There are times when you know that you more or less promised people you were going to do something, and when it comes time to do it, you find yourself saying, “I don’t WANNA!” Today is one such day. I know I had asked for suggestions of songs that had units of time and sorta-kinda promised I’d do them today, but when I got up I was feeling like doing something different. So, apologies to everyone who suggested songs expecting to hear them today. I’ll get back to them soon, maybe for the next freebie day, maybe later this week or next, I don’t know.
Instead, I tried an experiment: I let iTunes choose 25 rock songs from my collection (“rock” being a general term that includes a whole bunch of sub-genres, as you’ll see), chose ten of them, and built a playlist. Enjoy.
- Toto, “Lea” Toto recently celebrated their 40th anniversary by releasing 40 Trips Around The Sun, a compilation of songs from all their albums to date. “Lea” originally appeared on their 1986 album Fahrenheit. The guy who made the video added scenes from the 2008 film The Duchess starring Keira Knightley (who was not named Lea in the movie), which I think we’ve seen but I don’t believe this song is in it, so I think “Angel Elvis,” who created the video, was just being artsy-fartsy.
- Traveling Wilburys, “Seven Deadly Sins” From The Wilburys’ second album, called, appropriately enough, Volume 3. Though he appears in the video, Roy Orbison (a/k/a Lefty Wilbury) had passed away before they started recording the album.
- Tommy Emmanuel, “Still Can’t Say Goodbye” This is a live version of the song off of Tommy’s 2004 album Endless Road. He tells the story behind it at the beginning of the video, and it’s quite lovely.
- Huey Lewis & The News, “Walking On A Thin Line” From their ultra-popular 1984 album Sports, it’s a song about the veterans of the Vietnam War who came home to a lot of disrespect, as if they hadn’t already faced enough horror.
- Ambergris, “Play On Player” Ambergris was a strange little band (well, not so little; I think there were nine members). Founded by Jerry Weiss, one of the original members of Blood Sweat & Tears, they recorded one album, an eponymous one from 1970. I had a copy of the album and played the grooves off it (they sounded a lot like Tower of Power, as you’ll hear), but I think I was the only one who did. I would see it in ads for Columbia House, who were always willing to sell you a dozen albums for a penny. Even at one-twelfth of a penny, most thought it overpriced.
- Little River Band, “Everyday Of My Life” From the LRB’s second album, 1976’s After Hours, it reached #29 in Australia that year. I have it on a best-of compilation, which I bought because the only song by them I thought I knew was “Reminiscin’.” Turns out I knew a whole bunch more songs by them…
- Blood Sweat & Tears, “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” Al Kooper heard Chicago’s own The Buckinghams and got all excited to hear rock with horns, so he and fellow former Blues Project member Steve Katz formed the band along with Bobby Colomby, Fred Halligan and others, including the aforementioned Jerry Weiss, and recorded 1968’s Child Is Father To The Man, from which this is taken. Kooper later faded into obscurity, BS&T hired David Clayton-Thomas as its lead vocalist, and they went on to make musical history.
- Dick Dale, “Misirlou” Debbie D., who blogs over at The Doglady’s Den and is a participant in Battle of the Bands (and whose blog you should read), featured this song in a recent battle, where she mentioned that this song is a traditional tune from the Eastern Mediterranean. Dick Dale made it a surf classic that found its way into the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.
- The Beatles, “From Me To You” The Fab Four’s first album, Please Please Me, was originally turned down by Capitol Records. Parlophone, their British record label, then licensed the album to Gary, Indiana’s Vee Jay Records, along with a few of their singles, including this song. This is from The Beatles’ 1 album, and it can also be found on the Past Masters: Volume 1 album.
- Chicago, “Reruns” From Chicago 13, which was rated one star by AllMusic.com. It was the band’s second album since the death of Terry Kath, and the last one to feature Kath’s replacement, Donnie Dacus, who is now playing with Chicago’s former drummer Danny Seraphine in a band called “The California Transiut Authority.” As with many Chicago songs, it was written and sung by keyboardist Robert Lamm.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 6, 2018.