Almost every artist in the history of mankind has at least one title in their catalog that is a compilation, a stopgap collection meant to maintain interest between releases (often to boost holiday sales) or to fulfill a contractual obligation.
This is the former, a chance to make use, one more time, of a lot of wasted time over the past twelve months.
So, as 2011 begins its fade into a speck in the rear-view mirror, here are the most popular songs that appeared here during the past year…
“I like that song,” I told her. “It has harpsichord in it.”
“It was 1982 and the big bang of punk rock had come and gone without us even noticing in rural Indiana.”
“Yeah, if someone had shown me a device the size of a cassette that would hold 150 times the number of songs I owned, my flabber would have been gasted.”
“Instead, there was several handfuls of straw, a crumpled carton that had contained wine coolers, and one tube sock.”
“I have legitimate concerns that, when nightfall arrives and Paloma is absent, things could get ugly.”
“I sometimes wonder what his outgoing message might have been had his time with the “cowslaw” number coincided with the celebrated period during which he was the self-declared ‘Man Who Loves All Women'”
“There would never be a time in which more music would be a wholly new experience for me.”
3. The Hollies – Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress
from Big Hits Of The ’70s (1998)
You Go Canoeing To Aintry With Burt, You Take Your Chances
“After a grueling day under the flourescent lights of an office, a commute from hell, and the rawness of a dark winter’s day in early January, does anything goose the spirits like a river trip to Aintry, hillbillies, and Ned Beatty getting sodomized?”
“‘Did anyone ever tell you that you look just like Don Was?'”
“It was a battered, oblong box – one corner of the grill covering the 45-sized speaker had separated from the unit and the cord was a scoliotic snake.”