Each week My Secret Playlist invites their favourite bands and musicians to give a rundown on eight of their favourite songs right now. This week's playlist comes from genre-hopping rockers Yves Klein Blue.
Fleetwood Mac / Go Your Own Way
It’s just such a great album, with a great story. Many things have been written about it, much better than I could even hope to, so look it up. It’s a song you will probably know well, but its so full of love, malice and all this broken, messed up relationship baggage that got carried through the band and onto the stage with this record. Perfect.
10cc / The Dean and I
I’m really into 10cc at the moment, the classic pop stuff. But they did it with so much tongue in cheek. I find the songs, and the subject matter hilarious. Pretty much any song on the greatest hits album could have made this list, but I’m particularly enamored with his one at the moment.
Tom Waits / Postcard from a Hooker in Minneapolis
Waits is a storyteller and I find this his most compelling one. Whether he lived a life like this or not, he makes you feel as such. His voice is wonderful here, growling powerful and threatening, then the whimpering tail tapers out – full of soul and sorrow. This story is captivating, sensitive, and heartbreaking. I believe he’s not only one of the great American songwriters, but considered one of the great American poets and storytellers of any medium. The sting is in the tail, so listen carefully all the way until the end.
Bob Dylan / It Takes a lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
This song is automatic because of its swing. It’s easy to forget that aside from being the lyricist that he is, Dylan is a wonderful songwriter. Here the band is red hot, and this is only the second take! I guess you could take the focal point of the song to be ‘I wanna be your lover baby, I don’t wanna be your boss!’, which I think is marvelous – kind of echoing All I Really Want to Do. On Highway, he isn’t poisoned by what happened afterwards. He’s at the height of his powers and it’s brash and bold.
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons / Oh What A Night
The song was written by Bob Gaudio, who was an original member of the band. I can’t really explain why i like it. And, hey, I shouldn’t have to. Any song that makes you dance like crazy and take off your clothes should not have to be explained. Maybe it’s the groove and the harmonies.
Husker Du / Pink Turns To Blue
The first favourite of my current 80s punk-rock-thing obsession. A horribly depressing song with apt lyrics about someone dying from a heroin overdose. I think it’s the protagonist’s mother. Lovely. Either way, I love how this song has such a beautiful melody, contrasting with the horribly-beautifully white noise-y guitar tone and hardcore drum beat.
The Replacements / I Will Dare
Second favourite. A suitably un-punky song from the band trying to do something more than thrashing guitars and instruments together and hoping for the best. Very sentimental and makes me feel fuzzy from time to time because it speaks to my middle class white heart. But it has such a great melody and delivery, and cool clangy guitar lines. And it has mandolin.
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