Are you not entertained?
I’ve been niggardly in updating the songs-of-the-day in recent … um … months. I can fix this. Behold nine songs you should download/buy/stream/petition your radio station to play ASAP.
1.) The Go-Betweens, “Apology Accepted.” Perfectly overwrought ballardry from the Best Australian Band That Isn’t AC/DC. The beautiful melody aside, I’ve got a weakness for this last song from their best album because of the distorted guitar that drones like a sophomore’s alarm clark. It’s so out of place that it ups the song’s quality many times over.
2.) The Blasters, “So Long Baby Goodbye.” A forgotten rockabilly classic. Just TRY not to imitate Dave Alvin’s voice after you hear it.
3.) Erasure, “Solsbury Hill.” Slightly blasphemous cover of the Peter Gabriel standard that adds synth bleeps where once there were acoustic guitars.
4.) Dwight Twilley, “Why You Wanna Break My Heart.” Also known as the song that Tia Carrere played in Wayne’s World during her inadvertant winning of the slacker hero’s heart. Cornier than western Nebraska.
5.) Dusty Springfield, “In Private.” The best of her Pet Shop Boys-produced comeback singles. A vocal and melody that could melt lead.
6.) The Isley Brothers, “For The Love of You.” Hear it before Puff Daddy turns it into a tribute to his birthday party.
7.) The Turtles, “House on the Hill.” As hardcore and addictive as the sissy-rockers ever got. The chorus will tatoo itself into your brain, so be ready for that.
8.) Alice Cooper, “From the Inside.” A story of self-discovery and drug rehab, written and performed with Elton John’s band. I am completely serious.
9.) Tommy Keene, “Silent Town.” Honeyed guitar leads, a measured vocal, mysterious lyrics … another classic from Earth-2, where the music I like is as popular as Avril Lavigne’s tie collection.