Song obsessions are those songs that we listen to on repeat. I noticed that my obsessions are often a week long. I also thought that other people might have similar obsessions. I’ve collected a panel of a few like-minded individuals and gotten their “song obsessions of the week.” Quite often it’s easy to explain why the song is good; it’s much hard to explain why we’re obsessed. Maybe you’ll become obsessed with one of these.
I was listening to Thread Productions’ Dragon Slayers, vol. 2 comp and came across “Stars for Anyone”, a song by Boneless Children Foundation. To me the beginning, the rough solo guitar sounded so much like Ted Leo’s version of “Dirty Old Town” that ever time I heard it I’d have to go and listen to that song. Then I was just listening to “Dirty Old Town” on repeat. Originally by Ewan MacColl, it was made famous by the Pogues. Ted’s version shows what he’s best at: mixing that melody and voice with the rough punk spirit.
When the A Girl Called Eddy album originally came out I quickly dismissed it based on the attention it received from a faux-professional college station here in Boston. A year later I noticed the name under the producer credit:Richard Hawley. Further consideration revealed a winner of an LP imbued with Hawley’s sonic fingerprint cadged from the languid restrained orchestration of late-60’s Scott Walker. This cut keeps Erin’s simmering faux-jazz voice relatively in check as she tries to coax a piece of damaged goods into another potentially dangerous situation.
One thing that has always amazed me about great blues artists is their ability to put what seems like a century’s worth of sorrow and feeling into their voices, and King is no exception (even though he is more contemporary). The simple but ingeniously conceived guitar part perfectly compliments the vocals. Although short, this song draws me into it’s core, making me press play again and again.