Category: Certain Songs

Certain Songs #578: Hank Williams – Nobody’s Lonesome For Me

Hank williams 40 greatest hits Album: 40 Greatest Hits
Year: 1950

Time for one of my all-time favorite crackpot theories: Hank Williams was a secret influence on non other that Stephen Patrick Morrissey.

I’ve had this theory since I got Hank Williams 40 Greatest Hits at some point in the 1990s, and realized how many of his lyrics could be Morrissey lyrics, especially “Nobody’s Lonesome For Me.”

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Certain Songs #577: Hank Williams – “Move it on Over”

Hank williams 40 greatest hits Album: 40 Greatest Hits
Year: 1947

You don’t need me to tell you that Hank Williams was a titan of American popular music, an ace songwriter whose music was equally influential for rock ‘n’ roll and country.

And in fact, his first big single, “Move it On Over,” is clearly one of those songs that was rock ‘n’ roll before anybody had coined that phrase.

Of course, I heard this song via George Thorogood, via Rock 96 FM, the weird FM station that had arisen in Fresno in the 1970s, and probably didn’t even know it was a Hank Williams song until I found it later on the utterly indispensable 40 Greatest Hits.

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Certain Songs #576: Hall & Oates – “Rich Girl”

Hall & Oates Rich Girl Album: Bigger Than Both of Us
Year: 1977

So I just took a look at Hall & Oates singles discography, and with the possible exception of “She’s Gone,” “Rich Girl” is pretty much the only one that I even like, much less love.

And I don’t even know if I’m right or wrong here: it kinda seems like Hall & Oates have had a bit of a critical reappraisal in the past few years, and that’s fine by me, but that doesn’t mean that I’m gonna run out and give “Maneater” another try, either.

So like “Boys of Summer,” or “Knock Me Down,” “Rich Girl” is the quintessential Song I Love By An Artist I Don’t Like.

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Certain Songs #575: Haim – “Honey & I”

haim days are gone Album: Days Are Gone
Year: 2013

One of the most critically albums of the the current decade, Haim’s Days Are Gone seemed to epitomize the “toss it all into a blender and see what happens” ethos of the download era.

In other words, after a decade where the actual financial cost of trying any kind of music trended towards zero, musicians have a much wider breadth of influences, and music fans have less of an excuse to stay genre-bound.

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Certain Songs #574: Guns N’ Roses – “You Could Be Mine”

Guns you could be mine Album: Use Your Illusion II
Year: 1991

The summer of 1991 was a weird time for me.

I was in between girlfriends, bands and had finally gotten my life together to the point where I was just a semester away from graduating from college. In addition, I’d unexpectedly started living alone in the Tower District again.

So everything was pretty much in the air at that time.

But there was one thing I knew for sure, so sure that I wrote these exact words in my journal: “Prediction: the next Guns N’ Roses album is going to be very important to me.”

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