October's Statement Songs For The Weekend: David Bowie, The Used, Ween, Muddy Waters
I think now's the time to start firing up the "Monster Mash", but here's twelve more tunes for you, Lon Chaney.
"Every Picture Tells A Story" by Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
I can credit the Grand Theft Auto games for a lot of my listening pleasure, and this Rod Stewart jam is no different, stemming from it’s 2008 "GTA IV: The Lost & The Damned", where you play the V.P. in a biker gang. Awesome character, until he got his head bashed in GTA V. R.I.P., Johnny.
"Domino (Time Will Tell)" by Hiss Golden Messenger - Hallelujah Anyhow
I talked about Hiss Golden Messenger on the last episode of The Keystone Cast and it’s not actually one dude calling himself that, it’s a whole band, and what that whole band does is meld a lot of great sounds into their own unique style. I hear Dylan, I hear Van Morrison (the song is called "Domino"), I hear America, I hear Dave Matthews, hell, I hear good stuff.
"China Girl" by David Bowie - Let's Dance
When you're about to leave work, that's always a good feeling, but this song further helped matters last night. First heard it on The Wedding Singer ("Put some pants on that kid!")
"Rock With You" by Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
If this song doesn't make you want to put on your dancing shoes, then I think you're a broken human being. This may have been Michael at his best before he started walking around looking like a pale woman.
"Danny's Song" by Loggins & Messina - Sittin' In
This one could bring a tear to a glass eye. A little moody, but still a very nice melody to have your morning cup of coffee to.
"Pretty Handsome Awkward" by The Used - Lies For The Liars
Heard this song recently for the first time since probably 2008, and it got me feeling all jacked up. This tune could make a good soundtrack for an ass-kicking session (unless it's your ass that's getting kick, of course).
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"September Gurls" by Big Star
A perfect pop song by Paul Westerberg's favorite band. Just in time for October!
"Dogs Of LA" by Liz Phair
My memory of this song is speeding down the Garden State Parkway at 3:00AM heading for an ill-advised trip to Atlantic City, crazy broad in the passenger seat with her bare feet out the window, both of us singing this Liz Phair classic. So it will always be my favorite.
"Chocolate Town" by Ween
I'm pretty sure this song chronicles a drug bust and intervention. Something about it just perfectly captures that weird mix of shame, desperation, and pure relief. Not that I would know...
Seems like every fall when the weather starts breaking and the days get shorter I find myself seeking out the blues. Here are a few of those songs.