Friday, June 25, 2004


Ya know, I hate to sound like a snob...but I was floating around the internet and came across a column on called Soak up the Summer Sun with these Songs...Cute title...good alliteration...I'm kind of curious what this guy thinks will be the hot songs this I’s a summary of the list:

“Margaritaville,” Jimmy Buffett (1977)
“Surfin’ Safari” (1962), “Kokomo,” (1988) The Beach Boys
“Under the Boardwalk,” The Drifters (1964)
“Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morrison (1967)
“Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Sly and the Family Stone (1969)
“Summer In the City,” Lovin’ Spoonful (1966)
“Girl From Ipanema,” Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto (1964)
“Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran (1958)
“Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (1975)
“I Can See Clearly Now,” Johnny Nash (1972)
“Three Little Birds,” Bob Marley and the Wailers (1977)
“No Shirt No Shoes (No Problems),” Kenny Chesney (2002)
“California Sun,” The Dictators (1975)
“Quiet Village,” Martin Denny (1959)

Now, aside from the ultra hip Kenny Chesney song from 2002...I dunno...I dunno what even to say...Who needs a list like this? A cruise ship director would get fired for this playlist. I really wanna know...who is searching the web, looking for some summer jams, and comes across this list feeling helped out in any way...You'd have to be deaf not to have heard these songs to death already...get a clue.

He's even lame enough to even give a little blurb about every song...Like he’s actually enlightening his readers...shit like

"...Berns also produced the sublime “Brown-Eyed Girl,” wherein Morrison’s perpetual cloudy countenance was replaced with a sunny grin. You can literally hear Van the Man smile as he breezes through honeyed memories of a summer love gone by."

Eric! This isn't necessary...there is no more analysis to be done...the songs are all 30+ years old...and not very complicated to begin with...

This annoys me because that column could have just as easily been filled with 5000 words on some up and coming bands that really could use the press. Instead the middle aged twits who read this article will just continue to think that their generation was the greatest, and ignore the musical accomplishments of their children's generation. Too bad, cause there's a lot of good stuff out there.


At 9:20 PM, Blogger catfishvegas said...

Is there any possibility a list could be any more generic? Holy smokes.
Margaritaville is Buffet as his most "insightful?" Insight into what - boozing?
Kokomo? The Beach Boys at their worst musically (and artistically and ethically, producing drivel for the soundtrack to a shitty movie.
Seems like MSNBC need a music writer who does more than pay attention to top 40.

At 11:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The LA Times music critic Robert Hilburn apparently has how own list of summer road songs. (LA Times is subscription only, but I found it here:

1. "Born to Run," Bruce Springsteen; 2. "Highway 61 Revisited," Bob Dylan; 3. "Me and Bobby McGee," Janis Joplin; 4. "Thunder Road," Springsteen; 5. "Ol' 55," Tom Waits.
6. "Promised Land," Chuck Berry; 7. "On the Road Again," Willie Nelson; 8. "I've Been Everywhere," Johnny Cash; 9. "White Line Fever," Merle Haggard; 10. "Refuge of the Road," Joni Mitchell.
11. "In My Car," Beach Boys; 12. "Wheels," Flying Burrito Brothers; 13. "Route 66," Rolling Stones; 14. "Six Days on the Road," Dave Dudley; 15. "America," Simon & Garfunkel.
16. "Take It Easy," Eagles; 17. "Running on Empty," Jackson Browne; 18. "Sweet Hitch-Hiker," Creedence Clearwater Revival; 19. "Statesboro Blues," Allman Brothers Band; 20. "L.A. Freeway," Jerry Jeff Walker.
21. "Long May You Run," Neil Young; 22. "Willin'," Little Feat; 23. "Autobahn," Kraftwerk; 24. "Rocket 88," Jackie Brenson; 25. "Long White Cadillac," the Blasters.

At 3:09 AM, Blogger CGR said...

First of all, sometimes when the "Man" puts a list of song together it's just dead on, and in this case I think's that he/she/it is. Just because they don't put the fucking latest let's get a bunch of shit music that's come out of Williamsburg on the list doesn't mean it's not worth anything. Get a clue my friend, there's a world of consuming consumers who don't give a fuck about the Strokes. Up and coming bands? The only thing that MSNBC cares about that's up and coming is the dow jones industrial average.

What really pisses me off about what you wrote (btw. "I don't mean to be a snob" is a red flag the size of texas that you're about to be)is shitty. Not everyone can be as blessed as we are to have the aesthetic wherewithall to make our own decisions. That pissant MSNBC nonsense list probably made countless no personality stock brokers feel a whole lot cooler, and anytime people feel cooler about themselves they get one step closer to not voting for George Bush.




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