Huh. Wrote this up ages ago and somehow never got around to clicking the Publish button. No longer actually reflects the last 15 songs played, but otherwise… Pretty much as randomly relevant now as it would have been then,
Random play 15 songs on your MP3 and say what they are. (Inflation, I guess, because last time I did this, it was only 5 songs.) Played them then, but only got around to listing them now.
1. The Golden Boy – Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé – Instrumentals
I have this Freddie Mercury box set. It’s a gorgeous thing, really, that includes a large book on glossy paper with great photos. But they also stretched out his original three (3) solo albums onto ten (10) CDs. (There are also two DVDs.) This particular one, called Instrumentals, is actually Karaoke versions of his songs. The music and the backing vocals are there; just not the lead.
Want to feel particularly inferior about your singing voice? Attempt Freddie Mercury Karaoke.
2. Imagination (Is a Powerful Deceiver) – Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True (Bonus Disc)
3. Darling Nikki – Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain
Ah, dear, dirty, darling Nikki, the song that inspired Tipper Gore to request parental warning labels on albums. At least it’s not particularly misogynistic. Nikki owns her own sexuality, and the singer seems to admire her for it. On the Purplish Rain tribute CD, it’s song by a woman, and it’s pretty awesome.
4. Never in a Million Years – The Boomtown Rats – V Deep
5. Eleanor Rigby/Julia [Transition] / I Am the Walrus / I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles – Love
Until the recent reissues, Love was almost the only remastered Beatles CD available, and I still love the sound of the whole album. (It’s the soundtrack for the Beatles Cirque du Soleil show.) Lots of interesting mash-ups of the songs, like this one.
6. Bell Boy – The Who – Thirty Years of Maximum R&D Disc 3
From the compilation, but it’s the same version as on Quadrophenia. Nice duet between Daltrey and Moon. But as with many things Who, even better live. I love the ceremonial hand-off of the lead mike they’d do in concert.
7. It’s a Boy – The Who – Tanglewood
A live snippet (40 seconds) from an American stop on their long Tommy tour. Tanglewood is a classical music hall, so having a rock band perform there was highly unusual. You can hear the whole the concert at Wolfgang’s Vault.
8. Mandela Day – Simple Minds – Glittering Prize: Simple Minds 81/92
Still remember this song being played the day Nelson Mandela was released from, and it seeming so odd that this full song was all ready for the occasion, which came as something of a surprise at the time. (When Simple Minds wrote the song, they were just imagining how great would be the day that Mandela was released from prison…)
9. Slow Love – Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times
10. Blue – Joni Mitchell – Blue
For some reason Joni has come up in conversation a few times this week. This is the only album of hers that I have.
11. Killer’s Eyes – The Kinks – Give the People What They Want (Remastered)
From my first-ever Kinks album, one I still really like. Inspired by John Hinkley, Jr., this tune is about a family’s confusion on finding our their son / brother is a murderer. (‘We’ve seen your picture in the paper. Your little sister pinned in on the wall. She thinks you’re some kind of movie…”) Cheery, huh?
12. Grand Illusion – Styx – Return to Paradise (Disc 2)
I think the hope of this exercise is that something really embarrassing will come up. I’m not completely mortified that I own a Styx CD (double CD at that), but I have to say, their music has not aged well. All the synths, the trite lyrics… Not stuff I’m too interested in listening to anymore.
13. Imagine – Jordis Unga – Rock Star: INXS
14. Dumb – Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York
Interesting sequence, as it’s largely through Rock Star: INXS that I got into Nirvana, actually…
15. Trouble In Mind – Janis Joplin – 18 Essential Songs
I’ve been adding some of Jean’s CDs to his iTunes, and bringing a few over to my iTunes as well. This would be one of those.