[I originally posted this one back in 2008, but I've changed some of the song choices and revised it a little. In any case, it just seemed appropriate now that my fellow Jews and I have elected a Commie mayor in NYC who is going to bring about what all of us really want -- to restore the city to the state of nightmarish dystopia seen in crappy 1970s potboilers like Death Wish. -- S.S.]
Best Post-Beatles Pop/Rock Song/Record About/Referencing New York City and Environs in Title or Lyrics!!!
Okay, no arbitrary rules here, but if you nominate any version of "New York, New York" I will come to your house and kill you AND your family.
Okay, that said, my top of my head Top Seven would be:
7. Dirty Boulevard -- Lou Reed
From the New York City album, obviously. One of Lou's sharpest lyrics, I think, and his cosmic sense of timing on the chorus is a marvel.
6. Incident on 57th Street -- Bruce Springsteen
In this early (1975) radio performance especially. If you don't get Springsteen after listening to this, there's no hope for you.
53rd and 3rd -- Ramones
Dee Dee's poignant ode to giving it away on Third Avenue. Well, not exactly for free.
5. King of the New York Streets -- Dion
From his unjustly overlooked Yo Frankie album in 1990, mostly produced by Dave Edmunds. Proof that Dion's a great songwriter, not just one of the greatest rock voices ever, although the last line has always struck me as a copout.
4. Six O'Clock -- The Lovin' Spoonful
I know, I know, "Summer in the City" would be a more obvious pick, but this one just feels so much like NYC when I lived there. Actually, so do a lot of Spoonful songs -- "Rain on the Roof" comes to mind as well.
3. New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones - Fear
The great Lee Ving on vocals, much beloved of John Belushi.
2. Christmas in Hollis -- Run D.M.C.
That's Hollis, Queens, bitches! God, I love this song.
And the number one Big Apple record, it's not even close so don't give me any goddamn attitude, obviously is --
1. New York's a Lonely Town (When You're the Only Surfer Boy Around) -- The Tradewinds
"My woody's outside...covered with snow." That's future Ringo Starr associate Vini Poncia, mastermind of the greatest NYC surf song ever, singing lead.
Awrighty then -- what would your choices be?