Friday, September 12, 2008

The Transitional Friday Random Ten

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.


GETkristiLOVE said...

I never thought I'd see Journey in your playlists... but I feel better now because I have it too.

Distributorcap said...

does bowie have a bad album

big bowie fan

purplelar said...

Summer Wind is used effectively in the opening scene of Pope of Greenwich Village with Mickey Rourke, before he was beaten 100 times with the ugly stick, is getting ready for work at a restaurant.
There's nothing like driving around with that song cranked up on a beautiful summer day. Well maybe sitting outside on a summer day with a gin and tonic in hand might suffice.

Erik Donald France said...

These are terrific and yes indeedie, Exile on Main Street is the uber-album!

dmarks said...

You can't go wrong with Johnny Cash. Is there anyone who does not like his music?

JR's Thumbprints said...

The Ramones will always be a personal favorite.

BeckEye said...

"The Beautiful Ones" is one of those rare songs that's completely ridiculous and amazing at the same time.

The Idea Of Progress said...

I thought Schuba's has been there forever. I forget how old Chicago is sometimes.

Grant Miller said...

"Sweet Black Angel" and "Factory Girl" might be my favorite Stones songs ever.