• Five Pretty Kick Ass 60s Girl Group* Songs

    Apr 28 2008, 21:26

    60s Girl Group pop is one of my favourite musical things. Here are five songs I like in no particular order. *One of them isn’t a group I know.

    The Supremes - Stoned Love

    I think this may have been released in 1970, but I can’t discount it on that technicality. The Supremes were of the girl groups of the 60s. It’s an anti-war song, but it manages not to come off as too self-righteous, because in the end it’s just about love. I love the fuzzy guitar line, it really adds something to the classic Motown formula.

    Syreeta Wright - I Can't Give Back the Love I Feel for You

    I like how the verses start with sparse piano chords, then those chords become more rhythmic and the guitar and bass comes in and the momentum builds up until the chorus hits. The chorus is huge, the kind that gets marred by excessive vocal gymnastics these days, but played straight, it is wonderful.

    The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache

    This is very simple but effective. There’s a brilliant, strident chorus that you just want to hear more and more of. Then the chorus drops out for a break which slows down the pace and isn‘t quite as catchy, and you think “Where‘d the chorus go? I want to hear the chorus!” and then it suddenly crashes back in even stronger and you think “Woooo! HELL YEAH!”

    The Ronettes - Keep on dancing

    I like how it sounds like 12 pianos are playing all at once. I suppose I could say that about most Phil Spector productions but this wins over other Ronettes songs because of the coda. Better keep on dancing‘ little girl. I love a good coda.

    The Toys - Attack

    I like how The Toys stole bits of classical music with gleeful abandon This is less of a song, more of a war cry! Attack! Attack! All is fair in love and war. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t advocate actual violence, but I could be wrong about that. Just don’t try and steal a Toy-man. I like the production of their tracks it’s nice and uncluttered and kind of funky.
  • Walk Away Renee

    Lug 29 2007, 23:40

    I love this song. I can't believe I only discovered it this year. The unrequited teenage crush as grand baroque tragedy. If only more heartbroken teenagers used harpsichords for catharsis.

    Walk Away Renee - The Left Banke

    And when I see the sign that points one way
    The block we used to pass by every day
    Just walk away Renee
    You won't see me follow you back home
    The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same
    You're not to blame

    From deep inside the tears that I'm forced to cry
    From deep inside the pain that I chose to hide
    Just walk away Renee
    You won't see me follow you back home
    Now as the rain beats down upon my weary eyes
    For me it cries

    Your name and mine inside a heart upon a wall
    Still finds a way to haunt me, though they're so small
    Just walk away Renee
    You won't see me follow you back home
    The empty sidewalks on my block are not the same
    You're not to blame
  • Caught one more time up on Cyprus Avenue.

    Lug 26 2007, 23:07

    I believe I'll go walking by the railroad with my cherry cherry wine...

    You keep walking down when the sun shone through the trees...

    Cyprus Avenue
    Van Morrison
  • Top 5 Songs about Trade Unions

    Lug 24 2007, 20:54

    Songs about being in unions.

    1. The Kinks - Get Back In the Line

    That union man's got such a hold over me
    He's the man who decides if I live or I die, if I starve, or I eat

    2. The Band - King Harvest

    Looks like this time I'm gonna get to stay,
    I'm a union man, now, all the way.

    3. The Grateful Dead - Cumberland Blues

    Lotta poor man got to walk the line
    Just to pay his union dues.

    4. Pete Seeger - Talking Union

    The boss won't listen when one guy squawks but he's gotta listen when the Union talks

    5. The White Stripes - The Union Forever

    You cried the union forever
    But that was untrue girl
  • Top 5 Songs about Sweets

    Lug 19 2007, 23:39

    1. The Undertones - Mars Bars

    "There's glucose (glucose!) for energy.
    There's caramel (caramel!) for strength.
    The chocolate's only there, to keep it the right length"

    The Undertones paean to the chocolate bar that helps you to work, rest, and play. They manage to namecheck David Bowie, and wish tooth decay upon anyone who "still eats Twix". Quite possibly the greatest confectionery related song ever written.

    2. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Some Candy Talking

    "I want your candy. I want your candy.
    I want your candy. I want your candy."

    Well you can't have it. It's mine.

    3. Mississippi John Hurt - Candy Man

    "His stick candy don't melt away
    It just gets better so the ladies say"

    This candy man seems to market mainly towards the female demographic, much like Maltesers do.

    4. The Hollies - Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe

    I have to admit, this is just here because of the title. Well...and the bitchin' flute solo.

    5. Tom Waits - Ice Cream Man

    "With a sidewalk sundae strawberry surprise,
    I got a cherry popsicle right on time
    I got a big stick, mamma, that'll blow your mind"

    Would you like a flake with your double entendre ma'am? But really, it's just about the day to day of business of mobile ice cream sales, and therefore fits on my list perfectly.