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-ELVIS POP/ROCK RECORD WITH THE WORD ROAD OR STREET IN ITS TITLE OR LYRIC!!!
Je repete -- the song has to specifically use the word "road" or "street." Similarly themed songs with the words "avenue," "boulevard," "highway," or any thoroughfare that isn't a "road" or a "street" are right fricking out.
Are we clear on that, fans of "Expressway to Your Heart"?
Okay, that said, here's my totally top of my head Top Seven.
7. The Ballad of Thunder Road -- Robert Mitchum
From the movie of the same name, and an obvious influence on some kid from Jersey. Written by Mitchum and the great Don Raye, who also wrote ---
6. Down the Road Apiece -- The Rolling Stones
Mick and the boys got it from the hit version by Amos Milburn, but I actually think this is even better -- in fact pretty much the best of all their Chuck Berry style rockers. Keith's phrasing on the solos is beyond brilliant, and Charlie swings like nobody's business.
5. Road to Nowhere -- Talking Heads
You know, I really like this song, and I think the Heads were great, but does anybody remember that point in the 80s when David Byrne was being seriously discussed as one of the most important composers of the 20th century? Man, that was irksome.
4. South Street -- The Orlons
Where all the hippies meet, of course. And where the dancing is elite.
3. Street Hassle -- Lou Reed
From Lou's comedy album of the same name.
2. Thunder Road -- Bruce Springsteen
All things considered, if I had to pick one Bruce song for the proverbial desert island, I think this is it. It's been three plus decades since the first time I heard it, and when the drums and guitars come in I still get all wobbly.
And the number one coolest song about that long lonesome highway (not using that word, of course) is obviously -- and I mean, blindingly obviously --
1. Backstreet Girl -- The Rolling Stones
Their prettiest ballad and also probably the most morally reprehensible, which is kind of the point. Featuring the great Brian Jones as the coolest French bistro accordion and recorder player of all time. Incidentally, my actual number one choice was going to be the MC5's "Shakin' Street," but I couldn't find a decent video version.
Awrighty, then -- and what would your choices be?
[Shameless Blogwhore: My parallel Cinema Listomania (theme: post-John Ford westerns) is now up over at Box Office. As always, if you could find your way over there to leave a comment, it would get me really in good with management. Thanks.]