Thursday, June 9, 2016
UPDATE-Track #8 Stray Cat Blues VS. Dead Flowers
"I BET YOUR MOTHER DON'T KNOW YOU CAN SPIT LIKE THAT."
I thought "Prodigal Son" might upset "I Got The Blues." It seemed like there was some momentum. But like with all things in life, interest in this game seems to be waning as time moves on. Still, I will continue until the end.
Track #8 feels like a round for "Stray Cat Blues." And if the "Ya Ya's" version of "Stray Cat" was going up against "Dead Flowers," I would go with "Stray Cat Blues." Thank you once again, Mick Taylor. But I am a sucker for Mick & Keith's faux country music and quite simply, "Dead Flowers" is a lot more fun. It also doesn't make me as uncomfortable lyrically as "Stray Cat Blues" does, which is an odd thing to say after I just gave my vote to the version who makes the young groupie 13 years old versus 15. I prefer "Dead Flowers" here.
CAN'T YOU HEAR ME KNOCKING?
STREET FIGHTING MAN
I GOT THE BLUES
(Older post below)
If you asked me, "What's your favorite Stones song? Don't think about it," I might just say, "Street Fighting Man." From that opening chord, which I have yet to hear duplicated, not even by the man who played it, to the opening smacks of Charlie's snare, this song never fails to work me up. There is very little in the Stones catalogue that sounds like it. This is a perfect record.
And then there is "Bitch!" This is also pure joy. Completely electric, with a deep pocket. The horns! The "Hey Hey Heys!" Damn, the Stones used to be great.
Both amazing album side openers. "Bitch," a b-side.
I'll you decide, but I'm giving the thumbs up to "Street Fighting Man."
There is a Facebook group for XTC fans and recently, there was a discussion about which of two records was better. After some crazy debating, one member decided to pit the albums against each other, song for song. It was brilliant. Fans voted daily. Track One, which is better? Day Two, Track Two, and so on.
Seems to me, this should have been happening here all these years. I mean, what a great group of readers to play with, no? How did I not think of this at least once in eight years?
Well, better late than never.
Here's what I think will work for us.
As opposed to posting each song daily, I will update the original post after a sufficient amount of comments/votes have been made on the first song. So, if you can, refrain from jumping the gun and voting for any of the tracks other than what is posted.
The first contestants:
BEGGARS BANQUET VS. STICKY FINGERS
Which is a better album?
Sympathy For The Devil or Brown Sugar?
(I will leave my vote in the comments section to get things started.)
Hope everyone has fun.