November Statement Songs For The Weekend: Spoon, Bruce Springsteen & Wu-Tang Clan
So Luigi (Louie) DeAngelo is going to be the Statement Songs mascot from here on out. I hope you get the scrappy happies from these new tunes that Zack didn't contribute to this week. Nine tunes for Louie's nine lives I guess.
"Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" by Kenny Rogers & The First Condition - Ten Years Of Gold
Kenny came out of nowhere this week. A Pitt vs. Miami football thriller to be more specific. I associated Kenny Pickett with Kenny Rogers for some reason which made me think about "Just Dropped In" of The Big Lebowski fame, which then made me see "Ruby" on Spotify. The Killers also do a killer cover of this. Gotta love "The Gambler".
"Here's Your Future" by The Thermals - The Body The Blood The Machine
Religion and music can either go together really well or really bad. The Thermals' The Body The Blood The Machine is chock full of religious references and I enjoy their stuff. Stumbled onto them via Spotify so here ya go. That album cover is kick-ass, by the way. Their lead singer, Hutch Harris, had this to say about the album in a 2009 interview:
The record is not supposed to be an attack on Christianity. It’s supposed to be an attack on the Bush administration people who were like, “We’re Christians, but we’re going to go kill hundreds of thousands of people.” You know, do things in Jesus’s name that are very un-Christ like. All religions, each one gets a bad name from its fanatics. There are a lot of positive things about religion but there are a lot of people just putting a bad face on it. They are giving religion a bad reputation. On the other side, there were people writing to us who felt we were attacking Christianity straight out and just really picking on Christians. I think they hadn’t really listened close enough because it wasn’t an attack on Christians. I was more on their side than they knew. It was just about people dragging Jesus’s name through the dirt out of their own selfishness. People like Bush who just wanted money and power but will use Jesus or use Christianity because they are propped up from the Christian Right. That is where they get their money from.
Did you have a religious upbringing?
Yeah, Kathy and I were both brought up Catholic; went to church every week. Went to CCD, went to Catholic school. You’re never going to get that out of your head. So, some people that were offended were like, “Why do you pick on Christians?” A lot of times, I don’t respond to people that are really angry because I don’t think it’s going to do anything.
"Do I Have To Talk You Into It" by Spoon - Hot Thoughts
I always got Spoon mixed up with Ween (must be the double vowels thing) and kept asking a coworker who is obsessed with Ween if he wanted to see Spoon live. He was very confused and I can't blame him.
"Man On The Moon" by R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
The new documentary on Netflix regarding how much Jim Carrey immersed himself in the role when he played Andy Kaufman just came out, and this song plays in the trailer. Hands down my favorite by the band
"Lost In The Flood" by Bruce Springsteen - Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
The Boss really reveals his artistry with this one. Most people think of him as a pop rock artist, but here's a glimpse of what a poet he can be.
"Wrist" by Logic ft. Pusha T - Bobby Taratino
Awesome song from the Madden 17 soundtrack. I'm not a huge rap fan, but this song touches me right where my penis lives.
Shem The Pen's Picks
"From Then Til Now" by Killah Priest - Heavy Mental
I wish KP had been an official Wu-Tang member in the U-God spot, or at least an unofficial 10th guy instead of that talentless hack Cappadonna. KP brings his own style - with lots of historical and religious references and morality tales, he's more like a street preacher than rapper. But he can rap his ass off too.
"Careful (Click Click)" by Wu-Tang - The W
One of the first songs that leaked for the Wu-Tang Forever follow up album The W, this has all the darkness and weirdness you want from the Wu. I love Ghostface's verse, which sounds like it was recorded in one take on a cheap mic.
"Knowledge God." by Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...
Rae's first solo album Only Built For Cuban Linx... is peak Wu-Tang, one of their best albums group or otherwise. Listen as he tells these hyperdetailed street stories in fractured images over RZA's off-kilter beat. This is cold weather music.