June 2 Friday Random 10

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Back at the Friday Random Ten. Well, at least I'm starting this on Friday. Who knows when I'll finish it!

  • Queen - "You're My Best Friend (1991 Remix)" (Night At The Opera ) : What a crazy Queen fan I was, up to and including this album. Things got shaky after this, as they started producing their own stuff (the great Roy Thomas Baker, of The Cars fame produced this one). They started to become a hit machine and lost most of their creativity. The followup to this was Day at the Races (another Marx Brothers film), and it was moderately entertaining, but I never did like another CD by them. Queen I and Queen II (esp) were rock opera classics. I always thought it was cool that II had "Side White" and "Side Black". This is another CD I don't think I can pick just one song from, as each of them is great in its own way, including, of course, "Bohemian Rhapsody", which was #7 in the 'ZLX Top 500 (#1 being, of course, Stairway to Heaven):
    Rank
    Artist
    Song
    Date
    1
    Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven
    1971
    2
    Rolling Stones Satisfaction
    1965
    3
    Lynyrd Skynyrd Free Bird
    1974
    4
    Pink Floyd Time
    1973
    5
    Who Won't Get Fooled Again
    1971
    6
    Beatles Sgt. Pepper (Reprise)
    1967
    7
    Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
    1976
    8
    Aerosmith Dream On
    1973
    9
    Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love
    1970
    10
    Derek & The Dominos Layla
    1972
  • Toni Childs - "Don't Walk Away" (Union [1988]) : The CD was quite the critical darling when it came out, and is probably why I picked it up. Can't say as I've listened to it much over the years. This song was the one minor hit from it. Childs has an amazingly deep voice, and the CD shows remarkable musical range.
  • China Crisis - "Red Letter Day" (Diary of a Hollow Horse [1989]) : My least favorite China Crisis CD, one where they turned into Steely Dan, probably due to Walter Becker producing (or over producing) it. I don't think I bought any more after this one. This song is a nice, jaunty number though.
  • The Go-Betweens - "The Devil's Eye" (That Striped Sunlight Sound 2006) : I picked this up the other day, so I haven't watched the accompanying DVD yet, but I shall. This is a recording of a mostly acoustic show they did as the later reincarnation of The Go-Betweens. This is a great version of the final song on 16 Lovers Lane.
  • The Cocteau Twins & Harold Budd - "Sea, Swallow Me" (The Moon and The Melodies [1986] ) : Bought during the height of my 4AD fixation. Nice music to program by, with some interesting rhythms, but not too challenging. I like the Cocteau Twins in small amounts if I'm paying any attention, and thus when they show up on various 4AD compilations, they come out best to my ears.
  • Randy Newman = "Rider in the Rain" (Little Criminals [1977]) : What a brouhaha the signature song from this album (Short People) created among the humor-impaired out there. I remember WBZ even played a "censored" version of it. But this is a wonderfully wicked CD anyway, and on this song, he brings along his Eagles friends. "Take it, boys."
  • Dead Can Dance - "Severance" (The Serpent's Egg [1988]) : Maybe my favorite DCD album, The Serpent's Egg has lots of great, typically atmospheric DCD songs, including this dirge.
  • Huey Lewis and the News - "Tell Me A Little Lie" (Picture This [1982]) : Another great album from cut one to the last one. Straight forward, uncomplicated rock 'n' roll. They're called a great "bar band" and ain't that the truth. My girlfriend and I drove from NH to Providence RI to listen to them play, as they opened up for .38 Special. We left after they were done, as that's all we wanted to hear. This is a fun little ditty about not wanting to hear the truth.
  • Led Zeppelin - "Fool In The Rain" (In Through The Out Door [1979]) : I was never a huge Zeppelin fan. But this song is probably one of my top five songs of all time. I just love the beats, and the break in the middle is amazing. A great song to drive down the highway with, and me and the girls have the air drums and guitars down pat for this song.
  • Lush - "Nothing Natural" (Spooky [1992]) : I'm a huge fan of Lush's final CD, Lovelife, but it turns out it was a departure from their previous two CDs which featured a more dreamy sound. So this CD, their first full length one, doesn't really appeal to me the same as Lovelife. Still, some good stuff in here.

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I'm gonna suggest that you sample an earful or two of the Kleptones' brilliant mashup of Queen vs. hip-hop, Ferris Bueller, Flash Gordon, and a bajillion others audio sources: A Night at the Hip-Hopera, if you haven't already.

I know, I know. You're thinking "Look at the list above, C. Where does hip-hop figure in to my musical tastes?" and I'm gonna suggest that you go on and let the Kleptones bend your ears anyway. A leavening of Queen may prove to be the spoonful of sugar that helps the beat go down ;)

Sounds neat - I'll give it a try!

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