Part III: Train Kept A Rollin’

Joe Perry

… or: more Aerosmith songs, some of which I quite like, that still all have in common that there is at least on other Aerosmith song that I happen to like somewhat more.

(Continued from here, and here.)

  • From “Aerosmith” (1973)
    • “Mama Kin”
  • From “Get Your Wings” (1974)
    • “Woman of the World”
  • From “Toys In The Attic” (1975)
    • “Big Ten Inch Record”
  • From “Permanent Vacation” (1987)
    • “Rag Doll”
  • From “Pump” (1989)
    • “Voodoo Medicine Man”
  • From “Get a Grip” (1993)
    • “Livin’ on the Edge”
    • “Fever”
  • From “Nine Lives” (1997)
    • “Full Circle”
  • From “Just Push Play” (2001)
    • “Face”
    • “Trip Hoppin'”
    • “Under My Skin”
  • From “Honkin’ on Bobo” (2004)
    • “Back Back Train”
    • “Shame, Shame, Shame”
    • “I’m Ready”
    • “Road Runner”
  • From “Music from Another Dimension!” (2012)
    • “Out Go the Lights”

The Great Aerosmith Song-Off of Twenty-Fourteen, Part II

Remember how shitty cell phone cameras were in 2007?

Remember how shitty cell phone cameras were in 2007?

Bla, bla, bla.

Here are the Aerosmith songs that got eliminated from the 32nd-final:

  • From “Aerosmith” (1973)
    • “One Way Street”
    • “Somebody”
    • “Dream On”
  • From “Get Your Wings” (1974)
    • “Same Old Song and Dance”
  • From “Toys in the Attic” (1975)
    • “Toys in the Attic”
    • “No More No More”
  • From “Rocks” (1976)
    • “Sick as a Dog”
    • “Back in the Saddle”
  • From “Night in the Ruts” (1979)
    • “Chiquita”
  • From “Done With Mirrors” (1985)
    • “Let the Music Do The Talking”
    • “The Hop”
  • From “Permanent Vacation” (1987)
    • “Girl Keeps Coming Apart”
    • “Permanent Vacation”
    • “I’m Down”
  • From “Pump” (1989)
    • “Love in an Elevator”
    • “Don’t Get Mad, Get Even”
    • “The Other Side”
  • From “Get a Grip” (1993)
    • “Get a Grip”
    • “Flesh”
    • “Amazing”
    • “Shut Up and Dance”
    • “Cryin'”
  • From “Big Ones” (1994)
    • “Walk on Water”
  • From the “Box of Fire” bonus disc (1994)
    • “Circle Jerk”
  • From “Nine Lives” (1997)
    • “Something’s Gotta Give”
    • “Pink”
    • “Hole in My Soul”
    • “Fallen Angels”
  • From “Young Lust” (2001)
    • “Ain’t Enough”
  • From “Just Push Play” (2001)
    • “Fly Away from Here”
  • From “Honkin’ on Bobo” (2004)
    • Temperature”
    • “Baby, Please Don’t Go”

Same Old Song and Dance: Finding my Favorite Aerosmith Song

All the Aerosmith CDs

(As everything around here this is mostly for my own amusement, but why do anything without giving strangers (and friends) the option to comment on it, I figured.)

Instead of picking up smoking like all the cool kids I spent my youth getting weirdly obsessed with Boston rock phenomenon, and early Simpsons guest starsAerosmith.

I don’t listen to them as much anymore, but when I recently went through (and threw away most of) my CD collection (remember CDs?) I reckoned it was time to revisit their catalog. But instead of just listening to one album at a time like some kind of cave person, I made a copy of my Simpsons tournament bracket and replaced the episode titles with Aerosmith songs in random order. Because obviously I did!

Over the last couple of days I’ve been listening to each pair of songs and deciding afterwards which of the two stays and which one has to go. I go purely by gut feeling; I don’t claim to judge them by any kind of objective criteria or quality. It’s about what I like. Your mileage will inevitably vary.

