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List of the Moment Volume 11, Part One

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And here I, and no doubt you, because of technical glitches, thought The List of the Moment Volume 11, Part One would be delayed. My apologies that this was not up this morning or sooner, but between the computer problems and other issues this has taken some time and I hope you’ll forgive. I do hope this is a good list and that you will find works here that you’ll like and relate to and that will take you back or even to the now or to the future ~ to music that you do not know and that you’ll even try something new. After all, that is part of the reason for the List. It’s not all about nostalgia, though that’s certainly part of it. It’s about finding new stuff… I’m still on my Sia kick and think everyone needs to listen to “Breathe Me”… have you?

Without further ado… I present the List of the Moment Volume 11, Part One.

“How Soon is Now” by the Smiths — Who can forget that opening instrumental wail of this song? However it’s done, it just works. It sets the scene for the opening lines that really tell us who the person we’re dealing with is: “I am the sun and the heir of a …” The Best of the Smiths is a great album, though there are many I consider the safer route, though at one time I had pretty much all of them, I slowly sold them off in favor of just sticking with my favorites, which Best of pretty much has. “How Soon” is a great CD opener if you’re burning a new CD for a friend because it sets the stage perfectly with its strong opening chord. I have to say, I actually feel for this. Morrissey never was big on humor and lyrics always held that inherent. Witness:

    I am the son
    And the heir
    Of a shyness that is criminally vulgar
    I am the son and heir
    Of nothing in particular

    You shut your mouth
    How can you say
    I go about things the wrong way?
    I am human and I need to be loved
    Just like everybody else does.

“Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo — God, remember this one? The guy with the parakeet hair, Limahl or whatever his name was, blonded and gelled and who I remember at the time thinking was just the bee’s knees which I should never admit, but did; and I thought this was a great song and in many ways I still do. I can be terribly shy (easy to be bold behind a computer screen, no?) so in person, much harder.

“Here Comes a Regular” by the Replacements — Not their best work, but a huge downer as someone pointed out during the last list and that made me pop it on to The List to give it a whirl because it’s been a while and it really belongs here. I’ve been listening to a lot of Replacements lately, though this isn’t always a Replacements crowd. I’ll leave it here for now; I’ve been really really getting into “Love Lines” again from Hootenanny, which is just plain, good old fun. There was a band, or a solo guy with a guitar who could do an amazing version of this song, and very soulful. They were called Zen something or other… but I haven’t seen them around in a while. One hopes they did or are doing well. Maybe it was Zen Motorcycle or is that the title of a book?

“Sweet Jane” by the Velvet Underground/Lou Reed — Worth checking out the version by the Cowboy Junkies for sure, which is sung almost a capella and from what I understand was recorded in one session (The Trinity Sessions) in one take in the church with little equipment. Now, that could be myth, but it could also be true… I see no reason to really just make it up and the album certainly sounds like it. The Reed version of “Sweet Jane” is still my favorite for his sarcastic tone and the way he belts out anything and everything he does.

“Missing You” by John Waite – I ain’t missing you at all, he says. It kinda reminds me of Frankee’s song “Fuck you Right Back” which I like — a lot — but if you think about it, if she doesn’t really care any more, then why bother writing the song in the first place? Doesn’t mean I’m sorry she wrote the song. I’m not. I’m glad she wrote the song. I’m glad John Waite, especially wrote “Missing You” because I can’t tell you how many break-ups I went through (albeit with the same person) and listened to this same song over and over again that I swear my neighbors were ready to sign a petition to have me thrown out of the building. Great song, but can you blame them? If you haven’t heard in a while, certainly worth a listen.

“Le Salon” by Autour de Lucie — Please please please give it a chance… you just might like this music… I know you will if you give it chance. Especially if you like American or British pop, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t like French pop. (It’s even poppier — is that a word? — especially this song.) Worth listening to, downloading and checking out.

“Love Will Tear Us Apart Again” by Joy Division — People are always surprised to hear Ian Curtis’s dark and foreboding voice, expecting the poppy sound of New Order, especially if they heard them first (ass backward, if you ask me but who’s asking) ~ . Curtis, as most know, committed suicide, a fact that, as a fellow epileptic, does not surprise me very much as the rate of suicide among patients with temporal lobe epilepsy anyway is high. That doesn’t mean it’s fated — it just means it’s higher because of rates of depression. Christ, listen to the guys’ music… and you’ll see what I’m saying. By far, the number one selling album by Amazon standards is Substance. Curtis’s last album before he committed suicide was Closer — needless to say a dark album, but still one of the best-selling, and certainly the best-selling album of 1980 according to many sources.

“How Good It Can Be” by the 88 — It’s just too happy not to put on, so I’m putting it on. I accidentally downloaded it, believe it or not, and then got totally addicted to this happy, boppy summer-time song. Perfect for what it was used for, which was for the OC Soundtrack, which makes perfect sense once you hear it, and although I have never seen the program, I’ve seen enough previews to know it would make sense. Great song though. Maybe a great show… I really couldn’t / can’t say. I just like the song… a lot.

