Song of the Day – “Lonely People” – America

A few days ago a friend of mine posted the song “I Am…I Said” by Neil Diamond, and I was reminded of how much I loved that song and “I Am a Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel, back in the day. I was a teenager, and my main occupation at the time was feeling sorry for myself. Oh yeah – “Everybody Plays the Fool” by the Main Ingredient, too!

This song offered a little hope in the middle of all the wildly swinging emotions and hormones. If you think that life and love has passed you by, don’t give up.

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Archive SotD – May 18-24, 2009

May 18, 2009 – “One Love” – Bob Marley

Michelle reminded me of this song, one of my favorites by Bob Marley, who passed away 28 years ago last Monday.



May 19, 2009 – “Raise the Roof” – Tracey Thorn

Tracey is one half of the duo Everything But the Girl, who put out a number of terrific albums. This is from Tracey’s 2007 CD, Out of the Woods, which inexplicably was not part of my collection until recently. Cute video, too.



May 20, 2009 – “Pocket Calculator” – Kraftwerk

Now is the time on “Sprockets” when we dance.

Kraftwerk didn’t invent electronic music, they just pushed the boundaries of electronic music. To the average listener in the ‘70s, this was off the charts on the weird scale.

This is the German version. The English lyrics include the deathless prose:

“I’m the operator with my pocket calculator
I am adding and subtracting
I’m controlling and composing
By pressing down a special key, it plays a little melody.”



May 21, 2009 – “Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival

This is such a great band. Their lead singer (and only songwriter worth mentioning), John Fogerty, really knows how to write a hit single. It’s a travesty that they were only able to last a few years and that business wrangling kept Fogerty from any work for more than a decade after that.

This particular song gave rise to one of the most famous mondegreens, or misheard lyrics: “There’s a bathroom on the right.”



May 22, 2009 – “Turn Your Pretty Name Around” – Olson/Louris

This is a low-key performance by the songwriting/vocal team behind the Jayhawks, a band I featured earlier this year. This song is from their (relatively) new album, “Ready for the Flood”.



May 23, 2009 – “Once in a Lifetime” – Talking Heads

Same as it ever was…

A little clip from a brilliant concert movie, “Stop Making Sense”.

“You may ask yourself, how do I work this?”



May 24, 2009 – “Good Intentions” – Toad the Wet Sprocket

A ‘90s folk-pop band named after a Monty Python sketch? Sounds like the ingredients for mainstream success, right?

Glenn Phillips and the band did have a few Top-40 hits – and this song was included on the “Friends” soundtrack, although I can’t remember where it was actually used (Courtney’s in the video) – but broke up in the late ‘90s. They have re-formed for touring and play the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta tonight.



Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Helplessness Blues”

Fleet Foxes

Truth in lyrics over a beautiful Simon and Garfunkel-esque melody. I can’t get enough of this song.

I was raised up believin’
I was somehow unique
Like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes
Unique in each way you can see.

And now after some thinkin’
I’d say I’d rather be
A functioning cog in some great machinery
Servin’ some thing beyond me

But I don’t I don’t know what that will be.
I’ll get back to you someday
Soon you will see.

What’s my name what’s my station
Oh just tell me what I should do
I don’t need to be kind to the armies of night
That would do such injustice to you.
Or bow down and be grateful
And say “sure take all that you see”
To the men who move only in depleted halls
And determine my future for me.

And I don’t I don’t know who to believe
I’ll get back to you someday
Soon you will see.

If I know only one thing
Is that everything that I see
Of the world outside is full of such wonder
That often I barely can speak

Yeah I’m tongue tied and dizzy
And I can’t keep it to myself
What good is it to sing helplessness blues?
Why should I wait for anyone else?

And I know I know you keep me on the shelf
I’ll come back to you someday
Soon myself.

If I had an orchard
I’d work ’till I’m raw.
If I had an orchard
I’d work ’till I’m sore.
And you would wait table ’till you ran the store.

Oh oh ohh.

If I had an orchard I’d work ’till I’m sore.

Song of the day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “It Makes No Difference”

The Band

From the great concert movie The Last Waltz.

 

The Darling Buds

According to the notes for this video, it’s a new video for a twenty-year-old song. The song was released on 1991’s Crawdaddy, and the footage was shot, but it was never cut together and released until now.

Archive SotD – May 11-17, 2009

May 11, 2009 – “Crayola Doesn’t Make A Color For Your Eyes” – Kristin Andreassen

Indie folkie Kristin Andreassen performs her signature song here. I heard it when I saw her and her then-group, Sometimes Why, open for Nickel Creek at the Variety Playhouse. Really clever lyrics about all the colors in the rainbow – or at least in a box of 64.



May 12, 2009 – “Dance with Me” – Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague is a French group that does bossa nova versions of new wave songs. Here they cover “Dance with Me” by The Lords of the New Church.

It is tres cool.

March 27, 2011 – as a sheer coincidence, my cousin posted the original portion of the Godard film Bande à Part that this video uses.  Bande à Part is also the name of the Nouvelle Vague album.



May 13, 2009 – “Town without Pity” – Gene Pitney

This is Pitney’s first Top-20 hit, and a fine example of his melodramatic singing style. (Hey, it worked for Roy Orbison, why not for him?)

The video features him singing live over the original backing track, which was unlike most of the lip-synced TV performances of the day.



May 14, 2009 – “In This Life” – Chantal Kreviazuk

I like this quote from AMG about this artist: “A young classically trained pianist from Winnipeg, Chantal Kreviazuk gained a record contract from Sony — as a vocalist — without ever having performed live.”

This is from her 2003 release, What If It All Means Something.



May 15, 2009 – “Jukebox (Don’t Put Another Dime)” – The Flirts

Hey, just because he’s a jerk, it doesn’t mean you have to destroy the records!

Won’t somebody please think of the records?!



May 16, 2009 – “New Mistake” – Jellyfish

More power pop, this time from the early ‘90s. Jellyfish broke up after only two albums, but what grand and glorious albums they were!



May 17, 2009 – “Love the One You’re With” – Stephen Stills

As part of Buffalo Springfield, CSN(&Y), and Manassas, Stills has put out an enormous amount of quality music. This solo number (solo? Who’s he trying to kid?) is probably the catchiest song he’s ever written.

Also, I prefer to think that the song doesn’t mean “jump on anything that moves”, but rather “enjoy the company of whoever you happen to be with”.



Song of the Day – “Candy Everybody Wants” – 10,000 Maniacs

Natalie Merchant and the Maniacs “give them what they want” – including, apparently, “glazed apathetic leash”.

Loved the song (from 1992’s Our Time in Eden) but never saw the video until now.

Song of the Day – “Back Stabbers” – The O’Jays

What they do?

They smile in your face
All the time they wanna take your place –
the Back Stabbers