November 28, 2008
Friday random ten: A little jazzy, but not too much

So I'd said before that I'd made an attempt to compile a Genius list based on something like "Zoot Suit Riot" and got nothing but jazz songs. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. Still, I thought I'd give it another chance with a swing number, this time "Jump, Jive & Wail" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. And the results were much more interesting. First, as listed:

1. "Jump, Jive & Wail" - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
2. "You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight" - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
3. "What You Need" - INXS
4. "Tush" - ZZ Top
5. "Burning Down the House" - Talking Heads
6. "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" - They Might Be Giants
7. "Late In the Evening" - Paul Simon
8. "Something To Talk About" - Bonnie Raitt
9. "I Wanna Be Like You" - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
10. "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

That's different from the previous attempt. Maybe having Brian Setzer be a part of if gets it tagged more as "classic rock" than anything jazz-related, with some obvious swing stuff thrown in to make it feel right. Moving on to the list as played:

1. "Jump, Jive & Wail" - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
2. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - The Police
3. "Ding Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line" - Cherry Poppin' Daddies
4. "Statesboro Blues" - Allman Brothers
5. "Rocky Mountain Way" - Joe Walsh
6. "The Longest Time" - Billy Joel
7. "She Drives Me Crazy" - Fine Young Cannibals
8. "Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo" - Rick Derringer
9. "Can't Help Falling In Love" - Elvis Presley
10. "Cat Scratch Fever" - Ted Nugent

Gotta admire the Cherry Poppin' Daddies/Allman Brothers pairing. That's genre crossing we can believe in. I take back a little bit more of what I've said about Genius' limitations.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 28, 2008 to Music
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