Sunday, March 8, 2020

Songs Of The Week, 2020: 2/29-3/6

Apple Scruffs- George Harrison
Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice)- The Clash
Supermassive Black Hole- Muse
The Trap Door- Jules Shear
Tell It To The World- Robin Zander
Take A Look At The Guy- Izzy Stradlin & The Juju Hounds w/ Ron Wood
The Bends- The Raisins


Apple Scruffs- George Harrison
I know people who hate this song. I am not one of them. It was the first song that came to mind on the 25th, George's birthday, so I tossed it in the SOTW folder.

Lightning Strikes- The Clash
You don't just listen to "Sandinista," the same way you don't just watch "Lawrence Of Arabia." You need to prepare, and even when I do prepare, I can't do all six sides in one sitting. Last time out, it was Sides Three & Four.

Supermassive Black Hole- Muse
English rock trio? English prog band? English alt rock band? Check. Check. Check. Here, they turn in their best Prince impersonation.

The Trap Door- Jules Shear
The opening track from my favorite Jules Shear album, "The Great Puzzle," a record desperately needing a deluxe vinyl edition.

Tell It To The World- Robin Zander
And speaking of records that desperately need a deluxe vinyl edition, this is from Robin Zander's solo debut, a record that should have been YOOOOGGE, but alas, disappeared without a trace. Thanks Interscope!

Take A Look At The Guy- Izzy Stradlin & The Juju Hounds
From the only Guns N Roses record I love, and one of the best rock and roll records ever, here is Izzy Stradlin and a cover of Ron Wood's classic, with help from the author.

The Bends- The Raisins
Mid 80's, my roommate brings home an album by The Raisins. We had a good laugh at the band name. Not sure why it struck us as funny. I guess George Burns would say, "Raisin is a funny word." But then we listened and we loved it. Produced by Adrian Belew who later joined the band when they renamed themselves The Bears, this is one of a dozen killer songs from that debut.

Finally, a McCoy Tyner, Spotify Six Pack. Certainly not definitive. I mean, how can you sum up the career of this giant in six songs? But, these are some of my faves and I'm hoping six tracks is not too many for the non-jazz heads reading, to give this a test drive,

R.I.P., Mr. Tyner



Very Nice!

I know what you mean about Sandinista. I have a mix on my hard drive "Sandinistaedited" that cuts the three disks to 12 songs. I get a feeling that mix was your fine work Sal!

dogbreath said...

Thanks for doing the zip up. Had me reaching for a listen of Muse's v excellent "Black Holes and Revelations" album. And always good to hear old Roy Wood banging about. Keep safe. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

I would kill for a vinyl release of Jules' The Great Puzzle.

Re: The Raisins/The Bears - I've got practically all of The Bears member's solo material and it is all highly recommended... even Bob Nyswonger's one release.


A walk in the woods said...

Thanks for this!

neal t said...

Sandinista perfect for a 200 mile road trip.

Anonymous said...

Tyner's Fly with the Wind was one of my first jazz purchases. Got to see his octets a few times through that period, some of the most exhilarating playing I've ever heard.

Bill said...

Thanks for the bonus 6 pack, Sal. Will dial this up when I get into work.

jayway said...

Thanks for sharing The Raisins. I've seen them play since they were in Toledo in the mid seventies. And thanks for mentioning The Bears as well! Now if you could find some love for The Psychodots.