Friday, April 28, 2006

25 TOP BAY AREA SONGS -- THE DEBATE IS ON

25 TOP BAY AREA SONGS -- THE DEBATE IS ON

THE CHRONICLE'S LIST

COMPILED BY AIDIN VAZIRI AND JOEL SELVIN

1. I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER -- Sly and the Family Stone -- The Woodstock anthem from the psychedelic soul rockers

2. DARK STAR -- Grateful Dead -- Space is their place

3. SLOW DEATH -- Flamin' Groovies -- Every English punk band knew this one

4. MASTER OF PUPPETS -- Metallica -- Don't have to be online to be on our list

5. BALLAD OF YOU AND ME AND POONEIL -- Jefferson Airplane -- Like the band itself, awful and fabulous at the same time

6. CALIFORNIA ÜBER ALLES -- Dead Kennedys -- San Francisco punk from the Jerry Brown era

7. YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) -- Sylvester -- Cross-dressing disco straight out of pre-AIDS Castro

8. Born On the Bayou -- Creedence Clearwater Revival -- El Cerrito swamp rock heard 'round the world

9. Dear Mama -- Tupac Shakur -- Marin City's finest; West Coast hip-hop got soul

10. Omaha -- Moby Grape -- Being underrated goes to the heart of being from San Francisco

11. American Idiot -- Green Day -- Duh

12. Black Magic Woman -- Santana -- Gypsy Queen -- The sounds of the Mission District from a band that once mattered

13. SATISFACTION -- The Residents -- Smarty-pants rock deconstructionists, willfully weird, intentionally obscure

14. Down to the Nightclub -- Tower of Power -- Keystone Berkeley lives and the lead singer's a killer

15. Roadrunner -- Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers -- The hipster's handbook from a faux-naif

16. White Punks On Dope -- The Tubes -- San Francisco in the '70s

17. We Care a Lot -- Faith No More -- "about the food that Live Aid bought"

18. Never Say Never -- Romeo Void -- Weird, wonderful, unexpectedly sexy

19. Midnight In A Perfect World -- DJ Shadow -- A dream built around samples and scratches

20. Freedom -- Sons of Champlin -- The real hippies

21. Wicked Game -- Chris Isaak -- Sex on the beach

22. John the Fisherman -- Primus -- Primus sucks

23. Living In the U.S.A. -- Steve Miller Band -- Somebody get me a cheeseburger

24. Loan me a Dime -- Boz Scaggs -- THE San Francisco blues

25. Ball and Chain -- Big Brother and the Holding Company -- What made Janis Joplin a star


THE ITUNES SONG LIST

1. TRUCKIN’ - Grateful Dead

2. SOMEBODY TO LOVE - Jefferson Airplane

3. PIECE OF MY HEART - Big Brother and the Holding Company

4. THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGIN) - Sly and the Family Stone

5. FORTUNATE SON - Creedence Clearwater Revival

6. OYE COMO VA - Santana

7. LONGVIEW Green Day

8. WE SHALL OVERCOME - Joan Baez

9. BLACK WATER - Doobie Brothers

10. LIGHTS Journey

11. WHAT IS HIP - Tower of Power

12. CALIFORNIA ÜBER ALLES Dead Kennedys

13. WICKED GAME - Chris Isaak

14. U CAN’T TOUCH THIS - MC Hammer

15. ROCKIN’ IN THE FREE WORLD - Neil Young

16. SUMMERTIME BLUES - Blue Cheer

17. WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE - Kingston Trio

18. WORKING FOR A LIVING - Huey Lewis and the News

19. SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION - Megadeth

20. EPIC - Faith No More

21. MR. JONES - Counting Crows

22. PRIDE OF MAN - Quicksilver Messenger Service

23. MIDNIGHT IN A PERFECT WORLD - DJ Shadow

24. LOWDOWN - Boz Scaggs

25. CAN YOU HANDLE THAT? - Graham Central Station

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