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A long list this week, but only because I’ve been really into my music this past week, making CDs for my cousin and others, and that has made me delve into the cupboard and see what I could pull out. The following are on my playlist at the moment, among others, but these come to mind. Some rather extensive quoting of lyrics, but only where I felt it necessary to get the true spirit of the song. Tune in, don’t tune out. Or as Timothy Leary said, tune out, tune in… yes?

“Town Called Malice” by the Jam: Everything about home sings to me in this song. This, to me, and I can’ t say for anyone else, is all that England is to me, or maybe any small town; but because it’s the Jam, I associate it strongly with England and with Finsbury Park and Tottenham. Paul Weller always knew where of he spoke

“Innocent Child” by BAD II: A beautiful song with great lyrics. Just listen to it. The original Big Audio Dynamite was spectacular. Don’t know enough about this group here as of this present writing, but intend to find out more. Sorry, wish I knew more, but download the song or buy it. It’s well worth it.[ADBLOCKHERE]

“At 4 A.M.” by Tom Verlaine: One of his best in my view, though “Pillow” is terrific and so is “Five Miles of You” (did I get that right?), “Postcard from Waterloo”, which I also love – but then, what don’t I love about Tom Verlaine? God, I interviewed the guy, so that says a lot. Anything by Tom Verlaine or Television is pretty much great, in my view.

“Chuck E.’s in Love” by Rickie Lee Jones: I think the song by Orb has influenced me here, so now I’m all about Rickie Lee Jones, who I liked to begin with, and this song in particular reminds me of being young(er) and riding my bike to see my then semi-boyfriend who I used to make out with in the sanctuary near our house. God, those stolen, golden afternoons. Even if we did wind up with mosquito bites all over us, or I did (all over the backs of my legs and one time, poison sumac for which I had to go and get cortisone shots every week which was awful) it was still worth it all. This song reminds me of all of that, and that’s a good thing. As we said last week – music reminds us of time, place, people and Thomas Jones VI will go down in my memory with that song (he’d be appalled, but still). None of this makes it any less of a great song.

“She’s in Fashion” by Suede: Great attitude here. As someone who, God help me, worked in fashion and lived to tell the tale, I think this is a great song because it perfectly captures the movement and atmosphere of what it means to work in fashion. Even if you hate fashion, this song reminds me of good New Wave songs that we used to get over the radio from WFNX (was that it?) and tape off the radio (major crime). Worth a listen.

“Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space” by Spiritualized: Have I put this on my list before? I honestly can’t remember. If not, it ought to have been there long ago, because this is one of my all time favorite songs, and sung in rounds, too. Depressing and sad yes, and all he wants is a “little bit of love to take the pain away…” which is damn sad if you ask me, but doesn’t strike me as self-pitying really – not in the “Stadium Self Pity” way that so many songs are.

“Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order: For a variety of reasons this song has been on my mind, perhaps nostalgia, perhaps just current events that ring around my mind,

Every time I think of you
I feel shot right through with a bolt of blue
It’s no problem of mine but it’s a problem I find
Living a life that I can’t leave behind
There’s no sense in telling me
The wisdom of a fool won’t set you free
But that’s the way that it goes
And it’s what nobody knows
While every day my confusion grows
Every time I see you falling
I get down on my knees and pray
I’m waiting for that final moment
You’ll say the words that I can’t say

and so on… and the song repeats from:

Every time I see you falling…

with those last three lines.

It’s really a great song, and I think New Order have largely been forgotten about or dismissed as too pop-like after the heavy-heavies of Joy Division and Ian Curtis’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart Again.” I would’t let that affect me though. I would still download this song, or buy the whole album because it’s actually pretty great (Substance and a double set). Last week I had “Fall at Your Feet” by Crowded House. There seems to be some theme running through my lists of the past two weeks. Ah well, tant pis, tant mieux.

