Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental bete noire (bete jaune?) Hop-Sing and I are off on a weekend campaign junket with Senator Hillary Clinton (D-not bitter). Apparently, we're going some place where hard-working white folks hang out, wherever that might be. (Actually, I find that joke offensive myself, but as you'll see it has a certain thematic relevance so what the hell).
In any case, as a result, posting by moi will necessarily be somewhat fitful for a few days.
But until then, as always, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
BEST POST-ELVIS POP/ROCK SONG OR RECORD WITH A COLOR IN THE TITLE!!!!!
Totally arbitrary rule: No songs using the actual word color need apply. Which means, say, Love's otherwise brilliant "She Comes in Colors" should just get the fuck out of here. Also: No rainbows.
Okay, that said, here's my totally top of my head Top Ten.
10. Yellow -- Coldplay
I really don't care for this one at all but I figured we needed at least one entry recorded in this century.
9. White Lines (Don't Do It) -- Grandmaster Flash
Amazing how styles change. Back in the day, this was a founding artifact of hip-hop, and yet today it sounds like a classic rock song...
8. Brown Sugar -- The Rolling Stones
I wonder how many late 60s/early 70s backup singers think they're the inspiration for this. Supposedly it's this gal, but I don't think Jagger's come right out and said it.
7. Deep Purple -- Nino Tempo and April Stevens
I actually love this, but the main reason I included it is because the b-side has the greatest (and at the time, longest on record) song title ever: "I've Been Carrying a Torch For You For So Long I Burned A Great Big Hole in My Heart."
6. Raspberry Beret -- Prince
This would have been a tie with "Little Red Corvette" (one of my all-time fave videos), but as you can see, the clip here isn't Prince but rather some shmuck miming the track. Apparently, his Purpleness has been cracking down on YouTube appearances of his songs, old or new, going so far as to have the audio blocked on cell phone clips of his recent Coachella gigs. I'm beginning to think I liked him better when he was Symbol Guy...
5. Baby's in Black -- The Beatles
"She's dressed in black...because she thinks she's a nun...and it sure isn't much fun...when she's a nun."
How we sang it in my high school, if you must know.
4. A tie --
Pink Cadillac -- Bruce Springsteen
Much as I love the studio version, I simply LOVE this spare, minimalist "Nebraska" outtake...
Juicy John Pink -- Procol Harum
Can't say the same about this recent live performance, which can't hold a candle to the spare, minimalist "A Salty Dog" version (not, alas, online at the moment)....
3. Red Right Hand -- Nick Cave
Posted this in another list recently -- I think it was the one about bells -- but I just love it. Spookiest rock song ever.
2. Yellow Pills -- 20/20
For NYMary, who knows why....
And the numero uno, it's not even close so why are we arguing coolest song with a color in the title is ----
1. The Green Manalishi -- Fleetwood Mac
Featuring Peter Green, erstwhile lead guitarist of the nutso supergroup The Unravelling Wilburys (see last week's list).
Awrighty then -- what would your choices be?
Oh -- and sorry for the shameless blogwhore, but a companion movie Listomania will be going up sometime later this morning over at my new gig -- Box Office. Leave a comment if you're of a mind to and maybe management will buy me a pony.