“You Wear It Well” by Rod Stewart — This song always reminded me of driving around with my father in one of his many convertibles that he had at his disposal. (He raced cars back in the day, so had many, many cars, and on the side, he ran a dealership as well and dealt with fleets, but I digress as ever.) I pray I wear it well, at least as well as “a little out of time, but I don’t mind” — because that is me, and I do hope my husband doesn’t mind. He may mind that I listen to a bit too much Rod, but then, as we wrote on our t-shirts at a few live shows, “Rod is God” (more sacrilege, apologies to Steve, it really was a joke and it rhymed too well. We were offered money for the shirts off our back.) Of the Rod repertoire, there are many to choose from and he has made the list several times for various reasons, all of them good, I think, I pray, and I almost chose “Maggie Mae” but “You Wear It Well” has lyrics that I like better. Take a read – hear in your head:

    I had nothing to do on this hot afternoon
    But to settle down and write you a line
    I’ve been meaning to phone you but from Minnesota
    Hell it’s been a very long time
    You wear it well
    A little old-fashioned but that’s all right

    Well I suppose you’re thinking I bet he’s sinking
    Or he wouldn’t get in touch with me
    Oh I ain’t begging or losing my head
    I sure do want you to know that you wear it well
    There ain’t a lady in the land so fine

    Remember them basement parties, your brother’s karate
    The all day rock and roll shows
    Them homesick blues and radical views
    Haven’t left a mark on you, you wear it well
    A little out of time but I don’t mind

    But I ain’t forgetting that you were once mine
    But I blew it without even tryin’
    Now I’m eatin’ my heart out
    Tryin’ to get a letter through

    Since you’ve been gone it’s hard to carry on
    I’m gonna write about the birthday gown that I bought in town
    When you sat down and cried on the stairs
    You knew it did not cost the earth, but for what it’s worth
    You made me feel a millionaire and you wear it well
    Madame Onassis got nothing on you

    Anyway, my coffee’s cold and I’m getting told
    That I gotta get back to work
    So when the sun goes low and you’re home all alone
    Think of me and try not to laugh and I wear it well
    I don’t object if you call collect
    ’cos I ain’t forgetting that you were once mine
    But I blew it without even tryin’
    Now I’m eatin’ my heart out tryin’ to get back to you

    After all the years I hope it’s the same address
    Since you’ve been gone it’s hard to carry on.

I print them all because it’s not such a long song and it’s lyrical and lilting and beautiful. Note: credit where credit is due, this song was co-written with Martin Quittenton.

“Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen — Okay, I admit, I am “sick of sitting around here tryin’ to write this book”, so the words may particularly apply to yours truly at the moment, but that doesn’t make this any less of a great song, and I honestly, even though I keep a list of The List of songs, I didn’t see it on there, so here it is. More, though the light is coming out, it does so slowly, and so we are dancing in the dark so to speak. I never thought I’d be a Bruce fan, and I always liked Prefab Sprout’s answer to Bruce Springsteen’s music with their song “Cars ‘n’ Girls.” That said, I still find him entertaining and even at times one of the more honest performers who can cut right through the bullshit and get straight to the point. Have I put this on The List? If so, I apologize, but hey, maybe it bears repeating.

“It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleedin’” (ho ho ho) by Bob Dylan Live at the Philharmonic — This is by far one of the best live recordings I’ve heard of Dylan and there are many. This song in particular is amusing and amazing. First, the crowd laughs when he announces the name of the song, hence the “ho ho ho” after the title. The rhyme here is incredible and how Dylan remembered every lyric for this I’ll never understand especially in his more, uh, no way around this, “altered” states I’ll never know. He seems to be at once protecting his mother here and at the same time there’s a bit of a kick to the song. The “It’s alright ma, I’m only sighing,” is a kind of reassurance to everything else he seems to be saying, even to the title itself. The “It’s alright ma, I can make it…” Despite all of this bad stuff, all of these reassurances, why should we believe this? I’m not sure, I’m not even sure that Dylan is sure… yet he does reassure her anyway, not always, but a great deal. In the final account, and I think this is the most important thing of all, is what Dylan sings/says “It’s life and life only.”

I’ll end there. I couldn’t agree more.

Thanks for tuning in.


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  • Steve

    Thanks, Sadi, looking forward to it, as always!

  • Scott ~ it sounds good… can i be included if i went to BU/Hvd… for my degree and graduated w/ a double major from BU? does that count? Also, i’m more of a

    Husker Du
    Bob Mould
    Suicidal Tendendencies
    Butthole Surfers
    Public Image
    Circle Jerks
    Iggy Pop
    etc etc…
    kinda chick with some serious time constaints right now but hey, i’d love to be involved… would that be okay? I would love to be involved if this would fit in with your plan – also know a fair amount of filthy old blues stuff that would work pretty well… any thoughts?

