And so it is, that the list grows and here we are with the List of the Moment, Volume 9, Part Two. So that’s Volume 9.5 (version 9.5?). In any event, the list requires no introduction, though someone did ask, why or how the songs are chosen and the answer is simple…they happen to be what is on my current play list or in the air, so to speak, at any given time…
I just report what is going on with me and hope that I can get it going on with you or, if not that, learn from you as hopefully you can tune in and see if there is something here that you might be turned onto that you don’t yet know… Previous lists can be back-checked under Search or by my name so you can see who has made the list before. A song won’t made the list twice, unless it’s a cover of a song … make sense?
Thanks for tuning in. Here we go!
“All the Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople – you see, growing up working class has made me love this song and appreciate it perhaps more than if I had grown up with money. But since I didn’t grow up wealthy, it’s hard to say. Since it’s a great fucking song, I imagine one could appreciate it regardless. The big question, as far as I’ve heard and that was never cleared to anyone’s real satisfaction, was whether or not Bowie was really involved. Sources tell me he denies any involvement, but I honestly don’t know. Chime in if you do know one way or the other. I see them listed together on Amazon so I suspect this is pretty common knowledge. Yet I’m told Bowie has long-denied this. Someone set me straight please… if you know, that would be great (and sources would be great). Thanks all.
“Institutionalized” by Suicidal Tendencies – because all I wanted was “just one Pepsi, she wouldn’t give it to me, just one Pepsi she wouldn’t give it to me…” This is the anthem of pretty much everyone’s youth, I think. That whole feeling of being misunderstood even though you’re following the rules. Growing up sucks… and this song may well be the anthem of that sentiment and as he says, “Doesn’t matter. Probably get hit by a car anyway…”
“His New Look” by Bong Water – obscure, hard to find, though miraculously I did find it on Amazon.com in a boxed set for a mere and whopping $56 which struck me as a great deal of money – unless you really really like every song they’ve ever done. “His New Look” is a great great and funny song. As to the rest, I can’t really say… My, uh, Bong Water experience is somewhat limited. I didn’t inhale. I didn’t make the water bubble. Gurgle.
“Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult – I confess to not really knowing much by Blue Oyster Cult but I do know this song and find it to be a real anthem of true love. That may sound totally bizarre, I admit, but in its oddly goth way, it’s all about joining and coming together. And having no fear and going to the other side, be it light or dark, but joining and having no fear. Sure, he may be a little bad, or even a lot bad, but who among us has not, at some point, liked a bad boy? This, however, doesn’t strike me as a bad boy anthem so much as a nice guy making a plea – there’s something really sweet about that and that, in and of itself, makes me love this song (how very girl of me). But back to it – it’s a great tune, sticks once you’ve heard it once and hard to get out of the head without losing its resonance after many plays.
“Beast of Burden” by the Rolling Stones – oh come on, predictable perhaps, but you have to love it. I wouldn’t want to be anybody’s best of burden, and this has to be the biggest breakup and make up song of all time. The big “I’m falling in love/I’m falling out of love” song. It’s always about yearning of some kind – that’s in my, albeit, limited experience. My casual, highly unscientific survey has yielded the above results – that the song is usually associated with infatuation and relationships. Christ, just listen to the words. You may not want to be a beast of burden but by the very fact of having to announce it, hey, guess what, you probably already are. Just a thought.
“Say Something New” by the Concretes – the song from a recent Target (okay, Tar-zhay) commercial with that thick-accented Nico (who basically sucked in my view, but had the gimmick factor for a while) sounding woman telling us, or rather commanding us to “Say Something New”, and I admit, I rather like the message (because I get really fucking bored most of the time by a lot of the new music that is put out there) and even if she herself is boring, her message is not. And hey, I admit, I still like the song.
“New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel – this is likely because I have just been and will be again in the Le Grand/Grosse Pomme, the Big Apple and so I am biased toward this song. It is quite firmly entrenched in my head, and all told not a bad song to drive to if you’re stuck in slow traffic on the Cross-Bronx expressway or on the Henry Hudson Parkway or Merritt. It may be mellow as all get-out but there’s nothing wrong with any of that. I remember a time when I used to go and see Billy Joel (go figure, I used to follow the Butthole Surfers around as well – talk about eclectic). But this song has sentimental value, I admit, for not only did I live in New York, I still visit often and have many close friends who are still there. It’s some variety of home.
“99 Red Balloons” by Nena – I can’t explain why this made The List of the Moment but then why does any song make the list other than the fact that it just happens to suit my mood at the given time and I’ve a record for luck with trends and such (just ask my friends who ask me to pick out good long-term stock or long-term items that are not mere trends..) Not to suggest that some or, even many, of the songs on the List are not merely passing items, surely many of them are, but it’s important to note the ones that are not and that have some staying power. “99 Red Balloons”, while not a great song of its time or any time, is a timeless song – one would be hard-pressed to pin it down to any more contemporary decade from the 80s onward (or even the 70s). It’s melancholy, hopeful, and highly visual with a great, poppy beat.
“Crawlin’” by Scapegoat Wax – you can find this on the Laurel Canyon soundtrack or just buy the Scapegoat Wax album directly. A great song just about how life wears on all of us, how things change, and how sometimes we feel helpless to do anything about anything. The singer has a voice that I just love, and he tells us things “can only get better” but yes, “it catches up with all of us on certain afternoons.” Thanks for saying that… God knows we need to hear these lyrics sometimes. If you do not know this, please check it out. It’s mellow, and Steve, you would love this. A great song and the singer has a great voice to boot…
- Times are changin’ you know that.
God knows what you were you were thinking of.
they cant destroy enough.
the rules of this or that game.
The street that got your number,
you don’t remember your name.
I feel for you.
So take your time.
things can only get better boy.
Your life can shine in front of you.
It catches up with all of us,
i’m certain after you.
“If Living Is Without You” by Harry Nilsson – take a trip back in time to ultimate Stadium Self-Pity and a ride in the waahhmulance with Harry Nilsson. I love this messy break up song. Of course he’ll live, but the very fact that he thinks he really can’t, and the whole song is in that dulcet and dramatic minor key, says it all.
It’s all in the same basic genre of Eric Carmen, Gilbert O’Sullivan (now that guy could just NEVER win – O’ Sullivan that is – I mean, everything seems to go wrong for him, at least if we are to believe his lyrics, his mother dying, his father, his wife at the altar, and he, ready to toss himself off a tower… it’s just too awful; talk about a spate of bad luck).
Nilsson had several good songs. This was one of them, in my view, as was the them from Urban Cowboy – “Everybody’s Talkin’ ’bout Me” – which really, I run in tandem with this song as both making the list of the moment because both are great songs for different reasons: one truly truly pessimistic, the other absolutely optimistic and yet used for possibly one of the most depressing films of all time.
So there you have it; a brief part of the List of the Moment, 9.5. Thanks so much for tuning in. Do feel free to leave your thoughts and comments that relate to any of the songs mentioned directly or even within a particular description (like the Nilsson song listed). Always, the comments are so insightful and meandering and it’s great to meet and great, so if you drop by, chime in…
thanks as ever, for reading and tuning in.
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