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From: marmoset@mondo.engin.umich.edu (Dave Walker) Newsgroups: rec.music.misc Subject: RESULTS: Usenet Singles Survey Message-ID: <1993Jan21.134514.3663@zip.eecs.umich.edu> Date: 21 Jan 93 13:45:14 GMT Organization: Computer Aided Engineering Network (CAEN), University of Michigan Lines: 675 OK, here's the results of the First Annual Usenet Singles Survey (FAUSS, natch.) Edits were minimal -- all I did was remove mail headers and clean up a little tab damage. I'd like to thank everyone who sent a list. I sincerely hope I ,didn't miss anyone's list, because of mail bounces or whatever. Brief unscientific analysis of the results: I never intended to make a chart out of this, as a devotee of the Cult of the Single, I was interested in seeing what singles got under the skin of other Usenet readers this year. Therefore, I didn't assign point-ratings or anything like that. There were 26 respondents (not including myself), fewer than I might have expected. I expect that the late announcement of the survey contributed to this. If I do this again next year, I'll announce it earlier and post the announcements in more newsgroups, including the specialty music groups. I avoided posting in the specialty groups to avoid skewing the results by genre. Anyway, on with the show.. From kimber@ravel.udel.edu Mon Dec 21 11:40:17 1992 1. End of the Road by Boyz II Men: I know most people are sick of the song, but I still love it. I could have done without the talking part, though. 2. November Rain by Guns 'n Roses: Great song. Great video. 3. All 4 Love by Color Me Badd: One of those silly meaningless songs that rem -nds me of one weekend in AC. The competition for the 4 and 5 slots was tough but here were the comtenders: Little Miss Can't Be Wrong by the Spin Doctors Jeremy by Pearl Jam One by U2 My Lovin' by En Vogue The Unforgiven by Metallica Kimberly Barker From wlambert@acoma.ucs.indiana.edu Mon Dec 21 14:35:31 1992 Here's my top5 singles for the year. I'll be posting the top 100 soon, and you get the first glance at the creme de la creme. 1. "Starsign"--Teenage Fanclub *The world needs more songs like this. It's thrash,yet it's mellow. Great feedback at the beginning. 2. "Pain Lies On the Riverside" --Live *That's different: a song with enough emotion to pull you in to Ed Kowalczyk's instability. Still get chills 3. "Grey Cell Green"--Ned's Atomic *2 words: Killer Riffs. Can't Dustbin get sick of this song, no matter how often I hear it. 4. "Jump Around"--House Of Pain *Knocks out Naughty By Nature as my fave rap act. Everlast's braggadocio almost makes me proud to be white. 5. "Drive"--R.E.M. *The finest group of all time ...period. There you go. watch for the 100, it'll blow yer mind. Chris L "muzick is my life, and like life, ham is good" From acbonin@unix.amherst.edu Mon Dec 21 15:56:11 1992 In no particular order, "My Forgotten Favorite", Velocity Girl "One", U2 "These Are Days", 10.000 Maniacs "Hero in Me", Jeffrey Gaines "Dylsexic Heart", Paul Westerberg Good luck, and have fun. -adam ---- Adam Bonin '94 Amherst College acbonin@amherst.edu "He who accepts evil without fighting against it is really cooperating with it." -MLK From nin15b66@merrimack.edu Mon Dec 21 23:20:20 1992 Dave, Let's see if I can even come up with five good singles from 1992. Well I'll have to say that there are only four or five good tunes this year. 1.) Richard Petty Fans -- Alabama. Yes, this is a country tune, but in honor of the King I bought the CD. It was an awesome disc. The song is awesome too. 2.) Saved The Best For Last -- Vanessa Williams. Great song. I love the tune. 3.) Rebel To Rebel -- .38 Special (* not sure if it was this year or not *) but this is an awesome, cowritten by my favorite band's keyboardist, Jim Peterik. The song is a dedication from Donnie Van Zandt to dead brother Ronnie. 