Tune That Name: W-Z


"Don't you ever tangle with the ruling class …" "Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967," John Mayer "Mr. Wendal," Arrested Development "Wendell Gee," R.E.M. "William & Maggie," Charlie Peacock "Willie and the Pigman," Tonio K. "Winona," Matthew Sweet "She's My Winona," Fall Out Boy "Woody," The 77's "Ziggy Stardust," David BowieI think that "January 1967" in the title of John Mayer's song is a nice touch. It's a specific detail not included in the tall tale of the song i … [Read more...]

Tune That Name: T-V


He reads a dirty joke out of an old Baptist hymnal ... "Tangie and Ray," Fruit Bats "TC," Victoria Williams "Teddy Picker," Arctic Monkeys "Terry," James McMurtry "Don't Wait for Tom," Over the Rhine "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," Bob Dylan "Poor Old Tom," Peter Case "Tom Traubert's Blues," Tom Waits "Tom's Diner," Suzanne Vega "The Ghost of Tom Joad," Bruce Springsteen "Veronica," Dust Poets "Veronica," Elvis Costello "Meet Virginia," Train "Sweet Virginia," The Rolling … [Read more...]

Friday music and Left Behind combo post


Schedule changed at the make-ends-meet night-job this week -- instead of Fri., Sat., Sun. it's now Wed., Thurs., Fri. This is actually good news, as it means the position, which was originally a short-term "seasonal" gig, will continue and I'll get to keep m-e-m.But it also means rejiggering my schedule for writing Friday posts here, which should work out fine ... starting next week.So, in lieu of either a Left Behind post or a Friday music game post, here's a musical take on … [Read more...]

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 S … [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 ProclaimersI'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 e … [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 S … [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...]