Instead of sharing the whole bracket or individual match-ups (matches-up?) I’ll make things more exciting (again, my definition of ‘exciting’) by just posting the list of songs that didn’t make the cut after each round, culminating, if I’ve done the math correctly, in my most favorite Aerosmith song of all the Aerosmith songs.

But let’s start with the ones that didn’t make it past the first round. Of course this type of set-up means that you can’t really draw any conclusion as to how much I liked or didn’t like each of the songs posted below. Every one of them is only here because it was paired off against one that I liked more, maybe by a little, maybe by a lot. This is not a ranking. My least-favorite Aerosmith song is definitely on this list, but then maybe so is my second-favorite. You never know. (I’ll probably post some kind of ranking or best-of list at some time, though.)

Oh, also, because for some mysterious reason Aerosmith didn’t have the foresight to record exactly 128 songs, or 256, or any number like that, there had to be some fidgeting of things to make the bracket work. You don’t need to know about that stuff. Trust me.

Enough yapping. Here, in chronological order, are some of the songs of Aerosmith’s that are not my one, true, all-time, most favorite song of Aerosmith:

  • From “Aerosmith” (1973)
    • “Make It”
    • “Movin’ Out”
    • “Walkin’ the Dog”
    • “Write Me”
  • From “Get Your Wings” (1974)
    • “Spaced”
    • “S.O.S. (Too Bad)”
    • “Seasons of Wither”
    • “Pandora’s Box”
    • “Lord of the Thighs”
  • From “Toys in the Attic” (1975)
    • “Walk This Way”
    • “Sweet Emotion”
    • “Adam’s Apple”
    • “Round and Round”
    • “Uncle Salty”
    • “You See Me Crying”
  • From “Rocks” (1976)
    • “Get the Lead Out”
    • “Last Child”
    • “Nobody’s Fault”
    • “Lick and a Promise”
    • “Combination”
    • “Home Tonight”
    • “Rats in the Cellar”
  • From “Draw The Line” (1977)
    • “Bright Light Fright”
    • “Critical Mass”
    • “Draw the Line”
    • “I Wanna Know Why”
    • “The Hand That Feeds”
    • “Sight for Sore Eyes”
    • “Kings and Queens”
    • “Milk Cow Blues”
    • “Get It Up”
  • From “Live! Bootleg” (1978) or “Greatest Hits” (1980)
    • “Chip Away the Stone”
    • “Come Together”
    • “Mother Popcorn”
    • “I Ain’t Got You”
  • From “Night in the Ruts” (1979)
    • “Three Mile Smile”
    • “Cheese Cake”
    • “Think About It”
    • “Remember (Walking in the Sand)”
    • “No Surprize”
    • “Mia”
    • “Bone to Bone (Coney Island White Fish Boy)”
    • “Reefer Head Woman”
  • From “Rock in a Hard Place” (1982)
    • “Lightning Strikes”
    • “Jig Is Up”
    • “Joanie’s Butterfly”
    • “Cry Me a River”
    • “Push Comes to Shove”
    • “Rock in a Hard Place (Cheshire Cat)”
    • “Bolivian Ragamuffin”
    • “Jailbait”
    • “Bitch’s Brew”
  • From “Done With Mirrors” (1985)
    • “The Reason a Dog”
    • “Shame on You”
    • “She’s on Fire”
    • “My Fist Your Face”
    • “Darkness”
    • “Shela”
    • “Gypsy Boots”
  • From “Permanent Vacation” (1987)
    • “Angel”
    • “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)”
    • “St. John”
    • “Simoriah”
    • “Heart’s Done Time”
    • “Magic Touch”
  • From “Pump” (1989)
    • “My Girl”
  • From “Pandora’s Box” (1991)
    • “Rattlesnake Shake”
  • From “Get a Grip” (1993)
    • “Gotta Love It”
    • “Crazy”
    • “Eat the Rich”
    • “Walk on Down”
    • “Boogie Man”
    • “Can’t Stop Messin'”
  • From “Big Ones” (1994)
    • “Blind Man”
    • “Deuces Are Wild”
  • From the “Box of Fire” bonus disc (1994)
    • “Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”
    • “Subway”
  • From “Nine Lives” (1997)
    • “Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)”
    • “Taste of India”
    • “Attitude Adjustment”
    • “Kiss Your Past Good-Bye”
    • “Nine Lives”
    • “Fall Together”
  • From the “Armageddon” soundtrack (1998)
    • “What Kind of Love Are You On”
    • “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”
  • From “Stoned Immaculate” (2000)
    • “Love Me Two Times”
  • From the “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack (2000)
    • “Angel’s Eye”
  • From “Just Push Play” (2001)
    • “Jaded”
    • “Avant Garden”
    • “Beyond Beautiful”
    • “Drop Dead Gorgeous”
    • “Just Push Play”
    • “Outta Your Head”
    • “Luv Lies”
    • “Light Inside”
  • From “Young Lust” (2001)
    • “Head First”
  • From the “Spider-Man” soundtrack? I guess? (2002)
    • “Theme from Spider-Man”
  • From “Honkin’ on Bobo” (2004)
    • “Eyesight to the Blind”
    • “Never Loved a Girl”
    • “Jesus Is on the Main Line”
    • “You Gotta Move”
  • From “Music from Another Dimension!” (2012)
    • “Lover Alot”
    • “Legendary Child”
    • “Something”
    • “Closer”
    • “What Could Have Been Love”
    • “Freedom Fighter”
    • “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You”
    • “Oh Yeah”
    • “We All Fall Down”
    • “Tell Me”
    • “Luv XXX”
    • “Beautiful”
    • “Another Last Goodbye”

