Same, same - but different

Although utterly meaningless, blog memes have a strange and enticing effect on me. I've never cared much for chain letters, AFAIK I've never sent one on, but it's digital cousin sometimes traps me. As I've yet to post a meme on this blog, I found this to be a perfect opportunity to do so. Browsing through other peoples record collections are something that always have fascinated me...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

A meme is a unit of information that replicates from brains or retention systems, such as books, to other brains or retention systems. In more specific terms, a meme is a self-propagating unit of cultural evolution, analogous to the gene. (...) In casual use, the term meme is sometimes used to mean any piece of information passed from one mind to another.

If you, like me, are new the world of blogging, you might wonder what blog memes are all about. In reality they aren't that different from traditional chain letters, though the motivation isn't to get someone to send you something, but rather to gain awareness and links to your own blog. But then again, for most people it's just about killing time.

The great playlist meme of '04

Here are the instructions:

  1. Open up the music player on your computer.
  2. Set it to play your entire music collection.
  3. Hit the "shuffle" command.
  4. Tell us the title of the next ten songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time for total musical honesty. Write it up in your blog or journal and link back to at least a couple of the other sites where you saw this.
  5. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurances. You don't have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten song with five artists, you can if you'd like.

God shuffled his feet and FooBar played following1 songs:

  1. karin park / superworldunknown / wear my skin
  2. led zeppelin / in through the out door / i'm goona crawl
  3. stereolab / dots and loops / brakhage
  4. pearl jam / oslo 2000 bootleg / betterman
  5. national bank, the / national bank, the / the national bank
  6. madrugada / industrial silence / strange color blue
  7. pixies, the / wave of mutilation / monkey gone to heaven
  8. u2 / pop / miami
  9. waits, tom / blood money / everything goes to hell
  10. björk / debut / the anchor song

I guess it could have been worse. ;) Apart from the last three artists, this is some of the music/artists I've listened the most to this year (probably goes for '03 as well). Nice to see that 30% of the list is occupied by Norwegian artists (Karin Park, The National Bank and Madrugada). Although representatives of completely different genres, I can wholeheartedly recommend them all.

And if you wondered; I stumbled upon this via Diego. He seems to have picked it up via Erik or Evan. Evan got it from Jim, who got it from either Gustav or Rui. Rui posted after seeing Sergio's playlist, who memed José. José admits stealing it from Belinde.

Footnotes

  1. To make this a tiny bit more interesting, I've excluded duplicated artists. Even with more than 3000 songs in my digital music collection, two artists actually figured more than once. SteroLab got it's second appearance with the song "rainbow conversion" (also from dots and loops), while Pearl Jam originally had "Lukin" (Hartford '96 Bootleg) and "You Are" (Riot Act) figuring on the list. (locate)

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