Question time, Enthusiasts: what’s the best song about a place? City, town, region, whatever.
I might have this one. Name your favorites.
January 6, 2017 at 10:27 pm
This is surely one of the all-timers. I was lucky enough to see Jonathan perform this in Berkeley way back when, before he gave up performing it (unless he started doing it again). His drummer was the guy who later ended up in The Cars. He also did “New Teller.”
January 6, 2017 at 10:42 pm
January 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm
Certainly not this one, but it’s worth watching. It is Bob’s town after all. Note toddler drinking beer.
January 6, 2017 at 11:38 pm
Isaac Hayes’ version of “By The Time I Get to Phoenix”.
Or John Cale’s version of “Memphis”.
Or Neil Diamond’s “Brooklyn Roads”.
Or Steely Dan’s “Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)”
Or X’s “Los Angeles”
January 6, 2017 at 11:49 pm
Were there two songs called Los Angeles by X? I know the ones about Mexican kids shooting off fireworks on the lawn, but not this one.
January 7, 2017 at 7:58 am
“Mexican kids are shooting fireworks below.” This one’s for your upcoming series on “best songs about holidays.”
January 7, 2017 at 8:11 am
That one is “Fourth of July” and it’s meh.
This is the good one . . .
January 6, 2017 at 11:45 pm
I drove by a Stop n Shop with the radio on earlier this evening.
Plus there were neon signs and it’s freezing here.
So yes, this song is applicable.
January 7, 2017 at 12:05 am
John Prine “Paradise”
January 7, 2017 at 12:14 am
“Salt Lake City”
Really makes Des Moines look second rate.
January 7, 2017 at 1:22 am
Dylan’s Santa Fe needs to be on this list.
January 7, 2017 at 8:48 am
gonna have to go with Huey, ’cause of all the places
January 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm
take your choice
smash hit cover
Love both renditions, but I think the Waves version edges out the Bangles , on account of the way that Katrina Leskanich ad libs “…yeah…”
January 7, 2017 at 6:58 pm
yeah, but the Bangles’ve got Spock. I think one of the Bangles was dating son of Spock at the time. This is one of the greater celeb cameos in videos. Right up there with Milton Berle in Ratt’s ‘Round & Round.’
January 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm
January 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm
Best song about Florida that you never heard of
(trigger warning for non-PC “race language”, un-selfconscious and benignly intended though it may be. Certainly falls easier on the ears than some Stephen Foster lyrics. And face it, the internal rhyming is great. So let ole Doc Snock off with a warning on this one: it’s his first offense, & he’s a master of Americana folk primitivism.)
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