The Friday 5×2: Your “Saint” Songs

I’m impressed: you came up with quite a few songs with “saint” in the title. Eight, plus one with a band that had “saint” in the name. I added a tenth that I remembered, to bring us up to ten. And here they are…

  1. Foo Fighters, “Saint Cecilia” Cathy came up with several suggestions, starting with this one. She had it down as “St. Isabella,” and I could have sworn I had seen that one, but couldn’t find it. It might have been this one, which Jeanne also suggested. It was the title track from their 2015 EP, and reached #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart the following year.
  2. Mötley Crüe, “Saints of Los Angeles” I impress myself sometimes: I got all the umlauts in! Cathy also suggested this. It was the title track from their ninth and final LP from 2008. Helped along by its presence in the video game Rock Band, it reached #5 on the Hot Mainstream Rock chart and was nominated for a Grammy in 2009.
  3. U2 and Green Day, “The Saints Are Coming” Ever since the “free album on iTunes” debacle, U2 has been on my “naughty” list. Also from Cathy, this was originally done by the Scottish punk-rock band Skids on their 1979 debut album Scared To Dance. The cover reached #51 on the Hot 100 in 2006.
  4. Doris Day, “Ol’ Saint Nicholas” Birgit said she remembered a song by either Doris Day or Kate Smith (or both) that had “saint” in the title, and I found this. I know, it’s not Christmastime until after Thanksgiving, but it’s like everyone is starting “the most wonderful time of the year” early, so I added it.
  5. J. S. Bach, “St. Matthew Passion (Final Chorus)” Ed told me he sang this in college, where his choir director used it as a way to teach people who didn’t speak German how to sing it, and that the words, when translated, are beautiful. The whole piece is almost three hours long.
  6. Judas Priest, “Saints In Hell” Jeanne contributed this one. From their 1978 album Stained Class.
  7. Sara Evans, “Saints and Angels” Sandi wasn’t sure if The Waterboys or country singer Sara Evans did this originally. From what I gather, The Waterboys got it from Sara. This was on her 2000 album Born To Fly, and was the third single from it, released in September 2001. It peaked at #16 on the Hot Country Singles chart and at #3 on Billboard’s “Bubbling Under” Hot 100.
  8. Orbital, “The Saint” Jeanne also recommended this theme song from the Sixties TV show The Saint starring a young Roger Moore, who would have made a dynamite James Bond when the show was on. I think he was a bit long-in-the-tooth to play him in the Seventies. I haven’t done a collection of TV Themes in a while. Maybe next week?
  9. St. Paul and The Broken Bones, “Call Me” SDC suggested this one, and while the song title doesn’t have “saint” in it, the band’s name does. They’re a six-piece “blue-eyed soul” band from Birmingham, Alabama, and they’ve released two albums and two EP’s. This is from 2014’s Half The City.
  10. “St. Trinian’s Fight Song” From the British “St. Trinian’s” movies, popular in the Fifties and based on a cartoon of the same name about a girls’ school where the girls are little hellions. Mary and I used to watch them when Channel 11 in Chicago would run them as the late Sunday evening movie. The first, 1954’s The Belles of St. Trinian’s, featured the redoubtable Alistair Sim in dual roles, as the headmistress as well as her bookie brother. They attempted a reboot of the series not long ago, and it was much less innocent and much less successful.

Thanks to all who contributed. That’s your Friday 5×2 for November 3, 2017.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: All Hallows’ Eve

Last year, when I did the Hallowe’en M4 post, I said that I was tempted to point out that Hallowe’en is short for “All Hallow’s Eve,” the day before All Saints Day, the day Christians in general and Catholics in particular celebrate the lives of the saints, those holy people who demonstrated heroic faith in their lives. Well, this year, I’m going to do it. Tomorrow is the Feast of All Saints, so here are ten songs with “saint” in the title.

  1. Louis Armstrong, “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” I played Fats Domino’s version of this a couple of days ago, so here’s Satchmo’s. It’s a Christian hymn that gets done by jazz musicians a lot.
  2. John Parr, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” Theme song from the ultra-popular mid-Eighties Brat Pack coming-of-age film, it reached #1 for two weeks in September 1985.
  3. Cab Calloway, “St. James Infirmary Blues” Xmas Dolly will like this one, as it’s from the animated feature Betty Boop’s Snow White. As I said a few weeks ago, Max Fleischer was a genius. That’s Koko the Clown that looks like he’s singing it, and the dog character sitting on Betty’s casket is Bimbo.
  4. Eartha Kitt, “St. Louis Blues” The person who created this video added a scene from Ms. Kitt’s first appearance as Catwoman on Batman, but it didn’t detract from her vocal performance, taken from the 1958 biopic of W. C. Handy, which starred her and Nat King Cole. And yes, Billy Preston played Handy as a boy.
  5. Aly Bain with Jerry Douglas and Russ Barenberg, “St. Anne’s Reel” According to this, no one is quite sure where this tune came from, or when it was written, but here’s it’s played by Scottish fiddler Bain, who makes it sound like an Irish reel. It’s also popular among bluegrass players.
  6. David Bowie, “All Saints” From the 1991 release of David’s 1977 album Low, this wasn’t on the original album, but was a bonus track. Sounds like a synthesizer solo by producer Brian Eno.
  7. Chris DeBurgh, “St. Peter’s Gate” From his 1999 album Quiet Revolution. Chris has a pretty amazing catalog of albums, and the only thing I can remember hearing by him was “The Lady In Red.”
  8. Metallica, “Saint Anger” Title track from their 2003 album. I knew someone would suggest it, and added it in advance.
  9. The Rolling Stones, “Saint Of Me” From their 1997 album Bridges To Babylon, it reached #26 in the UK but only #94 in the US. Wikipedia notes that Keith Richards was noticeably absent for this session.
  10. Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, “For All The Saints” I classify this as a Catholic drinking song, even though it was written by William Walsham How, Anglican bishop of Wakefield. The melody is by Vaughan Williams, who called it “Sine Nomine,” literally “Without Name.” The whole song is eleven verses, and can be found on Wikipedia.

Have any more suggestions?

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 30, 2017.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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