In any case, posting by moi will be necessarily sporadic for a while.
But in my absence, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
Best Song With A Girl's Name in the Title!!!!!!
You know -- the catchiest, the best written, the most historically significant, the one that most reminds you of a girl you actually knew. However you define it.
[Oh, and BTW -- the word "girl" here is used in a deliberately anachronistic, ironic Sixties Pop-contextual way. Obviously, we know that these are all songs about strong, confident "women" who don't need men in their lives as anything other than large, hairy vibrators with lots of good attachments.]
In any case, my totally top of my head Top Ten would be....
10. (a tie) Four Seasons -- Marlena
and Suzanne Vega -- Marlena On the Wall
[The Four Seasons had lots of songs with girls names, but this one, while a tad obscure, is clearly the champ as Pure Pop. Those falsetto "roop-eee-doops" at the end are absolutely sublime, IMHO]
9.Leonard Cohen -- Suzanne
[Not my favorite song, but in honor of Hannukah....]
8. Ramones -- Sheena is a Punk Rocker
7. Elvis Costello -- Veronica
6. The Beach Boys -- Wendy
[Here's looking at you, Brooklyn Girl!]
5. Bob Dylan -- Visions of Johanna
4. The Hollies -- Carrie Anne
3. Aerosmith -- Janie's Got a Gun
2. Buddy Holly -- Peggy Sue
and my number one girl's name song is....
1. Fountains of Wayne -- Hey Julie
What can I say? This is the one that makes me cry...the guy in the song just loves her so much. More proof, if any is needed, that Adam Schlesinger is a fricking genius.
Okay -- what are your faves?
[Editor's Note: Steve called me from the set to let me know that because of all the Hollywood debauchery he was enjoying, he couldn't get to a computer to post his Weekly Listomania. Kid C.]