The Day After the Big Day Out is always a little interesting.
How sore will I be? How burnt did I get? Is my big toe still attached to my foot?
As it turns out, apart from the slight redness on my neck and my healing toe, I was ok. My shirt, shorts and boxers were a little damp (from..umm…sweat mostly..I hope) still however. Good thing I had a shower before bed, I must have smelt DIS-GUST-ING!
So, we come to Saturday and of course Hottest 100 Day! And some sort of Australia Day thing as well.
10am always comes along so quickly on a public holiday, and while LaLa and I were still breakfasting (with yummy bacon, eggs and sausages), No’s 100 – 82 were being played.
|82||Foo Fighters||Long Road To Ruin|
|83||Wolfmother||Pleased To Meet You|
|84||Chemical Brothers||Do It Again|
|85||Yeah Yeah Yeahs||Down Boy|
|89||Queens Of The Stone Age||Sick, Sick, Sick|
|90||Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set||When The Lights Went Down|
|91||Josh Pyke||Sew My Name|
|92||Waifs, The||Sun Dirt Water|
|94||Radiohead||Jigsaw Falling Into Place|
|96||Ben Lee||Love Me Like The World Is Ending|
|97||Josh Pyke||Forever Song|
|98||Interpol||The Heinrich Maneuver|
|99||Hives, The||Tick Tick Boom|
Interesting mix there. I am glad The Hives got in with Tick, Tick, Boom. There’s a few surprises in there, like The Waifs (who I rarely hear on JJJ) and the Fooeys so low down with Long Road to Ruin. One of my favourites was Eliza by Jackson Jackson. Glad it made it in.
It was around this point that LaLa and I had our first real fight ever. It was to do with music, my insensitivity and such things.
I really should realise that people’s passions come in different ways and that just because The Hottest 100 is on, doesn’t mean that anyone else has to like it like I do.
But anyway, the countdown continued as LaLa and I prepared to make our way to the Domain for the Hottest 100 Outside Broadcast (OB).
|62||Cat Empire||No Longer There|
|63||Karnivool||The Only Way|
|65||Editors||Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors|
|66||Powderfinger||I Don’t Remember|
|67||Amy Winehouse||Rehab (feat. Jay-Z)|
|68||Ben Kweller||Penny On The Train Track|
|70||Tegan And Sara||The Con|
|72||Jose Gonzalez||Down The Line|
|74||British India||Run The Red Light|
|75||Kasabian||Shoot the Runner|
|77||Operator Please||Get What You Want|
|79||Josh Pyke||Lines On Palms|
|80||Silverchair||Reflections Of A Sound|
|81||Arcade Fire||No Cars Go|
Some more top songs in there, and my first voted song, Lines on Palms by Josh Pyke made it in, plus Editors with Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors. Lots of Aussie stuff as well with Silverchair, Operator Please, Muscles, British India, Grinspoon and Butterfly Effect etc.. It’s always a big thing to see how many of the 100 songs are Australian. I have highlighted them in GREEN.
We drive on down towards the Domain and parked near an old car ‘Show and Shine’ around Hyde Park. We strolled through the old Holden’s, Fords and vintage English cars. (Ever heard of a Vanguard?)
It was a gorgeous day. Sunny, not too hot and just right to celebrate being an Australian.
As we mosied on down to the entrance of the Domain we noticed that we weren’t the only ones with the great idea of relaxing in the shade.
Finally we made it through the gates and scored a neat posi just in the middle on the left, laid out our blanket with a Bluetongue beer and chilled out to the next 20 or so songs..
|40||Bloc Party||I Still Remember|
|42||Tegan And Sara||Back In Your Head|
|43||Lupe Fiasco (Feat. Matthew Santos)||Superstar|
|44||My Chemical Romance||Teenagers|
|45||Angus & Julia Stone||The Beast|
|46||British India||Tie Up My Hands|
|49||Arctic Monkeys||Fluorescent Adolescent|
|50||Cat Empire||So Many Nights|
|52||Kisschasy||Spray On Pants|
|55||John Butler Trio||Good Excuse|
|56||Xavier Rudd||Better People|
|57||Midnight Juggernauts||Into The Galaxy|
|60||Kings Of Leon||Charmer|
|61||Birds Of Tokyo||Wayside|
Another interesting mix. John Butler Trio scored their first entry. How many would they get? I was picking them for No. 1, but maybe they had too many songs in contention. Missy Higgins scored 2 in 3 songs, and I’m glad the Fratellis grabbed a slot with their song, Chelsea Dagger.
32 of the 60 songs so far have been Australian. I think 50% is a damn good percentage and here’s hoping it stays like that..
The afternoon cruised along. It was so nice in the shade just chatting and people-watching as we munched down on a souvlaki in a roll with some sweet chilli sauce. (yum!).
And some interesting people there were!