    Must get back to writing up list… no distractions! just let me know… and oh, did you contact me through contact s.r.p re: Peaches. Let me know… i’ll look for you … ta ev… s.

  • Hey All ~ have an interview today and work calls first so must get to that first… The List is DONE but needs the commentary put in that’s all, so give me until tonight to get it up and it should be there by the time you check tonight or tomorrow morning at the latest i should think… the interview has thrown me off (ugh, i’m having some timimg issues!!! Not to worry – list of songs is set already …. ; ) … s.

  • Scott Butki

    Sadi and Steve, want to join me in this project being down by some of us BCers?

  • Steve

    Ok, thanks, Sadi.

  • later in the day on Tuesday i hope, Steve… barring any issues… but yup, that’s when it’s looking good for… thx, for asking… ; )

    cheers… and see you there. Will post here or at Peaches or somewhre when it’s up.


  • Steve

    So, Sadi, any idea when the next list will be available on Tues.??

  • Steve

    oh, yeah, Sadi, I remember Yello, now they had some funny tunes to be sure. I have their 1991 “Essential” album. “Oh Yeah”, “The Rhythm Divine”, “The Race”, “Drive/Driven”, “Vicious Games”, “Rubberband Man”, “Of Course, I’m Lying”…they had a number of fun songs.

  • Steve

    His column is called “The Five Songs On My Mind On March 30”. Click on Scott’s name under “Top Commentators” on the right hand of this window, and you will see his comments under the title.

  • Scott B and Steve ~ I can’t find Scott’s list/article whatever… any ideas of where to look? i did a search but it wasn’t clear to me which one it was… sorry… can yo PLEASE build in link for me here… i’m hoping you’ll see this…

  • Hey Steve ~ still nothing.. i know this one song to be sure but beyond that i can’t htink of it… i should do some web research and i’ll easily find it …

    let me hunt around…

    remember Yello ? “I Love You…”

  • Steve

    Here are some other Blancmange singles, see if they jog your memory, Sadi –

    “Feel Me”
    “God’s Kitchen”
    “I’ve Seen The Word”
    “What’s Your Problem?”
    “I Can See It”
    “Your Time Is Over”

    Their albums (not including best of’s) were –
    “Happy Families” (1982)
    “Mange Tout” (1984)
    “Believe You Me” (1985)

  • Steve

    yw, Sadi, I was just updating my own music list on that site when I came across it.

  • Steve – wow, thanks for the great link – that will be most most most useful…

    Scott Build in link to your list… I don’t know where to look … : (

    i’ll try to look tonight or first thing in the morning for sure 🙂 s~~ thanks for that…

  • Scott Butki

    Sadi, come check out my music list when you get a chance please.

    congrats on the bc honor.

  • Steve

    Sadi, below is a page re. Dylan’s UK chart history, at least as far as top 10 singles and albums are concerned. Thought you might find it interesting.

  • Hey Steve ~ Thanks for offering to help with questions re: any questions! That’s a big help esp. with groups like Blancmange that i do know but have totally forgotten about until you jogged my memory, which is great… i adore you for that… i’ll be looking them up.

    As i said above to Chantal, overall, i think the Ed.s are right and this can only make for a better and more thought out List. The List has always been popular (thanks to all who have and remain involved and those who get involved and new comers welcome) ~ We can only benefit from a more thought out list & you’re right… I’m stretched pretty thin right now which makes it harder to get it done; between that and tech problems the list isn’t as good as it ought to be…

    i want it be as good as possible; the best List about; that said, let’s aim for that. With your and everyone’s particpation i feel confident we can make that happen and we have…

    Let’s hope Monday’s interview as Blogcritic of the Month isn’t too awful too awful… the ed’s say it came out well and i trust them implicitly since they are good at what they do and i trust Eric Olsen totally as well…

    Thanks for understanding all this – till next Tuesday then… that’s not too long!

    Cheers… and questions i’ll post here. If you find out more about Blancmange or any other interesting group, do post!

    Best, as ever,


  • Scott Butki

    evil twin:
    yeah it was addressed to you

    notsure about kajagoogoogoogoo though

  • Thanks Chantal ~~ for the vote of confidence on the Ed.s who have been great through ths whole process and the congrats… as well! I hope i don’t sound like too much of a dink in the interview…! but these things are what they are.. what can you do. I was honest, so i’ll say that much… we’ll see.. !! Honesty is the best policy to use the old cliche (sorry no accent, for some reason, my computer won’t make accents the normal way ,but then, it seems to have A LOT Of problems… not nomrmal alt e, then e again to make the accent, which is what i used to do… any ideas… is that how you did it? all thoughts welcome… it’s frustrating b/c i speak French & so feel totally stupid here…

    anyway…. thanks for understand.. and thanks for all. Overall, i think The List will be better & more thought out… ; )

  • Steve

    Well, Sadi, whatever works for you, I know you’re a busy gal. Looking forward to your interview on Mon. and your List on Tues.

