Friday, June 12, 2009

That "At Least It's Not Raining" Friday Random Ten

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.


Erik Donald France said...

This one's worth much just for the song titles. "Sunday Morning Coming Down" is a perfect example.

Oorah! Personally, I prefer cool to hot. In fact one time, must have been in the late 80s, it was hotter than Hades in Chicago while staying at a friend's un-AC'd place. Hated it.

Distributorcap said...

this has been the coldest june --- nice mix this week

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Churlita said...

I know a guy who used to play sax for the Violent Femmes and he said he cracks up every time he sees the Del Fuegos guy on TV doing all the kid's stuff. He says all he can think of is all the coke he did when they toured together. It's funny how people change when they get older.

I love Toots and the Maytals. Pressure Drop is a great song to run to.

Johnny Yen said...

You were probably here in the summer of '88-- a brutally hot summer. I remember it particularly because I was laid up with a cast up to my knee after the stupidest thing I've ever done (I keep promising to post about that).


I spent a couple of summers working construction (with asphalt no less!) in a couple of the hottest summers we've had in Chicago. I guess it trained me to deal with heat. I'm looking forward to warmer days.

Yeah, I know few musicians who didn't partake of the drug scene.

I also remember that the song that got airplay from Zanes' first solo album (not a kid's album) was about going to get an AIDS test-- apparently he lived the full rock and roll lifestyle.

I think that the first version of Pressure Drop, in my callow youth, was Robert Palmer's. Hearing the original and the Clash' was a revelation.