Stay tuned for more thrilling lists!

Black Screen

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Black screen (illustration).

In my living room, I’ve got a LG BP420 Blu-Ray player connected via HDMI cable to an InFocus projector. This had worked without any problems until last night.

Now, when I turn on the player, the projector (or any other attached HD screen; I tested) will show the LG startup logo for a second (maybe a bit less than a second) and then turn to black.

The projector tells me that it’s getting a signal from the player, so that’s not a problem.

The player is also hooked up to my old, standard definition TV via a composite video cable. There I can see that the player is working just fine, sound and image and everything.

If I go into the picture settings menu and change the HDMI output resolution, the projector will change the (still black) image to that resolution, but still won’t show anything but black.

I know that the cable is not the problem. I’ve tried three different HDMI cables, including the one that’s connecting my computer to the screen in front of my right now. So I know it’s working. And, like I said, I know that a signal is getting from the player to the projector.

It’s not the projector, either. When I connect my HD computer screen everything happens exactly as I’ve described above. I’ve also attached other devices (like a WD TV) to the projector using HDMI, and they worked just fine.

I’ve tried both resetting the player’s software and updating it to its latest release. Didn’t change a thing.

I searched the web far and wide, and a few posts, as well as the official manual, mention a black screen as a result of an “unverified HDCP connection.” I don’t know much about that, but it sure sounds like this could be what’s happening here. Unfortunately the only fix offered is replacing the cable. Didn’t help.

And that’s where I’m at right now. Running out of ideas and patience. The player was a gift, I’m currently trying to find out about the warranty situation.

Until then: what can I do?

Comparing the #TFS100 to other recent Top 100 Films lists

Last week the Talk Film Society, a loose collection of online cinephiles, posted the results of several polls conducted on Twitter in their #TFS100 List.

You know how much I like to crunch numbers and compare things to one another, so, inspired (and assisted) by @nanksh, I got out my trusted Google Sheets and entered the TFS 100, as well as the recent “Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Films” list from THR, the 2012 Sight & Sound Greatest Films Polls (both from critics and directors), and the hundred titles at the top of IMDb’s ever-fluid Top 250 (as it appeared on July 19, 2014).

