Saturday, May 30, 2009

Top 10s from the Top 25 Films of All-time list

So, as promised here are the top 10 list by each of the 6 contributors to the recent Top 25 Films list:

Walrus Panel Voter #1 -
1. Casablanca
2. Citizen Kane
3. Godfather
4. Raging Bull
5. The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
6. Halloween
7. Ghostbusters
8. On the Waterfront
9. Raiders of the Lost Ark
10. Shawshank Redemption

Walrus Panel Voter #2 -
1. The Wizard of Oz
2. Titanic
3. Giant
4. Raging Bull
5. Planet of the Apes
6. The Best Years of Our Lives
7. Citizen Kane
8. The Deer Hunter
9. Dances with Wolves
10. American Beauty

Walrus Panel Voter #3 -
1. Casablanca
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. Jaws
4. Se7en
5. Rocky
6. The Silence of the Lambs
7. American Beauty
8. Raging Bull
9. Fight Club
10. A Beautiful Mind

Walrus Panel Voter #4 -
1. Casablanca
2. Raging Bull
3. Citizen Kane
4. The Maltese Falcon
5. Halloween
6. Star Wars V
7. The Usual Suspects
8. The Godfather Part II
9. Toy Story 2
10. The Warriors

Walrus Panel Voter #5 -
1. Casablanca
2. Gangs of New York
3. Citizen Kane
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Gone with the Wind
6. The Conversation
7. Titanic
8. North by Northwest
9. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
10. Halloween

Walrus Panel Voter #6 -
1. Back to the Future
2. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
3. Jaws
4. Superman
5. Planet of the Apes
6. Raiders of the Lost Ark
7. Rocky
8. Alien
9. Psycho
10. Apocalypse Now

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Top 25 Films of All-time

The Walrus Panel, in collaboration with some non-founder cohorts, recently compiled a Top 25 Films of All-time list. Over the course of this week, we will post the individual top ten list from each voter as a supplement to the list. But onto the list:

1. Casablanca
2. Raging Bull
3. Citizen Kane
4. Jaws
5. Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
6. Titanic
7. Planet of the Apes
8. Halloween
9. Shawshank Redemption
10. Rocky
11. Raiders of the Lost Ark
12. American Beauty
13. Psycho
14. Se7en
15. Ghostbusters
16. Pulp Fiction
17. Back to the Future
18. Usual Suspects
19. Maltese Falcon
20. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
21. A Beautiful Mind
22. On the Waterfront
23. North by Northwest
24. Batman (1989)
25. The Wizard of Oz


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Top 10 Bass Players

An interesting piece submitted for your approval by Author R, here is the Top 10 Bass Players:

1. Victor Wooten: There will never be a convincing argument for anyone better than this guy. Forget skill. This guy is a freak.
-Recommended Piece: Classical Thump (Victor Wooten)

2. Paul McCartney: He has an uncanny ability to make the bass melodic. He might be the least skilled player on the list, but his general songwriting ability is unbeatable. His bass lines stray from the root notes often, and that is not an easy task.
-Recommended Piece: Something (Beatles)

3. Stu Hamm: Stu probably has the best left hand of anyone on the list. He could easily play an entire gig with his right hand in his pocket. When he uses them both independently, he creates some frustratingly fantastic duets.
-Recommended Piece: Theme from Peanuts

4. Jaco Pastorius: It is incorrect to call Jaco the best bass player of all time, although he is probably the fastest. Some of his etudes are played at speeds that are unthinkable for most. The problem with Jaco (aside from mental instability) is that his playing was not always the most melodic and harmonic. This downfall can be overlooked, however, as his speed has never been matched.
-Recommended Piece: Teen Town (Weather Report)

5. Flea: Fantastic slap player. He is undoubtedly the most energetic player on the list. You can hear it in all the RHCP tunes: he plays challenging bass lines, and he plays them with 10% more energy than anyone else would. You get the feeling that he hurts his bass.
-Recommended Piece: Coffee Shop (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

6. Geddy Lee: Rush bass lines are moderately challenging. Rush vocals are abnormally challenging. Now have one person do them both simultaneously. Geddy gets the nod for sheer coordination.
-Recommended Piece: The Spirit of Radio (Rush)

7. Bakithi Kumalo: In Paul Simon’s quest to form pop music’s version of the United Nations, he found Bakithi in South Africa. This guy is incredibly skilled, especially on the fretless bass. He helped Simon create an unprecedented sound: American Pop with heavy African roots.
-Recommended Piece: You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon)

8. Bootsy Collins: He is probably not top 10 in terms of ability, but he put on such an ostentatious show. His wardrobe and space bass catapult him onto the list. -Recommended Piece: Flash Light (Parliament)

9. Les Claypool: Metallica denied Les at an audition because he was too good. You know his sound when you hear it. It’s goofy, and matches Primus’s goofy sound perfectly. But amidst all the goofiness, there are some very skilled bass lines. Plus, he sings lead.
-Recommended Piece: American Life (Primus)

10. John Paul Jones: He was the most accomplished musician in Zeppelin, playing several instruments. Zeppelin’s sound reflects his ability. He can quickly turn the bass into a lead instrument, and with great success. Even more impressive is his ability to step down and play simple bass lines too. Most of the skilled players can’t do that.
-Recommended Piece: What Is and What Should Never Be (Led Zeppelin)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Top 100 Songs

The following is a list of what The Walrus Panel considers to be the 100 greatest songs of all-time:

100.) Everybody Hurts – REM

  • Somebody’s got to be #100, it might as well be REM.
99.) Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones
  • There is nothing to say about the Rolling Stones that hasn't already been said by Rolling Stone Magazine.

