Since it's Spring now, and I think Easter is also in April, I suppose I should have come up with some theme for this playlist. But you know, there are only so many songs you can find about coming back from the dead. Actually, I didn't find any and didn't feel like writing one myself.
So this playlist is pretty much just songs I like -- ones I already had, ones I got recently from Limewire or EMusic, or ones that Laura sent me.
Nothing's downloadable this time. I've checked the stats and so few people are doing this, it's not worth the time it takes me to zip and then upload the files. Wanna hear some of the songs? E-mail me.
- God Must Hate Me -- Simple Plan
Boy, does he ever.
- Groovy Kind of Love -- Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
Despite the use of the sixties vernacular, this is still a great song.
- I Like It -- Gerry and the Pacemakers
I still can't believe that this wasn't one of the hugest hits of the early 60s; I love this song. And it's so much better than that lame "Ferry Cross the Mersey" crap.
- Just To Hold Onto You -- The Pistoleros
- (I'm Gonna Rock You Like) Nell Carter -- Corn Fed
Consider this an homage to the recently departed Ms. Carter. . .
- Rescue Me -- Fontella Bass
- She's Got Skills -- All 4 One
- Queen of the Night -- Whitney Houston
The only remotely decent thing to come out of "The Bodyguard" debacle. Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner--yeah, I can see it.
- In The Navy (Millenium Mix) -- The Village People
Classic line (of many, believe me): "Where can you find pleasure, search the world for treasure, learn science, techonology?"
- You're Still the One (Radio Mix) -- Shannon's Train
- So Fabulous, So Fierce (Thunderpuss Mix) -- Jocelyn Enriquez
- You Spin Me Right Round (Ultimix) -- Dead or Alive
- This is still one of my favorite songs, and definitely one of my favorite dance songs--80s aura or not.
- Your Disco Needs You (Almighty Mix) -- Kylie
I don't care what anyone says, this song is brilliant. And in this version, the spoken middle part is in French. Invariably when I did have an office, anytime Stephen came into said office, some version of this or "Can't Get You Out of My Head" was playing.
- Desfinado -- George Michael & Bebel Gilberto
- Dedicated to the One I Love -- The Mamas & Papas
I don't even want to think about what Michelle must have had to have done to John in order to sing lead on the first verse of this song. But I'm betting it wasn't pretty.
- So Far Away -- Carole King
- Til There Was You (Live) -- The Beatles
- God Only Knows (Stereo Mix) -- The Beach Boys
Songs don't get much better than this, and it's so hard to imagine the guy who wrote it sitting in a sand box for years.
- Good Morning Baby -- Bic Runga & Dan Wilson of Semisonic
I'm very glad I discovered this song.
- Lonely Boy -- The Letters
Excellent power pop from a band I never heard of until Laura sent me a couple of their MP3s.
- Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) -- Helen Reddy
Yeah, go ahead, keep laughin--this is going to be me in another two months.
- I Don't Give a Damn -- Avril Lavigne
Post-Grammy Memo to Avril: I love you, but get some fashion help before you appear on another awards show. Especially if you're going to get your picture taken standing next to fashion-goddess, Kylie.
- Money Bought -- Nickelback
- All Revved Up -- The Smithereens
Another good song from the first Smithereens album in a while that doesn't suck.
- Another Love Song -- Queens of the Stone Age
- Downtown -- Killer Barbies
I love Petula Clark, but I think this is the best version of "Downtown" ever.
- Lady Madonna -- Kingmaker
- The Adultress -- The Pretenders
I think this is my all-time-favorite Pretenders' song.
- Now I Wanna Be Your Dog -- Joan Jett
Generally I think Joan Jett is pretty talentless, but in this case I like her "dog" better than the original Stooges version.
- Please -- Apples in Stereo
- Essence -- Lucinda Williams
Generally I don't understand why people are so ga ga over Lucinda Williams, but I really like this song.
- Lights Out -- Lisa Marie Presley
It's way too overproduced, but I like it.
- Take Me With You (When You Go) -- The Jayhawks
My friend Elizabeth turned me onto the Jayhawks years ago. A lot of their stuff is too acousticy for me, but sometimes they break out of that.
- (Just to) See You Smile -- Snake Hips
- 1, 2, 3 I'm Ready (For Your Love) -- Weird Lovemakers
- Wild Thing -- The Troggs
It doesn't matter how many people, including me, do this song--the original will still be the best.
- Might As Well Rain Until September -- Carole King
A demo Carole King recorded for the song. It's okay, but it gives you a pretty good idea of why she never sang her own stuff back then.
- Give Him a Great Big Kiss -- The Shangri-La's
- I'd Die Babe -- Badfinger
One the more lesser known great songs by "the hanging band."
- The Way You Look Tonight -- Elton John
I know, it's totally dorky but I think it's pretty and I like what it says; shoot me.
- Wonderful! Wonderful! -- Johnny Mathis
So is that his real hair now or what?
- Junkman Rag -- Ian Whitcomb
- Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You) -- Nilsson
So Nilsson's "A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night" album was SO far ahead of its time that it tanked. It's still one of my favorites, and I was so glad when they released it on CD a few years ago.