Ahh…Wednesday. The middle of the road for most of us in our week. The only thing I don’t like is that after Memorial Day, it doesn’t feel like a Wednesday. It’s just a random day that’s throwing me off a bit. Maybe I’m a creature of habit, I don’t know. Anyway, I actually felt a little excited about Day 38, even if I wasn’t 100% on the track listing…
1. Superfly – Curtis Mayfield
For some bizarre reason, I recognize this…and I have no idea why. I daresay I heard it in a movie, but I can’t be sure. The track is interesting, especially with Mayfield’s falsetto. It’s a decent listen, especially because Mayfield goes with the instrumental rather than fighting for dominance on the song.
2. Crazy Horses – The Osmonds
The introduction to this song made me feel like a migraine was coming on. When the vocals kicked in, it wasn’t that bad, but if I’m honest, it kind of felt like the Jonas Brothers were trying to sound hardcore. It wasn’t a favorite for me, if I’m honest, although it does say a lot for the times; this was what was popular. But we won’t talk about the ridiculous video with the strange chicken dance. Creepy as hell.
3. All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople
Very familiar. Almost overly so, thanks to the song being featured on a million commercials. The song is iconic, but I’m sure I’m not the first to admit that the lyrics are a bit odd, if not nonsensical…
4. Personality Crisis – New York Dolls
This is one song I’ve heard a million times, but would never be able to tell you who it was by, or really what it was about. I like this song more for the actual music than the lyrics or vocals; the piano is especially brilliant. In all honesty, it’s an electrifying song that is packed with character and energy.
5. The Ballroom Blitz – The Sweet
Why do I always think of Daddy Daycare when I hear this? I feel like I shouldn’t even have to talk about this song, because it is so legendary. So far, this is my favorite on today’s playlist. It’s fun and makes you want to jump and sing. It’s the perfect song to have on a long drive, because it makes you forget time’s even passing. I remember liking it as a kid, and not knowing why. Now I get it; it’s wild entertainment.
6. Jolene – Dolly Parton
The original woman-to-woman song; if you want to hear a plea of heartbreak, this is it. Dolly Parton can easily sell a story, and her vocals are incredible. She pleads with the character of Jolene to leave her husband alone, and expresses a vulnerability that is unforgettable.
7. Next – The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
So strange. It seems to follow a tango sound of sorts at the beginning, The lyrics are so bizarre, but there is something hypnotizing about this song. I think it might be because it’s so theatrical and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band plays into that. It’s more of a song that is being shouted than sang, though I could never imagine it being sung.
8. 20th Century Boy – T. Rex
Now here was a great song. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about a song by a group named “T.Rex,” but I guess that will teach me not to judge a band by its name…as I so often wind up doing. There was something almost anthemic about it, although that may because of the booming choral harmonies.
9. Rock On – David Essex
When I first hear the “Hey Kid,” I thought this might be a “Benny and The Jets” imitation/inspiration. But it was a pure rock song, with a live feel to it. I loved that I felt like I was in a venue, listening to this being played live in front of me, with booming vocals that are impossible to ignore.
10. Search and Destroy – Iggy and The Stooges
I’ve never been a huge Iggy and The Stooges fan, if I’m honest. More than anything, I just tolerated them. It’s nothing personal. However, I have found that I didn’t mind this track. It was a bit noisy, but the guitar makes up for any faults I may notice. I loved the guitar on this track. It was superb.
Day 38 done and dusted. I cannot believe it’s almost been 40 days…or the fact that the challenge is almost halfway done! Today’s playlist wasn’t as incredible as I had hoped, but it was still fun to listen to, in all truth. No really terrible tracks on this one…thankfully.