Wednesday, May 16, 2012

21 Songs I Hope My Kid Knows and Loves, #10 - #6

Joe Strummer of the Clash, NYC, ca. 1979
For those of you who are fashionably late to the party, I decided to take the foot off the gas, so to speak, with outdoor related posts not directly related to me going outdoors.  I've been thinking about putting this list together for awhile, so why not now?  There are 21 songs because there are 21 songs. Well really, 22.  Or 23. I'm losing track. To sum up our results so far:

(#5 - #1)

10. Old Crow Medicine Song: "Wagon Wheel."  This song is based off of an old Bob Dylan round with a narrative of a rambling man woven into it by OCMS.  There's just something to lyrics like, "And if I die in Raleigh, at least I will die free."  A reasonable cover of the song was recorded by Florida "screamo" band AGAINST ME! a few years later.  What's slightly noticeable in the OCMS version, and quite evident in the AGAINST ME! version is that the chord progression (G, D, E, C) is exactly the same as this list's #5, "Prison Bound."

9. Leonard Cohen: "Everybody Knows."  Uh oh.  This is turning into a reputable music list now.  I first heard this song in the 1990-ish Christian Slater movie "Pump Up the Volume."  My girlfriend and I watched it like 400,000 times during my senior year of high school (1991-1992).  I was her first (and last) punk rock boyfriend.  That movie taught her about legendary punk bands like Bad Brains and the Descendents.  Win!  But she's long gone now.  Leonard Cohen is still here. I declare victory.

8. Sam Cooke: "Bring it on Home to Me."  I once blared this song from my car stereo while I danced with a girl in a field full of wildflowers.  Shut up, asshole.  That happened.  Not counting some of his gospel recordings, this might be Sam Cooke at his best.

7 (tie). REM: "You Are The Everything."  This song is a heartbreaker. "Here's the scene you're in the back seat laying down / the windows wrapped around to the sounds of the travel and the engine."

7 (tie). REM: "Country Feedback." "Hotline. Wanted ad. It's crazy what you could have  had." This is a special song to me.  I don't know what else to add.

6. Rolling Stones: "Dead Flowers."  OK.  So here's the deal.  We are getting to the part of this list where if you can't raise a glass with me while these songs play, you may as well quit reading now and go watch American Idol or something equally useless and effervescent. It's inconceivable to me that this song was released in 1971.  What's amazing is that the emotion of the song is beyond aggravation and far beyond mockery of one addict by another.  It's sadness for the inevitable outcome.

Tune in next week for the top five!  Ish.


Anonymous said...

reagrding "wagon wheel:" you just about can't turn on the radio without hearing the I V VI IV progression ... check out this Australian comedy group's take on it:


LAR said...

Can't wait to see the next five! I love all of those songs...4 Non Blondes did a great rendition of Everybody Knows check it out some time... Check this out too..If you need some extra room for all your gear, call Backyard Rooms these guys will fix you up in a jiffy and they finance. Check it out at
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Kirk Mantay said...

Anon - that's pretty funny. Also the same pattern as Skynyrd "All I can do is write about it."

LAR - you know, I'll allow the spam since you bothered to read my post and make a real comment. You're thinking of Concrete Blonde, and yes, that is a great, great version, thanks for reminding me. The "Pump up the Volume" soundtrack features the Concrete Blonde version instead of the Leonard Cohen version.

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