What’s your $80,000 song?

Last Thursday, a 32-year-old woman from Brainerd, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, was told she owes $1.92 million in damages for downloading 24 songs from Kazaa. That comes out to $80,000 per song. Many music lovers would consider the tunes on their iPods priceless, but some of Thomas-Rasset’s selections, like Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and Richard Marx’s “Now and Forever,” seem a bit over-priced.

MinnPost followers on Twitter, what song in your collection do you consider priceless? Or at least worth $80,000? My selection:

The live eight-minute, eight-second version of “How High the Moon” by Ella Fitzgerald

Join Twitter, follow MinnPost, and tweet what you consider to be the most priceless song you own. Be sure to include #mp140 in your tweet.

This week’s prize: Two tickets to the July 8 Twins vs. New York Yankees game.

This week’s winner:

Leoramaccabee #mp140 Bonnie Raitt’s cover “Angel from Montgomery” – reminds me of change, hard but good. Played it 50x in a row when leaving college.

Honorable mentions:

MikeKodada Paying $80K would force me to move into the woods. I choose Madonna’s “Ray of Light” as my song and bear repellant. #mp140

panndder A poem with a story, and another Duluth connection (1920 Lynchings and Thomas’s first conviction): Desolation Row by Bob Dylan #mp140

julieblaha Here’s to picking music for love, not fashion or iTunes or music critics. Without shame, my song is Copacabana. #mp140

callipygianking A recording of my drum corps’ 2005 performance of Freebird that won us a national championship. #mp140


Tuesday’s entries:

ubxs113 #mp140 The actual is far too humiliating to be posted in public so how about Southtown Girls by The Hold Steady 

angieandresen #mp140 Mary J. Blige’s “Just Fine” has been a bit of an anthem over the past year, closely followed by “These Boots Are Made for Walkin”

cmnsensepolicy
“Drink the Water” by Jack Johnson, but Don’t tell RT, he might pay an extra $80,000 to use the song on tapmpls.com #mp140

kevinthoule #mp140 If you’re going to have to pay $80K, it’s best to “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” Monty Python Spamalot style!

justacoolcat “Company Store”, since I can’t pay the 80k upfront #mp140

pphenow title exemplifies RIAA attitude about alienating fans, So What by Miles Davis or by the Anti-Nowhere League (not Metallica’s version) #mp140

Monday’s entries:

MikeKodada
Paying $80K would force me to move into the woods. I choose Madonna’s “Ray of Light” as my song and bear repellant. #mp140

danbarnes #mp140 “The Song Remembers When” by Hugh Prestwood (http://bit.ly/zX9Vk (expand)) and recorded by Tricia Yearwood (http://bit.ly/TFt1e (expand)), 1993. 

callipygianking #mp140 Radio show outtake of TPaw telling McClung “Maybe it’s not such a bad idea to raise taxes on the rich so we don’t cut health care…” 

andymergendahl #mp140 there is and will always be only one song standing head and shoulders above all others: Like a Roling Stone. 

rosscwilliams #mp140 “I Feel Free” Cream 

vtuss #mp140: “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” 

panndder A poem with a story, and another Duluth connection (1920 Lynchings and Thomas’s first conviction): Desolation Row by Bob Dylan #mp140 

thomasjcollins Bernard Butler’s “Stay” #mp140 

DanLWhelan “Shine on you Crazy Diamond (Parts I – IX)” by Pink Floyd, transferred complete from record, all vinyl hiss and pops included. #mp140 

Minneapolite #mp140 “Forever Young” by the Youth Group is the song that my future hubby and I first connected through, and our future First Dance! 

panopticon13 #mp140 “Money for Nothing” by the Dire Straits 

iamdez My $80,000 song is “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” If I’m going to pay 80G’s for a song, I’m definitely going to need a beer. #mp140 

Leoramaccabee #mp140 Bonnie Raitt’s cover “Angel from Montgomery” – reminds me of change, hard but good. Played it 50x in a row when leaving college. 

barrydahl My most priceless song? Feelin’ Good Again by Robert Earl Keen. I’d pay $20 for that one song, but not $80,000. So, not priceless. #mp140 

callipygianking A recording of my drum corps’ 2005 performance of Freebird that won us a national championship. #mp140 

funkomatic Most priceless song? Trip Shakespeare’s 12min live version of “Applehead Man” from ‘The Crane’ 12″. Ultrarare, from my college days #mp140 

50Poundhead My answer to the MN Post $80,000 Song Contest would be “Return of the Grevious Angel” by Gram Parsons.

cursedthing Trip Shakespeare “Snow Days” http://twt.fm/171369 ( @MinnPost What can I say, I’m a MN girl.) #mp140 #musicmonday #fb 

julieblaha Here’s to picking music for love, not fashion or iTunes or music critics. Without shame, my song is Copacabana. #mp140

crazyrunnerguy #mp140 not a song, per se, but I’ll take my original vinyl pressing of the Beatles’s Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

roott333 My $80K song “You can call me Al [Franken]” #mp140 #mncontest Get on with it MN Sup. Court http://bit.ly/lT2i9

dbrauer So many! “The World’s a Mess It’s in my kiss” by X. Or “What’s so funny ’bout peace love and understanding” by Nick Lowe.

ChristianHolter #mp140 An $80k song? Not sure any tune is worth THAT much, but I do fall in love again and again with Sufjan Steven’s “Chicago.”

dhaugen612 Most priceless song I own: “Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell” by Das Racist. Wallpaper remix http://hypem.com/track/809693 #mp140 

rfordice #mp140 Rolling Stones. Country Honk. Greatest line in any song ever: I just can’t seem to drink you off my mind. 

dgerber2777 ‘How to be a Millionaire’ by ABC #mp140

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Brad Lundell on 06/22/2009 - 06:50 pm.

    “Return of the Greivous Angel” by Gram Parsons.

  2. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 06/22/2009 - 07:03 pm.

    A little late but I thought I’d take advantage of your question to again remind the RIAA that I have personally downloaded tens of thousands of songs from the Internet. And yes, that’s my real name, real email address, and real blog URL. I’m also in the phone book and Google Maps.

    This isn’t about the law or artists’ rights. This is about shaking down people (usually parents) for a few thousand bucks here, and a few thousand bucks there. They could have gone after Thomas-Rasset much harder but all they really wanted was the easy money, not a court case.

  3. Submitted by Andrew Zabilla on 06/23/2009 - 12:06 am.

    The really sad thing is the the RIAA could have created a similar deal in the US as they have in Canada where a tax on MP3 players and such is levied and paid to RIAA members in exchange for people being able to freely share music. I personally don’t own any music that I haven’t paid for – I know too many broke musicians – but in light of the technology and the propensity for abuse… the RIAA members could be collecting their money and ordinary citizens who are not gaining financially from these transactions would be allowed to share music with their friends without the fear of a $1.92M lawsuit or jail time.

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I read some where else that she was fined $80,000 for each song that was UPLOADED, which would make more sense.

  4. Submitted by Tyler Breuch on 06/23/2009 - 04:59 pm.

    Wow, no one suggested “Mercedes Benz” by Janis Joplin? Sure seems relevant to me!

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