african-american directors series: sorry to bother you (boots riley, 2018)
by request: hell is for heroes (don siegel, 1962)

music friday: 1994

Oasis, "Live Forever". If this was 1995, I'd include "Don't Look Back in Anger" for the English soccer team.

The Cranberries, "Zombie". The video at the link has been viewed more than 739 million times. As I type this, that is.

The Notorious B.I.G., "Juicy". The first single from Biggie's debut.

Hole, "Violet". I can never remember which Hole song is which. "Violet", "Doll Parts", "Miss World", they're all on Live Through This, right? To me, this song is called "GO ON TAKE EVERYTHING!"

Nirvana, "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?". Between Biggie and Kurt, there's a lot of wasted talent on this list.

TLC, "Waterfalls". I didn't do this on purpose, but death is just overwhelming here. Add Left Eye to the list with Biggie and Kurt, and Dolores while you're at it.

Green Day, "Basket Case". Dookie was a massive hit, with Green Day an East Bay version of the Ramones circa 1975, if that band had signed with a major label. The Mr. T Experience was just as deserving of this massive popularity, but that isn't to say that Dookie is a bad album. It's terrific. Recorded half-a-mile from my house at Fantasy Records, aka The House That Creedence Built. But if you had told me in 1994 that one day Green Day would record a punk rock opera that sold 16 million copies worldwide and was made into a musical that played on Broadway and they would end up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ... well, I wouldn't have believed you.

Goldie, "Inner City Life". This is drum 'n' bass.

Elastica, "Connection". They only made two albums, five years apart. I'm not sure the second one was released in the States ... at least, I can't find any chart information on it. Remembered as the song where part of it was "borrowed" from a Wire song (they apparently took care of it in court). Me, when I play this song, I hear Corin Tucker in "You're No Rock n' Roll Fun".

Jeff Buckley, "Hallelujah". The problem is, we've all heard this song too many times, usually stuck atop some scene in a movie or TV show. It's hard to remove ourselves from the song's ubiquity. Buckley's version is one of the best, and fairly straightforward. The familiarity of the song means nowadays you need something that can take us out of the realm of the familiar. One of those times came on Saturday Night Live, when, in a week where Leonard Cohen died and Donald Trump became president, Kate McKinnon, in her Hillary Clinton outfit, sat at a piano and sang "Hallelujah" to open the episode.

And damn, Jeff Buckley died young, too. Dolores O'Riordan, 46. Biggie Smalls, 24. Kurt Cobain, 27. Lisa Lopes, 30. Jeff Buckley, 30. That's half the list. 



I didn't think I'd ever need another version of "Hallelujah," but the Honeycutters from Asheville doing it as a two-step, with Amanda Ann Platt's vocals and some virtuoso mandolin and pedal steel soloing, convinced me otherwise.

Steven Rubio

They make their own ... it's not a rote cover. And it's not treated like an aria. Hadn't heard this, but you're right, it's a good one.

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