“Shades by Iggy Pop: How can you not love a guy who sings:

You gave me a present
The paper was blue and green
I unwrapped it with pleasure
These are the best shades I’ve ever seen
You can be my girlfriend
Forever and a day
I never thought I was worth much
Or that anyone would treat me this way

and then the chorus, which is as fantastic as the rest of the song, I believe…

I’m not the kind of guy
Who dresses like a king
And a really fine pair of shades
Means everything
And the light that blinds my eyes
Shines from you
It makes me come in the night
It makes me swim with delight
I like this pain
I like this mirror
I like these shades

I love this song. It has inspired me to buy my husband many (perhaps too many) pairs of shades. I used the word “inspired” because I believe that’s what this song does – it inspires confidence in a guy who “never thought I was worth much, or that anyone would treat me this way.”

“Lover’s Spit” by Broken Social Scene: Okay, it sounds gross and may well be, but I still love this song. How can you not love these lyrics, especially, “It’s time that we grow old, do some shit” which personally, I can relate to. Half the time I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels. Particularly good if it’s spring and you see lover’s kissing and are single and feeling a bit embittered. Love it.

All these people drinking lover’s spit
They sit around and clean their face with it
And they listen to teeth to learn how to quit
tied to a night they never met

You know it’s time
that we grow old and do some shit
I like it all that way

That’s all folks! Thanks for tuning in – ’til next week.

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About Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti

  • Steve

    I have “Town Called Malice” by The Jam in my collection also, used to be a UK chart watcher as a teen (still am to a lesser degree I suppose), and that song was in the first chart I cut out of the “The Sun” newspaper, dated Feb. 3rd 1982, I think (wow, I just remembered, I hadn’t quite reached my teens then lol).

    BAD II was originally Big Audio Dynamite, and I have their Greatest Hits from 1995 though it does not feature Innocent Child on it.

    Only stuff I have of Iggy Pop –
    David Bowie’s “China Girl” from 1983 which Iggy had originally done in 1977, and a sample of Iggy’s 1998 hit “The Passenger”, as sampled by one hit wonders Fool Boona (no idea who they were lol) on the track “Popped!”.

    I also have the album “Substance” by New Order, as well as the companion B-sides album called “Substance Sides” (although only on cassette, if I had the money to spare, I would get their box set called “Retro” on CD, which has a disc of hits, a disc of live tracks, a disc of remixes and a disc of album tracks that are fan faves). They’ve certainly had some good tunes over the years but not nearly as prolific as they used to be, alas. If you liked them, one of the members of the band had a spin off group called Monaco that you might want to check out, I have their UK hit single from 1997 called “What Do You Want From Me?” which has a similar sound to New Order.

    Re. Suede, I have 2 of their songs, “Trash” and “Beautiful Ones”, both from 1996, though I preferred their side project McAlmont & Butler.

    I must say, you certainly are drawn to the lyrics of a song, Sadi, I find I tend to focus on the music more, unless the lyrics are offensive in some way, in which case, I switch off.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Hey Steve – we have all the same stuff, first off, so we’re on the right foot.

    Interesting what you say about lyrics; my husband always said that women focus more on lyrics than do men, and i think he’s right. men focus more on the music…. which is sad when you make a CD or something, i mean, is the message TOTALLY lost because you are all into the music??? or, by virtue of it coming from a female do you then pay more attention to the lyrics? i’ve wondered this my whole life pretty much or sincei could make tapes and CDs… it would be great if you could answer this question….

    I love Big Audio Dynamite; met them at Palladium in New York City – nice group of people (that i met)… great group period. i like their stuff, particularly the song “Medicine Show” and “Sony”

    cheers,rock on

    s.

  • Steve

    Hmmm, interesting question, Sadi, you know, I’ve NEVER received a Mix CD from a woman before lol!!! But certainly, if she asked me to listen to the lyrics, I would. Here are my reasons for this phenomenon re. lyrics vs. music (speaking for myself anyway) –

    First off, songs are basically poetry, and if I was really into poetry, I would read it rather than listen to music because I find alot of well written songs have either horrible vocals and/or mediocre music. But I’m not into poetry really, though I do enjoy a clever rhyme, but most non-musical poetry doesn’t really rhyme anyway!!

