Like a Christmas Tree on Boxing Day

LPThe Year in  music: A Titular Playlist

It’s time for my annual listing of the songs from which I borrowed my post titles. And in keeping with an old C-90 era custom I’ve also provided a Spotify playlist.

This year, I toyed with the idea of adding a blurb to each song listed below. But I think some things ought to just speak for themselves. These are all really great albums, though, so I encourage you to explore.

I don’t get overly personal in this space but it’s been a rough year and the new one approaches with great challenges and great opportunities. I hope, if you’re a reader, you’ve enjoyed some of what you’ve found here.

And I hope you dig the music. Happy 2017.

Night VisionSuzanne Vega, Solitude Standing (1987)
I RanA Flock of Seagulls, Self-Titled (1982)
The Real MeThe Who, Quadrophenia (1973)
Charm SchoolElvis Costello & The Attractions, Punch the Clock (1983)
SummertimeD.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Homebase (1991)
History Never RepeatsSplit Enz, Walata (1981)
MickeyToni Basil, Word of Mouth (1982)
The Hungry WolfX, Under The Big Black Sun (1982)
FeverPeggy Lee, Things are Swingin’ (1958)
Indian SummerMose Allison, Ever Since the World Ended (1987)
The History of the WorldGang of Four, Songs of the Free (1982)
RippleGrateful Dead, American Beauty (1970)
White Man in Hammersmith PalaisThe Clash, Self-Titled (1978)
Plastic Fantastic LoverJefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
Down UnderMen at Work, Business as Usual (1982)
AmericaKeb Mo’, Bluesamericana (2014)
In My Hour of DarknessGram Parsons, Grievous Angel (1973)
Memorial DayJames McMurtry, Childish Things (2005)
I Think You Get What I MeanNat King Cole, The King Cole Trio (1947)
Running on EmptyJackson Browne, Running on Empty (1977)
Boppin’ the BluesRobert Gordon, Robert Gordon w Link Wray (1977)
Jumping Jack Flash--The Rolling Stones, Shine a Light (1968/2006)
California  LoveTupac Shakur & Dr. Dre, (1995)
And Your Bird Can SingThe Beatles, Revolver (1966)
Upside Down-Diana Ross, Diana (198)
Summer’s CauldronXTC, Skylarking (1986)
Burning SkyThe Jam, Setting Sons (1979)
Summertime–Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong,Porgy & Bess (1958)
GaragelandThe Clash, Self-Titled (1978)
In Walked Bud-Carmen McRae, Carmen Sings Monk (1988)
North to AlaskaJohnny Horton, Single, (1960)
Hello Old Friend-Eric Clapton, No Reason to Cry (1976)
What’s So Funny (About Peace Love and Understanding)Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Armed Forces (1979)
TemptationScreaming Jay Hawkins, At Home with Screaming Jay Hawkins (1958)
Proud MaryIke & Tina Turner,  Workin’ Together (1970)
Frederick-Patti Smith Group, Wave (1979)
Rappers DelightThe Sugar Hill Gang, 12 inch (1979)
Razzle Dazzle Bing Crosby, At my Time of Life (1976)
Everybody HurtsREM, Automatic for the People (1992)
Relating to a PsychopathMacy Gray, The Id (2001)
Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit  (2015)

Peace, friends.


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