    Any more questions about music or me, Sadi, just post them here until the new list is up next week, I will visit here daily anyway.

  • sounds good Sadi, the Ed.s do seem to know what they’re doing 😉 …and congrats on BC of the Month!

  • Dear ALL ~ I will be, from now on, after much discusson with some of the Ed.s and some good advice, The List of the Moment would be best served for all of us if it came out once a week instead of twice; this way, i get to really focus on each song and what makes it special and why and why i’ve chosen it and i think that serves all of us better than twice a week (fun as that is)… We tend to do better when we do once a week and have something more to look forward to, and i’m hoping you’ll all agree thta this is a better plan ~ i’m eager to hear what you all think, but i do have to say, i tend to agree with the Ed.s on this and would but would still love and value your opinion…

    The List has quickly become quite popular which is great and the way to keep it that way is to keep it quality and not simply qauntity ~ so that said, weigh in do, but i’m hoping that you’ll agree with this decision and still come back for more each week as you have been so loyal and such a great and interesting crowd to talk with and discuss music…

    The List will appear every Tuesday as usual – so far, that’s looking like that day.

    I’m also pleased to tell that as of Monday i will be Blogcritic of the Month, so you can read my silly interview then and larf larf larf at my silly answers about what i’d do if stranded on a desert island island and so on… I do hope you’ll check it out, if for nothing else, the sheer comical value of it all… hey, why not?

    Anyway – i look forwad to hearing from all of you, and hey, if you’re jonesing for work, you can always visit my work at my own site tant mieux

    Cheers, and i look forward to hearing from you…


  • Scott, if addressed to me, i’m likely the enfant terrible of the two of us… in fact, i have cards that say as much (really)… so i’d guess it’s me… (provided of course the qeuestion was addressed to me…)…

    ; )

    be well…. s

  • Scott Butki

    I think we are like twins are musical tastes are so smiliar.
    The only question is which of us is the evil twin?

    I’m writing up a new list today.

    I’m with you on the Smiths, BlacMange and others on this list.

  • Steve

    Cool, Sadi.

  • should be saturday steve … pray pray pray.. no technical issues of which i’ve been having many…. but fingers crossed. no troubles…. ; )

  • Steve

    So, Sadi, next list on Sat.??

  • Sadi–I like that line very much, and I’ll have to seek out “This Charming Man” as I ransack my LP collection? Right now I’ve been inspired to try and locate “Louder Than Bombs,” the compilation album that really introduced me to the Smiths.

  • Steve

    Hmm, Sadi, not sure about that Blancmange tune, more info would be nice. If I’m reading the melody right, almost sounds like it could be in “That’s Love That It Is” but it doesn’t have your last line as a chorus. But lyrically, it doesn’t ring any bells (but of course, I’m very selective about noticing lyrics, so that’s not unusual!!).

    Speaking of lyrics, I had no idea that line was in “This Charming Man”, interestingly, it was not a big hit when it became their first UK Top 40 single (#25) around 1983, but when reissued a few years after the band broke up (1991) it became their biggest hit, making #8. I guess you could say it grew on the fans!

  • Chantal ~~ Steve ~~ Gordon ~~

    As to Smiths songs ~ i admit, i may be dull, but i am still very partial to “This Charming Man” which i still think is one of the greatest songs ever written (well maybe not ever ever, but ever in relative terms). And the one line ~

    “Why pamper life’s complexities when the leather runs smooth on the passenger seat…” ~

    I couldn’t agree with that statement more…and it’s one of my favoritite lines…. a rule to live by perhaps. For this chick anyway…


  • Steve – WAs there a Blancmange song called You Should Have Run Me Down or some such thing with lyrics like, or something like,

      You came around the corner in
      your big black car, and your big black
      glasses, with a smile you said,
      ‘i could have killed that cat…’
      (chorus)You could have run me down…

    something along those lines… let me see if i can find online and then post a better idea to give you some sense….

    Or is it one of the ones you name?

    Hmmmmm Now i’m really jonesing (sp?) for some Blancmange ~ you’ve stirred the beast…

    ; )

  • Kirsty MacColl also did a pretty good version of “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby.”

  • Steve

    Remember the Smiths’ tune, “Panic”??
    “Hang The DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ, hang the DJ…”, etc…must have been their most repetitive song anyway lol.

  • My Smiths’ 2 cents–a few faves: “You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby”, “Sheila, Take a Bow”, “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”, “Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me”.

  • oooh and how can I forget “Please Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want”…perhaps THE perfect Smiths song!

  • Steve

    Actually, Chantal, if I had to pick one song by Morrissey I really liked, it would be “Everyday Is Like Sunday”, not a huge fan otherwise.

