ABC – Acrobat

ABC – Acrobat January 7, 2011

Oh, I just don't know where to begin …

"ABC," The Pipettes
"About a Girl," Cibo Matto
"About a Girl," Nirvana
"About Love," The Choir
"About to Walk," Throw Me the Statue
"Ac-Cent-Tcu-Ate the Positive," Johnny Mercer
"Accidently Kelly Street," Frente
"Accidents Will Happen," Elvis Costello & The Attractions
"Achin' To Be," The Replacements
"Acknowledgment," John Coltrane
"Acrobat," U2

It's been a while since we last played the Alphabet Game on Fridays, so let's review the idea. The Internet convention of posting a Friday Random 10 turns out to be a bit too random to be much fun, so we've switched to an alphabetical range of 10-or-so songs. That way we can all compare and contrasts our respective musical collections — pointing out the glaring omissions, unfortunate inclusions, etc.

One obvious omission in the list above, for example, is "A-B-C" by the Jackson Five. That's a great song. I love that song. For years I thought Tito was a much better guitar player than maybe he actually is due to the mistaken belief that he was playing on that track. And yet, somehow, that song has never made its way into my music collection. Hmm.

What's more interesting, though, are the omissions we find on each others' lists that might be a little less obvious. Maybe you've never heard of The Choir and you click the link above and wind up, eventually, as a big time Lost Dogs fan. Or maybe you're already a big time Lost Dogs fan and you see that song from The Choir in my list but not some other song from a band that I'm sure to love if I like The Choir and then I wind up, eventually, as a big time fan of some band I might otherwise never have heard of. That's the general idea.

Well, that and taking a nice weekly break from politics and metaphysics in order to argue about less weighty matters (e.g., Frente: too twee, or just twee enough?).

Anyway, it's Friday. Enjoy.

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