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Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 19

I knew this Songs By Women thing would take me past the election, but it’s beginning to feel to me like it has some meaning, you know?

1. Un Dia – Juana Molina
2. It’s A Heartache – Juice Newton
3. Consolation Prize – Julie Doiron
4. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Julie Murphy
5. Pull Me Out Alive – Kaki King
6. Differently – Kat Parsons
7. Village Green Preservation Society – Kate Rusby
8. Best Song Ever – Katie Armiger
9. Jumping Trains – Katie Herzig
10. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves

I’m not sure I’ve ever heard the Kinks’ original version of “Village Green Preservation Society”, but Kate Rusby’s version is so good I’m not sure I need to. I loved “Walking On Sunshine” back in the day, and still really like it. I have no idea why Katrina and the Waves never had a second hit.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 18

I too am working on my masterpiece. I don’t think it will be a random ten list, but you never know.

1. Here With Me – Jennifer O’Connor
2. Keeping Time – Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents
3. Masterpiece – Jessie J
4. I Have Come To Take My Boy Home – Jiggernaut (Deanna Smith Scotland)
5. Find The Way – Jill Phillips
6. So In Love – Jill Scott
7. Star Of Wonder – JJ Heller
8. Bad Reputation – Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
9. Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell
10. I’m Still Looking For A Home – Joy Askew

“Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents” is my new favorite band name. If your own name is an amenable base for the label of your backup band, why wouldn’t you take advantage of that?

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 17

I’m so fancy. You can see it on my list.

1. Diga Diga Do – Hot Club of Cowtown (Elana James)
2. (Keep Feeling) Fascination – The Human League (Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley)
3. The Body Electric – Hurray For The Riff Raff (Alynda Segarra)
4. Fancy – Iggy Azalea
5. Get Together – Indigo Girls
6. Warpath – Ingrid Michaelson
7. Time Is On My Side – Irma Thomas
8. When I Think Of You – Janet Jackson
9. Whistlin’ In The Dark – Janiva Magness
10. Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight

I love Irma Thomas’ version of “Time Is On My Side”. I’ve been listening to a new Slate+ podcast called “Rock, Race, and the 60’s”, which is by Jack Hamilton and is based in part on his new book, Just around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination, which explores how rock became predominantly white music during that decade. One of the things that gets discussed is just how many rock songs were still being covered by black artists in the late sixties, as rock groups like the Rolling Stones co-opted blues and R&B for their sound. It’s a fascinating deep dive into some music I know well, or thought I did. Anyway, go listed to Irma Thomas’ version of this song, which the Stones later covered. A more recent live version is here. Happy Friday.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 16

I’m not embarrassed.

1. Time (The Revelator) – Gillian Welch
2. I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
3. Wild At Heart – Gloriana (Cheyenne Kimball)
4. Automatic Rainy Day – The Go-Gos
5. The Cruel Sister – Gordian Knot (Cidnie Carroll, Amy Price)
6. The Climb – Hannah Montana
7. Caoineadh Na Dtri Muire – Hector Zazou and Katie McMahon
8. So Yesterday – Hilary Duff
9. The Highway – Holly Williams
10. Getting Good At Waiting – The Honeycutters (Amanda Anne Platt)

Yes, I have both Hannah Montana and Hilary Duff in my iTunes library. It’s called “having daughters”. Speaking of such things, Holly Williams is Hank’s granddaughter. That’s all I got.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 15

And on we go…

1. Criminal – Fiona Apple
2. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie)
3. Kiss With A Fist – Florence And The Machine (Florence Welch)
4. Prisoners Of Their Hairdos – Four Bitchin’ Babes (Patty Larkin, Christine Lavin, Megon McDonough, Sally Fingerett0
5. Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You – Connie Francis
6. Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
7. Bizarre Love Triangle – Frente! (Angie Hart)
8. Enemy Within – Frida Hyvonen
9. Sweeter In History – Gabriella Cimli
10. Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go) – Garbage (Shirley Manson)

No, I don’t know why Connie Francis sorted as an F and not a C. Maybe iTunes is trying to tell me something. This set has a real 90s feel to it. I sometimes wonder what kind of playlists a radio station that markets itself as a “music of your youth” for younger-than-me Gen Xers will be like. I’ll still be listening to the 80s music stations, so I guess I’ll never know.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 14

Girl groups of old and of new this week.

1. Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby – Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch
2. Pony (It’s OK) – Erin McCarley
3. I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James
4. I Love You Like A Ball And Chain – The Eurythmics (Annie Lennox)
5. Shame – Evelyn “Champagne” King
6. Do Wah Diddy – The Exciters (Brenda Reid, Carolyn (Carol) Johnson, Lillian Walker)
7. Johnny Angel – Shelley Fabares
8. Joy To The World – Faith Hill
9. Mushaboom – Feist
10. Miss Movin’ On – Fifth Harmony (Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Camila Cabello, and Lauren Jauregui)

Don’t ask me why Shelley Fabares sorted with the letter F and not the letter S. iTunes is just like that sometimes. If you’re like me, you’re probably more familiar with the Manfred Mann version of “Do Wah Diddy”, but The Exciters did it first, from the female perspective. Fifth Harmony, which got its start on “The X Factor”, is one of those groups that I’d never have heard of if it weren’t for my daughters. I’m glad I have heard of them, because I like their stuff. A good girl group is a joy to behold, or be-listen to.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 13

Turns out there are a lot of girl names that begin with the letter E.

1. Oklahoma Home – Elana James
2. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Eliza Lumley
3. Freight Train – Elizabeth Cotton
4. A Little Luck – Elizabeth Daily
5. Sleigh Ride – Ella Fitzgerald
6. Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King
7. Moments In The Woods – Emily Blunt (from “Into the Woods”)
8. Must Have Been A Mighty Day – Emily Hurd
9. Atta Blues – Emily Wolfe
10. Gold – Emmylou Harris

A good blogger would have something clever to say about at least one of these songs and/or singers. Today I am not that blogger. Have a nice weekend, y’all.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 12

Feels appropriate to have a Donna Summer song in this first post-Labor Day post. Summer may be psychologically over, but Donna Summer is forever.

1. Mad About The Boy – Dinah Washington
2. I Touch Myself – Divinyls (Chrissy Amphlett)
3. Travelin’ Soldier – Dixie Chicks
4. Take You Home – Dominique Star
5. Hot Stuff – Donna Summer
6. Fall Behind Me – The Donnas
7. Better In Stereo – Dove Cameron
8. Kringles – Dressy Bessy (Tammy Ealom)
9. Just A Little Lovin’ – Dusty Springfield
10. Continents Of Time – Eddie From Ohio (Julie Murphy Wells)

“Better in Stereo” is the theme song to the Disney Channel show (Liv and Maddie)that stars Dove Cameron in a dual role as a set of twins. The actor who plays her boyfriend in the show, Ryan McCartan, plays the boyfriend of one of the twins on the show and is also cast as Brad in the forthcoming live-TV rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Laverne Cox as Dr. Frank N. Furter. I actually think Dove Cameron would make for a fine Little Nell in that production, but no one asked me. Or maybe it could be that she’s already playing Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray Live! and couldn’t be in two places at once. You decide.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 11

Some lesser known names this week, plus a song with “Thou” in the title

1. Be Thou My Vision – David Arkenstone & Kathleen Fisher
2. Sleep – Debi Smith
3. Faded Red Car – Deborah Holland
4. Mashed Potato Time – Dee Dee Sharp
5. It’s Christmas Time (and I’m still alive) – Deep Sea Diver (Jessica Dobson)
6. Comin’ Home – Delaney & Bonnie (Bonnie Bramlett)
7. Confident – Demi Lovato
8. How It Ends – DeVotchKa (Jeanie Schroder)
9. Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners (Helen O’Hara)
10. Someday We’ll Be Together – Diana Ross & The Supremes

I can’t say the name “Diana Ross” without hearing it in the nasally Jersey Shore-esque accent of my sister’s school friends. Fortunately, that’s an endless source of amusement for me, because I’m that easily amused. “Confident” by Demi Lovato is one of those songs my girls made me get that I find I rather like. I figure that buys me a modicum of deceleration on the road to total fogeydom.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 10

Several iconic acts, plus some great covers.

