Friday, May 08, 2009

Dion, "King of the New York Streets"

I've loved Dion's music since I was a kid-- "The Wanderer" and "Abraham, Martin and John," among others, have been favorites of mine since I started listening to the radio in the mid and late sixties.

A couple of years ago, my wife got me Sirius Radio for my birthday, and I quickly fell in love with Little Steven's Underground Garage. One of the things is that I've discovered lots of new music-- either newer groups I'd never heard of, like the Boss Martians and the Cocktail Slippers, older groups I'd never heard of, such as The Cake-- and old songs I'd never heard from artists I loved, like Dion's "King of the New York Streets."

"King of the New York Streets" is full of brilliant wordplay, both broggadio and cautionary-- the story of a guy who had it all, and then walks away before he loses it all. If you took away the melody, it could be a rap song. I found a performance on Youtube from 1990, where Dion has Mussel Shoals guy (and "Dock of the Bay" co-author) Steve Cropper playing with him.

6 comments:

SkylersDad said...

I really envy your music knowledge, I am such a music dweeb.

Paul Brazill said...

Fantastic post. Dion is MEGA!

Erik Donald France said...

Little Steven rocks! Groovy!

Churlita said...

I've never heard that song before. I really like it. Thanks for the introduction.

Oxzen said...

This has to be one of the most dynamic tracks and performances of all time. I saw it many years ago on TV - and here it is on your blog! Brilliant.

Jay Amabile said...

My mom and I used to listen to the casette tape of Yo Frankie when I was a kid. Dion made some good music even after his massive popularity! There aren't too many folks talkin about his '80s work on the Internet, but I think it's cool of you! thanks!