Woo! Officially one-fourth of the way through. I suppose it’s also time I make a video. Hmm…
1. Alone Again Or – Love
You want to talk about a psychedelic song? This is it, especially when you add in the mariachi band. One thing I really love about this song is the approach to talking about a long-distance relationship. There was something that expressed the emotion of, “Man, this sucks, the person I love is forever away,” without sounding like Love was throwing themselves a pity party. Respectable, in my opinion.
2. Tin Soldier – The Small Faces
I find that it’s impossible not to love this song. There’s a fantastic beat, with a crashing introduction into rock and roll as we know it. When Steve Marriot starts to sing the hook, it’s a definite hint at the rock and roll that would take over in the 80s. Seriously. Listen to this song, and be amazed.
3. See Emily Play – Pink Floyd
I’m not a big Pink Floyd fan. At all. I have to be truthful. Before I get attacked in the comment section, let me say that I have heard a lot of their music. I recognized the guitar riff for this song immediately, and I respect the fact that the band was resourceful in how they produced their psychedelic-special effects. I should also add that I am a bigger fan of Bowie’s cover of this song.
4. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
One thing people always say about this song is that they don’t get what the lyrics mean. I don’t think it means anything. It seems to be quite literally a collection of observations from the party that the song was originally inspired by. I could say that it was a pensive, metaphorical way to speak about fame, and its effects, but who knows? Anyway, I think it’s quite soulful and has a beautiful melody, so why not give it a listen?
5. The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
I knew this song from sound, but not by name…and let me tell you, I’ll own up to making judgements based on the name. I was so confused as to why a song would have such a strange name. Then, when the track came on, the lightbulb went off; hello old radio I listened to as a kid. Lyrically, this song is pure gold, and musically, it’s just as well-done.
6. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream
This riff from Eric Clapton is iconic. The track itself is iconic, if I’m honest. The raw need and desire of this song is almost tangible, illustrating the talents of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Pete Brown. This is the type of song more young rock musicians should try to aspire to, of course, with their own style and originality painting the canvas.
7. Cold Sweat – James Brown and The Famous Flames
It seems that anything involving James Brown turned out to be a success, and this song is no accept ion. It’s brilliantly upbeat, with a personality all its own that makes it stand out amongst the rest. A great seven minutes of your life.
8. The First Cut Is The Deepest – PP Arnold
This song has been covered by basically everyone. But, with all due respect, there’s a reason this song is a classic. PP Arnold sings a tale of heartbreak and learning to not let the past sting you so badly as to make you hesitate in moving on; each line is sang with pin-point emotion that will inspire goosebumps.
9. I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
Yes, our minds may automatically flicker to the version of this song from My Best Friend’s Wedding, as Rupert Everett led a fantastic group sing-along in a restaurant, but let’s discuss Ms. Aretha Franklin’s version for a moment. Despite the song originally being performed by Dionne Warwick, Franklin made it her own. There’s no imitation in her voice. It leaves many listeners wondering which came first: Warwick or Franklin?
10. The Snake – Al Wilson
This is such a theatrical song, and it’s wonderful. It’s also a great cautionary tale for people: A kind woman takes a cold snake into her care, taking care of him, etc. So then he bites/poisons her, and she obviously is hurt. However, the snake points out, “Now you knew darn well I was a snake before you brought me in.” I cannot say enough about this song; lyrically, I adore it, and musically, I am awe-inspired.
Yes, I am exhausted. Yes, I want to go to bed. But even if I have to admit something about this playlist: it’s a good enough listen to make you fight your eyes desperately trying to close. Getting closer and closer to the 70s, and you know what that means: references to That 70s Show!