In my never ending attempt to diversify your playlists, here's another round of off-the-beaten-tracks with names in their title. Those of you with iTunes filled to the brim with songs like "Hotel California" and "Stairway to Heaven" may be in for a bit of a shock. Just repeat to yourself that not everything entering your auditory canal needs to have been a big hit. Sometimes you have to jump off the fairway and hunt around in the rough because the hidden gems often are the sweetest.
And God knows there's been "name songs" a plenty over the years: "Mandy", "Hey Jude", "Joanna" (Kool & the Gang), "Think of Laura" (Christopher Cross), "Barbara Ann", "Angie", "Peg", "Daniel", etc. Here's a bunch of name songs that perhaps you haven't heard. Granted, most of them aren't exactly the greatest songs ever recorded, but maybe somewhere in this list you'll find that hidden gem buried in the rough.
Sally by Ian Thomas
Ian Thomas was actually Dave Thomas' (SCTV, Strange Brew) younger brother. This song is a textbook example of that late seventies cock rock, full of rock star posturing and macho Canuck swagger.
Lucinda by The Knack
The band that will forever be associated with the name song "My Sharona", released a number of good recordings that never even grazed the charts - count this name song among them.
Song of Lita by Lou Christie
Everyone remembers "Lightning Strikes"; however, most will care to forget this strange little number. I include it as a sample to warn you that many of these songs are unbearably awful, but, like this song, oddly fascinating. Also, the sound quality isn't the best on this track and several others - but such is often the case from old records that have never had an official 'digital remastering'.
DOWNLOAD RETROSPACE MIX TAPE 22
|The Burbank Strings||Theme For Elaina||1964|
|Ross McManus||Patsy Girl||1964|
|Chris Rainbow||Dear Brian||1978|
|John Prine||Sam Stone||1971|
|Round Robin||Kick The Little Foot Sally Ann||1964|
|Lou Christie||Song Of Lita||1966|
|Leigh Stephens||Joannie Mann||1969|
|Sam Riddle||Angela Jones||1966|
|Michael Nesmith & The First National Band||Rene||1971|
|John Barry||Peter Franks||1971|
|The Zebra||Miss Anne||1968|
|Fountain Of Youth||Liza Jane||1969|
|The Great Love Trip||Noah||1969|
|Eric Carmen||Hey Deanie||1978|
|Ian Hunter & Mick Ronson||Angeline||1979|
|Steve Miller Band||Sweet Maree||1976|
1) I'm well aware "Butter Boy" by Fanny has no business being in this mix. My bad. No idea how that wound up getting in there. Consider it a "bonus track".
2) "Monica" by Minny Pops may easily be the worst song ever recorded. The group can be somewhat forgiven because they were an Amsterdam electronic band and, thus, expected to be weird.
3) "Peter Franks" by John Barry is from the Diamonds Are Forever soundtrack