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8 Feb

Photo by Riu Guerra, used under CC.

Good Lovin’ – The Rascals

1,2,3,4 (cough) 1,2
Taxman – The Beatles

Land of 1,000 Dances – Wilson Picket

uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro
Wooly Bully – Sam, The Sham and The Pharos

California Sun – The Ramones

Roadrunner – The Modern Lovers

(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais – The Clash

1,2,1,2,3 huh
Raspberry Beret – Prince

Games Without Frontiers – Peter Gabriel

Eins, zwei, drei, alle!
Waiting for the Worms – Pink Floyd


The Closer

22 Dec

In this day and age of iTunes and MP3s and audioblogs, I had almost forgotten the beauty of a carefully chosen closing track. That is, until I recently sat and listened to an LP of Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love. When it was over, my room fell silent after a sonic assault. My ears rang. There was nothing left to do. Following are ten of my favorite closers. They’re the Mariano Riveras of songs. The Dennis Eckersleys. The Brian Wilsons (Giants, not Beach Boys). You may already know each song on its own, but I highly recommend listening to them as part of their respective albums. You’ll hear each a lot differently. Even Bohemian Rhapsody.

Rockin’ Around (With You)
Breakdown Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Home Town Blues
The Wild One, Forever
Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll
Strangered In The Night
Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It)
Mystery Man

American Girl

Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More
Les Brers In A Minor
Mountain Jam
One Way Out
Trouble No More
Stand Back
Blue Sky
Little Martha

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Marrakesh Express
You Don’t Have To Cry
Pre-Road Downs
Wooden Ships
Lady Of The Island
Helplessly Hoping
Long Time Gone
49 Bye Byes

Accidents Will Happen
Senior Service
Oliver’s Army
Big Boys
Green Shirt
Party Girl
Goon Squad
Busy Bodies
Moods For Moderns
Chemistry Class
Two Little Hitlers
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding

Up From the Skies
Spanish Castle Magic
Wait Until Tomorrow
Ain’t No Telling
Little Wing
If 6 Was 9
You Got Me Floatin’
Castles Made of Sand
She’s So Fine
One Rainy Wish
Little Miss Lover
Bold as Love

Gimme Shelter
Love In Vain
Country Honk
Live With Me
Let it Bleed
Midnight Rambler
You Got the Silver
Monkey Man
You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Who Loves The Sun
Sweet Jane
Rock And Roll
Cool It Down
New Age
Head Held High
Lonesome Cowboy Bill
I Found A Reason
Train Round The Bend
Oh! Sweet Nuthin’

Death On Two Legs
I’m In Love With My Car
You’re My Best Friend
Sweet Lady
Seaside Rendezvous
The Prophet’s Song
Love Of My Life
Good Company
Bohemian Rhapsody

Whole Lotta Love
What is and What Should Never Be
The Lemon Song
Thank You
Loving Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)
Ramble On
Moby Dick
Bring it On Home

Where Have All The Good Times Gone!
Hang ’em High
(Oh) Pretty Woman
Dancing In The Street
Little Guitars
Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)
The Full Bug
Happy Trails

10 Women

15 Nov











Whole Lotta MP3s

15 Jul

Party Ben

Mashups are best one at a time and this one will satisfy of your mashup needs for a long time.(mp3)

King Curtis

I’ve always thought that the best MP3 blogs inspire you to go out and buy the whole album. Do yourself a favor, go out and buy King Curtis and Aretha Franklin at the Fillmore. Now. (mp3)

Sam Bush Band

Where do I start on this one? Well, you already know this mp3 will include “A Whole Lotta Love” which kinda ruins the surprise. That those of us at the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Festival didn’t have a clue. I still get chills listening to it.(mp3)

Ben Harper

I have a love/hate relationship with Ben Harper’s version. (mp3)

Led Zeppelin – 1970

A relatively short (6:23) version from Zeppelin playing in 1970, a year after the song was introduced on their second album. Robert Plant leads the Royal Albert Hall in a brief call and response before launching into a thunderous closing.(mp3)

Dread Zeppelin

I don’t care what you say, I like Dread Zeppelin.(mp3)

Led Zeppelin – 1971

Zeppelin begins to stretch the song out here in 1971 at the Paris Theater in London, recorded in front of only 400 for John Peel’s “In Concert” show for Radio One. They veer off into Let that Boy Boogie, Fixin’ to Die Blues, That’s Alright Mama, For What It’s Worth, Mess of Blues, and Honey Bee before returning to Whole Lotta Love.(mp3)

The Bobs

You’d think that suffering through four years of listening to self satisfied guys singing in unison at a preppy East Coast university would turn me off to a cappella altogether. Well, it did. Except, of course, for San Francisco’s own, The Bobs. They pretty much rock.(mp3)

Led Zeppelin – 1973

22 minutes of a Whole Lotta Love at Southampton University in 1973. The now obligatory medley includes Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, and You’re So Square and even I Can’t Quit You Baby.

An Extra Special Bonus

If you’ve gotten this far, you must really love “Whole Lotta Love.” Well, your love is about to be tested. If you can make it through this version of the song I will surely buy you a beer.(mp3)

Side One Track One

26 Jun

“We’re messing around at work, the three of us, getting ready to go home and rubbishing each other’s five best side one track ones of all time (mine: ‘Janine Jones’, the Clash, from The Clash; ‘Thunder Road’, Bruce Springsteen, from Born to Run; ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, Nirvana, from Nevermind; ’Let’s Get It On’, Marvin Gaye, from Let’s Get It On; Return of the Grievous Angel’, Graham Parsons, from Grievous Angel. Barry: Couldn’t you make it any more obvious than that? What about the Beatles? What about the Rolling Stones? What about the fucking…fucking…Beethoven? Track one side one of the Fifth Symphony? You shouldn’t be allowed to run a record shop.’”

from Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity

Stop – Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual

Yeah Yeah Yeah Song – The Flaming Lips – At War With The Mystics

Stereo – Pavement – Brighten The Corners

Sunday – David Bowie – Heathen

REM – Radio Free Europe – Murmur

TV On The Radio – The Wrong Way – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

Charles Mingus – Better Git Hit In Your Soul – Mingus Ah Um

Talking Heads – Thank You For Sending Me An Angel – More Songs About Buildings And Food

Old 97s – Time Bomb – Too Far To Care

Belle And Sebastian – The Stars of Track and Field – If You’re Feeling Sinister

Catholic Schoolgirls Rule

4 May

Drop It Like It’s a Whole Lotta Love – Party Ben

Slip It In – Black Flag

Catholic School Girls Rule – Red Hot Chili Peppers
The video for this song pretty much says “ban me”

Back Seat Confidential – AC/DC

Beautiful Girls – Van Halen

Ladies Room – Kiss

Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ – Journey

Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

Tush – ZZ Top

Gloria – Jimi Hendrix