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music friday: going into the city

I'm up to the last chapter of Robert Christgau's memoir, Going Into the City, and I'll write about it once I finish. Someone (I think his publisher) created a Spotify playlist to accompany the book, and I'll look at that list here, with a few comments. I won't connect the songs to their mentions in the book ... you'll have to read it yourself for that info.

  • John Prine, "Donald and Lydia". A teacher in the mid-70s once told me my writing reminded him of John Prine.
  • South Pacific Ensemble, "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame". When I was a kid, my parents had the soundtrack album to the movie version. The picture of Rossano Brazzi and Mitzi Gaynor on the cover fascinated me ... OK, it was Mitzi in her two-piece bathing suit.
  • Doris Day, "Secret Love". From Calamity Jane. Lots of subtext here.
  • Bill Doggett, "Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)".
  • The Channels, "The Closer You Are". I used to say that you couldn't trust anyone who didn't love doo-wop.
  • The Three Friends, "Blanche".
  • Chuck Berry, "Rock and Roll Music". He headlined my first rock concert.
  • Charlie Parker, "The Song Is You".
  • The Miracles, "You've Really Got a Hold on Me". Cheating a bit ... the video is from their appearance in The T.A.M.I. Show.
  • Marcie Blane, "Bobby's Girl".
  • The Exciters, "Tell Him".
  • The Newbeats, "Bread and Butter".
  • Dobie Gray, "The 'In' Crowd".
  • The Lovin' Spoonful, "Darling Be Home Soon".
  • The Rolling Stones, "Goin' Home". The last seven tracks could be a soundtrack of my pre-teen life.
  • Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime".
  • John Lennon, "Oh Yoko!".
  • New York Dolls, "Human Being". They had no bigger champion than Xgau.
  • Al Green, "Let's Get Married". Speaks for the memoir as well as any song.
  • Bonnie Raitt, "Good Enough". Xgau may be the only person who loves Home Plate more than I do. YouTube seems to agree with everyone else ... the video is from a live show, the original was nowhere to be found in my quick look. Good version, in any event.
  • Ramones, "We're a Happy Family". The city in the book's title is New York, after all.
  • Television, "See No Evil". The city in the book's title is New York, after all.
  • The Clash, "Janie Jones". Cheating again. This is live, 1977, because they were so great in concert I couldn't help myself.
  • Funky 4+1, "That's the Joint". Xgau called this the best single of the 1980s. Video chosen because I think the picture is of the 12" we had at our house at the time.
  • T.S. Monk, "Bon Bon Vie". He named this the second-best single of the 80s.
  • Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force, "Looking for the Perfect Beat". He named this the eighth-best single of the 80s. For homework, find out what he named #3-7.

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