In any case, posting by moi will necessarily be sporadic for a little while.
But in the meantime, here's another little project for you folks:
Best Post-Elvis Song or Record Referencing Going Somewhere (Anywhere!) in the Title or Lyric!!!
No arbitrary rules this time, you're welcome very much, and if this is a little too similar to a Listomania I may or may not have posted in the past, please forgive me -- I'm old and senile.
In any case, my totally top of my head Top Seven would be...
7. Dashboard Confessional -- As Lovers Go
Okay, I don't much care for these guys, and I know it's not really about going somewhere, but I wanted to have something recorded in this century for a change. So sue me.
6. Dionne Warwick -- Trains and Boats and Planes
Said this before, but I think on balance this is not only her best record but Bachrach and David's most beautiful song. Alas, Dionne's version isn't on YouTube, but I was absolutely staggered to find that the Box Tops cover (with the teenaged Alex Chilton) which I had no idea existed, is. Truly amazing....
5. The Smashing Pumpkins -- Bullet Train to Osaka
As in Billy Corgan's pretentious cue-ball noggin wants to get on board the titular vehicle enroute to the titular city. That voice you hear is saying "All aboard the bullet train to Osaka" in Japanese, obviously.
4. Bessie Banks -- Go Now
Much as I adore the Moody Blues version (with my fave piano solo of the Brit Invasion) I've come to appreciate the original even more.
3. Nils Lofgren -- Keith Don't Go (Ode to a Glimmer Twin)
That's Keith, as in Richards, and don't go, as in don't kill yourself. From 1975, when such a thing seemed eminently possible. Lofgren's a mensch, obviously. And a great guitarist (dig the "Satisfaction" quote).
2. Katrina and the Waves -- Going Down to Liverpool
The Bangles version is more famous, and it has that Leonard Nimoy video obviously. But the original, with composer (and once and future Soft Boy) Kimberly Rew on guitar is the great one, I think.
And the numero uno This Must Not Be the Place tune, let's not even argue about this okay, obviously is --
1. Fairport Convention -- Si Tu Dois Partir
"If You Gotta Go," the Bob Dylan song, and in fricking French. Invitations to take a walk don't get any cooler.
Awrighty -- what would you choices be?
[Shameless Blogwhore: My parallel Cinema Listomania -- theme: movies with cool courtroom scenes -- is now up over at Box Office. As always, if you could see your way to going over there and leaving a coment, I'd be your best friend. And you can watch the complete courtroom scene from Woody Allen's Bananas, which is about as funny as it gets, so it'll be worth your while. Thanks!]