Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Them songs what comed up randomly

I like this list because it's not particularly characteristic.

01. They Might Be Giants, "Put Your Hand inside the Puppet's Head"
Nervous pop with dada-y lyrics. HOW YOU NOT LIKE???! 8/10

02. Johnny Cash, "The Running Kind"
I ask you: did this REALLY need harmonies from Tom Petty? I'm gonna say no. But I guess that's nitpicking; it's a strong C&W thing anyway. Hell, it's Cash. 8/10

03. Steeleye Span, "Betsy Bell and Mary Gray"
Spoiler: they both get the plague and die. This is the best thing from Tempted and Tried. Strongly evokes the classic seventies Span, which you can't say for much of their latter-day material. 9/10

04. Tarantella, "Dame Fuego"
Epic little Denver/South America alt-countryish thing with Morricone twang. Not their greatest moment, but still: who could ask for anything more? 7/10

05. Suede, "Killer"
An "Electricity" b-side. Kind of exactly what you'd expect from a Head Music-era song of that name. I like it well enough, but it's pretty clear that they were on autopilot by this point. 6/10

06. Jethro Tull, "Mother Goose"
Super-cool thing on the folk side. What has this to do with the aqualung theme? Who knows. Who cares? 9/10

07. Blood or Whiskey, "Keep the Baby"
Drunken lunkheadedness from the world's least sensitive Irish punks. Some people would call it misogynist, but I don't think it's that so much as just generally irresponsible. As to whether or not it counts as a celebration thereof, I will not speculate. 7/10

08. Pandora's Box, "My Little Red Book"
Jim Steinman invention covers Bacarach and David? Why not? Um...would you like an itemized list? It probably goes without saying that this is incredibly tasteless. You really need the Steinman songwriting if you want the Steinman effect. I still sort of like it, though. Because I have bad taste, probably. 5/10

09. Dexys Midnight Runners, "Jackie Wilson Said"
As featured in The Young Ones. Strong and energetic. 7/10

10. David Bowie, "1984"
Who could ask for more? A chilling if somewhat incoherent vision of teh dystopian futurez. 8/10


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