|Joe Strummer of the Clash, NYC, ca. 1979|
(#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.