Monday, June 05, 2006

THE WEEK OF JUNE 4, 2006

Play me a tune, for the first week of June.

4 Comments:

Blogger C. said...

1. 'A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You' - the Monkees
Mmhm. That's right. The Monkees themselves are incidental to my fandom, but I'll never turn down an early Neil Diamond pop song with hand claps, no matter whose name is on it.

2. 'Tuxedo Junction' - Glenn Miller
I was born about 60 years too late.

3. 'I'm a Man' - Jobriath
Ha! I'd almost forgotten I have Jobriath on here. I found him in the aftermath of Velvet Goldmine, although it's rather difficult to get a hold of his stuff so I only have a handful of tunes. I think 'I'm a Man' is one of my favorites, though. If you like the more theatrical Bowie (circa, say, Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane) you might like this. It's a little over the top glam and show-tunesy at times, but really that's what's so delicious about it.

4. 'Here's Where the Story Ends' - the Sundays
They're constantly likened to the Smiths, but I don't hear more than an echo of Marr and little-to-nothing of Morrissey. Although I love Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic in its own right, the Sundays will always be served with a large dose of high school nostalgia as the local college radio station (the soundtrack to my teen years) played them constantly.

5. 'We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off (To Have a Good Time)' - Jermaine Stewart
This song has some of the best worst lines ever. 'A quick hit, that's your game / But I'm not a piece of meat, stimulate my brain.' Indeed! The sad irony about this paean to abstinence is that Jermaine Stewart died in the 90s of AIDS-related complications. So much for getting lit on cherry wine and dancing 'til dawn...

6. 'Some Velvet Morning' - Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood
I stole Nancy & Lee from my roommate and I can't help but love it. She had a TV special that aired in '67, 'Movin' With Nancy', and sure enough the sequence for this song finds Lee on horseback and Nancy frolicking in a field of flowers... cut with completely unneccessary 'tripped-out' effects. The lyrics seem to be a disjointed and self-conscious attempt to be 'psychedelic' and I'll be damned if I can figure out what Phaedra has to do with any of it.

7. 'Jack the Ripper' - Colin Meloy
Every Morrissey cover I've ever heard has left me cold. Colin Meloy did 5 of them with an accoustic guitar and sold the EP at his solo gigs a while back. Ho hum. I like--don't love--the Decemberists, but I draw the line at Meloy whining out his attempt at Moz classics.

8. 'Crimson and Clover' - Tommy James and the Shondells
C-r-i-m-s-o-n a-n-d c-l-o-v-e-r o-v-e-r a-n-d o-v-e-r. And over and over and over... the outtro is far too long, but I suppose that's a hallmark of these silly 60s psychedelic songs. Just look at "Innagaddadavita"... it takes a serious attention span to resist pressing the skip button after a few minutes of meandering jamming. LSD would probably be one of the more effective cures for ADHD, if it weren't for all those pesky hallucinations.

9. 'Starfield Road' - Sonic Youth
An uninspiring song from what is arguably one of Sonic Youth's least inspiring albums, Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No-Star. Let's not kid ourselves, everything after Dirty was a bit of a wash, wasn't it?

10. 'Who is Dragonfly?' - Mellow
From the soundtrack to CQ, Roman Coppola's only film (and a fine one, at that). Mellow sont-ils le Air de l'indigent? Peut-être. You have to watch the film, though, to see how wonderfully they captured the shooting-a-60s-spy-movie-in-Paris vibe. Parfait!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Dr. Milton von Fünkdoctorspock said...

Let's not kid ourselves, everything after Dirty was a bit of a wash, wasn't it?

Really? That shit is certifiable....

11:19 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Saffron said...

I agree. A wash that includes "Washing Machine" and "Murray Street" is some pretty dope wash.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Junk Jackson said...

I think that by "wash" you mean the album Washing Machine, right? Jimmy Saffron forgot to mention "One Thousand Leaves." Jimmy, you, Dr. Milton and I went to their show the day they released that album.

But good work C, this is the kind of discussion we want to foster on 'In the Mix.' I'm still surprised nobody took me on when I called The White Stripes the greatest overrated band of all time.

3:28 PM  

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