Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals:

I heard this song on a television show the other day. I hadn’t thought about it in a long time. I really liked it when it came out in 1989, a year in which I was otherwise mostly listening to Metallica and Iron Maiden, and I still like it thirty years later, in a year when I’m less puzzled by liking it than I probably was when I was twelve.

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Song of the Week: “The Walls Came Down” by The Call

by Douglas Cowie on 11 January 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “The Walls Came Down” by The Call:

There’s been a lot of bigly talk lately from some fascist about a wall and how it’ll magically solve all the hugely problems. A basic study of history will point your average wall enthusiast towards the conclusion that whatever they’re supposed to accomplish, walls don’t work. But it’s worth keeping in mind that some fascist doesn’t really care what a wall along the border between the United States of America and the Estados Unidos Mexicanos might or might not do; some fascist just wants to build it because he thinks demonizing the people on one side and trumping up a crisis that isn’t there and wouldn’t be fixed by concrete or steel anyway helps him consolidate his power on the other side. Some fascist and some other fascists that enable him are “just corporate criminals / playing with tanks,” and no wall is going to keep the people from Aztlán.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Better Things” by Tanya Donelly and Bill Janovitz:

“Better Things” is a song by the Kinks, and originally appeared on the 1981 album, Give the People What They Want. To be honest, I don’t particularly like the original version; it’s almost willfully scrappy, and the arrangement and production get in the way of the beautiful melody and hopeful, wonderful lyrics, at least to my ear. But there are a bazillion cover versions of it out there, and I recently came across this one, by two people who are excellent songwriters themselves. If you visit Bill Janovitz’s Bandcamp page you can buy the song in exchange for a donation to Foundation to Be Named Later.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “I Honestly Love You” by Olivia Newton-John:

One of my favorite albums of 2018 is Juliana Hatfield’s Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John. I featured Juliana Hatfield’s version of “Physical” on this site back in April. “I Honestly Love You” bookends that album. Here’s Olivia Newton-John singing it back in 1974, which seems as good a way as any to close out 2018.

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