1. I Can’t Stand The Rain – The Commitments (Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle, Bronagh Gallagher)
2. Everybody Knows – Concrete Blonde (Johnette Napolitano)
3. Like A Star – Corinne Bailey Rae
4. Too Late To Turn Back Now – Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (Rose Cornelius)
5. Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett
6. To Lay Me Down – Cowboy Junkies (Margo Timmins)
7. Analyse – Cranberries (Dolores O’Riordan)
8. Push Down & Twist – Crushed Out (Moselle Spiller)
9. She Bop – Cyndi Lauper
10. When I Was A Boy – Dar Williams

The ladies in The Commitments functioned mostly as backup singers, but they got their chance to shine as well. Concrete Blonde is covering Leonard Cohen, while the Cowboy Junkies are doing the Grateful Dead. Did you figure out for yourself that “She Bop” was about masturbation, or did you (like me) only learn it while reading a story about how smutty modern (i.e., circa 1985) songs were? Thank you, Parents Music Resource Council!

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 9

Musicals! Silly folk songs!

1. Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
2. Potato – Cheryl Wheeler
3. The Foggy Dew – The Chieftains & Sinéad O’Connor
4. Something Real – China Anne McClain & Kelli Berglund
5. Any Moment – Chris Pine & Emily Blunt (from “Into The Woods”)
6. Darling Nikki – Christina Marrs
7. Does Your Mother Know – Christine Baranski & Philip Michael (from “Mamma Mia!”)
8. Bald Headed Men – Christine Lavin
9. Downtown – Petula Clark
10. The Little Things – Colbie Caillat

We have a lot of soundtrack music, since the girls like to get songs from movies that they watch. A lot of those songs are sung by women, because of the movies they like to see. The silly folk songs, one by Christine Lavin and one on an album (double album, actually) produced by Christine Lavin, is more my thing.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 8

Folk songs and disco. What more could you want?

1. Doctor’s Orders – Carol Douglas
2. I Feel The Earth Move – Carole King
3. Snowden’s Jig – Carolina Chocolate Drops (Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla)
4. Momma Don’t Like My Friends – Carolyn Wonderland and the Imperial Monkeys
5. Blown Away – Carrie Underwood
6. Crazy Man Michael – Ceili’s Muse (Maggie Drennon, Mary Maddux)
7. I Feel For You – Chaka Khan
8. ¿(Mamacita) Donde Esta Santa Claus? – Charo
9. Strange – Chelsey Scott
10. Blowin’ In The Wind (A Female Perspective) – The Chenille Sisters

Leave it to Charo to produce the best disco Christmas song ever. Do you think Carole King ever wonders if she would have been as successful if she’d started out as a singer instead of a songwriter? She did pretty well for herself as it was, I’m just curious.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 7

We’ve made it to the letter C.

1. Fresh Pair Of Eyes – Brooke Waggoner
2. California Christmas – Brooke White
3. Flat On My Back – The Buddhacrush (Amy Price)
4. Ellis County – Buddy and Julie Miller
5. Let It Be Me – Jerry Butler and Betty Everett
6. Waitin’ – Caitlin Rose
7. Little Girls – Cameron Diaz (from “Annie”)
8. E.V.I.L. B.O.Y.S. – Candace (a/k/a Ashley Tisdale)
9. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
10. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

Candace is of course from Phineas and Ferb, and that was one of the best songs they did. “Carly Simon Syndrome”, which perhaps ought to be called “Warren Beatty Syndrome” since that who that song is supposedly about, was in the news recently. I’m sure you can guess who that was about.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 6

Lots of well-known names this week.

1. Talking Old Soldiers – Bettye Lavette
2. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyoncé
3. Billie’s Blues – Billie Holiday
4. X Offender – Blondie
5. Fool’s Game – Bonnie Raitt
6. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow (Annabella Lwin)
7. In Our Talons – Bowerbirds (Beth Tacular)
8. Mainstream Kid – Brandi Carlile
9. Ready Or Not – Bridget Mendler
10. Gold – Britt Nicole

For some reason that I can’t explain, I had been laboring under the delusion that Grace Jones was the lead singer for Bow Wow Wow. I blame the lack of the Internet in the 1980s for my false belief. Also, “Beth Tacular” is an awesome name. That’s about all I’ve got.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 5

Wow, we’re still in the B’s.

