Saturday, 22 March 2008

Tales of the classicky and the rocky

Some music I've been stuck on, just because.

1. "On the Outside" - The Kinks. Sometimes Ray Davies is sincere. Sometimes Ray Davies is melodic. Sometimes both come together really well, but that was rare in the '70s. This is a gem of a track available as an extra on the Sleepwalker reissue.

2. "This Jesus Must Die" - from the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack. There's an odd resonance between the way this musical portrays sundry epochal happenings and the scenarios posited by modern conspirahistoricism like Michael Baigent's interesting The Jesus Papers. This song is perhaps the most relevant to the political context of first-century Jerusalem.

3. "Mr. Jones" - Counting Crows. Sure, everybody knows this song. I'd never actually listened that closely to it, though, until recently, and it holds up to the scrutiny.

4. "Old John Robertson" - The Byrds. This is a deceptively simple standard country rocker until suddenly it goes into an awesome time signature switched orchestral interlude. Strangely transcendent.

5. "Heartbreaker" - Pat Benatar. This is a fine song, but the part I really like is the high-pitched harmonic shout of "Heartbreaker!" toward the end. You've got to build to it, though.


At 24 March 2008 06:28 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No "Funkytown"? Perhaps you should have another pint...


At 24 March 2008 16:35 , Blogger Wesley said...

None of those songs even begin to touch the true glory that is Funkytown.


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