The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” (1972)

12 films are present on all five lists: The Godfather, The Godfather: Part II, Apocalypse Now, Citizen Kane, Taxi Driver, Psycho, Vertigo, Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai), Singin’ in the Rain, Rear Window, Lawrence of Arabia, Sunset Boulevard.

Francis Ford Coppola and Alfred Hitchcock each have three films that appear on every single list.

Now a closer look at the individual Tops 100, starting with the #TFS100:

her

Spike Jonze’s “her” (2013)

  • There are 102 films on the list. (I won’t complain. That’s for another time.)
  • Release years range from 1927 (Metropolis) to 2013 (HerThe Wolf of Wall Street), with the average year of all films being 1985.
  • Most-represented directors on the list are Steven Spielberg (6 films), Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick (5 each), Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher (4 each).
  • The only film on the list directed by a woman is Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.
  • The shortest film is Toy Story (81 minutes), the longest Lawrence of Arabia (216 minutes). Average length: 131 minutes.
  • 96 films feature English as the or a primary language. Other represented languages include German (5), French (4), Japanese (3) and Italian (2).
  • Drama is by far the most prominent genre with 65 films, followed by thriller (26), crime (23), adventure (22), sci-fi (20), action (19), mystery (15), romance (14), and fantasy (11).
  • Most of the money for making the films came from the United States (94 titles were financed or co-financed out of the USA). Other countries in the mix are the United Kingdom (18 films), as well as Japan, Germany, and France (4 each).
  • The 102 movies have garnered an average of 1.72 Oscar wins, and an average of 4.73 Academy Award nominations overall. 55 of the films on the list have won an Oscar, and only 16 have not been nominated. (One, Metropolis, was not eligible.)
  • 22 films on the #TFS100 are not listed on any of the other lists, top among them Her (at no. 36), Drive (40) ,The Wolf of Wall Street (46), No Country for Old Men (47), and Magnolia (50).
  • Some Like It Hot is on all the other lists but not on this one.

Next, a look at Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Films (according to THR):

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)

  • This one actually has 100 entries. Well done, THR.
  • Earliest film: The Wizard of Oz (1939).
    Most recent: Inception (2010).
    Average release year: 1980.
  • Top directors: Steven Spielberg (7), Alfred Hitchcock (5), Ridley Scott (4), Christopher Nolan, David Lean, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese (3 each).
  • There are no female directors on the list, at all.
  • Shortest film: Toy Story. Longest: Gone With the Wind (238 minutes).
    Average length: 131 minutes, again.
  • Languages: English (97), Italian, Spanish (2 each)
  • Genres: drama (62), adventure (25), thriller (22), romance (22), comedy (20), crime (19), sci-fi (16), fantasy (15), and action (14).
  • Countries: USA (95), UK (18), Germany (3).
  • Average Oscar wins: 2.58. Nominations: 6.27.
    68 Oscar-winning films, only 8 not nominated.
  • 28 films that are not on the other lists, including E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (8), Gone With the Wind (15), The Sound of Music (25), The Breakfast Club (27) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (36).
  • City LightsC’era una volta il West (Once Upon a Time in the West), and Rashômon are on all the other lists but not on this one.

Sight & Sound’s 2012 Critics’ Top 100 Films:

Late Spring

Yasujirô Ozu’s “Banshun” (“Late Spring,” 1949)