    Secondly, music, by definition, can only be found in…music…so you can’t get that anywhere else!! When I listen to music, there are certain instruments I look for…synthesiser, saxophone, drums or bass guitar, for example, I may like it…lots of electric guitar or the screechier kind of violins, I probably wont (obviously some exceptions, but rare). If it’s pop or dance, I’m more likely to like it, if it’s country or opera, I probably wont. Lyrics are lower down the totem pole for me (as long as they are not offensive to me – I will not buy any albums that have a parental advisory sticker on them cause I know the lyrics will probably grate on my nerves…though I have been sorely tempted to buy a greatest hits album by Prince lol).

    Thirdly, as far as ideas in songs go, I’d much rather read them in a book or an article than in a song, usually songs that have a particular, especially political, bent to them, sound preachy or forced and therefore quite unlistenable, unless the music that goes with them is amazing, which is rare.

    Fourth, I came of age in the 1980’s when there seemed to be genuinely new forms of music around, which was exciting, unlike the music scene today, where most new bands just sound like they are retreading old musical ideas mostly, even the songs with well written lyrics.

    Finally, alot of bands I have enjoyed over the years will say things like…’the lyrics don’t really mean anything in particular, just attribute whatever meanings you like to them’, which to me says, the lyrics are not that important in many cases anyway. Certainly been plenty of songs that I’ve read the lyrics for, after which, I’ve been completely baffled as to what they were on about really, either they were nonsensical, or they were so vague that they could mean alot of things. So I just don’t bother much anymore frankly. Indeed, the only lyrics I’m inclined to remember well are amusing ones, and they are few and far between. There are exceptions to this rule, songs that tell an interesting story, with great music and vocals, but my collection would be small indeed if that’s what I was looking for.

    Re. Big Audio Dynamite, yes, “The Medicine Show” is a fave of mine, along with “E=MC squared”, their biggest UK hit from 1986 (yikes, 20 years ago, oh my!!).

    Rarely ever been to a concert myself, I think I’ve only been to 2, Michael W. Smith in 1995, and Erasure in 2005. Might go to see UB40 this year for my birthday if the dates work out with my relative.

    Sorry this post is so long, hope you are still awake lol.

  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    Another great list. Thanks for the reminder of Rickie Lee Jones–I especially love her follow-up works, the moody “Pirates” and an EP “Girl at Her Volcano” which have great covers of “My Funny Valentine,” “Lush Life” and the Lefte Banke’s “Walk Awat Renee,” and Mr. Waits’ “Rainbow Sleeves.”

    She also has the distinction of displaying the most “ever-popular tempermental tortured-artist effect” in concert: First she berated the crowd for being too quiet (were we too reverential?) and then a couple songs later after we were more generous in response, she berated us for being too loud. I’m not sure we ever found a happy medium that would suit her.

  • Steve

    Gordon, that sounds like Madonna during the Live 8 concert last year where she berated the crowd for not responding more loudly or enthusiastically to her music. I bet if she’d been out there in the crowd as long as those folks had been by then, I doubt she would have been much more chipper lol.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    HI Steve – sorry was asleep, wish i had been up but have the flu and laryngitis (sp?) — but yes, EMc =2 is great by BAD; we like the same stuff.

    Music is basically poetry in many ways – or the words can be, but when it is set to music then yes, that changes everything and you get tuned into the base etc etc and everything changes….I’ll make you a CD Steve, since we have similar taste – you can email me through my Web site and i’ll email you back and send you a good mix – seriously. You can NOT listen to the lyrics, lol… too funny. You do make me laugh and your comments are always interesting…

    Gordon = that is funny about Rickie Lee Jones – i never forgot about her because i love some of her music and it sounds like you do too if you went to see her. How wierd that she was that way about audience participation and so pissy is sounds or pithy, who knows…. but yes, reverential as you say, would be the correct word!!!! Gosh, who woulda thunk it!! Not I.,

    Steve – don’t get me started on Madonna and her new fake British accent that she’s now acquired, which is just such nonsense. Being British, i find it offensive, personally, but that’s just me. It sounds like her to berate the crowd for not loving her enough – such arrogance, much as i’ve liked her music at times, i would never go and see her live… not worth the money.

