Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental amanuensis Hop-Sing and I are off to the Austin Alps for a ski weekend and more with a certain Swiss fashion model/nuclear physicist whose name I won't mention but whose initials are mimi. (I'm bringing her a year's supply of dipilatory, but let's try not to actually think about that).
In any case, as a result posting by moi will necessarily be somewhat fitful for a few days.
But until then, as always, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
Best a cappella Pop/Rock Song (either totally a cappella, or with a cool a cappella section of whatever length!!!)
And I don't just mean doo-wop. Group harmony is group harmony, okay?
That said, here's my totally top of my head top seven:
7. Petra Haden -- I Can See For Miles
The Who's power pop classic done solely with mouths turned to eleven. Utterly mind-boggling....
6. Fairport Convention -- Percy's Song
Fairport's 1969 studio version of the great Dylan song starts with an absolutely stunning a cappella verse; on this live version, alas, it's just Sandy Denny solo, but when the rest of the group comes in with the harmonies you get the idea.
5. The Beatles -- Nowhere Man
One of my all-time fave Beatles moments: The Fabs start this one off with absolutely thrilling unaccompanied three-part vocals -- and they still sound great when the band kicks in.
4. Big Daddy -- Eye of the Tiger
There is, alas, no video of this startling re-imagining of the Rocky soundtrack classic, but you can find some fun info about the band (and some links to hilarious audio clips) here.
3. Crosby Stills and Nash -- Find the Cost of Freedom
The a cappella at the end is pretty spine-tingling, I think. One of their better songs, although the a-side -- "Ohio" -- sent the same message somewhat more forcefully with loud guitars.
2. The Beach Boys -- Their Hearts Were Full of Spring
A straight cover of the Four Freshmen's original, but if it doesn't bring a tear to your eye, I probably don't want to know you.
And the number one all-time top acapella pop/rock madrigal is ----
1. Imogen Heap -- Hide and Seek
I first heard this in late 2006 when it was used in a montage at the end of an episode of the short-lived Ray Liotta TV crime show Smith, although I'm told it had also figured earlier on The O.C. In any case, I remember practically falling off the couch at the time and thinking it's the most bizarrely haunting thing I'd ever encountered. It's almost a whole new genre -- Android Doo-Wop, anybody?
Alrighty now -- what would your choices be?