Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental amanuensis Hop-Sing and I are off to Philadelphia to spend the weekend at some convention or another. To be honest, I'm not sure what it's all about, but the little yellow devil has all but begged me to take him there, and the sight of him prostrate on the floor, his little froggy loins akimbo, always melts my heart.
So -- anybody know exactly what Eschaton is, or who some fellow named Atrios is? Me neither, but apparently a lot of DFH's -- whoever they are -- will be in attendance at a function in his honor.
In any case, as a result, posting by moi will necessarily be totally not happening until sometime Monday.
But while we wait, here's a little diversion for you all:
BEST POP/ROCK RECORD WITH A REAL-LIFE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION IN ITS TITLE!!!!!!
Je repete -- a real-life location, not something made up for the purposes of a cheap Top 40 thrill. If you try to sneak any of that Thunder Road or Heartbreak Hotel crap past me, I swear to god I'll take a hostage.
Okay, that said, here's my totally top of my head Top Ten:
10. Ramones -- Rockway Beach
Now that I think of it, even though I grew up in the Tri-State Metropolitan Area, I don't think I ever went to Rockaway. Of course, I'm still pissed nobody's ever written a song about Teaneck.
9. The Clash -- London Calling
This one's for Joe.
8. Wilbert Harrison -- Kansas City
More proof that YouTube blahblahblah. Seriously, I must have heard this record literally thousands of times over the years, but until I found this clip I had no idea what Wilbert Harrison looked like, let alone that he was a piano man.
7. Screamin' Jay Hawkins -- I Love Paris
"I saw a Mau-Mau kissing Santa Claus," indeed...
6. Johnny Horton -- The Battle of New Orleans
Johnny was a bit of geek. Just saying....
5. Arrested Development -- Tennessee
Apparently there was a period when rap groups were all peace and love and mellow vibes. Must have missed it.
4. A tie --
The Rolling Stones -- 2120 South Michigan Avenue
and The Rolling Stones -- Route 66
The first song was actually recorded at the titular address -- the legendary Chess Studios in Chicago -- which is why it sounds so much better than the otherwise incendiery "Route 66" from some crappy demo studio in England.
3. Another tie --
The Move -- California Man
and The Beach Boys -- California Girls
The sort of yin and yang of West Coast hedonistic chauvinism.
2. Bruce Springsteen -- Fourth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Speaking of gorgeous.
And the number one most drop dead amazing, there's no fricking question about it, song with a real you-could-actually-go-to-it place in its title is ---
1. John Cale -- Paris, 1919
From his 1973 album of the same name. What a thrill to see this live version, which is yet more proof that YouTube is blahblahblah.
Alrighty now -- what would your choices be?