    THOUGH – of course, i do plan to see Dylan (again) this summer when he comes around our way (how could i not) and to write it up as i did last year…. i’m also reading two Dylan books that i plan to write up and will be interviewing Pennebaker… so it should be an interesting next few months for my Dylanography … :)

    cheers, all – glad this weeks List of the Moment is a good one as well — i always enjoy sharing and turning people on to new stuff or stuff i’ve recently been turned onto or just remembered.

    xo

    sade

  • Mike

    Top of the Pops last night (yep, it’s still on TV, usually Sundays but on Monday this week because of the winter Olympics) had a snip of The Jam playing Town Called Malice on account of their greatest hits album Snap being #7 in the album charts here in the UK. It’s a great track, probably my second favourite of theirs after The Bitterest Pill. Snap’s track listing here.

    http://www.virginmegastores.co.uk/invt/683372

    How convoluted these music family tree connections are, as seen from recent lists of yours. Ricky Lee sampled by The Orb, Mick Jones of B.A.D duetting with Roddy Frame on an Aztec Camera track (Good Morning Britain from the album Stray). Jones went from the Clash to form BAD and Keith Levene was an original member of The Clash with Jones and later went to PiL, and so on and so on. Not much than a couple degrees of separation in most of the planets greatest musicians.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    of course they’re convulted… they’re what i’m listening to now… i prefer the word, Ecletic, which seems more applicable but whichever, doesn’t make a difference.

    We agree on the best Jam albums, btw….. funny how all the groups overlap in some ways…six degrees of separation theory bears it all out, i suppose, in the final account…. fine w/ me as long as the music is good…

    rock on… s.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    one thing, i didn’t know that Mick Jones of BAD was involved with Aztec Camera – thanks for that info… is that really the case? how weird is that.. i had NO idea… i can’t hear the influence at all, but i could be missing something… thx for the info! — sade

  • Steve

    Sorry to hear about flu etc., been going around here in Canada too, though I’ve missed it so far, thank God, I pray you’ll recover soon.

    Re. your offer, thanks alot Sadi, that’s very nice of you, may try that soon when I have more time. Gotta fly right now.

    Oh, and yes, re. Mick Jones and Aztec Camera, they just collaborated on the one song together that was mentioned by Mike, as far as I know.

  • Mike

    Sadi, only on that one track, Good Morning Britain, though Roddy Frame has previously cited Mick Jones as an idol of his.

    Incidentally I didn’t mean that your lists are convoluted; they are indeed eclectic. I meant that it is surprising sometimes how seemingly disparate artists are linked in just one or two moves – like Rickie being sampled by The Orb for instance, or from John Lydon to Molam Lao via Jah Wobble, etc etc. Lots of examples, might be fun to find the least number of direct steps from (off the top of my head) Tom Verlaine to Abida Parveen, or Iggy to Barenboim.

  • Mike

    I remember a good few years ago there was a book called Rock Family Trees which traced the links between the personnel of the leading rock bands. These days now our tastes and our musicians’ tastes are much more ecelectic it’s as likely to find a step from (say) The KLF to Balinese Gamelan music as it was in those days to trace the link between Deep Purple and Whitesnake.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Hey Steve – thanks for the good wishes – i need to recover and soon. Laryngitis sucks. I can’t talk at all, which may be a good thing (laughs) My husband may be pleased by this development, but i can’t even answer the bloody phone….

    hey Mike – it is weird how these groups are all interrelated, but one leads me to the other and the other and the other etc etc etc… i find your comments educational and insightful… truly helpful to me and really cluing me in in some ways….

