Archive | March, 2017

Certain Songs #835: Kelly Willis – “Not Forgotten You”

Album: What I Deserve
Year: 1998

On the short list of Prettiest Song Ever Recorded, Alt-Country Division, the circumstances by which “Not Forgotten You” came into my life now escape me.

Probably — as ever — I was looking for some fresh new female-voiced country music for Rox to hear, and the good reviews plus Gary Louris co-writes plus covers of Pauls Kelly and Westerberg, and figured we might as well take a flyer on What I Deserve.

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Certain Songs #834: Keith Richards – “Take It So Hard”

Album: Talk is Cheap
Year: 1988

It’s going to shock absolutely nobody that your gentle blogger is Stones over Beatles. And within the Stones, he is Keith over Mick. As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall ever be, world without end, amen.

It’s pretty simple really. Keith Richards, who has been absolutely one of my favorite musicians since just about forever, but especially in my teens and twenties after I read a bunch of true and apocryphal Stones books that referred to him as “Keef” and “The Human Riff,” came to represent to me a certain kind of outlaw cool combined with insane rock and roll instincts that someone as self-aware and tense as I’ve always been could never hope to come close to.

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Certain Songs #833: Katrina and The Waves – “Walking on Sunshine”

Album: Katrina and The Waves
Year: 1985

Look, I know that you’re sick of it. I’m sick of it. I get that.

But if you if can get past the fact that like “I Feel Good,” it’s become less of a song than a metaphor for happiness in films, TV shows and commercials, then let’s never forget that the major contributor to Kimberly Rew’s retirement fund is also one hell of a pop song.

And in fact, “Walking on Sunshine” is such an awesome pop song that it deserves you being sick of it.

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Certain Songs #832: Katrina and The Waves – “Red Wine and Whisky”

Album: Katrina and the Waves
Year: 1985

The first thing you need to realize is that the songwriter for Katrina and The Waves, Kimberly Rew, was in The Soft Boys.

It was his guitar and voice that matched Robyn Hitchcock’s on 1980’s Underwater Moonlight, still one of the greatest psychedelic guitar albums ever manufactured on this or any other world.

So he already had a lifetime pass before he even wrote any of his greatest songs.

When the Soft Boys broke up and Robyn Hitchcock went to follow his muse for 35 utterly delightful years (and counting!), Rew hooked back up with a drummer called Alex Cooper he’d played with prior to The Soft Boys, who had been playing in a cover band that included the powerhouse vocalist Katrina Leskanich.

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Certain Songs #831: Kathleen Edwards – “One More Song The Radio Won’t Like”

Album: Failer
Year: 2003

Lord, do I love Kathleen Edwards’ voice.

A singer-songwriter from Canada who has been putting out records since 2003, her voice is basically bottled-up melancholy, which adds a tinge of sadness to even the most upbeat lyrics, and yet never smothers her more downbeat lyrics with too much sadness.

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