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Disclaimer's List of Songs We Think You Should Download in MP3 Format Whenever You Get the Chance

Currently 130 songs to choose from!

There is plenty of great music out there that you will probably never hear. It's depressing, but it's true. According to the Trouser Press Guide to '90s Rock, for example, there's a terrific, XTC-esque band called Noel Coward's Ghost out there, but I've been unable to find anything by them, which irks me a great deal. However, online file-trading software like Napster (in its heydey) and the wonderful Audiogalaxy can help you to discover new artists and songs that you would never get a chance to hear on America's payola-based radio networks or MTV, or would simply never get a chance to check out under ordinary circumstances. MP3 hunting can be a daunting experience, though, unless you have specific songs which you're looking for. The fact that you have virtually unlimited choices can make it hard to decide which songs you want- option paralysis, as Douglas Coupland calls it- which is why we at the Disclaimer Music Review Archive are now proud to offer you our List of Good MP3 Files to Download! These are songs that we ourselves have downloaded and are very happy with as part of our ever-growing MP3 collection. Some of them are rare tracks by well-known bands, some of them are just great tracks by obscure bands, some of them are super singles from albums you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot clown pole, and some of them are just songs by bands about which we know nothing else. We've included brief descriptions of each song so you know exactly what you're getting. We've only listed songs from albums that aren't reviewed elsewhere on the site, too, but if you read our reviews, you should be able to come up with a bunch of additional songs to check out. Enjoy!

If you have any songs you'd like to add to the list, drop us a line and we'll download it and post it here if we like it! Also, we apologize for our overuse of the term "trip-hop."

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AC/DC: "Money Talks (live version)" ("Cosmic" Ben Marlin recommended this song to me with the note, "This goes against all of my philosophies about music, but it's a friggin' great song." As usual, Ben's right.)

Add n to (x): "Plug Me In" (Fun, horny update of Kraftwerk's klingklang sound.)

Alkaline Trio: "Sleepyhead" (I was actually looking for something by the band Sleepyhead, but wound up accidentally downloading this serviceable little midtempo punk number. It's not earth-shattering or anything, but if you're into Bad Religion and their ilk, you might want to check this out.)

Alphaville: "Big in Japan" (Catchy, surprisingly lonely-sounding new wave.)

Fiona Apple: "Across the Universe" (Cover of the Beatles song, from the Pleasantville soundtrack. Stoned and satisfying, it's light years better than the Let It Be version.)

A.R. Kane: "A Love from Outer Space" (Cheesy, good-natured- and don't forget catchy- dance music that sounds like "Modern Love"-era Bowie.)

Arling & Cameron: "5th Dimension" (Very French electro-lounge tribute to Kraftwerk and Stereolab that sounds like their countrymen Tahiti 80.)

Ass Ponys: "Little Bastard" (Countrified, playful, R.E.M.-esque rock song. Evidently, it appeared in Empire Records but wasn't on the soundtrack.)

Babylon Zoo: "Spaceman" (Ween-esque parody of spacey club music, with a wonderfully pompous chorus.)

Bad Religion: "Atomic Garden" (Aggressive, angry punk that will stick in your head for weeks.)

Jessica Bailiff: "Failing Yesterday" (Churning, droning slowcore lightened by Bailiff's pretty singing.)

The Bangles: "Hazy Shade of Winter" (Crappy synth-horns aside, this new wave version of the Simon & Garfunkel song improves upon the original by virtue of its boundless energy.)

Blonde Redhead: "Hated Because of Great Qualities" (A despondent, slow indie-rock song that makes you want to either silently cry or have a big, noisy breakdown like Jeffrey Tambor in And Justice for All. The singer's voice is among the most unique and haunting I've ever heard.)

The Bloodhound Gang: "The Bad Touch" (Oh, just do it. Even if the Howard Stern sex jokes get old, the amazing new wave chorus never does.)

David Bowie: "The Man Who Sold the World" (Slightly better than Nirvana's version, and an essential Bowie song that has been inexplicably left off all of his recent compilations.)

David Bowie and the Pet Shop Boys: "Hallo Spaceboy" (I think this is a remix of a Bowie song by the Pet Shop Boys, but I'm not certain. At any rate, Neil Tennant's supple tenor perfectly complements Bowie's croaky baritone.)

