Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 11-18-23

In early 1980 newspaper The Village Voice published the results of its poll of 155 music critics. Voted the best album of 1979 was Graham Parker & The Rumour’s Squeezing Out Sparks. The rest of the top ten was:

Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps

The Clash – The Clash

Talking Heads – Fear of Music

Elvis Costello – Armed Forces

Van Morrison – Into the Music

The B-52s – The B-52s

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes

Pere Ubu – Dub Housing

Donna Summer – Bad Girls                                                                                                                                                                  Graham Parker was born on this date in 1950. A handful of his songs are included on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 9-22-23

“I love rock ‘n roll, so put another dime in the jukebox, baby”

Would the youth of today understand those lyrics from Joan Jett & the Blackhearts’ cover of The Arrows’ “I Love Rock ‘n Roll?” “What’s a jukebox? What’s a dime?” I hear them asking. If that song were written today, how would it go?

“I love rock ‘n roll, so stream your favorite song on your smartwatch, baby”

“I love rock ‘n roll, so send payment via Venmo so you can unlock the playlist you want to hear, baby”

“I love rock ‘n roll, so tap your phone to connect to the speaker’s Bluetooth and hit play on your selection, baby”

“I love rock ‘n roll, so say ‘Hey Siri, play some rock ‘n roll and feel free to include women and Black artists because you’re not Jann Wenner, baby’”

“I love rock ‘n roll, so use your smartphone’s camera to scan the square-shaped QR code to be redirected to a website or an app where you can choose from a variety of songs and see the ratings, reviews, and popularity of each and select the song you want and it will be added to the queue and play when it’s your turn, baby / I love rock ‘n roll, so come and take some time and dance with me”

That last one just rolls off the tongue. So singalongable!

I love rock ‘n roll and I love Joan Jett, who turns 65 today. A handful of tracks by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts are on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 6-26-23

Upon its initial release, The Clash’s “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” reached number 17 on the UK singles chart. Following the song’s inclusion in a Levi’s commercial, the single was reissued in 1991 and this time went to number one on the UK singles chart, knocking out Bart Simpson’s “Do The Bartman.” That in a nutshell is the UK singles chart.

The Clash’s Mick Jones turns 68 today. Showing him some love on today’s playlist.

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Your (Almost) Daily Playlist: 5-14-23

In 1988 or 1989 I saw Talking Heads’ David Byrne walking around in NYC’s Greenwich Village. In my memory of this he was wearing his big suit from the Stop Making Sense movie. That can’t be, though, right? He wouldn’t walk around the city in that get-up, would he?

David Byrne turns 71 today. Lotsa Talking Heads on today’s playlist in his honor.

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