1. Mad About You – Belinda Carlisle
2. Call It Whatever – Bella Thorne
3. I Could Be Persuaded – Bering Strait (Natasha Borzilova and Lydia Salnikova)
4. Take My Breath Away – Berlin (Terri Nunn)
5. Go Now – Bessie Banks
6. Up The Junction – Beth Madden
7. Dawn Chorus – Beth Orton
8. Stuff Like That There – Bette Midler
9. Slap Bang – BETTY (Elizabeth Ziff, Alyson Palmer, Amy Ziff)
10. I’m Wishing – Betty Carter

Usually I can tell you where a given song came from, but every now and then I stump myself. I have no idea where that Bessie Banks song, which iTunes tells me I acquired in 2011, came from. Bering Strait was a country music group from Russia that briefly made a splash. Beth Madden was from a Coverville collection, Beth Orton from an Amazon sampler, BETTY from a two-disk “funny folk songs” live CD, and Betty Carter was on the “Stay Awake” Disney cover album. Speaking of Disney, I have numerous songs from artists in their stable thanks to the girls, and I will admit that Bella Thorne’s “Call It Whatever” is one of the catchier tunes they produced, one that I’d listen to voluntarily. The other three artists I figure you’ve heard of.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 4

Girl groups!

1. White Rabbit – Austin Lounge Lizards & Karen Abrahams
2. Complicated – Avril Lavigne
3. June Bug – The B-52’s (Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson)
4. Venus – Bananarama (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward)
5. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson, Michael Steele)
6. Party In The USA – Barden Bellas (from “Pitch Perfect”)
7. Use Somebody – Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan)
8. Human Thing – The Be Good Tanyas (Frazey Ford, Trish Klein, Sam Parton)
9. Can’t Stop Dancin’ – Becky G
10. Banjo Banjo – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

The B-52’s, Bananarama, and the Bangles? It’s getting all 80s up in here. The Be Good Tanyas were another Noisetrade find, while Olivia’s obsession with “Pitch Perfect” introduced me to the Bellas. She gets credit for Avril Lavigne and Becky G, too. The Lizards’ collaboration with Karen Abrahams, recorded live at a festival, was a one-off I came across on iTunes. I wish they had more, this one was excellent.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 3

More ladies, y’all.

1. Trembles, Part II – Alex Napping (Alex Cohen)
2. Breathe (2 AM) – Anna Nalick
3. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Annie Lennox
4. Fly Me Away – Annie Little
5. Closer – Annie Williams
6. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin
7. Problem – Ariana Grande
8. Burning Down The House – Arrica Rose
9. Cakewalk – Asylum Street Spankers (Christina Marrs)
10. Sit Here And Cry – Aubrie Sellers

We’ve seen a few of these artists in the Saturday video breaks as well, with Aubrie Sellers making an appearance last week. Also, there’s a line in Anna Nalick’s song “Breathe” that goes “Life’s like an hourglass/glued to a table” that I always want to sing as “Life’s like an hourglass/Bluetooth enabled”. Once you have that in your head, you are not getting it back out. And now I want a Bluetooth-enabled hourglass.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 2

Gonna take awhile to get through all these.

1. Doubt – Amanda Mair
2. Polly – Amanda Palmer
3. Thank You For The Music – Amanda Seyfried (from “Mamma Mia!”)
4. Winter Wonderland – Amy Grant
5. The Leader – Amy Rigby
6. Love Is A Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
7. Hold Tight Hold Tight – The Andrews Sisters
8. Salala – Angélique Kidjo with Peter Gabriel
9. Fire Door – Ani DiFranco
10. Cups – Anna Kendrick (from “Pitch Perfect”)

I bought Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black a few years ago on Record Store Day. The Amy Grant song is from a Christmas CD of Tiffany’s. Everything else on this list was downloaded, from iTunes and Noisetrade and other sources. I don’t have a point to make, I just thought that was interesting.

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 1

Hey, did you know there’s a woman running for President? It’s true! First time ever for a major political party in this country. In honor of that historic achievement, I’m going to spend a few weeks highlighting songs from my collection performed by women.

