Like most people, I have more than one interest. Other than comics, music is another big part of my life. Every Sunday I’m going to post a new song that is on my iPod and that I think is a great song… kinda like a desert island jukebox of sorts. This week’s track is “My Back Pages” sung by the Byrds. It was originally written by Bob Dylan but like the Byrds’ version better… and I’m a big Dylan fan.
#9 “Master Of My Craft” by Parquet Courts
There was a lot of critical buzz about this band this year and it was well worth it. Parquet Courts have a New York punk vibe. If you squished The Strokes, Sonic Youth and Lou Reed together you would get The Parquet Courts. Their new album Light Up Gold is (in my opinion) the best of the year. Put them on and rock out!
#8 “Billy’s Christmas Wish” by Red Sovine
OK, it’s Christmas Eve and it’s time for a good ol’ depressing Christmas song. I had a hard time picking out the best Red Sovine Christmas song because their all pretty good and depressing. This is the mother of all depressing Christmas songs. Nothing says Christmas like a poor, starving, sick child dying in the arms of Santa Claus. I just discovered the genius of Red Sovine recently and I didn’t think any one could make a living singing trucker songs and sad ditties like this one. So curl up by the fire, put this song on and have a happy Christmas Eve. (PS- I’m not too sure of the video for this one, if you can, just listen to the song and ignore the video.)
#6 “Santa Claus Has Got The Aids This Year” by Tiny Tim
The title really says it all. This is a really strange one, even for me. I’m not too sure Tiny Tim knew what AIDs were at the time of writing this but it is still a really nice tune, don’t you think? 🙂 I would like to think Tiny Tim was just ignorant of the AIDs virus at the time and actually really thought “the AIDs” was just like a really bad cold. This song gets stuck in my head WAAAY too often. Listen to it more than once… you know you want to.
#5 “Santa Claus Is A Black Man” by Akim & Teddy
From now to Christmas I’ll be posting some groovy Christmas songs that you are sure to love. Mr. John Waters introduced me to this tune about Santa Claus being a black man. I think this song is way better than any very version of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” “I can dig it.”
#4 “Mother’s Little Helper” by The Rolling Stones
“What a drag it is getting old.” Yes Mick, it is a drag. This is a pretty early song about the over-medication of our modern society. The irony of the song is that I’m sure a good part of the band took more than their share of illegal drugs but we won’t dwell on that aspect.
#3 “Santa Is On His Way” By Bob Willis
Today’s track is a Christmas song. I first came a crossed this song in an episode of the Simpsons. I enjoy all the scary “aaaahhh’s” throughout the song and the xylophone gives it a kind of charming yet creepy feel to it.
#2 “I’ve Been Loving You To Long” by Otis Redding
I’ve had this song stuck my head for a couple of days now and I love it. When Otis Redding sings, all of his emotion flows out into that heart-breaking voice. Along with that voice is a powerful brass section backing all that soul. I’ll keep loving this song.
#1 “Soul Finger” by The Bar-Kays
I’ve been thinking of things I could easily post every day and I came up with the idea to post a song a day. Every track that I post will be pretty random and most likely already on my iPod. I’ll probably just post whatever song I have running through my head at the time which is very random indeed. When I can, I’ll post a youtube video of the track or just album artwork. I’m still unsure of how much explanation of the tracks I’ll give but I’ll do my best to write a little something about each track. I’m hoping to make this a daily thing but my steam could quickly run out. Hope you enjoy the soundtrack to my life.
I’m starting off my playlist with “Soul Finger” by The Bar-Kays because it is one of those infectious grooves that gets stuck in your head and won’t leave until you dance it out of your system. Lately, I’ve been more and more interested in soul and funk music. This track isn’t that rare in itself but there is a whole genre dedicated to “rare grooves” that I was never really aware of. It’s funky, it’s groovy and I wish they still made dance music with instruments like this. SOUL FINGER!!!