Sunday, June 27, 2010

Who Are You

Man, the Dyke March was awesome yesterday, but there was a shooting in the Castro during the Pink Saturday celebration, and I'm feeling so crestfallen today. We were a few feet away from the shooting, and after scattering away with the crowd, we made a beeline home. I can't believe people 1. have guns, 2. bring them to events with hundreds/thousands of people, 3. are willing to pull the trigger and potentially kill another human being.

Who the fuck are you? indeed.

Artist: The Who
Year: 1978
Rating: Hot!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


I woke with the refrain: You do it to yourself, just you/You and no one else, after an intense dream about an ex-girlfriend of mine. It seems connected somehow, but I don't know if the indictment was meant for her or for me. Probably us both. Also, at first I wasn't sure whose song it was. The vocal sounded Billy Corgan-nasally-'90s, so I rolled over in bed and consulted Amber, my resident Smashing Pumpkins expert. She didn't recognize the lyric. Then I remembered it was Radiohead.

Artist: Radiohead
Year: 1995
Rating: Luke Hot

A Campfire Song, Redux

Last in my head on February 13, 2009.

Artist: 10,000 Maniacs with Michael Stipe
Year: 1987
Rating: Luke Hot

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Two Tickets to Paradise

Monday, I was almost in Paradise, and then Tuesday, I woke up with this song in my head. I can't really say that life has been all palm trees and coconut cocktails lately. Probably just simple associations one day to the next with the key word, and a recent reference to Eddie Money's other hit song in my entry about the Ronette's Be My Baby.

Artist: Eddie Money
Year: 1978
Rating: Warm

Almost Paradise

In my head upon waking with a hangover in Santa Cruz on Monday morning. Hangover state is pretty much anathema to Paradise, but okay.

Artist: Mike Reno & Ann Wilson
Year: 1984
Rating: Cold

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Peace Of Mind

Been in my head for days. Shout out to the Geo-Rock!

Artist: Boston
Year: 1976
Rating: Luke Hot

Another great song from the Bicentennial Year!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Jackie Blue

One of those songs I always thought was sung by a female vocalist.

Artist: Ozark Mountain Daredevils
Year: 1974
Rating: Luke Hot

Thursday, June 10, 2010

King of Birds

The lyric that hit me this morning was:

A thumbnail sketch, a jeweler's stone
A main idea to call my own

...though the rendering in this video, and most commentary on the web tells me the word is "mean" and not "main." Other fans have made the same mistake, and there is interesting commentary over at Pop Songs, as usual.

Artist: R.E.M.
Year: 1987
Rating: Hot!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature

Another song in my head just 'cause I heard it on the radio. I've considered stopping listening to the radio in the car just because I think it's tainting the "purity" of songs emerging from my brain.

Artist: The Guess Who
Year: 1970 (still sounds like the '60s though, don't it?)
Rating: Warm

Monday, June 7, 2010

Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses

Shockingly, this is the first U2 song to enter my brain since starting this project. And it's mainly here because I heard it on the radio the other day. But the opening lines do resonate with me emotionally this week, as does the final sentiment in the song, so I'm guessing I woke with it for a reason.

You're dangerous 'cause you're honest/You're dangerous, you don't know what you want (and) Don't turn around, don't turn around again/Don't turn around, and don't look back.

Artist: U2
Year: 1991
Rating: Luke Hot

I did invoke U2 in this entry previously.
Also, I've been driving more than I used to, since I now have a car. Commercial radio is seeping in big time. I can't reiterate enough that the Eagles are played too frequently on classic rock stations.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

On and On, Redux

Last in my head on June 3, 2009 - interestingly, near to exactly a year ago.

Artist: Stephen Bishop
Year: 1977
Rating: Hot!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Be My Baby

Just like Ronnie said...* Artist: The Ronettes Year: 1963 Rating: Luke Hot Note: Co-written by the mighty Ellie Greenwich, of Brill Building-fame and later-to-be-convicted-murderer Phil Spector. *A Nod to Eddie Money.

The Ballad of Davy Crockett

In my head 'cause I saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox a while back, and it's used in the opening credits. I can't find much info about this version of the song out there, but it's a resonant tune, lodged in the brains of many of us born in the States in the post-WWII era through maybe my generation. I wonder how many Gen Y'ers and younger know it.

Artist: The Wellingtons
Year: 1954 (original)
Rating: Warm

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mellow Yellow

I'm just mad about Saffron/And she's just mad about me.

Could have sworn I'd blogged about this song before, but nope.

Artist: Donovan
Year: 1966
Rating: Warm