I was also stoked cause I had scored Linda and Dools autograph earlier on and was waiting to get more later!
And we compared tongue sizes…
The countdown continued..
|15||Powderfinger||Lost And Running|
|18||Presets, The||My People|
|19||Architecture In Helsinki||Heart It Races|
|21||Chemical Brothers||The Salmon Dance|
|22||John Butler Trio||Used To Get High|
|23||White Stripes||Icky Thump|
|24||Bloc Party||Hunting For Witches|
|25||Urthboy||We Get Around|
|26||Hilltop Hoods||Recapturing The Vibe (Restrung)|
|27||Operator Please||Just A Song About Ping Pong|
|28||Silversun Pickups||Lazy Eye|
|29||Regina Spektor||Real Love (Like A Version)|
|30||Silverchair||If You Keep Losing Sleep|
|31||Angus & Julia Stone||Wasted|
|32||Kisschasy||Opinions Won’t Keep You Warm At Night|
|33||Kings Of Leon||Fans|
|36||Architecture In Helsinki||Hold Music|
|37||Cold War Kids||Hospital Beds|
|38||Beautiful Girls||I Thought About You|
|39||Cut Copy||Hearts On Fire|
There’s one Beautiful Girls song, but I am doubting that the one I voted for will get in now. It was a big year for Architecture in Helsinki who returned to the scene with a killer album and 2 songs in this group. There was a big cheer from the crowd when Just a Song About Ping Pong hit No. 27. Not a bad spot for a bunch of teenagers. It’s the top 25 that I really like to take note of and every song has been a popular and most requested song on JJJ throughout the year.
Chemical Brothers’ Salmon Dance was hugely popular, as was Kanye’s Stronger. Well Done to Gyroscope for their spot at No. 16 and The Presets at No. 18 with My People. It hasn’t even been out that long. Am sorta surprised that Angus & Julia Stones‘ Wasted came in above The Beast, but I guess it was catchier.
After I lined for Rosie and Vijay’s autograph..
..and we walked back to the car via some old Corolla’s, Holdens and Mustangs..
I thought about how lucky I was to have a great girl that I could spend this day with. Even though she is not even into nearly all of the music that they play on JJJ, she was willing to come along with me and share it with me.
We reached the car and there were 14 to go. I listened to half of them on the drive back and the rest back at home…
|1||Muse||Knights of Cydonia|
|3||Kings Of Leon||On Call|
|4||John Butler Trio||Better Than|
|5||Faker||This Heart Attack|
|6||Foo Fighters||The Pretender|
|7||Daft Punk||Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (live)|
|8||Cold War Kids||Hang Me Up To Dry|
|9||Soko||I’ll Kill Her|
|10||Panics, The||Don’t Fight It|
|12||Wombats, The||Let’s Dance To Joy Division|
In past years there’s always a couple of songs just out of the top 10 that I really love and this year was no exception. The Wombats song, Let’s Dance to Joy Division was just outside as were The Kaiser Chiefs. Both of them are British Rock/Pop and I like them both.
The Top 10 itself was an interesting mix. I have still not listened to The Panics album and took me a while to realise who it was. I am glad Soko’s novelty song didn’t get any higher than No. 9. Cold War Kids at No. 8? Surprised! Then there was Daft Punk at No. 7. I still don’t believe that you can re-release an old song as ‘live’ and then get it voted in to the current years countdown. Don’t get me wrong, I love this song and it is probably my favourite song of theirs, but I didn’t vote for it because of my ‘rules’. LaLa thinks I am silly. 🙂
My favourite song of the year made it to No. 6, Foo Fighters, Pretender. Not bad really . I also voted for No. 5, Faker’s This Heart Attack. It wasn’t until the BDO the day before that I realised so many people were into this song! My pick for No. 1 made it to No. 4, JBT’s Better Than. Kings of Leon at No. 3? What the? I had no idea this song would get so high.
It was now that I was hoping, hoping, hoping that Silverchair’s Straight Lines would not make No. 1. It’s not that bad a song, but I just didn’t think it should be No. 1. Call me un-patriotic! As it turned out it was No. 2 and was pipped to the No. 1 spot by just 13 votes. I had no idea who No. 1 was going to be, but if I had analysed the list a bit more I might have figured it out. Muse are enormously popular on JJJ and they had been in the chart with Invincible earlier on. I just forget about them. They released Black Holes & Revelations in 2006 and Starlight was No. 9 in the 2006 countdown. When I think about it, I can see why Knights of Cydonia made it to No. 1. There are a lot of Muse fans out there and because they only had 2 songs to vote for, many people would have picked it in their Top 10 just because it was there.
Great song though and first non-Australian No. 1 in 3 years.
All up there were 52 Australian songs in the Hottest 100. That’s bloody awesome.
So, it was over for another year. Time to start listening to the new music and waiting for those stand-out tracks that always seem to pop up out of nowhere.