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Rounding out a 50-track playlist of great Chico songs

Listen to Chico:
Tune in to The Random Pick with Jeff Howse today (April 28), 12:30-3 p.m., on KZFR 90.1 FM, to hear the local music from this issue. And visit the Best Chico Songs channel on YouTube ( to stream all the songs online.

“Hill of Beans,” THE iMPS (1998): Sad songs are for rockin’ the eff out.

“Eugene, Oregon,” Mid-Fi (1994): Chico smart asses return from Oregon road trip with a snotty punk anthem.

“Meth ’til Death,” MC Oroville (2001): “I beat you with my crack pipe/steal all your fuckin’ yellow bikes.”

“Yushchenko,” Lott Lyzzyrd (2006): Smart guys mix dioxin and dirty riffs in the garage.

“The Booze,” Lish Bills (2011): The quintessential drinking song for this drinking town.

“Action – Reaction,” Bear Hunter (2007): Electro pop and indie rock meet the Flaming Lips in the studio.

“Stranger in the Burrito Truck,” Danny West & The Lonesome Cowboys (1995): Ska dance party at the taco wagon with the Blue Kahuna.

“Plus Minus Plus,” French Reform (2013): Fuzzy guitars, fuzzy synths and the perfect pop riff.

“Judas,” The Shimmies (2010): Band of brothers channels Band of Horses.

“Bad Reaction/Unseen Action,” Royal Crown (2003): Dark piano-pop for the modern world.

“Cocaine Keeps Me Regular,” Asskickers (2002): Country music with a message.

“California Games,” The Americas (2010): Sonic plate-spinning with dizzying noise-rock duo.

“Miner Forty-Niner,” Pitchfork Tuning (1994): Alt-rock with California soul from Chico’s quintessential college-rock band.

“I Am The Carcass,” Abominable Iron Sloth (2002): The voices in Godzilla’s head are set free.

“7th Grade Booty Party,” Brutilicus Maximus (1990): Crashing the junior high disco.

“Surf’s Up,” The Funnels (1985): A beach bonfire with Chico’s No. 1 party band.

“Feel Your Soul,” Puddle Junction (1996): Jam Band 101, with professor Doug Stein.

“Love Song For No One,” Aubrey Debauchery (2007): A girl’s pretty song about sex for a pretty sexy boy who’s not even there.

“Satan Rocks,” Matt Hogan & The Incredible Diamonds (unknown date): Chico’s oldest teenager plays the devil’s music better than most.

“Ranting in the Street,” Danny Cohen (1999): Twisted lounge music on The Ridge.

“Jocks on Wheels,” Gruk (2001): The punks wanna know who gave that jock a skateboard!

“Burger Love,” Peter Berkow & Friends (1977): Jazz-prog brothers of invention make a pop(ish) song—bona fide local-radio hit.

“Land of Poverty,” Nogoodnix (2000): Many of this story's contributors sang the praises of the "best frontman in Chico." Here's Jimmy Lo doing his typically smart, passionate take on punk rock.

“Diggin’ On,” Michelin Embers (2014): Uke, gut-bucket, lap steel, and Johnny Shanker. Giddy-up!

“Shooting Star,” Dylan’s Dharma (2016): Perfect pop melody from Helltown.

“Some Dark Morning,” Bunnymilk (2013): Drunken songbirds are up early.

“Wrecking Ball,” West By Swan (2006): One-song gateway drug for the mind-altering sonic dope of Chico’s noise-rock giants.

“Repetition,” Solar Estates (2014): In the laboratory with the synthesizers inventing the pop song of the future.

“Chico Women,” Sundance (1971): Dudes from the 1970s want in Chico’s pants.

“For Goodness Sakes,” Furlough Fridays (2014): Road trip power-pop anthem.

“While the Fire Was Out,” Brighten (2010): Emo sad song is sad.

“Can’t Live With ’Em,” Clouds on Strings (2010): Genre hopping with Zappa at the circus.

“The Human Is,” Land of the Wee Beasties (1997): That time math-rock met power pop.

“Fire Breathing Damsel Devourer,” The Makai (2007): Dudes in black shirts sweating heavy at the stake.

“God Damn,” Dick & Jane (2008): A meet cute on the street with the cutest ukelele duo.

“The Starting Line,” Number One Gun (2003): Power pop for stadiums.

“Greenhouse,” The Vertels (1990): Dude, tone. Plus, a muscular riff and monster solo that Dick Dale would approve of.

“United We Fall,” P.A.W.N.S. (1999): Chico’s original political-punkers foretell our demise.

“Whitewash,” Trench (1994): This is the moment Chico got heavy.

“Change the World,” Mandalyn May & Electric Canyon Convergence (2013): Ukulele-led supergroups make the world a better place.