Sunday, October 4, 2009
Random 10, 10/4/2009
Today's Random 10 is a little different. Instead of taking songs from anywhere on my iTunes list, I limited the selections to songs I have purchased through the iTunes store.
San Francisco Fan Joe Jackson
Everything You Ever Neil Patrick Harris
Pressure Drop Toots & The Maytals
Bad Connection Yaz
September Gurls Big Star (see below)
Money Don't Matter Tonight Prince
Falling Slowly Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Only Love Can Break Your Heart Neil Young
Everybody Ought to Have a Maid Stephen Sondheim & Stephen Collins
That's Entertainment The Jam
There are three categories of songs on this list. The artists marked in green are folks whose records I owned at one time but I no longer had in CD form when I transfered stuff to my computer, so I had to go to iTunes to buy their stuff again.
The artists in blue recorded stuff that I got a hankering for over the past few years that I did not own previously. Neil Patrick Harris' song is from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, which is in the running for the best musical this century. The song by Glen and Markéta is from their movie Once, and a few months back I got on a Sondheim kick. That's when I picked up his version of Everybody Ought To Have A Maid, sung with the actor Stephen Collins.
And then there are the artists in red, Big Star. Technically, they could be lumped in with the blue artists, since I never owned their records back in the day. Big Star released three albums in the seventies and had a total of zero hits. But cool musicians knew about them and they were very influential on the music scene of the eighties. This song September Gurls was covered by The Bangles and The Searchers. Their song In The Street is the theme song for That 70's Show.
I embedded the video for this song to make it easier for my gentle readers to get to it. Sometimes you can write and record a perfect pop song, and the marketing or distribution or timing just isn't right.
December boys got it bad.
I can't speak for all of us, but some of us definitely do.
Why do you know about Big Star, Matty Boy? Well, Hypothetical Question Asker, I know about them because I know one of those cool musicians who is hip to the important musical influences, a guy who goes by the name of Padre Mickey.