John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Fun with what passes for alphabetization on my MP3 player

My MP3 player has a feature whereby you can create a playlist on the fly by choosing music from the song list and adding it to what they call the Music Go List. Yesterday and today, I created such a list; as I am wont to do, I went through and chose one song starting with each letter of the alphabet (or equivalent thereof). For reasons that escape me right now, I started with Z and worked backwards to (. Which is not a typo; my MP3 player uses ASCII ordering, so non-alphanumeric characters appear at the top of the list, followed by numbers and then letters. I personally don't approve of ASCII ordering, and consider it a sign of sloppy programming, but you work with the tools you have. Then I worked forward and added 28 more songs. And then I stopped, because I only have two songs on my MP3 player that start with X. So in lieu of a list of ten things, here is a list of 56 things.

  1. Tom Petty - Zombie Zoo
  2. The New Pornographers - Your Hands (Together)
  3. The Bens - Xfire
  4. Rasputina - When I Was a Young Girl
  5. Jamiroqoui - Virtual Insanity
  6. Ben Folds Five - Underground [live]
  7. The Tories - Time For You
  8. The New Pornographers - Star Bodies
  9. Material Issue - Renee Remains the Same
  10. Candace Flynn - Queen of Mars
  11. Neko Case - Poor Ellen Smith
  12. The Beatles - One After 909
  13. The Shins - New Slang
  14. Sheryl Crow - Mississippi
  15. Pearl Jam - Leaving Here
  16. Tinted Windows - Kind of a Girl
  17. The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jump Jive an' Wail
  18. Billy Bragg - The Internationale
  19. Elvis Presley - Hound Dog
  20. Maximo Park - Girls Who Play Guitar
  21. Earl Scruggs and Friends - Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  22. Ben Folds - Effington (a capella)
  23. Mary Chapin Carpenter - Down at the Twist and Shout
  24. Marlena Shaw - California Soul
  25. Neko Case - Bowling Green
  26. The Lemonheads - Alison's Starting to Happen
  27. The Alarm - 68 Guns
  28. Christopher Walken and John Travolta - (You're) Timeless to Me
  29. Nelson - (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection
  30. A.C. Newman - 35 in the Shade
  31. The Chi-Lites - Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)
  32. Bobby Darrin - Beyond the Sea
  33. Sufjan Stevens - Casamir Pulaski Day
  34. Kiss - Detroit Rock City
  35. Killing Joke - Eighties
  36. Queen - Fat-Bottomed Girls
  37. The Kingston Trio - Georgia Stockade
  38. Oren Lavie - Her Morning Elegance
  39. Big Country - In a Big Country
  40. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Loreleis - Jesusland
  41. Paul Simon - Kodachrome
  42. INXS - Listen Like Thieves
  43. Cake - Mahna Mahna
  44. The Dandy Warhols - Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth
  45. A.R. Rahman and M.I.A. - O...Saya
  46. 10,000 Maniacs - Peace Train
  47. Juice Newton - Queen of Hearts
  48. Eggchair - Red Rubber Ball
  49. Rosanne Cash with Bruce Springsteen - Sea of Heartbreak
  50. Erbest Tubb and His Texas Troubadours - Thanks a Lot
  51. The New Pornographers - Use It
  52. U.S. Marine Corps Band - Valdres
  53. Pernice Brothers - The Weakest Shade of Blue
  54. They Might Be Giants - XTC vs. Adam Ant
  55. James Naughton and Gregg Edelman - You're Nothing Without Me
  56. Ben Folds - Zak and Sara
  57. Yeah, I know, Nelson. Shut up!


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