    Deep Purple and Whitesnake??? NOw that is weird. Next we’ll be talking about The Tubes or Asia… remember them? God….

  • Steve

    Re. interrelated groups, yeah, I discovered that when I cataloged my 12,000 song collection, boy that sure was an interesting study. Split the list up into 12 categories, one of them was a ‘see also’ category for related artists.

    Oh, yeah, I remember The Tubes, used to have a song of theirs, “She’s A Beauty”, wasn’t bad at the time, but haven’t missed it since the 80’s really. I do have a best of Asia, just a 10 track one with their few biggest hits. They had a few good tunes.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Steve Hey — wow, 12,000 song collection!! I don’t know how many i have, but probably that much in Dylan alone (if you count bootlegs etc etc etc and doubles of those, so i would say yes plus all of my other music (which slows mmy computer considerably, damn damn damn)

    The Tubes “She’s a Beauty” wasn’t a bad song… for the time it was okay. My brother loved it…, that’s what i remember so it has fond memories for me.

    Asia – blah blah blah – they sort of have bad memories for me, like “heat of the moment” etc – so i’m not keen on them, but they’re okay i suppose. maybe a good tune or two.

    right now i’m really into Dylan again (again again again) expect it on the List of the Moment Next Week, i should expect, though i can’t be sure… one never knows…

    best, as ever…

    s.

  • zingzing

    sadi: “I think New Order have largely been forgotten about or dismissed as too pop-like after the heavy-heavies of Joy Division.”

    aargh! i know you are on my side here, but it must be pointed out that new order are the ultimate indie 80’s band. just when it looked like they were through (after curtis’ pussy-move), they got a new lease on life and used it to become the most forward-thinking post-punk group of their day, contantly pushing punk music and dance music closer together, and doing it how they wanted to. their work, especially from 81-84, is the most interesting pop music of its day. the string of singles from ceremony-procession-temptation-blue monday-confusion-the perfect kiss is untouchable, and you can see the body of modern dance music being built, single by single.

    people who brush new order off (especially because they think joy division are better) have either only heard a few new order tracks, or are frickin’ goths. i’m glad ian hung himself. not really.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    hey zing zing – yes, we’re totally on teh same side, which is why i said the “heavy heavies of Joy Division” – i actually love the song Temptation and Bizarre Love Triangle… but that’s me. NOt sure… And yes frickin’ goths is right (ugh) – and i love how you call Ian Curtis’s move a “pussy-move” — sad, but too funny how you put it… and i would agree, even w/ personal experience in my own family, i’ve had others who’ve almost come to blows w/ me over this, but it is a pussy-move… thanks for saying that…

    you rock.

    s.

  • Steve

    Yeah, I know what you mean about slowing the computer down, I only have about half my collection on it but I’m not gonna put on much more, don’t have alot of disk space left!

    I must confess, I’m not really a Dylan fan myself, I’m generally not of folksy singer-songwriters, like him and Van Morrison, though they are good songwriters and I do like some of their songs when done by other artists, just don’t like their voices and their music is a little dated (circa 1970’s) or dull sounding to me.

    As far as Dylan cover versions go, I have –
    Sinead O’Connor doing his 1979 track “I Believe In You”
    Rod Stewart doing his 1965 track “Love Minus One/No Limit”
    Robert Palmer & UB40 doing his 1968 track “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight”
    Simply Red doing his 1965 Top 10 hit “Positively 4th Street”
    Billy Joel doing his 1997 track “To Make You Feel My Love”
    Finally, Gabrielle sampling his 1973 Top 20 hit “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” in her 2000 song “Rise”.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    wow! see to me, Dylan is not necessarily always folksy; he changes from album to album and that’s the great thing about him… or to me it is…

    these covers you mention will come in useful since we’ve been compiling a list of of his covers so it will be most useful… thanks for taking the time to put that together:

    have you heard “one more weekend” and you don’t like it? It’s his earlier stuff it sounds like you don’t like… which is fair enough, tho i don’t think it’s all folksy but i’m totally biased so ignore everything i’ve written…

    s.

