Pretty Pink Rose- Adrian Belew w/David Bowie
Life After Death- Ian Hunter
Ballroom Dancing- Paul McCartney
Michael & Heather At The Baggage Claim- Fountains Of Wayne
You Never Wanted Me- Sandy Denny
Sweet Black Angel- Corey Harris
Nineteen Fifity-Six- The Young Rascals
I'm more than halfway through Richard Thompson's memoir and he mentions Sandy Denny auditioning for Fairport Convention by singing her then boyfriend Jackson Frank's song "You Never Wanted Me." Fairport Convention never put a version on an album, but there are versions out there from the BBC. Imagine being in a band and hearing this voice do this song. Sandy then told the band, "Now let me hear what you can do."
"Nineteen Fifty-Six" can be found on the Rascals' "Collections" album and on the b-side of "Lonely Too Long." It's not a typical Rascals groove, but I think that's what I love about it.
Adrian Belew had a pretty good run on Atlantic Records. That trio of records contains some of his most accessible pop. "Pretty Pink Rose" is an obvious choice, but I felt like hearing it.
I also felt like hearing Ian Hunter's "Life After Death," which was for a few weeks in the summer of 1979, the unofficial theme song for our gang on East 19th Street in Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn. I have no idea why that song caught on like it did, but it is damn catchy. (So maybe that's why.)
I thought of Corey Harris' "Sweet Black Angel" in the wake of the "Exile On Main Street" discussions. Different song but just as wonderful.
The Macca and FOW are here just because I felt like hearing them and sharing them. Good tunes both, with the Fountains track being a particular favorite.