1. ZZ Top, "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide." I always thought this should be the Bad Subjects theme song. From Deguello, far and away the best album ZZ Top ever made.
2. Bruce Springsteen, "The New Timer." One of those long songs on Tom Joad that work better as a short story than as a song.
3. Jackson Browne, "Running on Empty." I'm not a big fan, but in the end, don't care one way or the other. I like this song OK, though.
4. Sleater-Kinney, "Sold Out." 76 seconds of lo-fi thrash from the pre-Janet era.
5. Fleetwood Mac, "Go Your Own Way." It seems kinda odd, now that Fleetwood Mac are one of the all-time classic rock bands, but the first time I saw them, in the late-60s, they were as filthy/grungy as any act I've ever seen. That was before Stevie and Lindsey joined the band, of course ...
6. Ryan Adams, "La Cienega Just Smiled." The Jackson Browne of his day.
7. The Beatles, "The Word." Have you heard? The word is love.
8. Graham Parker & the Rumour, "Fool's Gold." I think Parker's come up in the random ten, and I probably said something about how his first albums were as good a run as anyone's ever put together. "Fool's Gold" is another one of those many, many songs from that time that I love to this day. Here's an example: when I make these lists, I shuffle all my tunes and pull the top ten off the list. I listen to each one for as long as it takes me to write a little something, then I go on to the next one. But when a song I really love comes on, I have to play it all the way through. Like this one. "Keep on lookin' for that / fool's gold."
9. Elton John, "Take Me to the Pilot." The Ryan Adams of his day. Honestly, what the hell is this song about? (That's not a complaint, by the way.) (And that Ryan Adams line wasn't fair. Elton John made more good records than Jackson Browne and Ryan Adams combined.)
10. Tom Vedvik, "Clocks Don't Bring Tomorrow." Or is it Tomo Vedvik? No matter. Remember where I said sometimes I listen all the way through a song as I'm creating these lists? "Clocks Don't Bring Tomorrow" is a 20-minute New Age song. Even if I played it all the way through, I wouldn't really be listening to it, now would I? Isn't that the point of New Age music?