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Each friday – a new song you should download to your music library – trust me

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 32 Anytime by Neil Finn

The world is all around us
The days are flying past
And fear is so contagious
But I’m not afraid to laugh

Neil Finn is an incredible song writer.  I’d put him up against any writer of songs in the last 50 years.  he has had an incredible career with Split Enz, Crowded House, and the Finn Brothers (with Brother Tim Finn).

But his solo album, One Nil, produced this song and I am tempted to say is my favorite song of all time by anyone.  There’s nothing safe about this life…

Check it out:

I feel like I’m in love
With a stranger I’ll never know
Although you’re still a mystery
I’m so glad I’m not alone

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: The National Front Disco by Morrissey

Week 31

There’s a country,
You don’t live there,
But one day you would like to.

Morrissey, the former lead singer of the Smiths is a controversial guy and this song was one of his most controversial.  The UK press literally freaked out over this song because on the surface, it seems sympathetic to the UK National Front, an ultra-nationalist political movement in England.  That’s a shame that the press did that because this is one of the best songs Morrissey has recorded in his post-Smiths career.

Here’s Morrissey’s take on the subject:

“The reason why ‘The National Front Disco’ was pounced upon was really because – if I may say so – it was actually a very good song. And if the song had been utter crap, no one would have cared. I was stopped by many many journalists who obviously raised the topic in an accusatory way, and I would say to them, Please, now, list the lines in the song which you feel are racist and dangerous and hateful. And they couldn’t. Nobody ever ever could, and that irked me.”

You tell me.  I say it is a great song.

-cj cheetham

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 30 – Cities in Dust by Siouxsie and the Banshees

…your city lies in dust, my friend…

It’s not everyday that you come across a catchy tune about the destruction by a volcano of the city of Pompei in 79 A.D.

Siouxsie and the Banshees were sort of relegated to the “strange band category” and therefore weren’t fully discovered in their day.  Here in this song, you get some excellent instrumentation with the distinctive, powerful voice of Siouxsie Sioux. 

There just aren’t any other bands that could set these lyrics to a catchy beat:

We found you hiding, we found you lying
Choking on the dirt and sand
Your former glories and all the stories
Dragged and washed with eager hands

This song covers the same territory as Shelly’s great poem Ozymandias (published in 1818) – namely the folly of man’s monuments to himself because all glory is fleeting.

Listen to the song.

http://youtu.be/_hMagNuhLkk

-cj cheetham

P.S. Here’s Shelly’s poem:

Ozymandias:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.[1]

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 29 – Only You and I by the Psychedelic Furs

This is not a five and ten; this is not a joke

The Psychedelic Furs were one of the most innovative and cutting edge bands in all of music from 1980 – 1991. Led by a charismatic singer with a distinctive voice, the furs blended grinding guitars with synthesizers and saxaphones all undergirded with a driving bass and drums.

You get all of that and more in this in this outstanding song – track 4 on the 1982 Forever Now album.

It seems like the Furs should have been even more popular. I’ve theorized with other music afficianados that maybe it was the strange band name that kept some listeners from fully discovering this band. Don’t let that happen to you!

When the drums really kick in on this song – you’ll love it.

I never shouted it
Like we do in school
And knee-jerk negativity
Just never got me through

http://youtu.be/SExjtl7-8OU

-cj cheetham

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 28 – Halloween by Matt Pond PA

I heard it’s modern to be stupid
you don’t need to talk to look good

It’s October – but this is not a scary song.  Halloween is just 26  days away.

One time when I was in a used CD store they gave me a free sampler CD at the checkout.  One song on that CD was a song (Closer) by Matt Pond PA.  All I could think was how does such a great band remain relatively unknow for so long?

