We're still waiting for warm weather here in Chicago-- it's mid-June, for Christ's sake. At least it's not raining today.
In the meantime, Kim and I are looking forward to having the Bubs' over for dinner and drinks. Bubs always has some great mixed drink up his sleeve. I'm betting tonight will be no exception.
1. Don't Run Wild- The Del Fuegos
2. Positively 4th Street- Bob Dylan
3. Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore- John Prine
4. Sunday Morning Coming Down- Johnny Cash
5. Your Bird Can Sing- The Beatles
6. The World Is A Ghetto- War
7. Pressure Drop- Toots and the Maytalls
8. Love You To- The Beatles
9. No More Songs- Phil Ochs
10. Famous Blue Raincoat- Lloyd Cole
1. Hands down one of my favorite songs of the eighties. Singer Dan Zanes does children's albums now, and plays at the Old Town School of Folk Music, just a few blocks from my house, every year or two.
2. A very angry song.
3. One of my favorite-- and most irreverent-- anti-war songs ever.
4. Kris Kristofferson wrote a lot of great songs that other people covered-- Sammi Smith' "Help Me Make It Through The Night, Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobbi McGee," and of course this one.
5. Picking a favorite Beatles album is like trying to pick your favorite kid. Revolver is definitely in my top five.
6. Bruce Dickinson must have produced all of War's album-- lots of cowbell!
7. The Clash redefined this song when they covered it, but the original still sounds damned fine.
8. Whaddya know-- another song from Revolver. George Harrison gets his sitar on in this one.
9. A beautiful and sadly prophetic song by Phil Ochs, who was stricken by writer's block in the years before his suicide in 1976.
10. From "I'm Your Fan," a wonderful Leonard Cohen tribute album. The song takes the form of a letter Cohen is writing to a friend who his live-in lover cheated on him with-- even signing off "Sincerely, L. Cohen." One of my favorite covers of a Cohen song.