Friday Music

Here we go…

First — on her blog yesterday, Amanda Palmer said that what she wanted for her birthday was for her fans to put her music in front of people who might not have yet been exposed to it. I’ve certainly posted a bunch of it here, but what the heck — for her birthday, and for those of you who haven’t yet taken the dip: Amanda Palmer – “Leeds United.”

The only truly new thing this week is the lead track from Starsailor’s new album, All the Plans, which was released this week. A solid bit of BritRock: Starsailor – “Tell Me It’s Not Over.”

Yesterday was the 26th anniversary of the death of McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters. In memory of the Father of Chicago Blues, as a special message for those of you who are freaking out about the Swine Flu, and for (for novel inspiration), here is Muddy Waters – “You Got To Take Sick And Die Some Of These Days.”

The Sneaker Pimps recorded a cover of one of the songs from the cult classic The Wicker Man (complete with samples) on their late-90s album Becoming X, and it’s one of my faves, and very appropriate in context for the first of May, so: Sneaker Pimps – “How Do.”

Also from a movie — the best song from the soundtrack of the 1999 movie Jawbreaker, which, because of its placement in the film, will always make me picture Rose McGowan doing the high-school mean-girl strut down a hallway: Imperial Teen – “Yoo Hoo.”

This track was used brilliantly during the opening news-footage montage depicting the unfolding of the zombie apocalypse in the shockingly good remake of Dawn of the Dead: Johnny Cash – “The Man Comes Around.”

And lastly, Adam Ant’s last gasp on the charts, from 1990’s Manners & Physique, an album produced by Prince’s bassist AndrĂ© Cymone. It was his last top-20 hit in both the US and the UK. Adam Ant – “Room At The Top.”

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