Bob’s Personal Top Ten Top Ten Lists

People are fascinated by Lists. Just one more oddity we share along with the obsession we all have of being unable to stop ourselves from posting an opinion about things we know little or nothing about on Social Media, and waiting until you are in the front of the line at Burger King before deciding what you want, thereby pissing off every person behind you in line who knew what they wanted before they walked in the front door.

We all love Lists.

There is even a series of books called, “The Book of Lists that began publishing in 1977.

The Book of Lists refers to any one of a series of books compiled by David Wallechinsky, his father Irving Wallace and sister Amy Wallace. Each book contains hundreds of lists (many accompanied by textual explanations) on unusual or obscure topics, for example:

The first Book of Lists was published in 1977, a second volume came out in 1980 and the third appeared in 1983. Book of Lists for the 1990s was published in 1993; yet another volume, The New Book of Lists, was published in 2005. The first volume was initially controversial and banned in some libraries and parts of the United States when it was published due to, among other things, a chapter that graphically described popular sexual positions and their pros and cons. The 2005 volume was essentially “new” in name only; it was made up primarily of reprinted and updated lists selected from the first three volumes, which have gone out of print.Wikipedia

There are dozens of other ‘List’ books out there, written by other anal-retentive obsessives like myself, who feel the minutia of life adds up to off-times profound information about its ebb and flow and the meaning of life we continually, fruitlessly, hope to understand.

My favourite of these books is Dave Marsh’s “The Book of Rock Lists (1980), which is difficult to find in a first edition these days, but abounds in reprints and sequels.

Dave, mentored by long gone long time friend, Lester Bangs, is a leading member of like-minded curmudgeons, whose somewhat brusque and dismissive statements concerning most people’s deified Rock Gods are in line with my own. Unpopular opinions of the Sacred Cows of Rock that, when mentioned out loud, will boil the blood of most Classic Rock fans and get you uninvited to listening parties consisting of pre 1980 rock bands, beer pong, and discussions about how much better music was when we were in high school and embraced music not for its quality, but for what was playing the first time we got our license, got our first car, kissed a girl, got to 2nd base, smoked a doobie, or lost our virginity. (The list is slightly different for women, but similar in content). Dave shows up a couple of times in one of the lists contained herein.

One thing about my lists. They change every few minutes depending on my mood, and are also subject to change when new information/experiences widen my vision and expand my horizon. …but as I type, these lists are accurate and honest.

Feel free to add YOUR list(s) in the Reply section at the bottom of this page.

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BOB’S PERSONAL TOP TEN TOP TEN LISTS

BEST TV TALK SHOW HOSTS

This was the first incarnation of what became The Tonight Show

Jerry Lester and Dagmar

Space Ghost

Dick Cavett

Tom Snyder

Mike Douglas

Larry Sanders

Sammy Maudlin

Jimmy Kimmel

Jack Paar

Steve Allen

Johnny Carson

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BEST DISC JOCKEYS

Ted Quillin – KFWB

Don Sherwood – KSFO

The Magnificent Montague – KGFJ

Earl Jive – KSTN

Johnny Hyde – KROY/KXOA

Russ “The Moose” Syracuse – KYA

Robert W. Morgan – KHJ

Bobby Mitchell – KYA

Tom Donahue – KYA/KMPX

Johnny Williams – KHJ

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BEST COMIC BOOK ARTISTS

The Greatest Story Teller/Artist in Comics

…and Why Barks is my Favourite …and Impacted on my life.

Bernie Wrightson

Curt Swan

Will Eisner

Jack Davis

Dick Sprang

Wally Wood

George Perez

Dave Stevens

Grant Morrison

Carl Barks

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BEST AUTHORS

The Audio Book of Swan Song, My favourite McCammon. Better than “The Stand”.

Jack Douglas

Isaac Asimov

L. Frank Baum

Ernest Cline

Earl Stanley Gardner

Robert McCammon

Michael Crichton

Robert Heinlein

Frederick Brown

Steven King

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BEST HORROR MOVIES

Yipes!

The Haunting of Hill House (original)

Night of the Creeps

The Faculty

Return of the Living Dead

Deep Blue Sea

Evil Dead II

Alien

Slither

Deep Rising

Virus

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BEST MOVIE FRANCHISES

The Latest Fast and Furious related Film

Star Wars

The Road to (Hope and Crosby)

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

Abbot and Costello Meet …

Fast and Furious

Alien

Harry Potter

Star Trek

Jurassic Park/World

The Marvel Connected Universe

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BEST MUSIC RELATED QUOTES

An Hour and a Half with Lester Bangs. Miss this Man.

“…something like clinically incompetent and responsible for marring every Zeppelin album to date” – Dave Marsh on John Bonham

“Queen isn’t here just to entertain. This group has come to make it clear exactly who is superior and who is inferior. Its anthem, ‘We Will Rock You’, is a marching order: you will not rock us, we will rock you. Indeed, Queen may be the first truly fascist rock band…” – Dave Marsh

I’d rather be dead than singing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m forty-five.- Mick Jagger

“I used to jog but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass.” – Dave Lee Roth of Van Halen – 1979

“I’d rather be dead than cool.” – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana – 1992

“Darling, my attitude is ‘fuck it’; I’m doing everything with everyone.”  – Freddie Mercury – 1979

“A kid once said to me “Do you get hangovers?” I said, “To get hangovers you have to stop drinking.” – Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister of Motorhead – 2006

“People don’t run out of dreams …people just run out of time.” – Glenn Frey

“This Business has no Business being a Business” – Robert Segarini

“The Rolling Stones? The world’s luckiest bar band.” – Robert Segarini

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ALL TIME FAVOURITE FOOD

NEVER Leave the Dungeness Crab out …and her recipe needs way more parsley and crab

…Or if you’re ever in San Francisco ….

Grammercy Park Hotel Vichyssoise

Dunn’s Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Centre Street Deli Old Fashioned Medium

Costanza’s Enchiladas

Pink’s Chili Dogs

Saint Lukes Crab feed

Dave Wong’s/On Lock Sam’s Chicken-in-foil/House fried rice/Hosin ribs/Deep fried breaded prawns

Wilson’s Cheeseburgers and Fried Ham Sandwiches

Harbour Sixty Bone-In Rib Steak

My Mother’s Cioppino

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BEST MUSIC

Steely Dan

Cadence

Saint Paul and the Broken Bones

Bobby Brown

Jonah Nilsson

Naturally 7

The Temptations

Rival Sons

Fourplay

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BEST PLACES I’VE PLAYED

At the Palais Royale Toronto 1979

The Minotaur

Music World

The Fillmore

The Avalon

Crystal Ballroom

Eagles Auditorium

Cow Palace

Whisky au Go Go

The Bars and Venues of Toronto

Carnegie Hall

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Post your lists in the Reply section at the bottom of this page. We’ll do this again sometime ….

Any Questions or comments, please write them in the Reply Section below.

Your Comments Are Welcome

Segarini’s regular columns are not responsible for  hearing loss, stolen wallets, or the current ‘music’ being played on the radio

dbawis-button7giphyBob “The Iceman” Segarini was in the bands The Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and The Segarini Band and nominated for a Juno for production in 1978. He also hosted “Late Great Movies” on CITY TV, was a producer of Much Music, and an on-air personality on CHUM FM, Q107, SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg 95, (now 85), and now publishes, edits, and writes for DBAWIS, continues to write music, make music, and record.

3 Responses to “Bob’s Personal Top Ten Top Ten Lists”

  1. What Is…..Was
    What Will Be…..is
    What Was….Will Be

  2. Warren Cosford Says:

    THE POWER OF IDEAS IS……………………..
    GREATER THAN THE POWER OF MONEY

    GETTING OLDER DOESN’T MEAN GETTING OLD

    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS………….
    NO MATCH FOR NATURAL STUPIDITY

    DO YOU MAKE THINGS HAPPEN,
    WATCH THINGS HAPPEN OR
    WONDER WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED

    YOU GET THE BEST EFFORT FROM OTHERS…
    NOT BY LIGHTING A FIRE BENEATH THEM
    BUT BY BUILDING A FIRE WITHIN

    TO LOVE WHAT YOU DO AND FEEL THAT IT MATTERS.
    HOW COULD ANYTHING BE MORE FUN?

    SCIENCE FLIES US TO THE MOON.
    RELIGION FLIES US INTO BUILDINGS.

    THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF YOUR LIFE ARE
    THE DAY YOU’RE BORN AND
    THE DAY YOU FIND OUT WHY.

    SUCCESS IS NOT FINAL,
    FAILURE IS NOT FATAL;
    IT IS THE COURAGE TO CONTINUE THAT COUNTS.

    LIFE ISN’T ABOUT FINDING YOURSELF.
    IT’S ABOUT CREATING YOURSELF.

  3. I thought for sure the Chile Verde from Casa Vieja (or from Mick Herndon) would make your list. lol

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