1. Waterloo – ABBA ( Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog)
2. Whenever You’re Near Me – Ace of Base (Malin “Linn” Berggren and Jenny Berggren)
3. Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
4. Save Me – Aimee Mann
5. Head Over Feet – Alanis Morrisette
6. Dry Grass & Shadows – Alela Diane
7. Titanium – Ali Brutofski
8. Baby, Now That I’ve Found You – Alison Krauss
9. The Coventry Carol – Alison Moyet
10. Games – Alison Wonderland

I suspect a fair number of the tunes and artists that get mentioned will be ones that my girls have asked me to get for them. The Adele and Ali Brutofski songs fall into that bucket. Others will come from the various collections and mixtapes that I’ve gotten from sources like Noisetrade, of which the Alison Wonderland number is an example. I buy those in part because they greatly increase my exposure to artists I’d never heard of before. This is going to be an interesting challenge because I have a lot of stuff like that, and some of it is going to require me to do some checking to see if it qualifies. Just in doing this post I’ve discovered that I missed one. Her group will be added to a future post. If you see someone showing up out of alphabetical order down the line, that’s probably the reason for it.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 15

We come to the end of another theme.

1. Weekend In Cincinnati – The Bobs
2. Welcome To New York – Taylor Swift
3. Werewolfs Of London – Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon
4. The Wexford Carol – The Chieftains
5. The Wharton UFO – Flying Fish Sailors
6. When In Rome – Billy Joel
7. Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
8. You & Me In A Rowboat To Rio – Eddie From Ohio
9. Youngstown – Bruce Springsteen
10. 4th Of July, Asbury Park – Bruce Springsteen

One more New York song for the road. I don’t usually do two songs by the same artist on one of these lists, but when you’re at the end these things happen. I don’t know what my next theme is yet, but I’ll figure something out.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 14

In case you were wondering where that other Staten Island song was:

1. Staten Island Baby – Black 47
2. TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) – MFSB Fet. The Three Degrees
3. Tupelo Honey – Gordian Knot
4. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group) – Joe Henderson
5. Vienna – Billy Joel
6. Walkin’ In Jerusalem – Eddie From Ohio
7. Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn
8. Waterloo – Cladestine
9. Waterloo – ABBA
10. Weekend In Austin – Ezra Charles and The Works

Feels like we’ve been around the world a few times, doesn’t it? One last leg of our trip to go, next week. Have an excellent Friday.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 13

More love for my hometown.

1. Southside Chicago Waltz – Black 47
2. St. Anne’s Reel/Staten Island Hornpipe – Flying Fish Sailors
3. St. Louis Blues March – Glenn Miller
4. Streets Of Bakersfield – Beau Jennings
5. Streets Of Laredo – Johnny Cash
6. Summer, Highland Falls – Billy Joel
7. Sweet Old Chicago – Roosevelt Sykes
8. Texarkana Baby – Elana James
9. The Tijuana Jail – Kingston Trio
10. Trees Of Brisbane – Charles Jenkins

Who knew there were at least two songs out there with “Staten Island” in the title? I can’t say it ever inspired me to write a song, about it or anything else, but clearly it had that effect on two someones. That’s actually something to be proud about.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 12

A very California-centric episode today.

1. San Francisco Bay Blues – Eric Clapton
2. San Jacinto – Peter Gabriel
3. San Lorenzo – Pat Metheny Group
4. Santa Ana – Bruce Springsteen
5. Santa Ana Woman – The Bobs
6. Santo Domingo – Rodrigo y Gabriela
7. Say Goodbye To Hollywood – Billy Joel
8. Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac
9. Snow In Austin – Ellis Paul
10. Sommerset – Zoot Sims

Here come those Santa Ana-related song lyrics again. After a couple of weeks where songs with city names were few and far between, it’s nice to see that the letter S didn’t let me down. Have a happy holiday weekend, y’all.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 11

Still more New York! And other places, too.

