secret, but my understanding of shuffle is that it plays each track once, and if you've heard that song once, it won't play again. If that wasn't the way it worked, then you would be as likely to hear the same song again as you would be to hear any other indivdual track, wouldn't you?

    A bit like if you had got heads 100 times when you toss a coin, the chances of it coming up heads for the 101st time is still 50:50.

    Or something.


  • At 10:40 am, Blogger Statue John said…

    Is being up at a quarter to one in the morning to discuss statistical algorithms really the beahviour of a normal person? ;-)

  • At 10:56 am, Blogger swisslet said…

    and on a schoolnight!


  • At 3:32 pm, Blogger soulcrusher said…

    Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm
    Long Whip/Big America - Corrosion Of Conformity
    Sad But True - MetallicA
    Stone Dead Forever - MetallicA
    Space Lord - Monster Magnet
    I Dreamed I Died - Devildriver
    Deathrider - Anthrax
    Living After Midnight - Judas Priest
    Big Balls - AC/DC
    I Disapear - MetallicA

  • At 4:20 pm, Blogger LB said…

    Either Soulcrusher only has 27 songs on his iPod, of which 19 are Metallica, or his algorithms have gone the same way as John's...

  • At 10:09 pm, Blogger Charlie said…

    Winard Harper Sextet- Mr Baggy Pants
    Joss Stone- Super Duper Love
    Ben Harper- Diamonds on the Inside
    Ben Folds- Them That Got (Ray Charles)
    Ted Leo- 2nd Ave, 11 Am
    Tenacious D- Double Team
    Dirty Dozen Brass Band- Remember When
    Norah Jones- What am I to You?
    Dave Matthews Band- Dreams of our Fathers
    Frank Sinatra- The Lady is a Tramp
    and #11..Agents of Good Roots- Alaska

  • At 12:42 pm, Blogger soulcrusher said…

    well its more like 145 of 2160 songs are MetallicA, but it does seem to have a liking of them, which I will gladly tolerate.


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