Brainiac: "Hot Metal Dobermans" (Stomping indie rock from the Beck/Ween school, with entertainingly weird vocals.)

Chris Burke: "Eating is Fun, Eating is Serious" (Since we are neither mean people nor in seventh grade, we would never think of recommending that you download this song by Life Goes On's "Corky" simply to make fun of a mentally disabled person. That's simply not right. However, when a song comes along that devotes itself to the benefits of food- as if kids nationwide are being indoctrinated in the principles of starvation by some evil anti-food lobby- and proudly boasts, "I give my dinner to the dog and dog food to the baby," it becomes a must-hear.)

Burn Witch Burn: "Beaumont, Arkansas" (Dark, Celtic-based folk by Rodney Linderman- former frontman of the Dead Milkmen!- and his wife.)

Neko Case & Her Boyfriends: "Twist the Knife" (You will want to stop listening to this song after the first ten seconds, which give you every reason to believe that this song will be an over-the-top, Dolly Parton-esque country twang-fest. Don't. Force yourself to listen through till the end, and your ears will quickly become acclimated to Case's powerfully husky singing- if necessary, warm up by listening to her contributions to that New Pornographers album first- and you'll find yourself wrapped in one of the warmest alt-country songs ever penned.)

Caustic Resin: "Cable-1" (Heartfelt, crunchy indie rock from Built to Spill's buddies.)

Cinematic Orchestra: "Night of the Iguana" (Absorbing, beautiful instrumental that sounds like the score to a contemporary noir film.)

Citizen Cope: "Let the Drummer Kick" (Like Moby with a bit more of a hip-hop influence, "Let the Drummer Kick" is a hypnotically sad, two-chord downer.)

Leonard Cohen: "The Stranger Song" (The running theme in Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller- a gorgeously dour folk rock song. Stephin Merritt rewrote the melody on the Magnetic Fields' "Crowd of Drifters.")

Comet Gain: "Pinstriped Rebel" (Infectious, funky Britpop that sounds a bit like early Talking Heads.)

Cub: "New York City" (The original cuddlecore classic that was popularized by They Might Be Giants.)

Datach'i: "Animals Coming Home are Excited" (Skittery ambient techno that recalls Matmos and the end of Radiohead's "Karma Police.")

Depeche Mode: "People are People" (Very British, very '80s new wave song.)

Devo: "Dr. Detroit" (The theme song from the Dan Aykroyd film of the same name. Your basic Devo song.)

Die Toten Hosen: "Sascha... ein Aufrechter Deutscher" (Punky German drinking song that you'll want to listen to 20 times in a row because it's so much fun.)

Drugstore: "El President" (Thom Yorke's guest vocals benefit this sweepingly beautiful pop song that urges the listener to "kill the President.")

Jacques Dutronc: "J'aime les Filles" (Cheesy, piano-based French lounge tune. Good driving music.)

DVDA: "Now You're a Man" (Trey Parker sings the theme song to his affable film Orgazmo; a hilariously macho tune.)

Ed's Redeeming Qualities: "Drivin' on 9" (This mandolin-based song is notable for the cheeky redneck misogyny that the Breeders eliminated in their cover of it.)

Firewater: "So Long, Superman" (Any band that has the chutzpah to blatantly steal perhaps the most recognizable bassline of the '80s- that of "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell- gets points in my book. As the icing on this secondhand cake, the song is an endlessly listenable bit of beefy rock, peppered with clever references to Lou Ferigno.)

The Flaming Lips: "Slow Motion" (A song from the European version of The Soft Bulletin- not quite up to the rest of the album's standards, but still a treat for Lips fans.)

Flotation Walls: "I'm a Bear" (Not much from a musical standpoint- just some Built to Spill-esque indie rock- but it's a song about being a bear. "I'm a bear! Wocka wocka! I'm a bear! Grrrrrrr! I'm Amelia Earhart- just kidding, I'm a bear!")

Foo Fighters: "Big Me" (Sunny indie-pop song.)

Fraggle Rock: "Here to There" (An adorable little song performed by Wembley.)

