Album: Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
One of the greatest career openers ever starts with a piano glissando that explodes instantly into a guitar/bass/piano standoff that’s easily as dramatic as the climax of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Then, as the percussion and the strings come in and establish what they’re going to do for the rest of the song, that voice — neither young nor old, neither male or female, but utterly bursting with enthusiasm and soul — kicks in, and a star is born.
Album: Izzy Stradlin & The Juju Hounds
Leaving the band he co-founded just after the Illusion twins were were birthed couldn’t have been the easiest decision for Izzy Stradlin to make. But it was clearly the necessary decision, as even the most cursory perusal of a song like “Pretty Tied Up” would indicate.
And while it was a surprise that he put out a solo album so swiftly, it wasn’t really a surprise what Izzy Stradlin & The Juju Hounds sounded like: straight-ahead, Stonesy rock ‘n’ roll, loose by design but tight in execution.
What’s the #1 hit single that broke all the rules by taking nearly two minutes to get to the first vocal?
Who’s the subject of the Oscar-winning jam with the most instantly recognizable wah-wah guitar & hi-hat pattern ever recorded?
Album: Turn on the Bright Lights
What if Ian Curtis had hooked up with Will Sergeant instead of Bernard Sumner?
That seems to be the question that Interpol was trying to answer with “PDA,” the one — to cynical old me, anyways — undeniable track from their much-acclaimed 2002 debut, Turn on the Bright Lights.
Driven by Janet Wygal’s bass rumbling around her brother Doug’s insistent, tom-filled drum beat, and peppered throughout by backwards guitar, “Walk By Your House” is one of the most sympathetic songs ever written about stalking someone.
Which sounds horrific on paper, I know, and yet, maybe because of the male-female trading off of vocals, and the overall melancholy mood “Walk By Your House” sets, it doesn’t come across that way.