Friday, May 10, 2013
"The One Song..." : THE WEEKEND MIX
Anonymous suggested, "Only great song by artists you otherwise absolutely hate."
That's not quite what this Weekend Mix is, but it is a variation on that theme.
Of the 14 artists represented, Jefferson Starship & Ben Folds are the only two that I sorta hate. But I do love "Jane" & "Kate." I know most won't give me a hard time about the Starship, but I expect many of you dig Ben Folds. Let me just say, I've heard it all. It's not as if I was turned onto the wrong record. I've listened for years. He has his moments, but mostly I think he's smug and it's hard for me get beyond that. Even his best songs have a scent of irony that ruins the presentation.
I also don't hate the Gin Blossoms. I just don't get the Gin Blossoms. They are often lumped in with some of my favorite power pop bands, and with the exception of the Marshall Crenshaw-penned tune here, I don't hear anything that spectacular. Not even on that album everyone loves.
I can take or leave Pink Martini's retro big band sound, but "Hey Eugene" is a killer. And that's how the rest of this mix goes. The one song that knocks me out by artists that I can otherwise take or leave.
Never heard anything quite as good from Katy Moffat as her cover of John Hiatt's "We Ran." And when I first heard Lisa Marie Presley's first single, "Lights Out," I thought she had potential. Love what she's singing about. But that was, as they say, that.
Thanks for the inspiration, Anon.
Hope y'all dig it.
2040- Spy Mob
So Long- Fischer-Z
Hang Me Up To Dry- Cold War Kids
Lights Out- Lisa Marie Presley
Kate- Ben Folds Five
Even If You Don't -Ween
Jane- Jefferson Starship
I Will Follow You Into The Dark- Death Cab For Cutie
Obscurity Knocks- Trash Can Sinatras
Hey Eugene!- Pink Martini
We Ran- Katy Moffat
Back For Good- Take That
Till I Hear It From You- Gin Blossoms