The Freight Elevator Quartet: "Downtime is Becoming Less of an Option" (Frenetic drum 'n' bass bolstered by some pretty violin work and what sounds like a snippet of the Get Smart theme.)

Cora Frost: "Oxygene" (This song has been misidentified as being performed by Laetitia Sadler's side project Fugu, but it's actually by Frost, a chanteuse about whom I've been unable to learn anything because all of her fan sites are written in German. At any rate, the song features Frost singing along with a harpsichord, a violin, and a bassoon. It's a perfect mixture of the mournful and the goofy.)

Edith Frost: "Tender Kiss" (A beautiful, homespun waltz powered by a ticking percussion loop that sounds like a sample from an elfin workshop.)

Geggy Tah: "Whoever You Are" (The popular, infectious, grammatically frustrating song that goes "All I wanna do is to thank you even though I don't know who you are/ You let me change lanes while I was drivin' in my car." It's a textbook definition of flighty, but the whole song is as smile-inducing as being waved at by the hot chick/guy in the car next to you at a stoplight.) (I mean "chick/guy" as "whichever you prefer"; not a Pink Flamingos-esque she-male.) (Unless that's what you prefer.)

Gorillaz: "Clint Eastwood" (This MTV2 staple features a wonderful chorus by Blur's Damon Albarn and top-notch rapping from Del the Funkee Homosapien, set to a slinky trip-hop beat.)

Grandaddy: "L.F.O." (Not a tribute to that Jennifer Love Hewitt-craving boy band, but rather an unexpectedly beat-conscious acoustic rocker, from the Colonel Jeffrey Pumpernickel indie-rock concept album.)

Halo Benders: "Virginia Reel Around the Fountain" (A collaborative effort from Built to Spill's Doug Martsch and Beat Happening's Calvin Johnston. Basically just another cool Built to Spill song with Johnston's frog-voiced singing running next to Martsch's tenor. Built to Spill also played a version of this on their live album.)

His Name is Alive: "Sitting Still Moving Still Staring Outlooking" (Hypnotic, acoustic dreampop. You heard me.)

Ida: "Turn Me On" (One of the sexiest indie-rock songs ever written, with alluring boy/girl harmonies and a terrific rhythm.)

Chris Isaak: "Wicked Game" (Sexy but vaguely ominous slow-rocker.)

Jadoo: "Go Away" (All I know about Jadoo is that she's Korean, sounds like Cyndi Lauper, and sings some the most infectiously happy new wave dance music we've heard in the past 15 years.)

James Kochalka Superstar: "Monkey vs. Robot" (Wearingly kooky but unquestionably anthemic and interesting indie rock song about, well, monkey versus robot.)

The Jellyfish: "The King is Half Undressed" (Funny, pseudo-'70s rock song with prog-rock harmonies and a killer hook.)

Daniel Johnston: "Casper the Friendly Ghost" (Lo-fi pop song that features Johnston's typically obtuse lyrics- "You can't buy no respect, like the librarian said"- and the same sort of organ bashing as his classic "Walking the Cow." This is the song that was playing in the background when Casper and his skatepunk friends beat the crap out of that guy in Kids.)

Juno Reactor: "Shark" (An aptly titled ambient techno song that's as simultaneously relaxing and foreboding as watching an Animal Planet documentary on sharks.)

Kid Silver: "Punchdrunk Sweethearts" (Very cool, Soft Bulletin-esque, acid-drenched alt-rock with a touch of electronica.)

The Killjoys: "Today I Hate Everyone" (Catchy, punky rip-off of late period Husker Du.)

King Missile: "Jesus was Way Cool" (Another smart John S. Hall monologue set to disarmingly pretty music. It doesn't mock religion so much as it does people who know only two or three facts about Christ's life, and filter those facts through a fratboy frame of reference: "He told people to eat his body and drink his blood. That's so cool!")

KMC Kru: "The Devil Came Up to Michigan" (Hip-hop update of the Charlie Daniels Band's "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" that features a scratching contest instead of a fiddle match. Incorporates a Kraftwerk sample as well as that "DJ made my day" sample the Beastie Boys used on "Three MCs and One DJ.")

