Saturday, July 05, 2008

Late Friday Random Ten For Fourth of July

I've been insanely busy this week, and didn't get a chance to post my Friday Random Ten yesterday after I played it. Without further ado...

1. I'm Gonna Make You Mine- The Shadows of Knight
2. Brand New Cadillac- The Clash
3. Green Tamborine- The Lemon Pipers
4. 88 Lines About 44 Women- The Nails
5. Chemistry Class- Elvis Costello
6. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five- Paul McCartney and the Wings
7. Jethro Tull- Nothing Is Easy
8. Girl, Don't Go Away Mad (Girl, Just Go Away)- Motley Crue
9. I Want You Back- Hoodoo Gurus
10. Melissa- The Allman Brothers


Notes:
1. From the great Chicago band Shadows of Knight, who were best known for the big hit they had with their cover of Van Morrison and Them's "Gloria." This is on the great Nuggets collection.
2. I was talking to someone tonight at Bubs' party about how much it sucks to hear Clash songs in commercials. I might be okay with hearing the line "Jesus Christ, where did you get that Cadillac" in a Cadillac commercial, though-- unintentional irony, like hearing Iggy Pop's ode to heroin, "Lust For Life" in the cruise line commercial.
3. I know it's only bubblegum, but I like it.
4. First heard this one on my college radio station. I was looking up Jello Biafra, the singer for the Dead Kennedys on Wikipedia today and discovered that he was a roadie for the Ravers, who later became the Nails. I also learned that Jello turned 50 last month, and suddenly felt very old.
5. From Armed Forces, one of the great albums of the seventies.
6. Band on the Run was my favorite post-Beatles solo, and this is my favorite song from that album.
7. I was never a huge Jethro Tull fan, but I do like this song.
8. Love the video for this song.
9. The Hoodoo Gurus were an Australian band in the eighties who got some airplay, but were generally underappreciated.
10. I love this little gem from the "Eat A Peach" album.

8 comments:

dmarks said...

I love "1985".

JR's Thumbprints said...

How about, "Lost in a Supermarket" by the Clash; it would make a good Wal-Mart commercial. Not that I'm a big fan of Wal-Mart.

Some Guy said...

I, too, am fond of Green Tambourine. There was a bar that I used to hang out at that had it on the jukebox and I'd play it every time. It does, however, have one of the lamest drum solos of all time.

Erik Donald France said...

Yeahdawg, all good and grand.

88 Lines about 44 Women is a little freaky, if memory serves.

Erik Donald France said...

p.s. I did visit that cemetery (Graceland) ca. 1999, I "seen" them thar' graves. Isn't there a Jewish cemetery next to it or near by?

Bubs said...

Speaking of heroin in commercial jingles, did you catch the Nissan XTerra ad from a year or two ago that showed the SUV pulling up at a rock climbing location, and the music was the opening guitar chords from "Heroin"

DivaJood said...

I loved the Shadows of Knight. They were such a great garage band. Loved 'em.

BeckEye said...

"Melissa" has long been a fave of mine. Never get tired of it.