Good one this week, in my humble estimation.
First off — long-time readers will recall that I introduced many of you to “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, months before it hit the airwaves, and then was stunned when it became a radio hit. Well, I’ve got a treat for you: the lead single from their follow-up album, The Odd Couple, which won’t be released until April. It’s just as brilliant, although whether the fickle radio-listening public will react, or whether Gnarls Barkley will be enshrined as a “one-hit wonder” remains to be seen. But DAMN — listen to this: Gnarls Barkley – “Run.”
At the Sharon Jones show this week, the between-acts DJ played a bunch of soul, including an instrumental version of this track, which reminded me how much I like it. I’ve always preferred this grittier, darker version, over Dionne Warwick’s more famous and far more sugary take. Isaac Hayes – “Walk on By.”
One of the best bits of news for a New Yorker like me: Rudy Giuliani, the fascist thug once described by Jimmy Breslin as “a small man in search of a balcony,” failed to convince voters that he was “America’s Mayor” and dropped out of the presidential race. In honor of this joyous news: The Specials – “A Message To You, Rudy.”
Speaking of New York, I’m quite pleased that I managed to track this down.
At the request of The Minion, here is the song that Apple is using in the ads for their new MacBook Air. Yael Naim is an Israeli singer-songwriter, and this particular track is quite sweet. Yael Naim – “New Soul.”
I know that I’ve already posted this one, but it’s been a couple of years. One of my favorite tracks from Rufus Wainwright, both for its lyrical content, and for it’s blending in of Ravelle’s “Bolero”: Rufus Wainwright – “Oh What A World.”
Lastly — time to share the pain. From the god-awful soundtrack to the cringeworthy mid-80s film Dragnet, a song that Tom Hanks would probably like to see stricken from the cosmic record, but which contains one of my favorite lyrics of all time: “We just like to dance in our GOAT-SKIN PANTS, around this ancient ruin!” Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks – “City of Crime.”