So posting by moi will necessarily be sporadic for a little while, especially if we need to post bail.
But in the meantime, here's another little project for you folks:
Most Memorable Post-Beatles Song or Record Involving Vision (In All Senses of the Word) in the Title or Lyrics!!!
No arbitrary rules this time, and yes, I posted something similar about the five senses a while back, blah blah blah. But this gives me a chance to put up downloadable mp3s of three songs I like (entries 1-3), so don't give me any grief, you ungrateful curs.
Okay, my totally top of my head Top Six is:
6. Mariah Carey -- Vision of Love
Hey, I didn't say it had to be good -- just memorable. And this one is totally unforgettable, no matter how fervently I wish I'd never heard it.
5. The Nazz -- Open My Eyes
Todd Rundgren in 1969, and already a god. Seriously -- this is as perfect a rock record as has ever been made.
4. KT Tunstall -- Suddenly I See
I haven't made my mind about Tunstall, but this song works, I think. Upped a few points just for having been recorded in this century, unlike most of my choices in the last hundred or so Listomanias.
3. The Byrds -- See the Sky About to Rain
The Neil Young song, of course, and one of the two or three really great tracks on the Byrds' patchy 1973 reunion album.
2. The Replacements -- Seen Your Video
As much as I loved this album unreservedly from the minute I heard it, I think it was this song -- throwaway that it is -- and its implicit attitude that made me fall in love with the band. Especially in an era when Sting and Mark Knopfler were pimping, however "ironically", for MTV.
And the numero uno song about the visual cortex, don't even argue with me or I'll poke your eyes out with a burnt stick, obviously is --
1. Moby Grape -- Seeing
Take me far away
My wiles and mind can't beat a dream of death today
Hard to get by
When what greets my eye takes my breath away
Cryin' "Save me, save me, save me!"
I'll save you. Can I spend you?
Their masterpiece -- terrifying and strangely beautiful. Written and sung (in part) by the great Skip Spence, a guy who had glimpsed the abyss and realized he wasn't coming back -- when he cried "Save me!" it was a desperate and very real plea for help.
Awrighty, then -- what would your choices be?
[Shameless blogwhore: My parallel Cinema Listomania -- theme: Movies With Characters That Are Completely Bonkers -- is now up over at you know where. As always, I'd take it as a personal favor if you could shlep over there and say something snarky. Thanks!]