Scott Walker It's Raining Today:
The reason I am posting this will become apparent in a day or two, but I want everyone to hear my favorite Scott Walker song, which was (pleasingly) released within weeks of my birth in 19...whatever. If you know the name or voice, you probably know Walker's hits, possibly without realizing you do. Two classics: The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore and Make it Easy On Yourself. His influence on pop music is sweeping: just about any wide-screen orchestral music and passionate singing (crooning!) start with Scott. Just think of Neil Hannon and The Divine Comedy, Richard Hawley, and one that more of you will know, the great Marc Almond of Soft Cell.
The first time I heard this particular song I was in the one of the best record stores in America, one that sadly - and cynically - doesn't exist anymore: Let It Be Records in Minneapolis. They blasted this on the sound system and I bought it on the spot.
If you like pop music with strings, I urge you to play the clip above. To see how au courant Walker remains, check out the clip below from Alex Turner's side project, The Last Shadow Puppets. The video, for one of the most underrated songs of 2008, even pays homage to The Walker Brothers look...
The Last Shadow Puppets Standing Next To Me: