Friday, September 26, 2008

Perfect Autumn Day Friday Random Ten

The weather here in Chicago is picture-perfect today. I'm remembering to enjoy it, thinking about the days in December I'll be riding my bike to school through snow.

A few days after dropping the Chemistry class, I'm realizing I did the right thing-- I'm feeling a huge sense of relief. And I'm really enjoying my English 101 class. It'll be good for some future posts.

1. England Swings- Roger Miller
2. Jim Dean of Indiana- Phil Ochs
3. (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures- The Rezillos
4. Don't Make Me Wait- Locksley
5. Teenage Depression- Eddie and the Hot Rods
6. 6'1"- Liz Phair
7. Long, Lonesome Highway- Michael Parks
8. Blame It On Cain- Elvis Costello
9. Bridge Over Troubled Water- Simon and Garfunkel
10. All This I've Done For You- Hüsker Du


Notes:
1. I came across a Roger Miller "best of" collection at my local library and had to rip a few of my old favorites from that.
2. Phil Ochs usually sang politically-tinged songs, but this one is a straight-up beautiful homage to the actor James Dean.
3. This one is from Rhino Records' fabulous "No Thanks" collection of seventies punk.
4. Bought this one on Itunes after hearing it on The Underground Garage on Sirius satellite radio.
5. Also from the "No Thanks" collection. Great opening line: "Well I'm spending all my money and it's going up my nose..."
6. From "Exile In Guyville."
7. The great theme song from the television series "Then Came Bronson," sung by the show's star.
8, From "My Aim Is True," one of the best first albums ever.
9. Another one lifted from the library collection.
10. Candy Apple Grey is my favorite Hüsker Du album and one of my favorite album titles ever.

4 comments:

SkylersDad said...

Sure England swings, but is that trailer for sale or rent?

You are officially my hero for having Roger Miller on your playlist!

Beth said...

Dammit. In ten minutes, Skyler's Dad has stolen my comment thunder a second time! I wanted to rave about the coolness of the Roger Miller ... so I guess I'll squeal over the Hüsker Du. You can never go wrong with Bob.

Mob said...

Funny coincidence, I heard England Swings this morning while leaving a restaurant. It was playing over the PA system at Cracker Barrel.

Odd.

Johnny Yen said...

Skyler's Dad-
I love me some Roger Miller! King of the Road is one of my all-time favorites!

Beth-
I doubt I'm telling you something that you don't know in mentioning the REM live cover of "King of the Road" that floats around.

Mob-
I didn't know that my blog had that much influence! ; )