4.) When I Look Into Your Eyes -- Firehouse. Probably gonna be a one-hit wonder, but they really did a good job on this tune. I like the sound of it. 5.) When Love Comes Down -- Jimi Jamison. Former Survivor lead vocalist sounds awesome on this power ballad. I highly recommend it. Overall, a rotten year for music. I think that the music of today needs a serious dose of early 80s pop. -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- | Kevin Yetman Merrimack College '92 nin15b66@merrimack.edu | | | | Why is _EVERY_ pretty girl a bitch | | | | -me 1992 | ------------------------------------------------------------------------- From rich@dcs.gla.ac.uk Tue Dec 22 06:04:25 1992 OK here goes: 1. Winterset - Horse of Mud. 2. Boo Radleys - Does This Hurt? 3. The Drop Nineteens - My Acquarium 4. The Joy Riders - King of Gasoline. 5. The Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray. rich PS - please don't post the results until well into the New Year ... and have a good one. From hwh@apple.com Thu Dec 24 14:04:42 1992 Here is my list: 1. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen 2. The Show Must Go On - Queen 3. These Are The Days Of Our Lives - Queen 4. Great Pretender - Freddie Mercury 5. In My Defense - Freddie Mercury 6. Save the Best for Last - Vanessa Willams 7. End of The Road - Boyz II Men 8. Set Adrift on Memory Bliss - PM Dawn 9. Tears in Heaven - Eric Clapton 10. Enter the Sadman - Metalica /Hon From ap3b+@andrew.cmu.edu Thu Dec 24 14:45:13 1992 OK, here are my picks for the top 5: 1. Reach For The Sky - Firehouse 2. Church of Your Heart - Roxette 3. How Do You Do! - Roxette 4. Save The Best For Last - Vanessa Williams 5. Just Another Day - Jon Secada Aidan Palmer ap3b+@andrew.cmu.edu "It's a really great feeling to have an entire nation licking your backside." - Per Gessle From oconnor@i88.isc.com Mon Dec 28 14:37:02 1992 In article <1992Dec24.094806.28593@dutrun2.tudelft.nl> you write: >What I'm asking is for everyone who cares to send me a list >of your five favorite "singles" for the year 1992. I'm going >to use a fairly liberal definition of single here -- Don't like your definition. If you want to allow album cuts, have a album cut list. But, it is YOUR survey. >I'm also using a pretty liberal definition of 1992 -- singles >from 1991 that you didn't hear until 1992 are OK as well. That's really opening the responses WAY to far, but again, it is YOUR survey. With that said: 1. Maybe It was Memphis - Pam Tillis When Pam first hit the charts in '91 I thought "AH, she's just using her daddy's name to get some airplay." But the more I listened to her melodic voice, the more I fell in love with her. Not only can she sing, but she picked a GREAT song to record. How many songs can you name that picture a scene with katydids, porch swings, Faulkner and Tennessee Williams? I say 1, and that's my #1 song. 2. This Used To Be My Playground - Madonna Prefacing this by saying I never have been a Madonna fan except for "Crazy for You", this song just tugged at me. It fit in SO well at the end of "A League Of Their Own" and made me think back on MY childhood playgrounds. When she really sings, Madonna can sing. This was a song she really sang. 3. Now and Forver - Carole King Keeping in the "A League Of Their Own" mode, the opening theme sung by Carole King set the mood. It speaks so well of old friednships that it easily belongs in the Top 5. Oh, Carole! 4. Something In Red - Lorrie Morgan Another artist that I initially didn't give much credit to, figuring she was playing on the sympathy of people following the death if her husband Keith Whitley. Lorrie has really matured a lot in the last year, and "Something In Red" is a crowning achievement. The progression of a woman's life in colors is brilliant, and she builds up in power to the final verse. Wow! 5. Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough - Patty Smyth I had wondered what ever happened to Patty. I loved her back in the early 80s with Scandal and then a solo try. Her raspy voice really fills the air in this song, lamenting yet lovely. Given the preferences I see in this group, I doubt that these songs will make anyone elses list, except maybe #5, but that's MY Top 5 for 1992. From mcole%informix.com%cs.utexas.edu%uwm.UUCP@srvr1.engin.umich.edu Mon Dec 28 19:10:49 1992 Here's my votes for ya: U2 - Salome (single) U2 - One (Achtung Baby) Clapton - Layla (unplugged) I don't have five singles to vote, but these are the ones I liked best this year. I found Salome to be a great song, very compelling. I think their One is a special love song and I like the video that has the buffalo a lot too. I love the unplugged version of Layla. Just my vote! Mary mcole@informix.com From shipley@tfs.COM Mon Dec 28 19:54:03 1992 BiGod 20: Like a prayer yeasty girls/Consolidated: You Suck Laibach: Dark Sun Lords of Acid: I Sit on Acid Minisry: Jesus Build my Hotrod From okada@pa.yokogawa.co.jp Mon Dec 28 20:42:55 1992 Hi. This is my favorite singles of 1992. Something Good : Utah Saints It's A Fine Day : Opus III Justified And Ancient : KLF Rhythm Is A Dancer : Snap Temptation : Heaven 17 (Brothers In Rhythm remix) ---- Shingo Okada ------ Yokogawa Electric Corporation -------- 2-9-32 Nakacho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo, 180 JAPAN From oskar@si.upc.es Tue Dec 29 07:44:27 1992 Here, from Spain, my votes Let's be 'Alternative' 1.The Cure - From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea 2.Marionettes - Liber Umbrarum 3.Creaming Jesus - Upsidedown 4.Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jack the Ripper 5.Young Gods - Skinflowers 6.Jesus and Mary Chain - Reverence 7.Faith No More - Midlife Crisis 8.Recoil - Faith Healer 9.Ministry - Psalm 69 10.Iron Maiden - Be Quick or Be Dead I'm a little in the Goth movement so it's a goth vote :) oSKaR From kamine@is.rice.edu Tue Dec 29 13:33:22 1992 I don't know if you were limiting your survey to songs in English, but I will simply list my favorites from the Spanish and English market. Gloria Estefan-Greatest Hits Album-"Christmas Through Your Eyes" Jon Secada-(self-titled)-"Just Another Day" and "Angel" Luis Miguel-America, America-"America, America" Eros Ramazzotti-"La Vida Todavia" If some of these don't count, my favorites include David Sanborn's "Bang, Bang" of his _Upfront_ album and "Go Away" and "Always Tomorrow" that are also on the Gloria Estefan album listed above. As to why I chose these, I have been a great fan of Mrs. Estefan's work since I was first introduced to it in 1985. I found her protege, Jon Secada, to be an excellent composer and singer. As far as Luis Miguel who may be unknown to you, I also think he has a unique, fresh, and exciting style particularly on the song I listed which he sings bilingually. Ramazzotti is actually an Italian balladeer, but the song listed above was his first attempt to break into the Spanish market. The song also shows innovative writing and stylistic devices which I greatly enjoyed. I am partial to Sanborn being a saxophonist and therefore realizing that the success of his single is in itself singular to instrumentalists, but well deserved. -- ******************************************************************************* * Jorge Kamine Arreola * "An eye for an eye leaves two men blind." * email: kamine@is.rice.edu * -Edward James Olmos ******************************************************************************* From jims@code3.code3.com Wed Dec 30 10:32:11 1992 1 - I'LL BE THERE - Mariah Carey 2 - END OF THE ROAD - Boyz II Men 3 - HOLD ON MY HEART - Genesis 4 - TAKE THIS HEART - Richard Marx 5 - RESTLESS HEART - Peter Cetera jim From i001460@disc.dla.mil Wed Dec 30 11:01:59 1992 1. Under the Bridge Red Hot Chile Peppers 2. Not Enough Time INXS 3. Jeremy Pearl Jam 4. Life is a Highway Tom Cocharan 5. Everything About You Ugly Kid Joe MaryLynn Orzechowski From dave@krylov.cnd.mcgill.ca Wed Dec 30 22:17:23 1992 Here are our (mine and my SO's) top 5: Ain't It Heavy - Melissa Etheridge 