Ask and ye shall receive; the second List of the Moment in one week. We’ll see if there is enough to say biweekly and how it works out. This week there are a lot more. The prior list was brief and didn’t include enough of what is on the list this week. And so, here are a few more samplings.
“Kinder” by David Garza – a truly perfect and sexy as hell song. What can I say about it? It has a thrashing background sound that makes it just perfect. It suits the tone so well and it’s not harsh, but just hard and thrashing enough that the real confidence of Garza’s voice shines through as if he just knows he’s all that and more… Utterably desirable.
“Motortown” by the Kane Gang – the ultimate summer song. It does and will always remind me of driving down to the beach at night to meet my husband and go for a walk with him there. You can find this through Amazon with relative ease, though I haven’t met too many people who knew it. I’ve seen it spelled both Kane Gang and Kanegang. It’s happy, light, summery.
“Heart of Glass” by Blondie – I’ll never forget seeing a video of twenty-something Debbie Harry (at the time that was her age) singing “Heart of Glass” during a recording at Studio 54. The camera showed a close up of her face and I realized how incredibly beautiful she was, and this is a close up video as well. Her skin is like porcelain and while I have no doubt that Debbie Harry, though I haven’t seen her lately, is pretty great looking still, I don’t know if anyone could top that “Heart of Glass” video that I saw. Her mouth, her eyes, wow! Just incredible, and the song is unforgettable. Generally everyone I know associates this song with some point in their life and with someone they knew during that time period. I suppose all songs do to a greater or lesser extent, but this one even more so seems to evoke memories (not necessarily of love, just memories).
“Sexual Healing” by Shaggy and Marvin Gaye – I’m not sure how to categorize this song, only to say that the original “Sexual Healing” practically knocked me out when it came out. It is such an honest, frank song but done so well that you don’t feel like you need a shower after it. (Like I do when listening to Prince’s “Do Me Baby,” which makes me feel dirty every time I hear it. Maybe a parochial school thing? Can’t say…) But anyway – this is a remix and has more of a reggae sort of thing going on that makes it fun. Though, it’s not really reggae – I can’t describe it. It’s like “Caribbean rap” or Jamaican rap, though I’m sure it has a proper name. If you now it, please do list under comments section and correct or fill in the void of my ignorance.
“Gibraltar” by World’s Tallest Thing – a beautiful and rare song and hard to find. A relatively newish band, you may be able to find it on Amazon under WTT or World’s Tallest Thing. But this song, in particular, is here breaching, reaching, and yearning. It’s desperate, resigned, and all of those other difficult, painful, and let’s face it, icky words that we apply to a heart-wrenching, ripping your heart out break up. No doubt the person or victim of this lilting lullaby deserved this song, but still, one feels for both parties here for it’s not all. There is still a great deal of palpable love here. That it sounds like a lullaby of sorts is a brilliant move. It seduces you into the song, allowing you to believe you will hear a love song. As P.I.L sang, “This is Not a Love Song, This is Not a Love Song.” – that said, in the right person’s hands, it could be.
“Let’s Move to the Country” by Smog – this reminds me in some ways of Nick Drake. Perhaps it’s the whole pastoral theme of the song, but I’m sure it’s Drake-influenced somewhere back there (maybe two or three generations back but somewhere)
“Almost” by Sarah Harmer – laugh if you want, but I really like this song. First, I’ve seen Sarah Harmer live – not live but live on TV. She was incredible and has this incredible presence. I was glad to see a shockingly kick-ass female vocalist with pretty much all male back-up. Not sure why this surprised me so much but it did. “Almost” is great for its candor and clever lyrics (okay, a very small sampling:
And if I am a sailor,
then you are the warm gulf wind,
and you’ve blown into this little port
and roused my dreams again.
A great chorus, great lyrics, and catchy chords. I like it and it makes my List of the Moment, mostly because it’s stuck in my head and I can’t get it out.
“Tempted” by Squeeze – Squeeze was always a good group and you could count on them to put out a reasonably, if not great, album. Tempted is a place where everyone has been, and this song pretty much lays the groundwork for those accused and those who have (the have and the have nots?). I could have picked another great Squeeze song, but I’m rather into this one at the moment.
“Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis – I’ve always always always loved this song, mostly for the lyrics, though the thrashing music works for me too. I love the lyrics in this song and the message – that we should just move on, just “walk on by” and don’t worry about it. It’s all very “wu-wei” to just let it flow over you or through you without acting on it: so easy to say, so freakin’ difficult to do. To just not look back and say, “fuck it, that was then, this is now.” I couldn’t agree more.
“Solaar Pleure” by MC Solaar – yes, more French rap, but if you listen enough times you’ll make out the words which are pretty great and the sound effects are, too. It’s different from American rap is that there is more of a song to it, I think and even though they speak, it’s somehow less talky. I like pretty much anything by Solaar Pleure and perhaps even prefer Gangster Moderne, which I also love and you should check out if you are into rap or foreign music or speak French or just want a damn change.
“This Charming Man” by The Smiths – This is like the Brideshead Revisited of songs. Evelyn Waugh would have loved this song. It paints, for me, such a pastoral image. All this stuff about broken bicycles on hillsides, etc, etc. I can just see Brideshead in the distance. Either way, whether you really care for the Smiths or don’t, and frankly a lot their stuff is too “Stadium Self Pity” for me (waahmbulance please….) that I am surprised to find that I am putting it here. But, this one along with “How Soon is Now” would make an album worth buying or time worth spent downloading anyway.
“Heroes” by David Bowie – Wouldn’t it be great if we could all just be heroes, just for one day, if not longer. I love this song, mostly for the lyrics, although the tune is also great. It’s catchy and stays with you. And although Bowie sounds a bit grim at times here, to me almost a bit undead (really), that voice seems to fade in and out to a voice that is at once loving and lyrical.
I, I will be king
And you, you will be queen
Though nothing will drive them away
We can beat them, just for one day
We can be Heroes, just for one day
Just the very notion of making the two lovers king and queen (and isn’t that what it feels like in the first blush of love?) is so full of hope and possibility that you can’t help but want this – or I can’t anyway.
We’re nothing, and nothing will help us
Maybe we’re lying, then you better not stay
But we could be safer, just for one day.
Yes, we could be heroes just for one day – king and queen with the world tumbling down, but so what. They’ve got the safety of the door frame as the whole world crashes down around them. I still like and I still HATE Nico’s version of it, though it’s fine for amusement purposes, but more like an older version of that chick from The Concretes, who actually, I rather like so, go figure.
So that’s the SECOND installment of the List of the Moment, Volume No. 8, because I felt that the last list may have ripped you off by being too short. And hey, you asked. I aim to please.
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