  • Earliest: D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916).
    Most recent: Mulholland Dr. (2001).
    Average year: 1960 (earliest of all the lists).
  • Directors: Alfred HitchcockIngmar Bergman, and Jean-Luc Godard (4 films each), Andrei Tarkovsky, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Francis Ford Coppola, Jean Renoir, Orson Welles, and Robert Bresson (3 films each).
  • Two films directed by women: Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, and Claire Denis’ Beau travail.
  • Shortest: Un chien andalou (16 minutes). Longest: Shoa (566 minutes).
    Average: 131 minutes. Again!
  • Languages: English (49), French (27), German (12), Italian (11), Japanese (7), and Russian (6). The majority of films on the list is not in English.
  • Genres: drama (81), romance (22), crime (14), thriller, mystery (13 each), war, and comedy (10 each).
  • Countries: United States (36), France (32), Italy (13), United Kingdom, Japan, and Germany (7 each).
  • Average Oscar wins: 0.48, and 1.85 nominations.
    Only 18 films on the list have won Oscars, 59 were not nominated, or not eligible.
  • 26 films on this list are not on the other lists, including Yasujirô Ozu’s Banshun (Late Spring) (15), Béla Tarr’s Sátántangó (35), Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (35), Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinéma (48) and La jetée (53).
  • GoodfellasOne Flew Over The Cuckoo’s NestThe Shining, and A Clockwork Orange are on all the other lists but not this one.

Sight & Sound’s 2012 Directors’ Top 100 Films:

La strada

Federico Fellini’s “La strada” (1954)

  • Earliest film: The Gold Rush (1925).
    Most recent: There Will Be Blood (2007).
    Average release year: 1963.
  • Directors: Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Stanley Kubrick (4 each), Alfred Hitchcock, Andrei Tarkovsky, Billy Wilder, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Charlie Chaplin, Francis Ford Coppola, John Cassavetes, Luis Buñuel, Martin Scorsese, Michelangelo Antonioni (3 each).
  • Only film directed by a woman: Claire Denis’ Beau travail.
  • Shortest: Un chien andalou (16 minutes). Longest: Shoa (566 minutes).
    Average: 125 minutes.
  • Languages: English (52), French (26), Italian (15), German (12), Russian (7).
  • Genres: drama (83), crime (18), thriller (14), mystery, comedy (13 each), romance (12).
  • Countries: USA (42), France (32), Italy (19), UK (9), Germany (7).
  • Average Oscar wins: 0.66. Nominations: 2.15.
    23 Oscar-winning films, 56 not nominated or eligible.
  • 21 films are not on any of the other lists, including: Federico Fellini’s La strada (26), Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Il vangelo secondo Matteo (The Gospel According to St Matthew), Fellini’s Amarcord, Elem Klimov’s Idi i smotri (Come and See) (all tied at no. 30), and Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana (37).
  • Casablanca is not on this list but all the other ones.

IMDb Top 100:

City of God

Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund’s “Cidade de Deus” (“City of God,” 2002)

  • Earliest: City Lights (1931).
    Most recent: Django Unchained (2012).
    Average: 1981.
  • Directors: Billy Wilder, Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick (5 each), Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Leone, and Steven Spielberg (4 each).
  • Kátia Lund (City of God) is the only female director on the list.
  • Shortest film: Modern Times (87 minutes).
    Longest: Once Upon a Time in America (229 minutes).
    Average run time: 132 minutes.
  • Languages: English (87), German (9), Japanese, and Italian (5 each).
  • Genres: drama (64), crime (26), thriller (24), adventure (23), action (20), mystery, comedy (15 each), war (13), sci-fi, and fantasy (12 each).
  • Countries: USA (78), UK (16), Germany (10), France, Italy (7 each), Japan (5).
  • Average Oscars won: 1.77. Nominations: 4.81.
    53 have won at least one Oscar, only 18 have not been nominated.
  • 27 films are not on any of the other lists, including: Cidade de Deus (City of God) (21), Luc Besson’s Léon (The Professional) (27), Roberto Benigni’s La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful) (29),Tony Kaye’s American History X (31), and Hayao Miyazaki’s Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (36).
  • 2001: A Space OdysseyRaging BullChinatown, and Blade Runner appear on all the other lists but not this one.

If anyone interested in (and capable of) data visualization wants access to my spreadsheet in order to make some awesome graphs and charts and stuff: leave a comment or get in touch via Twitter (@SebastianNebel) or e-mail (s.nebel@gmail.com).

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