Zehn fur Freitag

From the depths of my iPod (population 7027 songs):

1) Donovan, “The Great Song of the Sky” – Retro-folksy anthem from the Sunshine Superman’s late 70s burnout. What do I mean by burnout? In the liner notes from the album (7-Tease), he writes of his desire for the Arabs to use the oil crisis to sieze power for themselves. Luckily, it’s catchy. (7/10)

2) Black Sabbath, “Children of the Sea” – Overpowering second track from Heaven and Hell, the band’s first album with Ronnie James Dio. Fruity acoustic noodling becomes steroidal riffing becomes … more riffing. I like this sort of thing, especially when it ends with Dio double-tracking his sea shanty vocal. (8/10)

3) Bob Marley, “Stir It Up” – Marley’s classic “I want to get all up in you” ballad. From Catch a Fire, and pretty much undeniable. (8/10)

4) The Cure, “Halo” – A b-side from their hitmaking period (late 80s early 90s) I grabbed off the Join the Dots box set. Excellent guitar and piano hooks throughout, if it doesn’t go anywhere special. (7/10)

5) Paul McCartney, “This One” – One of the hits from Flowers in the Dirt, the only one of his comeback albums to actually add up to a comeback. It has a great melody that he needlessly overproduces. But I like overproduction. (8/10)

6) Devo, “Mr. B’s Ballroom” – It’s from Freedom of Choice so it gets a 10. All the songs on Freedom of Choice get 10s. Go buy it. (10/10)

7) Nena, “99 Luftballoons” – I have this? Sorry. I’m incredibly tired of it now. (5/10)

8) The Shields, “You Cheated” – INTERFERENCE! This showed up a couple months back.

8a) The La De Das, “How the Air Up There?” – Dirty-ass mod rock from the second Nuggets box set. Pretty pedestrian apart from the smokin’ lead guitar riff, which sounds like “Psychotic Reaction” chewed up by piranas. (7/10)

9) Bad Brains, “Voyage Into Infinity” – One of the few great songs from Quickness, stoner riffing leading into insane H.R. poetry. Takes a while to get going, but oh my god that riffing. (8/10)

10) Peter Gabriel, “Family Snapshot” – The legendary assassination ballad from Gabriel’s third solo album, the one where his voice finally started to get hoarse (in a good way) and he got obsessed with politics. The minor chord piano antics presage a lot of the crap he’d get into later, but at this point he could do no wrong. (10/10)

One thought on “Zehn fur Freitag

  1. Great list! I love the PG song, one of my favorites.

    I know what you mean about the depths of the iPod song collection. Driving across the great US of A, my iPod’s “Shuffle Songs” function played this fan-freakin-tastic string: Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills,” Prince’s “Gett Off,” America’s “Sister Golden Hair,” and Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel’s “White Lines (Don’t Do It).” I love the randomness of that …

    Have a great holiday.

    — david

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