30 Apr 2012

Top Ten: INCUBUS Songs

Every Monday for the month of April I will be listing a few of my favourite bands and what I believe are their best songs. Although you may not agree with the list, I hope you can respect me for being able to make a call and not totally mess it up.


INCUBUS is a SoCal alternative band and personal favourite of mine AND like the Deftones, a band that don't think get enough recognition in this music landscape. Throughout their musical careers they constantly redefined their sound taking cues from diverse genres including rock, pop, metal, funk, electro, and progressive. They have released seven studio albums: Fungus Amongus (1995), S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (1997), Make Yourself (1999), Morning View (2001), A Crow Left of the Murder... (2004), Light Grenades (2006), and If Not Now, When? (2011).

10. Wish You Were Here - album: Morning View (2001)

With a beach-side campfire like sound along with that heavily distorted stadium-ready chorus, 'Wish You Were Here' has something for everyone. Somehow Incubus transitions between the two parts so fluidly.

9. Sick Sad Little World  - album: A Crow Left Of The Murder... (2004)

This song has an amazing riff holding together the song but the real magic comes at Mike Einziger's guitar solo that adds a splash of psychedelia to this song. Check it out starting at 3:09.

8. Here In My Room - album: A Crow Left Of The Murder... (2004)

Something is so haunting about the way they mixed the instruments together here and again, like a lot of the songs on A Crow Left Of The Murder the psychedelia presence is high but welcomed. Brandon's melody is really catchy as well but that could be because I'm a sucker for falsetto.

7. Aqueous Transmission - album: Morning View (2001)

In 'Aqueous Transmission' Mike uses a pipa or Chinese lute to give the song an Asian influence. Add that to the gentle sounds of frogs and the repeated line "further down the river" and you got a song that makes you think you're floating down a Chinese river via a local gondola. I don't know, maybe that's just me but you'll certainly be more relaxed after hearing a few minutes of this song. I still can't believe they did this song live in concert.

6. Dig - album: Light Grenades (2006)

Incubus always does a good job doing mellow songs with interesting riffs and sing-along choruses and 'Dig' is an awesome example of it. By the way, this is one of the many unique fan-made videos for this song. They held a contest for fans to take their band footage and make their own music videos out of it and then the most popular one would become the official video. This video did not win.

5. Redefine - album: S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (1997)

Incubus also did a great job doing heavy songs like this classic from their alternative-metal days. Former Incubus bassist Dirk Lance does a monster slap-bass solo starting 2:04.

4. New Skin - album: S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (1997)

Overall S.C.I.E.N.C.E. maybe my favourite Incubus album because of its heavy nature and diverse sound mixing heavy metal, electrro, funk, jazz, hip hop, trip hop, and techno together. Even pretentious Pitchfork gave the album a 8.7/10! Pitchfork! This song 'New Skin' maybe the best song on that album.

3. Drive - album: Make Yourself (1999)

Very well their most famous song 'Drive' combines the acoustic guitar with hip hop drums and DJ scratches to create a fusion of genres that the band has become famous for. It's also a perfect road trip song as if the title didn't give away that juicy nugget.

2. Anna Molly - album: Light Grenades (2006)

I absolutely love the energy in this song! Drums are going full tilt, the guitar riff is really cool and this very well be my favourite performance of singer Brandon Boyd. Everything just comes together correctly in this song.

1. The Odyssey - album: Halo 2 Original Soundtrack (2004)

'The Odyssey' is Incubus' magnum opus. Split into four movements, 'The Odyssey' was inspired from the video game series Halo and is found exclusively on the Halo 2 Original Soundtrack. Mostly instrumental 'The Odyssey' is an epic piece that gives progressive masters Yes or Genesis a run for their money. The 1st and 2nd movements are my personal favourites, but it's all great music and something that people wouldn't expect from this underrated band. 

Even though I was already a fan, when I first heard 'The Odyssey' it gave me a new found respect for Incubus and hopefully it had the same effect on you.


Here is the 2009 concert set list in Toronto ON at the Molson Amphitheater:

"Nice To Know You"
"Anna Molly"
"Love Hurts"
"Just A Phase"
"Talk Shows On Mute"
"A Certain Shade Of Green"
"Oil And Water"
"A Kiss To Send Us Off"
"Wish You Were Here"
"Aqueous Transmission"

"Punch Drunk"
"A Crow Left Of The Murder"
"Let's Go Crazy" by Prince (cover)

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