Komeda: "B.L.O.S.S.O.M." (Goofy descendent of the B-52's, Devo, and the Pizzicato Five. Entertainingly weird new wave from the Power Puff Girls soundtrack.)

Ladytron: "Play Girl" (Unspeakably sad, lonely techno thingy that sounds a lot like Air's "Sexy Boy," but makes me cry anyway.)

Laika: "Good Looking Blues" (I apologize for the imagery, but the only way I can think to describe this is by saying that it sounds like someone trying to plunge Shirley Manson out of a plugged toilet.)

Lektrogirl: "Progressive Euro Track" (Lo-fi new wave- perfect video game music.)

Le Tigre: "Get Off the Internet" (Like Cibo Matto or the Beastie Boys' more melodic work, Le Tigre uses the tools of DJs to produce some of the funkjazziest rock 'n' roll around. Fun satirical lyrics, too.)

LL Cool J: "Mama Said Knock You Out" (Angry, infectious, old-school rap that's aggressive without crossing into gangsta territory. If you didn't know that LL would go on to star in Toys and In the House, this song would make you think he's insane.)

Love and Rockets: "So Alive" (Whether you think it's a goth-rock masterpiece or just a creepy portent of Roxette's white-glove pop, you'll groove to it.)

Manu Chao: "King of the Bongo Bong" (Bouncy, sort of dorky pop song that sounds like a cross between Stereolab and They Might Be Giants.)

Mazzy Star: "Fade Into You" (Dreamy, slow pop that sounds like a more contented version of the Cowboy Junkies' "Sweet Jane" cover.)

The Minders: "Hooray for Tuesday" (Perfect replica of a Nuggets-era pop song by one of the less consistent Elephant 6-ers.)

Mint Royale: "Shake Me" (Silly, poppy electronica- the sort of thing Basement Jaxx should be doing.)

Moistboyz: "O.G. Simpson" (Insanely catchy rap-indie rock concoction performed by a Ween side project. The line "This shit is fuckin' weird! Mickey, hand me a beer" may be the single best snapshot of the zeitgeist surrounding the O.J. Simpson trial in the late '90s. Weezer ripped off the bassline for "Hash Pipe.")

Roy Montgomery: "For a Small Blue Orb" (A hypnotic, 16-minute dreampop experiment that's a dream come true for flangerphiles. Sounds a lot like Flying Saucer Attack.)

Mr. Scruff: "Fish" (Easygoing, sample-happy funk-dub-house thing that happens to be hilarious.)

My Scarlet Life: "Black Limbo" (Arty trip-hop that sounds like a funkier, Arabian version of the Butthole Surfers' "Pepper.")

Gary Numan: "Cars" (Classic, robotic new wave song that never seems to appear on any '80s comps.)

Phil Ochs: "Love Me, I'm a Liberal" (Happy-faced political folk-rock with a dark soul; kind of like the Smothers Brothers in that respect. Though it's a bit dated, Ochs's skewering of left-wing extremists- and those who pretend to belong to that group because it's fashionable- is still nearly as timeless as Frank Zappa's We're Only in It for the Money.)

Of Montreal: "Everything Disappears When You Come Around" (Catchy alt-folk song with hysterical stream-of-consciousness lyrics like "When you come around, everything else disappears/ My ears disappear.")

Ol' Dirty Bastard: "Got Your Money" (When ODB raps, the world listens. Because the man is so friggin' crazy it would be dangerous not to keep an eye on him. This song appears to be vaguely about his anger at women who demand payment for sex: "I don't have no trouble with you fuckin' me, but I have a little trouble with you not fuckin' me!")

Parappa: "Prince Fleaswallow" (Trippy reggae song from the PlayStation game Parappa the Rapper.)

Pernice Brothers: "Number Two" (A B-side that contains one of the most memorable melodies Joe Pernice has ever written. This song also explodes in the most wonderful way when you see them perform it live.)

Tom Petty: "Asshole" (Awesome cover of the Beck song, from the She's the One soundtrack.)

Plastic Bertrand: "Stop Ou Encore" (A funky French rip-off of Blondie's "Rapture," sung by a guy with the most endearingly wussy voice I've ever heard. The song was featured in the film Three Kings, and I thought Spike Jonze was actually the one singing, because he sounds just like Plastic Bertrand's lead singer.)