  • “How Soon is Now”, “I Know It’s Over”–so awesomely depressing, “Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me”, “Bigmouth Strikes Again”…are all among my favorite Smiths songs, Sadi…..i also really love Morriessey on his own, and of course “Everyday is Like Sunday” is one of my favorite songs.

  • Steve

    Although their cover of Abba’s “The Day before You Came” was great too, I thought…if you liked Abba anyway.

  • Steve

    I have Blancmange’s best of called “Second Helpings” (1990)…my fave tune of theirs is –
    “Waves” #19 (1983)

  • Steve

    Well, Sadi, their three top ten hits were –

    Living On The Ceiling – #7 (1982)
    Blind Vision – #10 (1983)
    Don’t Tell Me – #8 (1984)

  • chantal ~ you’re right, pure coincidence or chance that we have similar taste or likes which is great – it seems there si really something for almost everyone, which makes me happy… tho makes job hard sometimes twice a week!!!! but i’m glad you all tune in… ; )

    what’s your favorite smiths songs – what are they, i should say….

  • hey Steve – i remember the Blancmange – sure– but what was their BIG hit … i can’t remember it now… and i LOVED them… it’ll come to me tomorrow … if you remember, tell me, now i’m dying to know….


  • Sadi….i’m just now tuning in and i have to say that i love love love the Smiths!! “How Soon is Now” is SUCH a great song, i was just listening to it last night.

    seems like many of us are getting on the same musical-wavelengths here!

  • Steve

    Just wondering, Sadi, you ever heard of a band called Blancmange??

  • (“Explain this to me:
    ‘In my life
    Oh, why do I give valuable time
    To people who don’t care if I live or die ?'”)

    Yes, that is effectivley heartbreaking and not funny. Sorry, Sadi–I sincerely wasn’t trying to criticize. What I was clumsily trying to get at was the Morrissey has that many-angled complexity and ability to be both witty and poignantly thought-enducing that the best songwriters have (Ray Davies, Costello, Dylan, Westerberg Springsteen–who, by the way, I’ve seen gloriously live about eight times).

    Anyway, it was 3am in the morning and in my soul, and I though I wasn’t trying to be cranky, I can see how it came out that way. I’m only a music snob in the daylight hours.

  • Sadi,

    Sounds like you’re stuck on Live 1964: Concert at Philharmonic Hall. Last week if was “If You Gotta Go,” and this week it’s the one that comes directly after it.

    “Yes, it’s a very funny song.”

  • hey Mike – that Dylan song is one of my favorites and that recording in particular is one you should seek out… you can get it legally i believe you can just buy it… or maybe not.. i’m trying to remember how i got it but do a search. it’s the 64 philharmonic tour (pardon typos guys) i’m having keyboard issues beyond belief… ) … anyway… back to Dylan…

    Yeah, that version is pretty great and shows him at his finest really with a real Dylan-esque wit and sarcasm but sense of humor as well, tho apparently he used the same joke night after nigiht at each show (to the same reaction) and whe he goofed it up one night, went back and did the samne thing to get the “right” reaction….


    still… love him anyway… just found it funny but ultimately,he’s a performer and human and that’s what his job was … is… to peform and entertain and he does a great job of it still….

    see if you can find it. it’s worth it…

  • Steve

    Alas, Sadi, that Bruce Springsteen remix is only available on cassette tape from me, about half my music collection is on tape, not CD. I have heard it is illegal for Canadians to file share on the Internet (if that’s what you call it, anyway), so I’m not sure what the rules are here in Canada, though that may be fine for American residents. I don’t know, really, never done it. Unfortunately, it looks like it is only available on vinyl in the US as part of a 17 track 12″ collection of Springsteen songs, so it may be hard to come by down there.

    Actually, I looked up the dates for “Maggie May” and “You Wear It Well” and I was not in Scotland when they were UK #1’s (1971-1972) but, of course, they’ve had alot of play since then.

    Re. your back, Sadi, have you ever tried a chiropractor?? Or does it only bother you occasionally?

  • Trivia: what Bob Dylan song did Jimmy Carter once quote in a campaign speech?

    Answer: “It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding.” Carter said something to the effect that he dreamed of a country that was “busy being born.”

    I like the song okay, but it’s one of those that I’ve never listened to all that closely.

  • mike

    I love that Dylan but I don’t know that particular recording. I’ve always thought that the lyrical style and delivery of that song foresaw hip hop 15 or 20 years early, it was proto hip hop…

    Darkness at the break of noon
    Shadows even the silver spoon
    The hand made blade, the child’s balloon
    Eclipses both the sun an’ moon
    To understand you know to soon
    There is no sense in tryin’. etc etc

    Re the Smiths I think they are a serious band but Morrissey has dry sense of irony sometimes running concurrent with the angst and knowingness. one difference between them and Joy Divison it seems to me is that the latter don’t have this self-deprecating humour or show the same self-awareness in their stuff. Their music comes from a different place in the head and the heart.