  • Mike

    sadi, hope you have this site for your Dylan covers research. It’s invaluable.

    I saw Dylan doing his gig at The Picnic at Blackbushe Aerodrome when he was in his reggae phase and he did some of his songs that day in a reggae-lite kind of idiom if I recall correctly. 200,000 people there, took hours to get out of the car park afterwards.

  • Steve

    No, actually, I haven’t heard “One More Weekend”, I probably haven’t heard most of his stuff really, I just remember tunes like..umm…the one about getting stoned…forget the title now (yuck)…I think I may have heard a track from his more recent “Time Out Of Mind” album, but, like I say, because I don’t like his voice, I don’t search out his music at all. How did you get turned on to Bob Dylan??
    However, if you need a hand for album sources for those covers I gave you, just let me know.
    Always nice chatting,
    S.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Mike, thanks for the link – not sure if i have that one, which is a major freakin’ sin…. so thanks … ANY Dylan concert parking is a nightmare, alas… and leaving is the worst part… you just have to be paitent.

    steve yeah, everybody must get stoned etc etc is not my cup of fur either, so no, but One More Weekend you would like, i think, Time OUt of Mind is an amazing album and one song i recommend “Standing At the Doorway” which is simply amazing….

    The cover stuff is really helpful… thanks for that… and thanks Mike for the link too…invaluable.

    Dylan – just always have loved… not sure what it is (i mean, apart from the way he looked in the sixties (laughs) just gorgeous) but seriously, his music is pretty incredible… i’ve always thought so, esp. the outtakes and the bootlegs are often better than the studio versions. Go figure.

    and yes, as ever, nice chatting —

    ciao for now…

    s.

  • http://ganesharesonance.blogspot.com Russ

    Hiya Sadi ! When do we get the 2nd half of the Tom Verlaine interview ? … I think there was supposed to be a second half …??? Anyway I enjoyed the first part immensely. Yes, *ANYTHING* well almost anything, by Tom Verlaine and Television is worth listening to. You are, of course, aware that mr V will be releasing two (yes 2 !) new records in April.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    hey Russ – Verlaine had to cut the interview short b/c of some family stuff and i understand that….so , when things settle down, then i’ll do Part 2 == thanks for the major vote of confidence. i’ll email him again tomorrow and ask him what’s up and see what he says….

    cheers,

    s.

  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    One of the few times I won any kind of contest was when I got front row/center seats for Dylan (and Tom Petty) in a lottery drawing years ago. Newspaper came to get my reaction, hundreds of envious people milling about the venue’s ticket booths wanted to kill me–it was great!

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Gordon, Hi!! 0 wow, front row, center – damn baby! i would’ve/am envious as well. What i’d give. I’m going again this summer to see Dylan so i’m psyched… but wow!!!

    When i went, the wait to get into the stadium was over five hours long.

    unbelievable, but an unbelievable show and worth every minute of it….

    thanks for checking in…. :)

  • Steve

    Interesting comment re. Dylan and outtakes, I only have a few albums that have demo versions or B-sides, and the only one in my collection that had songs as good or better than the A-sides is Tears For Fears “Saturnine, Martial & Lunatic” album, which are all B-sides (with one previously non-album cut that was released as a single in the UK).

    However, most artists b-sides or demo versions seem to be fairly underwhelming, maybe it’s just me, I do like a song to sound ‘produced’, rather than not, as long as it’s not so much so that all the life is sucked out of the tune!

