Okay, it's Friday, and you know what means.
It's Listomania Time!!!
And a potentially fun project for all of us is --
MOST AVANT-GARDE SONG/SINGLE TO HAVE CRACKED THE TOP OF THE POPS!
No arbitrary rules here, obviously, but I must confess that some of my nominees may be more accurately described as innovative, rather than avant-garde. It's all subjective, obviously, so have fun.
In any case, my totally top of my head Top Eight are:
8. Buchanan and Goodman -- The Flying Saucer
The first mash-up record, and they did it the hard way -- without sampling.
7. A tie --
Nervous Norvus -- Transfusion
Jody Reynolds -- Endless Sleep
Two of the weirdest records ever made. Echo and suicide -- when was that something that got you a hit?
6. Donna Summer -- I Feel Love
You know, I didn't particularly like this one at the time, and I still don't really, but jeebus -- the first time you heard this, you had to go "??????"
5. The Beatles -- All You Need is Love
The moment when they sing "She Loves You" at the end? The precise moment when Post-Modernism begins.
4. Tone Loc -- Funky Cold Medina
The first great rock 'n' roll record where the backing track is totally sampled. And I have to admit -- it was months after this became a hit that I realized the guitar stuff was from Foreigner.
3. The Beach Boys -- Good Vibrations.
Cellos and a theremin. Right.
2. The Byrds -- Eight Miles High
Excuse me, forget the alleged drug-influenced lyrics -- name me another record that sneaked John Coltrane licks onto AM radio.
And the number one avant-garde Top Twenty hit single of all time, it's not even a contest, obviously is...
1. The Yardbirds -- I'm a Man
Wait a minute -- this is a cover of a Bo Diddley blues song; so why is Jeff Beck making strange noises up the neck of his guitar at the finale?
Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?
And have a great weekend, everybody?