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 Post-Beatles Pop/Rock Song/Record About/Referencing New York City and Environs in Title or Lyrics!!!
Okay, no arbitrary rules here, but if you nominate any version of "New York, New York" I will come to your house and kill you AND your family.
Okay, that said, my top of my head Top Seven would be:
7. Dirty Boulevard -- Lou Reed
From the New York City album, obviously. One of Lou's sharpest lyrics, I think, and his cosmic sense of timing on the chorus is a marvel.
6. Tonight, Tonight -- Smashing Pumpkins
Okay, if truth be told this has no connection to New York whatsoever except that it's where Smashing Pumpkins were playing at the time. Thus, we mark the official end of our ongoing project to shoehorn Billy Corgan and his pretentious cueball noggin into every Weekend Listomania theme no matter how tenuous the connection.
You're welcome. Incidentally, I've got an unopened DVD of the Pumpkins most recent two-disc live video collection, "If All Goes Wrong," if anybody wants it. First person to e-mail me...
5. King of the New York Streets -- Dion
From his unjustly overlooked Yo Frankie album in 1990, mostly produced by Dave Edmunds. Proof that Dion's a great songwriter, not just one of the greatest rock voices ever, although the last line has always struck me as a copout.
4. Six O'Clock -- The Lovin' Spoonful
I know, I know, "Summer in the City" would be a more obvious pick, but this one just feels so much like NYC when I lived there. Actually, so do a lot of Spoonful songs -- "Rain on the Roof" comes to mind as well.
3. New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones - Fear
The great Lee Ving on vocals, much beloved of John Belushi.
2. Christmas in Hollis -- Run D.M.C.
That Hollis, Queens, bitches! God, I love this song.
And the number one Big Apple record, it's not even close so don't give me any goddamn attitude, obviously is --
1. New York's a Lonely Town (When You're the Only Surfer Boy Around) -- The Tradewinds
"My woody's outside...covered with snow." That's future Ringo Star associate Vini Poncia, mastermind of the greatest NYC surf song ever, singing lead on Shindig.
Awrighty then -- what would your choices be?
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