Well, it's Friday, and you know what that means.
Yes, my Oriental Germ Dispensary Supervisor FAH LO SUEE and I will be heading off to fabulous Wuhan, China to take advantage of the new low prices offered by local Wuhan restaurants on their legendary bat's head soup.
That being the case, here's a fun project for the rest of us until our return:
BEST OR WORST POST-ELVIS POP/ROCK/SOUL SONGS/ALBUMS/VIDEOS WHOSE THEME IS LONELINESS AND/OR ALIENATION!
For obvious reasons, obviously, and no arbitrary rules whatsoever.
And my totally top of my head Top Six totally is:
6. Casey Abrams and Puddles Pity Party -- Smells Like Teen Spirit
Somewhere, Kurt Cobain is laughing out of his ass over this one.
5. Andrew Gold -- Lonely Boy
I fucking love that song and always have. And I forget who said it, but every time you get a hit single based on the chords to "La Bamba," an angel gets its wings.
4. Paul Anka -- Lonely Boy
How do you say "dreck" in Canadian?
3. The Beatles -- Nowhere Man
I predict a bright future for those youngsters from Liverpool.
2. Neil Diamond -- Solitary Man
Yeah, yeah, I know Neil's 70s stuff is mostly over-produced kitsch, but his 60s folk rock/Brill Building stuff is out of this world and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
And the number one all time ode to angst-ridden solipsism simply has to be...
1. Simon and Garfunkel -- Sounds of Silence
Ah, one can never be as alone as one is in the subway. One can only hope that the gazillions of dollars S&G subsequently earned after this record turned them into superstars took some of the sting out of their deep personal generational hurt.
Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?
And have a great weekend, everybody!!!