Friday, January 23, 2009
Random 10, 1/23
Cult of Personality Living Colour
Caroline Kirsty MacColl
So Long, Mom Tom Lehrer
Hooray for Love Ella Fitzgerald
Semaphore Signals Wreckless Eric
Eloise (Hang On In There) William Bell
Brandenburg Concerto #1, Adagio (J.S. Bach) Neues Bachishes Collegium Musicum
Strange Ones Supergrass
Jesus Gonna Be Here Tom Waits
Washboard Blues Hoagy Carmichael
The Random DJ on my computer shows a little right wing snarkiness to open the set. Living Colour's Cult of Personality included references to Stalin, Mussolini, Kennedy and Gandhi, and while the band did that to make people think, some right wingers think those people belong in the same sentence already. Then there's a song about a broken hearted woman named Caroline, apropos of today's headlines, then a song about World War III, which is going to start sometime in March or April if you listen to Fox News.
Another eight out of ten songs show up on The You Tubes, missing only Ella Fitzgerald and William Bell. As for the inevitable Padre Mickey influence, I wouldn't have known about Stiff Records except for meeting the Good Padre, so that includes Kirsty MacColl and Wreckless Eric, and he also first introduced me to Supergrass, a cheerful and cheeky British trio with obvious influences from the Beatles and the Ramones. I will say in defense of my own musical tastes before meeting Padre Mickey that I already knew about Tom Waits, so the fact that both of us place him high in the pantheon is due to us both being right thinking Americans.