EIGHT SONGS OF REAL-LIFE CRIMES

Real-life crime! In music form

Some people say you should write what you know. Those people generally aren’t writers, ’cause what most people know is not worth writing about.

Most criminals are probably too dumb to write a good song, but here are a few spectacular exceptions – and others who knew rather than write about whatever dull thing was happening in their ‘hood, decided to write about someone else’s gross misdeeds.

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THE EIGHT BEST BEACH BOYS SONGS

Beach Boys!

Brian Wilson! Carl Wilson! Dennis Wilson! Al Jardine! Err, John Stamos?

And Mike Love too, I guess…

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EIGHT BLUR SONGS NAMED AFTER DUDES

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As a teen, I hung out with a bunch of guys who were into Britpop and related music – rare in mid-’90s New Zealand. At least in the town I grew up in.

There was a guy whose favourite band was Radiohead, a Suede guy, another really into Supergrass, and a strange guy who had five identical Oasis shirts, so each day he’d have a clean one to wear under his nearly transparent school uniform.

I was the Blur guy in the group. Dan Abnormal… they didn’t call me, but totally should have.

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THE EIGHT BEST SONGS BY SHIHAD

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I was in Wellington during the week, attending to day job duties. For those of you who don’t know, Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. But no fear – this entry is not eight reasons you should visit Cuba St’s infamous Bucket Fountain, or eight places in the windy city I once partied at, back in the days I did cool things like go to parties.

It’s the eight greatest songs by Wellington’s greatest musical export: Shihad.

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THE EIGHT BEST MUSE SONGS

1. STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

Simply put, the perfect Muse song. Anything you like about Muse, it’s here – razor guitars, massive tom-heavy drums, the driving bass letting the synths and synth-like walls of six-strings fly off into space, only to come crashing back down to Earth – presumably somewhere in Sweden – in the heaviest, most distorted sound the band’s pulled off on an album (off an album, that title might go to Dead Star).

The only thing missing is the sense of ridiculousness that would begin to form on Black Holes and Revelations, and fully-form on The 2nd Law in songs like Knights of Cydonia and Survival (wait… what’s that next on the list?)

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THE EIGHT STRANGEST BEATLES SONGS

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The Beatles. Has there ever been a weirder band that got quite as big? Well no, ’cause no one’s ever been as big. But it’s amazing the world’s most popular group was able to record songs like the following eight without being locked away at the height of their fame.

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