April 11, 2021 — Song #101

This week’s topic is going to be footwear! For my first footwear song, I picked “(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes.” This song appears in Elvis Costello’s first album, “My Aim is True” which was released in 1977. The song tells a story of making a deal with angels that are on Earth because their wings are rusted and they need shoes, Costello trades is red shoes for immortality. The girl he is with does not care and leaves with another guy: “Oh, I said, “I’m so happy I could die”/She said, “Drop…

April 10, 2021 — Song #100

Ginger Baker was Cream’s drummer at one point and is probably one of craziest characters of the 60s — and that’s saying something. I chose this song for the last one in the week devoted to countries because I was born in East Timor and this song is pretty intense, representing very well the perdictement of the country that went through the most horrible abuse imanigable at the hands of Indonesia (Imaginable and inemaginable to be honest, I have heard and read reports from there that I wish I would have never heard, I…

April 9, 2021 — Song #99

“Big in Japan” is a song by the German band Alphaville that was released in 1984 (they also wrote and performed another 80s hit, “Forever Young.”) The song is about a couple who is addicted to heroin and would like to get clean, however, they kid themselves by thinking that they are not all that bad, ergo, they are “big in Japan.” …

April 8, 2021 — Song #98

Joe Strummer called “This is England” the last great Clash song (I wrote about another Clash song, “Carrer Opportunities”.) This song came out in 1985 and it was a response to the Thatcher era in England, with unemployment, unrest, and many other issues. The song starts with the voice of a child saying: “Four for a pound your face flannels; Three for a pound your tea towels!” The first verses are: “I hear a gang fire on a human factory farm/ Are they howling out or doing somebody harm,” I interpret this as the…

April 7, 2021 — Song #97

Continuing with this week’s topic of countries, I picked a song from the Bob Dylan album “Desire” (I have posted about another song in this album, “Hurricane”). This song was released a month after Mozambique became independent from Portugal in June 1975. It could reasonably be expected the song to be a political song supporting independence, however, instead, it is a romantic song about vacationing in Mozambique, perhaps hinting that countries in Africa would just turn into a vacation spot for the wealthy (see my song yesterday by Iggy Pop, “Paraguay” on the same…

April 6, 2021 — Song #96

Continuing the topic of countries, today’s song is Iggy Pop’s “Paraguay.” This was part of the album “Post Pop Depression” 2016. This song is about someone who has had enough of modern society and is going to live in Paraguay — searching for a simpler life. I always found the American attitude towards South America rather strange. North Americans think south America is some sort of third-world paradise at their disposal. Maybe Iggy is somewhat critical of this as well in the rant that was improvised at the end of the song: “Live in…

April 5, 2021 — Song #95

Continuing the topic of countries, after the USA, I chose a song for Mexico. “Down in Mexico” was the first single of the band The Coasters. The band formed in 1855 when two members of The Robins moved from the West Coast to the East Coast, this is why they picked the name “The Coasters.” The song “Down in Mexico” was an R&B hit in 1956, written by the songwriting team Leiber and Stoller. The Coasters were the first group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Leon Hughes is…

April 4, 2021 — Song #94

Last week I used the topic “days of the week” to choose my songs. This week, and following my son’s suggestion, I am doing countries. I will start with the USA. I love The Beach Boys, and I love the song “Surfin’ USA.” I have always loved it. I used to sing it way back when. The Beach Boys are fascinating. Whenever I think of them, I think of one of my favorite films, “Two-Lane Blacktop” because it stars beach boy Dennis Wilson, the band’s drummer (and James Taylor, I should do a James…

April 3, 2021 — Song #93

I have to admit I never was a big Elton John fan until my son got into his music. I got to listen to him then and was really surprised. He is amazing. That was around the time when the film “Rocketman” came out, and what an awesome film that was! Furthermore, there was that new song made for the film, “I’m Gona Love me Again.” That song was awesome. Bernie and Elton still have it. They won an Oscar for that, and it was well deserved! We got to see Elton live in…

April 2, 2021 — Song #92

“Friday, I’m in Love” is a catchy song by The Cure — quite different from most of their other work. In an interview with Guitar World, Robert Smith said about writing it: “I remember driving home one Friday afternoon to have the weekend off. And I started to think of this really great chord sequence. I was about 20 minutes away from the studio. So I turned around, went back to the studio and everyone was still there.” So it was Friday, he had the idea for the chord sequence, went back to the…

Sara Bizarro

PhD in Philosophy, Professor, Artist, Movie Buff.

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