The Replacements - Bastards of Young
Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street
I still remember the first time I went to New York City. Stepping out of the cab from JFK into midtown Manhattan with this song stuck in my head. It wasn’t until that very moment I realized the dirty, filthy crime infested NYC I’d long romanticized as a kid growing up in the 70’s and 80’s didn’t exist anymore. Replaced by tourist attractions and chain restaurants. I was there a week and didn’t see a single drug dealer or hooker the entire time. Anyway, great song.
Electric Light Orchestra - “Evil Woman”
One of the most perfect pop songs ever written, and Jeff Lynne’s been responsible for more than a handful. In a perfect world hipsters would rediscover ELO and they’d get the 21st century respect they deserve.
Oasis - “D’you Know What I Mean”
'Be Here Now' was nowhere as good as the first 2 records, but as someone who was in England when it was released - it's the closest thing to the old Beatlemania clips as I've ever experienced. I've never known of a band in the US, in my lifetime, being as big as they were in England in 1997. So many good memories with this one.
This makes me want to delete my Facebook and Twitter accounts, and, well, maybe call someone I actually care about. Go have a beer. Hang out. Not be alone.
The Dandy Warhols - “Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth”
I think I’m the only person to have seen ‘Dig!’ and come away preferring the Dandy Warhols. Sure, the Brian Jonestown Massacre were more “rock n roll” and had a more compelling story, but their music basically sucked. This on the other hand is one of the great power pop songs of the last 20 years.
Mad Season - “River of Deceit”
Great album I hadn’t thought about in probably 15 years before picking up the deluxe reissue. Layne Staley will always be one the saddest casualties in rock.