2001 - Melissa Etheridge Dance Without Sleeping - Melissa Etheridge (We're major fans. The lady puts out some incredible music) Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton (A lovely, sad song) Song Instead Of A Kiss - Alannah Myles (Another strong song, and she's Canadian, eh...) David Johnson Glenna Vinokur -- **************************************************************************** * dave@cnd.mcgill.ca * My intentions are true * * David Johnson * Won't you take me with you * * To subscribe to the * And baby you can sleep while * * Melissa Etheridge mailing list: * I drive. * * Etheridge-request@cnd.mcgill.ca * - Melissa Etheridge * **************************************************************************** From dwv@magic.ucsb.edu Thu Dec 31 15:37:54 1992 1. Walk on the ocean - Toad the wet sprocket. 2. Under the Bridge- Red hot chili peppers 3. drive- REM 4. All I want - Toad the wet sproket 5. November rain - Guns and roses Dave Valentine ............................................................. Internet: dwv@magic.ucsb.edu Chat:geomorph.geol.ucsb.edu UCSB Geological Sciences Phone: (805) 893-3471 Santa Barbara, CA 93106 Fax: (805) 893-2314 "Keep Subduction Safe and Legal" From hanson@ast.saic.com Fri Jan 8 16:09:36 1993 Top 5 Singles of 1992: 1. Tori Amos - Silent All These Years One of the best new artists and best albums of all time 2. Why? - Annie Lennox Great solo effort 3. Something Good - Utah Saints I usually don't like sampled songs but anyone who helps promote Kate Bush is OK in my book--besides, its a great song to dance to. 4. Stay - Shakespeare's Sister Don't know what it is about this song or this group--very infectious 5. Suzanne Vega - Blood Makes Noise Great to see her take a different direction From jjmckay@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu Fri Jan 8 17:00:31 1993 1. THE ONE -- Elton John 2. THE LAST SONG -- Elton John 3. NOVEMBER RAIN -- Guns N Roses 4. SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT -- Nirvanna 5. CONSTANT CRAVING -- k.d. lang From samjain@accord.ece.cmu.edu Fri Jan 8 20:35:53 1993 Ok, here's my list: 1. Peter Gabriel -- "Blood of Eden" The haunting vocals of Sinead singing harmony mix perfectly with Gabriel's voice and style. 2. Lemonheads -- "Allison" Possibly the album of the year, all the tracks are good. But I had to pick one for the list. 3. Da Da's -- "Disneyland"? I'm not even sure if that's the name of this song, but what a great song it is. The first time you listen to it, it has a catchy but meaningless theme ("I'm going to Disneyland"). But listen to the lyrics, and it is even more fun. [editor's note: the title is "Dizz Knee Land", so as to avoid the wrath of Uncle Walt's lawyers] 4. 10,000 Maniacs -- "These are Days" Even if some 90210-type TV show uses it on their promo, it still is worth mentioning. 5. The Cure -- "Apart" Ok, so maybe this is a bit sappy. But I like it for personal reasons. (Need I say more?) Tough choices, Dave. But I'm really interested in the results of your list as well as the albums of the year list. Thanks for compiling them up. Sam From jsnell@ocf.Berkeley.EDU Sat Jan 9 03:10:12 1993 Quickly then... 5. "Girlfriend" - Matthew Sweet Didn't hear it until 1992. Fun song. 4. "Four Seasons in One Day" - Crowded House Single released in 1992. Nice song, much better than the one off this album that was a big hit in europe: "Weather With You".. ppffth. 3. "One" - U2 Single released in 1992. Life and love in the 90s. 2. "Digging in the Dirt" - Peter Gabriel Pete, my personal music god. 1. "If I Can't Change Your Mind" - Sugar The perfect 3-minute pop song, hands down. So what if it's 3:10? -- Jason Snell / jsnell@ocf.berkeley.edu / Cal Graduate School of Journalism InterText: A Net Fiction Magazine - ASCII or PostScript - Mail me for info! "I thought for a second that my monkey had rabies -- It turned out he had just gotten into the Cool Whip." -- Dave Letterman From jwb@Athena.MIT.EDU Sat Jan 9 07:11:39 1993 --------------- MY opinion of the Top 5 Singles of 1992 --------------------- 1. You Won't See Me Cry-Wilson Phillips 2. I'll Be There-Mariah Carey 3. Tears in Heaven-Eric Clapton 4. Erotica-Madonna 5. Drive-REM Joe Barco From geigel@seas.gwu.edu Sat Jan 9 17:55:55 1993 In article <1993Jan8.190159.1294@zip.eecs.umich.edu> you write: >The 1992 Usenet Singles Survey is still going on! I'm Good thing you reposted (I had lost your addres) Here's my input (in no particular order): The One - Elton John The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead - XTC I Palandrome I - They Might Be Giants Girlfriend - Matthew Sweet Blood Makes Noise - Suzanne Vega -- -- jogle geigel@seas.gwu.edu From rpeck@pure.com Sat Jan 9 17:57:53 1993 Tori Amos Winter Tori Amos Silent All These Years Eno Fractal Zoom Peter Gabriel Steam Suzanne Vega Blood Makes Noise or 99.9 degrees -- Ray Peck rpeck@pure.com Pure Software 408-524-3000 From melunney@jeeves.uwaterloo.ca Sun Jan 10 22:25:05 1993 My 5 Favourite Singles of 1992: 1. TORI AMOS - "Silent All These Years" We may have had to wait until she was 28 before Tori Amos broke her silence, but her presence couldn't have been more welcome in 1992. 2. TORI AMOS - "Crucify" Easily my favourite artist of 1992. It was tempting to choose all 5 songs by Tori. If I had the others would have been "Winter", "Flying Dutchman" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit". 3. PETER GABRIEL - "Digging In The Dirt" The most radical track on his album _Us_ and also the best. Each listen reveals more depth, especially in the instrumental version. 4. SONIC YOUTH - "100%" This is the sound that they were trying for on "Goo" and it finally paid off. Some may say "sell-out" but I was only too happy to pay my share. 5. 10,000 MANIACS - "These Are Days" What an uplifting song. Shows that Natalie Merchant has learned to like the weather. Too bad about the rest of the album, though. ============== Michael Lunney melunney@jeeves.uwaterloo.ca From k124476@cc.tut.fi Tue Jan 12 21:29:57 1993 ok, her are mine: 1. America: What Time Is Love?/The KLF 2. Little Fluffy Clouds/The Orb 3. Pushing Against The Flow/Raw Stylus 4. Towers Of Dub/The Orb 5. Hear The Music/Gypsymen From splunge@Athena.MIT.EDU Fri Jan 15 08:40:29 1993 1. "Uh Huh Oh Yeh" - Paul Weller Forget Eric Clapton. Paul Weller is a god. Or at least a demigod. From the best album of the year...and there are better tracks than this on it. That's saying something. 2. "The Drowners" - Suede They haven't hit this country yet but when they do they'll be massive. Voted best new band by NME and Melody Maker readers, deservedly so. 3. "Polaroids" - Shawn Colvin This should be a single - I've heard the local alternative station play it. The best voice of the year. 4. "For Love" - Lush A great song by a great band. And the sexiest video of the year ; between Miki's red hair and Phil's cheekbones it's almost too much. 5. "I'd Die Without You" - PM Dawn The movie was crap but the song was excellent. My song with my boyfriend (awwwwww...). From Dave Walker, Your Humble Narrator marmoset@mondo.engin.umich.edu 1. "Lazy Day" - The Boo Radleys 1 minute and 34 seconds of heaven. 2. "Papua New Guinea" - Future Sound Of London Wonderful use of samples in this trance masterpiece. A song to truly lose yourself inside on the dance floor. 3. "Unsung" - Helmet No spandex, no schlocky horror-movie imagery -- just a heavy, hooky charmer. 4. "Fractal Zoom" - Brian Eno Surprisingly catchy, funky workout from rock's favorite egghead. 5. "Halcyon" - Orbital Takes Opus III's already good "Fine Day" and makes it a massive eleven-minute trance wonder -- more material for losing your mind and loving it at the next rave (or chill-out room). ------ | Dave Walker, Detroit Art Services (DAS) | | "I don't read, I just guess" | | marmoset@mondo.engin.umich.edu -Happy Mondays, "Wrote For Luck" |

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