    I must say, I generally don’t buy an artist’s music based on their looks. In fact, alot of the new wave artists I have bought in the past have more been in spite of their looks or fashions they wore, than because of them. I guess appearances don’t mean that much to me as far as music goes, to me, it’s all about the music.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    It’s all about the music to me too, Steve, really, tho it doesn’t hurt (for me) that he happened to be gorgeous in the 60s… can’t help it… just a natural instinct… but hey…

    as for b. sides and demos… you should check them out for Dylan. They are particulary good… The Don’t Look Back series is excellent for this, for outtakes, if you’re at all interested… so you might want to check it out but only if you’re a Dylan fan to begin with…

  • Steve

    Well, that’s true, being attractive in some way is not a problem as far as music goes lol.
    Looking forward to your next article.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    thanks Steve, and yes, being attractive doesn’t hurt one bit… it may even help (heaven forfend!!!) – cheers, and rock on.. see you next week…

  • Scott Butki

    Great list.

    I’m going to have my eye on your lists because you have some of the same tastes as me. I love the Jam, New Order and BAD.

    I have to poke a hole in the men vs women thing.

    i’m a word guy. A long-time reader and writer, former reporter, etc. I even dream in words and concepts.
    So I’m all about listening to the words of music and if it doesn’t have good words I quickly lose interest.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Dear Scott – wow! thanks for saying that and i believe you when you say it (as in, i believe you mean it… which is weird for me…. trust me on this)…

    I’m glad to hear that i’ wrong about the men versus women thing; it was my husband who always said that it was women who listen to the lyrics not men and i totally disagreed (i,e. BOB DYLAN ANYONE!!! i mean, if ever a guy was about lyrics… and more, so many great rock stars write great lyrics, if they didn’t care, why bother — here is a blog unto itself, she thinketh…)…

    You and i have similar backgrounds, btw… i too was a reporter, am a reader, writer (obviously) and a journalist and still a writr (of books and other matter), so it’s nice to meet another journalist along the way…

    til next week – i hope the list lives up to current expectationsm, eclectic tho it may be (it’s hard sometimes to remember what i put on previous lists.. i really need to make a list of the lists so that i don’t repeat… you know???) Ugh, time constraints….

    Yes, i agree – if a song does’t have good words, i too quickly lose interets…

    any faves for lyrics (mine obviously Dylan but many others too… i’m diverse… as the lists would indicate).

    cheers and thanks as ever,

    sade

  • Steve

    Well, songs about war often have good lyrics –

    “Goodnight Saigon” by Billy Joel

    “One Step Forward” by Paul Young

    and a couple about N. Ireland –

    “Through The Barricades” by Spandau Ballet

    “Belfast Child” by Simple Minds (my all-time favorite song…and yes, I am dating myself, these are all about 17-23 years old lol).

    Just making up some ‘ballad’ playlists right now. Might share them later if you like.

  • Steve

    By the way, Sadi, re. lyrics, yes, I would not say lyrics vs music is a girl vs guy thing, everybody’s different. I do know men who will like songs only if they like the lyrics, and their liking of the song will depend more on the content than the sound. However, that’s not me, if a good song is accompanied by music I don’t like, I will wish the song had stayed on the written page lol…or perhaps been accompanied by better music, and I will probably not want to keep listening to it.

  • Scott Butki

    Sadi, you might appreciate this list I made of songs with disturbing lyrics.

    Where do or did you work as a journalist?

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Steve – totally right about it being an individual thing.. that’s what i’ve always thought.

    As a journalist – many places – so depends on what kind of writing and what for, but would be happy to tell you off line… visit my site and use Contact Link if you like… :)

    rock on…list of songs with disturbing lyrics? Is “Short Order Fry Cook” in there or i believe the title is “21 Going on 22″ or “22 Going on 23″ by the Butthole surfers (i forget which , but it’s a great song but the lyrics always disturbed me, but that could be just me… dunno… am off to check our your list..

    Look for my new List of the Moment next week – i’m already compiling it. So far, so good, tho as ever, totally eclectic… but hey.. nuttin’ wrong wid dat… as we say here …. :)

    s.

  • http://www.tantmieux.squarespace.com sadi ranson-polizzotti

    Just saw your other comment, Steve – will have to check out war songs — not too familiar with so will do… thx for all the tips!!!

    as ever – s.