Usually I do my Friday Random Ten on my Ipod, which I have hooked up to the stereo. Over time, I've been transferring the songs on my ipod to my Ibook. I've still got a few to go, but I've got the majority of them transferred. Plus, this way, the tunes I've purchased on Itunes will start showing up in my shuffle. Today is the debut of using my laptop for my Friday Random Ten.
1. Sweet Black Angel- The Rolling Stones
2. Can't Say Nothin'- Curtis Mayfield
3. Summer Wind- Frank Sinatra
4. The Beautiful Ones- Prince
5. When The Lights Go Out In the City- Journey
6. Big River- Johnny Cash
7. I Walk the Line- Johnny Cash
8. Pipeline- The Chantays
9. Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)- David Bowie
10. Needles and Pins- The Ramones
1. From "Exile On Main Street," the greatest rock record of all time.
2. Do yourself a favor and go get "People Get Ready," the Curtis Mayfield box set. Your life will be better for it.
3. This song was on the jukebox at Gaspar's, a long-gone Chicago bar (it's where Schuba's is these days). It played frequently, and I never, ever got tired of it.
4. From Purple Rain, one of the great albums of the eighties
5. Okay, yes, it's Journey. But it's the second-best song ever written about my favorite city in this world, San Francisco. The best, of course, is Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."
6. I love the line in this song "I fell in love by accident in St. Paul."
7. What's better than one Johnny Cash song? Two Johnny Cash songs. This is the version from the "Live at San Quentin" album.
8. One of my many memories with my late friend Mark was when he and I were apartment hunting in 1988. We were in his car and he had a tape by the Chicago punk band The Defoliants playing. Their cover of Pipeline came on as we drove to the apartment we'd eventually live in with our friend Dan. Years later I'd discover that another friend of mine, Chuck Uchida, played guitar on that track.
9. From Scary Monsters, an overlooked but great Bowie album.
10. The Ramones' cover of the Searchers classic.