1. Pflugerville – Austin Lounge Lizards
2. Philadelphia Freedom – Hall and Oates
3. Phoenix Get Cured – Stereogum vs team9
4. Phone Call From Leavenworth – Chris Whitley
5. Riga In The Fall – Gavin Guss
6. Road Movie To Berlin – They Might Be Giants
7. Road To New York – Jim Malcolm
8. The Rocky Road To Dublin – The Chieftains and The Rolling Stones
9. Roswell – Flying Fish Sailors
10. Rumble In Brighton – Stray Cats

One of my college classmates was a Pfluger from Pflugerville. I’ve often wondered what she and her family thought of that song; surely someone pointed it out to them. I was occasionally tempted a Lizards shows when they played that song to mention that fact to Hank or Conrad during a break, like when I was buying a CD or something, but it always felt too weird, even for them. Oh, well.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 10

New York, New York, so nice they said it twice…

1. New York State Of Mind – Billy Joel
2. New York State Of Mind – Rowlf the Dog
3. New York, New York – Big Daddy
4. The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
5. Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner
6. Odessa/La Filamena – The Mollys
7. Oh Atlanta – Little Feat
8. Old Woman From Wexford – Flying Fish Sailors
9. Olympia – Jon Anderson
10. Opelousas (Sweet Relief) – Maria McKee

In retrospect, I’m not sure why I listed all these “New York State Of Mind” versions separately, instead of once with each artist as I usually do. I can tell you that it ultimately helped me finish out this series with exactly the right number of entries, so I’m not about to go back and make a correction. New York would still have the most songs to its name regardless. Chicago’s trying to get in the game as well, but it will be too little too late in the end.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 9

In which New York gets its revenge…

1. Miami 2017 (Seen The Light Go Out On Broadway) – Billy Joel
2. Mission To Moscow – Hot Club of Cowtown
3. Mobile – Marcia Ball
4. Mobile Bay – Flying Fish Sailors
5. My Home Town / Kalabakan – Battlefield Band
6. My Love Is In New York – Black 47
7. Mykonos – Fleet Foxes
8. New York City Serenade – Bruce Springsteen
9. New York Minute – Don Henley
10. New York State Of Mind – Mel Torme

Hey, remember when Memphis had more songs with its name in the title in these lists than New York did? So much for that. You could argue that “New York State Of Mind” is about the state and not the city, but pretty much everything Billy Joel name-checks in the song – from newspapers like the Daily News and NY Times to neighborhoods like Chinatown and Riverside – are all in the city. There will be more New York next week as well.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 8

More Memphis!

1. Leningrad – Billy Joel
2. Lisdoonvarna – Ceili’s Muse
3. Liverpool Sunset – Gerald Jay Markoe
4. Lodi – Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. London Homesick Blues – Flying Fish Sailors
6. (Making The Run To) Gladewater – Michelle Shocked
7. Marching Bands Of Manhattan – Death Cab for Cutie
8. Memphis Exorcism – Squirrel Nut Zippers
9. Memphis in The Meantime – John Hiatt
10. Miami – Shorty Long

Manhattan isn’t technically a city, unless Death Cab for Cutie was writing about Kansas, but it is a county (New York County, technically) and I did allow for counties before, so we’re good. Memphis currently has a 5-2 lead on New York, though I have two versions of “Fairy Tale of New”, so you could look at it as 5-3. It’s still a lead, though having looked ahead a couple of weeks, I can tell you (spoiler alert) it’s a lead that won’t last. Enjoy it while you can, Memphis.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 7

Spanning the globe, week after week…

1. (Is Anybody Going to) San Antone – Doug Sahm And Band
2. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might be Giants/Lager Rhythms
3. I’ve Been To Memphis – Lyle Lovett
4. I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo – Glenn Miller
5. Jerusalem – Eddie From Ohio
6. Jimmy’s Gone To Flanders – Jim Malcolm
7. Jock in London/I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed – The Mollys
8. Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey! – The Beatles
9. The Last Day of Pompeii – Trout Fishing In America
10. The Leaving Of Liverpool – Flying Fish Sailors

Memphis has made a stronger showing in these lists than I’d have anticipated. I really should go back and do a full tally at the end to see if my prediction about New York holds true or not.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 6

Some old familiar places this week.

1. Halfway To Memphis – Sammy Hagar
2. Halley Came To Jackson – Mary-Chapin Carpenter
3. A Heart In New York – Art Garfunkel
4. Hello Hopeville – Michelle Shocked
5. Hey Marseilles – Heart Beats
6. Hideaway Tokyo – Pretty & Nice
7. HOOPS Yes! (FC Dallas) – Polyphonic Spree
8. I’ll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu) – Constantine (from “Muppets Most Wanted”)
9. In London So Fair – Susan McKeown
10. Independence, Indiana – Eddie From Ohio

If Sammy Hagar teamed up with Mott the Hoople, we could get all the way to Memphis and then halfway back. I’m not sure that’s an improvement, now that I think of it. I’m not sure that Hopeville is an actual place and not a metaphor, but thankfully we don’t worry about that sort of thing here.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 5

A bit of international flair this week.

