[I originally posted this one back in -- gasp! -- 2009, when both the world and this blog were young. But for obvious reasons, or perhaps reasons that shall become obvious, I thought it was newly relevant to our national discourse. I have, of course, rewritten some of it, and swapped out some of the songs, just to prove that I'm not the total slacker that so many of you, with justification, suspect I am. In any case, enjoy. -- S.S.]
Okay, gang -- here's a fun project for us all to contemplate in the wake of this week's nor'easter on the Right Coast:
Most Memorable Post Elvis Song or Record Referencing Atmospheric Phenomena, i.e. Weather, In the Title or Lyrics!!!
Self-explanatory, I think, so no arbitrary rules this time.
Okay, here's my totally top of my head Top Seven:
7. Terry Anderson -- Weather or Not
If truth be told, the entire original version of this Listomania proceeded from the fact that I had wanted to post this song -- to my mind, the absolute best Rolling Stones/Keith Richards-style guitar rocker that the Stones or Keith never did -- for what seemed like ages. (Catchiest goddamn chorus in the world, n'est-ce pas?). In case you're wondering, Anderson comes out of the Georgia Satellites axis (he co-wrote that group's semi-hit "Battleship Chains") and this derives from the early 90s solo album seen above. I should add that said album is still available over at Amazon, and you should hie there toot sweet and snag a copy.
6. The Beatles -- Rain
Depending on my mood, either this or "And Your Bird Can Sing" is my favorite of the bunch of guitar-driven, vaguely metallic pop gems that the Beatles recorded around this time in late 65-early 66. This one has Ringo's most inventive drum performance, of course.
5. The Weasels -- Beautiful Day
A recent track by my old high school garage band. I'm doing most of the guitar stuff, including the solo, but it's written and sung by our multi-instrumentalist secret weapon Glenn Leeds. In any case, I love it. "It may be freezin' but I don't feel cold...it's a beautiful day."
4. Lou Christie -- Rhapsody in the Rain
"In this car, our love went much too far..."
The followup to the equally apt "Lightning Strikes," this one got banned by most 1966 radio stations; I wonder why.
3. Yoko Ono -- Listen the Snow is Falling
"The only reason no one likes her music is because she's a woman and an Oriental" -- John Lennon to Jann Wenner, 1971
2. Steeleye Span -- One Misty Moisty Morning
Probably the oldest song ever featured on a Weekend Listomania, i.e., this probably dates back to Shakespeare's day. BTW; the word goddess is overused in some circles, but I think Maddy Prior's vocal on this qualifies her for consideration as one.
And the number one ill wind that blows nobody good song, it's so ridiculously apt given what's going to be broadcast on 60 Minutes this Sunday that I can't believe we're even having a discussion, obviously is ---
1. Classics IV -- Stormy
Who knew somebody had written a hit tune about her decades ago? Amazing.
Alrighty, then -- what would your choices be?