Friday, July 24, 2009

Summer Vacation Friday Random Ten

My Anatomy 2 summer school class finally wrapped up on Wednesday. I took a day to decompress, and even get some reading done-- I'm devouring Bryan Burroughs "Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34." It's been at the top of my reading list since it was published in 2004. I'll post a review as soon as I'm done, but let me just say that as much as I like Michael Mann as a filmmaker, the book so vastly superior. Like I said, more later.

1. Mainline Florida- Eric Clapton
2. The Old Laughing Lady- Neil Young
3. The Beat Goes On- Sonny and Cher
4. Redemption Song- Joe Strummer and the Mescaleroes
5. Love Me Tender- Elvis Presley
6. I Threw It All Away- Bob Dylan
7. Real Men- Joe Jackson
8. Excuse Me- Peter Gabriel
9. Moondance- Van Morrison
10. Blinded By The Light- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

1. From Eric Clapton's "comeback" album, 461 Ocean Blvd. Ironically, he had just got off heroin. (To "mainline" is to shoot up heroin).
2. From Neil Young's great first solo album
3. This one is still a lot of fun.
4. A great Bob Marley cover by the Clash's Joe Strummer
5. The melody of this song is based on "Aura Lee," an old folk song.
6. A bittersweet little number from "Nashville Skyline."
7. From Jackson's great 1982 "Night and Day" album.
8. From Peter Gabriel's first post-Genesis solo album.
9. The perfect autumn song.
10. Manfred Mann had a huge hit with a cover of this in 1976, but the original is my favorite


dmarks said...

I like the Manfred Mann version, but it does seem kind of overproduced, doesn't it?

Erik Donald France said...

"The Beat Goes On," indeed. Cute song. As for the Boss, one of my sisters and her "Neigborhood" was so into the early stuff, though I was a little mystified by the lyrics at the time ;->

Churlita said...

I like the Bruce Springsteen version better. Love Peter Gabriel too.