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Culture Notes: American music

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, October 06, 2007 12:28 AM (Eastern)

Easily my favorite kind of music...particularly, I think, when performed by non-Americans. I don't know why but it's one of my favorite blends.

Then again, the radio show I loved best was the late Alistair Cooke's "Letter From America"; I still miss it, after three years. Fareed Zakaria is now the best foreign-born commentator on our country, I think...or Stephen Colbert.*

Anyhow...with Youtube as a massive jukebox, I was looking for a few songs today; for example, The Clash's cover of "Pressure Drop." Nissan is using it now, which I don't mind--everyone has bills to pay--what's infuriating is they don't use the entire song. Just the opening guitar line, maybe one round of "ah ah ah, ah ah, oh oh, yeah." That's really annoying.

For whatever reason, I decided to search Lloyd Cole, and came across this charming video made from a VHS recording (complete with whatever else was on the tape before and after, and the first seconds of the video gone as someone ran to the VCR to hit the record button:

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Lost Weekend

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions produced some of the finest American music in the 1980's. They were a quiet band, despite the name "Commotions," but excellent.

This morning I woke up from a deep unquiet sleep
With ashtray clothes and miss lonelyheart's pen
With which I wrote for you a lovesong in tattoo
Upon my palm 'twas stolen from me when jesus took my hand
You see I, I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it
Drop me and I'll fall to pieces so easily...

About twenty years prior to this song, another English band doing American music:

The Animals - Don't bring medown

I still love The Animals...if it weren't for John Lennon, I'd prefer them to The Beatles.

Now for some ladies' music...the audio here isn't perfect, but how handily k.d. lang covers Patsy Cline's "Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray":

Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray - k.d. lang

I wanted to post Leila Forouhar's cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," but it doesn't seem to exist on the Net in its entirety (mumbles...), only in sample form. But I did find this catchy number. (I can admit I'm a bigger Googoosh fan, but these newer Forouhar songs are really quite good...Forouhar's voice is in good nick.)

Leila _ A Kiss

* lol--just kidding (fellow Southerner)

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1 comment(s)
October 10, 2007 9:48 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Love The Animals. It's just great pop-y classic rock.


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