Song obsession friday! (for the week ending August 31)

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.

Adrian (me):
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Dirty Old Town (mp3) (buy)

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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.

Keith:
A Girl Called Eddy – Somebody Hurt You (mp3) (buy)

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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.

Dave:
Chris Thomas King – Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (mp3) (buy)

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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.



3 Responses to “Song obsession friday! (for the week ending August 31)”

  1. [...] Ted Leo covering a traditional Ewan McColl tune which was plus played by The Dubliners and The Pogues? that is gonna be the best St. Patrick’s Labor Day Weekend ever! (I Pick My Nose) [...]

  2. Andrew says:

    I really like A Girl Called Eddy – she’s overdue for another album…

  3. cam smith says:

    chris thomas king is amazing. that song is so eeray and cool. new blues.

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