  • Hye Steve – yet MORE technical problems for me… what is UP with new computers… i have a lemon and they say i can’t return it b/c i had to know within fifteen days… gotta love that one… that’s a new one for me.. never heard of such a riduclous thing… in any event…

    The Smiths – probably not meant to be taken seriously but hard sometimes when you listen; i remember driving round w/ my husband who couldn’t stand them an di i just started laughing – generational differences perhaps – but i’m not sure… just differnt taste in music…

    i wish i had that extended remix of dancing inthe dark… thta would rock the house.., i really need your email so we can exchange mp3s together… that would be a good idea and fun too…

    my back is killing me so i’m going to rest a while..

    more, certainly, later, to get to the rest of your comments… esp. the funny ones about Limahl..

    Maggie Mae and Scotland – funny ~ i too made the association. Maybe we were there around the same time or visiting. not sure… but that’s interesting ….

    no taker’s on my choice of Dylan this week – boo hoo…does nobody feel for this song? am i alone ? (i know you’re not a big fan, Steve…)

    more later…

  • Steve

    Interesting list as always Sadi!!

    Re. The Smiths, though not really a fan, I did enjoy “How Soon Is Now” and “What Difference Does It Make?” because they had great music in them. I think Morrissey is not meant to be taken seriously (have you heard of his last solo album or two and the tracks of it??…like “You Are The Quarry” and “Last Of The Gang To Die” etc…definitely tongue in cheek). I recall one of their songs now –

    “Girlfriend In A Coma, I know, I know, it’s serious” lol. Anyway…many British music crtics seem to love dark music, but they also love it when artists poke fun at dark themes…not generally what I look for in songs myself but anyway…

    What you said about the Cowboy Junkies is spot on Sadi re. the church et al, from what I heard, they appeared on the scene here the year or so after I arrived back in Canada, the crtics loved them, I thought they were ok, a little dull musically maybe for me, which are my feelings for much Canadian music alas.

    “Missing You” may have been Top 40 dreck but it was above average Top 40 dreck for me, one of my friends really loved that song though. I preferred John Waite in his Bad English days, though.

    Re. “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, I don’t have the original but do have covers by Paul Young (1983) and Simple Minds (2001). I preferred the covers myself.

    I have an extended remix of “Dancing In The Dark” that runs 6 mins 9 secs. which makes a nice change from the origiinal version, they had to release it twice in the UK, first time reaching #28 in 1984, second time #4 in 1985, after the album became so huge in the States.

    Very familiar with “You Wear It Well”, brings back memories of Scotland in the 70’s, my cousin’s mother would always be playing his stuff at parties at her place, even into the 1990’s now that I think about it.

    Kajagoogoo weren’t bad, their later tunes “Big Apple” and “The Lion’s Mouth” were good too. Limahl’s tune “Only For Love” was my fave of his, all just pop to veg out to really. By the end of the 80’s they’d dumped Limahl and changed their name to Ellis, Beggs & Howard, but I think folks thought they sounded like a law firm so they didn’t do well. Their biggest hit “Big Bubbles, No Troubles” made #41 in the UK I believe.

    Don’t worry about sacrilegious jokes, Sadi, it’s only when people are serious that I get concerned lol.

  • hey Rodney ~

    Well, who can beat Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart – it’s just an amazing song and as you point out, it never gets out… timeless classic…

    Dancing in the Dark – i wrote a whole blog entitled that with the same spirit you describe aboutr life at its lonliest .., you might like it… not sure… it may or may not be your thing…

    John Waites – pure fun, but a good break-up song, hence the (albeit) bad humor about overplaying it (rather like Harry Nillson’s If Living Is Without You ~ same kinda deal…)


    MORE LATER… PROMISE… sorry have to run…

    will address Replacements issue and others later.. promise.. for now

    a bien tot all..

    back later on..

    chat chat chat…

  • Melanie’s “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” is still, to my ears, one of the great singles of the 1960s. The lyrics are as much of a document of Woodstock as anything Joni Mitchell had to say:

    We were so close, there was no room
    We bled inside each others wounds
    We all had caught the same disease
    And we all sang the songs of peace

    Of the songs on Sadi’s list, I’m moved to comment on five:

    * Love the Replacements, but I could take or leave “Here Comes a Regular”; I don’t go much for that kind of crying-in-my-Jack-Daniels self-pity.

    * “Sweet Jane” is a classic rock anthem that has also been memorably covered by Mott the Hoople. The Cowboy Junkies’ dragged-down amphetamine version is not their own invention — the Velvets played it the same way on their classic live set 1969 — but Margo Timmons brings a lot of anguished soul to it.

    * “Missing You” is Top 40 dreck. I don’t miss it at all.

