Sunday, July 15, 2018

Songs Of The Week, 2018: 7/7-7/13

Paraguay- Iggy Pop
Until I'm Gone- Mott The Hoople
Black Tears- Ian Hunter & the Rant Band
Nuclear Boy- 20/20
I Wake Up Loving You- Reckless Sleepers
Sea And Sand- The Who
Tears- John Waite


Paraguay-Iggy Pop
If "Post-Pop Depression" really is Iggy's final recording, what a way to go out. This is a really unique track and a fave from the album.

Until I'm Gone- Mott The Hoople
This track is from the album "Two Miles From Heaven," which I only just picked up a few weeks ago. It is an import only collection of demos and unreleased tracks, some of which found their way to CD as bonus tracks. Listening to "Until I'm Gone," a track from 1971, I realized the opening riff and structure found its way, in a slightly different feel, to Ian Hunter's "Ships" eight years later, which also became an unlikely smash for of all people, Barry Manilow.

Black Tears- Ian Hunter & The Rant Band
Of course, after listening to Mott, I needed to hear more Ian.

Nuclear Boy- 20/20
iPod shuffle surprise. Sounded much better than I remembered it.

I Wake Up Loving You- Reckless Sleepers
I literally woke up singing, "I Wake Up Loving You." This is from "Big Boss Sounds," a really fab record from Jules Shear, Jimmy Vivino and friends.

Sea And Sand- The Who
I can't get enough of this song. My favorite from "Quadrophenia" and one of my fave Pete songs, period. One of Rog's best vocals, too.

Tears- John Waite
I have loved John Waite's voice since the debut album from The Babys in 1976. And while, "Missing You" became the bane of everyone's existence, thanks to what seemed like an endless loop on the radio and MTV, I will defend it to the death as being an amazing record. In the middle of the 80's bombast, hairbands, hip hop and cold electronica, this was bare bones with a truly soulful vocal from Waite. I can list about 25 amazing recordings featuring Waite's vocals and thought about a Weekend Mix, showing them off. This track, "Tears," also a hit, though not as huge as "Missing You" is another great record.


A walk in the woods said...

Nice. As far as waking up singing something, I have done that every single morning for years - and it's always pretty random, but when I wake up, there's a song in my head.


I'm listening to that Iggy album :-) and thinking of that rule of yours to listen to The Who every week.

Check and Check!

Thanks Sal.

Spreadin' Rhythm! said...

Hi Sal,

I enjoy your end of the week blurbs for the "SOTD" selections.

kevin m said...

Paraguay is a great way to bow out.

A walk in the woods said...

I have that Iggy album, but I have to admit, I hadn't noticed "Paraguay" until you posted it here. Wow, what a song!! It's on repeat today.

Bill said...

I remember being incredulous when tuning into the Tonight Show one night and watching Barry Manilow turn Ships into a show town. A very weird 80s memory.

dogbreath said...

I'm onside as regards the Mott/Hunter and John Waite songs - lovely stuff - and it's only taken me 45 years to fully appreciate Quadrophenia from which Sea and Sand is a little belter. Cheers for the zip!