Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental apple crumbcake Fah Lo Suee and I are off to picket outside the palatial mansion of Hollywood mega-player/writer/director James Cameron.
Please James -- shelve your plans for all those sequels to
Avatar The Worst Movie Ever Made©. We've suffered enough.
Anyway, that being the case, and because things will most likely be fairly quiet around here for a couple of days, here's a hopefully amusing little project to divert us from the sad screeching existential emptiness of our lives. Or at least help us beat the heat.
BEST OR WORST POST-ELVIS POP, ROCK OR SOUL SONG REFERENCING DRINKING -- HARDER STUFF THAN BEER OR WINE -- AND/OR ALCOHOLISM!!!!
No arbitrary rules, except for that beer and wine thing, you're welcome very much, and now (hic!) it's post time!
Which means my totally top of my head Top Five is/are:
5. Tom Waits -- Jockey Full of Bourbon
Waits has got a zillion great booze songs, of course. I was gonna post "The Piano Has Been Drinking," but since I can't understand a word of this one, I thought it was a particularly apt choice.
4. Warren Zevon -- Desperadoes Under the Eaves
Two relevant lyrics.
"All the salty margaritas in Los Angeles/I'm gonna drink 'em up."
And "Still waking up in the mornings with shaking hands." Hell, you can practically feel the hangover. And the rest of the song is even more amazing.
3. Beth Orton -- Absinthe
Supposedly, it makes the heart grow fonder. I wouldn't know, actually -- I've never tasted the stuff.
2. Jeff Beck Group -- I've Been Drinking
An obscure b-side, and perhaps the best thing Rod Stewart ever committed to magnetic tape. I'd never heard this stereo mix until yesterday, and frankly words fail me. I should add that my 70s band covered it, but as fond as I am of the results, we didn't even come close to the gorgeousness of the original.
And the Numero Uno party-till-you-puke song of them all simply has to be...
1. The Kinks -- AlcoholNot really a top rank Kinks song, but as you can see from the clip, it was one of the great performance pieces of its era.
Alrighty then -- what would your choices be?