It finally happened earlier today: I imported the 100,000th song into my iTunes library. That’s a lot of music. Some random stats about my library that you might enjoy:
-If I let it play continuously, it would take 281.3 days to listen to all of the songs.
-16,890 songs were released between 1970 and 1979.
-Elvis Costello is the leader in the clubhouse with a whopping 1,401 songs. I blame the multiple Columbia, Rhino, and Ryko reissues for this stunningly large number. I suppose that my obsessive compulsive behavior about music might also be a minor factor.
-35,687 songs are from the ’80s. Duh.
-Considering the fact that I acknowledge checking out on new music somewhere around 1996, I still have 28,857 songs from the ’90s. Who knew?
-The lucky 100,000th song was the “Urban Mix” of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” I saw Tears For Fears for the first time on Wednesday night in Austin, and it was absolutely incredible. Roland and Curt played “EWTRTW” about halfway through the show, and the applause was deafening when they finished. IT WOULD NOT STOP.
Roland was beaming and finally said, “Thank you! Goodnight!” But they were just getting going, and the show will always have a place on my Top 10 concerts list. So yeah, I stacked the deck to give Tears For Fears the honor of slot number 100,000. They earned it.
You may have noticed that there have been a few days without blog posts lately, but I don’t want anyone to think that I am tiring of this. The truth is that I’m almost out of disc space, and my renewal doesn’t take place until early October. I don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a space upgrade for just that two week period, so I am simply pacing myself for the next few weeks. However, I promise that Year 2 of the Analog Kid blog will be bigger & badder & better than ever! Thanks for reading and listening, and here’s to the next 100,000 songs!
Tears For Fears: “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” [Urban Mix] (Roland Orzabal/Ian Stanley/Chris Hughes)
From the U.K. 12″ Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Phonogram Records, 1985
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
The Who: “Batman” (Altfielder/Weider/Berry)
From the U.K. EP Ready Steady Who