Friday, May 16, 2008

Going to the Love-In to Sit and Play My Bongos in the Dirt:Friday Random Ten

How many of you know which song the header is from? Well, if nothing else your first guess would probably be right.

1. The Bonzo Dog Band--Piggy Bank Love
2. Macy Gray--Relating to a Psychopath
3. Taj Mahal--She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride
4. The Beatles--The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill
5. The Go Go's--Mercenary
6. Nellie McKay--Lali Est Paresseux
7. Martha & the Vandellas--(Love is Like a) Heat Wave
8. Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention--Flower Punk
9. The Sonics--Strychnine
10. Gnarls Barkley--Crazy

"Piggy Bank Love" is like, the second song I heard this morning. As soon as it started playing I knew it would make the cut. The mixture of the brass and the voice and the self-parodyingly silly love song. While Viv Stanshall and Roger Ruskin Spear were both good songwriters, and Stanshall (RiP) was the best singer, the two of them also anchored a hell of a horn section.

Well, that's my amateur two cents anyway.

Update:Forgot to mention that Saturday is Taj Mahal's birthday. Or Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, as he came into this world.

Also, hell, why not make this a video post.

This concert footage was shot in the Netherlands. My guess is that Macy enjoyed all that Amsterdam has to offer, if you catch my drift.


susan said...

Watched a Led Zeppelin concert done in 1973 at Madison Square Gardens and learned a few things: 1. I still don't like Roger Plant.
2. Jimmy Paige was a better guitarist than I knew.
3. I know why Frank Zappa made '200 Motels'.

btw: Happy Birthday to Taj Mahal and you :-) Hope all the cards and presents arrived safely in time.

Ben said...

Yes indeedy, thank you much. And that's a good point about 200 Motels. Tho I think Plant's a pretty good singer.