98.) Buddy Holly – Weezer

  • Oddly enough he didn’t make the list but the song named for him did.

97.) Jungle Boogie – Kool and the Gang

  • The gang apparently loved menthols.

96.) Down in a Hole – Alice in Chains

  • Ever wanted to define grunge with just one band or one song, give this a try.

95.) Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon


94.) Wait and Bleed – Slipknot

  • “I felt the hate rise up in me” Note to Metallica, this is how to be angry post 1991.

93.) I Love Rock and Roll – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

  • Sorry Britney much like your movie, marriage, and parenting, your music failed.

92.) Walk – Pantera

  • Re… Spect… Walk makes the list! Walk makes the list!
91.) Black Dog – Led Zeppelin
  • You might not recognize this song by name. Go listen to it and realize you have heard it a million times.

90.) Sussudio – Phil Collins

  • What does Sussudio mean? Doesn’t matter this song will not leave your head.

89.) It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over – Lenny Kravitz

  • Lenny Kravitz’s half Jewish; Goldie Hawn’s half too…

88.) I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher

  • What if Sonny had opted for the bunny slope?

87.) Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

  • “Won’t you come, won’t you come”.

86.) Listen to the Music – Doobie Brothers

  • Everyone giggles that they are actually named The Doobie Brothers.

85.) Schism – Tool

  • This song made 46 and 2, just a memory.

84.) Proud Mary – Credence Clearwater Revival (CCR)

  • Mary does have a lot of pride.

83.) Freak on a Leash – Korn

  • The song that made them, and nu-metal huge. You’re welcome, Fred Durst’s career.

82.) More than a Feeling – Boston

  • First and last time that CCR, Korn, and Boston will be mentioned consecutively.

81.) Hot for Teacher – Van Halen

  • Van Roth not Van Haggar, Skibbidy Bop!

80.) Jungle Love – Steve Miller Band

  • What do you think the song title means?

79.) My Friends – Red Hot Chili Peppers

  • Yes, this is the Chili Pepper’s song that made the list, deal with it bridge.

78.) Power of Love – Huey Lewis and The News

  • “The pppppower of love.”

77.) Better Man – Pearl Jam

  • Pearl Jam may have creatively died in ’94 but this song is still good.

76.) Another One Bites the Dust – Queen

  • Freddie Mercury is the best name for a rockstar ever.

75.) Tijuana Taxi – Herb Alpert

  • Obscure? Maybe. Good? Definitely.

74.) Can’t Hurry Love – Diana Ross & The Supremes

  • “You just have to wait.”

73.) Twist – Chubby Checker

  • Much of modern dance is based off of the move for this song. Except the robot.

72.) Thriller – Michael Jackson

  • Some thought this video made MJ look scary… foreshadowing.

71.) Straight Outta Compton – Niggaz With Attitude (NWA)

  • Makes Compton seem a lot more fun than it actually is.

70.) One – Metallica

  • Would have been higher but we like free music.

69.) Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd

  • We don’t care for black light posters.

68.) Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

  • It’s amazing what is thought of when you’re on acid.

67.) Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan

  • Rolling Stone Magazine listed this as #1, probably just for the namesake.

66.) All You Need is Love – The Beatles

  • Imagine if John Lennon hadn’t been shot.

65.) Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen

  • Everyone likes a big girl. They make the rockin' world go round.

64.) Sober – Tool

  • Most people don’t know Jesus played a wicked slide whistle.

63.) Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley

  • From classly blue suede shoes to dying on the toilet, oh how the mighty fall.

62.) Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye

  • Marvin Gaye made the list, really?

61.) My Name Is – Eminem

  • Chicka, chicka, what.

60.) I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor

  • This song will never disappear, it will surviiive.

59.) Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

  • Who is Dexy and what is a Midnight Runner?

58.) Come Sail Away – Styx

  • Domo oregato, Styx.

57.) Don’t Stop Believing – Journey

  • Believing what? Ah, doesn’t matter Steve Smith rocks.

56.) Does Anybody Know What Time it is – Chicago

  • Can someone get Chicago a watch or time piece of some sort?

55.) You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon

  • If his name is Paul why would he want to be called Al?

54.) Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

  • ‘Take a girl down to a lake in the middle of the night’… sounds like a serial killer.

53.) We Want the Funk – George Clinton

  • Give up the funk.

52.) Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell

  • Yes, THE Glen Campbell.

