Posted by John C.
Sometimes, good songs fade into cultural (and personal) obscurity. This is the thread for those songs. Here is my entry:
Posted on September 18, 2010, in Pop Culture. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.
Here’s one. Maybe the best New Order song ever. Chalked full o’ hypnotic goodness…
Excellent choice, Geoff. I rediscovered Age of Consent a few months ago. It was a good moment.
“I’m Alright” is perennially in the public consciousness because it’s the theme from Caddyshack. whenever that movie gets played on cable, you hear that song and see the gopher dance to it.
Here’s my favorite Loggins song:
Here’s a song that exemplifies the late 80′s, ska and the vespa craze, all in one:
Here’s one that I loved beyond words:
Many artists, like Kenny Loggins, fall out of favor and their music tends to be forgotten. John Denver, Phil Collins, Burt Bacharach & Hal David, Jimmy Webb are other examples. And then there are one-hit wonders that may make a splash but fade from the public consciousness because the artist fails to achieve popularity. Here are a few examples.
Golden Earring – Radar Love
Dionne Warwick – What’s it All About, Alfie
Phil Collins – Take Me Home
Robbie Nevil – C’Est la Vie
Small Faces, Itchycoo Park
Michael Murphey – Wildfire
Pointer Sisters – Jump (For My Love)
This one’s a stone classic that I heard again when I watched the movie Cemetery Junction:
To be fair, I haven’t seen Caddyshack for ages.
Recently put this in my regular playlist:
http://www.dailymotion.com/swf/video/x7i9t2?additionalInfos=0Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher (Blues Brothers 1980)
This cover of Jungle Book’s Trust In Me by Hole Cole is great as well.
Oddly I had thought that I’m All Right was a Fleetwood Mac song. I think that it has some strange similarity to Tusk.
As for my entry, I’d suggest just about anything by the Traveling Wilburys. Each time I hear one of their songs I think, “I should really just buy their albums.” Then I don’t.
John, be honest, you’re just saying that because your uncle George was one of the Wilburys, right?
I’m really annoyed that uncle George never sent me a free copy of any his albums.
BTW, my first son is named Paul. I couldn’t get my wife to name either our daughter or our second son Ringo. She rejected Reginald as well.
Ah well, there’s no accounting for a woman’s taste.
Funny thing about the Wilburys: they only had two albums, and Roy Orbison died before the second was completed, but your uncle George insisted on naming the second one “Volume 3.” Confuses people to this day. He’s probably still laughing about it in that great concert hall in the sky.
Don’t Pay the Ferryman by Chris DeBurgh Forget Lady in Red (a nice slow dance song), this is a rockin’ 80′s song!
I love the Wilburys! It’s a pretty odd mix for a supergroup, though.
How about this one:
An other one that just came to me.
I love how dark and sort of psychedelic this song gets.
I loved Eddie & the Cruisers!
Here’s another one, inspired by Kurt Smith’s appearance on Psych:
That was pretty dang funny. Psych is a good show.
Ok you got me curious so I looked the Psych appearance up. Awesome.
“The fleshy you” haha.
Clark – Great choices with “Minnie the Moocher” and “Trust in Me” (Holly Cole version). I have had both songs on my iPod for months now. The version of Minnie I have is from 1936. Hi-di-hi-di-hi-di-ho!
One great song I hadn’t thought of in quite awhile is Thomas Dolby’s “Airwaves.”
I kind of dig the Blues Brothers version better than the official release version.
Here’s one I’ve not listened to in years that came up while doing a random playlist.
New York Dolls doing Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief. I used to listen to this a lot.
For Thomas Dolby I always loved Keys to Her Ferrari. (Slightly naughty song, but don’t let the beginning of the YouTube video bother you – it’s mainly video of Ferraris driving)
I’m a big fan of Dolby. Love “Key to Her Ferrari,” but my all-time favorite is “Budapest by Blimp.”
He will soon release his first studio album in about 20 years. There’s a version of it available for fan club members, though I haven’t listened to it yet.
What’s kind of interesting is finding all these guys from 80′s bands with interesting jobs. For instance Dolby came up with this audio format for download in the early days of the internet (although it never really caught on). He then did a lot of work on audio with cell phones – either direct software or management software for things like ring tones. Kind of interesting.
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