Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental Pandemic Princess Fah Lo Suee and I are off to the president's Mar-a-Lagofuckyourself resort to shoot several holes of golf while unmasked. Could be a hot one!
That being the case here's a fun project to help us all wile away the idle hours until our return -- assuming we're not hospitalized -- on Monday:
POST-ELVIS POP/ROCK/SOUL ARTIST YOU REALLY LOVE DESPITE THE FACT THAT MUCH OF THEIR WORK OCCASIONALLY FEATURES A VERY HIGH BULLSHIT QUOTIENT!!!
No arbitrary rules whatsoever, you're welcome very much, but if you nominate Rod Stewart, who went Full Bullshit in the mid-70s and never came back, I will come to your house and smack you silly.
And my totally Top of My Head Top Five is:
5. The Ramones
Yes, they're the greatest, but not to put too fine a point on it, literally everything on that psychedelic covers album they made...
...is utterly awful. Both conceptually and in execution. And they made several other dog albums.
4. Billy Joel
I became a sort of Born Again Billy Joel fan after seeing one of his Madison Square Garden shows a few years ago. That said...
...if you didn't want to hunt him down and kill him after the first time you heard this song, there's no hope for you.
3. Stevie Nicks
Great with Fleetwood Mac, considerably less so on her own.
Just like a white winged dove my aunt Fanny, babe.
2. Patti Smith
I have loved this woman since before she made her first indie single back in 1973, but boy can she be pretentious sometimes. And in the case of this little ditty from her second major label album --
--- in need of somebody to say to her, uh Patti -- what the hell are you thinking?
And the number one great artist with an unfortunately high percentage of bovine fecal matter is:
1. Joni Mitchell
Let's just say that Joni's good stuff is out of this world, but that a lot of the self-important humorless crap she's been responsible for over the years is frankly impossible to ignore.
Seriously, you would need a heart of stone not to laugh at the unintentional silliness of the above.
Alrighty then -- who would YOUR choices be?
And have a great weekend, everybody!!!