Friday, May 18, 2007

Weekend Listomania

Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental houseboy Kato and I will be donning chaps and lederhosen and heading out for a night on the mean (Christopher) streets of New York's Greenwich Village (say no more, nudge nudge, wink wink.)

With any luck, then, posting (by moi) will necessarily be sporadic for a while, but while I'm gone here's a fun project.

Best Use of Electric Twelve-String Guitar on a Record NOT by the Beatles, Byrds or Roger McGuinn!!!

My totally top of my head Top Five:

1. "Dance Dance Dance" -- The Beach Boys

2. "Not Where It's At" -- Del Amitri

3. "Beginning to See the Light" -- Velvet Underground

4. "Senses Working Overtime" -- XTC

5. "Exception That Proves the Rule " --Gerry Devine and the Hi-Beams (a great but obscure band from the 90s featuring me on bass and keyboards. No kidding!)

Join in, won't you?


Mister Pleasant said...

1. "The Last Thing on My Mind" -- The Move

2. "What's the Use" -- Pretty Things

3. "White Summer" -- The Yardbirds

4. "A Better Place" -- The Hollies (Mr. Tony Hicks is amazingly underappreciated as a guitarist)

5. "The Ballad of El Goodo" - Big Star

6. "Back of a Car" - Big Star. Possibly the finest power pop tune of all time.

Anonymous said...

All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

You Bowed Down - Elvis Costello (possible reason for disqualification: McGuinn recorded this Elvis song first)

The Waiting/Listen To Her Heart - Tom Petty (possible reason for disqualification: for a couple of years, Roger McGuinn and Tom Petty were the same person)

I Must Be In Love - The Rutles (possible reason for disqualification: in several parallel universes, the Rutles and the Beatles had reversed places)

The Kids Are Alright - The Who (possible reason for disqualification: other than playing chords for a really great song, there's not much 12-string action going on)

Anonymous said...

Distant Sun - Crowded House: Not a Rick (a Dano, I believe), but that only makes it more unique

That's Not Me - The Beach Boys: Captures the pathos of the character in the quiet parts perfectly

The Ties That Bind - Bruce Springsteen: I think there are two of them in the opening

Could've Been Anyone - Aimee Mann: Damn, that opening arpeggio announces that song beautifully