2005: "The Drifter," Brad B & The Insects, The Drifter (Avenue of the Arts)

2005: "Breakfast Club," Z Trip, Z Trip (Hollywood)

2006: "Star Witness," Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-)

Al Perry
Al Perry

2006: "This Really Happened," Fathers Day, This Really Happened (Gilgongo)

2006: "Jeremiah, Stop Taking Bukowski So Seriously," Peachcake, Now We Have Something to Celebrate (Western Thread)

2006: "Morning Over Midnight," Fivespeed, Morning Over Midnight (Virgin)

2007: "Faces," Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Scary Kids Scaring Kids (Immortal)

2007: "Rejoice," Andrew Jackson Jihad, People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World (Asian Man)

2007: "Sweet Talk," Dear and the Headlights, Small Steps, Heavy Hooves (Equal Vision)

2008: "Stay," French Quarter, French Quarter (Gilgongo)

2008: "Desert Music," Drunken Immortals (self-released)

2008: "Skin from Skull," Landmine Marathon (Rusted Eyes Awake)

2008: "Cannibal Queen," Miniature Tigers, Tell It to the Volcano (Modern Art)

2009: "Girl, I Love You," MC Magic, Magic City Pt. 2 (Nastyboy)

2009: "Phoenix Hambone," Big Jay McNeely & The Rocket 88's, AZ Bootin' (Big Jay McNeely Masters)

2009: "Gravity," Silver Medallion, single (self-released)

2009: "Push," Random, The Call (self-released)

2010: "Arpayaso," Treasure Mammal, The Chronicles of Sheriff Joe (Kingdom Mammalia)

2010: "Go Back to Mexico," Willy Northpole, A Line in the Sand (New Times)

2010: "Back 2 AZ," Mr. Miranada, A Line in the Sand (New Times)

2010: "The Buffalo and the Bird," Courtney Marie Andrews, Painters Hands and the Seventh Son (River Jones Music)

2011: "Yo Solo Quiero," Curse of the Pink Hearse, Meet the Curse of the Pink Hearse (Butt Shake)

2011: "Girl Not Gonna Leave," What Laura Says, Talk (Sundawg)

2011: "Green Valley," Puscifer, Conditions of My Parole (Puscifer)

2011: "Once, I Was a Mainsail," Kinch, Incandenza (self-released)

2011: "Don't Give Up on Us," The Maine, Pioneer (Action Theory)

2012: "Ran," Black Carl, The Fool (self-released)

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You know who this is
You know who this is

You're telling me Trunk Federation didn't make the list? What a bunch of nonsense. "Jello" was a 90's anthem.

matthew kuborn
matthew kuborn

Andrew Jackson Jihad could very well have been in there, shame it isn't considering how they embody the voice of the youth today, The Bled is a nice touch.

Rick
Rick

Why no Marty Robbins? Too obvious?

JaySee
JaySee

The Bled song is "You Know Who's Seatbelt" as opposed to the former and was reference to Dale Earnhardt.

Glen De Jongh Crimson
Glen De Jongh Crimson

No 'Billy Clone & The Same'???
Who came up with this list???!!!!
Obviously not someone 'in the know' about the AZ scene...

W_hardie
W_hardie

Major Lingo should have been on this list!

Rocstar573
Rocstar573

What about Mesa Town by Authority Zero?

AZ Guy
AZ Guy

This list doesn't really do a lot of good without some way of hearing most of these songs..

????
????

What's Western Thread?

Aharrymonster
Aharrymonster

AZ had some great metal bands that got national attention, Sacred Reich, Flotsam and Jetsam, Crushed... music critics' lists are crap. Dave Pratt... really?

Swig747az
Swig747az

Pound4pound self titled underground album along with the smash cd jagershots mixtape www.datpiff.com free download

DHWS 4EVA!
DHWS 4EVA!

Sorry, this list is incomplete. There's nothing on there by Dead Hot Workshop.

Kevin Dahl
Kevin Dahl

You guys missed the boat by not including the 1912 hit "Ragtime Cowboy Joe". It's wiki entry has the lyrics, which start off:

Out in Arizona
Where the bad men are,
And the only friend to guide you
Is an evening star,
The roughest, toughest man by far
Is Ragtime Cowboy Joe.

By the way, ragtime was controversial music. On Feb. 8, 1913, the University of Arizona banned ragtime dancing.

-Kevin Dahl

AZScene
AZScene

Great list. Surprised My Guardian Angel by the Pistoleros didn't make the cut.

Kaprqn4203
Kaprqn4203

Where is "Ghostriders in the Sky" by Stan Jones (from Douglas) -- 1950s?

Concerned Music Fan
Concerned Music Fan

So, almost 40% of the 100 best Arizona songs were written in the last 10 years, huh? That's pretty much what I expected.

John Coomer
John Coomer

Fun stuff. I'm a little surprised about the absence of anything Linda Ronstadt did and three '70's-'80's Tucson mainstays: Bob Meighan Band, The Dusty Chaps and the ever entertaining Chuck Wagon and the Wheels. Their Disco Sucks resulted in Mayhem in Chicago a few years after they released that album. All the old Wallace & Ladmo fans are glad to see Mike (Commodore) Condello on the list..who can ever forget the Salt River Navy Band!

Joe Baker
Joe Baker

Donnie Wood? The singer of "Need You" is the one and only, Donnie Owens!

Lost Dutchman
Lost Dutchman

Very chauvanistic - Phoenix-centric. What about Dearly Beloved, Lewlen brothers who consistently topped The Spiders (Alice Cooper) in the Battle of the Bands? Bo Street Runners who had one hit from Sierra Vista. Gene Fisher and the Mystics from Flagstaff, on and on.

Gregory Benenett
Gregory Benenett

You should make a sendspace file so we can download the playlist. Awesome article!

Steve
Steve

Whoops, even better, The Spiders...the original name of Alice Cooper!

Steve
Steve

Good Job! So glad to see Duane Eddy on there. My dad was his dentist! Also nice to see Grant and the Geezers, The Tubes(formerly Beans), Dyke and the Blazers and Jerry Riopelle in the mix. Did I miss any reference to Alice Cooper(the band,not the person)?

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Unless you meant that we should included others. If so, please share.

Zakf
Zakf

Tucson resident

Phoenix New Times
Phoenix New Times

Lost Dutchman -- always excited to hear more about artists like that. Feel free to contact us at music@newtimes.com.

Concerned Music Fan
Concerned Music Fan

I didn't figure you knew much about old AZ music. So, of course, everything current is obviously the majority of the best..

Wayne Michael Reich
Wayne Michael Reich

Don't take it to heart, NT-
letting our cultural community down consistently is kinda your niche, and at that, you far surpass all of our expectations.

And as an aside- since your format is recently more blog-like than journalistic, we don't actually "read" your rag so much as "skim" it.

Otherwise, great work.

respectfully,

Wayne Michael Reich
(http://www.WayneMichaelReich.B...)

AZ Man
AZ Man

Would be amazing...you know, a way to actually *hear these songs*.

That would be something..

 
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