Friday, May 04, 2007

A Very Canadian Random 10

Lots of Canadian content on my Random 10 today-- and that's a good thing. Gordon Lightfoot, most of The Band (Levon Helms was the sole Yank) and Leonard Cohen. Maybe it's because I posted earlier in the week about a road trip I took to Toronto 20 years ago.

I was hoping that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Ohio" would miraculously pop up on my Random 10-- it's about the Kent State Killings, which happened 37 years ago today, on May 4, 1970. It also would have added one more Canadian, Neil Young, to the mix.

If I can get my lesson plans done, and enough of my students have given themselves the day off today, I'll post about Kent State.

1. Crossroads- Cream
2. Down Down Down- Dave Edmunds
3. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans- Freddy Cannon
4. I Just Wanna Have Something To Do- The Ramones
5. If You Could Read My Mind- Gordon Lightfoot
6. Make the Deal- The Lid
7. Daniel and the Sacred Harp- The Band
8. Suzanne- Leonard Cohen
9. Paradise City- Pat Boone
10. Gimme Danger- The Stooges

9 comments:

Erik Donald France said...

Excellent soundtrack for a "discovery period" ;)

Love it!

cheer34 said...

I need to expand my music library. If I did the ten random thing I would have the same artists come up over and over and the same songs . Santana, Stevie RAy Vaughn, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Bare Naked Ladies, and Roy Orbison. Thats about it.

The Elk said...

I Want to hear "Hearbeat IT's a LoveBeat" by the DeFranco Family....either that or the Mother Ride.....

Skylers Dad said...

I love Gordon Lightfoot. Canadian Railroad Trilogy is one of my favs.

leazwell said...

I was reading excerpts from a blogger commenting about his random top ten where at first I thought he had written "I excluded that preposterous number of Edmund Fitzgerald..." I couldn't believe what I was reading, no way is that song preposterous but to my relief he was referring to Ella Fitzgerald not the the song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I've always liked GL's voice.

The Elk said...

Pat Boone?!? Paradise City????
You Sick bastard.....
I put the In a Metal Mood CD you gave me a while back in to my last garage sale and didn't get any takers...even at $.25.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was a little startled by the Pat Booneage myself, but glad to see some countrymen on there nonetheless. This is how we are planning to take over your nation you know.

Bubs said...

I'd like to see a Pat Boone/Gordon Lightfoot cage match. With Iggy Pop as the ref.

Johnny Yen said...

Erik-
Thanks!

Cheer-
Despite having over 5,000 songs on the itunes, I feel that way, too.

Elk-
Hmmmm.... I think I need to go download the Defranco family song...

Skyler's Dad-
I love that one too! WXRT, a station her in Chicago, used to play that one back in the seventies, before they became a horrible corporate station.

Leazwell-
Another great song. I like his voice too. "Carefree Highway" is a particular favorite.

Elk-
See? You're fated to be stuck with that album.

Barbara-
It's from a gag album Boone did about ten years ago, where he covered a bunch of heavy metal songs by Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns n' Roses, etc. It's really pretty entertaining.

If that's how Canadians are going to take over, by giving us great music, I'll defect today.

Bubs-
You're a sick, sick man. It's one of the things I really like about you.

Have you ever seen the Chris Elliot movie "Snow Day?" Iggy Pop plays a deranged deejay at a skating rink. The first time I ever saw it was on the hotel cable in Shanghai, China. Between the jet lag, the setting and the booze, it was a little mind-bending.