October's Statement Songs For The Weekend: The Killers, Springsteen, Ghostface & The Temptations
October is just around the river bend and that means so is a new Spotify playlist for you to get your music on. It starts with these songs below, so get down and get ready.
"The Calling" by The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
The Killers just returned with a new album Wonderful Wonderful a couple weeks back, and this one's a real good one (yes, that's Woody Harrelson narrating the Book of Matthew intro). Brendan Flowers went into detail about the meaning of this song:
"We were messing around in a studio and I mentioned something about leaning into the light. He had just been looking at this painting by Caravaggio. And it’s called the calling of St Matthew. It’s obviously when Matthew in the Bible is called to discipleship. So we looked at the painting and were able to use that as a launching pad for the song.We ended up taking it a little bit somewhere else. It’s about a son going back to his hometown to straighten his dad out. Woody Harrelson is actually reading out of Matthew at the beginning of the song."
"Bombs Over Baghdad" by OutKast - Stankonia
Who here jumped on that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater craze? Well remember Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX of the same ilk? That's where I first heard B.O.B. Thank you Mat Hoffman and your professionalism at BMX.
"If I Were A Carpenter - Live From The Desert Inn / 1971" by Bobby Darin - Darin 1936-1973
As a youth being raised on constant Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra on reprise, I only was familiar of Bobby Darin's croonin' fifties days like "Beyond The Sea" and "Mack The Knife", so it absolutely blew my musical mind when he exchanged his bowtie and cumberbun for a mustache and an acoustic. His rendition of "If I Were A Carpenter" is flat out beautiful. Expect an article on Bobby Darin's folk years soon enough.
"Dancing In The Moonlight" by King Harvest - Single
I can't not get into a good mood when I hear this song. Very upbeat and fun, and does a good job of transporting you back in time to this era.
"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" by Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Hammersmith Odeon, London '75
Pretty sure Bruce is hammered during this live performance, but that really only adds to the tune in my opinion. Great song, and you can't help but have some fun along with the E-Street Band.
"Cemetery Drive" by My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Great song to get you in the ol' October spirit. MCR are basically a bunch of angsty vampires, but I still dig the tunage
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"Tokyo Storm Warning" by Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Rock And Roll Music
With absurd, dense poetry recalling Dylan's druggy mid-60s peak, the verses describe a dark meeting of subcultures at a Holiday Inn somewhere in Interzone. But I really love the song for the chorus and my guiding motto: "What do we care if the world is a joke?"
"Biscuits" by Ghostface (featuring Trife) - The Pretty Toney Album
This era was a mid career peak for Ghostface, signing to Def Jam and grinding out tracks and mixtapes. He abandoned some of the abstract poetry of his Wu-era work to a more punchline heavy street king persona. But no less quirky - on the intro he angrily scolds one of his weed carriers for bringing the wrong type of nutriment drink.
"For Everyman" by Jackson Browne - For Everyman
One of those early 70s eulogies for the death of the hippie dream. But this song has a more personal, searching element that makes it timeless. "Seems like I've always been looking for some other place to get it together..."
"Fade" by Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo
He sampled this...
"(I Know) I'm Losing You" by Rare Earth - Earth Tones: The Essential Rare Earth
Who covered this...
"(I Know) I'm Losing You" by The Temptations - The Ultimate Collection: The Temptations
I thought this was interesting. A somewhat catchy sampled song of a crazy person has it's origins in Motown.