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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Songs for the End of July

The songs which made my weekend less boring:

1. Pulp - "Bad Cover Version"
2. Pulp - "Common People"
3. Gene Loves Jezebel - "Exploding Girl"
4. Gene Loves Jezebel - "Gorgeous"
5. Gwen Stefani (of No Doubt) - "Cool"
6. No Doubt - "It's My Life" (original by Talk Talk)
7. Mark McGrath (of Sugar Ray) - "The Ghost in You" (original by The Psychedelic Furs)
8. Sugar Ray - "Someday"
9. Backstreet Boys - "Incomplete"

10. A-1 - "Take on Me" (original by a-ha)
11. A Flock of Seagulls - "Rainfall"
12. A Flock of Seagulls - "Transfer Affection"
13. Graham Coxon (of Blur) - "Bittersweet Bundle of Misery"
14. Blur - "Universal"
15. Ian Broudie (of The Lightning Seeds) - "Smoke Rings"
16. The Lightning Seeds - "Perfect"
17. James - "Stripmining" [MP3 copy courtesy of friend Eugene Tecson]
18. James - "Just like Fred Astaire"
19. Metric - "Combat Baby"
20. Simple Minds - "Cry"
21. Simple Minds - "Sanctify Yourself"
22. Jackson Browne - "Sky Blue and Black" [recommended by friend Rommie Ramos]
23. Suzanne Vega (with Jackson Browne on piano) - "Left of Center"
24. Voxtrot - "The Start of Something" [courtesy of friend Jessel Baltazar]
25. Morrissey - "We Hate It when Our Friends Become Successful"
26. An Angle - "White Horse"
27. Berlin - "No Words"
28. Communique - "Love Unconditional"
29. Communique - "Evaporate"
30. Orange and Lemons - "Just like a Splendid Love Song"
31. New Order - "Krafty"
32. Half Life Half Death - "Brother's Pen"
33. Siouxsie & the Banshees - "Happy House"
34. House of Beth - "Radical"
35. The Tears - "Lovers"
36. Suede - "Beautiful Ones"
37. The Housemartins - "Build"
38. Peter Coyle (of The Lotus Eaters) - "American Beauty"
39. R.E.M. - "Leaving New York"
40. R.E.M. - "Harborcoat"
41. Personz - "Dear Friends"
42. Utada Hikaru - "First Love"
43. Faye Wong - "Eyes on Me"
44. Bic Runga - "Sway"
45. The Smashing Pumpkins - "Disarm"
46. Zwan - "Yeah"
47. Billy Corgan (of The Smashing Pumpkins) - "All Things Change" [inspired by friend Jennie Yap]
48. Apples in Stereo - "The Silvery Light of a Dream"
49. Architecture in Helsinki - "Wishbone"
50. All Girl Summer Fun Band - "Charm Bracelet"


  • At Sunday, July 31, 2005 2:22:00 AM, Blogger Black Rose said…

    I love the Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan! He is my favorite song writer. Your list of songs is awesome:)


  • At Monday, August 01, 2005 7:55:00 PM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    Dear Jade,
    Thanks for fluttering by. I'm glad you liked my music preference. ' nice to learn you like Billy Corgan and The Pumpkins. Already checked out Zwan, his other side project? If not, start with "Honestly."

  • At Monday, August 01, 2005 8:05:00 PM, Anonymous rose said…

    uy favor naman,. pasend naman ng kanta ng half life .. :)if youre not busy :) and if its okay wiht you :) thanks in advance!

    anyway,. nice list of songs!

    tag kita

    check it on my site..


  • At Monday, August 01, 2005 8:34:00 PM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    Of course, being able to share our songs is a pleasure. Where do I send them?

  • At Monday, August 01, 2005 8:55:00 PM, Anonymous rose said…


    you made my day mr elf!


    you can send it to

    thnakss.. talaga!

    happy ko ngayon ha!

  • At Tuesday, August 02, 2005 1:24:00 AM, Blogger Jennie said…

    Cool choices!

    Have you heard "Mina Loy" yet? That's my most favourite Billy Corgan song at the moment!

  • At Tuesday, August 02, 2005 3:22:00 AM, Blogger IVY said…

    Gwen Stefani's song CooL is really cool(pun intended)
    Heard Billy Corgan's LANDSLIDE? An original of Fleetwood Mac.

  • At Tuesday, August 02, 2005 11:08:00 AM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    Haven't heard "Mina Loy" yet. I'll check it out later.

    By the way, ' been months since I was seeing at Chapters bookstore Billy Corgan's published poetry book. I might get it when budget permits me.

  • At Tuesday, August 02, 2005 11:11:00 AM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    Yup. Actually, The Smashing Pumpkins' version of "Landslide" was the first one I heard, over the original by Fleetwood Mac. I have now both copies, which are equally passionate songs.

    I have also the penchant to download both remakes and originals of particular songs.

    I'm glad "Cool" is also cool there.

  • At Tuesday, August 02, 2005 11:04:00 PM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    ' already have an MP3 copy of "Mina Loy." I liked it; added it onto my playlist for the day. Thanks!

  • At Wednesday, August 03, 2005 1:31:00 AM, Blogger Jennie said…


    You might want to get your hands on his cover of "To Love Somebody". Guess who's doing the backing vocals? >CoughRobertSmithCough<

  • At Saturday, August 06, 2005 4:11:00 AM, Anonymous Steven said…

    hi elf! radical by house of beth. wow! haven't heard that one for ages. opm yun di ba? or maybe i'm mistaken. nevertheless, meron ka copy? :))

  • At Monday, August 08, 2005 12:09:00 AM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    Wow, I am yet to have a copy of that song. I'll look for it tomorrow. Thanks, as always.

    Right you are! "Radical" is by House of Beth, a Philippine band. Just sharing a bit of trivia. Before joining my band Half Life Half Death in 1991, to replace our original drummer who had to go to the US, bandmate Bimbo Ballesteros was a drummer for House of Beth's live gigs. The drum tracks for House of Beth's recorded songs were programmed on synthesizers.

    I'll send you an MP3 copy tomorrow.

    By the way, I suppose you're the same Steven who sent me a very heartwarming e-mail, aren't you? I have a reply, of course, which I'd be sending tomorrow too.

    Yes, I do swear on the Jewels of Feanor: I am an eLf. ;-)

  • At Monday, August 08, 2005 11:01:00 PM, Anonymous Steven said…

    yes, sir! that's me... can't wait :)


  • At Tuesday, August 09, 2005 11:06:00 AM, Anonymous Steven said…

    got the file, aLfie... many thanks :) a blast from the past if there ever was one! i didn't realize johnny marr played guitar for house of beth... hehehe

  • At Tuesday, August 09, 2005 10:53:00 PM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    I'm unsure anymore if that version was the one NU 107 used to play back then. I have another version though (entitled "Radical II"), I'll send it tomorrow along with two songs by my band.

    You must haven't heard of us, because, admittedly, we began gigging in the late '80s, but we got to record our songs and released an album already in 1995, during the resurgence of band music in the Philippines as triggered by Eraserheads (thanks to them).

  • At Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:54:00 AM, Anonymous Steven said…

    super! thanks aLfie. that's very kind of you. i suppose if the artist himself gives you an mp3 of his songs it's not considered piracy, right? nakunsyensya pa! hehehe

  • At Wednesday, August 10, 2005 11:39:00 AM, Blogger eLf ideas said…

    Piracy? Certainly not. Besides, no music enthusiast, I think, can afford to buy all the records that she likes to own. She would, one way or another, purchase as much as she could and then copy or download the rest. ;-)


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