Friday, August 14, 2015
"Seconds": THE WEEKEND MIX
What we have here, one hope's for your listening pleasure, is a collection of some of my favorite songs from second records. This mix is not about the albums from whence the songs came.
(You can tell me everything wrong with those last two last sentences some other time.)
I thought about "Best Songs From Bad Second Albums," and the first tune that came to mind was "Ain't That Nothin'" by Television. But I really don't mind "Adventure" all that much. It kinda stinks as a follow-up to "Marquee Moon," but would be a damn fine record if "Marquee Moon" didn't exist. I didn't want to complicate things further, so I simply took the easy way out, which was compiling songs from sophomore releases and then creating a very playable playlist, one I would enjoy listening to.
Yesterday, Vanwoert said:
"I think it was Glenn Frey who famously said; 'you have your whole life to write your first album and only six months to write your second.'"
This is very true, yet there are also those cases when the second effort absolutely outshines the debut, like Wilco's "Being There," the Beasties "Paul's Boutique," and World Party's "Goodbye Jumbo," all represented below.
For years manning my counter at NYCD, I would listen to people rave about the Traveling Wilburys debut and trash the second record. Never got that at all. It's the same record. I love them both.
On a side note, when my friend John hipped me to the new Jeff Lynne produced Bryan Adams single--which I like, by the way--I told him, "I'll bet lunch that if I post this on Burning Wood, it will get trashed." This morning, I received a note- "I guess we are going dutch, as the consensus seems to be split."
I decided to mention this while I was typing out today's tracklist. Something tells me there will be eyerolls heard 'round the world in regards to the Boston tune. But as I commented in yesterday's post, I like "Don't Look Back," and while widely considered a terrible follow-up, at least half of it is as good as what's on the debut, especially the big ballad included here.
Dig in...or don't.
She's My Baby- Traveling Wilburys
Forget All About It- The Nazz
Give Me Back My Man- The B'52s
Egg Man- The Beastie Boys
New Mistake- Jellyfish
God On My Side- World Party
Going Home-The Idle Race
Outta Mind (Outta Sight)- Wilco
Black Sheep Boy- Tim Hardin
I Must Go- Lindsey Buckingham
Lip Service- Elvis Costello
Indigo- Peter Gabriel
I Don't Remember Your Name- The Records
So Sad About Us- The Who
Safe European Home- The Clash
Goodbye Holly- The Left Banke
A Man I'll Never Be-Boston
Rock & Roll Love Letter- Tim Moore
Seven Seas Of Rhye- Queen