Friday, November 17, 2023

Weekend Listomania: Special "How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?" Edition

Well, it's Friday, and you know what that means.

Yes, my irrepressibe and highly-paid Asian belle du boink Fah Lo Suee and I will be heading to beautiful downtown Bedminster, New Jersey for a few, er, holes of golf (heh heh -- he said holes) and then a shower. (And then, tomorrow, an after-dinner dramatic reading of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion by Republican theological consultant and Speaker of the House Michael Johnson).

So regular postings here will necessarily be sporadic until next week.

That being the case, and in the meantime, here's a fun little project to help us wile away the hours until either we or our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ™ return. To wit:

Best or Worst Post-Elvis Pop, Rock or Soul Song/Record Inspired or Influenced in Some Way by Western Classical Music!!!

No arbitrary rules here, and obviously by classical music we mean everything from the Baroque period up through the 20th century and all that minimalist Philip Glass shit. So don't give me any of that Gregorian Chant mishegass, 'cause I don't want to hear it.

And that said -- my totally Top of My Head Top Five is:

5. B. Bumble and the Stingers -- Nut Rocker

Like dig, man, Tchaikovsky! Actually, considering that Emerson Lake and Palmer later covered this, you can make a convincing case for the proposition that these guys invented prog rock, in which case, of course, may they roast in hell. I should add that up until yesterday I had no idea that this was credited to the notorious Kim Fowley.

4. The Toys -- A Lover's Concerto

The Brill Building meets Bach's "Minuet in G Major" and then they all go out to Lindy's for a piece of cheesecake.

3. The Byrds -- She Don't Care About Time

The B-side of "Turn! Turn! Turn!", better known as the one where McGuinn plays Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" for the middle guitar break. Sublime on every level.

2. The Floor Models -- Enough's Enough

Written by the late great Andrew Pasternack, who also plays Rickenbacker 12-string on the Bach-ian second guitar solo.

And the Number One classical gas, there's no arguing this and if you even try to suggest something else I'm gonna come to your house and ring the doorbell and run, absolutely has to be...

1. Annie Lenox -- Walkiing on Broken Glass

I seriously think, no kidding, that this is among the greatest pop records ever made.

Oh! that tinkling piano! Oh! those pizzicato strings! And Oh! Lennox's (non-auto-tuned) vocal!

Hell, let us not mince words -- it's one of the best songs written and recorded in the English language in the last several decades, and if Lennox had done nothing else, she would still deserve respect from mere mortals like us as a result. Also: can we please give it up for John Malkovich and Hugh Laurie in the video? Thank you.

Alrighty, then -- what would YOUR choices be?

And have a great weekend, everybody!!!

[h/t Tim Page -- this one's for you, pal, and feel better ASAP!]


Anonymous said...

Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
Light My Fire - Doors

Both from the same year. Got more but ...


getawaygoober said...

Sabre Dance - Dave Edmunds / Love Sculpture

MJConroy said...

JAMES GANG -The Bomber: Closet Queen / Boléro / Cast Your Fate to the Wind

The Who - Hall of the Mountain King

getawaygoober said...

Beck's Bolero - JB

Anonymous said...

Roll over Beethoven the ELO version. rs

Anonymous said...

Because by the Beatles.
C in California

M_Sharp said...

10538 Overture - Electric Light Orchestra

Strawberry Road - Sam Phillips

M_Sharp said...

Where The Colors Don't Go - Sam Phillips

What Do I Do - Sam Phillips

The Kenosha Kid said...

Summertime - Big Brother and the Holding Company
the second guitar part is lifted from Bach Little Fugue BWV 961 in C minor

All by Myself - Eric Carmen
partially stolen from Rachmininoff's Piano Concerto No. 2

Bouree - Jethro Tull
cover of Bouree by Bach

Todd Everett said...

You'll have to take my word for this, but Kim Fowwley gets writer credit for this one, too.

pete said...

I can't believe nobody's mentioned the Left Banke yet. PRETTY BALLERINA!

And in the "Worst" column ... anything by Frank Zappa.

daudder said...

Because by The Beatles. A trancendent piece.

mistah charley, sb, ma, phd, jsps said...

Eric Carmen's use of Rachmaninoff has already been mentioned - he ended up paying royalties

No royalties were paid for "American Tune" by Paul Simon for the centuries-old German tune from the hymn "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" - used by J.S. Bach, among others

ChrisE said...

Does the Bach- and Mozart-influenced (actually, Mach-influenced) "Lick My Love Pump" by Spinal Tap count on this list ??

Alzo said...

ELO did a nice stomping version of 'In the Hall of the Mountain King.'
Thankfully, you lot have not brought up Queen, Rick Wakeman or Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

steve simels said...

todd Everett --

Words fail me about that Seekers song.

Kim freakin' Fowley and Ode to Joy? Wow.

edward said...

Elvis Costello: Poor Fractured Atlas

WorstI can recall Walter Murphy's disco extravaganseo A Fifth Of Beethoven

Anonymous said...

Deep Purple - their first two albums have lots of bits of classical music, ranging from Rimsky-Korsakov to Beethoven to Tchaikovsky. In concert Lord and Blackmore often slipped classical references in the solos from Strauss, Holst, Dvorak, Beethoven, Falla, Paganini, Grieg etc.

And then there's Rainbow's Difficult To Cure (Stomach).

ELP and Nice overflow with classical covers or quotes

Yes - Cans and Brahms

Love Sculpture/Dave Edmunds - Farandole

Zappa - bits of Stravinsky, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Holst, Ives, Tchaikovsky, Strauss etc


ChrisE said...

Ones I like:

Eric Matthews - Three-Cornered Moon (beautiful, haunting tune, with horns, strings and harpsichord, from the 1995 IT'S HEAVY IN HERE album)

Cardinal - Public Melody #1 (Eric Matthews & Richard Davies, from the self-titled 1994 Cardinal album)

Procol Harum - Conquistador ("live" version; the hit single)

Eagles - Wasted Time (reprise)

Guilty please:

Apollo 100 - Joy

ChrisE said...

Re my previous post: Apollo 100 - Joy is a guilty PLEASURE

Another one I like:

Michel Polnareff - Voyages (the instrumental lead-off track from his fine 1971 album POLNAREFF'S)

BG said...

Nick Hopkins (that's how he's listed) with harpsichord on the Kinks' "Session Man" ---