May 5, 2009
10 Musical Thoughts: 10 tunes you should own
I'm going back a bit, to when radio still mattered, in the late 80's and early 90's. These are all songs I consider to be classics that you may or may not know. Many will be available on iTunes or via a search on Google Blog.
1 The The Heartland video
The late 80's was an angry time in the UK and this song reflects that. Amidst the bitters is one line I love: "I've come to smell the seasons change, and watch the city, as the sun goes down again." 1986
2 Brian Setzer The Knife Feels Like Justice video
Between his rockabilly deal with Stray Cats and his endless swing albums came this gorgeous folk rock tune. His voice on the verses is phenomenal. 1985
3 Seal The Beginning
The first Seal track from his first album remains one of his best. Best adjective: swirling. 1991
4 Peter Gabriel Here Comes The Flood (1990 ver.) video
Beautiful piano ballad, Gabriel's most vulnerable vocal. It's hard to remember what a massive star he was, but when Peter was good, he was a God. 1990
5 The Replacements The Ledge
Chill inducing. I know pop kids may fear this, but don't. It's a ravaged beaut of a song - the tale of a boy who finally gets the attention he craves by killing himself. The final minute manages to be harrowing without being harsh. 1987
6 Marcella Detroit Detroit
One of my all-time favorite songs that no one knows, this is a love song to the city. I always thought Madonna should cover this on a retrospective album. 1994
7 The KLF Justified And Ancient video
Ancients of mu mu, ancients of mu mu, ice cream trucks and Tammmmmy Wynette.
8 The Divinyls I Touch Myself video
I touch myself, I honestly do, oh oh oh.
9 Siouxsie & The Banshees Kiss Them For Me video
Siouxsie's most opulent, romantic pop moment. I still play this song all the time. "Someone carving their devotion /In the heartshaped pool of fame." 1991
10 Sade Is It A Crime? live video
My love is wider than Victoria Lake, taller than Empire State. If anyone ever tells you Sade is too cool when she sings, this song proves them wrong. Major Singing Here.