Plone: "Top & Low Rent" (Playfully creepy, boingy techno a la Air and Plaid.)

The Pogues: "Fairytale of New York" (Pithy pub rock with witty lyrics and a nifty orchestral backing.)

Polaris: "Hey Sandy" (The infectious power-pop theme song to Nickelodeon's late, great The Adventures of Pete & Pete.)

Propellerheads: "Take California" (Best drum 'n' bass song ever recorded.)

Pulp: "O.U." (Not a tribute to Willie's college, but rather a droll little slice of drone rock that incorporates elements of Lektrogirl's videogame soundscapes and the new wave fetish of a classic John Hughes soundtrack.)

Quickspace: "The Lobbalong Song" (Bracingly hyperactive drone-rock. Stereolab on crack?)

Rachel's: "Kentucky Nocturne" (Twisted, pretty chamber music.)

Mohammed Rafi: "Jaan Pehechaan Ho" (An outstanding song that sounds like the theme from a particularly swinging '60s spy movie, apart from the fact that it's sung in some Middle Eastern language. This is the song that Thora Birch was dancing to in the opening of Ghost World. The song rules just as much as the film does, and the graphic novel did before that.)

Ramones: "Carbona Not Glue" (A song that was deleted from Ramones Leave Home after its initial pressing due to legal problems with the Carbona company. It's just as great as anything else the Ramones did. This song was reinstated on the recent re-release of Leave Home, but for those of us who bought All the Stuff (and More), Volume One ten years ago, MP3 is the way to go.)

The Residents: "Birthday Boy" (Bizarre, two-note rocker from the album Duck Stab. Sounds like it was sung by South Park's Mr. Hankey. TMBG fans will be pleased.)

Daniel Rey: "Welcome to the Dollhouse" (Quirky, intentionally inept- but catchy- song from the Todd Solondz film of the same name, sung by the perennial Ramones sideman.)

Chris Rock: "No Sex in the Champagne Room" (Hilarious parody of Baz Luhrmann's idiotic "Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)," dedicated to "the GED class of 1999.")

Salaryman: "Graze the Umbra" (Imagine if members of Radiohead and Yo La Tengo got together and decided to disassemble and reconstruct Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F" from Beverly Hills Cop. Perky fun.)

Scud Mountain Boys: "Grudgefuck" (One of Joe Pernice's most trenchant- and memorably catchy- folk-pop compositions that cements his title as heir to Elvis Costello's throne of intelligent, winking misogyny.)

Sebadoh: "Ocean" (Memorably poppy indie-rock single from Harmacy.)

The Shaggs: "My Pal Foot Foot" (The quintessential song by the Shaggs- the most charmingly incompetent band of all time. They can't play a note, God love 'em. Listen to it out of ironic curiosity, but keep coming back to it because of the girls' bracing sincerity and their blind faith in rock 'n' roll.)

Silver Apples: "Oscillations" (A good sample of what every song by these drone-rock pioneers sounded like. For fans of krautrock and Stereolab.)

A Silver Mt. Zion: "Broken Chords Can Sing a Little" (Minimalist piano music from this Godspeed You Black Emperor side project. It's basically just more terrific GYBE music.)

Sneaker Pimps: "6 Underground" (Sexy-smooth trip-hop.)

Songs: Ohia: "How to be Perfect Men" (Mournful folk-rock.)

Sonic Youth: "Superstar" (Impossibly sad cover of the Carpenters' song.)

Soul Coughing: "The Bug" (Typically fantastic rock-funk weirdness from the Batman and Robin soundtrack.)

The Status Quo: "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (Classic psychedelic rocker. Camper Van Beethoven's version from Key Lime Pie is also a must-hear.)

Michael Stipe & Rain Phoenix: "Happiness" (R.E.M.'s frontman and celebrity sibling Phoenix sing the charmingly naive song that Jane Adams's character performed in the Todd Solondz film of the same name.)

Suede: "Beautiful Ones" (Tremendously catchy Britpop single with one of the best guitar licks you'll ever hear.)

