Not only does 10/10/10 look cool, but it’s also nicknamed by some as Binary Day. The binary numeral system is used inside all computers and using that system the number 101010 equals 42. So today is pretty much a numerologist’s wet dream – nerds everywhere will likely be celebrating by reading The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adam’s book that declared the number 42 to be the answer to the question of life. Hurley from Lost also had 42 as one of his numbers. Anyway, for whatever reason I can remember this from my high school computing class so I made the following illustration to show why 101010 = 42:
Interesting huh? Yeah, not really. Enough of the boring stuff…
10 Songs For 10/10/10
In celebration of today’s date I’ve created a wicked playlist of 10 number-themed songs, with comments and videos included. Enjoy!
1. Green Day – “1000 Hours”
Metallica, denied! U2, denied! Well, I might have included U2’s “One” if the the original Anton Corbijn video was on YouTube. (I’m referring to the amusing drag queen one, and not the one that Vevo claims is the Corbijn original.) Instead, let’s kick off the 10 for 10/10/10 with some rare footage of a young Green Day playing their first EP during a December 1991 gig in Wigan, England. Random trivia: During this show Green Day performed a nativity play skit – Tre was Virgin Mary, Mike was Santa Claus and Billie Joe was the schizo three wise men.
2. Radiohead – “2 + 2 = 5”
No, Radiohead are not terrible at maths. This song is a reference to one of the dogmas imposed onto people to be an undeniable fact by the authoritarian state in George Orwell’s 1984. Be careful, Big Brother is watching you.
3. Queens of the Stone Age – “3’s & 7’s”
A kick-ass song from a truly kick-ass band. QOTSA recently reissued their second album Rated R and a reissue of their first epoynmous first album is due on 26 November. The re-issues are paving the way for the band to start touring again – Queens of the Stone Age will be playing Soundwave festival in Australia next year, while further 2011 dates in North America and Europe seem likely.
4. Led Zeppelin – “Four Sticks”
From Led Zeppelin IV – arguably the best Led Zeppelin album.
5. The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
It had to make the list. Gotta love it.
6. Jimi Hendrix – “If 6 Was 9”
7. The Clash – “The Magnificent Seven”
The opening track to Sandinista! Love the bassline in this.
8. Eminem – “8 Mile”
Taken from the film of the same name. Cool movie.
9. Nena – “99 Luftballons”
You’ve got to love Nena’s 80’s anthems “99 Luftballons” and the English version “99 Red Balloons” but did you know Nena also released two 21-century updates of this song? There’s an abysmal 2002 version but much better is this 2009 version, which has some French lyrics included. The original still owns but how hot does Nena look in this video? She turned 50 this year.
10. M.I.A. – “10 Dollar”
Aerosmith, denied! Also denied is “Perfect 10” by The Beautiful South, a godawful song that I unfortunately still remember from my childhood after it received an unhealthy amount of radio play in the UK back in 1998. Far more enjoyable is this track from M.I.A’s first album Arular.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice