Thursday, May 17, 2007

Random 10 With a Month To Go

In getting my classroom set up this morning, I wrote the date on the board-- May 18. We'll finish the regular school year on June 23. I can't wait.

1. (There'll Be) Peace In the Valley- Johnny Cash and the Carter Family
2. Sandpaper Blues- Joe Strummer and the Mescaleroes
3. New Kind of Kick- The Cramps
4. Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely- Husker Du
5. Local Color- Quicksilver Messenger Service
6. Search and Destroy- Iggy Pop and the Stooges
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man- King Crimson
8. The Look of Love- Dusty Springfield
9. On the Road Again- Willie Nelson
10. Hey Jack Kerouac- 10,000 Maniacs

9 comments:

Splotchy said...

Nice list!

Seeing that 10,000 Maniacs song reminds me of my wife's (intentional) misreading of its opening lyrics:

"Hey Jack Kerouac, get off my mother"

Bubs said...

Wow, now that's some list! You got the perfect tension between wanting to rock out and break some stuff, and then trying to mellow out with Willie Nelson and Dusty Springfield.

I was just blasting the Cramps yesterday while I made dinner. I gots to go find some Iggy Pop now, it's time to wake up.

kim said...

On the road and the Hey Jack Kerouac....too funny.

Grant Miller said...

That Cramps album is fucking wicked. I love it.

Tenacious S said...

Woohoo! I love that Husker Du song.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hmmm, I haven't heard that Mescaleros song. Have you seen the doc Let's Rock Again about Joe Strummer's last tour? Ahhh, it's so good.

Johnny Yen said...

Splotchy-
Thanks!

That's pretty funny. And appropriate-- Kerouac had quite an appetite-- for both men and women.

Bubs-
My friend Jim was telling me that Dusty hated that song. it's one of my favorites of hers.

I went through a period in my twenties when "Lust For Life" was my wake-up song every day.

Kim-
That was funny!

Grant-
It might be my favorite album cover/album title combo ever.

Have you ever seen the Cramps video of them playing in a nuthouse in northern California in 1978? I'd seen the fifth generation video before, and now it's available on DVD (I own it, of course). It's called "The Cramps: Live at the Napa State Mental Hospital."

The stage was only like six inches high, so after a while, the patients started walking onto the stage. At one point, this woman starts declaring loudly "I got the cramps!" It's wonderful stuff.

TenS-
Candy Apple Grey is my favorite Husker Du album.

I mark the day in 1987 when they split as the official end of the first phase of punk.

Barbara-
I was not aware of that movie! I just Netflixed it and put it at the top of my queue. Thanks so much for letting me know about it!

Have you seen Westway to the World, the documentary Don Letts, a friend of the guys in the Clash did? It's marvelous.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Eva was telling me a bit about Westway to the World, but no I haven't seen it. Thanks for the tip!

Grant Miller said...

A friend of mine has the Cramps video. I need to buy for my own collection. Crazy stuff.