Well, it's Friday and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental Unendurable-Pleasure-Indefinitely-Prolonged consultant Fah Lo Suee and I will be heading to ...oh, screw it. I can't bring myself to do another Tiger Woods joke. Let's just say I'm off to somewhere to do something and let it go at that.
In any case, posting by moi will be sporadic for a couple of days at least.
But in the meantime, here's a fun little project for us all:
Best Post-Elvis Pop/Rock Song or Album With the Word "You" in the Title!!!
No arbitrary rules this time, except that it's got to be a song or album title with, uh, you know -- the word "you."
Not "your". Not "you'll." Not "You've." I could go on, but "you" get the point. Hah hah.
Okay, that said, my totally top of my head Top Eight is:
8. Candy Butchers -- You Belong to Me Now
There is a small sub-species of humanity, to which I occasionally claim membership, which believes this to be the single most beautiful song written in the English lanuage in the first nine years of the 21st century. Just saying.
7. The Lovin' Spoonful -- You Baby
A Ronettes cover of all things, and one of several tracks from their first album that served notice that the Spoonful weren't just a revivalist blues and jug band.
5. Bobby Fuller Four -- Love's Made a Fool of You
The Buddy Holly classic, of course, and an all but perfect mix of winsome melodicism and what we used to call The Big Beat. Proto (approaching full-bore) power pop, obviously.
5. The Dickies -- You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)
Ah -- a twofer. Actually, there are some days I think these guys were the greatest punk band ever; no question they were the funniest. Now excuse me -- I gotta go listen to "Gigantor" and their cover of "Nights in White Satin" right this minute.
4. U2 -- All Because of You
Okay, Bono can be a bit much, and U2 will never be my favorite band, but let's be honest -- when these guys are good they're great. Case in point: This "love song to the Who."
3. The Turtles -- You Showed Me
A really wonderful pre-first Byrds album Gene Clark/Jim McGuinn song, given a sumptuous pop sheen by the once and future Flo and Eddie and company. Those sighing strings are just gorgeous.
2. The Killers -- Smile Like You Mean It
As I'm sure I've noted previously, I'm not crazy about this band in general, and jeebus, this song in particular is about as derivative as it gets (embarrassingly so, if truth be told). Nevertheless, it gives me a second entry actually recorded in the current decade, which I think is always a good idea. Especially since The Killers seem to have replaced Billy Corgan's pretentious cueball noggin as my running gag of choice.
And the numero uno song featuring the "y" pronoun, make no mistake about it this is the one, absolutely, is --
1. Los Shakers -- Always You
Said it before and I'll say it again -- this is the most perfect Beatles record the Beatles never made. Swoonerama, from stem to stern.
Alrighty then -- what would your choices be?
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