This has been a weird week. Among the things that have happened:
--A couple that are close friends of ours appear to be splitting. There'd been no indication of problems
--A former co-worker at my old Evanston job was fired after he put a derogatory comment about a customer on the electronically generated check, apparently not remembering that the comment would show up on the check
--I found a $3,100 check on the sidewalk near my home, drafted to a person who lives a couple of blocks from me. I left a note at the address, but the check's owner hasn't contacted me.
Glad to be getting this week over.
1. Low Rider- War
2. I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)- The Proclaimers
3. Long Lonesome Highway- Michael Parks
4. Suddenly Last Summer- The Motels
5. California Dreamin'- Jose Feliciano
6. It's a Shame- The Spinners
7. Travelin' Man/Beautiful Loser- Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
8. Growin' Up- Bruce Springsteen
9. The Right Profile- The Clash
10. Don't Know Why- Norah Jones
1. My stepdaughter loves this song because it's the theme song for the George Lopez show, one of her favorites.
2. Big hit from a pair of Scottish twins.
3. Parks sang this song for the theme song of the 1969 series "Then Came Bronson." These days, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez keep him in work.
4. One of a handful of hits the Motels had in the '80's.
5. Feliciano came up in the Village folk scene that produced Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Richie Havens and of course, the Mamas and the Papas. This cover of the Mamas and the Papas song is even more haunting and sad than the original.
6. When they recorded this one, they were actually known as The Detroit Spinners to distinguish them from a British folk group with the same name. They're one of my favorite bands of the seventies, and the surviving members are still touring. The song was written by Stevie Wonder and Syreeta Wright.
7. Another great product of Detroit. I'd argue that "Live Bullet" is one of top five live albums ever.
8. From Springsteen's great first album.
9. A song from the incredible "London Calling" album about tragic actor Montgomery Clift.
10. One of my favorite songs of the last ten years or so.