Friday, May 29, 2009

Random 10, 5/29

Be Still Los Lobos
Strange Elvis Costello
No Thugs In Our House XTC
Sad Souvenirs The Four Tops
(I'm Spending) Hanukkah In Santa Monica Tom Lehrer
Flyswatter/Ice Water Blues Lyle Lovett
Be My Wife David Bowie
Alice Tom Waits
Po' Lazarus James Carter & The Prisoners
Jesus Gonna Be Here The Blind Boys Of Alabama

The You Tubes left me hanging this week, with only five out of ten. There are some pretty well known artists on the list, but they are singing obscure songs. The One True Living Elvis is covering Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Blind Boys are singing a Tom Waits tune. There's plenty of Los Lobos and Four Tops songs on The You Tubes, just not these particular ones. But the popular website does have the novelty tune by Tom Lehrer. Go figure.

XTC stopped playing live gigs back in the 80's but it wasn't because they couldn't play. They do an excellent job of No Thugs In Our House live, and it's not an easy song. We also have Tom Waits going back to his jazzier style in the title song of his musical version of the Alice In Wonderland story. There's a chain gang song from O Brother, Where Art Thou? and David Bowie from the album Low.

If one of the no show songs could be shared, I wish it was Sad Souvenirs. The beat is a slow eight, but it is split up one-two-three one-two-three one-two, so it sounds like a broken waltz. A great example of taking a completely normal object and turning it inside out, which is a fair description of some of my favorite art.


1 comment:

Lockwood said...

I often tell people that the second-best rock-n-roll scream-shriek-bellow, whatever you want to call it, is in "No Thugs in our House." It's second (only barely) to the bellow in The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again."