Tune That Name: Shaft to Suzie


Anyone who's felt that bad could tell me what to say … "Theme from Shaft," Isaac Hayes "Mr. Sharky," The Swirling Eddies "Bring a Rose to Sharon," Matt Auten "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker," The Ramones "Sonny Got Caught in the Moonlight," Robbie Robertson "Stacy's Mom," Fountains of Wayne "Stalin Malone," Elvis Costello "Stella," Ida Maria "Stella Blue," Willie Nelson "Stephanie Says," Velvet Underground "Susan the Gentle," Matt Auten "Susie Q," Creedence Clearwater Revival "Lonesome … [Read more...]

Tune That Name: Sadie to Sean


Jesus Christ died for nothin' I suppose ... "Sadie's Farm," Twitchen Vibes "Sexy Sadie," The Beatles "Long Tall Sally," The Beatles "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley," Lee Dorsey "Sally," Gogol Bordello "Sam Stone," John Prine "Sam Stone," Laura Cantrell "Song for Sam," Bradly Richards "Tio Sam," Aurelio "Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)," Bruce Springsteen "Sara Smile," Hall & Oates "Sean," The Proclaimers I'm particularly interested in any good "Sally" songs you might … [Read more...]

It gets harder and harder, Lorraine, to believe in magic


David McFarlane offers his heartbreaking, yet hopeful reflections on a heartbreaking, yet hopeful song: Patty Griffin's "Sweet Lorraine." "It’s gorgeous and tragic and funny in the way that terrible things said honestly can sound funny," he writes. And he resonates with how the song "is about being a pariah and losing hope and how sad this world can be." Here's the album version and here's a live version. McFarlane highlights the lyrics, so let me say something about how the music … [Read more...]

Tune That Name: R


I know that my life make you nervous … "It's a Shame About Ray," The Lemonheads "Tangie and Ray," Fruit Bats "The Last Time I Saw Richard," Joni Mitchell "The Life of Riley," Lightning Seeds "Robin Had a Dream," The Choir "Mrs. Robinson," The Lemonheads "Mrs. Robinson," Simon and Garfunkel "Rocky Raccoon," The Beatles "Romeo and Jane," Tonio K. "Romeo and Juliet," Dire Straits "Romeo Is Bleeding," Tom Waits "Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)," Bruce Springsteen "Rosanna," Ana … [Read more...]

Tune That Name: P


Roll over and go back to sleep -- it's just a dream, that's all ... "Pam Berry," The Shins "Pancho and Lefty," Emmylou Harris "Pancho and Lefty," Gillian Welch "Pancho and Lefty," Townes Van Zandt "Peggy Sue," Buddy Holly "Peggy Sue Got Married," Buddy Holly "Peggy's Kitchen Wall," Bruce Cockburn "Outlaw Pete," Bruce Springsteen "Peter Gunn," The Kingsmen "Peter Gunn Suite," Ray Anthony "Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead," Crash Test Dummies "Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead," XTC "Polly," … [Read more...]

Tune That Name: N-O


One day they'll probably make a movie out of all of this … "Nan You're a Window Shopper," Lily Allen "For Nancy," Pete Yorn "Poor Napoleon," Elvis Costello "Believe Me Natalie," The Killers "Nikita," Elton John "Darling Nikki," Foo Fighters "Darling Nikki," Prince and The Revolution "Noelle," Daniel Amos "Oliver's Army," Elvis Costello "Something Like Olivia," John Mayer "Otis and Marlena," Joni Mitchell "Miss Otis Regrets," Ella Fitzgerald "Miss Otis Regrets," Kirsty … [Read more...]

Tune That Name: M


I got a head full of ideas that are drivin' me insane … "Maggie's Farm," Bob Dylan "Maggie's Farm," U2 "Otis and Marlena," Joni Mitchell "Three Marlenas," The Wallflowers "Marlene on the Wall," Suzanne Vega "Martha My Dear," The Beatles "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda," The Pogues "Maybelline," Chuck Berry "Ballad of Michael Valentine," The Killers "Michelle," The Beatles "Mickey," Toni Basil "Flaming Moe's," Kipp Lennon "Mona Lisa," Nat King Cole "Murray," Pete Yorn And … [Read more...]

Tune That Name: Mary


"I drop the needle and pray ..." "Ave Maria," Stevie Wonder "Maria," Green Day "O Maria," Beck "Marie," Randy Newman "O Marie," Daniel Lanois "Ah Mary," Grace Potter and The Nocturnals "Mary," Huffamoose "Mary," Sarah McLachlan "Mary Anne," Marshall Crenshaw "Mary of Silence," Mazzy Star "Mary of the Wild Moor," Johnny Cash "Mary Queen of Arkansas," Bruce Springsteen "Mary's Place," Bruce Springsteen "Proud Mary," Creedence Clearwater Revival "Proud Mary," Leonard … [Read more...]