This is a fantastic song from Matt Pond PA – trust me – buy some of their stuff.

http://youtu.be/cdjaMCH56yM

I surprised myself as my mouth started speaking
there is nothing left of my nerves
as I lean over to ask her

-cj cheetham

**P.S.

Here’s that song “Closer” that got me hooked on this band

http://youtu.be/YVx3YNBAhJo

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 27 – Something About England by the Clash

I thought the old man could help me                                                                                             If he could explain the gloom

***

I missed the fourteen-eighteen war
But not the sorrow afterwards

The Clash are almost universally recognized as one of the most influential bands of the punk rock era (an argument could be made that the Ramones had more impact). 

Called “The Only Band That Matters” by fans and even music critics, the Clash dominated the airwaves from 77 to 83 with blistering energy.  They reached new heights of popularity in 1982 when their album Combat Rock spawned two mainstream hits (Rock the Casbah and Should I stay or Should I go?).   That kind of success never works for a rebel band and founders Strummer and Jones would never record together again. 

Something About England is an obscure song from the Clash’s least popular album.  But it has all the great qualities of a Clash song – energy, the strange balance between Jones and Strummer’s voices – and most importantly a great story to tell;  namely the devastation of two world wars on England, as told by an old man to a young man.  Just fantastic.

http://youtu.be/cFU6EF8vJAc

The few returned to old Piccadily
We limped around Leicester Square
The world was busy rebuilding itself
The architects could not care

-cj cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 26 – Follow you, Follow me by Genesis

My love I hope you’ll always be
Right here by my side if ever I need you

http://youtu.be/h9zj11gf9Qk

I’m not a huge Genesis fan and I’m not a huge Phil Collins fan, but this was our wedding song 21 years ago today – september 21st 1991.

It is just about the perfect love song.

It’s hard to believe that it was 21 years ago that I got to dance with my wife for the first time to this song. Great memories. I have no idea why I am so blessed.

I would have never achieved anything or done anything good without my wife. I thank God for Christy.

Everyday is such a perfect day to spend
Alone with you

-cj cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: week 25 In My Place – by Coldplay

For some strange reason, Coldplay (like U2 before them) gets an incredible amount of criticism just because they are one of the best bands in the world.  Oh well.

Coldplay has yet to put out a bad album – which is a testament to the consistent good songwriting.  They can create huge songs ideal for stadiums – but when they slow down a bit, I think they are really at their best.

I was lost, I was lost; I crossed lines I shouldn’t have crossed

Everyone can relate to that.

http://youtu.be/gnIZ7RMuLpU

-cj cheetham

52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Week 24 Blue Moon by the Marcels

Blue Moon, you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own

Admit it – you don’t own a single “doo wop” song.  Why?

the glory days of rock n roll – diners, cars, and great music.  There are a lot of possible best songs from the late 1950s and early 1960’s that formed the golden age of radio.  If you are going to have classic rock and roll song, it just has to be Blue Moon.

Guaranteed to make you smile.

http://youtu.be/7giOrKYIwpQ

-cj cheetham

P.S.

In case you were wondering, it’s something along these lines:

Bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom ba ba bom ba ba bom ba ba dang a dang dang
Ba ba ding a dong ding Blue moon moon blue moon dip di dip di dip
Moo Moo Moo Blue moon dip di dip di dip Moo Moo Moo Blue moon dip di dip di dip
Bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom ba ba bom ba ba bom ba ba dang a dang dang
Ba ba ding a dong ding

Bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom ba ba bom

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.

52 Songs for 52 Weeks – (Do you remember) Rock n Roll Radio by the Ramones

Rock and Roll Radio by the Ramones

The Ramones were one of the most influential bands of all time. Arriving on the scene as part of the blossoming punk rock movement in the 1970’s. Their look, their style, and their energy were a much needed shock to the system for a music scene that had grown sappy and boring in the mid to late 1970s. The Ramones were also able to keep the music fun – sort of a Punk Rock Beach Boys. They’ll never be another band like them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJizV-d3sEQ

-cj cheetham

52 songs for 52 weeks will get your music collection up to par. If you want to have a better music collection – check in each week . Add a song a week and in one year’s time your music collection will be the envy of all your friends.