The Teardrop Explodes: "Reward" (Hyper new wave song by Julian Cope's first band. Lots of horns. Fans of the 120 Minutes compilations will be thrilled.)

Towa Tei: "Congratulations!" (The DJ from Deee-Lite performs the most giddy, laugh-inducing dance number I've ever heard. It's electronic conga line fodder that lumbers along to the sounds of some electronics company guy saying, "Congratulations on the finest turntable in the world!" It's impossible to be in a bad mood when you're listening to this song.)

They Might Be Giants: "Your Mom's Alright" (Erstwhile Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty takes lead vocals on this memorable slice of nerd rock which is available only in MP3 form, as I understand it.)

Third Eye Foundation: "What is It with You?" (Above-average ambient thing with weirdo samples. Kind of like a cross between To Rococo Rot and the Orb. Sort of.)

Tiger Trap: "Don't Ask" (Hooray for Shonen Knife-influenced cuddlecore!)

Amon Tobin: "Four Ton Mantis" (Stirringly ominous trip-hop that should've appeared in The Matrix as opposed to all that Rob Zombie-type crap.)

Tornadoes: "Telstar" (Joe Meek's classic, homemade instrumental of the space race. It sounds cheesy nowadays, to be sure, but something about the inspirational keyboard line and Meek's famously nitpicky production is timeless.)

Tuatara: "Land of Apples" (If Tortoise, Can, and slide-guitar virtuoso B.J. Cole got together to re-record the percussive theme to American Beauty, it'd come out all messed up like this.)

The Turtles: "So Happy Together" (Ubiquitous, happy classic rock song, and one of the top ten songs of all time. It's essential. Don't fight it. At last you can learn the proper words to the song as opposed to the version that appeared in the old Golden Grahams commercial.)

12 Monkeys theme (Amusingly bent accordion tune.)

12 Rods: "Astrogimp" (Seriously, one of the coolest, catchiest songs I've heard in a long, long time. Sounds like a slightly heavier version of Grandaddy, with the same dorky sci-fi motif that always gives me goosebumps in rock 'n' roll even though I despise it in literature. And I'm thrilled that a band finally did something cool with that cheesy, old synthesizer sound that everyone seemed to think sounded so futuristic in 1970s film scores- Apocalypse Now and A Clockwork Orange, for example- but sounds ridiculously dated now. You really must download this song this very second.)

The Urinals: "Ack Ack Ack Ack" (Scuzzy, old-school punk song that uses two chords total and lasts one minute.)

Van Der Graaf Generator: "Darkness" (Though we seem to have developed a reputation, somehow, for despising prog rock, this song rules. Though I can't take it as seriously as it takes itself, the bass-and-horns arrangement presages Radiohead's "The National Anthem" by a good 30 years, and is nearly as effective. Kinda funky, too.)

Vehicle Flips: "Could've, Should've" (Fun post-punk that falls somewhere between the dB's and the Replacements.)

The Vogues: "Five o'Clock World" (The sometime theme of The Drew Carey Show and a pop classic to boot.)

War: "Lowrider" (Goofy '70s rock fun.)

Ween: "I'll Miss You" (Straightforward, country-pop cover from the Beautiful Girls soundtrack.)

Ween: "Who Dat" (Bouncy B-side that was inexplicably excised from White Pepper.)

Weezer: "Suzanne" ("Blue Album"-era rocker that wound up on the Mallrats soundtrack. Notable in the Weezer catalog for its gorgeous three-part harmonies in the chorus.)

White Town: "Your Woman" (Sole hit from this lo-fi electronica wonder. Like a more playful, beat-conscious Magnetic Fields.)

Stevie Wonder: "Higher Ground" (Old-school funk, and the best song Stevie ever wrote. The wah-wah clavichord is well worth a listen. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' cover of this song is also recommended.)

Yo La Tengo: "Be Thankful for What You Got" (A funk cover from the Little Honda EP. I'm not sure of the original source, but I know Yo La's sleepy vocals suit it much better than the original- or Massive Attack's version, for that matter.)

Gary Young: "Plantman" (Stupidly infectious folk rocker by ex-Pavement drummer. Was made momentarily famous by Beavis and Butt-Head.)

Young Marble Giants: "Final Day" (Casually great indie pop.)