Ten Top Tens

I. Top Ten Cover Songs

1. “Young Man Blues,” by The Who (covering Mose Allison)
2. “Morning Dew,” by Einsturzende Neubauten (covering Bonnie Dobson or Tim Rose)
3. “Whole Lotta Love,” by Tragic Mulatto (covering Led Zeppelin)
4. “Rosegarden Funeral of Sores,” by Bauhaus (covering John Cale)
5. “You Don’t Love Me Yet,” by Bongwater (covering Roky Erickson)
6. “Shipbuilding,” Robert Wyatt (covering Elvis Costello)
7. “Black Diamond,” The Replacements (covering KISS)
8. “Sugar Smack,” Hanslick Rebellion (covering the Archies and the Velvet Underground, at the same time)
9. “Walk on By,” by The Stranglers (covering Dionne Warwick or Isaac Hayes)
10. “Stagger Lee,” Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (covering Lloyd Price and 1,000 bluesmen)

II. Top Ten Movies

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Aguirre: Wrath of God
3. A Clockwork Orange
4. Cool Hand Luke
5. Dead Man
6. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
7. Eraserhead
8. The Great Dictator
9. Network
10. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

III. Top Ten Airplanes

1. SR-71 Blackbird
2. P-38 Lightning
3. Fokker Dr. I
4. RF-4C Phantom II
5. JU-87D Stuka
6. JA-37 Viggen
7. P-51 Mustang
8. MK9 Spitfire
9. F4U Corsair
10. J-35 Draken

IV. Top Ten Books (Or Series of Books)

1. “Engine Summer” by John Crowley
2. “Titus Groan”/“Gormenghast”/“Titus Alone” by Mervyn Peake
3. “Out of the Silent Planet”/“Perelandra”/“That Hideous Strength” by C.S. Lewis
4. “The Fellowship of the Rings”/“The Two Towers”/“The Return of the King” by J.R.R. Tolkien
5. “Childhood’s End” by Arthur C. Clarke
6. “A Scanner Darkly” by Philip K. Dick
7. “The Flounder” by Gunter Grass
8. “The Sirens of Titan” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
9. “A Mote in God’s Eye” by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
10. “The Once And Future King” by T.H. White

V. Top Ten Albums

1. Flan by Dogbowl
2. Tarkus by Emerson, Lake and Palmer
3. Sacred Songs by Daryl Hall
4. Duke by Genesis
5. A Zed and Two Naughts (Original Soundtrack) by Michael Nyman
6. Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
7. Sounds of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel
8. Aja by Steely Dan
9. Time Waits for No Slave by Napalm Death
10. The Broadsword and the Beast by Jethro Tull

VI. Top Ten Blogs (Other Than Indie Moines)

1. Des Loines
2. Mimi Smartypants
3. Keyboard Krumbs
4. Strange Maps
5. My Non-Urban Life
6. Nonprofit With Balls
7. Such Stuff
8. Robert Fripp’s Diary
9. Toothpaste for Dinner
10. Planetary Society

VII. Top Ten Restaurants in Des Moines

1. Louie’s Wine Dive
2. Alba
3. Wasabi Chi
4. Sbrocco
5. The Continental
6. Woody’s Smoke Shack
7. 801 Chop
8. Waterfront
9. Christopher’s
10. Trostel’s Dish

VIII. Top Ten Guitarists

1. Robert Fripp
2. David Gilmour
3. Paul Leary
4. Rowland S. Howard
5. Jimi Hendrix
6. Zoot Horn Rollo (Bill Harkleroad)
7. Andy Gill
8. Eddie Hazel
9. Adrian Belew
10. Max Eider

IX. Top Ten Most Disliked Foods

1. Mayonnaise
2. Boiled or fried eggs
3. Garlic
4. Ranch dressing
5. Cauliflower
6. Uncooked tomatoes
7. Cottage cheese
8. Fruits on meats
9. Sour cream
10. Broccoli

X. Top Ten Painters

1. Joan Miro
2. Salvador Dali
3. Pablo Picasso
4. Georgia O’Keeffe
5. Gustav Klimt
6. Paul Klee
7. Francis Bacon
8. John Singer Sargent
9. Lawrence Alma-Tadema
10. Max Ernst

2 thoughts on “Ten Top Tens

  1. I’d have gone with “Sand” over “Morning Dew”, but really, it’s kind of like trying to pick between Zork and Lunar Lander. Every cover EN did is mint.

    So no boiled, no fried, but raw (in dressings and stuff, natch) and scrambled are okay? Or is it just eggiweggs in general?


    • I like “Sand” too . . . I picked “Dew” because it has a better Blixa scream in it!

      I don’t mind eggs if they’re used in cooking as a minor ingredient, but noticeably eggy things (e.g. quiche, omelette, french toast, souffle, etc.) I can do without . . . don’t like the taste, texture or smell of them. The ultimate monstrosity food for me is an Egg Salad (with Mayo) accordingly . . .


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