Favorite Songs of 1979


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1979.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

I think this may be the most unlikely collection of songs I’ve brought together yet.  My eclecticism is showing, but all of these are special to me in some way.

Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus

Hammond Song – The Roches

Heart of Glass – Blondie

Logical Song – Supertramp

Lost in the Supermarket – The Clash

A Message to You, Rudy – The Specials

Oliver’s Army – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Redemption Song  – Bob Marley

Theme From New York, New York – Frank Sinatra

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

And my song of shame for 1979 is You Don’t Bring Me Flowers – Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand 

(I went through a Neil Diamond phase as a child.  I was a strange youth.)

Favorite Songs of 1978


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1978.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

Bongo Man – Jimmy Cliff

Ever Fallen in Love – The Buzzcocks

(I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones

Mirage – Siouxsie & The Banshees

Take Me I’m Yours –  Squeeze

Take Me To The River – Talking Heads

Rock Lobster – The B-52’s

The Robots –  Kraftwerk

And my song of shame for 1978 is Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

What are your favorite songs from 1978?  Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Songs Of 1977


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1977.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

I’m now getting to the point where I’m having to make tough choices about what makes the top ten instead of trying to find songs to pad out the list.  1977-82 is a period of great music making, in my opinion.

Action Time Vision – ATV

Another Girl, Another Planet – The Only Ones

Chinese Rocks – Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers

Don’t Worry About The Government – Talking Heads

(Get A) Grip (On Yourself) – Stranglers

Lust For Life – Iggy Pop

One Love/People Get Ready – Bob Marley

Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – The Ramones

Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel

Turn the World Around – Harry Belafonte

And my song of shame for 1977 is Jet Airliner by Steve Miller Band

What are your favorite songs from 1977?  Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Songs Of 1976


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1976.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Beat On The Brat – The Ramones

Final Solution – Pere Ubu

Give Up The Funk – Parliament

Legalize It – Peter Tosh

Neat Neat Neat – The Damned

Peace Prayer – St. Louis Jesuits

Roadrunner (Twice) – Modern Lovers

Shake Some Action – Flaming Groovies

Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

X Offender – Blondie

And the song of shame for 1976 is More Than a Feeling – Boston

What are your favorite songs from 1976?  Let me know in the comments!

Song of the Week: “Ethiópían” by Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band


In my pseudo-hipster way, I tend to post songs by Icelandic bands and by bands with an afrobeat sound, so why not do both?  Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band is from Iceland and they do play an African jazz/funk fusion style as you can hear on this track “Ethiópían”

 

What are you listening to this week?  Post it in the comments and perhaps it will be my Song of the Week next week.

Favorite Songs Of 1975


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1975.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

1975 was another challenging year, but don’t worry folks, punk is coming!

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

I’m Not In Love – 10 cc

Kashmir – Led Zeppelin

New York State of Mind – Billy Joel

Omaggio a Jerry Lee Lewis – Richard Trythall

Roadrunner (Once) – Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

Shining Star – Earth, Wind & Fire

Susan’s Song – Al Jarreau

Young Americans – David Bowie

You Sexy Thing – Hot Chocolate

And the song of shame for 1975 is Take It To The Limit – The Eagles

What are your favorite songs from 1975?  Let me know in the comments!

Beer Review: Slumbrew Imperial Cream Ale


Beer:  Imperial Cream Ale
Brewer: Slumbrew Brewing Company
Source:  Draft
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments: The beer is a hazy, copper-amber color with a thin head.  The nose was a faint sweet smell.  There wasn’t much expectation at this point, but the taste was a  pleasant surprise.  True to its name it has a creamy flavor with vanilla, but not overly sweet and it goes down smoothly.  The high-alcohol content also left me with a pleasant buzz.

Beer Review: Jack’s Abby Lashes


Beer: Jack’s Abby Lashes
Brewer: Jack’s Abby Brewing
Source:  Draft
Rating: *** (7.8 of 10)
Comments: This Munich-style lager has an attractive amber color with a pleasant balance of hops and malts.  The taste is malty and piney and not too bitter.  It has a nice head that leaves behind gentle  lacing.  On top of all this, I got a free glass from the James Gate pub.

Favorite Songs Of 1974


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1974.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

1974 is an extremely challenging year.  I have hardly any songs from this year and I’m not really crazy about many of them.  Apparently, I’m not alone.

Autobahn – Kraftwerk

Boogie on Reggae Woman – Stevie Wonder

Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe – Barry White

Cat’s In the Cradle – Harry Chapin

(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night – Tom Waits

No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley and the Wailers

Nothing from Nothing – Billy Preston

The Payback – James Brown

Syl-O-Gism – Mary Lou Williams

Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) – Aretha Franklin

And the song of shame for 1974 is “Band on the Run” by Wings

What are your favorite songs from 1974?  Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Songs Of 1973


In celebration of forty years on this planet, I’m going to post my favorite songs from every year since I was born until now. There will be one list per day every day for next 40 days.  And yes, if you’re a long-time reader, I did try this project before but dropped the ball about halfway through.

The basic gist is that I will make a list in alphabetical order of 10 songs that I love from a particular year.  An artist or band may appear only once per year.  Since this is a retrospective exercise and I’ve learned about many songs and artists long after their work was release, I’m also going to list one song that charted that year that I loved at that time that it shames me to admit (although in some cases I may still listen to it as a guilty pleasure).

And so, for my first list, my favorite songs of 1973:

Baby We Got a Date (Rock It Baby) – Bob Marley & The Wailers

Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – The Spinners

Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – Al Green

I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You – Tom Waits

Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye

Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Over The Hills And Far Away – Led Zeppelin

Prisencolinensinainciusol – Adriano Celentano

Superstition – Stevie Wonder

Two Steps from the Blues – Bobby “Blue” Bland

And the song of shame for 1973 is Piano Man – Billy Joel

What are your favorite songs from 1973?  Let me know in the comments!