Since I've already ripped off Lonnie's blog design, I'm even more blatantly going to steal his ideas whenever I'm having a lack of inspiration. Such as, what is popping up on the iPod when it's randomly shuffling through. At this very moment:
Jimi Hendrix "All Along The Watchtower" - the definitive cover song of all time, and with all respects to anything else Jimi did, probably his definitive song IMHO. Heck, when Dylan (who did the original) does this song in concert, he more often than not imitates the Hendrix version. One of the most gripping intros to a song ever and the guitars throughout are outstanding.
Jethro Tull "Locomotive Breath" - the all-time loser is quickly losing his mind and who the heck can blame him? Kind of amazing given the lyrics in the third verse that this one ever got radio play
Stevie Nicks "Stand Back" - Stevie rocking out the synthesizers...great drive to this song, and she's got the most distinctive voice of virtually any woman in rock. About the same time frame as her work with Tom Petty; this pales compared to "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."
Nirvana "Heart Shaped Box" - brooding, dark...not a big Kurt Cobain fan (alright, I think he's wildly overrated, but that's another blog), but this is some pretty solid, understated stuff.
Bryan Adams "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" - first indication of how eclectic my collection is, going from Nirvana to this. We're talking some real fluff, but I like because it sounds good if you've got it cranked up really loud...which we did senior year on 88.1 WNAS
, so it's the memory of those times much more than the song itself.
Ice Cube "It Was A Good Day" - and not the edited version, either! Imagine my surprise scrolling through an Isley Brothers CD one afternoon and hearing "Between The Sheets." This is my favorite Cube song because all the murder and meyhem that is the staple of South Central L.A. is absent (hence the title). Besides, last week he "messed" around and got a triple-double!
Cyndi Lauper "Change Of Heart" - remember when Cyndi Lauper was as big, maybe bigger than, Madonna? I think when this song came out and Madonna was doing stuff like "Papa Don't Preach" the pendulum had swung permanently.
Quarterflash "Harden My Heart" - yea for the sax solo! Very simple song, but very effective. Another good "girl kicking guy to the curb" tale.
Rick Springfield "Jessie's Girl" - what needs to be said? I would definitely nominate this song as one of the ten greatest of the 80's.
Five For Fighting "It's Not Easy To Be Me" - who in the world could have ever predicted that a song about Superman's self doubt could be so dang good? Great lyrics, bittersweet feeling to it. Some genius on YouTube is going to mix highlights from the most recent movie
to this song very soon, I guarantee.