In any case, as a result, posting by moi will necessarily be somewhat fitful for a few days, especially if law enforcement is involved.
But until then, as always, here's a fun project for you all to contemplate:
BEST POST-ELVIS POP/ROCK/SOUL SONG ABOUT AN UNATTAINABLE ROMANTIC PARTNER!!!
This is pretty much open-ended, but one arbitrary rule: No death songs (teenage or otherwise) are eligible. So if you nominate something like "Leader of the Pack" or "Tell Laura I Love Her," I will come to your house and give you a stern talking to.
That said, my Totally Top of My Head Top Six is/are:
6. Del Shannon -- Hats Off to Larry
He wants her back -- he thinks she'll change. Yeah, right, pal.
5. The Beatles -- No Reply
"I tried to telephone/they said you were not home/that's a lie." Indeed it is, John. Indeed it is.
4. The Rolling Stones -- Just My Imagination
Yeah, yeah, I know this is actually a Temptations song. But as much as I like the original, as I've noted here before, it's terribly urbane -- you can practically see the tuxedos the Temps are wearing as they sing it. The Stones version, on the other hand, is pure aching romantic longing.
3. The Searchers -- Needles and Pins
What kind of sick, sadistic world do we live in where a truly great song can be co-authored by Sonny Bono?
2. Rick Springfield -- Jessie's Girl
A/K/A Othello with guitars, as somebody cleverer than I once described it. By the way, I love Rick Springfield and I don't care who knows it. And just because, I'm appending the song he wrote and recorded with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters not so long ago, despite the fact that it has little if anything to do with the weekend's theme.
And the numero uno "If I can't Have You" song of all time -- it's not even close, so don't bug me about this -- is....
1. Fountains of Wayne -- Stacy's Mom
C'mon -- you KNEW it was gonna be that one.
Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?
[h/t Brooklyn Girl]