1. Flowers of Edinburgh – Jim Malcolm
2. From Dacca – Eddie From Ohio
3. Funky Nassau, Part 1 – The End Of The Beginning
4. Gallipoli – SixMileBridge
5. Galveston Bay – Bruce Springsteen
6. Galway Farmer – Ceili’s Muse/Maggie Drennon
7. The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
8. Girl From Ipanema Goes To Greenland – The B-52’s
9. Goodnight, Houston – Leah White
10. Goodnight, Saigon – Billy Joel

When I was a kid, I remember coming across a “Peanuts” comic from a collection in which Linus tells Charlie Brown that he was the only kid in his class to get an A on their geography test because he was the only one who knew where Ipanema was. Took me years to get the joke. Just don’t answer with Greenland if anyone asks you that question.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 4

Hello, Detroit!

1. Debbie Does Montreal – team9 vs. Stereogum
2. Detroit – Black Gold
3. Detroit City – Alice Cooper
4. Detroit Rock City – Kiss
5. (Don’t Go Back To) Rockville – R.E.M.
6. Don’t You Hear Jerusalem Moan – Asylum Street Spankers
7. Dunmore Lassies – Chieftains and Ry Cooder
8. East St. Louis Toodle-oo – Duke Ellington and Bub Miley
9. Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl/The Priestess and The Fool
10. Fasting In San Francisco – Y La Bamba

Detroit makes a strong showing, while New York makes its first appearance. Just you wait, you’ll see. “Debbie Does Montreal” is a mashup, in case you were wondering.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 3

I love geographical lists.

1. Back To Chico – Clandestine
2. The Barn Yards Of Calgary – SixMileBridge
3. Buffalo Gals – Bruce Springsteen
4. Chattanooga Choo Choo – Glenn Miller
5. Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy – Georgetown Chimes
6. Chicago Falcon – The Budos Band
7. Christmas In Hollis – Run-DMC
8. Cold Chicago – Humming House
9. Dallas, Texas – Austin Lounge Lizards
10. Dear Old Stockholm – Stan Getz

Add Chattanooga and Chicago to the list of cities with more than one mention. New York will have its work cut out for it, but I feel confident it will come through.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 2

More city songs! We’re going to be at this for awhile, actually.

1. Asheville/Crashville – Austin Lounge Lizards
2. Babylon – Clandestine/David Gray/Don McLean
3. Back To Tyrone – SixMileBridge
4. Baltimore – Eddie From Ohio/Milkshake
5. Bangkok/One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head (from “Chess”)
6. Battle Of Waterloo – Jim Malcolm
7. Beaumont Boys – Ezra Charles
8. Beaumont Rag – Elena James
9. Big Noise From Winnetka – The MOB/Asylum Street Spankers
10. Birmingham – Shovels & Rope

No reason not to include ancient cities, right? Beaumont now moves into the lead of Most Song Titled City, at least for my collection. I doubt it will hold that lead, but it’s better to have it and lose it than never have it at all, am I right?

Friday random ten: In the city, part 1

I’ve done Random Ten lists based on songs with state names, but I haven’t done any based on city names.

1. Abilene – Yes
2. Albuquerque – Weird Al Yankovic
3. All The Way To Memphis – Mott the Hoople
4. Allentown – Billy Joel
5. Amsterdam – Asylum Street Spankers
6. Anahuac – Austin Lounge Lizards
7. Anchorage – Michelle Shocked
8. Angel From Montgomery – John Prine
9. Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
10. Autumn In New York – Harry Connick

I discounted “Angel of Harlem” by U2 since Harlem is a neighborhood, but I wouldn’t argue too vociferously with someone who would include it. I feel like I ought to keep track of the number of songs with “New York” in the title. Given the size of my library and the prevalence of such song titles, I’ll be surprised if we don’t hit double digits.