    * “Love Will Tear Us Apart” is pure dynamite. It never gets old. One of those songs — like Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Memory” — that immediately summon up a time and place, as well as an untimely death.

    * “Dancing in the Dark” is a glorious paean to rock and roll at its most private and intimate. Specically, he’s talking to a girl — he’s saying life’s boring in this little town; let’s dance, let’s fuck, let’s experience life, you and me. But more than that I always think he’s really talking about the experience of listening to music; not the crowd experience at a live show, but the redemptive quality of hearing a great song when you are your loneliest.

  • well, nobody should suffer fools gladly ~ really…i could be totally wrong about him, (i’m sure you all will let me know, lol) which is cool cool, because now i’m curious and want yet more instances – i see what you’re saying (she says planning on listening to The Smiths all day… ) (do they count??) so we’ll see….

    My God – i still can’t get over the combine harvester song… do you know (dink dink dink) i knew i recognized the melody but for all these years (husband laughing hystically in backgrund) i never knew from where…) EVEN back THEN!!!

    i’ll be out for a few hours later on this afternoon, btw, so don’t think i’m ignoring any points or issues/questions etc ~ will be hre for a while… when gone… then back… like any normal person… lol… ; )

  • God, i remember the Combine Harverster Song from the UK when i was a little kid ~ what a world we live in !!! sheesh…

  • mike

    Sorry Sadi, messages crossed. Liked Ruby Tuesday best of hers and I forgive her the rest because of it. I think you’re right about Morrissey too, there is a sense of “awwww” as you say, and having seen him being interviewed lately by Jonathan Ross it’s as plain as ever that he doesn’t suffer fools (in this case Ross himself) gladly.

  • mike

    Yep, you got it, though to be fair I did like her rendering of Ruby Tuesday a lot. She did some turkeys though, Brand New Key, The Nickel song etc. The Smiths fans were in no mood to stand about listening to stuff like that and very ungallantly started to lob mud towards the stage to get her off.

    Brand New Key was made even worse when it was covered and adapted by a yokel band, The Wurzels, and released as “Brand New Combine Harvester”. supposedly as humour but it was awful and absolutely unfunny and somehow was a top ten hit.

  • p.p.s. – i like “I Got A Brand New Key” and even bigger news – she almost made the list this week – maybe Morissey does have sense of humour after all…

    I know i was going to put it on as tongue in cheek (b/c i’ve been listening it as somewhat of a joke, so…).

    Melanie is okay – even if a one hit wonder.

    HE thought so- or someone backing him did,..

  • Alright Mike and Gordon – Maybe you’re both right and i’m wrong (i’ll take your word on it – i’m enlish, working class, but never particulrly found Morrissey funny but that’s just me… seriously… i don’t say that to be snide. Explain this to me…

      I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour
      But heaven knows I’m miserable now

      I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
      And heaven knows I’m miserable now

      In my life
      Why do I give valuable time
      To people who don’t care if I live or die ?

      Two lovers entwined pass me by
      And heaven knows I’m miserable now

      I was looking for a job, and then I found a job
      And heaven knows I’m miserable now

      In my life
      Oh, why do I give valuable time
      To people who don’t care if I live or die ?

    Okay, i admit, i’ve laughed my ass off to that and other Morissey songs but prob. not in the way that you have (the ironic sense) more the (awwwwww sense).

    BUT, and here’s the thing, i’ve always always always been a huge Smiths fan so go figure… All of these years and i’ve been missing it???? How fucked up is that? Well, I dunno about all this… i’ll have to take you at your word, tho it does explain a few things but let’s at least admit – he does rather come off as humorless… i think…

    cheers to all…s.

  • I think I developed an appreciation for English humor partly by my early love of the Kinks (“People take pictures of each other, just to prove that they really existed / Just in case someone thought they had missed it…”).

    You mean “Brand New Key” one-hit wonder Melanie?–no wonder she was “invited” to leave the stage: “Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?”

  • Mike

    Ha, Gordon. The songbook is full of little gems like that isn’t it. It’s dry English humour with that deadpan delivery that people sometimes mistakenly take as utter seriousness…which isn’t to say that Morrissey is a comedian either; but to think of him, as many people seem to, as a miserabilist is as off the mark as, say, those folks who describe Leonard Cohen as depressing. Morrissey’s willingness to document the contradictory inner life is refreshing.

    I saw him with The Smiths at Glastonbury in the 80s and the crowd he attracted was so adoring and so eager to see him and the band that some of them lost their manners and urged the preceding act, Melanie (remember her?), to hurry up and get off the stage – or words to that effect. When The Smiths did finally appear they did a good but disappointingly short set, probably about 30 minutes and they were gone.

  • Sadi and Mike–just one more example of Morrissey’s dark wit: “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before.”

