Friday, September 4, 2015
"Play It Once, Sam": THE WEEKEND MIX
Today's collection of songs could have just as easily been a Rolling Stones mix.
For a band that has been touring and recording for over 50 years, you would think at some point the following might have been thrown into a setlist occasionally:
Back Street Girl
Child Of The Moon
I Am Waiting
Jiving Sister Fanny
Bruce H. mentions the absence of "Get Happy" material in the two dozen times he has seen Elvis Costello. Thinking back to the many times I've seen EC, I can recall "Get Happy" material quite alot. I double-checked some of my bootleg CDs and sure enough at least half of that record has been played often. "High Fidelity," "Riot Act," "Opportunity," "New Amsterdam," "Motel Matches," the "Backstabbers/King Horse" medley, "Clowntime Is Over"(both fast and slow versions) and I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down" (both fast and slow versions) all appearing a number of times throughout the last 30 years. You just went to the wrong shows, Bruce.
I've kept this mix down to 10 songs, having seen all but one artist more than five times, a few more than ten times. It is only Led Zeppelin who I have seen only twice, but I did go through a two year phase where I was reading Luis Rey's exhaustive document "Led Zeppelin Live" and collecting just about every show reviewed on those 300 pages, so I feel like I've been there more than any other band.
The set begins with one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs, "Surprise, Surprise." It might be the very first song I ever heard by the band. I had an album, "England's Greatest Hitmakers" on London,
"Iris" could be my favorite Split Enz track. Though I've only seen Split Enz two times I can recall, I have seen Crowded House and Neil Finn ten times that. Two separate occasions I caught Crowded House at CBGBs, where I was sitting five feet from the stage. The band was always very playful on stage and often took requests. I shouted out "Iris" and Neil said, "Oh no. I can't now. It's a different tuning." Months later, same place, same situation, I shouted '"Iris." Neil stopped, looked down a bit surprised and said, "Didn't I tell you that was a different tuning?" Next time, bring two guitars, Neil.
"We Are The Dead" is the only tune from Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" that, to my knowledge, has never been played live. This is another one I love that also seems like a terrific candidate for some live magic.
As I mentioned in the original post, 75% of Todd Rundgren's "Something/Anything?" still hasn't seen the light of day in concert. If I had to choose one, it would be "Sweeter Memories."
Props to Paul McCartney, for always tossing it up a bit in concert. If the man continues until he is 80, we will still see "Hey Jude" and "Live & Let Die," the same way we will always see "Satisfaction" and "Jumping Jack Flash" at a Stones show. But once, soon, I'd love to hear "Back Seat Of My Car" live.
Favorite Who record: "The Who Sell Out." Most days, it's my favorite record of all-time. Favorite song off of "The Who Sell Out": "Sunrise." There is a clip of Pete performing it acoustically with his partner Rachel Fuller taking over the lead vocals. WRONG!!
Pete, I beg of you, in 2021, when The
I won't be too hard on Karl Wallinger. His aneurysm and medical setbacks have no doubt been a factor as to why World Party's setlists have been identical the last five visits to NYC. (He did forget how to play.) Still, "And I Fell Back Alone" seems reasonable enough.
Can you believe Led Zeppelin has only played "When The Levee Breaks" three times live? All in 1975.
"Idol" off of Elton John's criminally underrated "Blue Moves" record, is in my Elton Top Ten. I can't say for sure how often this was played. I am guessing it only appeared during his solo shows with Ray Cooper in the 80s. Again, don't quote me.
Hall & Oates have given up. Their setlists recently seem to be suited for a Vegas residency. 60 minutes, all hits, no filler. But at one time, 1991 to be exact, H&O were really digging deep. And with "Live From Daryl's House," Daryl's gone even deeper. "70s Scenario" from "War Babies," is one I've always wanted to hear live.
And that's your lot.
Have a safe and pleasant and musical holiday weekend.
Surprise, Surprise- Rolling Stones
We Are The Dead- David Bowie
Sweeter Memories- Todd Rundgren
The Back Seat Of My Car- Paul McCartney
And I Fell Back Alone-World Party
When The Levee Breaks- Led Zeppelin
Idol- Elton John
70s Scenario- Hall & Oates