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music friday: still more daily mix

Keeping the theme going, this is “Daily Mix 5” from Spotify.

The Who, “A Quick One While He’s Away.” 66 minutes shorter than Tommy.

Cyndi Lauper, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” Captain Lou Albano plays her dad in the video. This led to the “Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection” that culminated at the very first WrestleMania, when Wendi Richter won the Women’s World Championship while managed by Lauper.

Fleetwood Mac, “Only Over You (Alternate Version).” From the “Deluxe” version of Mirage.

Joe Cocker, “Delta Lady – Set 2.” Honestly, it’s hard to separate all of the Mad Dogs releases at this point. “Delta Lady” always sounds good, though.

Rod Stewart, “You’re My Girl (I Don’t Want to Discuss It).” Rod Stewart’s first albums were so good, some of us never forgave him for what he became. I saw him live in 1977, and when he sang a snippet of “Every Picture Tells a Story”, I thought truer words were never spoken.

Blondie, “Hanging on the Telephone.” In their early days, I often said Debbie Harry was the Diana Ross of punk/new wave. I didn’t mean it as a compliment. I was stupid. Although when I saw Blondie in 1979, they were blown off the stage by their opening act, Rockpile.

Elton John, “Love Song.” Speaking of dumb opinions, back in the 70s I thought it was easy to find the good Elton songs from the bad ones. The good ones were the rockers.

Ramones, “Blitzkrieg Bop.” The first track from their first album. They were kinda like Rod Stewart, in that their first four albums were so much better than the rest. I didn’t hate them for it, though.

The Kinks, “Lola (Single Version, Cherry Cola).” Yes, which kind of Cola mattered.

Heart, “Crazy on You.” I cheated a bit here. Spotify gave me the Dreamboat Annie version, but this one from Midnight Special is too good to pass up. If you ever wondered why Heart got tagged with the “female Led Zep” label, here’s why. Makes sense that they were chosen to do “Stairway to Heaven” at Led Zeppelin’s Kennedy Center Honors. What the heck, here’s that one ... this is the edited version, where the edits are hard to hear, so it’s no big deal. You can hear the full version on an audio-only YouTube video, but the visuals are too important to leave out.



This is like a big ole bunch of stuff I like, even the ones I didn't know!

Steven Rubio

Same for me, which is why, if you're so inclined, Spotify's AI is a bit creepy. It's more hit and miss with the recommendation features like Discover Weekly, where they offer music you haven't heard but they think you'll like. But when they're just making a list of tunes you probably have heard, they're uncanny. And there are always multiple Daily Mixes to choose from, each with a different focus. So, checking as I type this, right now there's one of 60s rock, one of blues, one of R&B, one of 60s folk, and one of New Wave.

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