Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental Groinal Aerodynamics consultant Fah Lo Suee and I will be heading for the hills now that Attorney General Eric Holder has made the New York City area a terrorist target again. Seriously, what was he thinking?
As a result, posting by moi will be sporadic for a couple of days, or at least until we find an abandoned bomb shelter from the 60s. Preferably in Dayton, Ohio, which nobody, let alone a terrorist, would ever go to.
But in the meantime, here's a fun little project for us all:
Most Memorable Post-Elvis Record Featuring the Name Johnny in the Title or Lyrics!!!
Totally arbitrary rules: I'm stretching this to include songs with the name John. Jack, however, is verboten. So bite me, Billy Joel and that "Captain Jack" shit.
And my totally top of my head Top Six are:
6. Devo -- Come Back Jonee
Probably the closest the Spud Boys ever came to a conventional rock song, or power pop for that matter. Great stuff in any case.
5. The Rolling Stones -- Bye Bye Johnny
Chuck Berry's sequel to "Johnny B. Goode", obviously, and the Stones have owned it for years, at least live. This early studio version is a little more raggedy than most of their Berry covers, but it does have a certain atmosphere.
4. X -- Johnny Hit and Run Pauline
You know, with the benefit of hindsight, the term punk rock seems a bit of a misnomer for these guys. I mean, they seem so utterly traditional in a lot of ways (Billy Zoom's hot rockabilly guitar, for example) and I mean that in a good way.
3. The Mystery Trend -- Johnny Was a Good Boy
One of the more obscure of the original San Francisco bands, but one of the best (you can read a very good bio on them here).
2. The Killers -- Uncle Johnny
Not actually nuts about this song (or the band, come to think of it) but since I can't find a Johnny song featuring Billy Corgan's pretentious cueball noggin, I thought it would be nice to have at least one entry recorded in this century.
And the numero uno tune about some young guy nobody calls Jack, at least in my presence, obviously is --
1. Warren Zevon -- Johnny Strikes Up the Band
The best "Let's get this show on the road!" song in all of rock. I hadn't seen this live version before, but it totally kicks ass, and in stereo, so you're welcome.
Alrighty then -- what would your choices be?
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