51.) Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce

  • Good Good Song.

50.) Rapper’s Delight – Sugar Hill Gang

  • Without this hit there is no #61 or #71 on this list.

49.) With or Without You – U2

  • Bono wanted us to donate this list to underprivileged children overseas… but we kept it.

48.) Rock the Casbah – The Clash

  • Want to learn something, look up what a Casbah actually is.

47.) Longview – Green Day

  • If Green Day’s first single has lost its fun, you’re f@%&ing lazy.

46.) Stayin’ Alive – The Bee Gees

  • The pinnacle of disco, not sure if that is necessarily a good thing.

45.) Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

  • Fun fact: Lynyrd Skynyrd named themselves after one of their former high school teachers; obviously changing the spelling.

44.) Killing in the Name of – Rage Against the Machine

  • Protesting was never so fun.

43.) No More Tears – Ozzy Osbourne

  • Papa does preach, and Kelly will not make the list.

42.) Band on the Run – Wings

  • The Hackett brothers pushed heavily for this to make the top ten.

41.) Baba O’Reily – The Who

  • You might know this song by its perceived title, Teenage Wasteland.

40.) Benny and the Jets – Elton John

  • But what about Bernardo and the Sharks.

39.) Over the Hills and Far Away – Led Zeppelin

  • “Hey Lady, you got the love I need.”

38.) Raspberry Beret – Prince

  • Old man Johnson’s farm was never the same.

37.) All Along the Watchtower – Jimmy Hendrix

  • He and Kurt Cobain both died at age 27, we think Courtney Love shot them both.

36.) Dream On – Aerosmith

  • This song being left off, dream on, dream oooonnnnn.

35.) Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

  • What if Tommy had never quit his original job to take the job on the dock?

34.) Jack and Diane – John Cougar Mellancamp

  • Commercials for trucks hurt his placement. Sorry John this is our country.

33.) My Girl – The Temptations

  • Didn’t you cry when Macaulay Culkin died in that movie? We all did. Except Harry and Marv.

32.) Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley

  • I have never known a warden to throw a party in a county facility.

31.) Daydream Believer – The Monkees

  • The Monkees might have paved the way for every boy band to be created after them. You are welcome Justin.

30.) November Rain – Guns n Roses

  • The pinnacle of power ballads. Please don’t argue or Axl might never release Chinese Democracy.

29.) Yesterday – The Beatles

  • Debated between this and ‘So Yesterday’ by Hilary Duff, The Beatles squeaked by.

28.) The Hurricane – Bob Dylan

  • What does Patty Valentine know anyway?

27.) Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash

  • Who wouldn’t like to fall into Reese Witherspoon’s ring of fire?

26.) Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks

  • Everyone has at least one friend in a low place; if you don’t, then you are probably the one in the low place.

25.) As Time Goes By – Herman Hupfeld

  • Play it again Sam.

24.) Hotel California – The Eagles

  • Highest selling album ever.

23.) Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry

  • This song might have been forgotten if it weren’t for Marty McFly.

22.) Beat It – Michael Jackson

  • Back when he was normal; hung out with Webster, a chimp, and Brooke Shields.

21.) Renegade – Styx

  • Domo oregato, Styx.

20.) New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

  • If you can make it to #20 you can make it anywhere.

19.) Layla – Eric Clapton

  • Layla, you’ve got him on his knees come on give him a chance.

18.) Saturday in the Park – Chicago

  • What happened to bands naming themselves after cities, states, countries, and continents?

17.) My Cherie Amour – Stevie Wonder

  • Great song, but what’s with the glasses, Stevie?

16.) Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

  • Without this song, Warrant and Ratt would still be popular, thank you Kurt.

15.) Back in Black – AC/DC

  • Even in you don’t like AC/DC you can’t help but enjoy this song.

14.) Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding

  • “Wastin’ Time”

13.) In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins

  • Remember that song by Phil Collins, In the Air Tonight, about that guy who could have saved that other guy from drowning but didn’t, and Phil saw it all and at his show he found him? (That is not what this song is about)

12.) American Pie – Don Maclean

  • Did you write the book of love? No, just let Don sing it.

11.) Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel

  • From every guy who was ever turned on by an older woman, thank you Mrs. Robinson.

10.) Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond

  • “Touching me, touching you.”

9.) Copacabana – Barry Manilow

  • We won’t question your masculinity if you admit this song is great.

8.) Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

  • And she’s climbing a stairway to #8.

7.) Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band

  • “Chicken in a bread pan, pickin’ out dough.”

6.) Imagine – John Lennon

  • Imagine if John Lennon hadn’t been shot.

5.) Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd

  • 9+ minutes of song, 3 of which contain lyrics.

4.) Let it Be – The Beatles

  • Two in the top four almost doesn’t seem like enough for The Beatles.

3.) Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

  • Warranted strong considered for top spot, thank you Wayne and Garth.

2.) Hey Jude – The Beatles

  • Hey you, don’t be afraid, there is no way to make this song better.

1.) Piano Man – Billy Joel

  • Best Song Ever.