    Nothing’s changed
    I still love you, oh, I still love you
    …Only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my love.
    I was delayed, I was way-laid
    An emergency stop
    I smelt the last ten seconds of life
    I crashed down on the crossbar
    And the pain was enough to make
    A shy, bald, Buddhist reflect
    And plan a mass murder…

  • Mike

    Lots to like on here. The Smiths are another English treasure, and Gordon’s right, Morrissey is one of the great wits as well as being a great lyricist and chronicler of the downer that the Thatcher years put us on, to be young in 80s Britain, to be in love and unemployed, to be Job Centre fodder, to be sensitive to what it is to be human. The Smiths produced so many great songs in their short career and Morrissey continued to do so afterwards. To me he is one of the very major talents as a lyricist and poet of inner life that the UK produced in the 20th century. For dry ironic humour…

    “I was looking for a job and now I’ve found a job, heaven knows I’m miserable now”

    followed by the more heartfelt

    “In my life
    why do I give valuable time
    to people who don’t care if I live or die”

    The song “There is a light that never goes out” might be construed as a miserabilist anthem (as so many of his songs are wrongly interpreted) but the lyric shows a man who knows what passionate reverence and reverent passion is. He feels it, and so do you when you are in love or in obsession and you hear this song…

    “Driving in your car
    Oh, please don’t drop me home
    Because it’s not my home, it’s their
    Home, and I’m welcome no more

    And if a double-decker bus
    Crashes into us
    To die by your side
    Is such a heavenly way to die
    And if a ten-ton truck
    Kills the both of us
    To die by your side
    Well, the pleasure – the privilege is mine”,,,

    The Smiths’ Johnny Marr is one of the great pop guitarists of the late twentieth century and a connection with a later choice on this list is his participation in the band Electronic with Bernard Sumner of Joy Division and New Order.

    One of the most pleasurable wonderful uplifting experiences of mine lately was to see the artist and photographer Phil Collins installation entitled “The World Won’t Listen” which is a static camera video of a succession of Colombian Smith’s fans performing a Smiths number in front of a varied studio backdrop such as a mountain lake or a chalet. I’d urge any Smiths fan and any one interested in fandom to see if it comes your way. It’s a glorious tribute to the Smiths and to how music we are entraptured by can make us feel. The installation was one of the nominees for this year’s Deutsche Borse Photography prize.

    Joy Divison are from the same area of the UK as the Smiths, are equally peculiarly English and a product of time and place, and ten times darker than The Smiths, probably helped in that by chemical ingestion and the rumbling of Hooky’s bass and Curtis’s wired performances and the effects that the epilepsy Sadi mentions had on Curtis’s performances. Curtis hung himself on the very eve of the band’s planned departure for their US tour. To see video performances of him doing stuff like LWTUAA or Transmission is heartbreaking and knowing his history of epilepsy and the effect that his medications and depession was having on him is harrowing, true roadcrash tv.

    For me there is a link between Cowboy Junkies and Joy Division. Several years ago I was leaving a supermarket in Tel Aviv and was wearing a tshirt of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album and a young Israeli came up to me and pleaded with me to sell him the tshirt. I went from there straight to a little club in south Tel Aviv for a drink and on a large screen the Beatles’ film Yellow Submarine was being shown with the sound turned off and coming out of the speakers instead was that magnificent Cowboy Junkies album. I’d never heard them prior to that and the first song that I walked in on while Yellow Submarine was on this big screen was Sweet Jane. It was like a drug experience minus the drugs. Unforgettable. One of the great albums and one of the great vocal performances.

    So thanks for the list Sadi and for prompting a revival of those memories.

    Re Autour de Lucie and other French stuff you have featured before you’ll be pleased to know that in the Virgin megastore in Piccadilly Circus up in the World Music dept there is a lovely display at the moment (or there was a couple of weeks ago) of French musical stuff, and lots of it, the usual suspects such as Gainsbourg and Bruni and MC Solaar and Air but also harder to get stuff. One of my favourite films is La Haine, directed by Kassovitz in 1995, which has a great soundtrack including a number from Solaar. Do you know the film? Given the recent unrest in the banlieus and in central paris itself the film is still very topical and relevant. It has excellent central performances, works brilliantly (and aptly) in black and white, and has a a soundtrack I think you’d love


  • Color me Impressed.
    Glad you mentioned Cowboy Junkies version of Sweet Jane, but regardless of who’s performing it, these are some of my favorite lines of all time:
    Ridin’ in a stutz bear cat, jim
    You know, those were different times!
    Oh, all the poets they studied rules of verse
    And those ladies, they rolled their eyes

    I take a little issue with your statement that Morrissey wasn’t big on humor. One of the reasons I like him and the Smiths was the understated, mordant and dry humor: “I traveled South again / I traveled North / I got confused I killed a horse…”

    “You Wear it Well”–great great song–sad and evocative–that I’ve come to like more than “Maggie Mae.”

    Here goes a regular–thx, Gordon