I took a Mulligan on my Friday Random 10 today; a couple of years ago I downloaded Journey singer Steve Perry's song "Oh Sherry" for an old teaching colleague and forgot to delete it. Joni Mitchell's a much better beginning.
1. Help Me- Joni Mitchell
2. Ain't That a Kick In the Head- Dean Martin
3. Without Love- Tom Jones
4. Indian Reservation- Paul Revere and the Raiders
5. Sweet Maxine- The Doobie Brothers
6. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
7. Sweet Child 'O Mine- Guns 'n' Roses
8. I Got Loaded- Los Lobos
9. Version Girl- UB40
10. She Is Beyond Good and Evil- The Pop Group
1. This was Joni Mitchell's only Top Ten Single. The B-Side of the single, "Free Man in Paris" was about music mogul David Geffen.
2. Note to self: more Rat Pack on the Random 10's
3. "See Tom Jones perform" is still unfulfilled on my list of life goals. My grandmother would never miss his show in the late sixties and early seventies.
4. In Plaster Caster, legendary groupie Cynthia Plastercaster recounts losing her virginity to Paul Revere and the Raiders' singer Mark Lindsay in the Congress Hotel. Ewwww.
5. From when the Doobies were still an actual rock band (pre Michael McDonald)
6. From Marvin Gaye's masterpiece, "What's Going On." His messages about war, the environment and the despair of ghetto life are as current as they were in 1971 when he released the album.
7. I'll blog sometime about Axl Rose trying to pick a fight with me in a Chicago bar. Seriously.
8. I had no idea this was a cover until I heard the zydeco original.
9. Isn't it time for "Red, Red Wine" to be a hit again?
10. From the great "No Thanks" collection, a box set of 1970's punk. People associate punk with the 80's, but most of the really good stuff actually came out between 1976 and 1979.